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Tsegaye Laurendeau

Tsegaye Laurendeau

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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

Tsegaye Laurendeau is “highly experienced in investment arbitration” and is recognised for his “remarkable cross-examination skills” by interviewees to our research.


Tsegaye Laurendeau is a senior associate 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’s practice continues to focus on Africa. He handles commercial and investor-state disputes under various arbitration rules and in a range of industries (oil and gas, renewables, telecoms, utilities, real estate and pharmaceuticals).

Tsegaye is registered as an arbitrator and mediator with arbitration centres in East and North Africa. He is a member of organisations that focus on the development of international arbitration in Africa, including the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) task force advising on the creation of an arbitration centre in Djibouti. He also serves as the Africa regional representative of LCIA YIAG.

He holds an undergraduate degree in economics, a master’s in international trade law, a master’s 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 also speaks English fluently and is conversant in Spanish.

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