The members of 20 Essex Street are delighted to announce that Zannis Mavrogordato and Mahnaz Malik (both formerly of 12 Gray’s Inn Square) have joined Chambers with effect from 16 May 2013. Head of Chambers, Iain Milligan QC says :”We are delighted to welcome Mahnaz and Zannis to chambers. Their fields of expertise complement and strengthen the recognised position of chambers in international arbitration and particularly in investor-state disputes.”
Zannis is a specialist in international commercial and investment arbitration. He is dual qualified as an English barrister (1999) and French avocat (2007) and has conducted international arbitration proceedings in English and French on behalf of governments and multinational corporations in the construction, energy, mining, finance and telecommunications sectors. He has a particular focus on disputes with a connection to CEE and CIS. He has lived and worked in London, Paris and Bucharest. He also sits as an arbitrator.
Mahnaz specialises in international law and international dispute settlement. She routinely conducts arbitrations for sovereigns and corporations governed by ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, LCIA and other procedures. She is often sought for her expertise in investor-state disputes arising under bilateral investment treaties (BIT) and contracts, drafting and negotiating investment treaties, sovereign guarantees and the training of government officials. Mahnaz is currently representing 3 Governments in significant investor-state claims and has appeared as Counsel in 5 BIT disputes in the last year alone. She is a member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators. She is qualified as an Attorney at Law (New York), Solicitor (England & Wales) and an Advocate of the High Court in Pakistan. She is also called to the English Bar (Lincoln’s Inn)*
* Mahnaz is currently practising from Chambers in her capacity as a foreign qualified lawyer.