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Nils Eliasson

Nils Eliasson

Shearman & Sterling LLP21/F Gloucester Tower, The Landmark15 Queen's Road CentralCentralHong KongHong Kong

Global Leader

Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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"He is extremely knowledgeable and dedicated, both as counsel and arbitrator"
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Nils Eliasson is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration practice. He acts as counsel or arbitrator in commercial and investment treaty disputes, both institutional (HKIAC, ICC, SIAC, LCIA, CIETAC, VIAC, DIS, SCC), and ad hoc under UNCITRAL arbitration rules.

Nils has extensive experience in disputes related to the oil and gas, power (including nuclear), infrastructure, construction and engineering, and telecommunications sectors, as well as disputes related to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, private equity and IP licensing disputes. He also handles investment treaty arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties or the Energy Charter Treaty.

Nils has been based in Hong Kong and China for over 10 years and is widely recognized as a leading practitioner for China-related international disputes. He is a Vice-Chair of the HKIAC Council and chairs the HKIAC Proceedings Committee. He is also a member of the Hong Kong Government Advisory Committee on Arbitration, of the ICC Commission on arbitration and ADR and various ICC task forces.

Nils has written and spoken extensively on a variety of topics, in particular Chinese outbound investments and the Chinese investment treaty programme. He has  also  served as an associated expert in the international trade law division of the  United  Nations Office of Legal Affairs (then functioning as the secretariat of the UNCITRAL).

Nils holds a PhD and an LL.M. from the University of Lund, as well as a certificate in comparative and international law from the University of Utrecht. Admitted in Hong Kong and Sweden, he speaks Swedish, English and German.

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