Sara Nadeau-Sequin


Sara Nadeau-Sequin

Sara Nadeau-Sequin

Law office of Teynier Pic, Paris, Ile-de-France, FR (France)

Additional Language(s) : French

VanIAC Panel(s) : Expedited International Arbitration

Practice Areas : Construction, Corporate Commercial, Energy, Entertainment, Franchise, Hospitality, Life Sciences (Biotech, Pharma & Medical Devices), Mergers, Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures, Partnership and Shareholder, Technology, Telecommunications

Professional Experience

Sara Nadeau-Seguin is an arbitration specialist, advising in international disputes, in ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings under the auspices of the main arbitration centres and in application of various substantive laws. She also assists her clients in arbitration-related Court proceedings, including for the setting aside of international arbitral awards. She also acts as an arbitrator and advises on other forms of dispute resolution, such as mediation. Her experience spans across a variety of sectors and includes shareholders disputes, energy, telecoms, aerospace and engineering.

Sara is also regularly involved in the negotiation and drafting of dispute resolution clauses, and has handled judicial proceedings, particularly before Canadian courts.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Chair in proceedings conducted under the rules of the Association Française d’Arbitrage.

Sole arbitrator in ICC proceedings involving two European companies relating to the unpaid invoices and the alleged non-performance of a services agreement (French law; Paris seat; English language)

Sole arbitrator in ICC expedited proceedings involving two European companies relating to a loan agreement (French law; Paris seat; English language)

 Experience as Counsel
• Representing an Eastern European state in annulment proceedings before the Paris Court of Appeal.
• Representing a major French construction group in an ICC arbitration arising out of an energy performance contract for the expansion of a thermal power plant in Cape Verde.
• Representing a major aerospace group in a pre-arbitral mediation and in an ICC arbitration relating to contracts for the design and production of a constellation of low earth orbit telecommunications satellites.
• Representing a Ukrainian company specialising in the production and distribution of electricity, in a dispute with the Republic of Moldova before the French Courts and the CJEU concerning the annulment of an ad hoc arbitration award made pursuant to the Energy Charter Treaty.
• Representing a Lebanese private client in revision proceedings of an ICC award.
• Representing a consortium of three major French contractors against two American project owners in ICC arbitration proceedings relating to the construction of an industrial plant in France.
• Representing a major French industrial engineering group in an ICC arbitration initiated by a glass manufacturing company based in Turkey for alleged breaches of a contract for the supply of equipment for a float glass line in Turkey.
• Representing a luxury car distributor in DIFC-LCIA arbitration proceedings concerning the termination of an exclusive distribution agreement.
• Representing a major Turkish-based investor in a potential arbitration against the Republic of Sudan under the auspices of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Charter.
• Representing a group of Australian pharmaceutical companies specialising in the distribution of dietary supplements in Australia and New Zealand in UNCITRAL proceedings relating to the lack of performance of a distribution agreement.
• Representing foreign investors in ICSID arbitration proceedings under the Energy Charter Treaty in relation to the alleged failure to provide fair and equitable treatment to investments in the renewable energy sector.
• Representing a sovereign State in arbitration proceedings brought under the Energy Charter Treaty in relation to the alleged expropriation of an oil company.
• Representing a South African energy company in LCIA proceedings arising out of the exploitation of an offshore drilling barge.

Professional and Other Activities

I am recognized by the leading directories, such as WWL Arbitration (2022), as “brilliant, thorough and hard working”; “She always puts the client first, is easy to work with and stands up for what she thinks is right for the case”; “Her written arguments are brilliant”; “Sara has excellent communication and project management skills.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2021 also reports: “Sara Nadeau- Seguin is smart, thorough and hardworking. Nothing was ever too hard and she always put the client first. Her written arguments are brilliant, absolutely worldclass. Her legal arguments at hearing were powerful and convincing.

Academic Qualifications

2009: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London (UK), Masters of Law (LL.M)

2007: McGill University, Montreal (Canada), B.C.L./LL.B: Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws Admitted to practice in Quebec (2008), England and Wales (2012) and France (2016)