Hanotiau & van den Berg

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.

She has a solid track-record as counsel and arbitrator (sole, presiding and party-appointed arbitrator) in numerous international arbitrations under the major arbitral institutions and arbitration rules (CEPANI, DIS, ICC, LCIA, NAI, UNCITRAL, VIAC) and governed by various procedural and substantive laws. The arbitrations in which she has been involved concern State-entities and private entities alike and span 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 relate 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.

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 and arbitrators and their online identity. She is the co-editor and author of various important 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. Further, 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.

Niuscha Bassiri is 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 is also a member of the faculty of the LLM international arbitration program of the University of Miami School of Law, teaching on the New York Convention. Niuscha Bassiri is a member of the International Board of the Finnish Arbitration Institution, Advisory Board of the Indian Review of International Arbitration, Appointing Committee of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), Editorial Board of the Journal of International Arbitration, IBA Investment Arbitration Sub-Committee, IBA Rules and Guidelines Sub-Committee, CIAM Award Scrutiny Commission, 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.

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

Since 2014, Niuscha Bassiri 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 Who’s Who Legal—Arbitration 2018, Niuscha Bassiri is acknowledged 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, Niuscha Bassiri being recognized once more as a Thought Leader 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 acknowledges Niuscha Bassiri as a Thought Leader, stating 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”. According to Who’s Who Legal—Arbitration 2021, peers and clients describe her as a leader in the younger generation of arbitrators; super organised and insightful” and an excellent arbitrator; top speaker and extremely knowledgeable in investment arbitration”.