Simon Batifort

Partner

Batifort, Simon

Simon Batifort represents clients in high-stakes investment treaty arbitrations, international commercial arbitrations, and public international law matters.

International Arbitration

A partner in Curtis' New York office, Mr. Batifort has over a decade of experience representing sovereign states, state-owned entities and private companies in numerous arbitrations conducted under the rules 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.

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 and Erhas et al. v. Turkmenistan, 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. Legal 500 also lists him as a Key Lawyer in international arbitration. Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration: Future Leaders has recognized 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."

Thought Leadership

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 also an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches investment treaty arbitration. He is a co-chair of the 2021 ASIL Annual Meeting Committee, sits on the Arbitration Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and co-chairs ASIL’s Dispute Resolution Interest Group.

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.

Languages

English

French

Spanish

Rising Star in International Arbitration

Law360, 2020

Key Lawyer in International Arbitration

Legal 500 USA, 2020

Recognized as one of the
Most Highly Regarded arbitration attorneys under 45

Who's Who Legal - Arbitration: Future Leaders, 2017-2020

Simon Batifort is a "formidable practitioner when it comes to investment treaty arbitration," comment peers.

Who's Who Legal - Arbitration: Future Leaders

Winner of the 2019
Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for Best Article on International Arbitration