Finance Monthly Legal Awards 2022 France 16 www.finance-monthly.com Avocat à la Cour Jimmy Kodo About JimmyKodo, FCIArb Dr Mahutodji Jimmy Vital Kodo is an attorney at law in France with significant experience as an international arbitrator specialising in commercial and investment disputes. He is a member of many renowned arbitration centres such as the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in theNetherlands; the Africa Commission of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in France; the Singapore International Arbitration Court Users Council (SIAC) in Singapore. From 2014 to 2016, he was the Technical Advisor to the President of the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA) of the Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA - Côte d’Ivoire), the only attorney to have held such position within the Organisation since its creation. In 2020, Dr Kodo authored the book ‘Arbitration in Africa under OHADA Rules’ (published by Kluwer Law International; foreword by Dr Won Kidane, esq., and prefaced by Professor Emmanuel Gaillard). A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb - United Kingdom), Dr Kodo is a certified arbitrator of the CCJA and is listed on the Arbitrator Roster list of many institutions around the world (inter alia, LCA - Nigeria; MIAC – Mauritius; KIAC – Rwanda; IAI - France and the Shanghai Arbitration Commission - SHAC - China). He also played a critical role as an independent practitioner, acting as coarbitrator in investor-state disputes and as sole arbitrator and counsel in commercial and construction disputes in both English and French. In 2021, as a consultant for the Investment Climate Reform (ICR) Facility (co-funded by the European Union, the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH - GIZ, the British Council - BC, Expertise France - EF, and Stichting Nederlandse Ontwikkelingsorganisatie - Netherlands Development Organisation, SNV), he revised the Arbitration Rules of the National Centre for Arbitration, Conciliation and Mediation (CENACOM) of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and also trained more than 80 arbitrators of the centre. A native of the Republic of Benin, Dr Kodo speaks fluently French and English. Graduated Summa Cum Laude with a PhD in Law from the University of Paris-Est Créteil (France), a Master of Law in Corporate Law from the University of Lille (France) and a Master’s in Business Law from the University of AbomeyCalavi (Benin).