Henry Defriez


Henry Defriez


Singapore | Dechert (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., One George Street, #16-03, Singapore, Singapore 049145
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Henry Defriez focuses his practice on international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Defriez served as an associate in the international arbitration and commercial disputes group of another international law firm.

  • A mining company in a US$1 billion dispute against the state of Venezuela under the ICSID Rules.
  • A South Africa-based telecoms company in a long-running UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a multi-billion dollar sale of a majority stake in a major Nigerian mobile telecoms operator.
  • A US oil major in a series of high value complex disputes with an Asian government and state-owned entities arising under several production sharing contracts.
  • A US oil major in a SIAC arbitration arising out of a share valuation dispute in Japan.
  • A South East Asian state-owned oil and gas company in relation to a multi-million dollar dispute arising out of the construction of a polyester plant.
  • A Canadian oil and gas major in relation to investment treaty protection for a project in a joint maritime zone off the coast of Africa.
  • A Singapore-based provider of serviced offices in a S$22 million arbitration arising out of a Share Subscription Agreement which failed to complete.
  • A US financial services multinational in relation to potential investment treaty protection in Indonesia.
  • A Chinese energy and construction company in relation to a Singapore court challenge to an ICC arbitration award of over US$100 million.
  • The Korean Olympic Committee and Korean Swimming Federation in an eligibility dispute with Mr Tae Hwan Park before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and arising out of selection of the Korean swim team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
  • A major international mining company in relation to a contractual dispute with a telecommunications provider.
  • A Korean construction and engineering conglomerate in relation to an ICC arbitration and Singapore court litigation arising out of projects in Qatar and Singapore, respectively.
  • A Chinese oil and gas company in relation to litigation in the Nigerian courts.
  • A US cosmetics multinational in relation to a dispute with its distributor in Indonesia.Investors in a South American public transport company in relation to a potential investment treaty claim.
  • A foreign exchange broker in LCIA arbitration proceedings arising out of a joint venture agreement.

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

  • The University of Nottingham, B.A., History, 2007, 2:1
  • BPP Law School, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2009, Commendation
  • BPP Law School, Legal Practice Course, 2011, Distinction
  • *Admitted in England and Wales only
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish