Lucie Perrier

Lucie is an associate in the Paris office. She has experience advising companies and private individuals in commercial arbitrations in industries including energy, construction, and shareholder disputes.

Her recent experience includes:

  • Defending a European company in an ICC arbitration arising out of the construction of a carbon fiber plant
  • Acting for an Asian oil and gas company against a joint venture over the construction of an LNG gas project
  • Assisting a European gambling operator in an LCIA arbitration arising from multiple concession agreements

Lucie trained at the French Conseil d’Etat as well as the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Lucie holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where she was an Articles Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal and represented minors seeking SIJS status as part of her clinical work. Lucie is also fully French trained and has a significant background in intellectual property law. She is admitted to practice in New York, and speaks French and English.

Rudolf Simone-Pont

Rudolf is a senior associate in the Paris office. He has represented clients in international arbitrations conducted under all major arbitration rules and his practice focuses on investment and commercial arbitrations across a broad range of sectors.

Rudolf also has experience with proceedings for the annulment and enforcement of arbitral awards, as well as advising clients on the renegotiation of bilateral investment treaties.

Rudolf’s experience includes:

  • Representing the Republic of Latvia in an ICSID arbitration under the UK-Latvia bilateral investment treaty relating to the supervision of a banking group
  • Acting for a European construction company in an ICC arbitration relating to a joint venture dispute concerning the renovation and extension of an airport in South America
  • Advising a European energy company in an FAI arbitration relating to a nuclear power plant
  • Representing Ukraine in an ICSID arbitration under the Netherlands-Ukraine bilateral investment treaty relating to an aluminium smelter
  • Advising a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund in an ICC arbitration relating to a sports sponsorship agreement
  • Acting for the majority shareholders in the former Yukos Oil Company in proceedings initiated in multiple jurisdictions in relation to the setting side and recognition and enforcement of the US$50 billion awards rendered in the arbitrations against the Russian Federation
  • Representing a private equity fund in ICC and HKIAC arbitrations relating to the ownership of various entities in the fund structure
  • Representing the Republic of Croatia in an ICSID arbitration under the Austria-Croatia bilateral investment treaty relating to a food production company

Rudolf holds a BA from Yale University and a BA in Law from Oxford University.

Marie-Provence Brue

Marie-Provence is an associate in the Paris office. She has experience in advising companies, private individuals, and States in commercial arbitrations in various sectors, including construction and shareholder disputes. She also has experience in annulment proceedings before the French courts.

Marie-Provence’s experience includes:

  • Advising a Malaysian construction group and its French subsidiary in a dispute against a national energy company
  • Advising a French construction group in a dispute against the owner of the project
  • Advising a group of Iranian shareholders in a shareholder dispute against a French company and its subsidiaries
  • Advising the State of Cameroon in a dispute against a Belgian company relating to a concession contract
  • Advising an Indian company against a Jordanian company in French annulment proceedings arising out of an arbitration relating to a construction project in Jordan

Marie-Provence holds an LLM in International Law from the University of Cambridge, a Master 1 from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University and an LLB from King’s College London. During her time at the Paris Bar School, she successfully completed the Advanced Programme in Investment Arbitration.

Paul Lefeuvre

Paul is an associate in the Paris office. He has advised and represented companies, State-owned entities, and governments in international commercial and investment treaty disputes under the rules of the major arbitral institutions, including ICSID, ICC, LCIA, SCC, OHADA, and UNCITRAL, as well as ad hoc proceedings, with a specific focus on infrastructure, construction, and energy disputes, predominantly across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Paul’s experience includes:

  • advising a European logistic company in several arbitration proceedings under the ICC, ICSID, and OHADA rules regarding the construction and operation of container handling terminals in West-African countries
  • advising an African State-owned rail transportation operator in a dispute with an Asian train maker involving numerous technical engineering issues
  • advising on a joint venture between three major European energy companies in an arbitration regarding the purchase and operation of numerous wind farms in France
  • advising on a joint venture between Algerian, UK, and Norwegian energy companies in a disputed gas price review with an Italian energy company
  • advising an Algerian State-owned energy company in several upstream and downstream matters and arbitrations involving complex contractual and technical issues

Paul holds a Master’s degree from Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University. He is admitted to the Paris Bar, and speaks English and French.

Thomas Dauvillier

Thomas is an associate in the Paris office. He has experience in a number of contentious and non-contentious procedures in commercial arbitration in relation to the energy, aeronautics, construction and banking sectors, primarily in Europe and Africa. Thomas is also well versed in investment arbitration with a focus on mining, and has experience of annulment proceedings before the French courts.

Thomas’ recent experience includes:

  • Representing an individual in the aeronautics industry in two ICC arbitrations against a global aerospace corporation regarding a contractual dispute
  • Representing an arbitration institution in several proceedings brought by parties before French domestic courts on the basis of contractual liability
  • Assisting a Spanish construction company in a dispute based on contractual and legal penalties under Tunisian law for a major railroad infrastructure project in Tunisia
  • Assisting a Chinese construction company in a dispute with a Nigerian State-owned entity relating to the construction of a dam in Africa, notably with respect to issues arising from Covid-19 outbreak and terrorist attacks near the project site
  • Representing a Turkish construction company in an ICC arbitration seated in Brussels in relation to the termination of real estate projects in North Africa
  • Acting as secretary to the Arbitral Tribunal in an ICC arbitration regarding drilling operations in Argentina

Thomas also has a background in academia and has given lectures at Nanterre University in European and International Private Law.

Thomas holds a Master’s degree in International Private Law and International Arbitration from Pantheon-Assas University. During his time at the Paris Bar School, he successfully completed the Advanced Programme in Investment Arbitration.

Shaparak Saleh

Shaparak is a partner in the Paris office. She has acted as counsel in a large number of commercial arbitrations both ad hoc and institutional, including under the ICC, IEMA, LCIA, UNCITRAL, and VIAC rules. Her experience includes post-M&A disputes, and disputes in the construction, energy, aeronautics, space, telecommunications, food, chemicals, and pharmaceutical sectors, relating to projects in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

Shaparak’s experience includes:

  • Representing French construction groups in several disputes against the owner of the project (ICC and AFA; seats in Paris and Geneva)
  • Representing international petroleum companies in several disputes arising under production sharing contracts concluded with an Algerian State-owned company in relation to the exploitation of crude oil fields and/or the implementation of a tax on exceptional profits in Algeria (ICC and UNCITRAL; seats in Geneva)
  • Representing a Malaysian construction group and its French subsidiary in a dispute against a national energy company (ICC; seat in Paris)
  • Representing an Algerian company in a construction dispute against a Turkish company (ICC; seat in Brussels)
  • Representing two Spanish investors against Venezuela in annulment proceedings before the French courts
  • Representing a Canadian gold mining company against Venezuela in annulment proceedings before the Paris Court of Appeal

Over the years, she has acted for, among others, States, State entities, major international oil, gas and mining companies, leading construction groups, an aircraft manufacturer, and electricity companies.

She also sits as arbitrator, including as chairperson.

In addition, Shaparak has broad experience in pre- and post-arbitration litigation before the French courts, having represented clients in some 25 set-aside proceedings. She was also involved in enforcement proceedings of numerous awards against sovereign States.

Shaparak is recognised as a Global Leader for arbitration in Who’s Who Legal, which notes she is “absolutely fantastic at complex international disputes”, “very dedicated, experienced, sharp, meticulous and hardworking”, and “is able to provide sound solutions and strategy for extremely complex and difficult issues”. Global Arbitration Review highlights that she has “great advocacy skills and handles her cases with determination and dedication”.

For the last twelve years, Shaparak has been a lecturer in international arbitration, teaching courses on enforcement proceedings at a number of prominent universities, such as Sciences Po Paris and Paris II – Panthéon-Assas. She is admitted in Paris and speaks French, English, Italian, and Persian.

Ilan Brun-Vargas

Ilan is an associate based in the Paris office. His practice focuses on public international law and international dispute resolution across a range of sectors, including oil & gas, banking & finance, energy, and mining. Ilan advises sovereign States, State-owned entities, and corporate clients in all aspects of international dispute resolution, as well as on advisory matters and treaty negotiations. His experience covers investor-state arbitration, complex commercial arbitration, and proceedings before international tribunals.

Ilan holds a Master’s in International Economic Law, Global Business Law and Governance from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, in partnership with Columbia Law School and Sciences Po Paris. He graduated from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne with an LLB in International Law. Ilan speaks English, French, Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Italian.

Blair Shepherd

Blair is an associate in the Paris office. He has experience in a variety of international commercial arbitrations under several institutional rules in industries including construction, energy, and port operations. He also has experience advising States and non-governmental organisations on matters of public international law, which is his primary academic focus, with an emphasis on human rights and national security.

Blair’s recent experience includes:

  • Successfully defending a major Middle Eastern natural gas company’s termination of a sale and purchase agreement in an expedited LCIA arbitration
  • Representing an international energy company in a multibillion-dollar ad hoc commercial arbitration arising out of a national oil company’s failure to supply gas under a long-term contract
  • Representing an African company in an LCIA arbitration against a global port operator in a dispute arising from the termination of a joint venture agreement
  • Representing a European gambling operator in an LCIA arbitration against a State in a force majeure dispute under a concession agreement
  • Advising a global energy major on issues arising from terrorist attacks near a project site
  • Advising a European energy infrastructure company on delay and performance bond issues arising under an EPC contract for a power plant in Africa
  • Advising a European construction company on delay issues arising under an Algerian construction contract

Blair has made numerous appearances in the New Zealand courts, including the High Court, and was the sole solicitor acting on a two-year bifurcated commercial arbitration, with favourable awards upheld on appeal. His note, “Cutting Submarine Cables: The Legality of the Use of Force in Self-Defense” was recently published in the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law, and he is a New Zealand contributor to the World Bank’s “Women, Business and the Law” reports.

Blair holds an LLM from Duke University School of Law in the U.S., where he graduated magna cum laude, was a Staff Editor for the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, and contributed to submissions to the U.S. Department of State’s Commission on Unalienable Rights as part of the International Human Rights Clinic. He also graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand with an LLB and a BA. Whilst there he won the SDS International Business Case Competition with the Otago Business School team and spent time studying at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen in Germany. Blair is admitted to practise in New Zealand and New York.

Ilija Mitrev Penushliski

Ilija is counsel in the Paris office. Ilija has represented clients in international arbitrations conducted under all major arbitration rules. His practice focuses on complex investment and commercial arbitrations, particularly in the energy sector. He has extensive experience with proceedings for the annulment and enforcement of arbitral awards in numerous jurisdictions.

Ilija has also advised clients in relation to the renegotiation of bilateral investment treaties and on public international law issues, more generally, including on immunities, the law of the sea, and international criminal law.

Ilija’s experience includes the representation of:

  • A European energy company and the municipality of a European city in an SCC arbitration against an international utility company. The dispute arises from a long-term agreement for the lease of energy generation facilities.
  • The Republic of Lithuania as Respondent in an ICSID arbitration relating to district heating and power generation markets in Lithuania brought under the Lithuania-France bilateral investment treaty.
  • The majority shareholders in the former Yukos Oil Company in proceedings initiated in multiple jurisdictions in relation to the setting side and recognition and enforcement of the $50 billion awards rendered in the arbitrations against the Russian Federation. Ilija also represented the majority shareholders in the underlying arbitrations, in which the Tribunal found the Russian Federation liable to pay damages under the Energy Charter Treaty for the expropriation of the shareholders’ investments in Yukos.
  • A Middle East businessman in an ICC arbitration in Geneva relating to the dissolution of a long-standing family partnership. The law of a Gulf State applied, with billions of dollars being at stake.
  • The Republic of Lithuania in two arbitrations against Gazprom: one brought by Gazprom under the Russia-Lithuania BIT in respect of Lithuania’s implementation of the EU Third Energy Package and another brought by the State under two contracts in respect of Gazprom’s undertaking to supply gas to Lithuania at fair prices.
  • A European energy company, buyer in a long-term gas supply agreement, in an ICC arbitration in Geneva against another European energy company. English law applied.
  • Electricité de France (EDF) as Claimant in a UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of Hungary. The dispute arose from termination of the Power Purchase Agreements put in place during the privatisation of the electricity sector. The claims were brought under the Energy Charter Treaty and the arbitration was considered in accordance with UNCITRAL rules.

Ilija is featured in Who’s Who Legal 2020, 2021 and 2022 – Arbitration as a Future Leader, which hails him as “one of the most outstanding legal minds of his generation”, someone who “knows the cases inside out”, and a “truly remarkable’ arbitration lawyer who has an impressive ability to manage very complex cases and to develop strategy”.  One client notes “I was most impressed with the depth of Mr Mitrev Penusliski’s knowledge across various areas of public international law”.

Ilija holds an LLM from Harvard law School, a Magister Juris from the University of Oxford, and an LLB from Saints Cyril and Methodius University.

Eugénie Wrobel

Eugénie is an associate based in our Paris office. She has experience in advising private corporations, States and State-owned entities in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations conducted under major institutional and ad hoc rules.

Prior to joining Three Crowns, she practiced arbitration at the office of Professor Pierre Tercier, worked in the international arbitration departments of prominent law firms in Paris, and gained experience at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington.

Eugénie holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University, a Master’s degree in Litigation and Arbitration from Paris II Panthéon-Assas as well as Master’s degrees in International Business Law from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris XI Paris Sud respectively. She speaks French and English.

Hady Gouda

Hady is an associate based in the Paris office. He has experience acting in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, with a focus on energy and construction disputes, conducted under major institutional rules, including ICSID, ICC, CRCICA and UNCITRAL.

Prior to joining Three Crowns, he worked in the international arbitration departments of several leading law firms in Paris and Cairo.

Hady holds a LL.M. from Georgetown University, a Master II degree from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University, as well as an LL.B. from Cairo University. He speaks Arabic, English, French.

Raymundo T. Treves

Raymundo is an associate in the Paris office. He has experience in State-to-State, international commercial and investment treaty disputes, acting in arbitrations under a range of rules, including the UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICSID, and ICC rules.

His experience includes:

  • Representing a Spanish contractor in an ongoing investment treaty arbitration against a Latin American State in a dispute arising out of a “mega project” to expand a strategic maritime infrastructure installation
  • Representing a subsidiary of an industrial, mining, and energy group in an ongoing commercial dispute
  • Working with REDRESS on a pro bono project promoting balanced gender representation in UN mechanisms and bodies

Raymundo previously worked at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, where he and assisted several arbitral tribunals, and the PCA Secretary-General as an appointing authority and in his role of designating appointing authorities. In particular, he assisted the arbitral tribunal in the South China Sea (Philippines v. China) arbitration.  Prior to working at the PCA, he worked with counsel for Peru in the Maritime Dispute (Peru v. Chile) before the International Court of Justice.

As a member of the International Max Planck Research School on Successful Dispute Resolution in International Law, he finalised his thesis on “Equality of Arms in International Dispute Settlement” at the University of Heidelberg and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.

He has lectured on international arbitration at the University of Milan, the London School of Economics, and the University of Geneva, and is the author of several publications in international procedural law, including: “Preserving the Respective Rights of the Parties to the Dispute – The Ghana v. Cote d’Ivoire Order for Provisional Measures”.

Raymundo completed his legal studies at the University of Milan and was awarded the Premio Padovani for best thesis in private and procedural international law by the Italian Society of International law. He has an LL.M from New York University School of Law where he received the Dean’s Graduate Award and Martin and Eva Domke scholarship.  He is admitted to practice in Italy and New York and speaks English, Spanish, and Italian.

Carmelo Rustico

Carmelo, a senior associate in our Paris office, has over a decade of experience advising clients in numerous international arbitrations both ad hoc and under the rules of the ICC, CCIG, and ICSID, with a particular focus on construction disputes.

His experience includes representing:

  • acting for Eni in its ICSID investment treaty claim against Nigeria
  • representing an African company in an LCIA arbitration initiated by a global ports operator arising out of the termination of a joint venture agreement
  • representing the contractor in an ICC arbitration seated in Geneva over delays and additional costs on a gas-to-electricity plant project in North Africa
  • acting for a European gambling operator in an LCIA arbitration arising from multiple concession agreements
  • representing a European investment firm in an LCIA arbitration arising from a post-SPA dispute
  • acting for a French-German consortium in a billion-dollar ICC arbitration in Stockholm against a Finnish utility company arising out of the construction a nuclear power plant
  • representing three European chemical companies in a series of ICC arbitrations against the European subsidiaries of a large North American chemical concern, arising from a joint venture agreement formed to manufacture a product used for the production of nylon

He is qualified in Milan and Paris, and speaks English, French, and Italian.

Daria Pavlyuchok

Daria is an associate based in our Paris office. She has experience of advising private corporations, States, and State-owned entities in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under major institutional rules.

Daria’s recent experience includes:

  • Representing a European contractor in an investment treaty arbitration arising out of a “mega project” to expand a strategic maritime infrastructure installation
  • Representing an ultra-high-net-worth individual in disputes arising out of the repudiation of an option agreement and services agreement
  • Representing a European contractor in an ICC arbitration arising out of the construction of a multi-purpose complex in a CIS country

Daria holds a Master’s degree from Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Private International Law and International Trade) and Paris-Est University (D.U. LL.M in Advanced Arbitration and Litigation), as well as a Bachelor’s degree in law from Paris Descartes University. During her time at the Paris Bar School, she successfully completed the Advanced Programme in Investment Arbitration. She speaks Russian, French, English, and Ukrainian.

Zara Desai

Zara is an associate in the Paris office. She has significant experience in advising States and State-owned entities in investor-State arbitrations and on matters of public international law. Her practice also includes representing private corporations in international commercial arbitrations governed by a range of applicable laws and various industry sectors, with particular experience in disputes arising in the banking, finance, and energy sectors.

Zara’s recent experience includes:

  • Counsel for the Kingdom of Bahrain in an investment treaty dispute arising out of the alleged expropriation of an Iranian-owned bank and involving questions of international sanctions and banking regulations
  • Counsel for an international energy company in a multibillion-dollar commercial arbitration arising out of a national oil company’s failure to supply gas under a long-term contract
  • Counsel for a cement company in a commercial arbitration arising out of a share purchase agreement with a state agency of a South Eastern European State
  • Counsel for investors in a dispute arising from an Eastern European State’s termination of licenses to operate video lottery terminals
  • Counsel for a subsidiary of an Asian national oil company in a commercial arbitration arising under a production sharing contract relating to the reimbursement of taxes, levies, and royalties
  • Counsel in two confidential ICSID annulment proceedings

Zara trained at the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

Zara received her B.A. degree and M.A. degree (summa cum laude) from Sciences Po, Paris, where she was an Emile Boutmy Scholar and specialised in public international law. She was also the French National Champion of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and was awarded writing and oralist awards. She spent a year abroad at McGill University, Montréal.

Zara holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, where she served as Vice President (Events) on the Executive Board of the Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association (HIALSA) and won writing awards as part of the Harvard Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team. While at Harvard, she was a judicial extern to the Honourable Karen F. Green at the Massachusetts Superior Court.

Etienne Vimal du Monteil

Etienne, an associate in the Paris office, represents private and sovereign clients in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under the leading institutional and ad hoc rules. His practice covers various industries and continents, with a focus on energy and construction, in North and West Africa and the Middle East. Etienne also has experience of enforcement and annulment proceedings before the French courts.

Etienne’s recent experience includes:

  • Representing a joint venture and its shareholders in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris over the electricity tariff of a gas-to-electricity plant in Algeria
  • Representing the contractor in a European Development Fund arbitration seated in Paris against the Republic of Mali over the suspension of an infrastructure project
  • Representing the Kingdom of Bahrain in enforcement proceedings of an ICC award against CNIM before the French courts
  • Representing the contractor in an ICC arbitration seated in Geneva over delays and additional costs on a gas-to-electricity plant project in North Africa
  • Representing an aviation consultancy firm in an ICC arbitration seated in Geneva against a major aircraft manufacturer over unpaid invoices and the termination of agency contracts

Etienne holds Masters degrees from Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University and ESSEC Business School, as well as a Bachelor’s degree from Lyon II Lumière University.

Ryan Manton

Ryan is a senior associate in the Paris office. He practises in all areas of international dispute settlement, including inter-State disputes, investor-State arbitration, and international commercial arbitration. His experience extends across cases before a wide range of international tribunals, including as counsel before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and numerous arbitral tribunals, as well as in ICSID annulment proceedings. His arbitration practice has included cases governed by a range of applicable laws spanning international law and both common law and civil law legal systems, and it has covered various industry sectors with particular experience in disputes arising in the energy and banking sectors.

Ryan’s recent experience includes:

  • Counsel for the Kingdom of Bahrain in parallel cases against Qatar before the International Court of Justice regarding the jurisdiction of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) Council
  • Counsel for the Republic of Italy in a dispute with Panama before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
  • Counsel for the Kingdom of Bahrain in an investment treaty dispute arising out of the alleged expropriation of an Iranian-owned bank
  • Counsel for the Kingdom of Bahrain in a commercial arbitration with a French company arising out a failed power plant project
  • Counsel for a Russian businessman in a commercial arbitration arising out of a corporate dispute in the Russian logistics sector and related proceedings before the English High Court
  • Counsel for an international energy company in two multibillion-dollar commercial arbitrations arising out of a national oil company’s failure to supply gas under a long-term contract
  • Counsel for an international commodities trader in a commercial arbitration involving early determination proceedings
  • Counsel in two confidential ICSID annulment proceedings

Before joining Three Crowns, Ryan completed a doctorate in Public International Law at the University of Oxford, where he also taught Public International Law and English Contract Law.  He was formerly a Judge’s Clerk at the New Zealand Court of Appeal and a Teaching Fellow in Law at Victoria University of Wellington.

Ryan is a co-author, with Luke Sobota and former President of the International Court of Justice, Judge Stephen Schwebel, of the second edition of International Arbitration: Three Salient Problems (Cambridge, 2020).

Ryan was educated in New Zealand at the University of Canterbury, where he received first class honours degrees in both Law and Arts (Ancient History), and then at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and received a Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction) and a Doctor of Philosophy.

Kathryn Khamsi

Kathryn, a partner in the Paris office, acts for corporate clients and States in all types of disputes. She is particularly sought after in high value disputes that raise complex issues of fact and law.

Kathryn’s experience includes:

  • Representing three ENI subsidiaries in an ICSID arbitration against the Federal Republic of Nigeria arising out the State’s refusal to grant an oil mining license to allow production to proceed in Nigeria’s deep offshore. The case involves allegations of corruption. US$2.5 billion is at stake
  • Representing the Kingdom of Bahrain in a €180 million claim by French company CNIM relating to a renewable energy sector investment that raised issues of project finance and environmental legislation, as well as in related proceedings before the French courts.
  • Representing an Emirati-Algerian energy generation company in a US$100 million ICC claim against an Algerian State-owned company
  • Representing Areva and Siemens in an ICC dispute against a Finnish utility company, TVO, to the OL3 nuclear power plant in Finland – the first third-generation nuclear plant to be built in Europe since the Chernobyl disaster. The dispute involved claims and counterclaims totalling in excess of €5.5 billion and presented extraordinarily complex design, regulatory, delay, and quantification issues. The dispute settled on favourable terms
  • Representing a consortium of oil majors in a multibillion-dollar dispute with a Central Asian State over a complex formula for the sharing of petroleum under a production sharing contract

Clients have commended Kathryn’s “grasp of the technical detail, and her ability to identify and articulate game changing arguments”. She is recommended by ChambersWho’s Who Legal, and The Legal 500.

Kathryn also sits as arbitrator, and was recently appointed to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, and will serve a six-year term. She has lectured and published extensively on questions of international arbitration and public international law, including most recently on the subject of emissions trading schemes.

Prior to entering private practice, Kathryn was a Legal Advisor to the Prime Minister of East Timor (Timor-Leste), based in East Timor, coordinating East Timor’s negotiations with Australia over maritime boundaries and the drafting of a new regime for petroleum investments. Kathryn has also worked with the International Development Law Organization in Kabul, Afghanistan, and with Columbia Law School and the Carter Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kathryn, who speaks English and French, is admitted in Paris, New York, and Ontario. She holds an A.B from Harvard, LLB and BCL degrees from McGill, and an LLM from Columbia (where she was a James Kent Scholar).

Todd Wetmore

Todd Wetmore, a founding partner of Three Crowns, is based in Paris, where he has handled complex international commercial arbitration cases for over 25 years. As counsel, he represents clients in high-stakes disputes around the world in diverse sectors including high-tech manufacturing, automobile distribution, aviation, oil and gas, electricity, and mining. He has deep experience with disputes presenting challenging financial and technical issues, such as those arising from banking operations, teaming arrangements, supply and M&A deals, and gas pricing, under both common law and civil law systems. Todd is also a recognised specialist in infrastructure and construction disputes and has led teams handling some of the largest construction disputes in arbitration.

Todd’s experience includes:

  • Representing one of the world’s leading technology companies in a high-stakes dispute arising out of a cutting-edge, multibillion-dollar technology development and supply agreement
  • Securing an award for a leading Japanese automotive manufacturer in a dispute brought against it by a contractual counterparty that dismissed the claimant’s primary claim and awarded a counterclaim put forward by our client
  • Securing a comprehensive victory for the Kingdom of Bahrain in an ICC arbitration initiated by French company, Constructions Industrielles de la Méditerranée (CNIM) relating to a project to design, build and operate a waste-to-energy plant. The tribunal rejected CNIM’s claims and awarded the Kingdom over $5 million in costs. We are currently representing Bahrain in related proceedings before various French courts
  • Securing a landmark award representing DEPA (the Public Gas Corporation of Greece) against the Turkish State-entity BOTAŞ in an ICC arbitration arising out of the interpretation of a price revision formula in the parties’ long-term contract. The award resets the pricing formula in the parties’ agreement and has already led to a payment of $220 million
  • Representing an African company in an LCIA arbitration against a port operator in a dispute arising from the termination of a joint venture agreement
  • Leading a team for a French-German consortium in a high-stakes ICC arbitration, arising out of a contract to construct a nuclear power plant

Todd regularly sits as an arbitrator under the ICC, LCIA, Swiss, and UNCITRAL Rules. One prominent appointment includes the much-publicised van der Garde v. Sauber arbitration, which had an impact on the 2015 Formula 1 motor-racing season.

Who’s Who Legal recognises him as a “Thought Leader” in arbitration and a “Recommended Global Leader” in construction and energy law and describe him as “a very brilliant advocate”. Chambers notes that Todd is “furiously bright, gets very deep into the case details and is very passionate about his work” and is “outstanding counsel” whilst The Legal 500 describes him as “tireless, very intelligent and pragmatic”.

He co-authored the France chapter in Construction & Engineering Laws and Regulations (ICLG) and the Construction Disputes chapter of International Arbitration and the COVID-19 Revolution (Kluwer Law).

Todd is a Vice-President of the ICC Court and is qualified as an avocat in France and a solicitor in England.

Georgios Petrochilos QC

Georgios, one of the founding partners of Three Crowns, based in the Paris office, has a broad practice spanning more than two decades and covering inter-State, investment, and commercial disputes. He has represented States, international organisations, and private parties in more than 70 disputes, including several appearances in the International Court of Justice.

Georgios’ experience includes:

  • Securing a landmark award representing DEPA (the Public Gas Corporation of Greece) against the Turkish State-entity BOTAŞ in an ICC arbitration arising out of the interpretation of a price revision formula in the parties’ long-term contract. The award resets the pricing formula in the parties’ agreement and has already led to a payment of $220 million
  • Representing the Kingdom of Bahrain before the International Court of Justice in two parallel appeals from decisions of the International Civil Aviation Council in cases brought by Qatar against Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain under the Convention on International Civil Aviation and the International Air Services Transit Agreement
  • Successfully representing a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin and Mubadala in a French language ICC arbitration, securing an award for the full amount of damages claimed
  • Successfully leading a team for Mytilineos Holdings in its UNCITRAL investment treaty arbitration with the Republic of Serbia, obtaining a multimillion-dollar award
  • Representing the Republic of Chile in the largest maritime-delimitation case to date in the International Court of Justice
  • Representing a leading independent Middle Eastern oil and gas company relating to non-payments by the KRG for natural gas and associated petroleum liquids produced from the Khor Mor field in northern Iraq. We obtained a number of successful awards in the dispute, which settled on favourable terms for our client

In addition to counsel work, Georgios is regularly sought out to act as co-arbitrator or presiding arbitrator and has experience administering cases heard under ICC, SCC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, and LCIA rules.

Georgios is recognised by The Legal 500 as a “Leading Individual” for Public International Law. Client feedback in Chambers notes he “has superb advocacy skills”, who has “first-rate knowledge of international law”, and Who’s Who Legal, in which Georgios is recognised as a “Thought Leader”, says he is an “one of the most impressive orators and more knowledgeable lawyers”.

He has published extensively on international law and international arbitration, including the well-known monograph Procedural Law in International Arbitration, the leading commentary, UNCITRAL Rules, and Social License and Dispute Resolution in the Extractive Industries.

Georgios has represented a Member State at UNCITRAL since 2007, is a visiting professor at the Universities of Bern and Fribourg in Switzerland, and is the current rapporteur of the International Law Association International Arbitration Committee.

Georgios is qualified as a barrister in England, an avocat in France, and an advocate in Greece. He holds graduate degrees, including a doctorate, from Oxford, as well as degrees from Strasbourg and Athens.