Nadia Darwazeh has over twenty years of experience acting as counsel and sitting as arbitrator across a wide spectrum of sectors, arising out of both commercial contracts and investment treaties.
Nadia 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 practiced 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.
Nadia is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and the ICC Taskforce on Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration.
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.
Nadia has received several accolades for her work in international arbitration and public international law. In 2022, she was awarded the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Prize for Advocacy in International Commercial Arbitration, a prize awarded every two years to a chosen individual with “exceptional talents in advocacy”. She is listed in the Global Listing of Arbitrators as well as a National Leader in France by Who’s Who Legal (2022). Furthermore she has been recognised by Legal 500, Legal 500 - Private Practice Arbitration Powerlist and by Best Lawyers®.
Clients have described Nadia as “innovative, pragmatic and a true leader”, “a real strategist” and “a very strong cross-examiner,” praising that she is “business-minded and sees the bigger picture, which is great from a client perspective” (Chambers and Partners) and that she is an “incredibly articulate, clear and compelling arbitrator” (Who’s Who Legal, 2023).
“Global Leader” for Arbitration
Who’s Who Legal 2023
“She is smart, responsive and a pleasure to work with”
Client in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2023
Selected experience as counsel
Selected experience as arbitrator
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