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Hogan Lovells US LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States

Work Department

International Arbitration - New York




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.

She has been singled out by clients for her “brilliant,” “no-nonsense and impressive” approach. Sources also acknowledge her as being “hard-working and very entrepreneurial,” as well as a “unique practitioner with unique skills” who delivers “clear and intelligent arguments.”

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.


English, French, Spanish, Arabic


Member, ICC Court of Arbitration

Senior Vice Chair, Arbitration Committee, International Bar Association

Vice President, LCIA Arab Users’ Council

Co-Editor-in-Chief, ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin

Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge, Steering Committee Member

Member, Panel of Arbitrators of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA)

Member, Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR)

Member, Panel of Arbitrators of the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC)

Member, Advisory Council of Africa Arbitration (AA)

Editorial Board Member, Kluwer Journal of International Arbitration

Member, Arbitral Women

Member, New York International Arbitration Club


LL.M., University of San Diego, 1999

D.E.A., University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1998

Maîtrise en Droit, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, with honors, 1997

Lawyer Rankings

United Arab Emirates > Construction

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP is noted for utilising the firm’s global coverage to handle non-contentious and contentious construction mandates, frequently advising developers, contractors, and governments. Sohail Barkatali specialises in electricity, water, and oil and gas construction projects in the UAE. Based in New York, head of the Middle East practice group Samaa Haridi is a key contact for construction-related arbitration matters. Nabeel Ikram left the firm.

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

The team at Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP is experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, litigation, and arbitration. New York-based head of the Middle East practice group Samaa Haridi is a well-regarded arbitrator, who is especially strong in commercial and investment treaty disputes.

United States > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

(Next Generation Partners)

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Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

Global international-arbitration powerhouse King & Spalding LLP represents clients in significant commercial and investment cases, as well as in arbitration-related litigation before courts around the world. Latin America, which accounts for more than half the firm’s pending arbitrations, is a key market for the ‘unparalleled’ practice, which is best known for its exemplary energy-industry track record, but which has also secured a string of notable victories in the aviation and manufacturing sectors (among others). The Latin America team is co-lead by experienced investment treaty and commercial arbitration practitioner Craig Miles, who divides his time between the firm’s Houston and fast-expanding Miami offices (the latter having opening its doors as recently as February 2022); ‘outstanding’ Houston-based international arbitration and public international law expert Roberto Aguirre Luzi; and international commercial and investment treaty dispute specialist Harry Burnett, who is among those to have relocated from New York to Miami. The highly respected and experienced Doak Bishop and international arbitration veteran Edward Kehoe, who co-lead the firm’s global international arbitration group, are also closely involved in Latin American matters. The practice group’s deep bench was further strengthened with the October-2021 hire of tri-qualified (Brazil, New York and Washington DC) Érica Franzetti from Dechert LLP – initially to the Washington DC team but now in Miami. Partners Kenneth Beale (Washington DC) and David Wallach (San Francisco) have also come on board during the course of 2021, joining from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and Jones Day respectively. Elsewhere, Houston-based Fernando Rodriguez-Cortina -who has particular expertise in construction matters- was raised to the partnership in January 2022; and the New York office saw the arrival of civil and common law trained Samaa Haridi as partner from Hogan Lovells US LLP the following month. At a more junior level, tri-lingual associate Cedric Soule is rapidly gaining profile and is especially active in matters under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules relating to Chile, Ecuador and Peru.