Christopher Chinn, Chinn Arbitration
International Disputes Lawyer
Attorney at Law Admitted to the New York Bar
Admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales
Admitted to the Paris Bar
Mr. Chinn is an independent international disputes lawyer based in Paris, France. He acts on behalf of clients to resolve a broad range of disputes, including construction and engineering matters under FIDIC forms of contract, disputes arising out of shareholder and partnership agreements and investor-State claims.
Mr. Chinn has also represented clients before U.S. courts in antitrust, False Claims Act, white collar crime and general commercial litigation matters and has participated in the defense of clients in the context of US, French, and international regulatory investigations. He has experience in a variety of industries including hospitality, construction, transport, manufacturing, renewable energy, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and medical information technology.
His experience as counsel and legal advisor has included international arbitrations administered by or under the rules of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
CHINN ARBITRATION, Paris, France (June 2017-present)
Mr. Chinn represents corporate clients in international contentious and pre-contentious matters. His recent assignments have included acting as counsel in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore, acting as a legal advisor in an international fraud case before the French courts, and acting as a legal advisor in a share purchase dispute in West Africa subject to English law.
MAYER BROWN, Paris, France (July 2014–June 2017)
Mr. Chinn acted as counsel in ICC, SIAC, LMAA, and Ad Hoc commercial and construction arbitrations involving MENA and West African state entities, and seated in Switzerland, Paris, Singapore and London. He drafted memorials and prepared expert and fact witness hearings in English and French. He also prepared advisory memoranda for investors on their claims in ICSID and NAFTA arbitrations, including under the Energy Charter Treaty, and obtained a significant FIDIC dispute board decision in favor of his client on a landmark project in West Africa. Mr. Chinn aided in preparing a successful defense in the largest tax fraud criminal trial in France and in preparing a defense strategy in response to an investigation by an international regulatory body.
HAFEZ, Paris, France (November 2011–February 2014)
Mr. Chinn acted as counsel in ICC, CRCICA and Ad Hoc commercial and construction arbitrations, including in hotel management and shareholder disputes. He helped prepare the largest delay and disruption claim (FIDIC based contract) before CRCICA, and conducted U.S.-style discovery in a construction arbitration involving U.S. government works in Afghanistan.
BAKER & MCKENZIE, New York, USA (April 2006–February 2011)
Mr. Chinn researched and drafted pleadings, cross-examined and defended witnesses in depositions, and led teams of attorneys in discovery proceedings before U.S. state and federal courts. His clients in successful, high-profile cases included a Chinese manufacturer in a U.S. federal antitrust class action suit, a German transport company in a U.S. federal False Claims Act suit, and a New Zealand conglomerate in a contract and securities law dispute. Mr. Chinn also participated in FCPA investigations and performed research for memorials in ICC, Ad Hoc and NAFTA arbitrations. He also performed pro bono work for a music school and for political asylees.
HIRE COUNSEL, New York, USA (February 2006-March 2006)
Mr. Chinn analyzed French language corporate documents for Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in preparation for U.S. federal litigation involving Vivendi.
COVINGTON & BURLING, New York, USA (January 2005– January 2006)
Mr. Chinn conducted discovery in securities litigation and internal investigations, and researched and drafted legal memoranda on New York law issues such as fraud, breach of contract, and damages.
RUST CONSULTING, Minneapolis, USA (April 2004–January 2005)
Mr. Chinn researched and drafted legal memoranda on U.S. real estate law relating to railroad rights-of-way for an expert witness in a class action dispute involving 48 states.
MINNESOTA HUMAN RIGHTS CENTER, Minneapolis, USA (January 2004-April 2004)
Mr. Chinn researched and drafted a chapter for a book on the international legal rights of stateless persons and non-citizens for Professor David Weissbrodt, U.S. delegate to the U.N. sub-committee on human rights.
FORMALANGUES, Paris, France (2003)
Mr. Chinn designed curricula and taught legal English to French attorneys.
COUDERT BROTHERS, Paris, France (1999- 2001, 2003)
Mr. Chinn researched and drafted legal memoranda and procedural arguments for ICC and Ad Hoc international arbitrations subject to U.S., French, and Swiss law, while also preparing for and participating in ICC arbitration hearings. He helped draft the classic arbitration textbook, International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration, 3rd Edition (Craig, Park and Paulsson). Mr. Chinn reviewed concession agreements for a potential investor-State dispute, marshalled key evidence in a billion-dollar construction arbitration, and researched and drafted articles on arbitrator disclosure and the production of documents under the IBA Rules.
SHEARMAN & STERLING, Paris, France (2002)
Mr. Chinn prepared an ICC statement of claim and performed legal research, including concerning the waiver of objection to jurisdiction under French law and with respect to a stolen art claim under U.S. law.
U.S. EMBASSY, Paris, France (1998)
Mr. Chinn researched and wrote cables to Washington on issues such as the openness of France’s service sector to trade. He also researched and drafted letters for the ambassador pertinent to economic issues and staffed diplomatic functions such as the U.S. Supreme Court visit to France.
SUPREME COURT OF HAWAI’I, Honolulu, USA (1997)
Mr. Chinn worked for the Honorable Justice Steven Levinson. He reviewed circuit court records, appellate briefs, legislative history, and case law, and wrote six summary disposition legal memoranda.
PUBLICATIONS AND OTHER EXPERIENCE
- Served as arbitrator at the 18th and 21st to 24th Willem C. Vis Moot competitions in Vienna.
- Alejandro Lopez Ortiz, Patricia Ugalde-Revilla & Christopher Chinn, “The Role of National Courts in ICSID Arbitration,” in ICSID Convention After 50 Years: Unsettled Issues (Crina Baltag ed., Kluwer 2017).
- Arthur Rovine and Christopher Chinn, “Balancing the State’s Regulatory Rights with the Investor’s Jurisdictional Rights in International Arbitration,” in New Horizons of International Arbitration: Collection of Essays (Anton V. Asoskov, Alexander I. Muranov and Roman M. Khodykin eds., Nauka Prawa 2015).
- Prize Winning Essay: Christopher Chinn, “Arbitration: International Justice in an Era of Globalization,” Finalist for the Laureate of the Arbitration Academy 2011 (Prize Winning Essay), International Academy for Arbitration Law, available at http://www.arbitrationacademy.org/?page_id=1457.
- Grant Hanessian and Christopher Chinn, “The U.S. Model for International Class Action Arbitration,” (2009) 75 Arbitration: The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management, No.3, 400.
- David Zaslowsky and Christopher Chinn, “The American Red Cross Dispute,” Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice, 2009, Vol. 4, No.2, 91.
- Arthur W. Rovine and Christopher Chinn, “The International Arbitrator’s Duty to Investigate Conflicts: The United States Approach,” Transnational Dispute Management (transnational-disputemanagement.com), July 2008, Vol. 5, issue 4.
- Christopher Chinn, “Arbitration of Antitrust Claims in the United States and Europe,” (2008) 74 Arbitration: The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management, No.4, 439.
- Researched and edited leading arbitration textbook with W. Laurence Craig, International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration, 3rd Edition, 2000.
– Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellow, 2017 pending)
– eJust Arbitrator
– Delos Arbitrator Network
– ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
– ASA Below 40
– ICDR Young & International
August 2001 – May 2004, University of Minnesota, J.D.
– Dean’s List 2002-2004, Jessup International Moot Court
January 2003 – May 2003, Jean Moulin University 3, Lyon, France
– French Civil Law and European Union Law Courses
August 1995 – May 1999, Yale University, New Haven, USA, B.A.
– Distinction in History
August 1991 – June 1995, Punahou School, Honolulu, USA, Diploma
- English (native)
- French (fluent)
- Polish (conversational)