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Shearman & Sterling LLP
7 RUE JACQUES BINGEN
75017 PARIS
France
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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

Memberships

  • 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.

Lawyer Rankings

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration

Shearman & Sterling LLP was recently instructed to act in a series of investment and commercial arbitrations for both new and long-established clients, including states and French and international corporations. The 50-lawyer practice remains highly active in high-profile oil and gas, construction and energy matters in relation with North Africa. It is also increasingly visible in cases involving Sub-Saharan Africa, notably on concession issues, and is representing Eastern European states in several matters. Finally, the practice is also dealing with disputes involving the European renewables market and is advising on several matters involving Chinese and Asian parties. Recent highlights include representing Egypt in two long‐term investment arbitrations relating to gas supply agreements dealing with the export of Egyptian gas to Israel, and Sonatrach in an ICC arbitration brought by Saipem regarding the construction of gas liquefaction facilities. The firm also successfully acted for Croatia in an ICSID arbitration with an Austrian party regarding a food products enterprise, and Lithuania in an ICSID arbitration initiated by Veolia Environnement relating to district heating and power generation. Algeria, Ukraine and Areva are clients. The practice is headed at the global level by the very highly regarded Emmanuel GaillardYas Banifatemi is global head of the firm’s public international law practice. Coralie Darrigade, Maude Lebois, Mohamed Shelbaya and Jennifer Younan are all up-and-coming members of the team. The Paris hub recently welcomed Jeremy Sharpe from the London office, while newly promoted partner Daniel Reich joined the New York office. Counsel Benjamin Siino also deserves a mention for his expertise in award enforcement procedures.

Algeria > Foreign firms

(Leading individuals)

Yas BanifatemiShearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s expertise includes international arbitration, M&A, public international law and project finance, and its clients are typically drawn from the energy and natural resources, construction, infrastructure and telecoms industries. Emmanuel GaillardYas Banifatemi and Coralie Darrigade have been acting for the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria in an arbitration initiated by EIIC and Société des Parcs d’Alger related to a contract for the development of a park project. Another highlight has been advising Sonatrach in an ICC arbitration initiated by Saipem, concerning an agreement for the construction of an oil and gas facility in North Africa. Maude Lebois and Benjamin Siino are also recommended.

Paris > Résolution des litiges: Arbitrage international

Shearman & Sterling LLP a récemment été mandaté pour intervenir dans de nouveaux arbitrages commerciaux et d’investissement pour le compte d’une clientèle à la fois habituelle et plus récente, comprenant des états et de grands groupes français et internationaux. Avec un effectif d’une cinquantaine d’avocats, le bureau parisien possède l’une des deux plus importantes équipes du marché. Il est en charge d’un volant d’affaires de tout premier plan, notamment en lien avec les secteurs des hydrocarbures, de la construction et de l’énergie pour la région d’Afrique du Nord. L’équipe s’illustre aussi de manière croissante dans des affaires touchant à l’Afrique Subsaharienne et soulevant des problématiques de concession. Le cabinet agit également pour des états d’Europe de l’Est dans plusieurs affaires, gère plusieurs arbitrages en rapport avec le marché européen des énergies renouvelables et traite plusieurs dossiers dans lesquels interviennent des parties chinoises et asiatiques. Parmi ses nouveaux mandats, le cabinet est le représentant de l’Egypte dans deux arbitrages d’investissement portant sur la fourniture de gaz à l’export avec Israël, ainsi que de la Sonatrach dans un arbitrage CCI engagé par Saipem concernant la construction d’une usine de liquéfaction de gaz. Le cabinet a remporté pour la Croatie l’affaire CIRDI qui l’opposait à une partie autrichienne dans le secteur alimentaire. Il a aussi été victorieux face à Veolia Environnement dans un litige CIRDI gagné pour le compte de la Lituanie et concernant un réseau de chauffage. L’Algérie, l’Ukraine et Areva sont clients. La pratique arbitrale du cabinet est dirigée au plan global par Emmanuel Gaillard qui est reconnu en France par ses pairs comme le patron du marché. Yas Banifatemi supervise la pratique de droit international public du cabinet. Coralie Darrigade, Maude Lebois, Mohamed Shelbaya et Jennifer Younan font partie de la jeune garde. L’équipe parisienne a récemment accueilli dans ses rangs Jeremy Sharpe en provenance du bureau londonien – Daniel Reich a lui rejoint le bureau new-yorkais. Benjamin Siino (counsel) mérite également d’être mentionné, notamment pour sa compétence en matière d’exequatur.