Oriane Cannac

Senior Associate

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A colleague said to me just before a hearing: 

“I know that you drafted the cross-examination in English. But you know what? Do it in French.” 


My story

Oriane is passionate about solving complex legal problems.  She is trained in civil and common law (University of Oxford and Université Panthéon-Assas) and is triple-qualified in England & Wales, France and New York.

She lives and breathes international dispute resolution, even while hiking on the Inca trail and diving in the Galápagos with her husband. That is because thinking about the most effective strategies to resolve disputes gives her energy.

Oriane joined Aavagard to drive innovation and optimisation in the legal sector.  For her, Aavagard is transformative because it addresses the need to fix the law – for both lawyers and clients: “clients feel overcharged and underheard, and lawyers are incentivised to work hard instead of smart”.  #BolderSolutionsFasterWins 

Oriane has represented clients in complex international arbitration matters worldwide under the major institutional rules including ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, and ICSID.

These have included:

  • Acting in a multi-billion Euro shareholder dispute arbitration under the DIFC-LCIA Rules (Dubai seat, English governing law).
  • Representing two heirs of the oldest private banking family in Geneva in a high-value, ad hoc arbitration against all the former partners of the private bank (Swiss seat, Swiss governing law).
  • Defending an ultra-high net worth individual in a multi-billion, multi-jurisdictional ICC arbitration (Swiss seat, Kuwaiti governing law).


Solicitor, England & Wales

Avocat à la Cour, Barreau de Paris

Attorney-at-law, New York Bar


University of Oxford, BA in Law (First Class Honours)

Université Panthéon-Assas, Master in European Law

HEC Paris Business School, Master in Law and International Management (Valedictorian and Best Leader Prize)

Previous associations

Winston & Strawn London LLP (2020-2022)

Hogan Lovells Paris (2018-2020)


English, French (bilingual)

Spanish, German (moderate)

Soft spot

The intersection of Law and Art.  Creativity plays a large role in both.  For more on this topic, visit: www.lawand.art


Legal 500 UK 2022 – Key Lawyer, International Arbitration

Women, Influence & Power in Law UK Awards – Innovative Leaders, Shortlist



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