Stephen Fietta is the firm’s founder and principal. He is ranked by Chambers Global Directory as one of the world’s top public international law practitioners. He has practised at the forefront of public international law, whether within government or private practice, for almost 20 years. He has advised on cases before the International Court of Justice, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, European Court of Justice, European Court of Human Rights and multiple domestic courts. He has one of the world’s most prolific and longstanding practices in investment arbitration, having appeared in more than 30 pending and decided cases under the World Bank (ICSID), UNCITRAL and other rules.
Before establishing Fietta in December 2015, Stephen co-founded the world’s first specialist public international law firm (Volterra Fietta) in 2011. Prior to that, he was a partner specialising in public international law at a leading US and global law firm. Both of those practices were top-ranked at the time. Stephen regularly manages large teams of lawyers (including co-counsel), experts and witnesses in multiple jurisdictions.
Stephen is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College, London. In January 2015, Stephen was awarded the Smit-Lowenfeld Prize by the International Arbitration Club of New York for the best article published globally in the field of international arbitration, entitled Public International Law, Investment Treaties and Commercial Arbitration: an emerging system of complementarity? Stephen has co-authored (with Dr Robin Cleverly) A Practitioners Guide to Maritime Delimitation, published in March 2016. It is the first ever legal text to be published by OUP in colour.
Stephen’s full curriculum vitae is available here
Jiries Saadeh is an English-qualified lawyer and Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings). He is Counsel at Fietta.
Jiries advises States, international organisations and commercial entities on a full spectrum of public international law matters, including State sovereignty, international humanitarian law, sovereign and diplomatic immunity, UN, EU and national sanctions regimes, the protection of foreign investments and human rights.
Jiries’ extensive investment treaty arbitration experience includes cases under ICSID, UNCITRAL and other institutional rules, managing associate teams in complex disputes in all phases of proceedings. He helped secure a recent award against Venezuela which constitutes one of the largest awards in ICSID’s history. Jiries currently sits on the consultation board for Practical Law’s arbitration service. He also has significant experience in the law of international organisations, particularly the law and practice of the United Nations and international administrative law.
Jiries holds a BA / MA from the University of Oxford and an LLM in public international law from the University of Leiden. Prior to joining Fietta, Jiries worked as a Legal Officer at the United Nations in New York. He trained and qualified at a UK “magic circle” firm and also worked with Stephen at Volterra Fietta from that firm’s inception in 2011 until 2014.
Jiries’ full curriculum vitae is available here
Sarah Macrory is an English-qualified solicitor and Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings).
Sarah advises on maritime boundary issues, international investment law, international human rights law, business and human rights, treaty interpretation, and other issues of public international law.
Sarah has advised and acted for sovereign States, international organisations, corporations, non-governmental organisations and private clients. At the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Sarah also assisted international arbitral tribunals in her role as secretary to the tribunal.
Sarah’s investment arbitration caseload has included disputes heard under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, and SCC arbitration rules. As a former Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Sarah is familiar with the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) Arbitration Rules 2012 and the PCA’s other procedural rules. Recent highlights of Sarah’s investment protection and arbitration practice include providing advice on the drafting of a regional investment code, acting for over 900 Greek bondholders in a pending ICSID arbitration and acting on a case involving questions over the status of bilateral investment treaties in the European Union. She has also worked as part of teams advising on ICSID proceedings under the Energy Charter Treaty.
Sarah leads the firm’s business and human rights practice. In 2017, she was recognised by Chambers & Partners Global Guide as “Up and Coming” in that field. She has worked on business and human rights issues at the United Nations, an international court and various academic institutions. She also advised on business and human rights issues at Fietta LLP and at a “magic circle” law firm, where she co-founded and was Editor-in-Chief of The Business and Human Rights Review.
Sarah holds a B.A. (Hons.) / M.A. (Cantab.) from the University of Cambridge and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law.
Sarah’s full curriculum vitae is available here
Ashique is an Australian solicitor and a Senior Associate at Fietta LLP. He represents States and private parties in international disputes, including proceedings brought under international investment agreements.
Ashique also advises States, international organisations and multinational companies on a broad range of public international law topics, including the law of the sea, international investment law, the law of treaties, jurisdictional immunities, and recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.
Ashique has acted as counsel in multiple international arbitrations under the ICSID, ICC, SCC, LCIA and UNCITRAL Rules, several of which have related to claims over $500 million. Recent highlights of Ashique’s practice include: successfully representing the respondent in an international arbitration proceeding relating to the joint development of an offshore gas field (defeating all claims) and representing a major US petrochemical company in a substantial pending ICSID arbitration against Venezuela.
Prior to joining Fietta LLP, Ashique was an associate at a leading public international law firm. He has also worked at a UK “Magic Circle” firm, a “Big Four” accounting firm and at a non-governmental organisation, specialising in refugee and human rights law.
Ashique holds a B.Sc. from the University of New South Wales, an L.LB. from the University of Sydney and an L.LM. in public international law from the same institution.
Ashique’s full curriculum vitae is available here
Laura Rees-Evans is an English-qualified lawyer and Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings). She is a Senior Associate at Fietta.
Laura has wide-ranging experience in public international law and international disputes. Her practice particularly focuses on the law of the sea, treaty interpretation, State responsibility, responsibility of international organisations, State immunity, immunity of international organisations, international human rights law and international humanitarian law. Laura is a founding board member of the Young Public International Law Group, a network of public international law practitioners from law firms, the bar, international organisations, governments and academic institutions around the world.
Laura has acted for both claimants and respondent States in international investment arbitrations under all of the major arbitral rules (ICSID, SCC, UNCITRAL), as well as in ad hoc inter-State and commercial (LCIA) proceedings. She has also advised on a variety of international law issues before domestic courts (including State immunity, enforcement of arbitral awards, and set-aside proceedings).
Laura holds an MA in Jurisprudence with Law Studies in Italy (first class honours) from the University of Oxford and an LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University. Prior to joining Fietta, Laura worked at a leading US law firm, a leading public international law firm, and a UK “magic circle” firm. Prior to qualifying as an English solicitor, Laura worked as a legal and disarmament affairs advisor at the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York.
Laura’s full curriculum vitae is available here
Zsófia Young is a New York-qualified lawyer and Associate. She has substantial experience in public international law and international disputes and she coordinates the firm’s pro bono practice. She has acted as counsel for claimants and respondent States in international investment arbitrations, as well as in commercial arbitration proceedings. She has also advised private entities and States on a variety of other international law issues, including state responsibility and boundary disputes. Zsófia also has a strong interest in international humanitarian law and international criminal law.
Zsófia holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Middlebury College, a JD from the Washington College of Law, American University and an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the School of International Service, American University. Prior to joining Fietta, Zsófia worked at a leading public international law firm and in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.
Zsófia’s full curriculum vitae is available here
Fanny Sarnel is a French-qualified lawyer and Associate.
Fanny has experience in a variety of public international law matters, including international investment treaty arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL and SCC rules and in cases before the Iran-US Claims Tribunal. She has also worked on investment treaty award annulment proceedings before the Paris Court of Appeal.
Fanny’s advisory work includes recent advice on maritime boundary delimitation. Fanny is also active in our pro bono practice and has worked on pro bono projects involving issues of international human rights and criminal law.
Fanny holds an undergraduate degree in French Law and a Masters degree in European law from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and Université Rennes 1. She also holds a Masters degree in International Economic Law from Sciences Po Law School, Paris and Columbia Law School, New York.
Prior to joining Fietta, Fanny spent time with the Investment Division of the OECD and provided research assistance in international law at Columbia University School of Law, New York.
Fanny’s full curriculum vitae is available here