Thomas Kendra

Thomas Kendra


Email thomas.kendra@​

Phone +33 1 53 67 18 26

Fax +33 1 53 67 47 48

LanguagesEnglish, French, Spanish

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

As partner in our International Arbitration Group, Thomas Kendra has extensive experience acting for companies and States in commercial and investment arbitrations and mediations, including in particular under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL.

Thomas' knowledge and skills are focused on the energy, aerospace, technology, construction and telecommunications sectors, as well as in investment arbitration, in which he has acted for both States and investors. He is dual-qualified in England and France. Thomas is passionate about encouraging the growth of alternative dispute resolution, notably in Africa and also Asia, where he has worked. This led him to collaborate in establishing the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) in Rwanda in 2012, for which he was shortlisted for Solicitor of the Year by the Law Society. He remains an active member of KIAC's Board and Executive Committee and regularly publishes and speaks on the topic of ADR in Africa. Thomas also teaches a class on energy arbitration at the University of Versailles.

Awards and recognitions


Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, Next Generation
Legal 500 EMEA


Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration (France), Up and Coming
Chambers Global


"Up and Coming" in Dispute Resolution
Chambers Europe


Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration
Legal 500 EMEA


Shortlisted for Solicitor of the Year 2012
Law Society

Education and admissions


European Legal Studies, University of Bristol

Université de Bordeaux

University of Salamanca


Founding Board member of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre

Member of LCIA (YIAG) and ICC

Shortlisted for Solicitor of the Year 2012 (Law Society)

Bar admissions and qualifications


Court admissions

Supreme Court of England and Wales

Representative experience

Representing a central Asian state in an UNCITRAL arbitration brought by a Canadian mining company under the Energy Charter Treaty relating to uranium mining licenses.

Representing a Latin American state in relation to two ICSID arbitrations brought by companies in the coffee and fertilizer industries.

Representing a French company in an ICSID arbitration under a BIT against an Eastern European State.

Representing a global oil company in ICC mediation proceedings against an African state regarding tax issues linked to the application of its concessions.

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