"Maude is a really effective counsel"
"She always fights for her clients and is always courteous with opposing counsel"
Maude Lebois is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration practice. She has 17 years of experience advising on arbitration and projects worldwide, with focus on matters related to Africa.
She acts as counsel in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Her experience includes ad hoc and institutional arbitrations related to construction projects, energy, joint ventures and foreign investments. She also acts as arbitrator.
Maude has represented owners / employers and contractors in dozens of construction arbitrations related to oil and gas projects: upstream onshore and offshore (gas processing facilities), mid-stream (pipelines), and downstream (petrochemical plants, refineries). She also handles disputes related to commercialisation (gas sale contracts, loss of profit claims on major oil & gas projects).
Her construction experience also includes matters arising out of EPC or other construction contracts (including FIDIC and NEC) related to civil infrastructure, road and sewage networks, utilities and power (nuclear power plants, cogeneration units).
Maude also advises clients on project development, including financing, negotiation, acquisition of shares and the setting up of joint ventures and handles contract and claim management in major construction projects.
Maude holds an LLM from Harvard Law School and a law degree from the Université de Liège (summa cum laude). She is a member of the International Network of Africanist Lawyers, the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI), the International Arbitration Institute (IAI), the Women in Energy association and the French contract management association.
Qualified to practise in Paris, New York and Brussels, Maude is a Belgian national. A native French speaker, she is fluent in English.