Yas Banifatemi

Yas Banifatemi
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Yas Banifatemi is a partner and deputy practice leader in Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration group and leads the firm’s public international law practice. She also co-heads the firm’s energy practice.

Yas acts as counsel and arbitrator. Her commercial arbitration experience includes matters related to the oil and gas and energy sectors, construction projects, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Her investment treaty arbitration experience includes cases brought under both bilateral and multilateral treaties, acting for investors and states.

A PhD in public international law, she also regularly advises states, state-owned entities and companies on public international law matters involving state responsibility, law of treaties, state contracts, immunities of states and international organisations, international boundaries and law of the sea.

Yas is a vice president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and a member of the LCIA Court. She is also a member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators, appointed by the chairman of ICSID’s administrative council.

She has authored numerous publications on international arbitration and public international law and is regularly involved in working groups and projects on international arbitration. She acts as executive director and coordinator of the New York Convention Guide Project, a research project undertaken with UNCITRAL in relation to the UNCITRAL Secretariat Guide on the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards.

She lectures on international investment law at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1) and is a visiting lecturer of law at Yale Law School. She is one of the founding members of the International Academy for Arbitration Law.

Yas speaks French, English and Farsi.

WWL says: Yas Banifatemi is "one of the very best in the market", according to impressed sources, who describe her as "an excellent counsel and promising arbitrator".

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