Sophia Allouache

Sophia is a Paris-based associate in Gowling WLG's Dispute Resolution & International Arbitration practice.

She advises and represents French and foreign companies, Investment Funds, International Organizations and Senior Executives in domestic and international Pre-Litigation, Litigation and Arbitration.

She also assists clients in mediation and other Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Sophia acquired a solid experience in Litigation and International Arbitration at Fierville Ziadé and Franklin where she advised and represented major French and foreign companies, notably in relation to large infrastructure projects and the energy sector.

Sophia holds a post-graduate degree in Economic Law and Global Governance Studies from Sciences Po Paris as well as in Litigation, International Arbitration and ADR from the Paris II Panthéon-Assas University. She also studied at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. and at the Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Sophia speaks French, English and Italian. She has an elementary knowledge of Spanish and Chinese.


  • Advising and representing an International Organization in a PCA arbitration dispute against a claimant alleging violation of public international law principles.
  • Advising and representing a Luxembourgish investor in an ICSID arbitration against a Balkan State, on the grounds of expropriation and unfair and inequitable treatment.
  • Advising and representing two north-American affiliates of a leader nuclear company in an ad hoc arbitration, against their insurer to obtain specific performance of the policy following a fraud.
  • Advising and representing before French Courts an owner company, leader in the solar energy sector, against French and Burkinabe EPC contactors in an dispute related to the erection of a solar plant in Burkina Faso.
  • Advising and representing before French Courts the affiliate of a French industrial group, leader in the nuclear energy sector, in a dispute against four German sub-contractors before French Courts following the discovery of defaults affecting a key equipment for the decommissioning of a nuclear plant.
  • Advised and represented a French industrial group, leader in the nuclear energy sector, against one of its clients in an ICC arbitration related to the construction of nuclear plants.
  • Advised and represented the affiliate of an industrial group, leader in the aviation sector, in an ICC arbitration against one of its commercial agent in Asia, following the termination of its contracts due to suspicions of bribery.
  • Advised and represented a Chinese company in annulment proceedings initiated by a major French industrial group, against an ICC award, following the termination of its contracts due to suspicions of bribery.
  • Advised and represented before the International Chamber of the Paris Commercial Court an American oil & gas company in a dispute against its contractor in relation to a drilling rig in Congo.
  • Advised an industrial company, leader in the gas sector, in pre-ICC arbitration negotiations with one of its Japanese supplier, following the discovery of a serial defect affecting equipment incorporated in plants operating in 15 countries.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2023

    • Career
      Gowling WLG, Senior Associate, Litigation and International Arbitration
  • 2020

    • Career
      Fierville Ziadé, Associate, Litigation & International Arbitration
  • 2018

    • Career
      Franklin, Associate, Litigation & International Arbitration
  • 2017

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Admitted, Paris Bar
  • 2016

    • Education
      Paris II University (Panthéon-Assas) – Post-graduate degree – Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 2015

    • Education
      Sciences Po Paris – Post-graduate degree – Economic Law & Global Governance
  • 2014

    • Education
      Tsinghua University (Beijing) – LLM Program, Exchange – International Arbitration
  • 2012

    • Education
      George Washington University (Washington D.C.) – Undergraduate Program/Bachelor of Arts, Exchange – International Affairs
    • Education
      Sciences Po Paris – Undergraduate Program