Dr. IleanaSmeureanu

Associate

Paris + 33.1.56.59.38.40

Ileana Smeureanu concentrates her practice on international commercial and investor-State arbitration. She represents clients from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East throughout the whole arbitral process, covering a wide range of disputes and a variety of jurisdictions.

Before joining Jones Day, Ileana worked in London as a research assistant to a renowned international arbitrator and was an associate with the International Law Institute (ILI) in Washington, D.C. During her doctoral studies, Ileana trained with the ICC Court of Arbitration, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, and four international law firms in Paris and Singapore.

Ileana is author of the book Confidentiality in International Commercial Arbitration (Kluwer Law International, 2011). She coauthored the English translation of the Romanian arbitration law (ICCA International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, 74th Suppl., May 2013) and has published and spoke on numerous topics with special focus on Eastern Europe.

She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Bucharest Bar Association, and the young international groups of several prominent arbitral institutions.

Experience

  • Telecommunications company defends ICC and LAMC arbitrations relating to Middle Eastern shareholder disputesJones Day is representing a telecommunications company in several parallel ICC and LAMC arbitration proceedings relating to shareholder disputes connected with the ownership of an affiliated company in the Middle East.
  • Capital Financial Holdings arbitrates before ICSIDJones Day represented Capital Financial Holdings Luxembourg S.A., a Luxembourg investor, in arbitration before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes ("ICSID").
  • North African state arbitrates dispute in PCA relating to destruction of an aircraftJones Day is representing a North African state in PCA arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules brought by two foreign investors seeking compensation of damages resulting from the destruction of an aircraft, under bilateral investment treaties.
  • Telecommunications company arbitrates shareholder disputes relating to ownership of affiliated companyJones Day is representing a telecommunications company in five parallel arbitration proceedings relating to shareholder disputes connected with the ownership of an affiliated company in the Middle East.
  • Investor arbitrates breach of contract claim against Middle Eastern state-owned entity before ICCJones Day represented an investor in an ICC arbitration involving breach of contract claims against a Middle Eastern state-owned entity in relation to the development of a hotel project.
  • Goldman Sachs and Highgate Hotels acquires K+K Hotels GroupJones Day advised a consortium led by Goldman Sachs and Highgate Hotels, a leading hospitality investment and management company, in its acquisition, acquisition financing, and debt restructuring of the K+K Hotels group, which owns a portfolio of ten boutique hotels located in London, Paris, Barcelona, Munich, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, and Bucharest.
  • Operator of gas pipeline disputes breach of contract allegations brought by European marketing and trading companyJones Day represented the operator of a gas pipeline in a Paris-based ICC arbitration under Swiss law in a dispute with a gas, power, and environmental product marketing and trading company arising out of alleged breaches of contract.
  • Operator of gas pipeline disputes breach of contract allegations brought by European energy corporationJones Day is representing the European operator of a gas pipeline in a Paris-based ICC arbitration under Swiss law in a dispute with a corporation arising out of alleged breaches of contract.
  • Operator of gas pipeline disputes breach of contract allegations brought by European consortiumJones Day is representing the operator of a gas pipeline in a Milan-based ICC arbitration under Swiss law brought by a consortium of heavy gas consuming manufacturers in a dispute arising out of alleged breaches related to a contract for gas transportation services.
  • Additional Publications

    • December 31, 2019
      Autour du monde de l'arbitrage: décisions récentes de la Cour française (II), 2 Revue d'arbitrage roumaine (2019)2019
    • 2019
      Autour du monde de l'arbitrage: décisions récentes de la Cour française (I), 1 Revue d'arbitrage roumaine (2019)Décembre 2016
    • 2017
      Cross-border Litigation in Romania, co-author, P. Beaumont et al. (eds),Cross-border Litigation in Europe, Hart Publishing
    • 2016
      Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Awards in Romania, Leaua & Baias (eds), Arbitration in Romania, Kluwer Law International
    • April 2015
      Conference report on Wendy Miles’ keynote speech at the YAF/YAPP conference in Vienna (28 March 2015): "The Role of Young Arbitrators inthe Rule of Law", Kluwer Arbitration Blog
    • June 2014
      Five Facts about Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Awards in Central and Eastern Europe, Kluwer Arbitration Blog
    • January 2014
      Lists, Checklists, Guidelines, Principles, Techniques, Protocols, Best Practices: Are They Useful?, coauthor, Kluwer Arbitration Blog
    • May 2013
      Romanian Arbitration Law, Book No. IV of the New Civil Procedure Code, ICCA 74th Suppl., English translation, coauthor, Handbook Romania
    • 2011
      Case summary: SGS Société Générale de Surveillance S.A. v. Pakistan (ICSID case No. Arb/01/13, English), International Arbitration Case Law (IACL)
    • 2011
      Case summary: Alpha Projektholding GMBH v. Ukraine (ICSID case No. Arb/07/16, English), International Arbitration Case Law (IACL)
    • 2011
      Case summary: Eureko B.V. v. The Slovak Republic (PCA case No. 2008-13, English), International Arbitration Case Law (IACL)
    • 2011
      Case summary: Universal Compression International Holdings v. Venezuela (ICSID case No. Arb/10/9, English), International Arbitration Case Law (IACL)
    • 2011
      Case summary: Sedelmeyer v. The Russian Federation (Swedish Supreme Court case No. Ö 170-10, English), International Arbitration Case Law (IACL)
    • 2011
      Confidentiality in International Commercial Arbitration, Kluwer Law International
    • 2011
      Confidentiality in Arbitration Revisited: Protective Orders in the Philippines, Kluwer Arbitration Blog
    • 2011
      Case summary: GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft v. Ukraine (ICSID case No. Arb/08/16, English), International Arbitration Case Law (IACL)
    • 2009
      Contract Enforcement in Romania, Stefan Messmann & Tibor Tajti eds, The Case Law of Central and Eastern Europe, coauthor, European University Press
    • 2009
      Itinerarul procesului de recunoaştere şi executare a hotărârilor arbitrale străine în România, coauthor, 2 Revista Română de Arbitraj, 22
    • 2008
      A Procedural Roadmap for the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Romania, coauthor, 25(1) Journal of International Arbitration, 181
    • 2008
      Resolution of Disputes through International Commercial Arbitration: A Pleading for Confidentiality / Soluţionarea disputelor prin intermediul arbitrajului internaţional comercial: O pledoarie pentru confidenţialitate, 5 Revista Română de Arbitraj, 41
    • 2007
      Good News from Romania: The Leasing Market is Expanding in Stefan Messmann & Tibor Tajti eds, The Case Law of Central and Eastern Europe, European University Press
    • 2006
      The Application of the Current EC Procurement Framework to Public-Private Partnerships: Reality or Wishful Thinking?, 3 London Law Review, 435

    Speaking Engagements

    • 22 September 2021
      Partnering with External Counsel: Mitigating Risk & Creating Value in Arbitration Disputes (moderator)
    • 14 September 2021
      ILI’s International Commercial & Investor−State Mediation seminar: International Mediation, lessons learnt and still learning
    • 4 June 2021
      Hit the Ground Running! How to Start Your Arbitration: The Case Management Conference, Webinar organized by Young Romanian Arbitration Practitioners (YRAP)
    • 11 December 2020
      Beyond the Midnight Clause: What Do Transactional Lawyers Make of Arbitration? (BIAC)
    • 9 September 2019
      Words of Welcome at the Turkish-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Berlin & Presentation of ArbitralWomenMirage or Reality? The CJEU and the International Investment Court as Foreseen in CETA
    • 1 March 2019
      6th Bucharest Pre-Moot - The Law Applicable to Arbitration Agreements: Determination and Effects
    • 24 October 2018
      The 4th Sarajevo Arbitration Day: Elements of an Effective Submission
    • February 2018
      BIAC International Arbitration Conference: Dealing with Corruption Allegations in Investor-State Arbitration
    • 17 May 2017
      ICC YAF: Need for Speed in International Commercial Arbitration (co-panelist)
    • February 2017
      BIAC & AmCham Romania: International Arbitration and Brexit (co-panelist)
    • 15 February 2017
      The 3rd Sarajevo Arbitration Day: Unconscious bias in international Arbitration
    • 4 November 2016
      ICC YAF: Distribution Law & Arbitration, The arbitration agreement in distribution contracts: dos and don'ts
    • 18 February 2016
      ICC YAF: Challenges in representing Parties to Investor-State Arbitration - Moderator
    • 9 February 2016
      International Protections for Renewable Energy Investments in Romania (co-panelist)
    • 8 February 2016
      The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership - British Romanian Chamber of Commerce (co-panelist)
    • 6 November 2015
      CIArb Young Members Group Centenary Celebration Conference: Transparency in Investor-State Arbitration
    • April 2015
      ICC YAF/YAAP 6th Joint Colloquium Young Approaches to Arbitration Enforcement of Foreign Awards in Eastern Europe
    • November 2014
      The Arbitration Hearing: Role, Organization, Consequences, The Bucharest Law School annual arbitration conference
    • 22 July 2014
      Young Arbitrators Forum, Jones Day and ICC
    • 22 July 2014
      ICC YAF IBA Guidelines on Party Representation, The Relationship between Party Representatives and Witnesses and Experts
    • 22 July 2014
      ICC YAF IBA Guidelines on Party Representation, The Relationship between Party Representatives and Witnesses and Experts
    • 4 July 2014
      What's New on Party Representation in International Arbitration - Witnesses and Experts
    • 12 April 2014
      ICC YAF/YAAP 6th Joint Colloquium Young Approaches to Arbitration Enforcement of Foreign Awards in Eastern Europe
    • 22-26 October 2013
      2013 International Section of the New York Bar Fall Meeting, Chair and Speaker of panel on "The Relationship between Courts and Arbitral Tribunals" (French law perspective)
    • February 2012
      Private Arbitration in European Context conference (Arbitrajul de Drept Privat în Context European), Confidentiality in International Commercial Arbitration, Center of European Studies, Romanian Academy
    • August 2011
      Ethics and Disclosure in International Arbitration, Arbitration for Judges training program, International Law Institute (ILI)
    • August 2011
      Confidentiality in International Commercial Arbitration, Arbitration for Judges training program, International Law Institute (ILI)