Esther Lanotte | Fieldfisher
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With a strong Public International Law background, I represent clients before State courts, as well as in international arbitration.
I act as counsel in national and international arbitrations subject to various laws (including Belgian law, French law, OHADA, and Democratic Republic of Congo) under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI) in the investment, construction, energy and mining sectors.
I also act as Secretary of Arbitral Tribunal in ICC arbitrations.
Before State courts, I represent States and private companies in arbitration-related court proceedings (both investor-States and commercial arbitrations), mainly in setting aside proceedings, in complex arbitral award enforcement proceedings, and in coordinating multi-jurisdictional proceedings.
In addition, I also represent clients in high-stake financial, commercial and corporate litigations in the banking, aviation, energy and construction sectors, and advise clients in financial criminal investigations.
Aside from my litigation practice, I assisted clients on a wide range of corporate and financial transactions in the banking sector, as well as the gas, electricity and oil industry.
Before joining Fieldfisher, I worked as Associate then Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practice as well as in the African Practice of a major Belgian law firm (Brussels) (2019-2022). I also practised for three years in the litigation and corporate departments of a magic circle international English law firm (Brussels) (2014-2017) and was research and teaching assistant in EU Law and Public International Law at the University of Louvain (UCL 2018) and .research assistant in EU Law at the New York University School of Law (NYU) (2014).
I hold a Bachelor's degree in law from the University of Namur (2011 – magna cum laude) and a master's degree in law from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL 2013 – magna cum laude).  I also participated in an exchange program the Università LUMSA, Rome, Italy and obtained an LL.M degree in International Legal Studies from the New York University School of Law (NYU - 2014) (USA).
I am a member of the Brussels' bar since 2014. I am also a member of the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI) as well as CEPANI under 40.
I speak French (native) and English (fluent) and have basic knowledge of Dutch and Italian.

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