3 October 2023
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Addleshaw Goddard expands International Arbitration practice in Paris with hire of Ioana Knoll-Tudor

International law firm Addleshaw Goddard has appointed Ioana Knoll-Tudor as a Partner in its Paris office, building the firm's International Arbitration team in one of the world's major arbitration centres.

Secretary General of Paris Arbitration Week and member of the International Board of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC), Romanian national Ioana has over 15 years' experience in international commercial investment arbitration, representing clients in international and domestic arbitrations, particularly in the energy, construction, competition, distribution, and post-M&A/corporate sectors, and specialising in Central and Eastern European jurisdictions. She is qualified and regularly advises clients in Spain, and also acts in arbitration-related litigation before the French courts.

Welcoming Ioana to Addleshaw Goddard, the firm's co-head of International Arbitration, Partner, Simon Kamstra, said:

"Ioana brings impressive international experience – whether in France, Spain, Central and Eastern Europe, or further afield – to better serve existing and future clients. There are many synergies between Ioana's practice and our ambitions to broaden our capabilities to support clients wherever they might need us, and we are delighted to welcome Ioana to our rapidly-growing team in Paris."

Commenting on her appointment, Ioana said:

"Addleshaw Goddard’s Paris office is quickly expanding and taking part in this adventure with partners who are keen to work together is a stimulating challenge. For our clients, the firm’s international platform also means that we are represented in all the major arbitration centres around the world, such as London, Singapore, Paris and Dubai, which is growing rapidly. It also gives us the opportunity to tap into new emerging markets such as Africa."

Ioana's arrival at Addleshaw Goddard coincides with the arrival of Public Law partner Jacques Dabreteau, who has a complementary non-contentious infrastructure practice, and shortly follows the hire of international arbitrator Rick Gal from A&O as a Legal Director in the firm's London office. 

Prior to joining Addleshaw Goddard, Ioana was Head of International Arbitration at French firm Jeantet. She previously practiced in the Warsaw and Budapest offices of international law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel, and co-founded the Romanian section of the Club Español de Arbitraje (CEA) in 2019, of which she is Vice-president. Ioana is also the author of many doctrinal articles and a reference book entitled: “The Fair and Equitable Treatment Standard in International Foreign Investment Law” (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Addleshaw Goddard's International Arbitration Group is made up of specialist arbitration practitioners with decades of experience acting as counsel on major international arbitrations, and advising multinationals, banks and governments on arbitrations seated in all the main arbitral centres, including London, Paris, Stockholm and Vienna.  

Since opening in 2021 with 22 lawyers, the firm's Paris office has rapidly grown to a team of 40 lawyers including 17 partners, specialising in M&A, private equity, banking and finance, tax, competition law, commercial, real estate, litigation and arbitration, business criminal law, employment law, IP/IT and distressed companies.

Internationally, Addleshaw Goddard has 17 offices in the UK, Western Europe, the Middle East and Asia and operates in more than 50 specialties with 1,600 lawyers covering corporate and commercial law, finance and projects, litigation and real estate. 

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