Andrea Pinna

Partner - Paris

Andrea Pinna

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Andrea Pinna is a partner in Foley Hoag's Paris office and member of the International Litigation & Arbitration Department. He leads the firm's International Litigation & Arbitration practice in Paris.

Andrea’s practice primarily focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration. He has participated as counsel in more than 50 arbitration proceedings in several different areas, including arising out of M&A transactions, joint-venture agreements, oil and gas, mining, military and satellites. Andrea also has experience in representing Sovereign States. He appears frequently before French Courts handling disputes related to arbitration such as set aside applications or enforcement of arbitral awards. He has an extensive practice of arguing sovereign immunities before French courts.

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Education:

  • Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), Ph.D., 2006
  • University of Tilburg (the Netherlands), Ph.D., 2003
  • Université Paris II, Master degree (DEA) in Private Law, 1998
  • Université Paris II, Law degree (Maîtrise) in Private Law, 1997

Languages:

French, English, Italian, Spanish (intermediate)

Representative Experience

Investment Arbitration

  • Participation for a Sovereign State in investment arbitration proceedings brought on the basis of a BIT claiming above USD 10 billion for alleged indirect expropriation (UNCITRAL proceedings pending).
  • Dispute between a sub-Saharan State and its national mining company against a Canadian mining company related to the termination of several JVs and the withdrawal of mining rights (the dispute involved two arbitration proceedings ICC and ICSID, each of which was valued approximately USD 2 billion).

Commercial Arbitration

  • Dispute between a German Sportswear Company and its Spanish former partner, related to the termination of a distribution agreement and the transfer of trademarks (ad hoc arbitration, Spanish law) (value: approx. USD 500 million). The representation included notably successful set aside proceedings of a first arbitral award; counsel in the second arbitration proceedings; and successful liability claim against the arbitrators.
  • Representation of an Italian pharmaceutical company in a dispute against Belgian and French pharmaceutical companies related to distribution and manufacturing and in related set aside proceedings of an interim award brought by the opposing party (ICC proceedings, Court of appeal of Paris, pending).
  • Representation of a German public company against the former JV partner relating to the sale of shares in the JV and the application of an earn-out clause (ICC, Argentine law).

Arbitration Related Court Litigation

  • Representation of a Sovereign State in French proceedings related to an attempt for recognition and enforcement of multibillion-dollar awards, which involved the challenge of the leave for enforcement in France (exequatur) and the challenges of about 200 seizures and attachments of assets of various kind, including receivables, bank accounts and real estate properties. The outcome was favorable for the client.
  • Representation of a Sovereign State in French set aside proceedings brought by an Investor against an UNCITRAL arbitral award that dismissed its claims (valued approx USD 1) (pending).
  • Representation of an Arbitral Tribunal against an anti-arbitration injunction application brought before French courts (First Instance Court of Paris).

Publications Related to Arbitration

  • The Incompatibility of Intra-EU BITs with European Union Law, Annotation Following ECJ, 6 March 2018, Case 284/16, Slovak Republic v Achmea BV, Paris Journal of International Arbitration, 2018(1), pp. 73-95.
  • L’indépendance et l’impartialité de l’arbitre désigné dans deux procédures connexes (with F. de Bérard), annotation following CA Paris, 9 September 2014, Paris Journal of International Arbitration, 2014-4, p.805-817.
  • L’autorité des règles d’arbitrage choisies par les parties, Paris Journal of International Arbitration 2014-1, p. 9-28.
  • La confirmation de la jurisprudence Pirelli par la Cour de cassation et les difficultés pratiques de garantir au plaideur impécunieux l’accès à la justice arbitrale, annotation following Cass. civ. 1e, 28 March 2013 et CA Paris, 26 February 2013, Paris Journal of International Arbitration, 2013-2, p.479-490.
  • La reconnaissance de l’extension de la clause compromissoire à l’entité objet du contrat. annotation following Cass. civ. 1e, 10 October 2012, Paris Journal of International Arbitration 2013-1, p. 117-130.
  • La reconnaissance et l’exécution d’une sentence qui violerait la règle de l’estoppel ne sont pas contraires à l’ordre public international. annotation following Cass. civ. 1e, 19 December 2012, Revue de l’arbitrage 2013-1, p. 147-159.
  • L’arbitre et le recours en annulation contre la sentence qu'il a rendue. Approche critique du droit français à la lumière du droit comparé (with A. Barrier), Paris Journal of International Arbitration, 2012-2, p. 295-308.
  • L’autorité de la chose jugée invoquée devant l’arbitre. Point de vue sous le prisme de l’ordre juridique français, Paris Journal of International Arbitration, 2010-3, p. 697-716.
  • L’arbitrage dit fast-track (with T. Portwood), JCP G 2009, I, 340.
  • L’annulation d’une sentence arbitrale partielle, Revue de l’arbitrage, 2008-4, p. 615-640.
  • Réflexions sur l’arbitrage forcé, Gazette du Palais, Cahiers de l’arbitrage, 14-16 décembre 2008, p. 6-12.
  • Trials and Tribulations of the Court of Arbitration for Sports, in Ian S. Blackshaw, Robert C.R. Siekmann, Janwillem Soek (dir.), The Court of Arbitration for Sport (1984-2004), T.M.C. Asser Press, 2006, p. 386-408.

Books

  • La mesure du préjudice contractuel, Ph.D. thesis, University Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), LGDJ 2007, 580 pages.
  • Principles of European Law on Service Contracts, (with M. Barendrecht, C. Jansen, M. Loos, R. Cascão, S. van Gulijk), Oxford University Press, 2007, LXI, 1033 pages.
  • The Obligations to Inform and to Advise, A contribution to the development of European contract law, Ph.D. thesis, University of Tilburg, Bju publishing, 2003.

Other Publications

  • Extraterritoriality of Evidence Gathering in U.S. Class Action Proceedings, in D. Fairgrieve, E. Lein (dir.), Extraterritoriality and Collective Redress, Oxford University Press 2012, p. 215-231.
  • L’exception pour risque d’inexécution, Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Civil 2003, p. 31-50.
  • La mobilisation de la créance indemnitaire, Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Civil, 2008, p. 229-248.
  • Financing Civil Litigation: The Case for the Assignment and Securitization of Liability Claims, in M. Tuil, L. Visscher (dir.), New Trends in Financing Civil Litigations in Europe, Edward Elger, 2010, p. 109-130.
  • Recognition and Res Judicata of US Class Action Judgments in European Legal Systems, 1 Erasmus Law Review 2 (2008) 32.

Honors

  • Chambers Global 2019 – Recognized Practitioner - International Arbitration France

Involvement

  • Comité Français de l’Arbitrage (CFA), member
  • Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage (ASA), member
  • International Arbitration Institute (IAI), member
  • Paris Journal of International Arbitration (Les Cahiers de l’Arbitrage), Editorial Committee
  • Co-Chair of the « Commissions Ouvertes » of the Paris Bar on International Arbitration
  • Andrea has been a lecturer at universities in France and abroad for over 15 years, including Paris II, Paris XI, Rotterdam, Tilburg.
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