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Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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"He provides well-drafted submissions and presents excellent oral pleadings"
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"I can recommend him as a top advocate and arbitrator"


Marwan Sakr is a co-founding partner of SAAS Lawyers|Avocats. He is a member of the Bar in Beirut and Paris and admitted as an advocate before the DIFC Courts and a chartered arbitrator (CIArb, UK). He specialises in international arbitration and litigation, banking and finance, insurance, commercial agencies, corporate law, conflict of laws, public law, foreign investments, intellectual property, infrastructure, telecoms and energy projects and European and Middle Eastern laws.

He acts as counsel, expert witness, chairman, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in arbitration proceedings and conducts litigation under various laws and jurisdictions such as France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon and Syria) and arbitration rules.

Marwan is a member of the panels of arbitrators of DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, GCC Arbitration Centre and CIArb. He is also a member of ICC Lebanon’s arbitration group; the ICC commission on arbitration and ADR, and its task force on maximising the probative value of witness evidence; ICC Arab arbitration group; and the ICSID panel of conciliators.

He teaches project finance law, international commercial law and dispute resolution at Saint-Joseph University in Beirut and is a faculty member of CIArb (international arbitration).

Marwan authored a monograph on “Non-signatories, third parties and the International Arbitration Agreement” as well as several other publications; he speaks extensively on these subjects.

He graduated in law from the universities of Saint-Joseph in Beirut, Toulouse in France and Huddersfield in the UK. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He conducts arbitration and litigation in English, French and Arabic.

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