Laurence Kiffer (Francia)

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Laurence Kiffer has been counsel in numerous arbitration proceedings under the auspices of the main regulatory bodies or ad hoc tribunals, acting on behalf of French or foreign companies or States, in particular in disputes concerning construction work, sale, agency, finance, insurance and licensing, Laurence Kiffer has also regularly submitted appeals to annul arbitration awards and against award enforcement. As arbitrator she is also called upon in international cases, where she draws on her experience with Yves Derains.

In addition to litigation connected to arbitration, she has developed a practice in the field of industrial risk insurance claims.

Finally, with her training as mediator, she acts in this capacity or as counsel in court-supervised, institutional or ad hoc mediation proceedings.

Laurence Kiffer is a member of the editorial committee of Cahiers de l’arbitrage / The Paris Journal of International Arbitration and is responsible for the “ADR” feature. She takes part in numerous think tanks and studies, in particular as part of the ICC in the study of “third party funding in arbitration” and “revision of the ADR rules”. She is the instigator of the international mediation club launched by ICC France, the French committee of the ICC.

She is a very active member of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA – Union Internationale des Avocats). As a participant in numerous seminars, she is now vice-president of the arbitration committee and co‑director of communication.

In her capacity as co-president of the arbitration committee of the Paris bar from 2005 to 2012, she contributed to involving the bar in the work on arbitration.  In particular, by a resolution of the Bar Council in 2008, the Paris Bar confirmed that in international arbitration procedures its code of ethics did not object to the preparation of witnesses before they were heard. Laurence Kiffer also militated in favour of an observer status for the Paris bar, as for the New York bar, in the working group on UNCITRAL arbitration. Once this status was granted, she represented the Paris bar in the work of UNCITRAL on the adoption of a standard concerning transparency in investment arbitration.