Nicolas Bouchardie's practice focuses on international arbitration, specifically in relation to complex construction and commercial disputes.
He is experienced in arbitration under the ICC rules, the rules of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), and the UNCITRAL rules, as well as in pre-arbitration negotiations, mediation and dispute board proceedings.
Based in Paris, and qualified in France and New York, Nicolas' international outlook and experience was further strengthened when he spent time on secondment at a major energy company in Doha, Qatar. His economics / business background allows him best to understand the business models and strategies of his clients.
Nicolas is a member of a number of professional associations, including the Comité Français de l’Arbitrage and the International Bar Association.
DAB proceedings and ICC arbitrations related to a major infrastructure project in Central America, 2013 – ongoing
Nicolas is representing the main contractor on one of the world’s largest infrastructure projects located in Central America, in a series of proceedings before the project’s Dispute Adjudication Board (DAB) and related ICC arbitrations against the employer, worth in excess of US$2 billion. The arbitrations are seated in Miami and the contract is governed by the law of the Central American country.
ICC arbitration on an infrastructure project in Central Asia, 2015 – ongoing
Nicolas represents the employer in an ICC arbitration against a consortium of companies in relation to a road construction project in Central Asia. The arbitration is seated in Paris and the contract is governed by the law of the Central Asian country.
ICC arbitration on a major construction and infrastructure project in North Africa, 2014 – ongoing
Nicolas is representing a consortium of international foreign contractors in an ICC arbitration in Paris related to a major infrastructure project in North Africa. The contract is governed by the law of the North African country.
ICC arbitration related to a contract for the sale of industrial equipment in Romania, 2015 – ongoing
Nicolas is representing a Romanian company in an ICC arbitration governed by French law against its Chinese supplier in connection with a contract for the sale and installation of various equipment in the cereals industry.
SCC arbitration related to a major infrastructure project in Scandinavia, 2010 – 2012
Nicolas advised a Scandinavian company in an SCC arbitration in Stockholm, which was governed by the laws of a Nordic country, against an international consortium. The dispute arose in connection with a major infrastructure project.
ICC arbitration related to a commercial agency agreement under Egyptian law, 2011-2013
Nicolas represented an Anglo-Egyptian partnership against a German company in an ICC arbitration in Paris governed by Egyptian law in a dispute arising from a commercial agency agreement.
ICC arbitration related to a joint venture agreement under Egyptian law, 2011-2013
Nicolas represented a Dubai-based company in an ICC arbitration in Paris governed by Egyptian law against an Italian company. The dispute arose from a joint venture agreement in the construction chemicals industry. Nicolas is still advising his client in connection with follow-up court litigation in Egypt (in coordination with local counsel).
Arbitration in France, Practical Law Arbitration, n°4-536-9585, August 2013, (co-author, with Céline Tran)
Révolutions, guerres civiles, actes de terrorisme : quand et comment invoquer la force majeure?, Bulletin Européen du Moniteur (BEM), page 10, March 2013, (co-author, with Gaëlle Filhol)
Dallah: Agreement Or Disagreement Between The English And French Courts?, Mealey's International Arbitration Report, March 2011, (co-author, with Robert Wheal, Paul Brumpton)
How International Arbitral Tribunals Establish the Facts of a Case Through Documentary Evidence, International Business Law Journal, no. 4, pp. 509–522, 2008, (co-author, with Andrew McDougall)
FIDIC to Issue New Design, Build and Operate Form of Contract, International Disputes Quarterly, Winter 2008, (co-author, with Christopher R. Seppälä, Nicolas Bouchardie)