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Jennifer Younan is a partner in the International Arbitration practice.

She has extensive experience advising and representing States, State-owned entities and companies in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations conducted under most major institutional rules, including the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, SCC and Swiss Rules, and in ad hoc arbitrations, with a particular focus on investment and energy disputes in emerging markets. Jennifer has notably participated in several of the largest international disputes submitted to arbitration. Her experience covers a wide range of sectors, including energy (oil and gas, power, nuclear), business combinations (mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures), banking and finance, infrastructure/transportation, construction and general commercial matters. She also sits as arbitrator.

Jennifer is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, ICC Task Forces on addressing issues of corruption in international arbitration and maximizing the probative value of witness evidence, and an Australian Government Delegate to the UNCITRAL Working Group II on Arbitration and Conciliation.

Jennifer has featured in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders since its inaugural edition. The 2020 edition notes that Jennifer “is highly regarded for her first-rate arbitration practice by market sources who pinpoint her as ‘a future leader in the profession’”. Previous editions note that she “draws praise for her ‘sharp intellect and ability to keep calm under any circumstances’”, is a “delightful individual, very talented and wonderful to work with” and “enjoys a strong reputation in the international arbitration market where she is well known for her work handling complex commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings”.

Jennifer is also featured in the 2020 edition of Who’s Who Legal: France, where she is described as “a real star”, “a pleasure to be in a team with” and commended for her “strong advocacy skills”. Previous editions describe her as an “excellent practitioner”, an “extremely bright lawyer” and “a big name of the future”. Jennifer is recognized as a “next generation lawyer” in The Legal 500: France – International Arbitration.

Jennifer is admitted to practice in New South Wales (Australia), England and Wales and Paris (as a foreign qualified lawyer).