Peter Sahlas is an Attorney and Counselor at Law in the State of New York, admitted to the bar in 1999. He is a member of the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of the State of New York, and is licensed as a Foreign Legal Consultant in the Province of Quebec.
He specializes in the resolution of complex international disputes involving public authorities in emerging markets, typically in the context of corporate restructurings, bankruptcies, expropriations and nationalizations. He is frequently retained to advise on the development and implementation of coordinated multi-jurisdictional strategies. With vast experience in modern procedures and techniques of international litigation, he tailors innovative approaches for the most difficult of problems. He builds teams of lawyers worldwide and directs or supervises their work.
His areas of expertise include the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, international legal cooperation in civil, commercial and criminal matters, extradition, international police cooperation, asylum, as well as international human rights mechanisms in response to arbitrary detention, torture and judicial corruption.
He has excelled as a crisis coordinator, strategist and negotiator where individuals have been arbitrarily detained as hostages. His precedent-setting work on an extradition case in France was extensively covered by French and international news media and featured prominently in the bestselling book Kleptopia, an Economist Book of the Year and Washington Post Notable Book of the Year in 2020.
Clients have ranged from government agencies to law firms and companies or individuals with significant interests in emerging markets. He has an international pro bono practice in human rights law and often engages with academic experts, international institutions, public authorities and non-governmental organizations.
He has authored or co-authored book chapters and articles in academic journals, co-authored the first Russian edition of the Practical Handbook on the Operation of the Hague Service Convention, and has served since 2009 on the editorial committee of the International Commercial Arbitration Review, the official journal of the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry.