Simon Greenberg is in Clifford Chance's international arbitration group.
Simon acts as both counsel and arbitrator and has extensive experience of both ad hoc and arbitrations under the rules of most major international arbitral institutions, notably the ICC.
His experience covers numerous governing laws and seats of arbitration and encompasses a range of dispute types and business sectors such as telecoms, technology, IP, aviation, construction and infrastructure, energy and resources, shareholders, post-acquisition, and general commercial disputes.
Before joining Clifford Chance in early 2012, Simon spent four years as Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (Paris), having previously practiced with leading international dispute resolution teams in Paris and Australia. He remains close to the ICC as a Court Member (Australia) of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
Simon is a lecturer at the Institute of Political Science of Paris (Sciences Po) since 2008 (formerly of international commercial contracts; arbitration since 2014), a visiting professor of international commercial arbitration at Hong Kong University since 2011 and a regular speaker at arbitration conferences. He has published more than 30 journal articles and two books on subjects of international arbitration.
- Representing a French company against an Egyptian company in an ICC arbitration seated in Brussels under Egyptian law concerning a USD$1.2 billion mobile telecommunications network investment
- Representing a South Korean electronics company against a French chemicals company in an ICC arbitration seated in Brussels under Belgian law concerning the sale of a resin used in electronic products
- Representing a Northern European construction contractors against a Portuguese state owned energy utility in an ICC arbitration seated in Lisbon under Portuguese law in the second two of three successive, related arbitrations arising from the construction of an off-shore gas pipeline in Portugal
- Representing an Asian state against a Western European public company seeking recovery of illicit commissions paid in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris under French law in connection with the sale of weapons The claims total USD$1.4 billion
- Representing an investor against a state controlled energy authority relating to the exercise of a share put option. The claim is valued at EUR€650 million
- Representing an Asian mobile phone manufacturer against a major European mobile phone company in arbitration and parallel court proceedings in France, Brazil, Argentina and Russia in relation to the alleged breach of a license agreement and patent infringement allegations
- Acting for a Chinese mineral distributor in arbitration against a Canadian mining company in relation to a partnership for the long-term supply of iron ore. The claim is valued at USD$189 million
- Representing a helicopter manufacturer in a dispute with the supplier of allegedly faulty engines for use in military helicopters
News and client work
- The Secretariat’s Guide to ICC Arbitration: A Practical Commentary on the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration from the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, ICC Publishing 2012 (co-authors J Fry & F Mazza)
- International Commercial Arbitration: An Asia Pacific Perspective, 2010, Cambridge University Press (co-authors C Kee & R Weeramantry)
- "Arbitral Award Scrutiny under Scrutiny: An Assessment", in Arbitral Institutions Under Scrutiny, ASA Special Series: No. 40, at 89 (P. Habegger, D. Hochstrasser, G. Nater-Bass and U. Weber-Stecher eds., 2013)
- Chapter 6 : "Lessons from a Model of a Modern Arbitrator", Arbitrators’ Insights: Essays in Honour of Neil Kaplan 67 (C. Bao and F Lautenschlager eds., Sweet and Maxwell Hong Kong, 2012)
- "The Arbitrator Selection Process in International Commercial Arbitration", in WTO Litigation, Investment Arbitration, and Commercial Arbitration 115 (J.A. Huerta-Goldman, A. Romanetti & F.X. Stirnimann eds., Kluwer, 2013) (with K. Osswald)
- "Direct Review of Arbitral Jurisdiction under the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration: An Assessment of Article 16(3)", in The UNCITRAL Model Law after Twenty-Five Years: Global Perspectives on International Commercial Arbitration 49 (F. Gelinas and F. Bachand eds., Juris, 2013)
- Clifford Chance, Paris
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- Speaks English and French
- Practice area Litigation, dispute resolution & risk management
- Sector Aerospace & defence, Energy & resources, Healthcare, life sciences & chemicals, Mining & metals, Oil & gas, Power & energy networks, Telecommunications, media & technology
Career and qualifications
- Deputy Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration 2000
- Clayton Utz, Melbourne Australia 2002
- Deakin University, Melbourne, LLB (First Class Hons & Supreme Court Prize for graduating top) 2002
- University of Paris II – Panthéon-Assas, DSU (LLM equivalent, Private International Law) 2002
- Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in Victoria, Australia 2002
- Dechert LLP 2004
- Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2005
- Admitted as an avocat in Paris 2005
- Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration 2008
- Joined Clifford Chance as Counsel 2012
- Partner since 2013
- Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration for Australia (2012-present)
- Court Member of the Jerusalem Arbitration Center ("JAC")
- Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration
- Australian Government Delegate to UNCITRAL Working Group II (2014-2015)
Awards and citations
- Clients report Simon Greenberg to have "great attitude, tons of experience in international arbitration and he is a great and recommended support to have whether arbitrating, negotiating or simply drafting." He advises on commercial arbitration cases, including breach of contract as well as supply and distribution agreement disputes.
Chambers Global 2020, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration - France
Chambers Europe 2020, International Arbitration - France
- "Clifford Chance's ‘hugely experienced’ 16-lawyer Paris-based team has first-hand knowledge of the ICC Court. The practice acts for French and international corporations facing shareholder, partnership, mining and construction disputes. It is handling a series of cases for a key client in the aviation sector, and is also acting in investment cases, including representing a state in its first treaty claim. Practice head Jason Fry is highly recommended, along with the ‘determined, brilliant and reasonable’ Simon Greenberg. Counsel Sandrine Colletier is also noted."
Legal 500 EMEA 2019, International Arbitration - France
- "Clifford Chance has a broad aviation practice, with a team whose 'members complement each other'. The practice has a strong corporate and commercial focus, with Dessislava Savova and Fabrice Cohen forming the heart of the group, as well as a strong litigation and arbitration component alongside regulatory expertise. In a recent corporate highlight, Cohen advised Airbus on its $750m disposal of Vector Aerospace to StandardAero Aviation Holdings, while Savova acted for Airbus on the implementation of a new industrial and commercial strategy for the insourcing of key aircraft components. Thibaud d’Alès represented the Cessna Citation European Service Center in litigation against owners and managers of airplanes arising from the non-payment of repairing works. Other key contacts include Jason Fry, Simon Greenberg and Thomas Baudesson. Charles-Henri Boeringer was promoted to partner in May 2018."
Legal 500 EMEA 2019, Aviation - France
- Market commentators note Simon Greenberg 's advocacy skills and describe him as an "excellent strategist." Interviewees also highlight his pragmatic approach to cases, saying: "He is reasonable and is able to concentrate on the essential issues." Greenberg was previously Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and is active in significant commercial arbitrations in the energy and aviation sectors.
Chambers Europe 2019, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration - France
Chambers Global 2019, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration - France
- "Clifford Chance has long-established ICC experience and also handles LCIA disputes. The 15-lawyer team advises prominent French and international companies, especially in the aviation and energy sectors and often acts in shareholder and commercial partnership related cases. Recent highlights include a multibillion-dollar mining case and a significant dispute dealing with the construction of a nuclear plant. Jason Fry co-heads the firm’s global practice. Simon Greenberg is the other key element in the practice, while counsel Sandrine Colletier is also noteworthy."
Legal 500 EMEA 2018, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration - France
- "Simon Greenberg is described as "knowledgeable, with a very good sense of tactics." He is experienced in arbitrations related to the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East, and is skilled at acting on a variety of proceedings, including those involving ICC, UNCITRAL and LCIA rules."
Chambers Global 2018, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration - France
Chambers Europe 2018, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration - France
- "Clifford Chance has a busy commercial arbitration practice covering energy, aviation and corporate law. The team is also involved in multibillion-dollar case in the mining sector. Leading French and international corporations are clients. Jason Fry co-heads the firm’s international practice. Simon Greenberg and Jean-Pierre Grandjean are other names to note."
Legal 500 EMEA 2017, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration - France
- Simon Greenberg enters the rankings as an up-and-coming individual, having impressed market commentators with his experience in arbitration. He is regularly appointed as both arbitrator and counsel, with particular experience before the ICC. One interviewee states: "I have never dealt with someone so helpful and intelligent. He understands things almost before you can say them and is very quick on the uptake. He has really been outstanding."
Chambers Global 2017, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration - France
Chambers Europe 2017, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration - France
- "Clifford Chance is ‘able to put in place a team of senior lawyers from different offices with specific knowledge of its client’s industry and the dispute, in a very short time’. The ten-lawyer Paris office handles commercial disputes on behalf of leading French and multinational companies, most notably various energy, aviation and corporate cases. Global practice co-head Jason Fry provides ‘perfect management of difficult arbitration proceedings’, Simon Greenberg is ‘very knowledgeable and able to advise on the legal matters and strategy of selection of arbitrators and experts’. Jean-Pierre Grandjean is also a strong adviser".
Legal 500 EMEA 2016, Dispute resolution: International Arbitration - France
- "Clifford Chance shows the ‘ability to deal with great technical cases effectively’. The firm has a strong commercial caseload and also represented EDF in a claim against Argentina for breaches of the France-Argentina BIT agreement. The 11-lawyer team fields prominent experts with deep understanding of arbitrators and arbitral institutions; these include arbitration global co-head Jason Fry, Simon Greenberg and Jean-Pierre Grandjean, who is praised for his ‘strategic and procedural thinking’."
Legal 500 2014, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration