Marina MatousekovaPartner

Marina Matousekova is a partner at CastaldiPartners, who heads the Arbitration and Litigation & Mediation practice. She advises clients in ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings (in particular UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA or ICSID Rules) related notably to energy, telecom, investment, construction, joint ventures and complex commercial disputes. She frequently seats as an arbitrator.


Before joining CastaldiPartners as a partner in 2018, Marina Matousekova practiced within the international arbitration team of Shearman & Sterling LLP in Paris and Milan from 2011 to 2018.
Previously, she practiced arbitration and litigation for six years at Castaldi Mourre & Partners.

Marina Matousekova was elected by her peers on the list of Best Lawyers in Mediation and Arbitration in France in 2021 and 2022, as well as on the list of Future Leaders of Who’s Who Legal in Arbitration (2020 - 2022) and Construction (2019 - 2022). She was elected Co-Chair of the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR (ArbIt) for the biennial 2022-2023. She is a member of an International Contracts Working Group, and of the Editorial Committee of the International Business Law Journal. She was a Research Assistant for Italy for the New York Convention Guide Project Marina Matousekova is admitted to the Paris and New York bars. She is fluent in English, French and Italian and has a good basic knowledge in Czech, Slovak and Russian.

Representative Matters

  • Representing 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.
  • Representing a French group in the transport & logistics industry as Respondent in an ICC arbitration initiated by an African shareholder in the context of the acquisition of the assets of an insolvent group.
  • Representing an Italian company in a dispute before French courts related to the termination of a project for the construction and commissioning of an Eolic park.
  • Representing an Italian manufacturer in a multiparty dispute before French courts related to the supply of pipes protecting underground power cables for a railway infrastructure project.
  • Acting as Secretary of the Tribunal in an ICSID investment dispute between a German holding and a North African State relating to the steel industry and ferrous wastes.
  • Representing an energy company in an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of an oil & gas production facility in North Africa.
  • Representing a North African State in an UNCITRAL arbitration initiated by a mobile network operator for alleged breaches of a bilateral investment treaty.
  • Representing a State-owned company in an ICC arbitration relating to a joint venture agreement for the development of a mine to exploit a zinc deposit in Africa.
  • Representing an 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.
  • Representing an Italian steel group in an ICC arbitration related to a privatization in an Eastern European country.
  • Representing an Italian designer and manufacturer of aircraft spare parts in an ICC arbitration initiated by a leading German service provider in the civil aviation industry.
  • Representing an Indian joint venture partner in an ICC arbitration against an Italian corporation in relation to the operation of a leather plant in India.
  • Representing a French pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration relating to the license and manufacturing of health products.
  • Representing a leading Swiss group in power and automation technologies in M&A post closing disputes before French courts.
  • Representing a Greek steel company in the annulment proceedings of an ICC award brought by a German gas producer before French courts on the ground of contrariety with EU competition law.

Speaking Engagements

  • SciencesPo/Queen Mary University, “Harmonization through Arbitration”, Paris Arbitration Week,  September 2021, Paris (France).
  • Georgian International Arbitration Centre, “Litigation vs. Arbitration vs. Mediation”, October 2019, Tbilisi (Georgia).
  • “Construction Arbitration in Eastern Europe”, Young Professionals of Construction in Paris, October 2019, Paris (France).
  • IBA Annual Conference, “ADR mechanisms and the European Construction Market”, September 2019, Seoul (South Korea).
  • Centre français de l’arbitrage/CFA40, “The young arbitrator’s toolkit”, June 2019, Paris (France).
  • Istanbul Arbitration Centre, “Gas price review arbitration”, May 2019, Istanbul (Turkey).
  • Istanbul Arbitration Association, "Artificial intelligence in international arbitration", November 2018, Istanbul (Turkey).
  • International Chamber of Commerce, "Extra work and concurrent delays: two recurrent issues in international construction arbitration", November 2018, Bratislava (Slovakia).
  • Russian Arbitration Centre, "The future of the New York Convention 1958: version 2:0?", October 2018, Moscow (Russia).
  • Parigi-Italia Arbitrato, "Recognition and enforcement of foreign awards in France and Italy: a comparative analysis", October 2018, Rome (Italy).
  • ASA below 40/Arbit, "Party Autonomy: Use it widely, Use it efficiently", February 2016, Rome (Italy).
  • International Chamber of Commerce/Young Arbitration Forum, "The reform club opens to a worldwide community: International arbitrators at the dawn of the 21st century", January 2015, Turin (Italy).
  • Camera Arbitrale di Milano/Arbit, "The Energy Charter Treaty: New frontiers after 20 years of application", November 2014, Milan (Italy).
  • Annual Conference of the European Society of Construction Law, Bocconi University, "Construction contract, arbitration and ADR", October 2014, Milan (Italy).
  • Camera Arbitrale di Milano/Arbit, "Drafting of arbitration agreements: Do’s and Don’ts", An open forum for young practitioners, February 2014, Milan (Italy).
  • Lewiathan Court of Arbitration, "Disputes relating to representations and warranties in M&A transactions", May 2010, Warsaw (Poland).
  • 2nd forum of the Association Française des Juristes d’Entreprises, "How to draft an arbitration clause", January 2010, Paris (France).
  • 8th forum of the Association -Française des Juristes d’Entreprises, "How to optimize costs and time in an international arbitration", June 2008, Paris (France).
  • 1st Mediterranean - Middle East Counsel Forum organised by the European Court of Arbitration, "Cross border insolvencies", September 2007, Rome (Italy).


  • M. Matousekova, “Scelte strategiche nell’arbitrato internazionale”, in “Atti del Seminario di Leonardo svoltosi a Roma il 21 gennaio 2019”, Quaderni dell’Arbitrato, pp. 25-35, June 2019.
  • M. Matousekova, Y. Lahlou, "The role of the arbitrator in combating corruption", International Business Law Journal, pp. 621-648, December 2012.
  • M. Matousekova, Y. Lahlou, "Chronicle of Private International Law Applied to Business", published on a quarterly basis in the International Business Law Journal from January 2006 to December 2010.
  • M. Matousekova, "Private international law answers to the insolvency of crossborder groups of companies: comparative analysis of English and French case law", International Business Law Journal, pp. 141-163, March 2008.
  • M. Matousekova, "Would French Courts Enforce U.S. Class Actions Judgments?", Contratto e Impresa/Europa, pp. 651-676, December 2006.


  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago.
  • Université Paris XI.
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