Rachel Bendayan


Rachel Bendayan


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Rachel Bendayan practises litigation and international arbitration. Recent arbitration mandates include disputes before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). She also acts in incidental arbitral proceedings, particularly in respect of the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards.

Ms. Bendayan is an accredited mediator with the Quebec Bar for civil and commercial disputes.

Ms. Bendayan's commercial litigation practice involves all manner of corporate disputes, as well as transnational litigation. She has experience pleading before the Quebec Court of Appeal, the Quebec Superior Court, the Court of Québec and the Federal Court of Canada.

She currently sits on a number of boards of directors, including the national board of the Liberal Party of Canada in her capacity as the party's legal and constitutional adviser. She also teaches the Canadian and Quebec charters to high school students and acts as chair of the Concordia Student Tribunal, sitting in appeal of student disciplinary actions.

Prior to joining our Montréal office, Ms. Bendayan was an independent consultant and researcher. She acted for various organizations at conferences such as the G8 Summit in Évian, France, and the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Ms. Bendayan speaks English, French and Spanish.

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  • Year of call
    Quebec 2007
  • Law school
    B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University, 2005
  • Education
    B.A., International Development Studies and Political Science, McGill University, 2002
  • Selected client work

    Recent mandates in which Ms. Bendayan has been involved include:

    International Arbitration

    • Counsel to claimant in an arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) 
    • Counsel to respondent in an arbitration before the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
    • Counsel to claimant in an ad hoc investor-state arbitration in Barbados 
    • Counsel to plaintiff for the recognition and enforcement of a foreign arbitral award against a state party
    • Secretary and assistant to the Tribunal in various international arbitrations


    • Acting for Canadian company in proceeding obtaining injunctive relief, arising in relation to an arbitration dispute with a foreign state
    • Counsel to plaintiff in an action for the recovery of a reverse break fee of $1.5 billion
    • Counsel to defendants in an $800,000 commercial claim before the Quebec Superior Court
    • Counsel to plaintiff for the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments
    • Counsel to parties in injunction proceedings
  • Memberships and activities
    • ICC Canada
    • ICC Task Force on the New York Convention 
    • Young International Arbitration Group 
    • Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners 
    • Concordia University Student Tribunals, Chairperson
    • Canadian Bar Association
      • Quebec Branch, International Law Section, Member of the Executive
      • National Citizenship and Charter Committee
    • Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC)
    • Jerusalem Arbitration Center
    • Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal
    • Legal Affairs Commission, Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec)
  • Directorships
    • Montreal Chest Hospital Foundation
    • Young Adult Alumni Board of McGill University
    • Westmount Ville-Marie Liberal Party of Canada Riding Association 
    • Liberal Party of Canada, National Board of Directors 
    • Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP)