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.