© Redstone Chambers

Smolenskaya Embankment 2-33

Moscow 121099, Russia

T +7 499 248 7278

E clerks@redstonechambers.com

+44 7974 726 991 
E clerks@redstonechambers.com




England & Wales






Legal Practice Course (Commendation), College of Law, London, United Kingdom (1998-1999);

BA and MA in Law, Cambridge University (1995-1998);





Commercial Litigation

Conflict of Laws

Contract & Tort Law

International Law

Investment Law




Admiralty & Maritime

Banking & Finance

Construction & Infrastructure

Energy & Offshore

Insurance & Reinsurance

International Trade

Mining & Natural Resources



Space & Aviation









Mahnaz Malik


Mahnaz Malik is a British citizen specialising in public and private international law matters and cross-border dispute resolution.

She has conducted international arbitration and English court proceedings on behalf of both sovereign states and corporations, and is proficient with ICSID, ICC, LCIA and ad hoc arbitration. She is also highly regarded for her expertise in international investment law.

Her recent experience includes advising over 15 governments and 3 regional groupings across Africa, Asia and Latin America in relation to bilateral and regional investment treaty negotiations, investor-state contracts, model investment treaties and foreign investment laws.

Mahnaz publishes, teaches and speaks extensively on international law issues. Her writings are frequently cited in academic journals and appear on syllabi. She is an adjunct professor on the faculty of a US law school. Her professional awards include the prestigious Financial Times Legal Innovator of the Year Award. She has also served as a member of the ICC Commissions on Arbitration and Anti-Corruption.

After graduation with a MA in Law from Cambridge University, Mahnaz qualified as an Attorney at Law (New York), Solicitor (England & Wales) and an Advocate (Pakistan).




  • Georgetown Leadership Seminar, School of Foreign Policy, Georgetown University, USA (2010);

  • Independent Counsel (2005 to date);

  • Solicitor, Simmons & Simmons, London (2002-2005);

  • Trainee Solicitor, Simmons and Simmons, London and Hong Kong (2000-2002);

  • Attorney and Counsellor at Law, State of New York (2002);

  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of England and Wales (2002);

  • Advocate, High Court of Pakistan (2000);


Representative Experience


Dispute Resolution


  • Advising a South East Asian government on two investment treaty arbitrations (ICSID and ad hoc) relating to the financial services sector;

  • Advising a South Korean multinational in relation to a potential claim under a bilateral investment treaty in a tariff dispute with a South Asian government;

  • Advising a major aircraft leasing company on ICSID arbitration proceedings against the Government of a North African country for breach of a bilateral investment treaty;

  • Advising a major European aircraft finance entity in relation to English High Court proceedings and settlement negotiations over a dispute with a North African airline arising out of an aircraft lease agreement;

  • Advising an Indian entertainment company in relation to the settlement of a distribution and licensing dispute with a European company over a fashion satellite television channel;

  • Advising a Japanese trading company on an ICC English law arbitration in relation to a commodities dispute with a Turkish firm;

  • Advising an Australian energy company on a LCIA Indian law arbitration in relation to a dispute over a gas exploration joint venture in India;

  • Advising an English company on a LCIA English law arbitration in relation to a dispute over a telecommunications investment in Nigeria;

  • Advising a Abu Dhabi-based shipping construction company on an ad hoc arbitration under the English Arbitration Act 1996 in relation to an insurance claim against a Japanese firm arising out of a collision between a barge and an off shore oil rig in the Indian ocean;

  • Advising the Cowasjee Foundation, the Karachi Port Trust and the Government of Pakistan in relation to claims arising from the Tasman Spirit oil spill (38,000 tonnes of oil);

  • Advising a US purchaser of Indian metal in relation to multi-party disputes, with its shipper and its state-run Indian supplier, including Indian Supreme Court proceedings and an ad hoc English law arbitration in London




  • Drafting a model investment treaty, advice on negotiations with Gulf countries and model investment contracts to a South Asian government;

  • Assisting two East African Countries in drafting their model bilateral investment treaties;

  • Advising in relation to the model investment treaty of a South African country;

  • Advising on investment treaty negotiations between a South East Asian country and a North American country;

  • Advising the SADC Investment Sub-Committee (a regional grouping of 15 countries) on their investment programme and their regional investment code;

  • Advising COMESA (a regional grouping of 19 Eastern and Southern African states) on their regional investment promotion and protection treaty;

  • Advising the Government of a Central Asian state on its model investment treaty;

  • Advising the Board of Investment, Pakistan, on investment treaty negotiations with the United States of America;

  • Advising the Government of Qatar on the arbitration/dispute resolution regime for the International Qatar Finance Centre


Professional Accolades


  • Awarded The Financial Times Legal Innovator of the Year (2007);

  • Listed as a Leadership Maker in the Asian Legal Business’s Top 100 Lawyers in Asia (2005);

  • Wig & Pen Pro Bono Award at the Law Society’s Young Solicitor Group Pro Bono Law Awards (2005);

  • Award for The National Trainee Solicitor of the Year presented by The Law Society of England and Wales’ Trainee Solicitor Group (2001);

  • Award for The National Trainee Solicitor Most Likely to Succeed On The International Stage presented by The Law Society of England and Wales’ Trainee Solicitor Group (2001)




  • Lecturer at the international investment treaties and disputes workshop for Members of the Iraqi Shura Council at George Washington University, USA, with the US Commercial Law Development Programme and BIICL (July 2011);

  • Guest Lecturer at the London School of Economics’ Department of Law on “Problems with Investment Treaties I - Do countries know what they sign up to?” and “Problems with Investment Treaties II - How to get out of the Treaty?” (14-17 March 2011);

  • Adjunct Professor, International investment Law Seminar for Stetson University School of Law, London Fall Programme (2010-2011);

  • Lecturer on a 11 day training course with IISD and TRAPCA (Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa managed by Lund University in Sweden) in Arusha, Tanzania, attended by 29 government officials from 14 Southern and Eastern African countries, SADC and COMESA (March 2010);

  • Lecturer on a 14 day training course on investment treaty negotiations and disputes for over 30 Latin American government officials in Santiago (Chile) (June-August 2007) in collaboration with The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC) and IISD;

  • Designed and delivered in country workshops on international investment treaties and disputes for 10+ countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America for over 300 government officials;

  • Three featured publications on the Columbia Law School and Vale Columbia Centre on Sustainable International Investment Model Syllabi for International Investment Law (2011)


Professional Memberships


  • Member, Global Advisory Board of the ICDR (International Centre for Dispute Resolution) (2007-2008);

  • Member, The Evian Group Brains Trust (2006);

  • Vice Chair, Asia-Pacific Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s International Law and Practice Section (2005);

  • Member of the Cambridge University/Prince of Wales Business and Environment Programme for Senior executives, (Elected to represent this highly influential group of business leaders from Europe as a speaker before the Prince of Wales at Highgrove in 2006);

  • Founder and Co-ordinating Chair of the British Pakistan Law Council (BPLC), a bilateral legal association, co-chaired by the Chief Justice of England & Wales (www.britpaklaw.com). The BPLC has over 1000 members, including top judges and lawyers in Britain and Pakistan, and has received extensive press coverage in Asia and the United Kingdom (2004 to date);

  • Member of the ICC Commissions on Arbitration and Anti-Corruption (2004-2009);

  • Chair, Pakistan Chapter, New York State Bar Association’s International Law and Practice Section (2004-2005);

  • Contributor to Oxford University Press Investment Treaty database, www.investmentclaims.com and at the World Arbitration Review


Speaking Engagements


  • Speaker at the international experts seminar “Sustainable Development in World Investment Law” at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge (7 May 2011);

  • Speaker on Foreign Investment into Agriculture: Investment Treaties and the ability of governments to balance rights and obligations between foreign investors and local communities at the Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) International Conference on Global Land Grabbing, 6-8 April 2011, Institute for Development Studies, Sussex University (7 April 2011);

  • Speaker on “Review of indirect expropriation concept in the ECT constituency” at the Energy Charter Secretariat’s Investment Group Meeting at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels (5 April 2011);

  • Presentation on The International Investment Treaties signed by SADC Member States at the SADC (Southern African Development Community) Workshop on BITs-IPPAs for SADC Member States, Johannesburg, South Africa (SADC comprises of 15 African countries) (29-30 April 2011);

  • Speaker on an introduction to investment treaties at “Connecting the Local and Global in the Balkans: Towards Accountability in Energy Investments in Kosovo”, Prizren, Kosovo, organised by the Forum for Civic Initiatives and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (9-13 February 2011);

  • Briefing on international investment treaties to Corporate Counsel and Company Secretaries at the OICCI (Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industries), Karachi, Pakistan (26 January 2011);

  • Speaker at the launch of book titled International Law Protections for Foreign Investment Law in Pakistan- a guide reviewing the international law guarantees available to foreign investment in Pakistan under 48 Bilateral Investment Treaties published by the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OICCI) with the support of Oxford University Press (Pakistan);

  • Speaker on recent developments in international investment law and the stakes for states in investment treaty arbitration at the Fourth Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators was held in New Delhi, India on 27-29 October 2010 co-organised by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the South Centre and the Government of India, and attended by 70 participants from 34 countries;

  • Speaker on a comparison of direct expropriation under investment treaties with English, Kazakh and Turkish Law at the Investment Group Meeting of the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels (October 2010);

  • Speaker on transparency in investor-state arbitration at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) Investment Treaty Forum in London (10 September 2010);

  • Speaking on “Do early Investment Treaties inhibit Environmental and Social Regulation of Energy Investment in Developing States?” at the Annual BIICL Conference in London (11 June 2010);

  • Speaker on intellectual property rights protection under Bilateral Investment Treaties at a seminar organised by the British High Commission in Pakistan in collaboration with the Overseas Investments Chamber of Commerce in Karachi on 19 November 2009;

  • Presentation on recent developments on investment treaty negotiations and awards at the Third Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators co-organised by the IISD, South Centre and the Government of Ecuador, held in Quito, 09-11 November 2009;

  • Presentation on “Bilateral Investment Treaties and Sustainable Development” at a stakeholders workshop held by the South African Government to guide their future policy on BITs held in Pretoria on 20 August 2009;

  • Presentation of paper on “SAARC & ASEAN Bilateral Investment Treaties” at the Conference on “Multilateralism and Regionalism in Global Economic Governance” held by the Asian International Economic Law Network (AIELN) at the University of Tokyo on 3 August 2009;

  • Speaker on “Admission and Establishment”; “National Treatment and the Issue of Like Circumstances” and the “CARICOM Investment Code” at a workshop titled Negotiating CARICOM Investment Agreements (State of Play and Way Forward) (22-25 June 2009) in Grenada;

  • Participation and Presentation on “Core Elements in Commonwealth Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs)” at the Commonwealth Investment Expert Meeting held by Commonwealth Secretariat on 9-10 June 2009 in London;

  • Expert and Presenter at the “SADC Investment Sub-Committee Meeting” on 1-3 December 2008 in Botswana. Presentations on Preliminary Findings from a Study on BITs signed by SADC member states;

  • Speaker at The Second Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators” organized by IISD, the South Centre, and the Moroccan Department of Investment at Marrakech on 2-4 November 2008;

  • Speaker on “What future for the ECT in the developing world” at a 2 day Conference on “The Energy Charter Treaty: Energy Security, Investment Protection and Future Developments” held on 18-19 September 2008, co-organised by the Energy Charter Secretariat, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce;

  • Presented “IISD Model BIT – Treaty Provisions for Sustainable Development” on the panel “Recent Progress in Investment Law Making and Procedures for Sustainable Development” at the international legal experts’ seminar “Sustainable development in World Investment Law”, hosted by the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge University, 13 July 2008 and organised by Robinson College of Cambridge University, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and the UK Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform;

  • Speaker on the COMESA investment treaty at the Association for International Arbitration (AIA) conference “Arbitration and Mediation in the ACP-EU Relations” at Brussels, 21 May 2008;

  • Expert at the Commonwealth Secretariat’s meeting of investment experts to consider an IIA template for its members in February 2008;

  • Expert at the workshop on future global scenarios, organised by The Evian Group at IMD and the US National Intelligence Council, 9 February, 2008, at IMD, Lausanne;

  • Speaker on international investment agreements at a workshop organised by the Research Society of International Law (RSIL) for officials for the Government of Pakistan in November 2007;

  • Speaker on investment treaty trends at a one day workshop on “International Investment Law: Developing Country Interests” co-organised by IISD and the South Centre for representatives to the WTO and UN agencies, Geneva, 30 November 2007;

  • Speaker on “Jurisdiction of Investment Treaty Tribunals over Contract Claims” at the “First Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators” held 1-2 October 2007, in Singapore, co-hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Centre on Asia and Globalization, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore;

  • Presentation on investment treaties to ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) State Ambassadors at the “UNDP Regional Workshop for Sub-Saharan African Countries on EPAs: Investment, Competition and Public Procurement Issues” in Brussels on 13 July 2007;

  • Speaker at the BIICL on ICSID: Legal and Practical Consequences of Denouncing the ICSID Convention”, in London on 20 June 2007;

  • Speaker at the Henriech Bohl Expert Roundtable "Resource Governance in Africa in the 21st century" in Berlin on 26-28 March, 2007;

  • Speaker at the “ACP-EU EPA Roundtable with ACP Ambassadors on Investment, Development and Regional Trade Deals- A case study of EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements” in Brussels on 13 December 2006