Thomas Parigot is a senior associate in the International Arbitration practice.
He has advised and represented companies and State-owned entities in international arbitrations under the Rules of the ICC and ICSID. His experience includes construction, investment and energy disputes as well as arbitrations with an Iberian or Latin American nexus.
Thomas has also acted as secretary to arbitral tribunals under ICC Rules.
Thomas was featured in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017. The publication, which is based upon an independent survey of general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide, profiles the foremost practitioners in the arbitration community aged 45 and under and notes that Thomas “impresses all who deal with him, thanks to the quality and considered nature of his work. The 2018 edition of the same publication further notes that he is “a very eloquent and very professional advocate.”
International arbitrations on which Thomas Parigot has worked include the representation of:
- Sonatrach as Respondent in an ICC arbitration in Geneva brought by Saipem SpA and Saipem Contracting Algérie SpA. The dispute arose from a contract for the construction of gas liquefaction facilities. Over EUR 2.6 billion was at stake. Algerian law applied.
- An international tobacco company in proceedings initiated before the Paris Court of Appeal to seek the annulment of an award rendered in an ICC arbitration.
- Sonatrach as Respondent in an ICC arbitration in Paris initiated by Saipem SpA and Saipem Contracting Algérie SpA. The dispute arose from an agreement for the construction of an oil & gas production facility in North Africa. Algerian law applied. Over USD 1 billion was at stake.
- Latin American investment companies in proceedings brought before French courts to seek the annulment of an award rendered in an ICC arbitration.
- A group of shareholders of a holding company as Claimants in an ICC arbitration in Paris against two shareholders in the same company. The dispute concerns the interpretation of a put option price provision contained in a Shareholders’ Agreement. The law of the Netherlands applies. Over USD 1 billion is at stake.
- The Latin American subsidiary of a European retailer as Respondent in an ICC arbitration in Paris initiated by a Latin American company. The dispute related to an acquisition of equity interests in a company incorporated in Latin America. Brazilian law applied.
- SAUR International, a leading French service management company in the field of water, energy and cleanliness, as Claimant in an ICSID arbitration against the Argentine Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/04/4). The dispute arose out of violations by Argentina of investment treaty obligations owed to our client in relation to a water and sewer services concession in Argentina. The Tribunal held that Argentina had expropriated SAUR’s investment in the concession without compensation, awarded our client USD 59 million and entered a significant costs award in favor of our client. We also successfully represented SAUR International in proceedings initiated by the Argentine Republic before an ICSID Ad hoc Committee to seek the annulment of the award obtained by our client.
- An African State-owned energy producer as Respondent in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Geneva initiated by the African subsidiary of a large North American energy company. The dispute arose from a unitization agreement in relation to a petroleum field. The law of the Respondent's State applied and French was the language of the arbitration. Hundreds of millions of US dollars were at stake.
- The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in two parallel ICSID arbitrations respectively initiated by O.I. European Group B.V. (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/25) and its subsidiaries Fábrica de Vidrios Los Andes, C.A. and Owens-Illinois de Venezuela, C.A. (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/21). The dispute was in relation to the operation of two industrial plants for the production, processing and distribution of glass containers. The claims were brought under the Netherlands-Venezuela bilateral investment treaty.
- A Latin American energy company as Respondent in an ICC arbitration in Paris initiated by a European oil & gas operator. The dispute arose from the acquisition of interests in oil & gas blocks in Latin America and related to the performance of earn-out provisions included in a share purchase agreement. French law applied.
HEC / ESCP-EAP Schools of Management
Mastère Spécialisé in International Business Law and Management
University of Paris XI
Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
- Maîtrise in International Business Law, 2003 (Erasmus program – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2001-2002)
- Member, Club Español de Arbitraje (CEA-40)
- Member, LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)
- Member, ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICCYAF)
- Member, ICDR Young & International Associates
- “Panorama de jurisprudencia francesa, Commentary of Cour d’appel de Paris, 1ère Chambre C 12 février 2009, n°07/22164, SA J&P Avax SA contre Société Tecnimont SPA,” 2009(6) Spain Arbitration Review 111 (with A. Muñoz)
- Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Thomas practiced in the international arbitration group of a major French firm.