Christophe Dugué benefits from a dual background as counsel in international commercial transactions and as counsel and arbitrator in international commercial arbitration cases.
He focuses his practice on international commercial arbitration both as counsel and as arbitrator.
His background as transactional lawyer provides him with in-depth knowledge of the industries in which parties involved in arbitration cases operate, as well as a thorough understanding of the parties’ and their counsels’ expectations, constraints and strategies when they face a dispute, be it as claimant or as respondent.
Christophe Dugué's experience as counsel in the structuring, drafting and negotiation of major international commercial transactions encompasses banking, commercial, corporate and contract law and assistance of major international companies in a variety of sectors, notably, banking, construction, international commercial financings, project financings, mining, oil & gas, joint-ventures, M&A financings, structured finance, infrastructure financings, securitization of commercial receivables, derivatives, equity swaps.
Christophe Dugué has also a vast experience of domestic and international arbitration cases, with a variety of applicable laws and seats, both ad hoc and institutional (ICC, Swiss Arbitration Centre-formerly SCAI, PCA, AFA, LCIA, SIAC, CAIP) in a wide variety of industries.
Experienced, independent, available, absence of conflicts of interests, dedicated, time and cost efficient.
Christophe Dugué's experience of international arbitration in a variety of cases with a wide range of seats and applicable substantive laws allows him to act efficiently as Counsel and as Arbitrator
When serving as Arbitrator, Christophe Dugué is fully aware that while the parties want a total flexibility in order to enjoy the benefit of all opportunities to present their case they are also cost and time sensitive.
As arbitrator Christophe Dugué strives at providing the parties with a full and fair opportunity to present their case, while ensuring that the proceedings are conducted as smoothly and expeditiously as possible.
Christophe Dugué has the experience of expedited procedures under the auspices of the ICC.
A candid discussion with the parties is held at the outset of the case to adapt the procedure to the parties' requirements (is there a need for one or two rounds of written submissions, a dedicated production of documents phase, a hearing and the examination of witnesses and experts, post hearing briefs?) and the procedural timetable that best suits the instruction of the case is decided accordingly.
In the conduct of the proceedings, while ensuring that the procedural timetable is followed, and amended as the circumstances warrant, and due process is observed, Christophe Dugué strives at making the final award available in the shortest period of time possible after the parties have pleaded their case and filed their post-hearing briefs.
When acting as Counsel, Christophe Dugué works in close collaboration with the party he represents in order to determine what the party wants to obtain, what can be obtained, and what are the means to be implemented to have the best chances of achieving this result.
Christophe Dugué builds on the facts and focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of the case to provide a structured, documented and comprehensive legal argument that best serves the client's objectives and strategy, in order to deliver concise, powerful and convincing briefs.
At the hearing, he benefits from his experience as counsel and as arbitrator in the examination of witnesses and experts. Christophe Dugué pleads the decisive arguments and provides the explanations that the arbitral tribunal expects.
Christophe Dugué has successfully acted as counsel in the representation of parties against all sorts of opponents, including major international law firms.
Master 2-DESS, Droit des Affaires Internationales, Institut de Droit des Affaires, Université Aix-Marseille III, 1982
Master 2-DJCE, Droit du Commerce International, Institut de droit des Affaires, Université Aix-Marseille III, 1982
Paris Bar, 1992
In Honorem Emmanuel Gaillard 1952-2021, Revista română de arbitraj 2/2021
Paris Arbitration Week 2023 - CMAP, conference held on 30 March 2023, speaker on Blockchain, Crypto, Smart Contracts, Artificial Intelligence, an opportunity for International Arbitration?
Assas Lab’ Incubateur (University Paris 2), conference held on 8 March 2023 on New Trends in Technology and Law: Law in Times of Disruption / AI vs. Humans: Partners or Competitors?, speaker on The Place of International Arbitration vs. On-chain Dispute Resolution and Artificial Intelligence