Denis Philippe

Denis Philippe is our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in Belgium on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Denis directly using the contact details listed above.

Denis is one of the founding partners of Philippe & Partners. He has extensive experience in arbitration, banking and financial law, energy law, European law, insurance, torts and liabilities. He benefits from more than 30 years of professional experience in civil and commercial law and, more specifically, in drafting, reviewing and negotiating national and international contracts, as well as in transactions that include financing aspects.

From 1985 to 1998 Denis Philippe was partner at “Balon Buyle Maingain & Philippe” and from 1998 to 2000 he was partner at “Simonet, Kelder, Philippe, Domont, Lories & Mertens”. He is professor in banking and contract law at the University of Louvain and Paris and he is the author of various academic books, including a thesis on the change of circumstances in contract law and articles relating to privatisations. Denis has been appointed arbitrator by CEPANI and CCI and since 1960 he has been selected numerous times by the European Union to perform the function of expert for the implementation of European directives and for the approximation of legislation’s in Eastern European countries.

Denis Philippe is the current appointed arbitrator by the Arbitration Court of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. He is also author of numerous publications on arbitration.

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Yoshie Midorikawa

Yoshie Midorikawa is our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Yoshie directly using the contact details listed above.

Yoshie has extensive experience in complex disputes and arbitration under the rules of the ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, and ICSID. Having worked with leading law firms in Japan and Singapore, she has handled parallel proceedings across multiple jurisdictions as well as commercial disputes before Japanese courts.

Yoshie Midorikawa has also served as a board member of listed companies in Japan, improving their corporate governance. Her deep understanding of the civil law system, her working experience in international environments, including common law jurisdictions, and her knowledge of business, enable her to bring practical and nuanced legal solutions to international commercial disputes. She is listed on the Panel of Arbitrators of SHAC, among the “Best Lawyers in Japan 2022 (Litigation)” and “Best Lawyers in Japan 2021 (Litigation)” by Best Lawyers.

Firm Overview:

Yoshie is a founding partner at Miura & Partner. Our aim was to create a new platform for innovative and business-minded professionals in 2019. Ever since, our team has been handling various cutting-edge cases in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions, Competition, Disputes, Investigations, Intellectual Property, and Employment.

Thanks to longstanding support from our clients and friends, Asian Legal Business has listed Miura & Partners as one of the FAST 30: Asia’s fast-growing firms in 2021.

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Giovanni Di Folco

Giovanni Di Folco is our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in Romania on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Giovanni directly using the contact details listed above.

Giovanni is the co-owner, President and Senior Partner of Techno Engineering & Associates Group, an international ‘Techno-Legal’ consulting engineering firm specialising in contracts management, construction law, claims and dispute resolution internationally, with offices in Romania, Bulgaria, Qatar and Kuwait. He is also the President & CEO of GDF ADR Solutions, a company specialising in dispute avoidance and resolution. Since May 2021 he is also the President-Elect of the DRBF Region 2 Board of Directors and since July 2020 a Director of the Board of the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Romania. He is also the Vice-President of the Romanian Association of Consulting Engineers and a Visiting Professor at the Politecnico of Milano University. He is a civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience of managing multi-disciplinary civil engineering projects around the world, including Italy, Iran, Libya, South Africa, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Sultanate of Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Greece, Bulgaria, Armenia, Kazakistan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Albania, Tajikistan, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Moldova, India, Philippines, Turkey, Canada, Latin America, Asia and Romania.

Giovanni Di Folco is an international arbitrator, expert witness in delay and quantum, a FIDIC Certified Dispute Adjudicator and is listed on the prestigious FIDIC President List of Certified Adjudicators, a FIDIC Accredited Trainer, FIDIC Affiliate Member, Counsel, and an expert in project and contract management, contract administration, claims preparation and defense and dispute resolution through international arbitration. He has gained extensive experience in both international arbitration and adjudication work whilst acting as adjudicator, arbitrator, expert witness and Counsel for a wide variety of clients. In particular, he has acted in more than one hundred international dispute adjudication procedures and in more than 50 international arbitrations conducted under the ICC and UNCITRAL Rules relating to disputes under the FIDIC Red, Pink, Yellow and Silver Books.


  • Highway Engineering
  • Forensic Delay and Quantum Analysis
  • Claims preparation
  • Dispute Adjudication
  • International Arbitration
  • Civil Engineering Disputes’ Resolution
  • FIDIC Contract’s Interpretation and advice
  • Pavement Engineering
  • FIDIC Training

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Firm Overview:

About us:

Techno Engineering & Associates is a well-established International Consulting firm, operating in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Northern Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, specialised in providing expert commercial advice on all aspects related to construction contracts, construction law and including the preparation, substantiation and defence of complex Construction Claims and Dispute Resolution through international adjudication, arbitration and other available means.

We operate as one consulting firm, consistently maintaining high standards of personnel and services to enable us to provide to our clientele the best and most appropriate response and advice to any challenge presented to us.

Our multi-jurisdictional capabilities are second to none in our fields of expertise, while also assisting our clients to enter new markets or develop their business in their current markets.

With more than 130 highly skilled and dedicated personnel, Techno Engineering & Associates is able to offer diligent support to its clients by sharing a common view problem solving approach, where different opinions are considered and analysed before any advice is given.

Our Mission:

The construction and energy sectors internationally face increasingly complex legislation, a highly competitive market and growing environmental constraints, both at home and abroad.

At Techno Engineering & Associates, we understand these challenges. We deliver clear, commercial contractual, technical and legal advice to help our clients resolve their problems and achieve their business objectives.

  • We aim for simple, transparent allocation of risks in contract negotiations.
  • We provide strategic advice to anticipate and prevent potential problems during the course of a project.
  • When disputes arise, we act decisively. Arbitration and Litigation are a last resort, but when necessary we will vigorously defend the interests of our clients in adjudication, arbitration and litigation.

Our mission is to balance incisive legal analysis with practical, multi-disciplinary project and claim management advice, tailored to the specific circumstances.

Our Vision:

“Change is inevitable – respond with precision and speed, but maintain balance.”

These principles are embedded in the operations of our business as well as our underlying culture – they are at the heart of what we are about, at the core of who and what we are and the origin of our inception.

As we hold on to this vision, we focus on understanding the needs of our clientele in order to go beyond our common goals and enjoy together the results of our accomplishments.

As pioneers in the fields of our activities, we are always ready to tackle new challenges alongside our clients.

We preserve calm in difficult business environments and rely on the proven trust in our multi-jurisdictional team of professionals to explore efficient and appropriate solutions to their problems, sometimes defying the odds.

Our history of success mirrors our vision for the future.

Gregory Logothetis

Gregory Logothetis is our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in Greece on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Gregory directly using the contact details listed above.

Gregory focuses on international and domestic arbitration, complicated litigations, energy, public tenders, concessions, privatisations and commercial contracts. He is the Head of the Arbitration, Litigation and Mediation Department and Co-Head of the Projects & Privatisation and Real Estate Department of our Firm. Gregory has acted as head of the Procurement and Contracts Department of the Public Power Corporation for several years, where he is still active as senior counsel.

Chambers and Partners has stated that Gregory is “praised by market observers for his in-depth experience and his solid understanding of case law” and that “he is often called upon to assist in complex disputes and arbitrations.” The Legal 500 has ranked the Arbitration, Litigation & Mediation Department of our Firm as Tier 1 and has stated that “Clients particularly recommend Gregory Logothetis, who is ‘undoubtedly the best litigator, with vast knowledge and experience not only in the litigation but also in the arbitration sector.”

Firm Overview:

We are an awarded top tier law firm based in Athens, Greece. With a legacy originating back to 1930, we take pride in our local and international clientele, which includes leading Greek and international corporations, major investment and commercial banks and financial institutions.

We have evolved our founder’s famed business-centric and action-driven approach into a solid business philosophy that has been delivering tangible results for decades. One that serves as a northern star leading to our firm’s consistent and dynamic growing course, breaking international boundaries again and again.

As of 2001, we operate as a Lawyers’ Partnership (under Greek Lawyer’s Code). Throughout our history, we have acted as the legal architects of landmark business deals, ground-breaking transactions and litigations across industries. Namely, leading and Greek and foreign corporations, major investment and commercial banks and financial institutions, as well as Greek M&A, Capital markets (ECM and DCM), Privatisations, Corporate, Retail, Energy, Aviation, Competition, Data protection, Tax, Banking & Finance and Employment sectors.

With a broad range of legal expertise and services, we have established ourselves as one of the most prestigious top tier law firms in Greece and as a leading legal force in the international field, with the majority of our clientele being foreign multinational companies and with an extensive partnership with major foreign law firms.

Growth is at the heart of our philosophy. For our clients and our people. We are proud to have evolved into a team of 53 legal experts uniquely combining education, experience and self-drive. As we continue our professional journey, we remain true to our values to fulfil our professional vision.

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Serge Gravel

Serge Gravel is our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Serge directly using the contact details listed above.

Serge, a dual citizen of France and Canada and a member of the Paris Bar and the Province of Québec Bar, is a partner at FLV & Associés, a Paris law firm.

Since 1975, Serge has practiced business law in Paris (France), Montréal (Canada) and Riyadh (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).

His principal fields of expertise include International Arbitration, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Real Estate Transactions. In connection with International Arbitration, Serge has acted alternately as counsel, legal expert, arbitrator and mediator, both for commercial and financial disputes and for investments disputes involving sovereign States.

He served as a member of the prestigious ICC International Court of Arbitration from 1991 through 1999.

Serge was educated in North America [Harvard Law School, 1974; University of Montréal Law School, 1972], and in Europe [University of Paris II Law School, 1976/77; Geneva Graduate Institute of International Studies, 1976].

Firm Overview:

Founded in 1997 FLV & Associés is a firm consisting of lawyers who had previously practiced within law firms with national and international exposure.

FLV & Associés intervenes in most areas of concern of legal entities, be it as advisors or as litigators, both in France and within an international context, in the following areas:

  • company law,
  • general business law,
  • securities law,
  • labour and social security law,
  • intellectual property, new technology and IT law,
  • distribution and competition law,
  • real estate and infrastructures,
  • banking and finance law,
  • transport, aviation and maritime law,
  • criminal business law,
  • criminal labour law,
  • tax law, corporate and personal taxation, international taxation.

FLV & Associés advises small and medium-size businesses as well as large public companies or investors, floated and non-floated, and private companies either French or foreign. The firm acts as counsel, defender or attorney of company clients or as the case may be, of their executive officers or shareholders.

The partners of the firm aim to develop long-term relationships with our clients and we make it a point to provide them with personalised services, with a team of qualified, attentive and responsive lawyers.

Our approach is foremost as general commercial lawyers, each of whom relies on a particular area of expertise and experience.

Our firm advises clients in connection with the conception of the structure, the negotiation and the setting up of complex projects or transactions, such as external growth operations or raising up equity and furthermore ensure a regular representation of the clients before all French courts and arbitral panels. We also advise clients regarding management issues that may arise in the ordinary course of business.

Each brief is handled by a partner who, depending on the needs of the client and the case, assembles a team of partners and lawyers with complementary expertise In order to ensure a prompt response and to provide adequate solutions.

All of the Firm’s lawyers are competent as legal advisors and litigators as these two aspects of practice are complementary both in terms legal skills and culture. The regular practice of a judicial activity allows a better anticipation of conflicts in contract negotiations and facilitates drafting of contract which thus benefits from the experience of litigations. A rigorous approach and the quest to be exhaustive, are at the core of the activity of legal advising, and an asset in ligation.

Grace Kumwenda

Grace Kumwenda is our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in Zambia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Grace directly using the contact details above.

Grace (Managing Partner) obtained her law degree from the University of Zambia (LLB) in 2009. She was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Zambia on 17th December 2010 and has been in private practice since then. She joined MNB Legal Practitioners Kitwe immediately after her admission as an Advocate which later became known as ECB Legal Practitioners. She rose from position of Junior Associate at ECB Legal Practitioners to the position of Senior Associate-Head of Litigation, a position she held until April 2018. In May 2018, Ms Kumwenda joined M. Musonda & Company as Managing Partner taking over from Justice Michael Musonda SC after his appointment as Supreme Court Judge until December 2018. Ms Kumwenda is an Associate-Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and of the Zambian Branch of the Institute of Arbitrators. Currently Ms. Kumwenda is a board member for Child Outreach Advocacy and Council Member for Sports Council of Zambia.

Grace Kumwenda is specialised in general civil litigation and is experienced in all aspects of corporate and commercial matters including drafting of commercial agreements, legal advice on all aspects of the law, legal opinions, conveyancing, commercial transactions, insolvency (receiverships and liquidations). She has extensive litigation experience in the area of employment law and land disputes as well non-contentious litigation matters including divorce, probate and administration. Recently she was adopted by the Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network as a Human Rights Defender on account of her work and dedication in protecting and speaking for the oppressed.

Firm Overview:

Grace & Partners is a law firm committed to providing effective legal representation in criminal, human rights and civil litigation matters. At Grace & Partners, we are dedicated to creating innovative and effective strategies to meet our Clients’ legal needs.

Grace & Partners is a multi service law firm established on 15th December 2018 and commenced operations effectively on 14th January 2019.