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published SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
Bryan Cave Welcomes Jean de Hauteclocque and Anna Obolensky in Paris

The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP welcomed Jean de Hauteclocque as counsel and Anna Obolensky as associate to its Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration Team at the beginning of September.
Jean de Hauteclocque who has more than 30 years experience in dispute resolution, particularly in international arbitration, is admitted to the Paris Bar and has been involved in a broad variety of multijurisdictional and domestic disputes both as counsel and arbitrator. He practiced at Freshfields' from 1984 to 2000 before joining Lovells' arbitration and litigation department in Paris, which he headed from 2000 to 2003. Thereafter, he formed the boutique firm Hauteclocque & Larroumet before taking the head of Howrey's international arbitration department in 2007. Jean’s practice includes commercial contracts, asset tracing and seizure, numerous corporate and regulatory disputes and some specialist fields such as construction, product liability and environmental law.
“Joining Bryan Cave provides Anna and me with an excellent opportunity to develop our practices in crucial litigation and arbitration markets where there are interesting opportunities for growth,” Jean de Hauteclocque said. “We are delighted to support the firm’s efforts in this area.”
Anna Obolensky focuses her practice on international arbitration and is admitted to the Paris and New York Bars. She has acted both as counsel and secretary to the arbitral tribunal in numerous disputes, in both commercial and investment matters under a variety of procedural rules. Anna has significant experience in construction, civil engineering and industrial projects disputes.
Recent examples of their work include representing a subsidiary of a major petrochemical conglomerate in UNCITRAL proceedings relating to the interpretation and enforcement of a license agreement governed by Delaware law, and the representation of the contractor in a dispute related to the termination of a contract for the operation of a gold mine located in Africa in ICC proceedings.
Bryan Cave's Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration Team provides advice and representation to corporate and financial clients in a large number of complex business disputes. Examples of disputes handled by the team include acting for a large French media conglomerate in an LCIA arbitration against a Polish telecom company in breach of an investment agreement dispute; acting on behalf of a BVI company before the Zurich Chamber of Commerce in relation to a termination of a joint venture concerning business operations and privatization of a CIS plant; acting for a leading US company in an LCIA arbitration concerning contaminated land in Hungary; opposing an anti suit injunction in the English High Court on behalf of a major Russian company; and representing a Brazilian oil extraction company in an LCIA arbitration commenced by a US oil extraction equipment supplier in an alleged breach of teaming agreement dispute.
“We are very excited about the arrival of Jean and Anna,” said Joseph Smallhoover, Paris office managing partner. “To have such a prominent and such a promising litigation and arbitration lawyers join the team in Paris underlines the firm’s focus and commitment on attracting the best talent in Europe. Their significant experience in construction and regulatory matters is particularly interesting. They will help us increase our already strong footprint for commercial litigation and international arbitration work among our European, Asian and American offices.”





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