Thomas Kendra

Thomas Kendra


Email [email protected]​

Phone +33 1 53 67 18 26

Fax +33 1 53 67 47 48

LanguagesEnglish, French, Spanish

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Partner in Hogan Lovells' Paris international arbitration practice, Thomas' knowledge and skills are focused on the energy, life sciences, TMT, aerospace, mining, finance and construction 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 Asia, where he has worked. This has 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, and he remains an active member of KIAC's Board. Thomas also co-leads Hogan Lovells' Paris-Afrique Group, a cross-practice desk established within the Paris office, and he has recently been elected co-president of AfricArb, a non-profit organisation of practitioners aiming to promote the development of arbitration in Africa.

Thomas presents and publishes widely on international arbitration topics, as well as teaching at Sciences-Po, Queen Mary and Versailles University. Thomas has been said to “lead the market” in relation to arbitrations in Francophone Africa by Who's Who Legal, 2017, and is ranked by Chambers, with sources noting his "ability to combine a bird's-eye perspective on the case with sufficient attention to detail" [Chambers Europe 2019] and his "very well-prepared and effective cross examinations"[Chambers Global 2018]] .

Awards and recognitions


International Arbitration (France)
Chambers Global


Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, Next Generation Partner
Legal 500 EMEA


International Arbitration (France), Up and Coming
Chambers Global


"Up and Coming" in International Arbitration
Chambers Europe


Future Leader: Arbitration
Who's Who Legal


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

Related knowledge

Africa Insights

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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