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 est associé de MCL Arbitration.

Avocat au barreau de Paris, sa pratique se concentre sur le règlement de litiges internationaux, comme conseil et comme arbitre.

Praticien reconnu et expérimenté en matière de litiges commerciaux, Hervé est intervenu dans de très nombreux arbitrages institutionnels (CCI, SCC, LMAA, LCIA, OMC, etc.) et ad hoc (y compris CNUDCI), dans des litiges relatifs dans un large spectre de secteurs et opérations (construction, post-M&A, litiges entre actionnaires et de joint ventures, media, énergies, ventes internationales, responsabilité du fait des produits et risques industriels, contrats d’agents, assurance-réassurance, projets miniers, infrastructures, etc.), et soumis à de très divers droits applicables.

Hervé siège régulièrement comme arbitre et est notamment membre de la liste d’arbitres du Comité français de la CCI et des panels d’arbitres de KCAB International, de l’AIAC du BVI IAC et du TAS.

Hervé agit également devant les tribunaux français, dans le cadre de litiges civils et commerciaux,  de procédures d’expertise judiciaire, et de procédures d’exécution et de recours contre des sentences arbitrales ou jugements étrangers.

Il intervient fréquemment à un stade pré-contentieux, y compris dans le cadre de médiations/conciliations.

Hervé possède une vaste expérience des règlements de litiges liés au sport. Il est arbitre du Tribunal Arbitral du Sport (liste générale et liste football) TAS. Son expérience en la matière couvre tant les enjeux commerciaux (M&A, droits TV, sponsoring, contrats de joueurs, de transferts, d’agents, etc.) que règlementaires et disciplinaires (dopage, gouvernance au sein de fédérations, organisation et tenue de matchs, règlementations propres au football telles que fair play financier, third party ownership, Statut du joueur, etc.) devant les instances spécialisées du sport (TAS, CNOSF, etc.) comme devant des forums non spécialisés tels que la CCI et les tribunaux nationaux.

 

La langue maternelle d’Hervé est le français. Il parle couramment l’anglais et l’espagnol et a une bonne compréhension du portugais. Il a vécu en Amérique Latine (Brésil et Panama), Turquie, Canada, Suisse et Belgique.

 

Diplômé de l’IEP de Paris (Sciences Po) et des universités Paris Ouest Nanterre et Panthéon-Sorbonne, il enseigne l’arbitrage à l’université d’Aix-Marseille (DESU Droit économique).

Avant de rejoindre MCL Arbitration, Hervé était associé du cabinet américain Brown Rudnick LLP.

Hervé est régulièrement listé et recommandé dans les principaux classements internationaux ((Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, 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, (avec A. Mourre), Spain Arbitration Review/Revista del Club Español del Arbitraje, N.°47/2023


Interview de Maitre Hervé Le Lay, Jurisportiva.fr, (mars 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,2021- N° 1


Interview sur les règles UEFA relatives au fair play financier et sur le Tribunal arbitral du sport, So Foot, Nov. 2018
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Contributeur, Investing Across Borders Guide, The World Bank, éditions 2010 et 2012


Co-auteur, Arbitrages ordinaires pouvant être soumis au Tribunal Arbitral du Sport, (avec W. Sternheimer), TAS/CAS Bulletin, No. 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), septembre 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