“Flore is a very dynamic and multi-skilled lawyer.“

Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2021

“The arrival of… Flore Poloni as partner bolstered the group’s international commercial arbitration capabilities.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Signature Litigation Paris “quickly established itself as one of France’s finest dispute resolution practices and consistently attracts high-stakes, often headline-grabbing matters.”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The arrival of the very promising Flore Poloni, who joined in Summer 2020 as partner… strengthened the team.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Flore Poloni “has excellent communication skills and perfect knowledge of arbitration.“

Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2021

“The most dynamic young arbitration practitioner in Paris.“

Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2021

Biography

Flore specialises in international commercial arbitration. She has significant experience representing international companies in mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Flore has a particular focus on disputes relating to the defense, chemicals and automotive industries.

Prior to joining Signature Litigation, Flore was Counsel in August Debouzy’s litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime practice group in Paris.

She regularly acts in shareholder disputes and in transactions that span multiple jurisdictions. She also has in-depth experience in the enforcement of arbitral awards in France including asset seizures.

Flore has acted as counsel in numerous arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc and under various institutional rules, and has represented parties in enforcement proceedings before the French courts.

More recently, she has advised several companies in the context of the termination of wide-scale IT projects.

Flore is very involved in the arbitration community in France; she co-founded Paris Very Young Arbitration Practitioners in 2012. She is presently one of the co-chairs of the LCIA-YIAG (Young International Arbitration Group of the London Court of International Arbitration).

She has also had various teaching engagements at the Paris Bar School and at Paris Universities and schools (Paris X, Paris XII and ESCP Europe).

Flore regularly speaks at Arbitration conferences such as the recent “Professional secrecy v legal privilege”, Young symposium, IBA Arbitration Day in Montreal and the AIJA arbitration annual conference in Zurich.

Ranked in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration – Future Leaders, Flore is described as “the most dynamic young arbitration practitioner in Paris”, “a very dynamic and multi-skilled lawyer” and praised for her “excellent communication skills and perfect knowledge of arbitration”. She has been further praised as “definitely a future leader”, and she is recognised as “a go-to person for arbitration in France”. She was also described in the 2018 Guide as “a very highly qualified and skilled lawyer” who provides sophisticated advice on complex disputes.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 Guide ranks Flore as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for dispute resolution and has been recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ lawyer for International Arbitration. Flore has been praised for her “extensive expertise in international arbitration” and described as “extremely capable”.

A French national, Flore works in French and English.

Experience

International Arbitration

  • Representing an Emirati company in various disputes concerning the shipment of oil.
  • Representing an Indian pharmaceuticals group in an ICC arbitration regarding a post-acquisition dispute.
  • Representing companies from Malta against a French company in an ICC arbitration regarding a €1.2bn post-acquisition dispute.
  • Representing a French client in an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of a highway in Africa.
  • Representing a French client in an ICC arbitration in the context of a shareholder dispute of a Moroccan company concerning the validity of a share transfer.
  • Representing a Russian client in the context of a shareholder dispute concerning a Lao Joint Venture against Ukrainian counterparts regarding the validity of a share transfer.
  • Representing a French client of the automobile industry in several ICC arbitrations against former licensees.
  • Representing a French client in an ICC arbitration in Tokyo against its Japanese supplier with Japanese law applicable to the merits.
  • Representing a French client in an ICC arbitration against its Portuguese franchisee in claims of know-how misappropriation.
  • Representing a Russian client in the context of the purchase of spare parts from a Polish company.
  • Representing a Moroccan client in an ICC arbitration in Casablanca concerning a construction dispute.

Actions against arbitral awards

  • Representing a Belgian client in a claim for the annulment of an UNCITRAL arbitral award rendered in France.
  • Representing a German company in a claim for the annulment of an ICC award rendered in France.
  • Representing a Maltese company to obtain the annulment of an award rendered in France.

Enforcement of arbitral awards

  • Representing a Chinese client in enforcement proceedings in France (seizure of assets).
  • Advising debtors of various entities of the Russian Federation, whose debt was frozen following attempts to enforce the Yukos awards.

Publications

L’exécution de sentences arbitrales à l’épreuve de la corruptionRevue Internationale de la Compliance et de l’Éthique des Affaires – August 2021 Issue

L’affaire SORELEC : l’absence d’allégations de corruption doit susciter la méfiance des arbitresRevue Lamy Droit des Affaires – July 2021 Issue

Breach of International Public Policy: Issues of Foreign Overriding Mandatory Rules and Embargoes – (pg 29) ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin – June 2021

Quatre raisons de privilégier l’arbitrage dans les litiges sur de nouvelles technologiesL’Usine Nouvelle – 6 June 2021

L’exécution de sentences arbitrales à l’épreuve de la corruptionRevue Internationale de la Compliance et de l’Éthique des Affaires – 25 May 2021

Signature hires from Squire Patton Boggs in London – Global Arbitration Review – 10 May 2021

On ne change pas une équipe qui gagne – Nouvelles Règles de l’IBA sur l’administration de la preuveLe Monde Du Droit – 15 April 2021

Mise à jour des Règles de l’IBA sur l’administration de la preuveLe Monde du Droit – 25 March 2021

Pourquoi la décision Halliburton vs Chubb fascine-t-elle tant la communauté de l’arbitrage britannique ?Option Droit et Affaires – 3 February 2021 

Arbitral Tribunals Beware: Better Keep an Eye on Potential Corruption Involving Consent AwardsKluwer Arbitration Blog – 29 January 2021 

Tribunaux arbitraux : attention au piège d’absence d’allégations de corruptionLe Monde du Droit – 15 January 2021

Preuve de son agilité, la Cour internationale d’arbitrage de la CCI modifie (encore) son règlementLa Gazette du Palais – 5 January 2021

Tribune – Droit applicable à la clause d’arbitrage de part et d’autre de la Manche : une solution, deux visionsBulletin Rapide Droit des Affaires – 30 November 2020

What the new ICC and LCIA rules tell us about the concerns of users – Global Arbitration Review – 17 November 2020

Arbitrage LCIA 3.0 – L’institution londonienne se positionne à la pointe des nouvelles pratiquesLa Lettre des Juristes d’Affaires – 30 October 2020

ICC Unveils its revised 2021 Rules of Arbitration – Briefing Notes – 14 October 2020

Signature Litigation Paris builds up international arbitration practice with new Partner hireVarious – 10 July 2020

 

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