Laurie Achtouk-Spivak

Counsel | Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP (Paris, France)

Laurie Achtouk-Spivak is a counsel based in the Paris office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Her practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation, with a particular emphasis on public international law.

Ms. Achtouk-Spivak represents investors and sovereigns in investment treaty arbitrations before ICSID as well as other arbitration institutions. She has also represented clients in several commercial arbitrations including some involving sovereigns and often provides companies with investment structuring advice. She also frequently advises and lectures on sustainability matters, and runs capacity building programs.

Ms. Achtouk-Spivak is a lecturer at the University of Poitiers, where she teaches a course in investor-State dispute settlement. She is widely published on public international law, notably investment treaty arbitration and is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, as well as the ICC Task Force on “Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration.” 

Ms. Achtouk-Spivak is a member of the bar in New York (US) and Paris (France) as well as a member of the Peer Review Board of the ICSID Review, and the co-director of the prestigious Cahiers de l’arbitrage annual investment case law review. She has consistently been recognized by Who’s Who Legal and is commended by a peer as “probably the best up-and-coming investment arbitration specialist in Paris and beyond.”  She is also recognized as a “Rising Star” by Legal 500 EMEA, Legal Media Group Expert Guides and was shortlisted for the Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2021.