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Benoit Le Bars

Benoit Le Bars, co-founder and Managing Partner of Lazareff Le Bars, represents clients in international arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution and has specialist expertise in corporate law, international trade law, international contracts and OHADA law.

Benoit Le Bars’ practice focuses principally on commercial and investment arbitration involving complex trade relationships between businesses, investors and states, and spans a broad range of jurisdictions and arbitral institutions.

In addition to his work as counsel, he is often appointed as arbitrator and has extensive experience in arbitral forums worldwide.

Benoit Le Bars is also known for his strong engagement in business and law in Africa, and is a recognized specialist in OHADA law. As evidence of his commitment to the continent, he launched a quarterly magazine focused on corporate law in Africa (MIDAA) and also hosts an annual conference for lawyers and business players across Africa (RIDAA).

In 2011 he published a book « Droit des sociétés et de l’arbitrage international – Pratique en droit de l’OHADA.  An English updated version of this treaty – International Arbitration and Corporate Law: An OHADA Practice – has been published in December 2013.

In addition, in 2016 he was appointed by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Djibouti Chamber of Commerce to co-head the legal task force to establish the rules and practices for the new IGAD Arbitration Centre in Djibouti.

In 2016, Benoit Le Bars published an exhaustive treatise of French law judgments in international commercial arbitration.

Doctor in private law Benoit Le Bars is also a professor of law in the United States and in France.  In recognition of the quality of his courses, he has recently been awarded with the title of Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law by the Vermont Law School (USA).

His international arbitration expertise is recognized in the leading international legal directories, including Chambers and Legal 500.



Permanent member of the ICC International Arbitration Commission for France

Member of the French ICC Committee of Arbitration (ICC France)

Member of the International Arbitration Council (CPR)

Member grade CIArb (The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators)

Admitted on the list of arbitrators for ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association)

Admitted on the list of arbitrators of the CCJA arbitration institute (Common Court of Arbitration for OHADA law)

Admitted on the list of arbitrators for Kigali Arbitration Center

Member of the European Arbitration Center (EAC) - Bruxelles/Kiev

Member of the Center for Mediation of Paris (CMAP) - nomination on the arbitrators’ list

Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

Member of the International Arbitration Institute (IAI)

Member of the French Arbitration Association (AFA)

Member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Panel of Arbitrators