Samantha Nataf - Partner

Samantha Nataf


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Samantha Nataf focuses her practice on international arbitration and related court proceedings.


She has served as counsel or arbitrator in numerous international arbitration proceedings, both commercial and investment, taking place under the major arbitration rules (ICC, ICSID, LCIA, DIAC, UNCITRAL, etc.) in a wide range of sectors including : agribusiness, aviation, construction, defense, energy, infrastructure, mining, new technologies, satellites, telecommunications, transportation and logistics.


Samantha Nataf regularly deals with sensitive issues often arising from large industrial projects such as corruption, expropriation, the implementation of buyback clauses, the termination of long-term partnerships, shareholders’ disputes, the revocation of titles and licences, issues related to legal privilege (secret-defense), intellectual property rights or unfair competition.


Her expertise covers each step of the arbitral process and includes the enforcement of arbitral awards, the obtention of emergency relief, sovereign immunities, annulment proceedings before the French courts and the negotiation of settlement agreements.


Samantha Nataf is a Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration which is entrusted with the key task of approving ICC arbitral awards rendered by ICC tribunals worldwide. She is on the list of arbitrators of the ICC French National Committee and on the panel of arbitrators of the Shanghai Arbitration Commission (SHAC).


She is also a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, the ICC newly created Task Force on Disability Inclusion in International Arbitration, the French Arbitration Association and the Swiss Arbitration Association.


She has taught international arbitration to students and practitioners from all the over the world and is regularly invited to speak at conferences on international arbitration.


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

2007 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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