In an article published by French publication Magazine des Affaires, Emmanuel Gaillard, Head of Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice and Managing Partner of the firm’s Paris office, has once again been singled out as “the most prominent French international arbitration lawyer worldwide.”
Noting “his phenomenal success,” “technical excellence” and “strategic acumen,” the profile adds that Gaillard has made the firm’s Paris office a “global center of excellence.”
Gaillard, who combines roles as a practitioner, academic and managing partner, explains that strategy is what attracted him to the practice.
Asked to comment on how he manages to bear the pressure associated with handling matters of an extraordinary magnitude, such as the Yukos case, Gaillard says, “In the field of disputes, success is a relative concept. It is always measured against the initial objective, whether or not you have moved the needle.”
The article states that his clients particularly admire his “ability to distance himself from matters and to apprehend them in a rational and rigorous way.” French arbitrator Yves Derains states that “arguing against Gaillard truly is a challenge,” albeit an “intellectual delight.” A long-standing client, Vice-President and Head of Legal Operations at a major pharmaceutical company, adds that Gaillard has a “rare ability” to analyze legal issues in the light of his clients’ operational constraints,” and to come up “with the most pragmatic solutions.”