Alexandre de Gramont


Alexandre de Gramont


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Alexandre de Gramont focuses his practice on investor-state arbitration and international commercial arbitration matters across a broad range of industries, arising from nearly every corner of the globe. He has been recognized as a leading international arbitration lawyer in publications such as Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation and Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers.

In reviews from peers and clients, Mr. de Gramont is described as “an outstanding trial advocate” (Chambers USA 2019). He has been “lauded as a ‘terrific practitioner,’ whose clients appreciate his varied experience of arbitrations in different jurisdictions, in addition to his ‘ability to maintain good time management’” (Chambers USA 2015). He is “characterized as ‘a great debater and a very good writer’ by clients” (Chambers USA 2017). He “garners considerable praise for his investor-state expertise” and “is considered to be ‘a very good speaker who can create a very forceful argument’” (Chambers Global 2013). He “is regarded as ‘really smart, sensible and experienced’ by market commentators" (Chambers USA 2020).     

Mr. de Gramont’s practice involves arbitrations before the ICSID, PCA, ICC, SCC, LCIA, ICDR, and AAA as well as ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL and other procedural rules. He represents parties in disputes across multiple industry sectors, including energy and natural resources, life sciences, financial services, hospitality, aerospace and Internet governance.   

Mr. de Gramont has extensive experience with transactions and investments involving multiple jurisdictions, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central, North and South America. He has handled cases arising under numerous bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and multi-lateral treaties (including the Energy Charter Treaty, NAFTA, and CAFTA-DR), investment agreements, foreign investment laws, and commercial contracts. He has also successfully represented a number of clients in disputes against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), including ICM v. ICANN – the landmark arbitration that established new precedent for Internet governance.

Mr. de Gramont is widely published and is a frequent lecturer on international arbitration issues. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and has also taught courses sponsored by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the International Law Institute. In addition to his published work on legal topics, Mr. de Gramont is the editor and translator of a volume of Albert Camus’s war-time journalism (Between Hell and Reason: Essays from the French Resistance Newspaper, Combat, 1944-1947, University Press of New England).

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. de Gramont served as a partner in the international arbitration practice of another international law firm.

  • MOL Oil and Gas Plc against the Republic of Croatia in an arbitration brought at ICSID under the Energy Charter Treaty, as well as a related arbitration brought by Croatia under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.
  • Hungary in an arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules brought by one of the world’s largest energy companies under the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • A Canadian gold mining company in an ICSID arbitration against El Salvador in one of the first cases brought under CAFTA-DR and El Salvador’s Foreign Investment Law.
  • A Canadian uranium mining company against Mongolia in an UNCITRAL arbitration brought under the Energy Charter Treaty, Mongolia’s Foreign Investment Law, and an Investment Agreement.
  • An international mining company in an investment dispute with a government in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Republic of Bolivia in an ICSID arbitration with a subsidiary of an international consortium involving a water concession under the Netherlands-Bolivia bilateral investment treaty.
  • A California import-export business in an ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules brought against the Republic of Georgia under the U.S.-Georgia bilateral investment treaty.
  • ICM Registry in an ICDR arbitration against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers arising from ICM’s application for a registry agreement for the .XXX top level domain.
  • Employ Media in an ICC arbitration against ICANN arising from Employ Media’s registry agreement for the JOBS top level domain.
  • A Russian airline in an ICC arbitration against a U.S. supplier.
  • A Russian airline in an LCIA arbitration arising from an aircraft leasing agreement.
  • An U.S. hotel management company in an ICC arbitration involving a hotel in Beirut.
  • A US oil and gas supply company in an ICC arbitration against its former distributor in South America.
  • A Swiss pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration concerning a dispute over a patent licensing agreement.
  • A US pharmaceutical company in a CPR arbitration against its contract manufacturing  organization (“CMO”).
  • A US  trustee in a JAMS arbitration arising out of net profit interests in oil and gas fields in the southeastern United States. 

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • Wesleyan University, B.A., 1986, high honors
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1990
  • District of Columbia
  • English
  • French
Speaking Engagements
  • Investment Arbitration and Environmental Protection:  Who Will Blink first?  — African Arbitration Experience: Expectations for the Future, 2nd NCIA Arbitration & ADR Conference, Mombasa, Kenya (March 6, 2020)  
  • Evidence in International Arbitration — Africa Legal Network Academy, Mombasa, Kenya (March 4, 2020)       
  • The Indelible Stain of Corruption in the International Legal Landscape: Views From Litigation, Arbitration, and Transactions — iLaw2020 The ILS Global Forum on International Law, Miami, FL (February 28, 2020) 
  • Achmea’s Aftermath: Jurisdictional Objections, Enforcement Actions, and the Fate of Intra-EU BITs —  Washington, D.C. (February 18, 2020)
  • Radical Proposals for Dispute Resolution: An Efficiency Revolution  14th ICC New York Conference, New York, NY (October 4, 2019)
  • Recent Developments in International Arbitration — Moscow (October 5, 2018)
  • EMTA Special Seminar: Recent Developments in Emerging Markets Arbitrations — (September 26, 2018)
  • Confronting Corruption Claims in International Business Disputes —Association of Corporate Counsel, New York, NY (June 20, 2018)
  • Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Prevention and Management — APEC Workshop, Washington D.C. (October 3, 2017)
  • Business Skills Institute | Corporate Counsel University — CLE Seminar Presented by the Greater Philadelphia ACC, Philadelphia, PA (September 19, 2017)
    Speaker, “Choosing Arbitration and International Arbitration for the Resolution of Business Disputes” — a panel on how best to ensure that the goals for which parties choose arbitration are actually achieved.
  • Game theory: How do the Incentives, Processes, and Psychology of ISDS Affect Damages Outcomes? — Fifth Annual Damages in International Arbitration Conference, Washington, D.C. (September 16, 2016)
  • EMTA Special Seminar: Arbitration in the Emerging Markets— London (January 29, 2016)