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Niuscha Bassiri

Niuscha Bassiri

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Partner - Admitted in Cologne and registered in Brussels

niuscha.bassiri@hvdb.com T: +32 (0)2 290 39 00 F: +32 (0)2 290 39 39

Niuscha Bassiri is a partner at Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels.

For the last two decades, she acts as counsel and arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations under the major arbitral institutions and arbitration rules (CEPANI, DIFC-LCIA, DIS, ICC, LCIA, NAI, SCC, SCAI, SIAC, UNCITRAL, VIAC) governed by various procedural and substantive laws. The arbitrations in which she has been involved concern State-entities and private entities alike, spanning a multitude of sectors such as banking, construction, energy, finance, infrastructure, insurance, luxury, maritime equipment, mining, nuclear power plants, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, satellites, solar power plants, telecommunication, transportation and wind parks and relating to diverse legal issues such as investment, distributorship, joint ventures, licensing, patents, post-M&A, sales of goods and shareholdings.

Her training as a District Court and Court of Appeal judge in Germany gives Niuscha Bassiri relevant insight to judicial approach.

Her diverse and vast experience has led her to become a sought-after strategic adviser on setting-aside and enforcement matters, in particular under the New York Convention regime. She appears as counsel before EU Member State courts, also representing sovereign States. Recently, she has been appointed as mediator in an international post-M&A matter.

Niuscha Bassiri is a member of the faculty of the University of Miami White & Case International Arbitration LLM program as well as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. She was a guest lecturer in the Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) program and a long-time lecturer in the master’s program of the ICHEC Business and Management School in Brussels on International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution. She has given lectures at the CIArb’s Virtual Diploma on International Commercial Arbitration programs in 2020 and 2021 and the ICC’s ePIDA Training on International Commercial Arbitration 2020.

Niuscha Bassiri regularly speaks at leading conferences and seminars on international arbitration. She publishes on novel matters concerning international arbitration, such as remote hearings, efficiency in investment arbitration, arbitrators’ nationality, EU consumer law and arbitration, default arbitration proceedings and arbitrators and their online identity. She is the co-editor and author of various landmark books, amongst them International Arbitration and the COVID-19 Revolution, authoring the chapter on planning and preparation of remote hearings and drafting a procedural order on remote hearings with commentary, as well as Arbitration in Belgium, the sole English-language commentary on the Belgian arbitration law. She is also a co-author in the leading German language commentary on the ICC and DIS Rules, with the second edition just publishes. Amongst others, she has led the task force on the Young ICCA Guide on Arbitral Secretaries and translated from English into German ICCA’s Guide to the Interpretation of the 1958 New York Convention. She has also been an active member of the ICCA-IBA Joint Task Force publishing the ICCA-IBA Roadmap to Data Protection in International Arbitration.

Niuscha Bassiri is a member of the Advisory Board of CyberArb and the Indian Review of International Arbitration, a member of the Appointing Committee of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS), CEPANI Working Group on Diversity and Inclusion, Editorial Board of the Journal of International Arbitration, CIAM Award Scrutiny Commission, IBA Investment Arbitration Sub-Committee, IBA Rules and Guidelines Sub-Committee, ICC Commission on Arbitration, ICC Task Force Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration, ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings, ICC Institute of World Business Law, ICCA-IBA Joint Task Force on Data Protection in International Arbitration Proceedings, SIAC Users Council and a former Vice-President of the Belgian Chapter of Club Español de Arbitraje. She is a member of the Austrian Arbitration Association, CEPANI, BVI International Arbitration Centre panel of arbitrators, DIS, IBA, ICCA, LCIA, and the SIAC panel of arbitrators. She is a former member of the International Board of the Finnish Arbitration Institution.

Niuscha Bassiri attended the Universities of Cologne and Barcelona. She is admitted to the Cologne Bar and is a member of the Brussels Bar. She holds German and Iranian nationalities. She is a native German and Farsi speaker, with fluency in English and a working knowledge of Dutch, French and Spanish.

Niuscha Bassiri has received many professional accolades, recognizing her as one of the best in international arbitration. Since 2014, she is praised in Who’s Who Legal—Arbitration. In 2016, she was ranked in the top 20 practitioners worldwide by WWL: Future Leaders – Arbitration, described by peers and clients as an “extremely sharp arbitrator and counsel”, and in 2017 as “a personable, responsive and innovative arbitration specialist” who is praised for her “clever and sophisticated advocacy”. Since 2018, Who’s Who Legal—Arbitration has acknowledged Niuscha Bassiri as a Thought Leader. She is mentioned as “the best in Belgium” and is “‘strongly recommended’ for her impressive work on commercial and investment arbitrations as both counsel and arbitrator”. The highly ranked acknowledgment continued in 2019 for her exceptional practice and praised by peers as an “excellent arbitrator with a great client manner”. Also for 2020, Who’s Who Legal—Arbitration stated that she isalready a leader in the younger generation of arbitrators”, with sources recommending her as “super-organised and insightful”, as well as “extremely knowledgeable in investment arbitration”. Who’s Who Legal—Arbitration 2021 states that she is an “elegant and skillful arbitrator” and has deep “experience in international commercial arbitration and construction” disputes. Peers and clients describe her as an excellent arbitrator; top speaker and extremely knowledgeable in investment arbitration”. In 2021, the Leaders League also recognized Niuscha Bassiri as one of the five leading lawyers for dispute resolution and international arbitration in Belgium. Niuscha Bassiri is acknowledged as a Global Leader in Who’s Who Legal—Arbitration 2022. She is “[h]ighly recommended for her leading investment and commercial arbitration expertise” and has been described as a “very smart and hard-working lawyer” and a “brilliant arbitrator” by peers and clients.