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Dara Akchoti

Associate
+33.(0)1.58.44.15.35
Fax +33.(0)1.58.44.15.01

Dara is an associate in our Paris office. He has assisted clients in a wide range of French and international disputes. His practice encompasses pre-litigation, litigation before French courts (he has pleaded on a regular basis before them), complex multi-jurisdictional litigation, international arbitration, ADR. He has also developed particular experience in African disputes and OHADA law as well as expertise in private international law.

His experience spans many sectors of the economy, including natural resources, extractive industries, media and telecommunications, catering, chemicals, professional and financial services, retail, distribution, apparel, IT, transportation, manufacture and insurance.

Dara graduated from both Sciences Po Law School and the University of Paris-Assas in France, and also studied law and business at the University of Chicago and Mc Gill University.

Professional Background

Dara joined the Paris Bar and the firm in 2012, after a traineeship at a magic circle firm and several internships in litigation and arbitration at top international law firms.

  • Assisted a UK mining company in simultaneous litigation proceedings in several West African countries arising out of the termination of contractual relationships with a provider of mining services
  • Assisted a global leader in the waste management industry in several post-acquisition disputes arising out of the acquisition of a group of companies (judicial proceedings and ad hoc international arbitration)
  • Assisted a US leader in oilfield services in complex judicial proceedings and multiple ICC arbitrations arising out of an accident related to oilfield equipment in Africa
  • Assisted a company in ICC arbitration and subsequent setting-aside proceedings against a global leader in the aircraft industry in a dispute arising out of the sale of aircraft
  • Assisted a family office in multimillion proceedings in Monaco against a leader in the insurance industry arising out of the indemnification following an accident involving a major art collection
  • Assisted a UK mining company and its African subsidiaries in arbitration proceedings under the aegis of the Court of Arbitration of Cote d’Ivoire (CACI) arising out of the termination of mining contracts
  • Assisted a US leader in the data center industry in pre-litigation and legal proceedings against Irish and Luxembourg companies before French Courts related to contracts for the provision of data services
  • Assisted a US leader in water pollution services in proceedings before French Courts as well as arbitration under the American Arbitration Association Rules arising out of the termination of an exclusive distribution agreement with a French company
  • Assisted a Swedish manufacturer of sports equipment in proceedings before French Courts arising out of the termination of distribution agreements with French companies
  • Assisted a manufacturer of train equipment in disputes against the global leaders in train manufacturing
  • Assisted a French fragrance manufacturer in proceedings before French Courts arising out of the dismissal of its former CEO
  • Assisting French subsidiaries of a global leader in the chemical industry (construction material, paints, overlays…) in several disputes related to industrial risks before French Courts
  • Assisting a US leader in the chemical industry in proceedings before French Courts related to the application of fertilizers on vines
  • Assisting a major US catering company in disputes arising out of unfair competition actions from former French franchisees
  • Assisting a French company in the renewable energies sector in proceedings arising out of the acquisition of a company in an insolvency context
  • Assisting a French leader in the telecommunication services in disputes against former distributors