Stephanie Sarzana


Sarzana, Stephanie

Stephanie Sarzana is a counsel in the Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the International Arbitration Practice Group. She joined the firm in 2009.


Ms. Sarzana’s practice focuses on international commercial arbitration and on complex commercial litigation. She has represented companies before a variety of international arbitration tribunals under the auspices of various leading arbitral institutions, under numerous substantive and procedural governing laws. She also counsels companies on drafting arbitration clauses and regularly works with issues of company valuation and quantification of damages. Ms. Sarzana has experience in a wide range of industries, with a focus on the energy, telecommunications and financial sectors.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Sarzana was an associate at the New York office of another international law firm. 

Honors & Awards

  • Named a "Rising Star" in the 2014 edition of London Super Lawyers for international law (non EU)

Publications & News


October 31, 2012

European Energy Disputes: The Rise of Price Revision Arbitrations

An article by Counsel Stephanie Sarzana, published in the CDR Newsletter.

Recent Highlights

  • Acting for a European buyer against an LNG producer in a gas re-pricing arbitration
  • Advising an international oil company on its Tract Participation rights under a Unitisation Framework Agreement with an amount in dispute of several hundred million dollars
  • Representation of a leading European telecommunications company in several arbitrations sited in Vienna with an amount in dispute of several billion Euros
  • Acting for a subsidiary of a multinational financial institution against a South American state on a petition to compel arbitration in New York, and the ensuing ICC arbitration
  • Acting for a major petroleum company in an ICSID arbitration against a Latin American country regarding alleged expropriation of the company’s assets with an amount in dispute of several billion dollars
  • Representing a major Canadian retail group in a bondholder litigation in connection with the sale of its Brooks and Eckerd drugstore operations to Rite-Aid Corporation
  • Advising an international human rights organization on its submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee regarding alleged religious discrimination by the Republic of France relating to French legislation banning any ostentatious display of religious faith in schools

Professional Activities

Ms. Sarzana is a member of the Young and International Group of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.


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LLM, Columbia Law School, 2005

MBA, ESSEC, 2004

Ecole de Formation Professionnelle du Barreau, French Bar School, 2004

DEA (Masters equivalent), University Panthéon-Assas, Paris II, 2003