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Samaa A. Haridi

Partner
New York

Samaa A. Haridi
Languages
English, French, Spanish, Arabic
Practice Group
Litigation

Samaa Haridi is a civil and common law-trained, trilingual lawyer who represents corporations and financial institutions from all over the world in international commercial and investment arbitration, under the rules of all major arbitral institutions. She also 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.

Practices

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

2015-2017

International Arbitration (USA)

Chambers Global

2015-2017

International Arbitration (Nationwide)

Chambers USA

2015

Future Star

Benchmark Litigation

2009

Burton Award for Legal Achievement (Excellence in Legal Writing)

Burton Foundation

2015, 2017

Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration

Legal 500 US

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