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Maude Lebois


Maude Lebois is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Paris office. She has 15 years of experience advising on arbitration and projects worldwide, with a particular focus on Africa. She has represented States, State-owned entities and companies in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, ad hoc (including under UNCITRAL Rules) and under the Rules of the ICC and ICSID.

Maude joined the firm as an associate in 2004, after working several years in a magic circle law firm. She is qualified as a Belgian avocat and is admitted to practice in New York and Paris.

Selected Experience

  • A North African energy company as Respondent in an ICC arbitration in Geneva brought by a European energy company and its African subsidiary. The dispute arises from an EPC contract for the construction of gas liquefaction facilities. The law of the Respondent's State applies. Over EUR 2.6 billion is at stake.
  • A major North-African company on all aspects of the negotiations for the construction, financing and development in Algeria of one of the world’s largest petrochemical plants, and the setting up of several joint ventures to handle the various aspects of this multi-billion project.
  • A privately-owned Algerian company in negotiation for the acquisition of shares of an energy company from a private financial services group active in the Middle East, and in an arbitration proceeding initiated in parallel to the negotiation process.
  • The Government of an African country in the development of shale gas activities and negotiations with a potential investor.


  • Standardization of Joint Operating Agreements in the Petroleum Industry, in TRANSNATIONAL LAW OF PUBLIC CONTRACTS 475 (M. Audit and S. Schill eds., Bruylant, 2016) (with K. Rekouche)
  • Algeria, in African Upstream Oil & Gas – A practical Guide to the Law and Regulation 17 (E. Pereira et K. Talus eds., Globe Law and Business, 2015) (with E. Gaillard)


  • Harvard Law School, LL.M.
  • Liège University (Belgium), Licence in Law, summa cum laude




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