Foley Hoag Expands International Litigation and Arbitration Practice, Paris Office

Anna Joubin-Bret of UNCTAD and Professor Pierre d’Argent Join Foley Hoag

January 18, 2012

Foley Hoag LLP has expanded its market-leading International Litigation and Arbitration Practice and its Paris office, adding Anna Joubin-Bret as a Partner and Pierre d’Argent as Special Counsel.

Anna joins Foley Hoag after 15 years with the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where she served as Senior Legal Advisor on Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development. She will advise Foley Hoag’s sovereign State clients on foreign investment policy, the negotiation of investment treaties and contracts, and dispute prevention and resolution.

Pierre holds the Public International Law Chair at the University of Louvain in Belgium and also is a guest professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He recently served as First Secretary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. He will join Foley Hoag’s practice representing States before international courts and tribunals. As a member of the Brussels Bar, he will also represent States, international organizations and other clients in Belgian courts.

“Anna and Pierre are outstanding international lawyers, well-known in the international community, and enthusiastic about joining Foley Hoag,” said Paul Reichler who, along with Ronald Goodman, heads the firm’s international litigation and arbitration department. “Anna will fortify our investment arbitration practice with her enormous talent and vast experience advising sovereign States, and Pierre will add star quality to our international litigation team.” 

Foley Hoag’s practice focuses on international litigation and on international investment and commercial arbitration before the world’s major international courts and tribunals. The firm opened its Paris office in June 2011, under the leadership of partners Bruno Leurent and Thomas Bevilacqua. Its international litigation and arbitration department includes more than 30 lawyers, who practice regularly before the ICJ, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and arbitral tribunals established under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and other international forums.

“I have had the pleasure to work with several of Foley Hoag’s partners and associates over the years, and I look forward to joining their practice and continuing to serve States as best as I can,” Anna said. “As a partner in Foley Hoag’s international litigation and arbitration practice, I will devote my energy and experience to advising States in the design of investment policies and agreements and representation in international arbitration, mediation and conciliation procedures.”

Pierre, who practiced before the ICJ prior to joining its Secretariat, praised Foley Hoag’s advocacy before the Court: “I have always been impressed by the extremely high quality of the firm’s written and oral pleadings before the ICJ, as well as its mastery of the Court’s intricate rules and procedures. Foley Hoag’s lawyers are very highly regarded by the Court. I am happy to become part of such a distinguished firm.”

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