Simon NDIAYE 

Lawyer, Partner

PROFILES

      • Simon Ndiaye was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1996.
      • Simon Ndiaye joined the law firm Honig Buffat Mettetal in 1996 and became a partner with CLYDE&CO in 2002.
      • He is now senior partner of HMN & Partners (HONIG METTETAL NDIAYE) since May 1st, 2006.
      • Simon advises major insurance companies for domestic and international litigation relating to complex product liability cases, aircraft accidents, directors and officers liability and arbitration.
      • His civil practice includes: drafting of briefs, summons, affidavits, settlement agreements and independent participation in judicial expertise, negotiation, direct and cross examination and oral pleadings.

EDUCATION

  • New York University School of Law, New York, NY – LL.M in International Legal Studies, May 2001.
  • University of Paris II Pantheon-Assas, Paris, France:
    • Master of Philosophy of Law ("D.E.A") – Distinction "Assez Bien", received 1993 – Thesis: Protection and Social Justice in Rawls' Theory of Justice
    • Master of Insurance Law, received 1990 – Thesis: Marine Hull Insurance
  • University of Dakar, Dakar, Senegal – Degree: "Licence" in Law, received 1988.

EXPERIENCE 

He specialises in Insurance Law, Product Liability, Aviation Law, Directors & Officers liability and African Business Law (OHADA).

He acted as counsel to the Advisory Committee set up by a major oil and chemical company and its insurers for the management of nearly 90,000 claims arising out of the explosion in Toulouse on 21 September 2001.

Simon has been directly involved in high-profile matters.

His recent experience includes:

      • Reinsurance issues arising out of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
      • Air Inter accident in Mont Sainte Odile (France) in January 1992 (87 fatalities).
      • American Airlines flight 587 in Queens New York in November 2001 (265 fatalities).
      • Flash Airlines accident, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in January 2004 (148 fatalities).
      • AES Sonel: explosion of an electric transformer in Garoua, Cameroon, in April 2004 (4 fatalities and 13 severely injured).
      • Ariane V flight 157 in December 2002.
      • Mont Blanc tunnel fire in March 1999 (37 fatalities).
      • The class action (New-York) and the investigations by the S.E.C. (U.S.A.) and the C.O.B. (FRANCE) against Vivendi Universal and its Directors & Officers in 2002.
      • The criminal investigation relating to alleged corruption further to payments to a consultant by a multi national consortium of energy companies in Nigeria.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

OTHER PRACTICE AERAS

African unified Business Law (OHADA)