Sandrina Antohi is an associate in the International Arbitration and Public International Arbitration practices.
Her experience includes international commercial and investment arbitrations conducted under the ICSID, ICC, HKIAC and UNCITRAL Rules, concerning energy, construction and commercial disputes.
Sandrina has also acted as secretary to an arbitral tribunal in an ad hoc commercial arbitration.
Sandrina is a member of Shearman & Sterling’s Human Rights at Sea Arbitration team. A collaboration between Shearman & Sterling and UK-based charity Human Rights at Sea, this innovative project seeks to develop a system for the arbitration of complaints concerning human rights abuses at sea.
International arbitrations on which Sandrina Antohi has worked include the representation of:
- Ukraine, Respondent in an SCC arbitration in Stockholm brought by VEB.RF. The dispute relates to sanctions and other measures allegedly targeting Russian banks in Ukraine after 2014. The claims are brought under the 1998 Ukraine-Russia bilateral investment treaty.
- A leading European energy group, Claimant in a UNCITRAL arbitration against the Kingdom of Spain under the Energy Charter Treaty. The dispute relates to measures taken by Spain in the renewable energy sector.
- Alpiq AG in proceedings initiated by our client to request the partial annulment of the Award rendered on 9 November 2018 in an ICSID arbitration against Romania (ICSID Case No. ARB/14/28). The dispute concerns electricity generation and distribution operations and the claims in the underlying arbitration were brought under the Energy Charter Treaty as well as the Switzerland-Romania bilateral investment treaty.
- An intergovernmental organization, Claimant and Respondent on Counterclaim in an ICC arbitration against a consortium of European contractors. The dispute arises from a FIDIC Red Book contract for the construction and upgrading of water and sewerage infrastructure. EU and Belgian laws apply.
- A private equity fund and its founder in ICC and HKIAC arbitrations initiated by the fund’s general partner and an alleged investor in the fund. The arbitrations each concerned ownership of assets and various entities in the fund structure. Hong Kong and Cayman Islands law applied.
- Sonatrach, Respondent in an ICC arbitration in Geneva brought by Saipem SpA and Saipem Contracting Algérie SpA. The dispute arose from an EPC contract for the construction of gas liquefaction facilities. Over €2.6 billion was at stake. Algerian law applied.
- Sonatrach, Respondent in an ICC arbitration in Paris initiated by Saipem SpA and Saipem Contracting Algérie SpA. The dispute arose from an agreement for the construction of an oil & gas production facility in Algeria. Algerian law applied. Over $1 billion was at stake.
- A Southeastern European subsidiary of a Western European energy company as Claimant in an ICC arbitration in Paris against a State-owned Southeastern Europe holding company. The dispute concerned obligations flowing from an agreement for the privatization of a State-owned electricity company and from a previous arbitration between the parties, as well as the distribution of dividends. The law of the Southeastern European State applied.
- Two European energy companies and their Southeastern European affiliate, Respondents in an ICC arbitration in Paris initiated by a State-owned Southeastern Europe energy company. The dispute arose from an agreement for the privatization of a State-owned electricity company. The law of the Claimant’s State applied.
LL.M., International Legal Studies
McGill University Faculty of Law
Visiting Lecturer in Law (International Business Law - Droit du Commerce International), Université Paris-Nanterre, Master 2 diploma, France (since 2019)
- “An Analysis of the New CIETAC Arbitration Rules 2012,” 9(7) Transnational Dispute Management (2012)
- “Fraternity and the Global Community,” 56 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) (2012); reprinted in Responsibility, fraternity and sustainability in law: in memory of the honourable Charles Doherty Gonthier (M. Morin et al. eds., Markham, 2012)
“Arbitration As a Means of Effective Remedy for Human Rights Abuses at Sea,” African Academy of International Law Practise Colloquium, 19 March 2021
Prior to joining our team, Sandrina Antohi was an NYU Law fellow at the United Nations International Law Commission in Geneva.