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Merlin Papadhopulli

Merlin Papadhopulli


Merlin specialises in litigation and international arbitration.



Merlin's practice focuses on cross-border commercial disputes and investment treaty arbitration. She has advised in relation to disputes arising under the ICSID and ICC rules, and handles disputes involving African states. In particular, Merlin advises clients in construction, distribution, joint-ventures, energy, mining and acts for both private investors and State entities.

Before joining the firm, Merlin interned with two leading international arbitration law firms in London and Paris. She has also interned with the State Advocate General Office of the Republic of Albania and the Council of Europe Development Bank.

Merlin's recent experience includes advising:

  • a Spanish construction company in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Algeria under the French/Algeria BIT in relation with social housing in Algeria
  • a leading West-African oil and gas company in a dispute involving the distribution of its products in the OHADA zone (two ICC proceedings, one emergency arbitrator proceeding)
  • a leading Algerian electricity and gas company in an ICC Arbitration in relation to the construction of a photovoltaic plant following the Algerian renewal energy programme
  • a leading insurance underwriting specialist for the space, energy and aviation sectors in an ICC Arbitration in relation to a share purchase agreement
  • a leading South African mining company in an ICC Arbitration in relation to the exploitation of copper mines in a country located in central Africa




A member of the Paris bar, Merlin graduated with honours from the University of Panthéon-Sorbonne where she obtained a Master's degree in Private International Law and International Trade Law and a Magistère degree in business law (Magistère de Droit des Activités Economiques).

Merlin speaks English, French, Albanian and Greek.

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