Melina is a Partner in the Paris office and heads the Paris litigation team.
She assists and represents French and international clients in France and abroad, in various sectors, including TMT, energy, retail and art.
Melina has developed a specific and extensive expertise in commercial disputes, product liability disputes, as well as complex cross-border disputes dealing with issues such as conflict of law and jurisdiction and devising international litigation strategies involving France and other countries.
She is very familiar with enforcement proceedings of foreign judgments or arbitral awards.
In parallel, she regularly accompanies clients on the implementation of their compliance programs pursuant to the New Law Sapin II and assists them in case of controls from the “Agence Française Anti-Corruption”.
She is also recognized as an expert and very renowned in the art industry and handles very visible cases in which she recovers art looted during WWII, in France, Germany, Switzerland and New York.
She assists despoiled families, in particular in the well-known case regarding Modigliani’s painting "Seated Man with a Cane", pending before New York Courts.
Melina qualified as a member of the Paris Bar in 2005. She graduated from University Panthéon Sorbonne Paris I (DEA Droit Privé Général), University Panthéon-Assas Paris II (DESS Droit de la propriété industrielle), and holds an LL.M. from the University College London (UCL) in intellectual property law. She is an active member of the Centre of Mediation and Arbitration in Paris (CMAP) and was, in particular, member of the Jury of their annual competition. She also participated in the production of a report with Queen Mary University on the use of mediation and arbitration in the technology sector, and is a speaker to several conferences and round tables on this subject. She also organises conferences on the recovery of art looted during WWII, a subject she has a rare and unique experience in.