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Michael  Young

Michael Young

Allen Overy LLP

Paris, FRA

Michael Young is a Partner specialising in international arbitration.

He is Co-head of the Allen & Overy’s Global Arbitration Practice and a Vice-President of the ICC Court of Arbitration.

He has advised and represented clients in numerous arbitrations, both ad hoc and under each of the major institutional rules. The disputes on which Michael has advised have arisen worldwide, including in North America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia.

He acts regularly as advocate before arbitral tribunals and experts, and has been on the Executive Committee of the Federation for International Arbitration Advocacy since its inception.

Michael sits frequently as an arbitrator himself. He has also written and spoken widely on arbitration, as well as teaching at the Faculty of Law at Sciences Po in Paris and in the Faculty of the University of London LL.M arbitration programme in Paris.

A UK national, Michael originally qualified as an English barrister. He has been an English solicitor since 1996, and based in Paris since 2006.

An ‘outstanding’ lawyer; ‘a highly regarded adviser who charms clients with his great professionalism and personality’; Young ‘has the wit of a master, knows ICC rules inside out, and never loses’; "Extremely responsive and very sharp"” (Legal 500)


"A brilliant lawyer, demonstrating excellent leadership and strategic ability"; "Michael is a very client-focused partner. He is very practical, very proactive and gives advice that considers the whole problem;" “‘He’s outstanding. He genuinely enjoys what he does because he’s so good at it’; ‘He has perfect mastery of the rules of arbitration and procedure, as well as a spectacular ability to resolve cases’"; "Michael Young receives glowing praise: 'Bright, driven and with a vast experience in international arbitration'” (Chambers Global)


“One of the country’s premier advocates"; “A real perfectionist"; "brilliant"; "repeatedly commended as 'a real pleasure to work with'"; "a connoisseur of international arbitration” (Who’s Who Legal).


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