Dr. IleanaSmeureanu

Associate

Paris + 33.1.56.59.39.39

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. Ileana sits on the board of ArbitralWomen, serving as its liaison with the Kluwer Arbitration Blog and representing it at the sessions of UNCITRAL Working Group II (Dispute Settlement).

Experience

  • 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.
  • 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

    • 2019
      Around the Arbitration World: Recent French Court Decisions (II), 2 Romanian Arbitration Review (2019)
    • 2019
      Around the Arbitration World: Recent French Court Decisions (I), 1 Romanian Arbitration Review (2019)

    Speaking Engagements

    • September 9, 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
    • March 1, 2019
      6th Bucharest Pre-Moot - The Law Applicable to Arbitration Agreements: Determination and Effects
    • October 24, 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
    • May 17, 2017
      ICC YAF: Need for Speed in International Commercial Arbitration (co-panelist)
    • February 2017
      BIAC & AmCham Romania: International Arbitration and Brexit (co-panelist)
    • February 15, 2017
      The 3rd Sarajevo Arbitration Day: Unconscious bias in international Arbitration
    • November 4, 2016
      ICC YAF: Distribution Law & Arbitration, The arbitration agreement in distribution contracts: dos and don'ts
    • February 18, 2016
      ICC YAF: Challenges in representing Parties to Investor-State Arbitration - Moderator
    • February 9, 2016
      International Protections for Renewable Energy Investments in Romania (co-panelist)
    • February 8, 2016
      The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership - British Romanian Chamber of Commerce (co-panelist)
    • November 6, 2015
      CIArb Young Members Group Centenary Celebration Conference: Transparency in Investor-State Arbitration
    • April 2015
      Simplification Techniques in international Arbitration: The Role of the IBA Instruments, The Romanian Academy annual conference
    • November 2014
      The Arbitration Hearing: Role, Organization, Consequences, The Bucharest Law School annual arbitration conference
    • July 22, 2014
      Young Arbitrators Forum, Jones Day and ICC
    • July 22, 2014
      ICC YAF IBA Guidelines on Party Representation, The Relationship between Party Representatives and Witnesses and Experts
    • July 4, 2014
      What's New on Party Representation in International Arbitration - Witnesses and Experts
    • April 12, 2014
      ICC YAF/YAAP 6th Joint Colloquium Young Approaches to Arbitration Enforcement of Foreign Awards in Eastern Europe
    • October 22- 26, 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)
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