Foley Hoag Announces Arrival of Philippe Sarrailhé in Paris Office

Addition bolsters firm’s international commercial arbitration practice

June 30, 2014

Foley Hoag has announced the arrival of partner Philippe Sarrailhé, who will be resident in the firm’s Paris office. Sarrailhé concentrates his practice on international commercial arbitration.

A member of the Paris Bar since 1972 and the New York Bar since 1994, Sarrailhé brings to the firm international legal experience of the first order.

Sarrailhé's experience in arbitration spans over thirty years. As part of his focus on international commercial arbitration, he has routinely represented major industrial actors in a broad range of sectors (such as car manufacturing, aeronautics, chemicals, energy, computer science and high technology, hospitality and construction) in matters ranging from post-acquisition valuation disagreements to hotel management disputes to construction litigation. These cases have had connections throughout Europe, Latin America, Africa and Oceania.

In parallel with his disputes practice, Sarrailhé has advised clients on numerous cross-border merger and acquisition transactions, joint venture contracts and other types of international agreements between corporate entities.

Sarrailhé has resided in Africa and Latin America and has practiced in the United States. He advises clients in five languages, including English, Spanish and French.

The addition of Sarrailhé further demonstrates Foley Hoag’s objective of broadening the firm’s international reach. His arrival strengthens both the firm’s Paris office and its international arbitration practice more generally.

Through the 2011 opening of its first international office in Paris, Foley Hoag developed abroad the practice areas in which it already excelled through its offices in Boston and Washington, D.C., beginning with international arbitration, public/administrative law and environmental law. Paris is a recognized hub for international arbitration, offering among other things its strategic geographic positioning and ready access to Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

With the arrival of Sarrailhé, Foley Hoag’s legal services in Paris will be provided by a team consisting of six partners (three in arbitration and three in administrative and environmental law), one special counsel (who is based in Brussels and is a professor in Louvain) and seven associates.

Professional Background

Philippe Sarrailhé has been an Avocat at the Paris Bar since 1972 and admitted to the practice of law in New York since 1994.

Sarrailhé began his career at Jeantet Associés in 1978, first as an associate and then as a partner. In 1999, he moved to Ashurst before joining White & Case in 2001, where he was a member of both the Corporate/M&A and Arbitration departments, reflecting the dual nature of his practice as counsel in both corporate transactions and arbitral disputes.

Sarrailhé received an undergraduate law degree from the Université Paris X-Nanterre and is also an alumnus of the Institut d’Études Judiciaires. He also holds an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania and graduate degrees in law, a D.E.A. (Diplôme d’études approfondies) and a D.E.S.S. (Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées), from, respectively, the Université Paris X-Nanterre and the Université Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne. 

Sarrailhé is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Comité Français de l’Arbitrage (CFA), and the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). He is the author of various works relating to international arbitration, and his name appears on the ICC’s list of arbitrators.

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