Petrit Elshani is a Kosovo-admitted attorney, and specializes in all matters of investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in several domestic and international arbitrations administered by a range of arbitral institutions. He is particularly skilled in investor-State arbitrations, having advised both investors and States in complex, high-stakes disputes. Petrit advises clients during the arbitration but also before the process begins, offering strategic pre-arbitration advice.
Early on in his career, he gained considerable experience as secretary to arbitral tribunals, particularly in DIS and ICC proceedings. This broad experience enables him to dissect a dispute both from the perspective of party representative and decision-maker.
Petrit also advises companies and private individuals in cross-border investment projects and transactions across a range of industries. He does so with a regional focus on German-Balkan relations.
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Petrit studied law in Prishtina and Berlin (LL.B.), and obtained an LL.M. degree in International Dispute Resolution from Humboldt University Berlin. Before joining WAGNER Arbitration in 2016, he worked for a leading full-service law firm in his hometown Prishtina and clerked for a prominent judge in the commercial department of the Kosovo Court of Appeals.
Petrit has regular speaking engagements particularly on international arbitration-related matters, and teaches a course on investment law and arbitration at the International Dispute Resolution LL.M. program of Humboldt University Berlin. He has also been assisting the author of a leading German commentary on international sales law for the past five years.
Petrit is particularly passionate about German-Albanian relations, having grown up and studied law both in Kosovo and Germany. He was a board member of OASA e.V. (a Berlin-based association for the advancement of German-Albanian academic and cultural exchange), and continues to be an active member. He maintains a broad network in the Balkan region across governmental and non-governmental institutions.