Charles Kaplan is a highly specialized arbitration lawyer based in Orrick’s Paris office. He has conducted arbitrations on EPC Contracts, oil production sharing agreements, gas pricing disputes, tax stabilization agreements, international joint ventures, as well as aircraft development programs, in France and elsewhere.
Highly regarded in the international arbitration market, Charles is consistently recognized as a key practitioner particularly in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. According to Chambers & Partners, clients describe him as an “extremely bright” expert on cross-border matters and praise his “commercial insight and dedication.” Ranked among Chambers France’s top International Arbitration lawyers, Charles is said to be “a very good lawyer whose experience in international arbitration is superb.”
In particular, Charles advises French and international energy majors, and industrials. He has extensive experience of arbitration under ICC, ICSID, French Arbitration Association, LCIA, and Milan Chamber rules. He regularly sits as an arbitrator.
He originally qualified as an English barrister and then as a French avocat. In addition to investment disputes, he has handled civil as well as common law disputes in a number of jurisdictions in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Before he joined Orrick, he was co-head of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's Global Arbitration practice and led the Paris Arbitration group.