Hazel Levent is an associate in White & Case's International Arbitration Practice based in the Paris office. She transferred to the Paris office in 2018 after having worked in the firm's London office since 2011, where she has been practicing both international arbitration and commercial litigation across a variety of sectors and jurisdictions.
In 2018, Hazel also spent time on a client secondment at an upstream Oil & Gas company, with a focus on operations in North Africa.
Hazel is committed to pro-bono and has been a regular recipient of the White & Case pro-bono award. She has coordinated several multi-jurisdictional law reform projects with NGOs and has worked on areas such as whistleblowing legislation, homelessness, free speech, refugee crisis and post-conflict transition.
Examples of her recent experience include representing:
- a private equity fund in a JV dispute in a SIAC arbitration regarding the valuation of its shares in a South-Asian company;
- Republic of Bulgaria in pending ICSID arbitration proceedings relating to investments in the country's electricity sector;
- a Spanish-Mexican consortium in a construction dispute arising from a FIDIC Pink Book contract, against a Latin American State entity;
- a leading telecommunications group in an ICC arbitration regarding a complex high value shareholders' agreement in Southern Africa;
- the lead partner of an international consortium of contractors in an ICCs arbitration arising from the termination of a FIDIC Silver Book contract relating to the design, construction and commissioning of a commuter railway project;
- a major oil conglomerate in connection with a Swiss Rules arbitration arising from breaches of a share purchase agreement relating to the acquisition of a leading Turkish oil distribution group;
- advising a leading financial institution on its defence in connection with cross-border investigations by the UK FCA, the UK Serious Fraud Office, the ACPR, the European Commission, the Swiss COMCO, the US Department of Justice, the US CFTC and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in connection with the setting of LIBOR, EURIBOR and SIBOR; and
- a Middle Eastern engineering and contracting company in an ICC arbitration concerning the termination of a contract for the construction of several multi-use buildings.
Article 16: Competence of Arbitral Tribunal to Rule on its Own Jurisdiction, UNCITRAL Model Law in UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration – A Commentary, Cambridge University Press, February 2020 (with Michael Polkinghorne, Alvaro Peralta and Gwen Wackwitz)