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Shearman & Sterling LLP

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)

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What the team is known for

Well-regarded team offering deep expertise in disputes arising from the energy and resources sector, including in the areas of oil and gas, power and nuclear energy. Advises on investor-state arbitration, including matters relating to investment treaties and projects in relation to China’s Belt & Road Initiative. Experienced in representing a full range of private companies, SOEs and sovereign states, including high-profile US and European clients. Draws on the strengths and resources of its regional and global offices to offer clients a truly international service.

Strengths

A client considers the team "excellent at strategy, highly technical and comprehensive in its approach," citing its "reputation in China for being one of the law firms to go to for the most difficult cases" and adding: "The team has excellent knowledge of Chinese culture and decision processes, which is rare for an international law firm and makes working with them so much easier."

Another client appreciates that the team "knows the culture of the Asia-Pacific region very well, which can facilitate situations with clients, and is also really good at actually translating the Asian clients' views into legal language for Western arbitrators." The client adds that the team is "very diligent from day to night and is very well prepared for the hearings and working with witnesses."

Work highlights

Represented Kot Addu Power Company in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against the Pakistan Water Power and Development Authority.

Notable practitioners

Emmanuel Jacomy splits his time between Singapore and Beijing, and frequently represents private and state-owned clients in the energy and natural resources sector. He wins praise from a client for having "accumulated enormous first-hand experience international arbitration, with a focus on China-related matters in recent years." The client adds: "He is a very sociable person, speaking fluent Chinese besides English and French, and is extremely professional and efficient in his work."

Nils Eliasson is held in high esteem for his veteran experience on investment treaty arbitrations, construction and project development disputes and commercial disputes for both domestic and international corporates. A client reports: "He's a brilliant lawyer who is extremely smart and talented, but very humble with clients and very present while working with us."

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Overview

We advise and represent companies investing in China on all types of commercial and investment treaty disputes. Our team also includes public international law specialists able to handle all issues related to international disputes involving State-owned or State parties, in particular issues of treaty law.
Our international arbitration team has acted as counsel in numerous international arbitrations related to China, including a number of the most high profile disputes in the region. Members of our team, who are fully-dedicated to international arbitration, have extensive experience of international arbitration involving Chinese parties and can thus address the specific cultural, linguistic and legal aspects of disputes with a Chinese nexus.


Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms) Department

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Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms)


Emmanuel Jacomy
Band 3
Nils Eliasson
Band 1