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Samaa A. Haridi

Partner
New York

Samaa A. Haridi

Samaa Haridi represents corporations and financial institutions from all over the world in international arbitration, under the rules of all major arbitral institutions. She frequently sits as an arbitrator in international disputes.

Samaa has been singled out by clients for her "very supportive and intelligent" approach, and regularly handles commercial and investor-state arbitrations involving the Middle East. Sources acknowledge her as being "hard-working and very entrepreneurial," and a "unique practitioner with unique skills." She has been recognized as a "great up-and-coming lawyer" by The Legal 500 and as a "Future Star" by Benchmark Litigation. Samaa has also been ranked by clients and peers in Chambers USA and Chambers Global for International Arbitration.

Born in Switzerland, Samaa grew up in Belgium, Egypt, Morocco, and France. She holds a Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies in Private International Law and International Business Transactions from the University of Paris I (Sorbonne), and an LL.M. in Comparative Law from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was a Sorbonne Scholar.

Samaa is a member of the New York, California, and England & Wales bars. She is fluent in French and Arabic and is also conversant in Spanish.

Samaa Haridi is commended for her "no-nonsense and impressive" approach, and is particularly praised for her "clear and intelligent arguments."

Chambers USA 2016 (International Arbitration)

Representative Experience

Representing Hungary in an ICSID arbitration under the Hungary-Portugal BIT in relation to the bankruptcy of the investor.

Representing a Spanish contractor in a Paris-based ICC arbitration under Greek law involving a large project in Greece.

Representing a Polish chemical manufacturer in a London-based ICC arbitration under New York law relating to termination of a supply agreement.

Representing a Hungarian energy company in an ICSID arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) involving the company's investments in Croatia.

Advising an American investor in an ICSID arbitration proceeding against the government of Egypt under the U.S.-Egypt bilateral investment treaty.

Representing a hotel management company in a London-based ICC arbitration under the laws of the United Arab Emirates relating to a hotel in the UAE.

Representing a large international organization in an ad hoc arbitration proceeding under the UNCITRAL rules, involving a breach of contract.

Representing a Fortune 500 company in a Paris-based ICC arbitration relating to a hospitality project in Lebanon under the laws of Lebanon.

Education and admissions

Education

  • LL.M, University of San Diego, 1999
  • D.E.A., University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1998
  • Maîtrise en Droit, with honors, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1997

Memberships

  • Board Member, Arab Bankers Association of North America (ABANA)
  • Board Member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (U.S. Chapter)
  • Co-Chair, Workstream on Arbitration of Islamic Finance Disputes, ICC Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration
  • Editorial Board Member, IBA International Arbitration Newsletter
  • Editorial Board Member, Juris Publishing Journal of Technology in International Arbitration
  • Editorial Board Member, Kluwer Journal of International Arbitration
  • Executive Board Member, International Center for Dispute Resolution Young and International
  • Member, Arbitral Women
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (International Commercial Disputes and Middle East Committees)
  • Member, French-American Bar Association (FABA)
  • Member, New York International Arbitration Center Program Committee
  • Member, New York International Arbitration Club
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators of the Dubai International Arbitration Center
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • Steering Group Member, IBA Arbitration Guidelines and Rules Subcommittee

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York
  • California
  • England and Wales

 

Burton Award for Legal Achievement (Excellence in Legal Writing)

2015

Benchmark Litigation, Future Star

 

Legal 500 U.S.

2015

International Arbitration

Chambers Global

2015

Chambers USA, International Arbitration

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Towards Greater Gender and Ethnic Diversity in International Arbitration

International Arbitration Review of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution

Published Works

What to Do When Pressing the Flesh Means Breaking the Bank: Trade-Offs Between Remote and In-Person Hearings in International Arbitration

The Journal of Technology in International Arbitration

Published Works

The Public Policy Exception Under the New York Convention: The Unruly Arabian Horse in the Middle East Region

Transnational Dispute Management

Published Works

Enforcement of International Arbitration Awards in New York

New York Law Journal

Published Works

Set-Aside Actions in France Under the New 2011 Arbitration Law

IBA Newsletter

Published Works

Syria and Lebanon Strengthen Investment Ties Despite Political Uncertainty and Instability

International Dispute Resolution Alert
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