Philippe Cavalieros



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General Experience

Philippe offers his clients a 360-degree perspective on international arbitration: he is regularly appointed as an arbitrator, has worked for the ICC International Court of Arbitration and has served as general counsel, providing him insight into every angle of an arbitration proceeding.

His experience includes acting as lead counsel, representing clients in investor-state and commercial arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, and other arbitration rules.

Philippe is a regular author on the topic of arbitration and has spoken at numerous arbitration-related conferences. He is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR, and the ICC Institute of World Business Law. He recently co-chaired the ICC Task Force on decisions as to costs in international arbitration.

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Recent Work
  • representing a French investor in an ICSID arbitration against a Central European state in the meal vouchers services industry
  • serving as President of an ICC Tribunal in a Geneva-seated multi-million arbitration governed by Romanian law, involving Central European entities
  • serving as Sole Arbitrator in a London-seated multi-million ICC arbitration governed by French law involving European and African parties
  • representing investors in relation to disputes arising from their investments in Africa, in respectively the telecommunication and mining sectors.
  • served as President of the arbitral tribunal in an ICC arbitration governed by the UNIDROIT Principles between a Romanian entity and an Indian corporation in a dispute arising out of a purchase agreement for certain goods, in relation to construction of a power plant
  • appointed as the 15th Emergency Arbitrator under the ICC Rules in an arbitration between a European Consortium and a North-African investor in relation to a dispute pertaining to the construction of an electric plant in West Africa
  • served as sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a Spanish company and a Swiss company in relation to a dispute arising out of a supply of goods contract, with a seat in Paris and Swiss applicable law
  • served as President of an arbitral tribunal in a multi-million International Arbitration Chamber of Paris arbitration between two German companies in relation to a dispute arising out of financial derivatives contracts in the agricultural industry, with a seat in Paris and, and German applicable law.

Philippe is an avocat at the Paris bar since 2004, and received an LL.M from Trinity College Dublin. He also holds a Master in European Business Law from University Paris 2 Panthéon Assas.

Prior to joining Simmons & Simmons, Philippe was a partner at another leading international law firm, and beforehand held the positions of general counsel of Eurasia and head of the International Arbitration Department of a French major automotive company. In this position, he supervised all legal matters of the Eurasian region and represented the group in all issues with regard to arbitration. Prior to working as general counsel, Philippe was also involved in numerous international arbitration proceedings as assistant counsel at the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC.



Philippe has been recognised as a world’s leading arbitration specialist, and is featured in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2018.

Philippe has also been recently distinguished in 3 categories of the Who’s Who Legal : Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Future Leaders - Partners; Who's Who Legal France - Arbitration and Who's Who Legal Sports & Entertainment in the Sport category.

Philippe is recommended by the Décideurs 2018 Guide (Leaders League France) in the fields of International arbitration (Renowned practice) and French Arbitrators (Renowned practice).


In 2016, Philippe was shortlisted by Global Arbitration Review (GAR) in the “Best Prepared and Most Responsive Arbitrator” category.


In 2015, Philippe was recognized by Décideurs (Leaders League) as a renowned arbitrator among the top 60 in France.


Since 2014, Philippe has been routinely ranked in the top 3 Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution category, based on a multi-factor client-only rating system, by the Palmarès des Avocats (Le Monde du Droit).

Aside from his arbitration-related work, Philippe is a judicial officer for the French Top 14 Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR), and the European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR).