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Roland Ziadé

Partner, Paris


Avocat Attorney-at-law
Member of the Paris Bar
Member of the New York Bar
Member of the Beirut Bar


Roland has acted as counsel in approximately one hundred international arbitration cases (ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICSID, AAA, SCC, OHADA, PCA, and ad hoc) and has represented and advised private companies (from the United States of America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa), states, and international organisations.

Roland has also acted as arbitrator in over 45 ad hoc and institutional international arbitrations (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, UNCITRAL, SCC, Swiss Chambers, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, AFA, CRCICA). He is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Roland is distinguished by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, The International Who’s Who on Commercial Arbitration, Best Lawyers, as well as the Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, for his experience and expertise in international arbitration. In 2011, Global Arbitration Review named Roland as one of the 45 top arbitration lawyers under the age of 45 and in 2017, Global Arbitration Review ranked him top three worldwide on the list of partners below 45. In 2018, he was selected by Who’s Who Legal among the 10 leading and most highly regarded arbitration counsel and arbitrators in France.

According to Chambers, “Roland Ziadé attracts high praise from clients, with one saying: ‘I appreciated his ability to understand how corporate clients view the law, rather than looking at it as a purist - this is actually rarer than you think.’ Other sources describe him as ‘an outstanding lawyer; he is extremely talented and very efficient.’ He is highly experienced on acting in Middle East-related cases.”  He “consistently attracts praise as ‘a bright lawyer’ and skilled arbitrator” and is “highlighted by clients for his attention to detail and precision in risk assessment” (Chambers Global 2015 and 2016, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration).

According to Who’s Who Legal, “the eminent Roland Ziade is described as an ‘outstanding negotiator’ with significant experience on the international scene.” He is “regarded as one of the most sought-after counsel for international arbitrations, particularly in reference to ICC arbitration” (Who’s Who Legal, 2016).

Work highlights

Recent matters of significance where substantial involvement can be disclosed have included:

  • Counsel to an African State in the successful dismissal of an ICSID arbitration brought by an investor
  • Counsel to a major international bank in an LCIA arbitration relating to a project in Iraq. The matter was successfully settled
  • Counsel to an Abu Dhabi-based major telecommunication company in winning an ICC arbitration, as well as in various court proceedings in relation to an investment in Africa
  • Counsel to a leading steel company in the successful dismissal of a $80 million ICC arbitration
  • Counsel to a leading steel company in an ICC arbitration in relation to a project in Eastern Europe
  • Counsel to a Middle Eastern media company in winning a Paris-based ICC arbitration in relation to the performance and termination of an agreement
  • Counsel to an Algerian company in an ICC arbitration against a Greek company
  • Counsel to a Middle Eastern-based claimant in a London-based international arbitration
  • Counsel to a major pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration
  • Counsel to an African State in several ICC proceedings, including the dismissal of a $174 million arbitration relating to oil contracts
Professional experience

2013 to date Partner, Linklaters, Paris
2010 to date Lecturer on International Arbitration (Université de Versailles, Sciences Po and Paris Bar School)
2010 - 2013 Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb, Paris and Abu Dhabi
2002 - 2009 Associate, Cleary Gottlieb, New York and Paris
1999 - 2001 Associate, Stibbe (now Latham & Watkins), Paris


2003 - Admitted to the New York Bar
2002 - Harvard Law School – LLM (Fulbright Scholar)
1999 - Admitted to the Beirut Bar
1999 - Admitted to the Paris Bar (Laureate, 2nd out of 1055 students)
1996 - Hague Academy of International Law Certificate
1996 - University of Paris I (Sorbonne): DESS in International Trade Law
1996 - University of Paris II (Assas): DEA in Private International Law and International Business Law
1995 - University of Paris II (Assas): Maîtrise in Business Law 

Professional Offices
  • Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration
  • Member of various ICC arbitration-related Task Forces
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Comité Français de l’Arbitrage
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Harvard Club of France
  • Member of numerous arbitral organisations (LCIA, IAI, AFA, ASA etc.)

Has published numerous articles dealing with various arbitration topics (Journal of International Arbitration, the International Business Law Journal, Revue de l’Arbitrage, Business and Law Review, Arbitration News, the International Journal of Arab Arbitration, and the Lebanese Review of Arab and International Arbitration) and has spoken at over eighty arbitration conferences and seminars, including most recently:

  • “Post-crisis disputes: Strategic considerations and business expectations”, LCIA Conference, Beirut, 18 January 2018
  • “The use of languages in international arbitration”, CRCICA/CFA Conference, Cairo, 9 January 2018
  • “GAR Live Inquisition - on Annulled Awards”, GAR Conference, Paris, 29 November 2017
  • “Selecting the seat of arbitration”, ICC YAF, Beirut, 28 July 2017
  • “Strategic questions in Arbitration”, Special Guest Speaker, ASA below 40, 12 May 2017
  • “Emergence of expedited proceedings and analysis of their innovative features”, Cambridge Arbitration Day, 18 March 2017
  • “Opening statements in international arbitration”, FIAA Workshop, Geneva, 27 January 2017
  • “Bias, self-insight, vested interests, and self-deception in judgment and decision making: challenges set by the requirement of arbitrator inequality”, Oxford, 16 December 2016
  • “The Adaptation of Long-Term Contracts to Changing Circumstances”, Swedish Arbitration Days, Stockholm, 9 September 2016
  • “The Latest Developments in Investment Arbitration”, GAR Live, Istanbul, 24 June 2016
  • “Threats and Challenges in International Arbitration”, ICCA Breakfast Seminar, Mauritius, 9 May 2016
  • “Third Party Funding in International Arbitration”, Columbia Arbitration Day, New York, 21 February 2016
  • “The Role of African Courts: Enforcement Against Public Entities”, Casablanca Arbitration Days, Casablanca, 11-12 December 2015
  • “ICC Arbitration in the Middle East: An Insider View”, ICC Conference, Dubai, 18 November 2015
  • “The Impact of Sanctions on International Arbitration”, International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference, Vienna, 6 October 2015
  • “Challenge and Replacement of Arbitrators”, Masterclass for Arbitrators, ICC, Paris, 20 May 2015
  • “Investment Arbitration: Is the Middle East Heading the Way of Latin America?”, 1st GAR Live Dubai, 20 November 2014
  • “What Can International Arbitration Learn From the Arab World?”, DIS Annual Conference, Berlin, 18 September 2014
  • “The Cross–Examination of Expert Witnesses in International Arbitration, Dos and Don’ts”, Swedish Arbitration Days, Stockholm, 5 September 2014
  • “Structuring and Restructuring in Investment Arbitration”, Ninth Fordham International Arbitration Conference, New York, 13 June 2014
  • “Drafting Enforceable Awards”, ICC Advanced Level Training, Dubai, 10 March 2014
  • “Corporate Choices in International Arbitration”, PwC Annual Seminar: Perspectives in International Arbitration, Dubai, 15 May 2013
  • Mock Court Session: “Arbitrators’ Ethics from the ICC Court’s Standpoint”, ICC's First Annual Conference on International Arbitration in the MENA Region, Dubai, 16-17 April 2013
  • LCIA Arab User’s Council Conference, Co-Chair of session on “Independence and Challenge of Arbitrators”, Doha, 21 March 2013
  • “Case Management Techniques under the New ICC Rules and How these Can Lead to Improving Time and Cost Efficiency”, 1st ICC YAF MENA Symposium, Dubai, 24 January 2013
  • “The Impact of Trade Sanctions on International Arbitration”, ICC YAF Conference, Geneva, 11 January 2013

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