Shirin Saif

Partner, Stockholm

Shirin Saif is a Stockholm-based Partner and a member of the Dispute Resolution practice. She focuses on commercial arbitration and litigation, especially disputes relating to Russia and the CIS countries. She has acted as counsel in construction and infrastructure, IT, oil and gas, post-M&A, and various other commercial disputes before numerous judicial and arbitral bodies. In addition, she has acted as counsel in a number of investment treaty arbitrations. She also acts as an arbitrator and administrative secretary. In addition to her Swedish LL.M. degree, Shirin holds an LL.M. degree from UCLA.

Shirin is recognized within Dispute Resolution in Sweden by international legal directories, such as The Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and Benchmark Litigation. Shirin is also named as a future leader in Arbitration by the Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders – Arbitration 2022 publication.

According to clients, Shirin is “brilliant, has a great command of the law and is a pleasure to work with” (The Legal 500, 2022). They further describe her as “outstanding and highly able with good judgement” and she has “strong analytical abilities” (The Legal 500, 2021). Clients also comment that she “stands out for her commitment to the case” (The Legal 500, 2022). Furthermore, clients say that she “punches well above her years of qualification, she is an exceptional talent and has the maturity, poise and presentation skills that will take her far” (The Legal 500, 2020). Also, according to clients, Shirin is a “fierce arbitration practitioner” who “always exceeds client expectations in commercial and investment arbitration” (Who’s Who Legal, 2022).

Shirin Saif’s experience includes advising:

  • The Kingdom of Sweden in a BIT claim against Sweden brought by an Australian investor in the mining industry;
  • A Russian state-owned gas company in several multi-billion dollar SCC arbitrations against a Ukrainian state-owned company concerning the supply to, and transit of natural gas through, Ukraine;
  • A Middle-Eastern state against a contractor in a USD 450 million construction dispute under the UNCITRAL Rules;
  • A global investment company in a SEK 400 million dispute against the seller of shares in a target company;
  • A global transportation company against the Swedish subcontractor in an infrastructure dispute under the SCC Rules;
  • A Russian investor in two separate investment treaty disputes against two European countries;
  • An American Private Equity company in a SEK 300 million dispute against the seller of a target company;
  • A world-leading oil and gas company against an energy provider in challenge proceedings before the Court of Appeal concerning an underlying dispute valued at USD 250 million;
  • A commercial satellite company in an UNCITRAL arbitration against a CIS space company regarding a satellite launch services agreement;
  • A leading company in the wine and spirits industry against the Swedish state-owned alcohol sales monopoly Systembolaget in challenge proceedings in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Roschier (2016-), Senior Associate (2016-2020), Partner since 2020
Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå, Senior Associate in Stockholm and Moscow (2012-2016)
Danowsky & Partners, Associate (2009-2010)

Member of the Executive Committee of the Swedish Arbitration Association
Member of the Swedish Bar Association
Member of the IBA Investment Arbitration Sub-committee
Member of the Young Arbitrators Sweden (YAS)
Member of the Swedish Arbitration Association
Member of the Young Arbitrators Forum of the International Chamber of Commerce
Member of the ICDR Young and Professional

University of California, Los Angeles, LL.M. (2011)
Uppsala University, LL.M. (2009)

English, Swedish, Farsi

Shirin is brilliant, has a great command of the law and is a pleasure to work with.

The Legal 500