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Dr Yas Banifatemi

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

Work Department

International Arbitration
Public International Law

Position

Partner and Deputy practice leader in Sherman & Sterling's International Arbitration practice
Head of Shearman & Sterling's Public International Law practice

Career

Yas is widely recognised as one of the most prominent international arbitration and public international law specialists worldwide. She advises and represents States, State-owned entities and companies on both public international law and international arbitration issues. She acts as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations conducted pursuant to a variety of arbitration rules, with particular focus on investment protection, oil & gas and general commercial matters.

Yas teaches International Investment Law at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris I) and is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She has authored numerous publications on international arbitration and public international law and participates in leading working groups and think tanks on international arbitration. 

Languages

French, English and Farsi

Member

  • Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration (2015–)
  • Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR (2015–)
  • Member, LCIA Court (2015–)
  • Member, ICSID Panel of Arbitrators (2017–23)
  • Member, HKIAC Panel of Arbitrators (2016–21)
  • Founding member and Co-Secretary-General, International Academy for Arbitration Law (2011–13)
  • Member, Editorial Board, ICSID Review, Foreign Investment Law Journal (2012–2014)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy
  • Chair, Georgian International Arbitration Center (GIAC) Commission for Final Revision of the GIAC Arbitration Rules
  • Member, SCC Rules Revision Committee
  • Member, World Bank’s Investing Across Borders (IAB)
  • Member, ILA Study Group on the Soft Law Instruments in Foreign Investment Law (2008–14)
  • Member, ILA Study Group on the Use of Private Law Principles for the Development of International Law
  • Member, IBA Investment Treaty Sub-Committee
  • Member, IBA Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards Sub-Committee
  • Member, Advisory Board, Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Association of Young Arbitrators (AYA), Nigeria
  • Expert, joint UNCITRAL-CIDS expert Group meeting on possible reforms of investor-State dispute settlement
  • Member, International Arbitration Institute (IAI), Comité Français de l’Arbitrage (CFA), Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)
  • Member, American Society of International Law (ASIL), European Society of International Law (ESIL) and French Society of International Law (SFDI)

Education

  • Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II), Ph.D. in International Law
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M.


Algeria

Foreign firms

Within: Leading individuals

Yas Banifatemi - Shearman & Sterling LLP

Within: Foreign firms

‘One of the most active foreign firms in Algeria’, Shearman & Sterling LLP’s recent key projects include representing Algeria as respondent in a $4bn ICSID arbitration and acting for Sonatrach in two ICC arbitrations. International arbitration head Emmanuel Gaillard is regarded as a ‘leader in Algerian matters’ and Guillaume Isautier, Yas Banifatemi, Coralie Darrigade and Maude Lebois are also active in international arbitration, M&A, public international law and project development as well as in financing pertaining to the energy and natural resources, construction and civil infrastructure, telecoms, power and water sectors.

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France: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: Leading individuals: international arbitration

Yas Banifatemi - Shearman & Sterling LLP

Within: International arbitration

Shearman & Sterling LLP has established itself as the leading ultimate reference for international arbitration in France: the Paris office is home to the firm’s international arbitration hub and to one of the market’s largest teams with 50 dedicated lawyers, who have a unique track record and consistently attract instructions on multibillion-dollar disputes in relation with the Arabic world, Africa and Europe. The group is managing a diverse and prominent commercial and investment arbitration portfolio spanning construction, telecoms, oil and gas price review and exploration issues. Recent highlights include representing Ukraine in an ICSID arbitration initiated by Emergofin and Velbay regarding an aluminium and alumina production company. The practice also obtained a precedent-setting victory regarding abusive claim definition when defending Algeria in a $4bn ICSID arbitration initiated by Orascom TMT. Areva, Yukos Oil‘s former majority shareholder, Egyptian Natural Gas, the Arab Republic of Egypt, Sonatrach, the Government of Lithuania and EDF are clients. Heading the firm’s global practice, Emmanuel Gaillard is the one and only market's leading figure in France. Yas Banifatemi, who leads the global public international law practice, also stands out. Coralie Darrigade, Jennifer Younan, Maude Lebois and Mohamed Shelbaya are key members, along with counsels Daniel Reich and Benjamin Siino.

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Shearman & Sterling LLP handles a broad range of commercial and investment treaty arbitration. In 2017, a team led by Paris-based Emmanuel Gaillard and Yas Banifatemi represented a Mexican company in a dispute under a BIT signed with a European state. Within its network of offices, New York-based Henry Weisburg and Washington DC-based Christopher Ryan and Jonathan Greenblatt are also names to note.

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