Construction and public works

In recent matters, our construction and public works practice :

  • Public infrastructures

    Represented a North African State against an international consortium registered in Switzerland in a 150 million euros ad hoc arbitration governed by the UNCITRAL rules and involving the construction of roads, street lighting, sewage and water treatment infrastructures. This arbitration gave raise to the first application ever of the bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between the host State and the investor's State (Switzerland).

  • Public infrastructures

    Represented a North African State against an Italian industrial group in an international arbitration of an outstanding complexity, in relation to the construction of one of the largest industrial harbours on the Mediterranean. The arbitration involved both the performance and the modification of the public market. Our firm was successful in obtaining, on the ground of the FIDIC clauses and of the national administrative law, that the contractor be held liable for construction defects and the abandonment of the building site. Our firm also successfully obtained the dismissal of all the requests for revision and annulment filed by the contractor against the arbitral awards rendered in this case.

  • Public infrastructures

    Represented the Ministry of Health of a North African State against a North American consortium, in an ICC arbitration sited in Paris in relation to the construction of a public hospital in the capital and involving, inter alia, a violation of the mandatory provisions of the national law on public procurement.

  • Public infrastructures

    Represented the Ministry of Public Works of a State of the Arab Gulf against an Italian construction company in an ICC arbitration in relation to the construction, under a FIDIC-based contract, of highways and bridges.

  • Public infrastructures

    Represented a State of the Arab Gulf against an Italian construction company in an ICC arbitration in relation to the construction, under a FIDIC-based contract, of the headquarters of the national fund for Arab economic development.

  • Public infrastructures

    Advised a North African State against a French construction company in an international litigation in relation to the performance of a contract for the construction of schools throughout the country.

  • Industrial infrastructure

    Represented a State-owned North African company against an American engineering conglomerate in an ICC arbitration sited in Paris, regarding several turnkey contracts for the construction of factories. This case, of an outstanding legal interest, gave raise to substantial developments of the French jurisprudence on arbitration, notably in respect of the confidentiality of the proceedings and of the admissibility of requests for annulment against the different types of orders rendered by an arbitral tribunal (definition of the concept of award).

  • Corporate buildings

    Represented one of the largest banks in the Gulf and in the Arab world against an Italian construction company in an ICC arbitration, in relation to the construction of a tower serving as its headquarters in another State of the Gulf.

  • Construction finance

    Advised a French real estate development company on the financing of the construction of a positive energy office complex, for a value of 166 million euros, in a suburb of Paris.

  • Force majeure, armed conflicts, revolutions and civil disorders

    Provided, for over thirty years, legal representation and advice in numerous litigations and arbitrations involving the suspension or the non-performance of international contracts, owing to force majeure circumstances, in particular within armed conflicts, civil unrest or revolutions. Since 2010, our firm has handled a number of cases in relation to the Arab springs.