“Flore is a dynamic and fierce advocate.”

Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2024

“She is very responsive, efficient and thorough.”

Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2024

“Flore is not only very bright but also very dedicated to the client’s success – she is a fighter who does not give up.”

Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2024

“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 heads Signature Litigation’s Paris arbitration team. She has significant experience representing parties in international mediation and arbitration proceedings. She also sits as an arbitrator.

She regularly acts in shareholder or post-acquisition disputes for private-equity firms and more generally in the scope of the termination of agreements related to changes in economic (e.g. force majeure allegations) or legal (in particular, sanctions) circumstances for industrial clients. She has notable experience in the defense and energy sectors (LNG and nuclear) and has recently assisted several companies in disputes resulting from the termination of agreements related to major IT projects (ERP deployment, IT outsourcing).

Flore has a very pragmatic approach to arbitration as she has spent 18 months on secondment with a client’s litigation and claim management team in the defence sector, and is a business and finance graduate on top of her law degree. Flore’s procedural management skills are a valuable asset in expedited proceedings, as well as in time-sensitive disputes where a quick resolution is desired.

She has solid experience in the enforcement of arbitral awards in France including seizing assets.

Flore is recognised in the Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2024 report, in which she is highlighted as “very responsive, efficient and thorough,” as well as “a dynamic and fierce advocate.” Flore is also commended as “not only very bright but also very dedicated to the client’s success – she is a fighter who does not give up.”

Flore is a very active member of the arbitration community; she co-founded Paris Very Young Arbitration Practitioners in 2012 and was a co-chair of the LCIA-YIAG (Young International Arbitration Group of the London Court of International Arbitration) from 2017 to 2021.

She has also taught at the Paris Bar School and at various universities and schools (Paris X, Paris XII, Paris-Saclay (MACI) and ESCP Europe).

She was admitted to the Paris bar in 2008.

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 CIS 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 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 international entities, whose debt was frozen following attempts to enforce arbitral awards.

Publications

Signature Signs Up Arbitration Pro From Dechert In Paris – Law360 – 9 January 2024

Dechert Partner Joins SignatureGlobal Arbitration Review – 2 January 2024

Signature signs up former Dechert arbitration partner in ParisThe Global Legal Post– 2 January 2024

Philip Dunham joins Signature Litigation’s Paris office, bolstering global arbitration practice – Solicitors Journal – 2 January 2024

New year, new partner for Signature Litigation – CDR News – 2 January 2024

Challenging and appealing arbitral awards in France – LexisPSL Arbitration – 7 September 2023

French courts—distinguishing the duties and liabilities of arbitral tribunals and arbitral institutions (Kraydon Ltd v ICC)LexisNexis – 11 April 2023

PAW2023: Keeping arbitration fit for purposeCommercial Dispute Resolution – 3 April 2023

The Kabab-Ji case: identifying the law governing an international arbitration agreementThe Global Legal Post – 17 November 2022

Quelle loi régit la convention d’arbitrage ? Chronique d’une divergence franco-anglaiseOption Droit & Affaires – 9 November 2022

La loi applicable à la convention d’arbitrage : verdict des juridictions françaises – Le Monde du Droit – 9 November 2022

Kabab-Ji ruling cements cross-Channel clash – Global Arbitration Review – 29 September 2022

Quelles solutions pour un investisseur européen en litige contre un Etat de l’Union européenne ? – Le Monde du Droit – 20 September 2022

6 Questions For Signature’s Arbitration Head Flore PoloniLaw360 – 15 September 2022

Russie : quels impacts sur les procédures arbitrales ?Option Droit & Affaires – 7 September 2022

Trends from the Paris Court of Appeal on arbitrators’ duty of disclosure: lessons from the PRIDE case and the Billionaire caseLexisNexis – 1 July 2022

The Belokon ruling: reflections on the French approach to public policy – Global Arbitration Review – 19 May 2022

The New and Improved CMAP Rules of Arbitration: Continuity and Innovation – Kluwer Arbitration Blog – 10 November 2021

France – jurisdictional arbitral awards and claims of corruptionLexisPSL – 15 October 2021

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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