Nadia Darwazeh has over twenty years of experience acting as counsel and sitting as arbitrator in commercial and investor-state arbitrations covering numerous applicable laws and seats of arbitration. Nadia's experience spans the commercial spectrum, with particular focus on M&A, construction, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, energy and natural resources. She regularly handles disputes arising out of joint-venture, shareholder and distribution agreements, as well as investment treaties.
Before joining Clyde & Co, Nadia practised in the International Arbitration Groups of leading international law firms based in Paris, Frankfurt and London. She also spent five years in Shanghai, where her practice focused on acting as counsel in disputes under the major regional arbitration rules including SIAC, HKIAC and CIETAC. Nadia also has deep ICC expertise, having led the Europe, Middle-East, Africa team at the ICC for a period of three years, during which she oversaw more than 400 ICC arbitrations.
Clients have described Nadia as an 'excellent lawyer with a pragmatic and commercial approach, a strategic thinker and a very strong cross-examiner' (Chambers Global) and have praised her ‘remarkable intelligence and dynamism’ (Who’s Who Legal). She has also been selected by Legal 500 as one of the thirteen leading Next Generation Lawyers in France.
Nadia is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, the ICC Taskforce on Maximizing the Probative Value of Witness Evidence and is one of three members of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) Appointing Committee.
Nadia is dual-qualified in England & Wales (Solicitor-Advocate) and Germany (Rechtsanwältin). She earned her LLM in International Public Law from the University of Cambridge and her LLB from the University of Warwick. She conducts arbitrations in French, German and English and speaks Mandarin Chinese and Dutch. Nadia is a German and Dutch national.
Selected Matters as Counsel:
Representing the Republic of Cameroon in ICSID arbitration ARB/15/18 relating to the restructuring of the Commercial Bank of Cameroon.
Defending Arkema in a post-M&A ICC arbitration brought by the Klesch Group relating to the sale of Arkema's vinyl business.
Acting for a West-African company in an OHADA arbitration against a bank relating to letters of guarantee.
Acting for a European State-owned electricity company in an ICC arbitration relating to a construction contract for a hydro-power plant.
Representing a Turkish construction company in an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of a shopping mall in Turkey..
Representing a German company in a SIAC arbitration related to a joint venture agreement dispute.
Acting for a North-African state entity in an ICC arbitration concerning a dispute with a European architecture firm related to the construction of a high-rise building.
Representing a US multinational in a post-M&A arbitration under the HKIAC rules.
Representing a US pharmaceutical company in a dispute conducted under the DIS arbitration rules relating to a pharmaceutical licensing and distribution agreement.
Defending a US chemical manufacturer in a consolidated multi-jurisdictional ICC construction arbitration.
Representing Daimler-Chrysler against Bombardier in a complex ICC arbitration arising out of an M&A transaction.
Selected Matters as Arbitrator
President of the Tribunal in a CEPANI dispute relating to an M&A transaction.
Co-arbitrator in two ICC disputes relating to the supply of oil and gas products in sub-Saharan Africa.
President of the Tribunal in a LMAA dispute relating to the sale of an oil tanker vessel.
Sole Arbitrator in an LCIA dispute relating to the construction of a methanol fuel plant.
Sole arbitrator in an ICC dispute relating to the supply and purchase of polypropylene film.
Co-arbitrator in an ICC dispute relating to a distribution agreement concerning medical equipment in the Middle-East.