Pierre-Olivier Laporte is one of the firm’s founding partners. He has over 15 years of experience advising and representing international clients in varied contexts, both in disputes and in an advisory capacity.
After spending the early years of his career at Norton Rose Fullbright and the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Arbitration and Mediation Center in Geneva, Pierre-Olivier joined the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria where he served as in-house counsel from 2011 to 2015 and senior legal advisor from 2016 to 2020.
Pierre-Olivier’s practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation, more specifically investment treaty arbitration and disputes involving international organizations. He has represented clients in multiple proceedings before national courts, international tribunals and arbitral tribunals. He has developed particular expertise with respect to the complex damages issues that arise in the context of investment treaty claims.
Pierre-Olivier is also an expert in the law of international organizations and global foundations, having provided advice in respect of a broad range of legal and policy issues including host country relations, privileges and immunities, grant agreements, financing, governance, negotiations involving public and private donors, employment relations, ethics, and investigations. Pierre-Olivier’s practice in this field has allowed him to build significant experience advising clients leading projects on all five continents, including Africa where he has advised teams managing projects in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Senegal, Togo, Mali, and Morocco.
In addition to his counsel practice, Pierre-Olivier accepts appointments to sit as an independent arbitrator.
Québec (Canada), 2008
LLM, Harvard Law School
Hons. LLB, BCL, McGill University
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