Catherine Peulvé

Catherine Peulvé is our exclusively recommended Mediation, Commercial Mediation, Online Mediation, OHADA Mediation, ADR and Litigation Strategy expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Catherine directly using the contact details listed above.

Catherine has been a lawyer at the Paris Bar since 1994 and practices mainly in commercial and banking, domestic and international litigation. She also works in troubled companies and has an in-depth knowledge of post-merger and acquisition litigation. She opened her office in 2007 and with her knowledge of judicial and arbitration courts, she has enriched her practice of resolving disputes through mediation. She regularly acts as a mediator and occasionally as an arbitrator in business-to-business or shareholder-to-shareholder, domestic and international disputes.

Catherine previously worked as counsel with Cleary Gottlieb Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP, which she joined in 1998, after seven years in the litigation and arbitration department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, including one year in London. These Anglo-American experiences have brought him great rigour and solid know-how, allowing him to work in both French and English, not to mention a wide network of correspondents, both in France and abroad.

Catherine Peulvé is accredited as a mediator with the Center for Mediation and Arbitration of Paris (CMAP), the Institute for Prevention and Resolution of Conflict in New-York City (CPR), the European Court for Arbitration and Mediation in Strasbourg (CEAM) and is listed as a judicial mediator on the list of the Paris Court of Appeals.

Anthony Trace QC

Anthony Trace is a hugely experienced barrister who practised at the Bar for 35 years,19 of them as a QC. He appeared in many of the most complex and high profile cases across his areas of expertise and was ranked in Chambers & Partners directory as a leading silk in 8 practice areas. Anthony is now working as a full time commercial mediator doing both facilitative mediations and evaluative mediations (e.g. early neutral evaluation). Anthony is accredited by CEDR and by the London School of Mediation who have accredited him as a mediator to international standards. Anthony is a Member of the Civil Mediation Council, is a Civil Mediation Council registered mediator and on the CEDR Consumer Panel. Anthony is also closely involved in setting up a Community Peace Centre (which will provide free or cheap Mediation services), the first of its kind, in Leicester.

Anthony’s decision to pursue a career as a full time mediator follows his belief that mediation will become an increasingly important part of the dispute resolution process in the coming decade. The rising keenness of the Courts on alternative dispute resolution means that the parties will more and more be obliged to engage seriously in the mediation process at an early stage if they wish to avoid cost consequences and other sanctions. Anthony brings to his mediation practice the legal expertise, experience of litigation tactics, and sound commercial sense, that he has acquired over his long career as a barrister.

Among the plaudits that Anthony has received are:

  • Astute, responsive and unflappable;
  • Appreciates the sensitivities of the matters he is handling and is very good at building relationships;
  • Good at unpicking difficult cases;
  • Measured and thoughtful;
  • Extremely hardworking, incredibly quick witted and dedicated;
  • Excellent strategic vision and insight into dealing with very complex cases;
  • Noted for his commercial approach.

Anthony has a wealth of experience across the following areas of practice:

  • Commercial
  • Company
  • Banking, including derivatives and mis-selling claims
  • Family Finance Forensics
  • Finance
  • Fraud
  • Professional Negligence
  • PFI
  • Trusts
  • Property
  • Insolvency and Restructuring
  • Intellectual Property
  • Partnership
  • Consumer Credit
  • Securities
  • Offshore
  • Hedge Funds

Not only has Anthony practised in the UK but also in other jurisdictions including Hong Kong, the United States, Brazil, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, Cyprus, Russia, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Bahrain, China, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Dominica, Iceland, the British Virgin Islands (where he is called to the Bar on a permanent basis and not on an ad hoc basis) and the Isle of Man.


  • Law, First Class (University of Cambridge)
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator
  • London School of Mediation Accredited Mediator
  • Civil Mediation Council registered mediator


  • Member of COMBAR
  • Member of Chancery Bar Association
  • Member of Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
  • Member of Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association (CFLA)
  • Member of Insolvency Lawyers Association
  • Member of The Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3)
  • Member of Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association (RISA Cayman)


Anthony has received many awards throughout his career but the most recent include:

  • Commercial litigation Silk of the Year at the inaugural Legal 500 Awards (2013)
  • Banking Barrister of the Year 2016 Finance Monthly Awards
  • Insolvency and Corporate Barrister of the Year 2017 Lawyer Monthly Awards
  • Commercial Mediator of the Year in England 2018 Corporate LiveWire Global Awards