Daniel Schimmel

Partner - New York, Paris

Daniel Schimmel
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+1.646.927.5520

Paris
+33(0)173026915

+1.646.927.5599

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Daniel Schimmel is a partner in Foley Hoag's International Litigation and Arbitration Department, resident in New York. He leads the international arbitration and litigation practice of Foley Hoag’s New York office.

Daniel has served as Chair, Sole Arbitrator, Co-Arbitrator, Emergency Arbitrator, and counsel in international arbitrations arising from a broad range of contracts and transactions, including construction and infrastructure projects, patent license agreements, joint development agreements, mergers and acquisitions, shareholders’ agreements, joint venture agreements, business consulting agreements, distribution agreements, services agreements, licensing agreements, management agreements, and employment agreements of key executives.

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Education:

  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • Columbia University School of Law, LL.M., 1994
  • University of Paris II Assas, Maitrise in Law, magna cum laude, 1993
  • École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales, B.A. in Business Administration, 1991

Languages:

French, English, Hebrew

Representative Experience

Arbitration

  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration arising from a construction dispute over the conversion of power plants into liquefied propane gas plants.
  • Sole arbitrator in an international arbitration governed by the AAA Commercial Arbitration Rules arising from an international management contract.
  • Emergency arbitrator in an ICDR international arbitration involving a long-term exclusive distribution agreement  between parties in Italy and the United States.
  • Chair of a three-member arbitral tribunal hearing a dispute governed by the AAA Commercial Arbitration Rules arising from a contract between parties in the United Arab Emirates and New York.
  • Sole arbitrator in an international arbitration governed by the ICC Rules arising from a contract between parties in Colombia and Québec.
  • Co-arbitrator in a three-member arbitral tribunal hearing an international arbitration governed by the ICC Rules between parties in Hong Kong and Europe arising from international corruption investigations under the U.K. Bribery Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Sole arbitrator hearing a dispute under the UNCITRAL rules involving parties from the Netherlands and United Kingdom.
  • Represented major French-American industrial group against a U.S. telecommunications company in an arbitration under the CPR Non-Administered Arbitration Rules involving indemnification issues.
  • Represented the owner of a construction site against the contractor in an ICC international arbitration arising from the construction of an oil facility in Venezuela, the most important ICC arbitration at the time.
  • Represented major French-American industrial company against a Chinese company in an ICC international arbitration in Hong Kong arising from a patent license agreement.
  • Represented major French-American industrial company against a German company in an ICC international arbitration in New York regarding the ownership of patents.
  • Represented Brazilian clients against their Japanese joint venture partner in an international arbitration in New York under the ICDR Rules arising from the exercise of a right of first refusal.
  • Represented the owner of a construction site against the contractor in an ICC international arbitration arising from the construction of an oil facility in Venezuela.
  • Represented a U.S. joint venture partner against its Mexican joint venture partner in an ICC international arbitration in Mexico arising from a joint venture contract.
  • Represented a corporation incorporated in the People’s Republic of China against a company incorporated in the United Kingdom in an international arbitration in New York under the ICDR Rules arising from a license agreement to manufacture and sell automobiles in China.
  • Advised a Canadian corporation in a dispute with the Brazilian buyer of a business regarding adjustments to the purchase price.
  • Advised a mining corporation incorporated in the United Kingdom in a dispute with its U.S. joint venture partner regarding the exercise of the right of first refusal.
  • Represented a corporation against its former CEO in a domestic arbitration arising from a dispute over severance terms and non-compete obligations.
  • Represented several corporations in domestic arbitrations arising from merger and acquisition transactions and lease agreements.

Commercial Litigation

  • Represented major French company in an action brought in federal district court in Chicago against that company, alleging RICO, fraud, and misappropriation of trade secrets and obtained dismissal of that action.
  • Represented major French bank in action brought in federal district court in Los Angeles against that bank alleging securities fraud claims, conspiracy, and other claims arising from the acquisition of a French company by a California purchaser. Obtained dismissal of that action.
  • Represents French and Luxembourg banks in Madoff-related lawsuit in New York.
  • Represents French and Luxembourg banks in bankruptcy litigation.
  • Represented French industrial group in connection with letter rogatory seeking documents and a deposition in France.
  • Represented one of the largest Canadian corporations and certain of its directors and officers in connection with several lawsuits pending in federal courts arising from the build-out of an international telecommunications network.
  • Represented corporate clients in various breach of contract, fraud and tortious interference actions pending in New York State Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Represented a museum in connection with a dispute arising from the purchase of a painting from a seller in Paris.
  • Represented collectors and art dealers in connection with various art law disputes.
  • Representing a French client in proceedings pending in federal courts seeking discovery in the United States in connection with an action pending in Paris.

Class Action Lawsuits

  • Represented a European manufacturer in connection with antitrust class action.
  • Represented a museum in connection with the auction houses antitrust litigation.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

  • Represented a joint venture in an internal investigation of possible violations of statutes prohibiting bribery and money laundering. The investigation was conducted in 30 jurisdictions, including the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia.
  • Represented a French company in connection with simultaneous administrative and criminal proceedings in France and the United States involving possible violations of legislation prohibiting bribery and money laundering.
  • Advised a committee of independent directors of a U.S. corporation regarding potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations.
  • Co-arbitrator in ICC international arbitration in Geneva arising from international corruption investigations under the FCPA and the U.K. Bribery Act
  • Bridging the Cultural Gap in International Arbitrations Arising From FCPA Investigations, 39 Fordham Int’l L.J. 829 (2016) (forthcoming, co-author with Anthony Mirenda and Shrutih Tewarie).
  • Member of the Task Force of Cercle Montesquieu & Conventions, “The General Counsel’s Role and Challenges under Globalisation.”
  • “Le Procès Civil en Version Originale, Cultures Judiciaires Comparées (France, Chine, Etats-Unis) - published by LexisNexis, October 1, 2014, co-author.
  • “Civil Litigation Following the Resolution of Criminal Matters,” Conventions, February 2014.
  • “Class actions in France: lessons learned from securities class actions in the U.S. and other jurisdictions,” Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Financier, December 2013, with Judge Jed S. Rakoff and Justice Alice Pezard.
  • “Le whistleblowing, auxiliaire de l’État?,” Conventions, July 2013, with Sarah Albertin.
  • “L’Importance des Mémoires D’Amicus Déposés Devant les Tribunaux Americains,” Echanges Internationaux, April 27, 2012.
  • “The Termorio Case,” International Arbitration Court Decisions, Third Edition, July 25, 2011, co-author. 
  • “Les Pièges de la Coopération Judiciaire Internationale,” Conventions (publication of the Institute for Advanced Judicial Studies in France), September 2010.
  • “Des Leçons Mal Apprises … Qui Coûtent Cher,” Le Monde, May 2010 (co-author with Antoine Garapon).
  • “Tension Between EU Data Protection Laws and US Discovery Requests,” New York Law Journal, December 2009.
  • “Les mesures récemment envisagées par le gouvernement de Barack Obama en vue de réguler l’industrie financière aux Etats-Unis,” Code Monétaire et Financier, Litec 2010, co-author.
  • “Utiliser une procédure arbitrale dans les litiges de propriété intellectuelle, chapitre de l’ouvrage Droits de propriété intellectuelle dans un monde globalisé,” Vuibert 2009.
  • “Does 28 U.S.C. §1782 Allow U.S. Courts to Order Discovery for Use in Private International Arbitration,” PLI, International Arbitration 2009, March 2009.
  • “Resolving International Intellectual Property Disputes in Arbitration,” Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal, February 2009, co-author.
  • “L’importance et l’évaluation de la propriété intellectuelle dans les actifs des entreprises,” Code Monetaire et Financier, Litec 2009, co-author.
  • “New Respect for Hague Evidence Convention in Discovery,” New York Law Journal, May 2008, co-author.
  • International Commercial Debt Collection, Carswell 2007, co-author.
  • “U.S. Developments on the Enforcement of Awards Set Aside by the Courts of the Seat of Arbitration,” Stockholm International Arbitration Review, December 2007, co-author.
  • “The Interplay Between Treaty and Contract Claims and the Bayindir Decision,” World Arbitration & Mediation Report, Fall 2006, co-author.
  • “Les Actions Collectives Devant les Tribunaux Américains, Théorie, Pratique, et Évolution Récente,” Code Monétaire et Financier, Litec 2006, co-author.
  • “Peine de Mort aux États-Unis: un Espoir Vient de la Cour Suprême, Actualité Juridique Pénal,” Dalloz, July-August 2005.
  • “A New Framework for International Investment: Changes in the U.S. Model Bilateral Investment Treaty,” World Arbitration & Mediation Report, February 2005, co-author.

Honors

  • Ranked in Chambers and Partners 2017 and recognized as a Foreign expert for France
  • Named a New York Super Lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution 
  • Prix du Cercle Montesquieu 2015:  best law book of the year award for Le Procès Civil en Version Originale (LexisNexis) 
  • Thurgood Marshall Award from The Association of the Bar of the City of New York for the pro bono representation of a client on death row
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (Columbia University)
  • Received Whitney North Seymour Jr. medal awarded by the Trustees of Columbia University

Involvement

  • Board Member of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC)
  • Member of CPR’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, including CPR’s Cross Border Panel
  • Member of the International Arbitration Club of New York
  • Member of the ICDR panel of international arbitrators
  • Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Commission on Arbitration
  • Member of the CPR Institute’s Banking & Financial Services Committee and Arbitration Committee
  • Member of CPR’s European Advisory Board
  • Chercheur associé de l’Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice (Paris)
  • Former member of the International Commercial Disputes Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member of the Association of Alumni of French “Grandes Écoles” in the United States, Executive Group
  • Co-leader of the Work Stream on Arbitration in Regulatory Matters, ICC Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration
  • Member of the ICC Task Force on Production of Electronic Documents in Arbitration
  • Keynote speaker at the opening of the International Rounds in Washington, D.C at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, an event attended by competitors from 90 countries and more than 100 schools, 2003 and 2005
  • Member of the administrative board of “ESSEC USA”
  • Former United Nations representative for Lawyers Without Borders
  • “Justice négociée en France : à l’aube d’un changement de culture ?” Ministère des affaires étrangères, Paris, April 2016
  • “Corruption and International Arbitration: A 360º View,  NYIAC, April 2016
  • “Arbitrating with States and State-Owned Enterprises,” NYU, April 2016
  • “La Contribution de la Justice Transactionnelle à la Lutte Contre la Corruption,”Cercle Montesquieu & ICC France, March 2016
  • “La Common Law,” Séminaire à l’Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature, Paris, March 2016
  • “Le Procès Civil en Version Originale, Cultures Judiciaires Comparées (France, Chine, Etats-Unis),” France Amériques, Paris, France, December 1, 2014.
  • “Electronic documents in international arbitration,” Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) 58th Congress, Florence, Italy, October 31, 2014.
  • “France Culture Esprit de Justice Interviews Daniel Schimmel on Class Action,” French National Radio, October 16, 2014.
  • “Deals de justice” : une justice negociée, France Amériques, June 10, 2014.
  • “La justice négociée américaine, un nouvel enjeu économique et stratégique,” French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paris, France, December 19, 2013.
  • “Class Actions,” France-Amériques, Paris, France, December 18, 2013.
  • “Whistleblowing, a comparative approach,” whether the US legal framework and practice on the protection of whistleblowers is applicable to French laws and culture, Paris, December 2012.
  • “Investor protection following the decision of the US Supreme Court in Morrison v. National Australia Bank,” Annual Conference on German and American Law, Fordham Law School, October 2012.
  • “Recent FCPA Investigations Involving European Companies,” French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paris, France, July 5, 2011.
  • “Removing the Blindfold: How Justice is Served in France and the United States,” The French-American Foundation, New York, NY, June 21, 2011.
  • “Transnational litigation and U.S. courts,” French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, November 2010.
    “Trial Advocacy Training Program,” Prosecution Division of the International Criminal Court, The Hague, October 2010.
  • “International criminal justice: a collaboration of cultures born of conflicts?,” French Consulate, New York, NY, September 29, 2010.
  • “Judicial Cultures Compared – France, U.S., China,” International conference on comparative law in Guandong, China (with Judge Antoine Garapon), July 2010.
  • “US & France, Two Legal Cultures,” French Consulate in New York, May 2010 (with Judge Antoine Garapon).
  • “Judicial cultures compared US – France,” seminar for French judges at the École Nationale de la Magistrature, December 2009.
  • “Anatomy of a US civil action,” seminar for French judges at the École Nationale de la Magistrature, December 2009.
  • “Judicial cultures compared US – France – China,” Tsinghua University, Beijing, September 2009.
  •  “Corruption investigations and compliance officers,” French National Radio (France Culture), June 2009.
  • “International Arbitration 2009,” PLI, New York, March 2009.
  • “Electronic Documents in International Arbitration” (les preuves électroniques dans l'arbitrage international), ICC, Paris, France, December 2008.
  • “Discovery and e-Discovery in International Arbitration and Litigation,” Canadian Bar Association, Montreal, November 2008.
  • Speaker, U.S. Litigation Seminar, National Judge School, Paris, France, October 2008.
  • “French and American Civil Procedure Compared,” Conference at the Cour de Cassation (French Supreme Court), October 2008 (with Judge Antoine Garapon).
  • “The Resolution of Intellectual Property Disputes in International Arbitration,” Center of Law and Economics of ESSEC Business School, October 2008.
  • “French and American Criminal Procedures Compared,” seminar for French and U.S. judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement agencies, École Nationale de la Magistrature, May 2008 (with Judge Antoine Garapon and Barbara Villez).
  • Comparative Litigation France/U.S., French National Radio (France Culture), February 2008.
  • “Filming Legal Cultures: French and American Civil Procedures Compared,” West Legal Ed. Center, October 2007 (with Judge Antoine Garapon).
  • “Comparing Trials and Cultures: The U.S. and France,” The World Bank, October 2007 (with Judge Antoine Garapon).
  • “Filming Legal Cultures: French and American Civil Procedures Compared,” Columbia University Law School, October 2007 (with Judge Antoine Garapon).
  • “Enforcement of International Arbitral Awards Arising from Investment Disputes,” International Law Institute, Washington, D.C., June 2007.
  • “Personal Jurisdiction over Foreign Corporations in the United States,” Canadian Bar Association, Montreal, February 2007.
  • “Management of Costs in Arbitration,” Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group Conference, Hong-Kong, December 2006.
  • “Evolution of International Courts,” American Branch of the International Law Association, International Law Weekend, New York, 2006.

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Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Western New York