DELOS IS AN INDEPENDANT ARBITRATION INSTITUTION THAT PROVIDES AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO COMMERCIAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION
TEAM AND COMMITTEES
Delos draws on a dynamic and experienced team to carry out its activities. It is supported in this by an Arbitration Consultative Committee and the Delos-Y Committee and their wide networks (notably for the purposes of its Guide to Arbitration Places). Several Delos members have been recognised as Future Leaders in Arbitration by the prestigious publication Who's Who Legal. Their short bios are available below.
President – Hafez R VIRJEE
DELOS ARBITRATION CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE (ACC)
The ACC is composed of experienced arbitration practitioners, who are independent of Delos. The role of the ACC is to keep under critical review the Delos Rules of Arbitration, to support the institution with the administration of arbitrations and to provide subject-matter expertise and programme leadership.
PROJECT-BASED TEAMS & COMMITTEES
GAP Editorial Team – Mihaela APOSTOL, David de FREITAS, Nazly KHEDR, Marine KOENIG, Alejandra LAPUNZINA VERONELLI, Alexandre MEYNIEL, Sofia de MURARD.
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Maria ATHANASIOU is a member of the Delos-Y Committee. Maria is an associate at the office of Prof. Pierre Tercier, where she acts as tribunal secretary and tribunal assistant in several high-profile investment and commercial arbitrations. Within this capacity, she has worked on cases conducted under both ad hoc (UNCITRAL) and institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, SCC, CRCICA, ICSID). Prior to her current position, Maria has worked in two leading international arbitration groups in Brussels and London, where she also acted as counsel, successfully representing clients in commercial arbitrations under the CEPANI and ICC Rules. She graduated with honours from Warwick University and holds a master degree in international legal studies from Georgetown University, as well as a master degree in international dispute settlement from Geneva University Law School and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She is also an active member in the international arbitration community, serving as a Global Advisory Board Member of ICDR Young and International and, until recently, as a Coordinator of the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme. Maria is a member of the New York and Cyprus Bars. She is a native Greek speaker and speaks English fluently. Follow on LinkedIn.
Victor BONNIN is a member of the Arbitration Consultative Committee of Delos. Victor acts as arbitrator but also has previous experience as counsel and arbitral secretary in investment, commercial and sport cases under the most important institutions, such as ICC, LCIA, TAS, Madrid Arbitration Court, etc. Victor has a broad experience in investment and commercial arbitration related to many sectors such as construction, pharmaceutical, energy and renewables and many types of transactions, M&A, joint ventures, distribution, international sale of goods, among others. After practising arbitration at international law firms, Victor opened his own firm to focus on his practice as arbitrator. He is a qualified lawyer in Spain and as a solicitor in England & Wales. Additionally, he holds a law degree in Swiss law and a Master in Business Law from the Geneva University, where he obtained the Lenz & Stahelin award for the best student of the program. He speaks Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese and Catalan. He is listed among the Future Leaders of Arbitration by Who's Who Legal. Follow on Linkedin.
Eleonore CAROIT is a member of the Arbitration Consultative Committee of Delos. She acts as counsel and as administrative secretary to arbitral tribunals in international arbitrations, both ad hoc and administered (ICC, SCAI, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICSID, SCC and CAM). Her experience covers a range of international contracts including sales, distribution and shareholder agreements in the banking, energy (oil & gas), renewable energy, construction, infrastructure projects, media and telecommunication and transport sectors. She also has experience in cross-border litigation and corporate matters. Eleonore graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po). She holds a joint Masters degree in Global Business Law from the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and Sciences-Po Paris. She also holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar and where she received the Parker School recognition in international and comparative law. She is a qualified lawyer in Paris and New York and a member of the foreign section of the Geneva Bar. Eleonore speaks and regularly works in French, Spanish, English, Italian and Portuguese. She is listed among the Future Leaders of Arbitration by Who's Who Legal. Follow on LinkedIn.
Greg FALKOF is a co-Founder of Delos and a member of the Delos Arbitration Consultative Committee. Greg is an experienced international disputes lawyer, and a Partner in the international arbitration team of global law firm Eversheds Sutherland. He acts as arbitrator or counsel in international arbitration disputes, primarily in the energy, construction, industrials, telecoms and manufacturing sectors, focusing on disputes across Africa and the Middle East. Greg has represented clients and appeared as advocate before international tribunals for all the major arbitral institutions. His clients include start-ups and new businesses, multi-national corporates, States and State-owned entities, and well-known international brands. Greg is based in London and is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales. He holds degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, from Queen Mary University of London, and from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He is listed among the Future Leaders of Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal. Follow on LinkedIn.
Thomas GRANIER is a co-founder of Delos and a member of the Delos Arbitration Consultative Committee. Thomas acts as counsel and arbitrator in a wide array of disputes relating in particular to new technologies, IT, energy, M&A, joint-ventures, construction and distribution. Thomas has acted in a number of commercial arbitrations under the rules of various institutions such as the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC), the ICC, the LCIA, and ad hoc arbitrations. Thomas has also acted as counsel in investment arbitrations before the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).Before joining McDermott Will & Emery, Thomas served as counsel for the Europe, Middle-East and Africa Team at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration in Paris, after having acted as deputy counsel for the Germany, Switzerland, and Austria Team. At the ICC, Thomas supervised more than 300 arbitrations and reviewed a number of arbitration awards. Thomas holds degrees from the Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne (Master 2), the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich (LL.M.) and the Université Paris II – Panthéon-Assas (Maîtrise). Thomas is co-Editor of the Delos Guide to Arbitration Places (GAP) and is listed among the Future Leaders of Arbitration by Who's Who Legal. Follow on LinkedIn.
Florian GRISEL is a co-Founder of Delos and a member of the Delos Arbitration Consultative Committee. He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (Paris, France) and a Senior Lecturer in Transnational Law at King's College London. A national of France, Florian has gained extensive experience in international business law in the last ten years, focusing on commercial and investment arbitration both as an academic and as a practitioner. He is an attorney at the New York Bar and the Paris Bar, and holds degrees from Sciences po Paris (M.A.), Columbia University (M.P.A.), Yale Law School (LL.M.) and the Sorbonne (LL.M., Ph.D). He has practiced international arbitration in leading law firms based in Geneva (Levy Kaufmann-Kohler) and Paris (Dechert LLP), and has worked for the World Bank (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes) in Washington, DC. In these different capacities, he has been involved in arbitration cases arising in various industries (oil & gas, military procurement, telecommunications, luxury, construction, mining, etc...) and many jurisdictions all over the world (Europe, Americas, Asia, Middle East, Africa). He has authored two books (L'arbitrage international ou le droit contre l'ordre juridique (LGDJ), The Evolution of International Arbitration (Oxford University Press)) and many articles on international business law. He is also a board member of a major robotics fund.
Martin GUERMONPREZ is a Manager at Delos. Martin has interned with prestigious teams in Paris, in international arbitration, litigation and restructuring. He holds a LL.M. from Georgetown University and a Master in International Business Law and Taxation from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He also holds a Master of International Affairs from Sciences Po. His admission to the New York Bar is pending. He is the co-author of various articles in prestigious law journals. Martin works in French and English. Follow on LinkedIn.
Marine KOENIG is a Manager at Delos, and a French lawyer qualified before the Paris bar. Marine’s practice focuses on international arbitration and international commercial litigation. She acts as counsel for French and foreign companies in industrial projects and construction disputes in both English and French. After completing a master's degree at the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Marine graduated from Columbia Law School where she specialized in international arbitration. She is qualified before the Paris bar. Follow on LinkedIn.
Jérémie KOHN is a member of the Delos Arbitration Consultative Committee and of the Delos-Y Committee. Jérémie has practised international arbitration exclusively for close to a decade, acting as counsel in a wide range of contract disputes in industries including aerospace, automotive, aviation, defense, energy, joint-ventures, pharmaceutical, private equity, technology and telecommunications. Jérémie has also participated in several construction arbitrations and gas price reviews. He has extensive experience working on commercial arbitrations conducted under the major institutional rules as well as on ad hoc arbitrations (including under the UNCITRAL rules). He also has significant experience in investment arbitration. His experience includes an internship with the ICC and acting as administrative secretary to arbitral tribunals. Jérémie has worked in Paris and London and holds a master in International Affairs from Sciences-Po Paris. He also graduated with honors from Paris II University and holds a master’s degree (cum laude) in international business law from Paris X University. Jérémie lectured on comparative law at the London campus of Pepperdine University School of Law and has a keen interest in mentoring interns and younger practitioners. Jérémie is a member of the Paris Bar. A native French speaker, he speaks English fluently. He is listed among the Future Leaders of Arbitration by Who's Who Legal. Follow on LinkedIn.
Alejandra LAPUNZINA VERONELLI is a Manager at Delos. Alejandra is an associate at an international arbitration boutique in Paris. She works on both international commercial and international investment arbitration cases in English, Spanish and French. She has trained at leading law firms and boutiques in Paris and Buenos Aires and worked as a teaching assistant in International Economic Law at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She holds a Masters’ degree in Global Business Law and Governance from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Columbia Law School and the Ecole de Droit de Sciences Po, and is admitted to the Paris Bar. Follow on LinkedIn.
Amélie LUCCHESE is a Manager at Delos. Amélie is currently a trainee lawyer with an international arbitration team in Paris and preparing for the Paris bar exam. She has trained with prestigious law firms and institutions in Paris and Hong Kong. She works on both international commercial and international investment arbitration cases in English and French. Amélie holds a Masters’ degree in International Business Law and a Masters' degree in Litigation, Arbitration and ADR from the University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas. Follow on LinkedIn.
Iain C McKENNY is a co-Founder of Delos and a member of the Delos Arbitration Consultative Committee. He is a Director and Co-Founder of third party funder Profile Investment. Follow on LinkedIn.
Maria POLÁKOVÁ is a member of the Delos-Y Committee. Maria is a senior associate with Squire Patton Boggs, Prague, after having previously worked with the firm’s International Dispute Resolution team in London. Her primary practice focuses on investor-state and international commercial arbitration. She has been involved in a number of major investment cases in which the firm successfully defended sovereign states against foreign investors’ claims, including ECE v. Czech Republic, Eurogas & Belmont v. Slovak Republic or ACP Axos Capital v. Kosovo. Maria served as a co-chair of the Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Young ICCA) in 2013 and 2014 and subsequently served as a member of the organization's advisory board. A native Slovak speaker, Maria is a member of the Czech Bar and speaks Czech, English and French fluently. Follow on LinkedIn.
Gary SMADJA is a Manager at Delos. Gary is an associate at Reed Smith, in Paris. Gary works in French, English, and Spanish. He holds a double degree in French and English Law from King's College London and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and a Masters 2 degree in Global Business Law and Governance from the universities of Columbia Law School, Sciences Po Paris, and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He taught public international law and dispute resolution seminars at Paris 1 for two years, and is the author of articles related to arbitration in French and Spanish. Follow on LinkedIn.
Hafez R VIRJEE is the President and a co-Founder of Delos. Hafez acts as counsel, arbitrator and mediator, with experience of the major rules of arbitration. He advises on international dispute resolution and legal risk management. In his role as counsel, Hafez specialises in international commercial arbitration and his clients have spanned the range of private equity firms, tech start-ups, industrial concerns, listed companies, State entities and treaty organisations. Hafez has acted in disputes across a wide range of sectors and relationships, including shareholder agreements, joint-ventures, agency, M&A, telecommunications, tech, energy, pharmaceutical, construction and military. Hafez practises as a solicitor of England & Wales on an independent basis. He was previously at Dechert in Paris (with a secondment to Dubai in 2015) and prior to that at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (M.A.), the Université Paris II – Panthéon-Assas (Maîtrise) and the University of California – Berkeley (LL.M.). He is co-Editor of the Delos Guide to Arbitration Places (GAP) and is listed among the Future Leaders of Arbitration by Who's Who Legal. Follow on LinkedIn.