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Nils Eliasson

Nils Eliasson

Shearman & Sterling LLP12/F Gloucester Tower15 Queen's Road CentralCentralHong KongHong Kong

Global Leader

Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Nils Eliasson is a “very smart” arbitration specialist who is highly recommended for his impressive experience handling disputes under various arbitral rules from HKIAC to ICC and LCIA.


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, telecommunications, and real estate sectors, as well as joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing disputes. He also handles investment treaty arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty.

Nils has been based in Hong Kong and China for the past 10 years and represents a number of Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies. He is a member of the HKIAC Council, the decision-making and governing body of the HKIAC; and the chairman of the HKIAC proceedings committee. He is also a member of the Hong Kong government advisory committee on arbitration, 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 LLM 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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