Zaynab Penot

Lawyer (Paris Bar)

Admitted Solicitor (England & Wales)

Email: zaynab@iclo.ae

NATIONALITY:        France
LANGUAGES: French and English
SPECIALITY: Arbitration & Corporate


  • Member of the Steering Committee of ICC-UAE Commission on Arbitration and ADR

  • Member of the IBA Arbitration Committee

  • Member of the IBA Business Human Rights Committee


 Zaynab Penot graduated with a Master degree in Corporate Law from Liverpool University in United Kingdom and a further Master degree in International Arbitration from Sorbonne University in Paris. Zaynab has been admitted to the Paris Bar in 2013 and the Roll of Solicitors in England & Wales in 2019.

Zaynab acquired experience in French & Qatari law firms in corporate and arbitration practices.

In 2013, she joined the Commercial Conciliation & Arbitration Center (ADCCAC) of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce as a case manager.

In 2014, Zaynab joined ICLO. She is involved in corporate matters and arbitration. She acts as counsel in ad hoc proceedings and in arbitration proceedings conducted under various rules, including those of the ICC, SIAC, ADCCAC, DIFC-LCIA.

Zaynab has published a number of articles and co-launched the first “UAE Arbitration Yearbook”, a yearly publication edited by the “International Consultant Law Office” (ICLO) since 2015.

Professional Experience

2013 – 2017: Case Manager at Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation & Arbitration Center

2014 – Present: Legal Consultant at ICLO (International Consultant Law office)


2009: Bachelor degree in European Law, University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, Paris, France

2010: Master degree in Corporate Law, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

2011: Master degree in International Arbitration, University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, Paris, France

2013: Admission to the Paris Bar

2019: Admission to the Roll of Solicitors in England & Wales


The Legal Framework of the Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum”, ICLO publication January 2015, (www.iclo.ae)

The Specialized arbitration institutions in Abu Dhabi”, published in 10 Keys for Arbitration in Abu Dhabi, March 2014


Chief Editor of the UAE Arbitration Yearbooks 2015, 2016 & 2017:

The Different mechanisms of dispute settlement of the UAE BITs”, UAE Arbitration Yearbooks 2015, ICLO publication, November 2015, page 388

(http://www.iclo.ae/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/UAE-Arbirtation-Yearbook-2015.pdf )

The criminal liability of arbitrators in comparative law”, UAE Arbitration Yearbooks 2017, ICLO publication, 2017, page 78 (link to come)