Samaa A. Haridi is a partner in the International Arbitration practice in Weil’s New York office. Ms. Haridi’s practice focuses on complex international litigation and arbitration proceedings involving joint ventures, international investments, service agreements, construction projects, contracts, banking, and securities.
Ms. Haridi has been ranked by clients and peers in Chambers USA and Chambers Global for International Arbitration. She 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 also acknowledge her as being “hard-working and very entrepreneurial,” as well as a “unique practitioner with unique skills.” She has also been recognized as a “great up-and-coming lawyer” by Legal 500 and as a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation.
In 2009, an article she co-wrote, “Ebb and Flow: The Changing Jurisdictional Tides of Global Litigation,” won the Burton Award for Legal Achievement (Excellence in Legal Writing).
Ms. Haridi has significant experience representing corporations and financial institutions from the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia, and has represented parties in proceedings under the arbitration rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).
Born in Switzerland, Ms. Haridi grew up in Belgium, Egypt, Morocco, and France. After graduating First of her Class and obtaining her Diplôme d’Etudes Universitaires Générales with High Honors from the Cairo branch of the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in 1995, Ms. Haridi was awarded the French Government’s “Best Achievement” scholarship to pursue her studies at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.
There, she earned a License in Business Law (1996), a Maîtrise (J.D.) in International Business Transactions, with Honors (1997), and a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies (LL.M.) in Private International Law and International Business Transactions (1998). Ms. Haridi then received one of two merit-based LL.M Scholarships awarded by the Sorbonne University to continue her studies at the University of San Diego School of Law in the United States, where she obtained an LL.M. in Comparative Law in 1999.
Ms. Haridi is a dual-qualified (United States/England & Wales) lawyer, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. in the states of New York and California.
She is fluent in French and Arabic and is also conversant in Spanish.
Ms. Haridi serves on the Board of Directors of Arab Bankers Association of North America (ABANA) and JDRF. She is also an active member in several professional associations, panels, groups, and committees, including:
- Member of Panel of Arbitrators of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA)
- Member of Panel of Arbitrators of the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC)
- International Center for Dispute Resolution Young and International (ICDR Y&I) Executive Board Member
- New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA – Volunteer) Arbitrator and Mediator, Committee on Fee Disputes & Conciliation
- International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) Steering Committee member
- Arbitral Women
- Arab Bankers Association of North America (ABANA)
- International Bar Association (IBA) Editorial Board Member of International Arbitration Newsletter
- London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)
- French-American Bar Association (FABA)
University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne (Maîtrise (J.D.), 1997)
University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne (Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies (LL.M.), 1998)
University of San Diego School of Law (LL.M., 1999)