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          Sabrina Aïnouz

          Partner

          Sabrina Aïnouz is Partner in DWF’s International Arbitration Group. She acts as counsel for States, state-owned entities and private sector companies in investor-State and commercial arbitration.

          Sabrina has extensive experience acting as counsel for States, state-owned entities and private sector companies in investor-State and commercial arbitration in a variety of fields, including energy, construction, telecommunications, agriculture and general commercial. She has represented clients in ICSID, ICC, SCC and UNCITRAL arbitrations, with disputed amounts ranging from USD 20 million to USD 12 billion, as well as in enforcement proceedings and in proceedings for the annulment of international awards before ICSID and French courts. Sabrina also advises clients in the negotiation of petroleum contracts, the revision of petroleum laws and the restructuring of their assets worldwide.

          Prior to joining DWF, Sabrina practiced for over 14 years in a leading international arbitration law firm in Paris. Sabrina holds a Master II degree in International Dispute Resolution (honors), a Master I degree in Business Law (honors) and a Master I degree in Political Science (honors) from Paris X – Nanterre University. She is a member of the Paris Bar and the ICC Algerian National Committee. She is fluent in French and English.

          • Counsel for the Russian Federation in a USD 1 billion UNCITRAL arbitration initiated by a U.S. oil major in connection with the alleged breach of profits tax provisions in a production sharing agreement.
          • Counsel for a North African national oil company (NOC) in a USD 12 billion UNCITRAL arbitration initiated by two oil majors following the adoption of a new tax on oil profits.
          • Counsel for a North African State in a USD 3 billion ICSID arbitration initiated by an oil major in connection with the alleged expropriation under a bilateral investment treaty of its contractual rights under a production sharing agreement.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State and its NOC in parallel USD 7 billion UNCITRAL arbitration and expert determination proceedings against a consortium of international oil majors in connection with alleged breaches by the consortium of a production sharing agreement.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State and its NOC in a USD 4 billion UNCITRAL arbitration against a consortium of oil majors in connection with the alleged breach of production sharing provisions.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State and its NOC in a multi-million UNCITRAL arbitration against a consortium of oil majors in connection with the alleged breach of the cost recovery provisions in a production sharing agreement.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State in a USD 275 million ICSID arbitration initiated by a Turkish company under a bilateral investment treaty in connection with the alleged expropriation of its rights under major construction contracts.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State in a USD 65 million ICSID arbitration initiated by a Turkish company under a bilateral investment treaty in connection with the alleged expropriation of its rights under major construction contracts.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State in a USD 65 million ICSID arbitration initiated by a German citizen under a bilateral investment treaty in connection with the alleged expropriation of a poultry business.
          • Counsel for a Latin American NOC in a USD 7 billion ICC arbitration initiated by a U.S. oil major in connection with alleged breaches of indemnification provisions in petroleum contracts.
          • Counsel for a Latin American state-owned entity in a USD 200 million ICC arbitration initiated by a U.S. oil major in connection with alleged breaches of an oil supply agreement
          • Counsel for a Saudi industrial group in a USD 20 million ICC arbitration against an Italian fashion house in connection with the termination of a fashion retail franchising agreement.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State in ICSID proceedings for the annulment of an arbitral award declining jurisdiction over a USD 2 billion ICSID arbitration initiated by an oil company in connection with the termination of an oil exploration and production contract.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State in ICSID proceedings for the annulment of an arbitral award declining jurisdiction over a USD 275 million ICSID arbitration initiated by a Turkish company in connection with the alleged expropriation of its rights under major construction contracts.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State in ICSID proceedings for the annulment of an arbitral award rendered in favor of a German citizen in connection with the alleged expropriation of a poultry business.
          • Counsel for an Indian State-owned space company in French proceedings for the annulment of a USD 700 million ICC international arbitral award.
          • Counsel for a Mexican Bank in French proceedings for the annulment of a USD 150 million ICC international arbitral award.
          • Counsel for a Mexican airline company in French proceedings for the annulment of a USD 250 million ICC international arbitral award.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State in French proceedings for the annulment of the decision ordering the enforcement of an International Cotton Association award in France.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State in French proceedings for the release of conservatory attachments over a presidential aircraft in France.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State and a state-owned entity in French proceedings for the release of conservatory attachments over bank accounts and company shares held in France.
          • Counsel for a Latin American national oil company in connection with the enforcement in France of a USD 12 billion worldwide freezing order issued by the London High Court (Mareva Injunction).
          • Counsel for an African State in negotiations of a production sharing agreement with an oil major.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State and its NOC in negotiations with oil majors in connection with alleged breaches of tax, environmental and production sharing provisions in a production sharing agreement.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State and its NOC in negotiations with oil majors in connection with alleged breaches of cost recovery provisions in a production sharing agreement.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State and its NOC in negotiations with oil majors in connection with alleged breaches of tax, budget and cost recovery provisions in a production sharing agreement.
          • Counsel for a Central Asian State and its NOC in negotiations with oil majors in connection with alleged breaches of the development plan and budget provisions in a production sharing agreement.