Biography

Sébastien Bonnard is a Partner in Brown Rudnick’s Paris office. An experienced International Arbitration specialist, he has been involved as counsel in numerous arbitration proceedings both institutional (ICC, ICSID) and ad hoc, as well as in post-arbitral disputes (annulment and enforcement) for both private and public operators. He is also active in alternative dispute resolution proceedings such as mediation or conciliation. Sebastien, an ICC France registered arbitrator, is particularly active in disputes relating to construction, mining, telecommunication, joint ventures and distribution agreements  in Africa and the Middle East.

Sébastien also has a significant experience in the negotiation and monitoring of construction contracts (EPC contracts, lump sum contracts, etc.). He is the author of the French Chapter of the PLC Cross-border Constructions and Projects Handbook 2014/15.  Sébastien is a lecturer in the International Business Law Master’s 2 degree at the University of Paris XI.

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Sébastien Bonnard set up and headed the International Arbitration practice of Paris-based boutique Lacourte Raquin Tatar after practicing in the International Arbitration Department of Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I in Paris for more than 10 years.

Sébastien’s native language is French and he is fluent in English.

Awards

Representation

Some of Sébastien’s notable engagements (including representation prior to joining Brown Rudnick) include:

Arbitrator:

Sole arbitrator in a dispute between an African State and multiple companies relating to the termination of a long-term agreement (ICC arbitration, French)

Co-arbitrator in a post-M&A dispute relating to a fund’s investment in a company in Senegal (ad hoc arbitration).

Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a company from the United Arab Emirates and a US company on a sales contract (ICC arbitration, English) .

Co-arbitrator in a dispute relating to a partnership between construction companies in the Republic of Congo (OHADA arbitration – CCJA, French).

Counsel:

Counsel to a joint venture against some of its shareholders and directors in relation to the violation of long term commitments and fiduciary duties (ICC arbitration, Paris seat, French law).

Counsel to a pipeline operator in relation to the termination of long-term agreements (three ICC arbitrations, Paris seat, French law).

Counsel to a world leader in industrial and military vehicles sector in several arbitrations relating to consultant contracts and representation in North Africa and the Middle East (ICC arbitrations, Paris seat, French law).

Counsel to a listed Australian company in an arbitration concerning the misappropriation of its shares in a mining company in North Africa (ICC arbitration, Geneva seat, local law).

Counsel to an investor in multiple disputes relating to a telecom project in Central Africa (ICC arbitration, mediation ICC ADR, local judicial procedures and the Cayman Islands ).

Counsel to a Saudi conglomerate leader in the distribution of satellite programs in the Middle East & North Africa region in a dispute with a Qatari operator (ICC arbitration, Paris seat, French law).

Counsel to an African state in a dispute over the termination of mining concession contracts, port and rail agreement with a global leader in the steel industry (ICC arbitration, Paris seat, local law).

Counsel to Jordanian and Saudi investors in a dispute relating to a partnership with a public company in the sectors of construction and shipping in North Africa (ICC arbitration and arbitration LMAA).

Counsel to North African state in a dispute over a contract to build a highway (ICC arbitration)

Counsel to world leader in the commercial vehicle sector in a dispute over distribution contracts in Algeria (ICC arbitration).

Counsel to world leader in the commercial vehicle sector in a dispute over distribution contracts in Tunisia (ICC arbitration).

Counsel to a bank in a dispute over funding for a hospital project in Saudi Arabia (ICC arbitration).

Counsel to a bank in a dispute concerning the involvement of a guarantee by an officer (ICC arbitration).

Counsel to an African government in a dispute concerning a contract for exploration and mining (ICC arbitration, French).

Counsel to a US contractor in a dispute relating to an EPC contract in North Africa for the construction of a gas processing facility (ICC arbitration, French / English).

Counsel to a Lebanese construction company in a dispute over financing and construction of a building project in Morocco (ICC arbitration, French).

Counsel to a French company in a dispute relating to the defense industry (ICC arbitration, English).

Counsel to an Egyptian investor in a dispute relating to a telecom project in Africa (ICC arbitration, English).

Counsel to a construction company in the context of recourse action initiated by a bank guarantee on first demand (ICC arbitration).

Counsel to a manufacturer in the automotive industry in a dispute over the termination of a distribution contract in Algeria (ICC arbitration, French).

Counsel to defendant (Morocco) – Moroccan -Italian bilateral treaty – actions for annulment (ICSID arbitration, French).

Counsel to a UK bank in a dispute relating to a privatization operation in Africa (ICC arbitration, French).

Education

University of Paris II, Assas – DJCE and DESS
University of Paris II, Assas – Magistere in Business Law

Bar Admissions

Barreau de Paris

Languages

English
Publications
Professional Affiliations
Awards and Honors
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