Hugo Varenne is an associate in the Paris office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the International Arbitration Practice. He advises clients on the resolution of high-stakes, complex international disputes.

Mr. Varenne also advises in international arbitrations under the ICSID, ICC, and SCC Rules, with a particular focus on investment and commercial disputes involving Latin America. 

Mr. Varenne keeps an active pro bono practice, including advising clients on immigration and asylum related matters, as well as the development of new European legislation related to, among others, human rights due diligence incumbent on companies.

Mr. Varenne is a member of the ICC Young Arbitrators and ADR Forum (YAAF); and the Young and International (Y&I) group of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).

Mr. Varenne's experience includes advising:

  • A leading Latin American pharmaceutical business in an ICC arbitration seated in London, governed by English law and Colombian law, in a dispute related to a distribution agreement
  • The Republic of Colombia in two ICSID arbitrations under the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement relating to the adoption of certain regulatory measures in the gold mining sector intended to protect páramo (moorland) ecosystems
  • Three Mexican companies in an ICC arbitration against the EPC contractor and asset manager of their renewable energy-producing facilities
  • The Republic of Colombia in an ICSID arbitration against Aris Gold under the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement; the dispute relates to Colombia’s alleged failure to evict illegal miners in a gold mining concern located in the northwest of Colombia, and a host State’s obligation to guarantee full protection and security to a foreign investor
  • The Republic of Colombia in an ICSID arbitration against South32 under the UK-Colombia bilateral investment treaty; the dispute relates to royalty payments arising out of the exploitation of one of the world’s largest open-pit ferro-nickel mines 
  • The State of Ukraine in an SCC arbitration in which the claimants claimed more than US$6 billion for alleged breaches of the ECT (Littop Enterprises Limited and others v. Ukraine); the tribunal unanimously dismissed the case, which was the largest ever brought against Ukraine, for lack of jurisdiction
  • A technology company in an ICC arbitration against a key supplier concerning a tortious conspiracy and the non-conformity of products with contractual specification
  • A national oil company in a range of complex PSC, JOA, and supply disputes valued in the multiple billions of dollars
  • A Swiss financial holding company in relation to an expropriation claim against a Western African State

Bar Qualification

  • Avocat (Paris)
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)


  • LPC, BPP Law School, Holborn, 2017
  • GDL, BPP Law School, Waterloo, 2016
  • BA in Philosophy & Economics, McGill University, 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish