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News 18 Nov. 2020
Libya Obtains Historic Victory in Setting Aside of EUR452 Million Arbitral Award
Event 31 Mar. 2021
Claudia Frutos-Peterson Speaks at Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration’s India ADR Week
News 15 Dec. 2020
Kazakhstan Secures US$1.9 Billion in Settlement of Arbitral Dispute
Publications 20 Apr. 2021
Simon Batifort and Marie-Claire Argac Publish “The Right to Raise New Arguments on Jurisdiction in Annulment Proceedings” in ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin
Event 15 Feb. 2021
Senior Consultant Tullio Treves to deliver Key Note Speech during the Milan Investment Arbitration Week
Event 29 Mar. 2021
Claudia Frutos-Peterson speaks in CECAP seminar on Investment Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
Event 05 Mar. 2021
Claudia Frutos-Peterson Participates in LatAm Women Way in Arbitration On Air series for International Women’s Day
News 05 Feb. 2021
London partners Charles Buderi and Luciana Ricart part of team securing absolute victory for the UAE at the International Court of Justice
Client Alert 13 Jan. 2021
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Upholds Qatar’s Sovereign Immunity in Cyberespionage Case
News 31 Mar. 2021
Partner Simon Batifort Elected to the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law
Event 23 Mar. 2021
Five Curtis Attorneys Featured at ASIL 2021 Annual Meeting
Client Alert 27 Jan. 2021
U.S. Insight: Update on Virtual Notarization (Executive Order 202.7) During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic (Updated: January 27, 2021)
Client Alert 30 Dec. 2020
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Simon Batifort's practice focuses on investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration, and public international law.
Mr. Batifort has extensive experience representing sovereign states, state-owned entities and private companies in arbitrations conducted under various rules, including those of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). His cases have involved a wide range of sectors, including natural resources, telecommunications, construction, joint ventures, real estate and taxation. He has also served as an arbitrator.
Among other high-profile disputes, he successfully represented the respondent States in Venezuela Holdings v. Venezuela, in which Curtis secured the largest annulment in ICSID history, and in Içkale v. Turkmenistan, Erhas et al. v. Turkmenistan, and Khadamat v. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, obtaining full dismissal of the claims and costs awards. He is currently representing governments in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East in several arbitrations arising under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.
He has been recognized as a Rising Star in international arbitration by Law360 and as a Key Lawyer by Legal 500. Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration: Future Leaders has ranked him as one of the Most Highly Regarded arbitration attorneys under 45, noting that he "impresses peers with his technical expertise and 'business acumen beyond his years.'" Sources refer to him as a "formidable practitioner when it comes to investment treaty arbitration."
Mr. Batifort publishes and speaks regularly on issues of international arbitration and public international law. He was awarded the 2019 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for Best Article in International Arbitration for "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.
He is a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), a co-chair of ASIL’s Dispute Resolution Interest Group, and served as co-chair of ASIL’s 2021 Annual Meeting Committee. He is a member of the European Society of International Law, and sits on the Arbitration Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches investment treaty arbitration.
Dual-qualified in Paris and New York, he holds degrees in public and private international law, civil law, common law and comparative law from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), Université de Montpellier and NYU School of Law, where he served as a research assistant to Professor José E. Alvarez and as a graduate editor for the Journal of International Law and Politics. Prior to joining Curtis, he worked as in-house counsel for one of the world’s largest construction companies and interned at both the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the International Court of Justice.
The Right to Raise New Arguments on Jurisdiction in Annulment Proceedings, 1 ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin 29 (February 2021) (co-author)
Commentary of Articles 56-58 of the ICSID Convention (Replacement and Disqualification of Conciliators and Arbitrators), in The ICSID Convention, Rules and Regulations: A Commentary (Elgar Publishing, December 2019) (co-author)
The Once and Future Law of Non-Discrimination: Revisiting Most Favored Nation and National Treatment, ASIL Proceedings (March 2019)
Third-Party Funding in Investment Disputes, Chapter 16, Business Guide to Trade and Investment, Vol 2 (October 2018) (co-author)
The New Debate on the Interpretation of MFN Clauses in Investment Treaties: Putting the Brakes on Multilateralization, 111(4) American Journal of International Law 873 (2018) (co-author)
Third-Party Funding: Security for Costs and Other Key Issues, in The Investment Treaty Arbitration Review (Bart Legum ed., 2nd Edition, 2017) (co-author)
Third-Party Funding: Security for Costs and Other Key Issues, in The Investment Treaty Arbitration Review 97 (Bart Legum ed., 1st Edition, 2016) (co-author)
Investment Arbitration: Jurisdiction and Procedure, in The International Arbitration Review 1 (James H. Carter ed., 6th Edition, 2015) (co-author)
Jurisdiction and Procedure in Investment Arbitration – New Developments, in The International Arbitration Review 1 (James H. Carter ed., 5th Edition, 2014) (co-author)
Recent Trends in Investment Arbitration, in The International Arbitration Review 1 (James H. Carter ed., 4th Edition, 2013) (co-author)
Commercial Disputes - Arbitration
Public International Law
Legal 500 USA, 2020
Who's Who Legal - Arbitration: Future Leaders, 2017-2020
Who's Who Legal - Arbitration: Future Leaders