Manuel Tomas

Partner - Paris

Manuel Tomas
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Manuel Tomas is a partner in Foley Hoag's Paris office and member of the International Litigation & Arbitration Department. 

Manuel assists and represents French and international clients in civil, commercial, and international matters – especially with an African nexus – before the French courts and in the OHADA zone, with an emphasis on commercial and corporate litigation, product liability and industrial risk. He also advised governments, State-entities, and private multinational companies in proceedings before institutional and ad hoc arbitral tribunals, including under ICC and CCJA.

Education:

  • Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), Master II in Arbitration, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2009
  • Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC), University Diploma in International Arbitration and Litigation, 2009
  • Université Paris-Sud (Paris XI), Master II in International Business Law, 2008
  • University of Paris II Panthéon Assas, Master of International Law, 2007

Languages:

French, English

Representative Experience

Commercial Arbitration

  • Assisted a trade association of the world's airlines against a Cameroonian company in an ICC arbitration in the context of a contractual dispute.
  • Assisted a top international logistics company in a CCJA arbitration in the context of a complex and sensitive dispute with a former top manager.
  • Assisted an African state-owned mining company in an ICC arbitration against a German company in the context of a dispute concerning a mining equipment.

Arbitration Related Court Litigation

  • Assisted a French multinational telecommunications corporation in resisting the enforcement of an arbitral award rendered in Senegal.
  • Assisted a British bank before the Paris Enforcement Judge and the Paris Court of Appeal in resisting the enforcement of a Panamanian arbitral award.
  • Assisted a Pakistani public company in resisting the enforcement of an arbitral award in France in coordination with an annulment procedure initiated in Pakistan.

 International Litigation

  • Assisted a Mauritian bank before the Enforcement Judge and the Paris Court of Appeal in resisting the enforcement of Malagasy judgements.
  • Assisted a Swiss global energy trading company before the Paris Court of Appeal on a dispute in relation to the implementation of a supply contract of petroleum products in Mauritania.
  • Assisted a Canadian top international engineering design firm in multiple disputes relating to alleged defective works and corporate issues relating to business divestiture.
  • “Cultural Considerations in Advocacy: French-Speaking Africa,” Global Arbitration Review (October 22, 2019) (with W. Pydiamah)
  • “La clarification attendue du régime applicable à l'appel d'une ordonnance de référé statuant uniquement sur la compétence,” La Lettre des Juristes d’Affaires (October 21, 2019) (with Juliette Lefur and Rémi Kleiman)
  • “Incertitudes quant au régime applicable à l’appel d’une ordonnance de référé statuant uniquement sur la compétence,” La Lettre des Juristes d’Affaires (March 4, 2019) (with Juliette Lefur and Rémi Kleiman)
  • “Le respect des droits de la défense dans le cadre des enquêtes internationales de l’AMF, un contrôle juridictionnel dont la portée demeure incertaine,” Dalloz Actualités (February 25, 2019) (with Martin Brasart and Rémi Kleiman)
  • “Règles d’ordre public régissant les recours en matière de procédure collective et compétence arbitrale,” Option Finance (November 25, 2013)
  • “Coût de l’arbitrage et demandes reconventionnelles,” Option Finance (July 8, 2013)
  • “Clause de médiation préalable et rupture de relations commerciales : une opposabilité sous condition,” Option Finance (November 12, 2012)
  • “L’obligation imposée aux arbitres d’investiguer sur les conflits d’intérêts induits par leur appartenance à un cabinet d’avocat,” Option Finance (September 17, 2012)