Samantha Nataf - Partner

Samantha Nataf


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Samantha Nataf, Partner since 2018, focuses her practice on international arbitration and related court proceedings.


She advises multinational companies, states and state entities in the resolution of international disputes with high strategic stakes, submitted to commercial or investment arbitration, in France and abroad.


She has acted as counsel in numerous arbitral proceedings both ad hoc and institutional (DIAC, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, etc.) in a wide range of sectors including agribusiness, aviation, construction, defense, energy, infrastructure, new technologies, satellites, telecommunications, transportation and logistics.


Samantha Nataf is well acquainted with sensitive issues often arising from large scale industrial projects involving multiple parties such as corruption, expropriation, the implementation of buyback clauses, the termination of long-term partnerships, issues related to legal privilege (secret-defense), intellectual property rights and other issues related to unfair competition.


She provides strategic advice to her clients at every step of the arbitral process, from the drafting of arbitration agreements to the enforcement of arbitral awards, including emergency relief and annulment proceedings before the French courts.


Her practice also covers international litigation and, in particular, the management and coordination of multi-forum proceedings – often connected to arbitral proceedings – in both in civil law and common law jurisdictions (ex. Algeria, Belgium, China, Egypt, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, etc.)


She is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration which is entrusted with the key task of reviewing and approving ICC arbitral awards rendered by ICC tribunals worldwide. The ICC Court also addresses preliminary issues of jurisdiction and the appointment and challenges of ICC arbitrators.


Samantha Nataf is also a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, the French Arbitration Association, the Swiss Arbitration Association and ArbitralWomen.


She has given lectures on ICC arbitration to students and practitioners from all the over the world.


Samantha Nataf is listed in Who’s Who Legal as Arbitration 2021– Future Leaders – Partners
Arbitration and Mediation



French - English - Spanish - Hebrew - Portuguese


Member of the Paris Bar  since 2007.

Member of the New York Bar since 2008.

Member of the Israel Bar since 2016.

LLM, University of California, Boalt Hall, Berkeley

2006 Professional Master 2, Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution, University Paris II Panthéon-Assas

2004 Professional Master, International Business Lawyer, University Paris V René Descartes

2003 Research Master, International Private Law and International Trade, University Paris II Panthéon-Assas

2002 Master in Private Law, University Paris II Panthéon-Assas

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