Wesley is a Partner in Eversheds Sutherland's arbitration Department specialising in international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration and public international law matters.
His experience includes dozens of cases where he advised and represented Governments, State-entities and private multinational companies in proceedings before numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitral tribunals (including under ICC, SIAC, PCA, LCIA, DIFC and UNCITRAL Rules). He also has a significant experience in proceedings before the Iran-US Claims Tribunal.
Wesley's regional focus is on Africa and the Middle East, and has also developed a non-contentious expertise on Iranian matters these recent years. He has been advising numerous large multinational companies in relation to sanctions, investment protection and doing business in Iran generally.
In 2019, Wesley has been cited in the Legal 500 Review: "The practice is co-headed by […] Wesley Pydiamah, who is 'always helpful and business savvy'". In 2018, he has been mentioned in the Legal 500 Review: "Wesley Pydiamah is very professional and also familiar with the Middle East culture and the petrochemical industry" and has been listed by Euromoney's "Rising Stars 2018" guide as one of the 10 rising stars in commercial arbitration for France.
Wesley lectures on OHADA arbitration and disputes in Africa at the University of Paris 2 Panthéon Assas. He is a member of several arbitral organisations, is a founding member of AfricArb and serves on the advisory board of the MARC Court, the leading arbitral institution in Mauritius dedicated to resolving Africa-related disputes.
Wesley holds law degrees in international law from the Universities of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris Ouest Nanterre and is fluent in English and French. He is admitted to practice law in France.
His recent experience as Counsel includes advising and representing:
- a major South African telecommunications operator in a billion dollar dispute under the ICC Rules arising from a license to operate a GSM network;
- a Middle Eastern Government in a bilateral investment treaty dispute arising out of a tender process in the telecommunications sector and which was successfully defended by the Respondent State;
- a Middle Eastern petrochemical company which produces and commercialises petrochemical products in a dispute concerning the shipment of methanol;
- a global healthcare company in a LCIA arbitration concerning a distribution agreement to market medical imaging equipment and technology in North Africa;
- a Swiss commodities and trading company in several arbitrations relating to the supply of petroleum products in Mauritania;
- an Italian oil super-major in relation to two disputes arising out of upstream oil and gas projects in West Africa; and
- a Tunisian State-owned company specialised in the production of phosphoric acid in a dispute and related settlement negotiations with international lenders.