*Céline* Greenberg

French law qualified lawyer and independent arbitration practitioner based in Paris


I have significance experience as counsel in domestic and international arbitral proceedings of all kinds, across numerous sectors (seven years of practice in a magic circle firm). I also act before French courts in all arbitration-related proceedings (recognition of arbitral awards, challenges to arbitration awards, enforcement proceedings, etc.)

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I receive appointments as arbitrator. My recent appointments include ICC proceedings concerning an international sale of goods and domestic proceedings concerning the liquidation of a commercial enterprise.

 

I also have extensive experience as secretary to arbitral tribunals, having had the role in over 20 cases. I notably act as secretary to arbitral tribunals chaired by Professor Pierre Mayer (with whom I work as his associate). This experience provides me with a unique insight into the work of numerous arbitrators. This sets me apart from other practitioners and enables me to add a distinctive value when acting as counsel, notably for strategic aspects such constitution of an arbitral tribunal or assessment of the chances of success of a claim.

 

Thanks to my extensive network, I am able to put together a bespoke team for any matter that would require the involvement of other lawyers.

I am identified as a Future Leader in Who’s Who Legal.

Skills


Having practiced for seven years in the International Arbitration group of magic circle firm Clifford Chance, I have strong experience as counsel in international arbitration proceedings of all kinds, including drafting correspondence and submissions, oral advocacy, witness and expert preparation and cross-examination. 

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I also have significant experience as arbitral tribunal secretary. Over the past five years, I have assisted over 20 arbitral tribunals in the conduct of proceedings and have attended deliberations between many of the most renowned arbitrators. This experience sets me apart from other practitioners and adds value to my practice as counsel. Since 2017, I receive appointments as arbitrator in domestic and international proceedings.

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I received a special mention for my advocacy in the Vis moot in 2009.

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I am qualified to practice law in France since 2009. I studied several common law subjects during my double-curriculum in Nanterre University (English law of contracts, tort, land law…). As a senior arbitration lawyer, I am well used to working on cases involving other governing laws than French law, alongside co-counsel where necessary. My recent experience includes cases governed by US federal law, Swedish law, Swiss law, Gabon law, Belgian law, Romanian law, Kuwaiti law, and Egyptian law.

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My working languages are French and English.

 

SELECTED EXPERIENCE AS COUNSEL IN ARBITRAL PROCEEDINGS


  • Representation of a European electricity company (respondent) in an ICC arbitration concerning a put option dispute arising out of a privatisation agreement (EUR 550 million at stake; Romanian law; Paris seat; English language)

 

  • Representation of a French bank (claimant) in ICC proceedings against a foreign bank regarding the implementation of a price adjustment mechanism in a share purchase agreement (EUR 165 million at stake, French law, Geneva seat, English language) – Cross-examination of French law expert

 

  • Representation of a major Asian technology company (respondent) in ICC arbitration proceedings initiated against it by a French chemical company (EUR 750 million at stake; Belgian law; Brussels seat, English language)

 

  • Representation of an Asian telecom company (respondent) in ICC arbitration proceedings initiated against it by a major European telecom patents holder (US$ 85 million at stake; Swedish law; Stockholm seat, English language) – Cross-examination of two witnesses

 

  • Representation of a major French football association in ad hoc arbitration proceedings against a French marketing agent (EUR 50 million at stake; French law; Paris seat, French language)

 

  • Representation of a French CAD software editor (respondent) in two successive ad hoc arbitration proceedings against a French distributor (EUR 25 million at stake; French law; Paris seat, French language) – Oral advocacy during both merits hearings

 

background


I have been trained by first-class arbitration lawyers practicing in renowned law firms (Dechert, Latham & Watkins). I complemented this experience with internships in one of the best arbitral institutions (the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, Netherlands) and in the legal department of a major oil & gas group.

I then spent seven years as an associate in the International Arbitration group of magic circle firm (Clifford Chance, Paris office), before joining Professor Pierre Mayer, undoubtedly one of the biggest names in arbitration in France.

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Diplomas


– LLM in International Law (2006) / Bristol University, UK

– Master Bilingue des Droits de l’Europe / Option droit anglais et américain (avec mention) (2006)/ Paris X Nanterre University, France

– Maîtrise de Droit International et Européen & Certificat d’Etudes Juridiques Appliquées, Option Droit Anglais et Américain (avec mention) (2005) / Paris X Nanterre University, France

– Bi-D.E.U.G. de Droit Spécialité langue étrangère: Anglais (avec mention) / Paris X Nanterre University, France.