Jennifer Younan is a partner in the International Arbitration and the Public International Law practices and Head of the Paris Office. She is also a member of the firm’s Energy Innovation and Global Sanctions teams.

Jennifer has over 20 years of experience advising and representing companies, State-owned entities and States in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Jennifer has notably participated in several of the largest international disputes submitted to arbitration securing historic victories for the Firm’s clients, including a $50 billion award for the majority shareholders in the former Yukos Oil Company (the largest award ever rendered by an arbitral tribunal). Her experience covers a wide range of industry sectors and types of disputes, including energy, mining & metals, banking & finance, infrastructure/transportation and construction, as well as disputes arising from business combination transactions and general commercial matters. Jennifer has particular expertise in investment and energy-related disputes in emerging markets, as well as disputes having a Russian nexus, and is well known for advising on cutting-edge and topical issues in the field of public international law. She also sits as arbitrator.

Jennifer is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, the Editorial Board of the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin and the ICC Task Force on addressing issues of corruption in international arbitration. She is also an Officer of the LCIA European Users’ Council and a former Australian Government Delegate to the UNCITRAL Working Group II on Arbitration and Conciliation.

Jennifer is consistently recognized at the top of her field, ranking as a Global Market Leader in Chambers & Partners, a Leading Lawyer in The Legal 500 and a Global Leader and Thought Leader (France) in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration.

These leading legal directories commend Jennifer as “one of the leaders in arbitration”, describing her as “masterful”, “a real star”, “incredibly impress[ive]”, a “strategic thinker” and “a truly outstanding lawyer”, with an “exceptional legal mind” and “multi-industry expertise”. They note that her “attention to client service is among the best in the business”, her “legal advice is creative and practical” and her “ability to look at a matter from different angles and to foresee the arguments that will be made by the counterparty is amazing”. She is also said to enjoy “a strong reputation in the international arbitration market where she is well known for her work handling complex commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings” and is praised for “her first-rate arbitration practice”, with “a wealth of experience representing clients in significant arbitrations”.

Jennifer is admitted to practice in New South Wales (Australia), England and Wales and Paris.