Hervé Le Lay

“He is very pragmatic and understands well the needs of his clients», «He adapts to different cultures very easily, he would be go to lawyer for multidisciplinary disputes», «His advice is always comprehensive and easy to understand» “He is an outstanding arbitration practitioner with a focus on sports law«,
«He adapts to different cultures very easily, he would be go to lawyer for multidisciplinary disputes«,
«His advice is always comprehensive and easy to understand«

WWL- Arbitration 2022


Strategic mind”,
“Experienced and well-versed arbitration practitioner”
“Excellent expertise in sports arbitration.”

WWL- Arbitration 2021


Hervé Le Lay stands out among peers for his rapid grasp of both legal issues and commercial priorities of a case.”

WWL- Arbitration 2019


“Peers ‘would definitely recommend’ Hervé Le Lay for his outstanding expertise when it comes to energy and infrastructure disputes”

WWL- Arbitration 2018


A pleasure to work with, always available, credible, knowledgeable

Legal 500 -Arbitration 2021


“Hervé Le Lay is a very sharp lawyer and a strategic thinker who understands the differences and complexities in different jurisdictions and can easily adapt himself and the case strategy to any hurdles”

Legal 500 -Arbitration 2018


 

Hervé Le Lay es socio de MCL Arbitration. Está admitido en el Colegio de Abogados de París y su práctica se centra en disputas internacionales.

Hervé es un abogado experimentado en disputas comerciales. Ha intervenido en numerosos arbitrajes institucionales (CCI, SCC, LMAA, LCIA, OMC, etc.) y ad hoc (incluida la CNUDMI), así como en procesos judiciales ante tribunales civiles y comerciales franceses, incluyendo procedimientos de peritaje judicial, así como de ejecución y apelación contra laudos o sentencias arbitrales extranjeras. Con frecuencia interviene en la etapa pre contenciosa, incluso en el contexto de procedimientos de mediación y conciliación.

Hervé ha adquirido experiencia significativa en disputas sobre una extensa variedad de sectores y operaciones (construcción, post-M&A, disputas de accionistas y joint ventures, medios de comunicación, energía, ventas internacionales, responsabilidad por productos defectuosos y riesgos industriales, contratos de agentes, seguros y reaseguros, proyectos mineros, infraestructura, etc.), sujetas a una amplia variedad de leyes aplicables y sedes de arbitraje.

Hervé actúa regularmente como árbitro y es, en particular, miembro de las listas de árbitros del Comité Francés de la CCI, KCAB International, AIAC,  BVI IAC y del TAS.

Hervé también es parte de la lista de árbitros del Tribunal Arbitral del Deporte (TAS) y tiene vasta experiencia en la resolución de controversias ligadas al deporte. Ha participado en numerosos procedimientos relativos a cuestiones comerciales (transferencias de jugadores, fusiones y adquisiciones, derechos de televisión, contratos de jugadores o entrenadores, agentes, etc.) y cuestiones reglamentarias/disciplinarias (dopaje, elecciones internas de federaciones, adhesión de federaciones a federaciones internacionales, organización y celebración de partidos, regulaciones específicas del fútbol como el financial fair play, third party ownership, estatus del jugador y transferencias, etc.) ante organismos especializados (CAS, CNOSF, etc.) foros no especializados como la CCI y tribunales nacionales.

La lengua materna de Hervé es el francés. También habla y trabaja en inglés y español con fluidez, y tiene un buen conocimiento del portugués. Hervé ha residido varios años en América Latina (Brasil y Panamá), Turquía, Canadá, Suiza y Bélgica.

Hervé es licenciado en derecho francés y tiene un diploma universitario en derecho español e iberoamericano por la Universidad Paris Ouest-Nanterre. Asimismo, cuenta con el máster general del Institut d’Etudes Politiques de París (Sciences Po) con especialización en negocio internacional y un máster en Global Law and Economics por la Universidad Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne en conjunto con Sciences Po.

Hervé enseña arbitraje en la Universidad de Aix-Marseille (DESU Economic Law).

Antes de incorporarse a MCL Arbitration, Hervé era socio del bufete de abogados estadounidense Brown Rudnick LLP.

Hervé ha sido reconocido en los principales rankings internacionales (Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal y Best Lawyers).

Hervé Le Lay’s notable experience includes:

 

Sole arbitrator in an ICC in relation to a franchising dispute in the hospitality sector between Greek and Lebanese investors and companies
Applicable Law
: Greek Law
Seat: Paris, France
Language: English


Counsel in an ICC arbitration in relation to a construction dispute in the Middle East between a Turkish company and French/ Iraqi companies
Applicable Law
: French Law
Seat: Paris, France
Language: English


Counsel in an ICC arbitration in relation to a post M&A dispute in the TV broadcasting sector between a Dutch company and an English company
Applicable Law
: English Law
Seat: Paris, France
Language: English


Counsel in a CAM arbitration in the energy sector between a US company and Canadian/Spanish insurers
Applicable Law: Spanish Law
Seat: Madrid, Spain
Language: English/Spanish


Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration relating to the reinsurance industry
Applicable Law: OHADA Law
Seat: Paris France
Language: French


Counsel in 4 parallel ICC arbitrations in relation to a shareholder dispute in the energy sector between a French company and German companies
Applicable Law: French Law
Seat: Paris, France
Language: English/French


Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a Chinese and a Spanish company over the international sale of agrifood products

Applicable Law: Spanish Law

Seat: Paris, France

Language: English


Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration over the construction of a steel plant custom made furnace between a Czech company and a Romanian company

Applicable Law: French

Seat: Paris, France

Language: English


Sole arbitrator in a dispute over the construction, installation startup and training of two manufacturing lines between an Italian company and a Saudi company

Applicable Law: Italian Law

Seat: Paris, France

Language: English


Counsel in Judicial expert proceedings in a dispute over the construction of a power plant in France

Applicable Law: French Law

Seat: French commercial court

Language: French


Counsel in an ICC arbitration relating to a M&A and licensing dispute over 22 TV channels and broadcasting rights of sporting major events
Applicable Law
: French Law
Seat: Paris, France
Language: English


Counsel in an industrial risk dispute before French courts over a fire in a petrochemical complex
Applicable Law
: French Law
Seat: Paris, France
Language: English


Counsel in an ICC arbitration relating to the termination of a mining concession between a West African State and a Indian/French company
Applicable Law
: Local West African State Law and OHADA Law
Seat: Paris, France
Language: French


Counsel in 8 LMAA arbitration relating to Chartering contracts for a fleet of bulk carriers between Jordanian/Saudi companies and an Algerian company
Applicable Law
: English Law
Seat: Paris, France
Language: French


Counsel in an ICC arbitration relating to a post M&A and licensing dispute over 22 TV channels and broadcasting rights of sporting major events
Applicable Law
: French Law
Seat: Paris, France
Language: English


Counsel in enforcement proceedings relating to a Russian judgement relating to a takeover scheme and fraud in the banking sector
Applicable law: French and Russian Law
Seat: France courts (first instance, appeal and cassation)
Language: French


Counsel in an ICC arbitration relating to mining, railroad and mining concessions between a West African State and UK company
Applicable Law
: Local West African State Law and OHADA Law
Seat: Paris, France
Language: French


Counsel in French Court proceedings regarding a dispute over sponsorship agreement between Dutch companies and a French football club
Applicable law: French Law
Seat: French courts (first instance and appeal)
Language: French


Counsel in an ICC Arbitration in relation civil fraud and a management agreement in the banking sector between a Saudi bank and a French bank
Applicable Law: Saudi Law Law
Seat: Geneva, Switzerland
Language: English


Counsel in an ad hoc arbitration in relation a reinsurance dispute between a Danish company and a Turkish company
Applicable Law: English Law
Seat: London, UK
Language: English


Counsel in an ICC arbitration in relation a shareholder dispute between Jordanian/Saudi companies and an Algerian company
Applicable Law: Algerian Law
Seat: Paris, France
Language: French


Counsel in an ICC arbitration relating to a Shareholder dispute over the operation and the financing of the extension of a cement plant between a Saudi company and an Algerian company
Applicable Law
: Algerian Law
Seat: Paris, France
Language: French


Counsel in an ICC arbitration relating to the termination of a mining concession in Tunisia
Applicable Law
: Tunisian Law
Seat: Geneva, Switzerland
Language: English and French


Counsel in an ICC arbitration relating to the termination of a mining concession in Bolivia between the Bolivian State and an Indian company
Applicable Law
: Bolivian Law
Seat: Bolivia
Language: Spanish


Counsel in various annulment and enforcement proceedings of arbitral awards before French Courts


Sole Arbitrator, presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator or ad hoc clerck in multiple (+40) CAS arbitrations relating to commercial disputes (agent contracts, transfer agreements, employment agreements, etc.) and regulatory disputes (doping, match fixing, FIFA RSTP, UEFA Financial Fair play, elections, etc.)


Schooner: Una ampliación indeseable del control de la competencia arbitral, (con A. Mourre), Spain Arbitration Review/Revista del Club Español del Arbitraje, N.°47/2023


Interview de Maitre Hervé Le Lay (Arbitre TAS). fr, marzo de 2021.
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Rappels et précisions sur le contradictoire, le mécanisme de la déduction défavorable et sur le recours à l’équité en matière d’évaluation du préjudice (note sous Cour d’Appel de Paris, Pôle 5/Ch. 16, 1er déc. 2020), Revue de l’Arbitrage – Comité Français de l’Arbitrage, N° 1, 2021.


Interview sur les règles UEFA relatives au fair play financier et sur le Tribunal arbitral du sport, So Foot, noviembre de 2018.
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Investing Across Borders Guide (Colaborador), The World Bank, ediciones 2010 y 2012.


Arbitrages ordinaires pouvant être soumis au Tribunal Arbitral du Sport (con W. Sternheimer), TAS/CAS Boletín N° 1, 2012.
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“From contracts to arbitration: new challenges of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) in the International Business Environment”, Paris Session of the China Arbitration Week 2023, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), September 2023.


“Sports Arbitration”, Thought leadership session, BVI IAC / Paris Arbitration Week, Paris, March 2022


“Player’s Contracts: Topical Litigious Issues in View of CAS Case Law”, BİLGİ University Sports Law Disputes in Turkey and Europe Webinar, Istanbul, November 2021


» Fight Club: Concurrent delays in construction projects», AIJA Construction Disputes Conference, Vienna, October 2021


“Execution of Monetary Decisions”, The Morgan Sports Law Football Conference, June 2021


Moderator, «Dealing with cultural and practice differences between counsels», Paris Arbitration Week, April 2019


“Is Sports Arbitration in Turmoil Following the Seraing, Mutu & Peichtein Rulings?”, AIJA Sports Law Conference, Paris, December 2018


“Is There a Viable Alternative to Arbitration to Improve Justice in Sport?”, AIJA Sports Law Conference, Paris, December 2018


“Gender equality in international dispute resolution”, ICC Istanbul Arbitration Day, February 2018


“Res Judicata – Parallel Proceedings and Contradictory Awards”, AIJA Conference, Stockholm, June 2017


“Third party financing in international arbitration”, ICC YAF Conference, Istanbul, May 2017


“The future of sport arbitration and on the intervention by state courts in different countries into sport”, AIJA Conference, Lausanne, April 2017


Chair, Roundtable on International Arbitration, The Law Firm Network Global Meeting, Singapore, June 2016


“Arbitration of commercial sports-related disputes at the CAS”, The Law Firm Network Regional Meeting, Zurich, October 2014


“Legal review of federation’s decisions through the Court of Arbitration for Sports – Jurisprudence and latest development”, AIJA Sports Law Seminar, Dublin, October 2014