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January 7, 2013
Curtis Adds Jean-Claude Najar to International Arbitration Practice


Paris, January 7, 2013 - Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has announced that Jean-Claude Najar has joined the law firm as International Counsel.  Mr. Najar will focus his practice on international arbitration and compliance.  He will be based in the Curtis Paris office but will also work frequently from the firm's other offices, especially Istanbul.

Mr. Najar is the third prominent international arbitration lawyer to move to Curtis in the last six months.  Professor Tullio Rodolfo Treves joined Curtis Milan in July, while Nadia Darwazeh also joined the firm's Paris office from the ICC's International Court of Arbitration in September.

Mr. Najar was recently honored at the IBA Annual Meeting as the first corporate counsel to receive the Kluwer Law International and Iberian Lawyer Outstanding Achievement Award "in recognition of a lifetime's dedication to ensuring that the client's voice is heard among lawyers and institutions, most notably within the world of arbitration."

"We are very pleased that Jean-Claude has joined us," said Curtis Chairman George Kahale.  "His reputation and experience in international arbitration enhance our position as a leader in the field, and his many years of high level work in compliance will also enable Curtis to expand what we offer clients in that important area."

Mr. Najar comes to Curtis from General Electric Co. (GE), where he was most recently General Counsel France & Senior Counsel Europe.  Over his 23 year career, his responsibilities included serving as Senior Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of GE Capital for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), General Counsel EMEA of GE Medical Systems (now GE Healthcare), and as worldwide group General Counsel of GE Oil & Gas.  He represented GE on Transparency International's Business Principles for Countering Bribery (BPCB) Steering Committee.

"I am extremely excited to be joining Curtis," said Mr. Najar.  "The firm's strong international platform, culture and achievements, especially in arbitration, made it a very attractive choice for such a significant career move.  I look forward to working together with this outstanding team of lawyers and to contribute to the firm's commercial arbitration and compliance practices."

Mr. Najar is the founder and a member of the Steering Committee of the Corporate Counsel International Arbitration Group (CCIAG).  He is the chair of CPR's European Executive Board and a member of the Swedish Arbitration Association's Executive Committee and of the Arbitration Commission of the Centre de M√©diation et d 'Arbitrage de Paris.

Mr. Najar teaches Compliance at the Law School of Sciences Po in Paris, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods at the newly founded H.E.A.D.  law school in Paris.  He is a member of the faculty in the healthcare compliance officer certification courses at INSEAD, and at Sciences Po/Seton Hall Law School. Mr. Najar has lectured and published extensively on international commercial arbitration, ADR, anti-corruption, compliance, corporate governance, and the role of in-house counsel.

Mr. Najar earned a Master of Laws (DESS) at the Sorbonne (Paris-I), a Master of Laws (LL.M) at the London School of Economics and his Maitrise en droit from Lausanne University Law School.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is a leading international law firm providing a broad range of services to clients around the world. Curtis has 16 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.  The firm's international orientation has been a hallmark of its practice for nearly two centuries. For more information about Curtis, please visit or follow Curtis on Twitter ( and Facebook (
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