Maude Lebois is a founding partner of Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes. She previously was a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP where she practiced for almost twenty years.
Maude has acted as Counsel on behalf States, State-owned entities and companies in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, ad hoc (including under UNCITRAL Rules) and under the Rules of the ICC and ICSID, with a strong focus on construction and disputes related to Africa. She also regularly acts as arbitrator in commercial disputes.
Maude has extensive experience in disputes related to large construction projects. She has handled the full spectrum of claims that typically arise in construction disputes, particularly in relation to oil and gas, petrochemical, mining, chemical and infrastructure projects. She also advises on contract and claim management in relation to such projects.
Maude Lebois also regularly appears as counsel in high stake oil & gas arbitrations arising from production-sharing and other agreements. Her investment arbitration experience includes matters related to public infrastructure, telecoms, and the oil & gas and power sectors on behalf of both States and investors.
Maude features in Who’s Who Legal: France, which reports that Maude “stands out for her impressive work handling Africa-related disputes.” Chambers Global notes that Maude is “active across the energy and construction sectors” and that she is “highly sought after by oil and gas clients.” She is recognized as a “Next generation lawyer” in The Legal 500 EMEA’s ranking of foreign firms active in Algeria, and is featured in Jeune Afrique’s ranking of the 50 most influential business lawyers in francophone Africa and in The Legal 500 Private Practice Powerlist volume on Africa specialists.