Jean-Benoît Zegers

Nationality:New Zealander

Jean-Benoît joined LFSH in April 2001 after working as an associate in the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s international arbitration team (1996 – 2001) in Paris.

Jean-Benoît specialises in arbitration and dispute resolution, in particular, in advising foreign corporations and investors in commencing or defending legal proceedings before the Saudi courts. He also acts for Saudi and foreign clients involved in international arbitration, including before the ICC and LCIA.  In addition, Jean-Benoît provides corporate, banking and regulatory advice to foreign and Saudi companies, banks and financial institutions.

Jean-Benoît is the author of a number of articles and reports on the legal framework in Saudi Arabia, including the Guide to Arbitration in Saudi Arabia published by International Bar Association in July 2014, Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Saudi Arabia published in the Arbitration Law Journal by BCDR-AAA, and the fully revised Country Report on the Saudi arbitration published in ICCA Handbook Supplements 74 (May 2013), 75 (July 2013) and 93 (March 2017) in light of the new Saudi Arbitration Law, which came into effect in June 2012.

Jean-Benoît speaks English, French and Spanish.

Some of his recent experience includes

Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Litigation

  • A major Saudi engineering and contracting company in connection with defending an action for alleged unjustified termination of a UAE sub-contractor under a Saudi Ministry of Interior construction project
  • A major Japanese construction equipment and machinery manufacturer in connection with the enforcement of an ICC award against a major Saudi partnership before the Saudi enforcement courts
  • A major Dutch civil engineering company in connection with defending a 25 million Euro claim relating to Riyadh Metro Project brought by a Saudi consultant before the Riyadh public courts
  • A leading US dialysis healthcare providerin connection with defending legal proceedings brought against it by a Saudi joint venture partner before the Saudi public courts
  • A leading Western defence contractorin connection with several multi-million dollar appeals by its subsidiaries before the Saudi courts relating to profits earned in relation to a landmark defenceprogramme under a confidential Government-to-Government MOU between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and another sovereign state
  • A prominent Saudi individual (as claimant) in connection with the enforcement of a multi-million dollar ICC award against a prominent Saudi businessman and defending an action before the French Appeal Court to have the award set aside
  • A leading Saudi companyas supplier to theoil, gas and petrochemical industries in connection with a multi-million dollar claim by another leading international supplier under the ICC Rules in New York
  • A leading international internet routing corporation (as appellant) in connection with appeals against multi-million dollar tax assessments before the Saudi courts
  • A major international in connection with a multi-million dollar claim by prominent Saudi investors before the Saudi Capital Market Authority
  • Advising on a dispute including an ICC arbitration between joint venture parties with respect to a series of major Saudi Aramco and SABIC EPC contracts
  • A major US based tax auditor as liquidators on the Saad Group Liquidation in the Cayman Islands, involving four enforcement claims before Saudi, UK, US and Cayman Islands courts and the enforcement of foreign judgments in Saudi Arabia (on-going)
  • A major French cheese and food manufacturer in connection with a claim filed by its former Saudi distributor for alleged wrongful termination of a distributorship agreement before the Saudi Courts (on-going)

Banking and Finance

  • Samsung CT Corporation (as EPC contractor) in connection with the the financing of its work as Construction Contractor on the Qurayyah independent power project
  • Banque Saudi Fransi in connection with updating its lending agreements, credit facility agreements and margin trading facilities in addition reviewing and updating BSF’s standard form finance documents to ensure that they are compliant with all current applicable Saudi laws and regulations
  • Investcorp in relation to on-going compliance with the Saudi legal and regulatory framework applicable to its investment banking business and private wealth management activities conducted in Saudi Arabia