New York University School of Law, LL.M., International Legal Studies, Dean's Graduate Award Ecole de Formation des Barreaux de la Cour d’Appel de Paris, Certificat d’Aptitude à la Profession d’Avocat
Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), Master 2 in Public International Law, High Honors, First in Class; Master 2 in International Business Law, Honors, Graduate Scholarship for Academic Merit; Diploma in Comparative Law, HonorsUniversity of Ottawa, Common Law Section (Exchange Program)
Université Montpellier I, Master 1, High Honors; Diploma in Theory and Philosophy of Law
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Simon Batifort is counsel in the International Arbitration Group in New York. He is a dual-qualified attorney admitted to the Paris and New York bars, and holds advanced degrees in civil law, common law, and public and private international law. Who’s Who Legal has recognized him as one of the “most highly regarded” attorneys in international arbitration in its survey of “future leaders” (under 45), noting that he “impresses peers with his technical expertise” and “business acumen beyond his years.”
Mr. Batifort has extensive experience in investor-State and international commercial arbitration, particularly in representing sovereign States and State-owned entities in disputes arising under bilateral investment treaties and transnational contracts. He has acted as counsel in numerous arbitrations conducted under the ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC rules, in cases involving various industries, including oil & gas, construction and telecommunications. Among other high profile disputes, he was part of the Curtis team that obtained annulment of a US$1.4 billion award in the ExxonMobil v. Venezuela arbitration, the largest annulment in ICSID history.
Mr. Batifort publishes regularly on issues of international investment law, international arbitration, and public international law. He is the co-author with J. Benton Heath of “The New Debate on the Interpretation of MFN Clauses in Investment Treaties: Putting the Brakes on Multilateralization,” which was published in the American Journal of International Law and was the subject of an AJIL Unbound symposium led by Professor Donald McRae. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School, where he co-teaches a course on International Investment Law and Arbitration.
Prior to joining Curtis, Mr. Batifort worked as in-house counsel for one of the world’s largest construction companies, trained in the international arbitration groups of two major law firms, and interned at the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the International Court of Justice. While completing his LL.M. at New York University School of Law, Mr. Batifort worked as a Research Assistant for Professor José E. Alvarez and served as a graduate editor for the Journal of International Law and Politics.
Mr. Batifort is fluent in English, French and Spanish, and reads Portuguese.
American Society of International Law
Who's Who Legal - Arbitration: Future Leaders 2018, Most Highly Regarded