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 over 50 international arbitrations 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 scale industrial projects such as corruption, expropriation, the implementation of buyback clauses, the termination of long-term partnerships, shareholders’ disputes, issues related to legal privilege (secret-defense), intellectual property rights or unfair competition.


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


Her practice also covers international litigation and the management of multi-forum proceedings in civil law and common law jurisdictions.


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.


She is also a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, 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 lectures on international arbitration.


Samantha Nataf is listed in Who’s Who Legal as Arbitration 2021Future 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.

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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