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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

Tsegaye Laurendeau is an “excellent and well-prepared” practitioner who ranks as “one of the best arbitration lawyers of his generation”.


Tsegaye Laurendeau is counsel in Shearman & Sterling's international arbitration practice.

Born and raised in Ethiopia, Tsegaye started his legal career as an associate in the project finance department of a Magic Circle firm, acting for international financial institutions and investors in relation to the financing and development of large energy and infrastructure projects, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. In this role, Tsegaye notably worked with African government departments, regulators, banks and legal counsel.

After three years as a project finance lawyer, he joined Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration team in Paris in 2010. He transferred to the London team in 2015.

Tsegaye acts for companies and states in commercial and investor-state arbitrations under various arbitration rules, with a particular focus on post-M&A, private equity and joint venture disputes in the power, oil and gas, construction, telecoms, and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Tsegaye is an active member of organisations that focus on the development of international arbitration in Africa, including the task force advising on the creation of an arbitration centre in Djibouti under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

He holds an undergraduate degree in economics, master’s degrees in international trade law and international dispute resolution, a certificate from the International Academy for Arbitration Law, and a certificate in financial management.

Tsegaye is admitted to the Paris Bar and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. A native Amharic and French speaker, he also speaks English fluently and is conversant in Spanish.

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