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Practice:

  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Energy
  • Africa
  • Oil & Gas

Michael Bühler Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Energy

Paris

Michael Bühler, with over 30 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, focuses on international dispute resolution in complex arbitrations. He has represented major corporations, state-owned entities and governments in more than 200 arbitrations and has acted as chairman, sole arbitrator, and party-appointed arbitrator in more than 60 arbitrations worldwide.

Michael assists in clients in pre-litigation situations, helping them to develop a true defense strategy, which often leads to early dispute settlements. He acts regularly as lead counsel in arbitrations under the ICC Rules and those of the arbitration associations of Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, and the United States and under the UNCITRAL Rules, ICSID, WIPO (Geneva), and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Lausanne). He conducts arbitrations throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region in the following fields: civil construction, engineering, supply of industrial equipment, and industrial or power plants (often involving the application of the FIDIC Conditions of Contract, in common, civil, and Islamic law); oil and gas projects; hotel development projects and hotel management contracts; and distribution and license agreements in various sectors, including the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, liquor, and luxury goods industries.

Michael started his career as counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, of which he was the German member (1997-2009). He was co-chair of the Task Force of the ICC Commission on Arbitration on the Revision of the ICC Arbitration Rules (2008-2011) (which led to the adoption of the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration, which to date remain the state-of-the-art arbitration rules), and is a member of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration and the IBA, as well as numerous arbitral institutions such as CEPANI, DIS, ASA and DIAC and has been appointed to the Panel of Arbitrators for Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, the Vienna International Arbitration Centre and the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.

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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Africa

Noël Chahid Nourai Senior Counsel Energy, Infrastructure

Paris

Noël Chahid-Nouraï is a lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office and a member of the Public law team. He represents governments, public entities, companies and financial institutions on complex energy and infrastructure projects, concessions and PPP, regulatory matters and disputes, in France and abroad, including African countries.

According to Chambers & Partners, Noël is consistently recognized by his clients as a top practitioner in France, notably for his contractual and regulatory work. His vast experience on PPP, concessions and public procurement matters includes advising the French government on both the renewal of hydroelectric concessions and the ASFA association and several motorway companies on their relations with the French State.

Noël has also advised key players in the telecommunications, audiovisual, energy, data protection (GDPR) and financial sectors on regulatory matters, as well as public structures and semi-public companies on corporate work (creation, development and modification, etc.). He also has a focus on public law litigation, from a contractual and regulatory perspective. Noël has a strong expertise in terms of public persons and public law arbitrations (arbitration proceedings and appeal of arbitration awards).

With a long-standing experience on international projects, Noël has represented clients in many cross-border transactions. As such, he was involved in 2014 in the acquisition of Alstom’s Power and Grid businesses by General Electric, where he advised on the regulatory and investments control aspects.

Noël started his career in public administrations where he was, among various other experiences, Advocate General and President of one of the dispute chambers of Conseil d’État, Legal counsel to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Director of the Office of the Ministry for Foreign Trade, Deputy Director General of the French national film administration (CNC). After three years as a tax lawyer at an independent French law firm, he headed the Public Law department in the Paris office of another major international law firm from 2001 to 2011. Until 2020, he was co-heading Orrick's Public Law team.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity

Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Paris

Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage is an experienced lawyer advising technology and Web companies as well as venture and growth capital investors on corporate transactions for more than 10 years.

Based in Orrick’s Paris office, Benjamin has strong ties with the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York and London offices.

Passionate about entrepreneurship and shaping the success of early ventures, Benjamin leads Orrick’s Technology Companies Group in France. He advises companies and investors at various stages from incubation and equity financings to external growth transactions and exits (M&A, IPO), all with deep French-U.S. cross-border experience. Representative clients include Alan, Algolia, Botify, Comet, Fretlink, LaFourchette, Klaxoon, Neolane, Payfit, Teads.tv, Tempow, Side, Sqreen, Stupeflix, Zenly, as well as Atomico, Battery Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Cathay Capital, Creandum, Idinvest Partners, Iris Capital (Orange Publicis Venture), Lightspeed Venture Partners, Partech Ventures, Raise Capital and XAnge Private Equity. 

Orrick’s Technology Companies Group is frequently praised for its high-level skillfulness, locally and as regards to cross-border operations (“Orrick, the law firm “builder” of Tech Companies”, Capital Finance Groupe Les Echos, May 4, 2015).

351390

Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Antitrust (Cartels)
  • Antitrust Counseling & Compliance
  • International Trade & Compliance
  • M&A and Private Equity

Marie-Laure Combet Partner Antitrust & Competition, Antitrust (Cartels)

Paris

Marie-Laure Combet is a Competition partner in Orrick's Paris office.

Marie-Laure advises clients on all aspects of French and European competition law and on all types of cases in these areas (i.e., audit/compliance, advice, merger control and administrative proceedings before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission as well as litigation before French and European courts).

Over the years, Marie-Laure has also developed significant experience in state aid matters. She has thus worked on several landmark cases mainly in the banking, air transport and energy sectors.

Prior to joining Orrick, Marie-Laure was Counsel in the Paris office of Clifford Chance.

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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Africa

Janina Dahmouh Managing Associate Energy, Infrastructure

Paris

Janina focuses on public procurement (PPP and concessions) and public domain law.

She regularly works on regulatory issues and has a particular focus on the energy sector. She advises both private entities and public entities in the development of projects, with a main focus on renewable energy.

Before joining Orrick, Janina completed several internships with French and other major international law firms and also with an independent administrative authority (ARCEP).

387775

Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Cyprien Delorme Associate Technology Companies Group, Corporate

Paris

Cyprien Delorme is a lawyer in the Technology Companies Group based at Orrick’s Paris Office

Cyprien assists startups and high growth technology companies in their financing transactions, from formation through exit, and assists them in the development of their activities.

Prior to joining Orrick, Cyprien worked as legal trainee in various law firms such as Jeantet AARPI in Paris, Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Francfort, LPA-CGR in Paris and Arendt & Medernach in Luxembourg.

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Practice:

  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Oil & Gas
  • France
  • Germany

Nicole Dolenz Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Paris

Nicole Dolenz is a dual trained, multilingual, international commercial and investment arbitration authority representing multinational clients around the world. Nicole has outstanding knowledge in foreign investment disputes involving states and the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors.

Nicole has more than 20 years’ experience representing clients in international arbitration, having practiced in one of the biggest law firms in the world in New York for six years, an Austrian firm in Vienna for five years and a major U.S. firm in Paris for seven years, before joining Orrick. Dual trained in both civil and common law jurisdictions, Nicole has conducted arbitrations under all the main international arbitration rules including the ICC, AAA, SCC, UNCITRAL, ICDR and ICSID as well as local European arbitration institutions such as the Vienna Chamber (VIAC), CEPANI, Swiss Chamber and DIS. Her cases have spanned a variety of industries including oil and gas, nuclear energy, aviation, construction, food and beverages, transportation, and insurance. Most recently Nicole has worked on multi-billion dollar gas price review arbitrations for a major European producer and several construction arbitrations, including an US$8 billion ICC arbitration for the world’s largest shipbuilder. She is frequently nominated to act as arbitrator and speaks and publishes regularly on questions of international commercial and investment arbitration, notably, The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Investor-State Arbitration 2019 – Country Questions and Answers: France. Nicole is a former member of the Executive Board and Global Boards of ICDR Y&I and practices in English, German French and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese.  

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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Lara Donnedieu de Vabres Managing Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Paris

Lara Donnedieu de Vabres is an M&A and Private Equity lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office.

Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate, venture capital and private equity, notably on cross-border transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Lara worked on corporate and tax matters as a legal intern at Orrick’s Paris office, Jeantet's Paris office and Arsène Taxand's Paris Office.

349490

Practice:

  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Corporate
  • Africa

Marie-Elise Douge Associate Energy, Infrastructure

Paris

Marie-Elise focuses on project financing and development in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Marie-Elise is an Energy & Infrastructure lawyer in Orrick's Paris office. Marie-Elise intervenes on projects across Europe and Africa, with experience in public-private partnerships, energy projects and corporate transactions.

Marie-Elise has advised Vinci airports in the acquisition of a global airport portfolio from Ontario Municipal Employees' Retirement System (nine airports and three partial management contracts) and the ongoing potential concession for seven airprots in Cape Verde. Marie-Elise has also advised sponsors on energy infrastructures in West africa.

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Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition

Elise Durand Associate Antitrust & Competition

Paris

Elise Durand is a Competition lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

Before joining Orrick, Elise was a legal intern in International law firms: in the Competition department at Norton Rose Fullbright and at Allen & Overy, in the Litigation & Regulatory department at DLA Piper. She was also a legal intern in the Cartel unit of the Directorate General for Competition at the European Commission and in the Europe Department of the MEDEF.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate
  • Silicon Valley Europe Desk

Olivier Edwards Senior Counsel Technology Companies Group, Corporate

Paris

Olivier Edwards is a lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office, member of the Technology Companies Group. He advises emerging companies and venture capital funds on investment, merger and acquisition matters with an emphasis on cross-border deals.

Olivier has been and is continuously recognized in Chambers & Partners, and has been described by his clients as “a very senior lawyer with vast experience in the merger and acquisition process,” "a talented lawyer and leading figure.“ He is a top-tier venture capital practitioner renowned for his fund-raising prowess and is often called the “godfather" of French venture law.

With a great experience on cross-border merger and acquisitions deals, and joint-venture operations, Olivier has worked with key players of the tech market such as eBay, Sony Ericsson, Softbank, Astanor, Biom'Up, Balyo, Aledia and Partech.

With Matteo Daste, Olivier is a co-founder and co-Chair of Silicon Valley’s Europe Desk which strengthens our unique positioning alongside European companies aiming at Silicon Valley’s capital and technologies and US corporates looking for investment opportunities in Europe.

Before joining Orrick as a Senior Counsel, Olivier was a partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel and was the Head of European Venture department at Morgan Lewis law firm.

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Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition

Martin Ellie Associate Antitrust & Competition

Paris

Martin Ellie is a Competition lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

Martin’s practice focuses on all aspects of French and EU competition law, including both transactional and litigation cases: merger control, antitrust, and state aid. He also practices in distribution and consumer law.

Before joining Orrick as an associate, Martin was a legal intern in the Competition department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and at Orrick. He was also a legal intern at different firms including LVMH and Société Générale, at different corporate boutique law firms in France and Singapore, and in a Commercial Court.