Sârra-Tilila Bounfour advises mainly on international arbitration and public international law matters, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and the natural resources sector.

Sârra-Tilila represents sovereign and corporate clients in international commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings, in English and French. She also assists foreign governments with criminal law and criminal procedure reforms, as well as mining law matters.

Trained in France and in the United States, Sârra-Tilila is dually qualified with the New York and the Paris bars.

Prior to joining DLA Piper in 2013, she previously worked as legal counsel at a dedicated, global pro bono law firm in Washington D.C., where she provided legal services to post-conflict states on public international law issues, constitution-drafting, criminal justice reform, and anti-corruption legislation. She also acquired experience in international projects at a boutique law firm in Paris, advising private companies, sovereigns and international finance organisations on project development and financing in developing countries, particularly in francophone sub-Saharan Africa.