Jacques Pellerin


Jacques Pellerin is a Doctor of Law and has taught civil law, commercial law, and civil procedure at the University of Sceaux (Paris XI), for more than 40 years, where he has as also directed the Master’s programme in procedural law. He currently teaches domestic and international arbitration law, as well as civil procedure, at the Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II) and at Sciences Po.

He was an avoué at the Paris Court of Appeal from 1986 to 2012 and presided over the Paris Chamber of Avoués from 2008 to 2012.

He was called to the Paris Bar in 1969. His experience and his in-depth knowledge of both litigation and arbitration proceedings have led him being instructed in many disputes relating to the challenge or enforcement of arbitral awards before the Paris Court of Appeal.

He also regularly sits as arbitrator. He is currently the vice-president of the French Arbitration Committee.

He took part in the drafting of several recent reforms dealing with such important matters as the appeal procedure and the new French law on arbitration: in 2008, he was a member of the Commission for the reform of appeal procedure, known as the Magendi Commission; between 2003 and 2006 he was a member of the French Arbitration Committee’s Commission for the Reform of French law on Domestic and International Arbitration, and headed up the group on the recourse against arbitral awards.

He is regularly invited to speak at conferences, training sessions and round tables organised on the theme of arbitration and civil procedure. He is also the author of many publications on these subjects.

Contact details for Jacques Pellerin:

+ 33 6 13 25 17 73


Marianne Kecsmar


Marianne Kecsmar is a member of the Paris Bar and the New York Bar. She is the holder of aDEA (Master’s degree) in private international law and international trade from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris I), as well as an LL.M in comparative jurisprudence from the NYU School of Law.

She began her career in the litigation and arbitration departments of the American firm Coudert Frères in Paris, then practised for 10 years in Paris and New York within the litigation/arbitration department of the English firm Linklaters.

Specialised in private international law, she acquired significant experience of international arbitration and cross-border disputes as counsel. Her expertise covers such widely varied fields as energy and mining, the aeronautical industry, construction and engineering, distribution, satellites and telecommunications, as well as corporate law.

She is a member of the French Arbitration Committee and listed as an arbitrator on the ICC France list of arbitrators. She is regularly appointed as arbitrator in international ad hoc and institutional arbitrations conducted in English and French and subject to a wide range of applicable laws, notably from the African and Eastern and Central European countries.

She teaches arbitration law at the Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II).

She advises an international clientele in French, English, Hungarian, Russian, and German.

Contact details for Marianne Kecsmar:

+ 33 6 14 18 03 72

Bassam Mirza

Bassam Mirza is a member of the Paris and the Beirut Bars. He studied private law at Saint Joseph University of Beirut, and holds a DEA (Master’s degree) in private international law and international trade, as well as a DESS (Master’s degree) in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution from the Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II).

He is based in Beirut and is in charge of the network’s Beirut office (Mirza Law Office). Prior to that, he practised international arbitration and cross-border litigation in Paris for more than seven years at prestigious international law firms (magic circle firm Linklaters LLP and French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel), and headed the international arbitration practice group of a leading Middle Eastern law firm based in Beirut with offices in Saudi Arabia and Dubai.

Having practised in both Europe and the Middle East, he acquired significant experience of international arbitration and complex cross-border disputes covering various industries. He regularly acts as counsel and arbitrator in ad hoc and international institutional arbitrations conducted in Arabic, English and French and subject to wide range of applicable laws notably from the Arab and African countries.  

He is a  lecturer in civil law at the Faculty of Law of Saint-Joseph University of Beirut and regularly speaks at conferences and round tables organised on the theme of international arbitration. He is a member of the French Arbitration Committee and is referenced as arbitrator on the ICC France list of arbitrators. In addition, the government of the Lebanese Republic recently designated him to serve on the Panel of Conciliators maintained by ICSID until 16 September 2022. He is recognized by “Who’s Who Legal Arbitration – Future Leaders” as “emerging as one of Asia’s foremost arbitration experts” and as “an excellent adviser throughout the different steps of an international arbitration process“.

Contact details for Bassam Mirza:

+ 961 (71) 505 244