Who’s Who Legal selected 18 Shearman & Sterling lawyers as “Global Leaders” in International Arbitration, highlighting their outstanding reputation.
Paris-based Global Head of Disputes Emmanuel Gaillard was described as “ truly excellent and is in a class of his own.” Yas Banifatemi, International Arbitration Practice Group Leader, “is an excellent lawyer” and “Her arbitration work is simply outstanding!,” the publication noted. Partner Alex Bevan, based in Abu Dhabi, “is experienced beyond his years in mega-project disputes” and is a highly competent arbitration practitioner.” Paris-based partner Coralie Darrigade was described as “a brilliant and hands-on lawyer” who “provides great strategic inputs in complex procedural and substantive issues.” Partner Nils Eliasson, based in Hong Kong and Beijing, “is extremely knowledgeable and dedicated,” the publication noted, adding that he has “a great combination of Asian and European knowledge” and is “very pleasant to work with.” London partner Garreth Wong “is a fantastic lawyer” and “a superb advocate” with a “strategic mind.” Paris partner Jennifer Younan “is a meticulous and all-round excellent international arbitration practitioner,” “a brilliant individual” with “an exceptional legal mind based on first-class studies and training.”
The publication named several partners as “Future Leaders.” Daryl Chew, Singapore-based partner, draws praise from widespread sources who highlight him as an impressive name in Singapore for energy, M&A and construction arbitrations. Partner Emmanuel Jacomy, based in Singapore and Beijing, “is extremely bright and very thorough” when he “works on a subject, he knows it from A to Z.” Paris-based partner Maude Lebois “is a really effective counsel” who “always fights for her clients and is always courteous with opposing counsel.” Partner Mohamed Shelbaya, also based in Paris, “is a wonderful and rising young partner doing very interesting and high-profile cases” who has “a great future.” Paris-based partner Benjamin Siino is “one of the best French experts in the enforcement of arbitral awards” who “is exceptionally smart and very strategic.” Partner Alexander Uff, based in London, “is an extremely sharp and a creative lawyer” with “good commercial sense” and “is a name to remember in investment treaty arbitration.” London-based counsel Tsegaye Laurendeau “is one of the best arbitration lawyers of his generation” “notably in Africa-related disputes” and is “a top-notch attorney, absolutely competent.” Paris-based counsel Ilija Mitrev Penusliski “is one of the most outstanding legal minds of his generation” who “has immense experience in investment arbitration, and set aside and enforcement proceedings” and “knows the cases inside out.” Thomas Parigot, also a Paris-based counsel, “is a tough cross-examiner” with “amazing legal skills and oral advocacy.” London-based counsel Margaret Clare Ryan is “a rising star in the field” who “brings great experience and poise.” Paris-based associate Anna Guillard Sazhko is also listed.
Emmanuel Gaillard has been awarded Lawyer of the Year in Dispute Resolution – Arbitration for 2020 and is recognized as a “Global Elite Thought Leader.” Yas Banifatemi is also featured as a “Global Elite Thought Leader.”