Benjamin Siino is a top choice for clients who commend his “impressive submissions and performance at hearing”. One peer notes, “He is the most knowledgeable lawyer of our generation in respect of enforcement and setting aside proceedings.”
Benjamin Siino is counsel in Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration and public international law practices.
A French national, Benjamin joined Shearman & Sterling in 2010 and was promoted to counsel in 2017. Before that, he practised in the dispute resolution team of a French law firm, handling both general commercial litigation and arbitration-related matters.
Benjamin acts as counsel in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under UNCITRAL, ICC and ICSID rules. His experience includes energy arbitrations (mostly in the oil and gas sector), investor-state arbitrations, joint venture disputes and general commercial arbitrations. Many of the matters he has handled relate to Africa.
Benjamin’s other area of focus is arbitration-related proceedings before national courts. He regularly acts as counsel in proceedings to seek the setting aside, recognition or enforcement of arbitral awards and foreign judgments before French and other national courts.
Author of several publications on arbitration-related litigation, Benjamin acts as research assistant and team leader to the New York Convention Guide Project, a project undertaken with UNCITRAL in relation to the UNCITRAL Secretariat Guide on the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards.
He holds a master’s degree and a postgraduate degree in public international law from Panthéon-Assas University. Prior to starting a career as a lawyer, he worked as an analyst consultant for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the French Ministry of Defence.
Benjamin is a member of the Paris Bar. A native French speaker, he also speaks fluent English and is conversant in Italian and Spanish.