Shearman & Sterling LLP

Dispute Resolution Department

Africa-wide
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What the team is known for Well-established group in the international arbitration space, well respected for its imposing track record acting for governments and state-owned companies. Particularly well thought of for its work in Egypt and the Maghreb, with leading expertise in the oil and gas, infrastructure, telecommunications and energy sectors. Also active in other oil-rich regions. Increasingly also acts for significant African investors as part of its international clientele.

Strengths"They are top for arbitration," enthused a client, with others adding that "this is a major-league practice with major-league folks."

Sources highlight the firm's skill in construction contract disputes, as well as its "extensive experience in oil contracts matters."

Work highlights Counsel to the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, the respondent in an ICSID arbitration brought by Société des Parcs d’Alger and Emirates International Investment over the development of a USD5 billion urban park project.

Advised Togo Terminal, the port operator, on its claim relating to a concession agreement against the Republic of Togo in an ICSID arbitration.

Notable practitioners

"Global star" Emmanuel Gaillard is admired by market commentators, who call him a "top name in the profession." Sources agree that "he's a great guy and a powerful figure" in this market. He possesses considerable experience in energy disputes and other significant arbitrations, with clients highlighting in particular his expertise across North Africa. He heads the global disputes practice as well as the firm's international arbitration group from the firm's Paris office.

Yas Banifatemi is "very well known in the arbitration community," with commentators mentioning that she has the expertise to deal with "complex arbitration clause issues." Based in Paris, she is particularly experienced acting on North Africa-related mandates. She is the deputy managing partner of the international arbitration practice and heads the public international law practice.