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News Jul 17, 2015

Shearman & Sterling Expands Market-leading Global International Arbitration Practice with Addition of Eliasson and Sharpe

Shearman & Sterling has expanded its market-leading global International Arbitration practice with the addition of two partners – Nils Eliasson in Hong Kong and Jeremy Sharpe in London.

Nils Eliasson joins the firm from Mannheimer Swartling, where he headed that firm’s dispute resolution practice in Asia. Nils specializes in international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration and has acted as counsel or arbitrator in disputes encompassing joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, energy, oil & gas, infrastructure, construction, engineering, license disputes, telecommunications, real estate and other areas. Nils has represented clients in arbitrations conducted under the auspices of most major arbitration institutions as well as in ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules. He has also acted as counsel for investors and States in a number of investment arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties as well as under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Jeremy Sharpe comes to Shearman & Sterling from his position as Chief of Investment Arbitration in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. He led a six-lawyer team that represented the United States in investor-State and State-to-State disputes arising under U.S. international investment agreements, including NAFTA and CAFTA.

“We are very pleased that two top-tier international arbitration lawyers have joined our firm,” said Creighton Condon, the firm’s Senior Partner. “Nils and Jeremy are outstanding additions to Shearman & Sterling and will reinforce a practice that is already considered the gold standard globally.”

Emmanuel Gaillard, global head of the firm’s International Arbitration practice, added, “The addition of Jeremy and Nils to Shearman & Sterling further consolidates a stronger-than-ever International Arbitration practice at Shearman & Sterling. They both bring to our team unique skills and experience, a deep knowledge of the market, and tremendous market recognition which our clients value.”

Nils Eliasson is a highly ranked partner in Chambers and Partners’ Asia Pacific Guide. In addition, he is a member of the HKIAC Council, the decision-making and governing body of the HKIAC, and is one of Hong Kong’s representatives on the ICC Arbitration Commission.

Jeremy Sharpe is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches courses on international dispute resolution. He has served as the Legal Adviser to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and as an Attorney-Adviser in the State Department's Office of African and Near Eastern Affairs and Office of International Claims and Investment Disputes. He has written extensively on international arbitration and public international law topics.

“Shearman & Sterling has the world’s leading international arbitration practice, and it is a honor for me to join such illustrious colleagues,” Nils Eliasson said. “I look forward to introducing my clients to the full range of capabilities that Shearman & Sterling has to offer them.”

“The firm’s international arbitration practice is truly an all-star lineup,” Jeremy Sharpe said, “and I’m very excited to be part of this global team.”

Shearman & Sterling has an exceptional track record in the field of international arbitration and is considered the market leader for sensitive and high-stakes international disputes. The firm’s international arbitration team has secured the two largest awards ever issued in the history of international arbitration: a landmark $50 billion award in favor of the majority shareholders of the former Yukos Oil Company against the Russian Federation and a $2.47 billion award in favor of the Dow Chemical Company relating to a failed joint-venture dispute in Kuwait.