Mayer Brown, a leading international law firm, announced today that Christophe Dugué has joined the firm's Paris office as a partner in the International Arbitration practice.

"Christophe brings to Mayer Brown an extensive and successful track record in a wide range of arbitration engagements," said James D. Holzhauer, chairman of Mayer Brown. "His arrival further expands the global footprint of our International Arbitration practice, which we have targeted for substantial growth in 2008 and beyond."

Mr. Dugué has represented multinational corporations and government-owned entities in numerous international commercial arbitration cases, both ad hoc (including the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) and institutional (mostly under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce and the French Arbitration Association), in English and French and under a variety of applicable laws. His practice as lead counsel and counsel in transnational and domestic disputes relates to a variety of contractual, construction, oil and gas, joint venture and banking matters involving such industries as chemicals, finance, oil & gas, construction and defense. His litigation experience includes a broad range of commercial disputes before the French courts, mostly with an international element, in areas including banking/finance, construction, post-acquisition disputes and arbitration related matters. He also has broad experience in corporate and banking law, as well as international finance, structured finance, securitization, derivatives and project finance.

"Mayer Brown's position among the elite global law firms was a primary factor in my decision to join the firm," Mr. Dugué said. "I look forward to contributing to the continuing expansion of the practice, particularly through the opportunities that will result from Mayer Brown's recent combination with JSM, the leading law firm in Asia."

Mr. Dugué's breadth of experience will be a major asset to the Paris office and its clients, said Jean-Philippe Lambert, Partner-in-Charge. "While international arbitration work will be his primary focus, we anticipate that his knowledge of litigation and corporate law will make him a key contributor to our efforts to serve clients across multiple practices," he said.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Mr. Dugué was a partner in the international arbitration group of Shearman & Sterling LLP in Paris, which he joined in 1990. Previously, he served as a legal officer in the international legal departments of Banque Nationale de Paris and Banque Indosuez.

Mr. Dugue holds a Maitrise in International Law degree (J.D. equivalent) from the Université d'Aix-en-Provence, and a D.E.S.S. in Business Law and a D.J.C.E. in International Commerce (Masters of Law equivalent) from that university's Institute of Business Law.

Mayer Brown's International Arbitration practice comprises lawyers based throughout the United States, Europe and Asia who have argued extensively before the world's leading arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LICA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Its practitioners are well versed in both the international legal regimes as well as the international and domestic laws governing the underlying disputes.