News 24 Jun. 2021
Curtis successfully defends foreign states' procedural privileges in the UK Supreme Court
News 23 Jun. 2021
Ibrahim Elsadig joins Curtis as Partner in Dubai
News 09 Aug. 2021
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle enters into association with Chevalier Law in Singapore.
Event 23 Apr. 2021
Partner Borzu Sabahi to speak on Damages, Enforcement and Annulment of Arbitral Awards at Executive Training Program hosted by the Government of India and the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade
News 04 Jan. 2022
Disputes attorneys headline Curtis’ New Year Promotions
News 30 Nov. 2021
Curtis Expands its International Arbitration and Public International Law Team in London with New Counsel Lise Johnson
Event 03 Dec. 2021
Sara Dangón Leads the Investment Arbitration Module for ACCOLDI’s Intensive Course on Public International Law
News 12 Nov. 2021
Hermann Ferré’s SCOTUS Argument Featured on Podcasts "We the People" and Law360's "The Term"
Event 22 Nov. 2021
Partner Antonia Birt spoke at ADGMAC and AIAC Webinar Series: Webinar 5 - Disputes in Fintech and Complex Technology in MESEA
News 11 Nov. 2021
Partner Antonia Birt gives opening remarks at launch of the Mena Sub-Committee of the Campaign For Greener Arbitrations
Event 10 Jan. 2022
Partner Charlie Howland to Co-Chair Webcast Entitled “Real Estate and Clean Energy in 2022: Capitalizing on Opportunities to Further the Clean Energy Transition"
Event 07 Jan. 2022
Partner Javier Hernandez to Speak on PLI CLE Program Entitled “ERISA Plan Investments in Financial Markets 2022: The Fundamentals”
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Simon Batifort's practice focuses on investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration, and public international law. He joined Curtis' New York office in 2011 and became a partner in 2019. He divides his time between New York and Brussels, where he relocated in 2021 to establish a new office for the firm.
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 acted for the winning parties 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 States and State-owned companies in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East in arbitrations arising under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties and cross-border contracts.
He has been recognized as a Rising Star in International Arbitration by Law360 and as a Rising Star in Commercial Arbitration by Euromoney
Legal Media Group's Expert Guides. He is ranked as a Key Lawyer by Legal 500 USA, and Legal 500 Latin America praises his "encyclopedic knowledge of international arbitration cases and great advocacy skills." Who's Who Legal – Arbitration: Future Leaders has recognized him as one of the Most Highly Regarded arbitration attorneys under 45, highlighting his "first-rate strategy and legal expertise" as well as his "'exceptional diplomatic skills and cultural understanding' in high-stakes international investor-state disputes." Sources refer to him as a "household name" and 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 International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the European Society of International Law (ESIL), the International Law Association (ILA), the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), 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 has taught an advanced course on investment treaty arbitration for the last five years.
Admitted to the bar in New York, Paris and Brussels (E-list), Mr. Batifort 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.
Psychology in Oral Advocacy: Using Science to Persuade International Tribunals, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (September 6, 2021) (co-author)
The Future of Investor-State Dispute Settlement under the Energy Charter Treaty, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (March 29, 2021) (co-author)
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
News 08 Dec. 2021
Six Curtis Partners Featured in Who's Who Legal - Arbitration 2022
Event 06 Dec. 2021
Simon Batifort Moderates ASIL Panel on “Unearthing FET: What Did States Intend, and Does It Matter?”
Legal 500 Latin America 2022 International Arbitration
Legal 500 USA, 2020
Who's Who Legal - Arbitration: Future Leaders, 2017-2020
Who's Who Legal - Arbitration: Future Leaders