Louis-Alexis Bret


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Louis-Alexis Bret

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Louis-Alexis Bret is an associate in King & Spalding’s New York office and a member of the international arbitration practice.  Mr. Bret’s practice focuses on both commercial and investment arbitration, primarily in the energy and mining sector. 

Mr. Bret represents clients in international energy and mining disputes, including disputes involving governments and national oil companies, energy trading disputes, disputes concerning LNG facilities and sales, and disputes involving supply and pricing of natural gas.  As part of his practice, Mr. Bret works closely with industry experts, as well as with experts on economic and damages issues.  Mr. Bret also advises natural resource companies in connection with their investments abroad and writes frequently on international energy and mining disputes, with a particular emphasis on mining and energy trading disputes. 

Mr. Bret received his Maîtrise and D.E.A. from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and his LL.M from Columbia Law School.  Prior to joining King & Spalding, he worked for the international arbitration departments of international law firms both in France and in the United States.  Mr. Bret currently serves as Director of the New York Sub-Chapter of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, which he co-founded.

Recent Publications:

  • Damages Issues in the Arbitration of Energy Trading Disputes, Journal of Damages in Int. Arb., Vol. 2, No. 1 (2015) (with C. Miles)

  • Oil Prices Hedging Agreement As Protected Investment − Deutsche Bank AG v. Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2013-2014)

  • Structuring your investment to protect IP rights – the case of compulsory licensing, The Pharma Letter, Mar. 21, 2014 (with S. Marchili and C. Mouawad)

  • Crude Allegations: Corruption in the Energy Trading Sector, K&S Energy Newsletter, Feb. 2014 (with K. Sheahen)

  • Energy Trading Disputes: An Update On Gas Price Reopeners, International Bar Association North American Regional Forum News, Vol. 4 No. 3 Dec. 2013

  • Resource nationalism and mining reforms could mean more international disputes, The Northern Miner, Nov. 27, 2013 (with H. Burnett and C. Mouawad)

  • Energy Trading Disputes: Investment Treaty Protection for Hedging Agreements and Charter-party Operations, K&S Energy Newsletter, Jun. 2013

  • Extra-Heavy Oil: Potential For More Int'l Disputes, Law360, Oct. 11, 2012

  • Impact of Derivatives on Damages in Oil & Gas Arbitrations, Quantum Quarterly, Issue 4 3Q 2012

  • Energy Trading Disputes: Accompanying a Revolution, K&S Energy Newsletter, Dec. 2011

  • Note - 3 juillet 2008, Cour d'appel de Paris (1re Ch. C), 23 octobre 2008, Cour d'appel de Paris (1re Ch. C), 2 juillet 2009, Cour d'appel de Paris (Pôle 1 - Ch. 1), Revue de l'Arbitrage, Vol. 2009 Issue 4 (2009) (with L. Gouiffès)


  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (Director of the New York Sub-Chapter)

  • Center for American and International Law Institute for Energy Law (Member of the Advisory Board)
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

LL.M., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia University
D.E.A., Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne