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Elie Kleiman has 30 years of experience in dispute resolution, with a significant focus on cross-border litigation, international arbitration, and crisis management. He also has experience in competition, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar crime. He has advised large French and international companies as lead counsel in many high-profile disputes involving complex, business-sensitive issues, bringing many of the disputes to an optimal conclusion, either in court, through arbitration, or through imaginative settlement solutions.

Elie's arbitration experience covers investment, trade, joint ventures, and shareholders' agreements as well as long-term contracts, representations and warranties, licensing, distribution, and construction, particularly in the energy and natural resources, chemicals, life sciences, infrastructure and transport, telecommunications, media, and technology sectors. He has in-depth knowledge of many institutional arbitration rules and ad hoc arbitration. He regularly sits as an arbitrator and as a mediator.

Elie's litigation experience covers public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate disputes, complex commercial contracts, corporate governance and directors' liability, securities fraud and market abuse, tort and negligence, banking liability, insolvency, and product liability. His extensive experience in cross-border disputes includes designing effective strategies for evidence and assets preservation, coordinating proceedings in multiple jurisdictions, and enforcement against private and sovereign parties. He regularly advises global clients in crisis management and damage control situations.

Elie is very active in the French legal community, serving as a member of several think tanks and promoting Paris as a hub for international dispute resolution. He writes on international arbitration and litigation and teaches at several Paris universities.


  • Middle eastern company defends against complex multi-party arbitration proceedingsJones Day represents a middle-eastern engineering company in an ICC arbitration commenced by a middle eastern contractor against the client, an Algerian joint venture in a dispute relating to an agreement for the construction of a security base, a security camp and guardhouse in the Algerian Sahara.
  • State-owned company involved in post M&A arbitration proceedings relating to environmental reps and warrantiesJones Day has successfully represented a French state-owned company in an arbitration that was commenced by another company in ICC arbitration proceedings arising out of claims concerning certain environmental guarantees and indemnities that were granted under a Contribution Agreement concluded with respect to a joint venture.
  • International industrial group settles product liability claimsJones Day advises International industrial group on product liability claims against supplier of electrical components for turbines and facilitates successful settlement.
  • Mass retail group defends against claims in complex ad hoc international arbitration proceedingsJones Day represents a Belgian mass retail group against another group in the same sector in complex ad hoc international arbitration proceedings, the value of which was near €1 billion.
  • Spanish industrial company defends against annulment proceedings before Paris Court of AppealJones Day represented a Spanish industrial company in annulment proceedings brought by a Latin American Government against an UNCITRAL but ICC administered award on jurisdiction issued by a Paris-seated arbitral tribunal and successfully dismissed all of the State's arguments.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Represented a chemical industrial group in an ICC arbitration involving the contractual interpretation of a liability warranty clause contained in a share purchase agreement concerning standing to sue, contractual interpretation of liability warranty clauses, and U.S. antitrust law.

    Represented international oil companies in a Geneva-seated ICC arbitration in a contractual dispute based on the failure by the contractual partner to ensure the stability of a production sharing agreement after the enforcement by the Algerian government of a tax legislation targeting foreign investors.

    Represented a French laboratory and its Belgian subsidiary in determining a litigation strategy and in an ICC arbitration initiated against their former distributor in Italy.

    Represented Asian industrial companies in a dispute concerning the construction of an ammonia and urea plant in Algeria.

    Represented the U.S. biotechnology company Genentech in the French courts and before the European Court of Justice seeking to set aside a series of ICC awards under antitrust aspects worth €160m in favor of the German pharmaceutical company Hoechst.

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