Henry Defriez


Henry Defriez


Washington, D.C. | 1900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, United States of America 20006-1110
+1 202 261 3372 | +1 202 261 3333


Henry Defriez* focuses his practice on international commercial and investor-state arbitrations. He has handled cases before the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the London Centre of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), as well as under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

Mr. Defriez has advised parties in disputes in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, and South America, which have arisen out of the oil & gas, mining, electricity, construction, healthcare, financial, and telecommunications sectors.  The laws considered and applied in these disputes include those of Argentina, Belgium, China, Colombia, England and Wales, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Panama, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, several states of the United States, the UAE, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Defriez worked in the London and Washington, D.C. offices of another international law 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; Practice is supervised by principals of the firm who are members of the DC Bar
  • 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.

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