Laurence Kiffer

Laurence Kiffer


Avocat at the Paris Bar since 1991

Laurence Kiffer has been counsel in numerous arbitration proceedings under the auspices of the main regulatory bodies or ad hoc tribunals, acting on behalf of French or foreign companies or States, in particular in disputes concerning construction work, sale, agency, finance, insurance and licensing, Laurence Kiffer has also regularly submitted appeals to annul arbitration awards and against award enforcement. As arbitrator she is also called upon in international cases, where she draws on her experience with Yves Derains.

In addition to litigation connected to arbitration, she has developed a practice in the field of industrial risk insurance claims.

Finally, with her training as mediator, she acts in this capacity or as counsel in court-supervised, institutional or ad hoc mediation proceedings.

Laurence Kiffer is a member of the editorial committee of Cahiers de l’arbitrage / The Paris Journal of International Arbitration and is responsible for the “ADR” feature. She takes part in numerous think tanks and studies, in particular as part of the ICC in the study of “third party funding in arbitration” and “revision of the ADR rules”. She is the instigator of the international mediation club launched by ICC France, the French committee of the ICC.

She is a very active member of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA – Union Internationale des Avocats). As a participant in numerous seminars, she is now vice-president of the arbitration committee and co‑director of communication.

In her capacity as co-president of the arbitration committee of the Paris bar from 2005 to 2012, she contributed to involving the bar in the work on arbitration.  In particular, by a resolution of the Bar Council in 2008, the Paris Bar confirmed that in international arbitration procedures its code of ethics did not object to the preparation of witnesses before they were heard. Laurence Kiffer also militated in favour of an observer status for the Paris bar, as for the New York bar, in the working group on UNCITRAL arbitration. Once this status was granted, she represented the Paris bar in the work of UNCITRAL on the adoption of a standard concerning transparency in investment arbitration.

She joined Teynier Pic in September 2007 after 13 years at Derains & Associés.

“Dispute settlement is no longer confined to litigation but now involves amiable procedures in addition to court proceedings. Dispute boards established in the context of long-term contracts and mediation are new tools that we now master and value, both in the contractual strategy and dispute resolution strategy that we propose to our clients.”

Career History

  • Partner, Teynier Pic (since 2007)
  • Associate and subsequently partner, Derains & Associés (1988-2007)


  • Legal adviser and subsequently Lawyer at the Paris Bar
  • DESS (post-masters degree) in foreign trade, Tours University
  • Master in private law, Tours University
  • Diploma from the Centre de Droit du Commerce International, Tours
  • Zertifikat Deutsch
  • Certificate of translation and of German legal terminology, Institut de Droit Comparé, Paris II University
  • Training in Mediation at CMAP Paris
  • Registered as arbitrator by ICC France and CMAP
  • Registered as mediator by CMAP

Working Languages

French, English, German and Spanish

And also…

  • Member of the working group on international contracts
  • Member, International Arbitration Institute (IAI)
  • Member, Association Suisse d’Arbitrage (ASA)
  • Member, Comité Français de l’Arbitrage (CFA)
  • Member, Association Française d’Arbitrage (AFA)
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, Institute of International Commercial Law of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Member, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • Member of the association Arbitral Women
  • Member of the association Femmes & Droit
  • Numerous lectures in French and foreign universities and frequent speaker at conferences