AREA OF PRACTICE

Litigation & Arbitration

Biography

Sabrina Touchard is counsel in the Firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group.

Her practice focuses on international commercial arbitration and on investor-state arbitrations. She acts as counsel for private entities and states in disputes relating to mining projects, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, and distribution agreements. Sabrina also has experience in post-arbitral disputes (annulment and enforcement) and regularly serves as administrative secretary to arbitral tribunals.

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick in 2013 as an associate, Sabrina acquired experience in the field of international arbitration at several international law firms in Geneva and Paris.

Sabrina’s native language is French and she is fluent in English.

Representation

Some of Sabrina’s notable engagements include:

Counsel to a Middle-East investor in an arbitration relating to the performance of a partnership agreement over the management of a public cement plant in North Africa.

Counsel to a joint venture against some of its shareholders and directors in relation to the violation of long-term commitments and fiduciary duties (ICC arbitration, Paris seat, French law).

Counsel to a pipeline operator in relation to the termination of long-term agreements (three ICC arbitrations, Paris seat, French law).

Counsel to a listed Australian company in an arbitration concerning the misappropriation of its shares in a mining company in North Africa (ICC arbitration, Geneva seat, local law).

Counsel to a world leader in industrial and military vehicles sector in several arbitrations relating to consultant contracts and representation in North Africa and the Middle East (ICC arbitrations, Paris seat, French law).

Counsel to a Saudi conglomerate leader in the distribution of satellite programs in the Middle East & North Africa region in a dispute with a Qatari operator (ICC arbitration, Paris seat, French law).

Counsel to an African state in a dispute over the termination of mining concession contracts, port and rail agreement with a global leader in the steel industry (ICC arbitration, Paris seat, local law).

Counsel to a French investor in annulment proceedings against a UNCITRAL arbitral award rendered on the basis of a bilateral investment treaty (Paris Court of Appeal).

Counsel to Jordanian investors in annulment proceedings against an ICC arbitral award (Paris Court of Appeal).

Education

Certificat d'Aptitude à la Profession d'Avocat, 2013
Université de Versailles – Master in Arbitration and International Business Law, with honors, 2010
Université Paul-Cézanne (Aix-Marseille) – Master in International Law, with honors, 2009
Université du Maine / University of Leeds – Licence en Droit, 2008

Bar Admissions

Avocat au Barreau de Paris

Languages

English
French
Publications
Co-author (with S. Bonnard), “Mandatory Rules in International Arbitration - The Example of Recent Awards.” International Business Law Journal (2015)
Author, “Amicus Curiae on Stage: Amicus Curiae Participation in Investor-State Arbitration,” Versailles International Arbitration and Business Law Review No.2 (2011)
Professional Memberships
ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration)
Young ICCA
ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
CFA 40 (Comité Français de l'Arbitrage)
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