Alexandre de Gramont focuses his practice on investor-state arbitration and international commercial arbitration matters across a broad range of industries, arising from nearly every corner of the globe. He has been recognized as a leading international arbitration lawyer in publications such as Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, and Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers.
In reviews from peers and clients, Mr. de Gramont has been “lauded as a ‘terrific practitioner,’ whose clients appreciate his varied experience of arbitrations in different jurisdictions.” (Chambers USA 2015). He “garners considerable praise for his investor-state expertise” and “is considered to be ‘a very good speaker who can create a very forceful argument.’” (Chambers Global 2013).
“Sources particularly praise his dedication to matters, stating that ‘his attention to detail is excellent’” (Chambers USA 2013). He is “characterized as ‘a great debater and a very good writer’ by clients.” (Chambers USA 2017).
Mr. de Gramont’s practice involves arbitrations before the ICSID, PCA, ICC, SCC, LCIA, ICDR, and AAA as well as ad hocarbitrations under UNCITRAL and other procedural rules. He represents parties in disputes across multiple industry sectors, including energy and natural resources, life sciences, financial services, hospitality, aerospace and Internet governance.
Mr. de Gramont has extensive experience with transactions and investments involving multiple jurisdictions, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central, North and South America. He has handled cases arising under numerous bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and multi-lateral treaties (including the Energy Charter Treaty, NAFTA, and CAFTA-DR), investment agreements, foreign investment laws, and commercial contracts.
He has also successfully represented a number of clients in disputes against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), including ICM v. ICANN – the landmark arbitration that established new precedent for Internet governance.
Mr. de Gramont is widely published and is a frequent lecturer on international arbitration issues. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and has also taught courses sponsored by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the International Law Institute.
In addition to his published work on legal topics, Mr. de Gramont is the editor and translator of a volume of Albert Camus’s war-time journalism (Between Hell and Reason: Essays from the French Resistance Newspaper, Combat, 1944-1947, University Press of New England). Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. de Gramont served as a partner in the international arbitration practice of another international law firm.
- Wesleyan University, B.A., 1986, high honors
- New York University School of Law, J.D., 1990
- District of Columbia
- Supreme Court of New Jersey
- MOL Oil and Gas Plc against the Republic of Croatia in an arbitration brought at ICSID under the Energy Charter Treaty, as well as a related arbitration brought by Croatia under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.
- Hungary in an arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules brought by one of the world’s largest energy companies under the Energy Charter Treaty.
- A Canadian gold mining company in an ICSID arbitration against El Salvador in one of the first cases brought under CAFTA-DR and El Salvador’s Foreign Investment Law.
- A Canadian uranium mining company against Mongolia in an UNCITRAL arbitration brought under the Energy Charter Treaty, Mongolia’s Foreign Investment Law, and an Investment Agreement.
- A California import-export business in an ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules brought against the Republic of Georgia under the U.S.-Georgia bilateral investment treaty.
- Employ Media in an ICC arbitration against ICANN arising from Employ Media’s registry agreement for the JOBS top level domain.
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