Shearman & Sterling LLP

Public International Law Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded team with remarkable experience in investor-state arbitration. Particularly noted for the depth of expertise located in its Paris office and frequently retained by both states and investors to act on high-value mandates relating to investments in the energy, telecommunications, mining and infrastructure sectors. Its broad PIL expertise covers treaty law, boundary disputes, sanctions and human rights issues. Stands out for its impressive experience in African and Middle-Eastern disputes as well as its increasingly strong presence in the Asian market.

Strengths Sources report: "The team is extremely organised, deadline-oriented, extremely knowledgeable and precise. Their impressive track record and the way they handle their cases gives them a clear edge in the market."

Work highlights Defended the People's Republic of China in an ICSID claim brought by Hela Schwarz under the China-Germany BIT.

Represented the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria in annulment proceedings brought by Orascom following the team's earlier successful defence of Algeria in a USD4 billion ICSID claim.

Notable practitioners

The "formidable" Emmanuel Gaillard is a top player in international disputes and is deemed by market observers to be a "first-rate intellect" who is "full of ideas, perspicacity and authority." He regularly represents corporations and respondent states in high-stakes BIT disputes arising in the telecoms, mining, energy and construction sectors. He is based in Paris.

Yas Banifatemi is an international arbitration specialist with standout expertise in investor-state proceedings. Based in Paris, she has a wealth of experience acting on behalf of sovereigns in treaty disputes across the EMEA region. One interviewee reported: "She has acute knowledge of arbitration and is very valuable when it comes to the psychology of disputes."