Marina Matousekova

Member of the Paris and New York Bars and partner at TALMA Dispute Resolution.

Marina Matousekova’s practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation.

She represents French and international companies as well as public entities in ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings (in particular under the UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA or ICSID Rules) and in court proceedings raising private or public international law issues.

She notably advises clients in the sectors of energy, construction, aeronautics, as well as investments and in shareholders’ disputes.

She regularly sits as an arbitrator.

Before joining TALMA Dispute Resolution, Marina was the head of the international arbitration and litigation department of the French-Italian law firm Castaldi Partners from 2019 to 2022. Before that, she practiced within the international arbitration team of Shearman & Sterling LLP in Paris and Milan from 2011 to 2018 and at Castaldi Mourre & Partners from 2005 to 2010.

Marina was elected Co-Chair of ArbIt, the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR for the biennial 2022-2023.

Marina was elected Treasurer of the Arbitration Academy, a non-lucrative association founded by Professor Emmanuel Gaillard, offering each summer to students coming from all parts of the world, courses and conferences given by internationally renowned professors.

She teaches international arbitration at Paris V – Descartes University.

She is a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Business Law Journal and of an International Contracts Working Group.

She was a Research Assistant for Italy for the New York Convention Guide Project (

Marina is fluent in English, French and Italian and has a basic knowledge of Slovak, Czech and Russian.

Marina Matousekova has been identified as one of the best arbitration lawyers of his generation by international rankings:

  • Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration Future Leaders, since 2020
  • Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration Future Leaders 2022: “Ms Matousekova is a very dedicated advocate with a long vision for cases”, “Marina is a tireless fighter in arbitration cases”, “She is an excellent advocate”.
  • Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration Future Leaders 2020: “Marina Matousekova is ‘very responsive and highly skilled’ when handling international arbitration proceedings according to peers, who commend her ‘no non-sense pragmatic approach’”.
  • Who’s Who Legal – Construction Future Leaders, since 2019.
  • Legal 500 2022 : “Marina Matousekova is very bright and extremely calm under pressure ”. The team acting under Marina’s leadership was considered a team of “experienced, competent and fully committed” lawyers, “very good at dealing with complexity in terms of different jurisdiction, procedural matters and facts. The communication with clients [was held to be] the best possible in terms of sharing strategies and tactics and assessing on pros and cons of any decision to be taken by the clients”.
  • Best Lawyers – Arbitration and Mediation, France, since 2021.
  • Top Legal 2019, Italy : Marina has been selected by the ranking of TopLegal amongst the five finalists in the category “Best Professional of the Year in Arbitration” in 2019.

Her most recent cases include:

  • counsel to a UK company in the energy sector and to its Congolese subsidiary in an ICC arbitration relating to an oil investment in Congo (amount in dispute: over 200 million dollars, ICC Paris, English law, language of the proceedings: French);
  • counsel to a leading European construction company in setting aside proceedings of an award rendered in Paris in favour of an Eastern European public entity (amount in dispute: 20 million euros);
  • counsel to a leading multinational group in the automotive sector in a pre-litigation dispute with its Iranian partners due to the suspension of their joint venture agreements in the wake of the U.S. sanctions (amount in dispute : over 500 million dollars);
  • counsel to an Italian EPC Contractor in an ICC arbitration initiated by a subcontractor in relation to the construction of a low-density polyethylene plant in Slovakia (amount in dispute : 30 million euros, ICC London, English law, language of the proceedings: English);
  • counsel to a leading French group in the transport & logistics industry as one of the Respondents in a multiparty ICC arbitration initiated by an African shareholder in the context of the acquisition of the assets of an insolvent group (amount in dispute: 19 million euros, ICC Paris, OHADA law, language of the proceedings: French);
  • counsel to an American company in an ICC arbitration relating to the infringement of intellectual property rights over a medical software (amount in dispute: 50 million dollars, ICC New-York, New-York law, language of the proceedings: English);
  • counsel to a North African State in an ad hoc arbitration initiated by a mobile network operator for alleged breaches of a bilateral investment treaty (amount in dispute over 2 billion dollars);
  • counsel to a North African State in an ICSID arbitration relating to the introduction of a windfall profit tax on oil and to the interpretation of certain contractual provisions of a production sharing agreement as purported stabilization clauses (amount in dispute: 3 billion dollars, ICSID, the law of the North African State applied, language of the proceedings: French).