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Noah Rubins


Noah is the head of the international arbitration practice in Paris, and the head of the firm’s worldwide CIS/Russia Dispute Resolution group.





Noah specializes in the arbitration of disputes arising out of energy projects, both treaty and contract-based.  He is one of a handful of non-Russian international arbitration specialists who speaks Russian fluently, and he has an in-depth knowledge of the cultures and business practices in the countries of the former Soviet Union.  Noah has represented clients such as BG, Maersk Oil, Russian Railways, Exxon, Chevron, AES, InterRAO, Total, Rosneft and Itera Energy in relation to projects in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.  His practice also extends to other industry sectors and regions, including infrastructure, heavy machinery, and financial services in Europe, Africa and Latin America.Noah has advised and represents clients in more than 100 arbitrations over the last fifteen years, under ICSID, LCIA, ICC, VIAC, ICAC and UNCITRAL rules to name a few. Some of the landmark cases in which he has been involved as counsel include Karaha Bodas v Pertamina, Loewen v United States, Parkerings v Lithuania, CMS v Argentina, and Libananco v Turkey.

Noah is US-qualified, and worked in New York, Houston, Washington, Istanbul, Moscow and Kyrgyzstan prior to his arrival in Paris in 2004. 

‘"He's very smart, knows all the details of the case, gives very good advice, is always responsive and has time to talk. He's a great lawyer."’
Chambers Europe 2014
‘[O]ne of the best-known international arbitration lawyers in cases concerning Russia. "He really is a skilled orator and presents the case in the best possible way," a source comments.’
Chambers Global 2014

Recent deals/Highlights

  • Russian-controlled Canadian mining company Rusoro Inc. in a $3 billion investment treaty claim under the ICSID Additional Facility Rules against the Republic of Venezuela in relation to the expropriation of a gold mine.
  • Defending a prominent Ukrainian industry leader in a dispute with another Ukrainian businessman arising out of a joint venture in the metals sector, with claims in LCIA arbitration totalling over €800 million.
  • The government of Latvia in two UNCITRAL investment treaty arbitrations related to criminal investigations and the freezing of assets in the financial services sector.
  • The Karachaganak consortium (including BG, Eni, Chevron and Lukoil) in relation to tax stability, cost recovery, environmental fines, and other issues arising out of one of the largest oilfields in Kazakhstan. 
  • Total SA in its bilateral investment treaty claim before ICSID against Argentina, with claims related to assets in gas transportation, electricity generation, and upstream gas production, which led to the largest arbitral award ever against Argentina.
  • East Mediterranean Gas Co. and its foreign shareholders in four arbitrations (ICC, CRCICA, UNCITRAL and ICSID) based on both treaty and contract in a multi-billion-dollar dispute arising out of the collapse of a project to export Egyptian gas to Israel.


  • ‘Commentary on the ICSID Convention’ (Concise International Arbitration, Kluwer, 2015).
  • Enforcing Investment Treaty Awards in Russia, chapter in Enforcing Investment Treaty Awards (Global Law, 2015).
  • ‘ICSID Decisions 1974-2002’ (OUP, 2013).


  • Featured in GAR as one of the 45 leading figures of the international arbitration bar under the age of 45 (“GAR 45 under 45”).

Qualifications and education

  • A.B., Brown University
  • M.A.L.D., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • J.D., Harvard University
  • C.E.P., Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris


English, Russian, French and conversational Spanish and Hebrew.

  • Paris

  • 2 rue Paul Cézanne
  • 75008 Paris
  • T +33 1 44 56 44 56
  • F +33 1 44 56 44 00

    Direct line
    T +33 1 44 56 29 12
    F +33 1 73 04 29 12

  • noah.rubins@freshfields.com
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