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Isabelle Michou


Africa Group

Isabelle is a partner in our dispute resolution team in Paris.



Dual qualified (French bar and Solicitor of England & Wales) and holding dual French and Canadian citizenship, Isabelle specialises in international arbitration and international law and works for clients, including states and large corporations, and has developed substantial expertise in industries including hotel and leisure, oil and gas, aerospace and large-scale infrastructure projects. 

Isabelle has represented her clients before numerous high-profile arbitral tribunals and also regularly acts as arbitrator for them in arbitration proceedings (under the ICC or other arbitration rules).

She has built specific expertise in Africa, including notably North Africa, where she has assisted a number of clients on disputes in the oil and gas, power and infrastructure sectors. 

She represents clients under the arbitration rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), and in ad hoc arbitrations under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

Isabelle also appears in related proceedings before the French courts, in cases involving issues of sovereign immunities, as well as interlocutory, interim or conservatory relief, enforcement and challenges of arbitral awards. 

She is regularly cited in French, European and Global rankings such as Legal 500 and Chambers as a leading arbitration practitioner. 

Chambers Europe 2016 describe her as 'a bright, attentive lawyer with invaluable knowledge'

Isabelle's recent experience includes:

  • representing a company in the meal vouchers sector in an ICSID arbitration claim against Hungary under the France-Hungary Bilateral Investment Treaty  
  • representing a leading Canadian construction company in a dispute over delay and disruption damages claims over a project in relation to a power station in Algeria (ICC arbitration, Algerian law, seat in Geneva)
  • representing an oil and gas major company in ICC arbitration proceedings in connection with a dispute arising out of the termination of a long term gas supply agreement (ICC arbitration, French law, seat in Geneva).




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