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  • Africa
  • Arbitration
  • Litigation
  • Mediation
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Benoit Le Bars

Founding partner

Benoit Le Bars, co-founder and Managing Partner of Lazareff Le Bars, represents clients in international arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.  He also advises on contracts, international projects and litigation proceedings.
Benoit Le Bars specialises in corporate law, international trade law, international contracts and the law of OHADA, on which topic he published a book in 2011, Droit des sociétés et de l’arbitrage international – Pratique en droit de l’OHADA.  An English updated version of this treaty – International Arbitration and Corporate Law: An OHADA Practice – has been published in December 2013.
In addition to his work as counsel, he also serves as elected president of the arbitral tribunal, sole arbitrator or co-arbitrator in a wide spectrum of international arbitrations.

Benoit Le Bars specialises in corporate law, international trade law, international contracts and the law of OHADA, on which topic he published a book in 2011, Droit des sociétés et de l’arbitrage international – Pratique en droit de l’OHADA.  An English updated version of this treaty – International Arbitration and Corporate Law: An OHADA Practice – has been published in December 2013.

In addition to his work as counsel, he also serves as elected president of the arbitral tribunal, sole arbitrator or co-arbitrator in a wide spectrum of international arbitrations.

For many years, Benoit Le Bars has been deeply involved in business and law in Africa.  His in-depth know-how of OHADA law, as well as his passion for the continent, led him to create a quarterly magazine focused on corporate law in Africa, (MIDAA), as well as to host a conference for lawyers and business players across Africa, which is to be hosted on an annual basis in different jurisdictions in Africa (RIDAA).

Benoit Le Bars is also a professor of law in the United States and in France.  In recognition of the quality of his courses, he has recently been awarded with the title of Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law by the Vermont Law School (USA).

Benoit Le Bars received at the eleventh annual Cauris d’Or gala held in Dakar, Senegal, the prestigious “Cauri d’ Or de l’intégration” prize from   Mr. Sidiki Kaba, Minister of Justice Chairman of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court, in recognition of his commitment to the African continent and his involvement in dispute resolution in Africa.

Since June, 9th, 2016, Benoit Le Bars is also a member of the SIAC.

Benoit Le Bars began his career as an independent lawyer and counsel within a number of international law firms.

Expertise

  • Africa
  • Arbitration
  • Litigation
  • Mediation

Education

  • PhD in private law (1998) – Paris I, Sorbonne University Law School
  • Postgraduate degree in commercial & business law (1994) – Paris I, Sorbonne University Law School
  • Master’s degree in business & tax law (1993)
    Paris II, Assas University Law School

Languages

  • French
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Russian

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Distinctions

  • GAR 100 – since 2010
  • Chambers Global, 2015 to 2017 – Dispute resolution: Africa wide
  • Cauri d’Or de l’intégration – 2015
  • Legal 500 2015 –  EMEA / Paris Dispute resolution: international arbitration
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Publications

  • Arbitrage Commercial International. Les grands arrêts du droit français, avec la collaboration de Joseph Dalmasso, LexisNexis, 2016
  • International Arbitration and Corporate Law: An OHADA Practice, Eleven International Publishing, 2013
  • Droit des sociétés et de l’arbitrage international – Pratique en droit de l’OHADA, Joly-Lextenso, 2011
  • Droit du commerce international – 2nd édition, LexisNexis, 2011 (Price from French “Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques”, 2012)
  • Participated in drafting and supervising the team of authors in Le droit uniforme africain des affaires issu de l’OHADA with Boris Martor, Nanette Pilkington, David Sellers et Sébastien Thouvenot, 2nd édition, LexisNexis-Litec, 2009
  • Minority shareholders’ associations, Bibliothèque de droit privé, Tome 392, LGDJ 1992, Price “Albert Wahl” for the thesis work in commercial law 1991

Memberships

  • Admission on the list of arbitrators for Kigali Arbitration Center
  • Permanent member of the ICC International Arbitration Commission
  • Admission on the list of arbitrators for ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of IFA association (French Association for Corporate Governance)
  • Admission as member of the CCJA (Common Court of Arbitration for OHADA law)
  • Admission as member of the European Arbitration Center (EAC) – Bruxelles/Kiev
  • Member of the Center for Mediation of Paris (CMAP) – nomination on the arbitrators’ list
  • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Member of the International Arbitration Institute (IAI)
  • Member of the French Arbitration Association (AFA)
  • Member of the French ICC Committee of Arbitration (ICC France)
  • Member of the International Arbitration Council (CPR)
  • Member Grade CIArb (The Chartered Institute of arbitrators)
  • Member of the Singapore International Centre (SIAC) Panel of Arbitrators
  • Admission as member of the Romanian arbitration institute
  • Admission on the list of arbitrators for Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)

Teaching

  • Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School, French and European corporate law, arbitration
  • Senior Lecturer, business law, corporate law and arbitration at Cergy-Pontoise, University Law School
  • Associated expert in international arbitration and international trade law at the ESSEC Business School Research Center (Centre Européen de Droit et d’Economie)

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