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News Oct 06, 2014

Gaillard Acclaimed as Most Prominent French Lawyer Internationally

Emmanuel Gaillard, Managing Partner of Shearman & Sterling’s Paris office and Head of the firm’s International Arbitration practice, is featured in the quarterly magazine published by La Lettre des Juristes d’Affaires, a leading legal publication in France.

Calling Gaillard “probably the most prominent French lawyer internationally,” the profile notes that Gaillard has established in the firm’s Paris office “what is the largest concentration of international arbitration specialists worldwide,” a multinational multilingual team including lawyers of 26 nationalities, collectively speaking 25 languages.

Peers quoted in the article describe Gaillard as “a visionary,” having developed an investment treaty arbitration practice and one of the “very few French lawyers” enjoying a standout reputation in the field globally. A long-standing client, noting that Gaillard’s perspective as both a law professor and a practitioner is an “enormous asset,” praises his “ability to anticipate and impressive legal reasoning.”

Gaillard is also singled out for his successful representation of the majority shareholders of the former Yukos Oil Company in an arbitration against the Russian Federation where the firm secured a US$50 billion award for its clients, the largest arbitral award ever rendered by an arbitral tribunal. The profile also highlights Gaillard’s role in the arbitration between The Dow Chemical Company and Kuwaiti State-owned company Petrochemical Industries Company, which resulted in a US$2.5 billion award in favor of the firm’s client Dow, the largest arbitral award ever rendered in a commercial arbitration.

In the January 2014 issue of Vanity Fair France, Gaillard was named to the publication’s list of “the most influential French people in the world”—the only lawyer featured on the list.