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Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

“Jennifer is a meticulous and all-round excellent international arbitration practitioner”

“She is a brilliant individual, an active arbitration community member, and a lawyer leading by example”

“Jennifer has an exceptional legal mind based on first-class studies and training”

“An understated personality, reflected in her complete reliability; knowledge of the law; drafting and people skills”

“Jennifer is a fine lawyer with a brilliant legal mind, and is very pleasant to work!”


Jennifer Younan is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration practice. She has almost 20 years of experience advising and representing states, state-owned entities and companies in  investment treaty and  commercial arbitrations conducted under most major institutional rules, and in ad hoc arbitrations, with a particular focus on investment and energy disputes in Eastern Europe and the CIS states.

Jennifer has notably participated in several of the  largest  international  disputes submitted to arbitration, including acting as counsel to the majority shareholders in the former Yukos Oil Company against the Russian Federation. Her experience covers a wide range of disputes, including energy (oil and gas, power, nuclear), business combinations (mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures), banking and finance, infrastructure and transportation, construction and general commercial matters. She also sits as arbitrator.

Jennifer is a member of the ICC commission on arbitration and ADR, and the ICC task forces on maximising the probative value of witness evidence and addressing issues of corruption in international arbitration. With Emmanuel Gaillard, she co-edited State Entities in International Arbitration, a book published as part of the IAI Series on International Arbitration.

An Australian and French national, Jennifer holds an MPhil and BCL from the University of Oxford, an LLB and BCom from the University of New South Wales, Australia. She is admitted to practice in New South Wales, Australia and Paris (as a foreign-qualified lawyer). She is also qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales.

She speaks English and French.

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WWL Ranking: Recommended
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