Philippe Hameau

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Philippe Hameau

Philippe Hameau



Philippe Hameau is a dispute resolution and litigation lawyer based in Paris. He is also a restructuring and insolvency lawyer with a particular focus on financial institutions.

Philippe represents clients in courts and before arbitration tribunals and has extensive experience of commercial and banking litigation. His Supreme Court background gives him a deep knowledge of the procedural rules of the French courts. He also has extensive experience of Ohada law and arbitration proceedings in Africa.

Philippe advises domestic and international clients on the full range of restructuring mandates, insolvency proceedings and distressed M&A, often with cross-border elements.

Clients praise his "ability to remain calm and serene under pressure" and appreciate his "down-to-earth approach, as well as his explanations and knowledge of the market." Chambers and Partners Europe 2019 France. Legal 500 EMEA 2018 notes he is "incredibly talented".

Philippe taught civil and commercial law at the University of Paris II and the University of Paris V and regularly gives lectures to various universities in France. He holds a DEA in private law from the University of Paris II – Pantheon-Assas (1983) and graduated from the Institut de Droit des Affaires in 1983. He is a member of the Paris Bar (1991) and won the first prize for oral pleading at a contest organized by the Supreme Court's Bar Association in 1991.

Professional experience

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  • Avocat au Barreau de Paris


  • A UK construction company – represented in connection with the enforcement of a pledge over the industrial assets of a French insolvent company.
  • Large international mining company – advised on a breach of agreement for the purchase of Bauxite, Guinea.
  • Several creditors – represented on the recovery of their claims during the liquidation of an international loaning company.
  • Moroccan real estate group – represented in connection with a dispute against Bahraini investors arising out of the termination of a development project in Morocco (ICC, Casablanca, US$70m).
  • Mining group – represented in connection with a shareholders' dispute (ICC, Geneva, DRC law, US$250m) against a state-owned company of DRC and their respective rights under a joint venture agreement.
  • Canadian paper group – represented in connection with during a post M&A dispute involving expert determination regarding the value of the shares (ICC arbitration and French courts).
  • A mining company - represented in connection with an ICC Arbitration against a state-owned company in a dispute about their mining joint-venture. Gécamines claimed approximately US$250m for a backlog of royalties, an upward adjustment of a key money payment, a lost margin on various contracts and a reimbursement of interests. ERG claimed US$19.5m for unduly paid royalties.
  • Philippe is recognized as 'Leading Lawyer- Highly Regarded' within France in the 2020 Edition of IFLR1000 - The Guide to the world's leading financial law firms
  • Philippe is named as one of 2019's Acritas Stars, Acritas 2019
  •  Legal 500 EMEA 2018 notes Philippe is "incredibly talented"


  • Entreprises en difficulté, anticipez !, La Tribune, July 21, 2014
  • La réforme des entreprises en faillite en vigueur aujourd’hui, Le Monde du Droit, July 1, 2014
  • Le privilège de conciliation, Journal des Sociétés, 2012
  • Sauvegarde: du nouveau avec la Sauvegarde Financière Accélérée, Option Droit et Affaires, 2011
  • Cœur Défense: quelle leçon !, Magazine des Affaires, 2011
  • Thomson: un tour de passe-passe en Technicolor, Magazine des Affaires 2010
  • Les Faillites Internationales - Approche européenne, with Michaël Raimon, IBLJ, 2003