Area of Expertise: Aviation, Building and Construction, Commercial, Competition, Energy, Franchising, Human Rights, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Maritime, Medical and Life Sciences, Real Estate, Shareholder and Securities, Treaty
Legal System of Expertise: Civil Law, Common Law, EU Law, International Law
Languages: English, French
Christopher Chinn is admitted as an attorney in Paris, England & Wales, and New York.
He is an independent international disputes lawyer based in Paris, France, and acts on behalf of clients to successfully resolve a broad range of disputes, including construction and engineering matters under FIDIC forms of contract, disputes arising out of shareholder and partnership agreements, and investor-state claims.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), and has been admitted to the CRCICA Panel of Arbitrators, the AIAC Panel of Arbitrators, the THAC Panel of Arbitrators, the HKIAC List of Arbitrators, the List of Recommended Arbitrators of the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw (SAKIG), the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), and is registered as an eJust Arbitrator and arbitrator in the Delos Arbitrator Network.
Mr. Chinn has also represented clients before US courts in antitrust, False Claims Act, white collar crime and general commercial litigation matters, and has participated in the defense of clients in the context of US, French, and international regulatory investigations.
He has experience in a variety of industries including hospitality, construction, transport, manufacturing, renewable energy, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and medical information technology.
Mr. Chinn has acted as counsel and legal advisor in international arbitrations administered by or under the rules of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Mr. Chinn has been involved in international arbitration since 1999-2001 when he trained at Coudert Brothers, a leading international arbitration law firm in Paris. He also trained at Shearman & Sterling in Paris. Mr. Chinn has worked as an attorney for over twelve years at leading international litigation and arbitration firms including:
In addition to his native English, Mr. Chinn is fluent in French and speaks conversational Polish.
Mr. Chinn was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, where he attended Punahou School. He studied history at Yale University and obtained his JD from the University of Minnesota. He also studied French civil law and European Union law at the University of Lyon, Jean Moulin III.
Mr. Chinn’s experience has included work on behalf of: