Our History

The legacy of serge lazareff


Lazareff Le Bars was founded in 2009 by Serge Lazareff and Benoit Le Bars. Serge Lazareff’s personality is reflected in the foundation and the DNA of the firm.

An emblematic figure in arbitration and in the business world, Serge Lazareff excelled throughout his life and career.

Interpreter and aide to General Eisenhower during the drafting of the NATO Treaty, then director of international contracts at the Pechiney group, Serge Lazareff became a renowned international arbitrator who was involved in more than 200 institutional or ad hoc arbitration proceedings.

Lawyer, Doctor of Law and the first French post-war scholar to be accepted to Harvard, he advised large corporations and governments, including his instrumental role in the Euro Disneyland Paris project.

In 1995, following Pierre Lalive, he became the second President of the ICC Institute of World Business Law. He also chaired the French Commission on International Arbitration and was a member of the LCIA court.

Commander of the Legion of Honour and recipient of many other prizes and honors, he was also very involved in teaching and heavily contributed to the evolution of arbitral doctrine in his writings.

Serge Lazareff died in 2012.

Paris: a strategic capital

Lazareff Le Bars’ main office is in Paris, a key international arbitration center since 1923. The city owes this position to the presence of the ICC Court of Arbitration since the early twentieth century, and France’s history of involvement in arbitration, international trade and negotiated settlements of international disputes, including settlements in the diplomatic context.

The Paris marketplace continues to be strengthened by liberal reforms in arbitration law, a concentration of experts in the field within the capital, and the extremely strong and effective support from local judges who have always been protective of international arbitration.

A gateway to Europe for centuries, today Paris still plays a pivotal role in the development of global trade and naturally attracts players of the modern world seeking to enter into new agreements and settle international disputes.