Founding and managing partner “Lazareff Le Bars” law firm, Lawyer, Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law, Vermont Law School (USA), Senior lecturer Cergy-Pontoise University law school (France)

Areas of Expertise: International arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, international litigation proceedings, corporate law (France, USA and OHADA), international trade law, international contracts, investment arbitration, the law OHADA and African related cases.

Arbitration Experience: He has represented clients in international arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution cases. He also serves as elected president of the arbitral tribunal, sole arbitrator or co-arbitrator in a wide spectrum of international arbitrations (ICC, LCIA, CMAP, EAC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc). His international practice is now mainly focused on African related cases (including the middle east), and emerging markets in Eastern Europe and Asia, including investment arbitration and mediation or settlements involving sovereign states or state-owned entities.

Subject-matter of arbitrated disputes: commercial law, distribution, telecommunications, construction, investment law, sale-purchase agreements, bank law, corporate law, energy and row materials, joint ventures.

Languages: French, English, Spanish and Russian

Education: PhD Private law, with distinction – Panthéon-Sorbonne University law school (Paris) Albert Wahl Prize of private law (1999); Postgraduate, Commercial & Business law – Panthéon-Sorbonne University law school (Paris I); Master Business & Tax law – Panthéon-Assas University law school (Paris II)

Professional Career: Before founding “Lazareff Le Bars” law firm, Benoit Le Bars was partner in charge of the Arbitration practice in the litigation department of Hammonds & Hausmann, Paris (2007-2009); Senior associate at Landwell & Associés (Member of Pwc Legal), Paris (2004-2007). For the period 1998-2004, he worked as external associate for Lawyers at the Cour de Cassation (French highest civil court): during this period he got his first nominations as arbitrator, mainly in ICC matters.