Annet van Hooft is an independent arbitrator and counsel based in Paris. After having practiced for more than 20 years at major U.S. and U.K. law firms in Brussels, New York and Paris, and having been a Counsel at the ICC Court of Arbitration, she decided to set up her own law firm, focusing on international arbitration.
Annet is admitted to practice in both common and civil law jurisdictions and has a broad range of experience, both as counsel and as arbitrator, handling international arbitrations under various applicable laws and in a wide variety of sectors and fields, including construction & energy, IP related disputes (e.g., pharmaceuticals, life sciences, technology and communication) and corporate law related disputes (e.g., joint-ventures, mergers & acquisitions).
While Annet mostly sits as arbitrator, she also handles matters as co-counsel with other firms, notably in the field of IP and construction. By operating in a small structure, Annet is able to avoid the conflicts of interests that are so prevalent in large firms, in particular for arbitrators. It also allows Annet to personally spend more time on matters, resulting in better client service.
Awards and other Recognitions
Annet has been recognized in ‘Best Lawyers in France’ for Arbitration and Mediation since 2017 and in ‘Who’s Who Legal France’ and ‘Who’s Who Legal Arbitration’ since 2019. In 2020, she was distinguished as a Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal, which mentioned her “as a distinguished name in the European arbitration market with extensive experience with IP disputes in the life sciences and technology sectors.” Previously, in 2019 Annet had been listed by Who’s Who Legal as “a brilliant lawyer with an extremely quick understanding of what matters in a case.” In 2018, she was listed among the 10 most highly regarded partners in Europe in the ‘Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders.’ In 2017, she was the winner of the ‘Best in Commercial Arbitration Award’ of the Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards (Europe). The same year, Legal 500 Paris mentioned Annet’s “extensive ICC experience.“
Annet is a former Vice-Chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, a co-chair of the Paris Bar Open Commission on International Arbitration and a Honorary President of the Bucharest International Arbitration Court (BIAC). She is the co-author of ‘Arbitrating under the 2012 ICC Rules: An Introductory User’s Guide’ (published by Kluwer Law International).