Admitted to the Paris Bar, Karen Azoulay’s practice focuses on international arbitration and commercial litigation across a variety of sectors.

Karen acts as counsel in both commercial and Investor-State disputes under the auspices of all major arbitration rules. She also appears before the French courts in enforcement proceedings of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, and regularly acts as counsel in ad hoc or institutional mediation proceedings. Karen is active in the firm’s pro bono projects focusing on human rights.

Prior to joining Teynier Pic, Karen worked in major French and Anglo-American law firms in Paris, where she gained experience in international arbitration and commercial litigation. Karen is both civil law and common law trained.

  • Paris (2021)
  • Representing a consortium of French and African public works companies against the project owner in an ICC arbitration and various enforcement proceedings before the domestic courts in a dispute concerning the construction of a bulk and mineral port in a West African State.
  • Representing an international organisation in an ICC mediation in a dispute relating to the contamination of its premises in France.
  • Representing a European company in a dispute before the Commercial Court of Paris against a French bank regarding the blocking of first demand bonds emitted for a major construction project in the Middle East.
  • Representing an Indian company manufacturing menthol and cocoa-based products before the Commercial Court of Paris in a dispute against several French insurance companies.
  • Representing a major French public works group in an ICSID pre-arbitration against a West African State concerning the State’s failure in the performance of a construction project.
  • Representing a Chinese minority shareholder and two Chinese companies active in the fabric manufacturing sector in the context of several disputes against a French company which is their commercial partner in China (urgent summary proceedings concerning the exclusion of this shareholder, summary proceedings requesting a management expert report, proceedings on the merits concerning allegations of unfair competition and abrupt termination of commercial relations).
  • Representing a French company active in the energy sector in a dispute before the Commercial Court of Paris against a French project owner concerning the destruction of a turbine.
  • Representing a French pharmaceutical company holding a licence to manufacture drugs for orphan diseases against a distributor regarding the termination of a distribution contract in the United States of America due to their failure to achieve sales targets.
  • French
  • English
  • Magister Juris (LL.M.) University of Oxford (Royaume-Uni) – 2021 – Distinction (First class honours)
  • Master 2 in International Economic Law University of Paris II – Panthéon Assas (France) – 2018 – Top of class
  • Master 1 in International Law University of Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne (France) – 2017 – With honours
  • Bachelor of Laws University of Paris V – Descartes (France) – 2016 – With honours
  • “Investment Treaty Arbitration: France“, GAR Know-How, 28 July 2022 (co-authored with Eric Teynier and Sara Nadeau-Seguin)
  • “Lex contractus or lex arbitri? The UK Supreme Court sets the rules on the law applicable to the arbitration agreement: Enka v Chubb [2020] UKSC 38“, Civil Justice Quarterly, 10 June 2021
  • Member of the Alliance des Avocats pour les Droits de l’Homme (AADH) – Pro bono


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