“He is one of the best arbitration lawyers of his generation”
“Tsegaye is a top-notch attorney, absolutely competent with a great personality”
“He is rapidly establishing himself as one of the leading practitioners, notably in Africa-related disputes”
Tsegaye Laurendeau is a counsel in Shearman & Sterling's international arbitration practice.
Born and raised in Ethiopia, Tsegaye started his career as an associate in the project finance department of a Magic Circle firm, where he spent three years advising international financial institutions and investors on the financing and development of large energy and infrastructure projects, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. He notably worked with African government departments, regulators, banks and legal counsel.
Tsegaye joined Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration team in Paris in 2010 and 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 focus on M&A, private equity and business combination disputes and an industry focus on the power, oil & gas, construction, telecoms and pharmaceuticals sectors.
Tsegaye is an active member of various organisations focusing 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 (IGAD). He was named “ADR Personality” by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) in the First Edition of its 2020 E-Newsletter.
He holds an undergraduate degree in economics, master’s degrees in international trade law and in 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 speaks English fluently and is conversant in Spanish.