Paris and Marseille based SRDB Law Firm has strengthened its arbitration practice and pursued its international expansion with the appointment of new partner Marie Girardet, a member of the Marseille and Madrid Bars. Her arrival will enable the firm, already present in Africa and the Middle-East, to expand its activity in Spain and Latin-America.

This latest appointment follows the addition of Vivien Makaga Pea to SRDB’s international arbitration practice last July. It also continues SRDB’s international development, which has seen the firm open an office in Tunisia in November 2022, and one in the United Arabs Emirates in June 2023.

Marie has developed strong international arbitration expertise after practicing for almost 10 years in specialist law firms in Paris(Derains & Gharavi) and Madrid (Bernardo Cremades y Asociados).

Marie acted in many international commercial and investment arbitrations (ICC, ICSID, PCA). Furthermore, she has played a part in numerous procedures involving Latin-American companies or public entities.

Fluent in French, Spanish and English, Marie advises French and international clients in a wide variety of sectors, including construction and energy. She also handles litigation and criminal business law cases before the French courts.

At SRDB Law Firm, Marie will help in the development of the Latin-American department and the arbitration practice.

“SRDB is a law firm with an international presence, especially in regions where not many French or even international law firms are located. The firm exhibits a strong and promising international expansion dynamic. I am delighted to join SRDB Law firm and contribute to the development of its international arbitration practice,” commented Marie Girardet.

The Spanish and Latin-American markets are particularly interesting, as much because of their size as their dynamism, and have growing legal needs, especially with the expansion of their international trade relationships. Moreover, a culture of arbitration is already well established. Many Latin American countries have put in place modern and robust arbitration laws over the past 20 years, with Peru, Colombia, Chile and Costa Rica leading the rest of the continent in this respect. The growing need for arbitration is also consistent with the impressive growth of international trade in the region in the past couple of years.