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DLA Piper
I practise/work in
  • International Arbitration
  • International Alternative Dispute Resolution
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Michael Ostrove
Non-African Country
Non-African Country (Please Specify)
Country of Birth
United States
If non-African, how do you promote Africans in international arbitration/ADR?
I work closely with colleagues from many countries across Africa as co-counsel in my various cases, permitting the sharing of knowledge and practices both ways.
My team in Paris includes Africans who are in the process of becoming well-known and respected practitioners.
I also encourage the nomination of African arbitrators not only in Africa-related arbitrations, but in any arbitration in which their nominations are appropriate.
Individual Member Profession (see note below)
  • Arbitrator
  • Counsel
Number of Cases as Counsel in international arbitration/ADR
Number of Cases as Co-Arbitrator in international arbitration
Areas of Speciality
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Engineering
  • Finance & Banking
  • Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Commercial Disputes
  • International Investment Disputes
  • Investment law
  • Joint Venture
  • Public International Law
  • Telecommunications
Degrees/Qualifications, Institutions and Dates Obtained
University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), auditeur libre in public international law, 1995
University of California at Berkeley, J.D. Order of the Coif, 1993
Yale University, B.A. magna cum laude, 1989
Professional Experience (Job Title, Organisation and Dates)
2010 - to date : DLA Piper, partner
1995-2010: Debevoise & Plimpton
Michael Ostrove is Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper's International Arbitration group, Vice-President of the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration, and Member of the World Bank Sanctions Board. Michael is member of the Paris and New York bars, with over 25 years' experience handling international commercial arbitrations, investment arbitrations and other public international law disputes, as well as domestic litigation, primarily related to enforcement and annulment of arbitral awards.
Legal Background
  • Civil Law
  • Common Law
  • European Law
  • International Law
Qualified in (specify jurisdiction(s))
New York
Types of agreements from which disputes in your practice most frequently arise
  • Concessions
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Sale of Business
  • Sale of Goods
  • Share Purchase/Joint Venture
  • Tender Processes
Other Agreement (Please specify)
Investment agreements, investment treaties, investment codes
List arbitration/ADR articles, book chapters, books and where published
Choice of Venue in International Arbitration (OUP, 2014)
“Awards: Challenges”, published in The Guide to Challenging and Enforcing Arbitral Awards, ed. J William Rowey QC, GAR, 2021

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