Ziad Obeid is an “outstanding” lawyer known for his “diligent, thoughtful and efficient” work in construction arbitration.
Ziad Obeid, partner at Obeid Law Firm, is a dual-qualified dispute resolution lawyer and civil engineer with extensive cross-border experience of complex disputes and arbitrations across various industries, including cases brought under bilateral investment treaties and investment laws.
With his dual-disciplinary background, Ziad Obeid has notable expertise in international construction claims and arbitrations involving high-value, technically complex civil engineering, infrastructure and building projects, as well as disputes arising from contracts in the oil and gas and nuclear industries.
Prior to his joining Obeid Law Firm, Ziad Obeid worked as an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in its world-leading international arbitration practice based first in the firm's Paris office and thereafter in Dubai. Having practised in both Europe and the Middle East, Ziad Obeid has built up considerable experience of international contracts, arbitrations and arbitration-related litigation proceedings. He regularly acts as counsel, sole arbitrator, chairperson or co-arbitrator in multifaceted international arbitrations conducted in Arabic, French and English brought both ad hoc and under a variety of institutional rules and subject to a wide range of applicable laws from within the MENA region and beyond.
Ziad currently co-chairs the SIAC’s users council committee for the Middle East and is also a member of the ICC bulletin editorial board and the Djibouti International Arbitration Centre's task force. He also previously served as a member of the task force in charge of proposing amendments for the revision of the ICC ADR rules, expertise rules and dispute board rules issued by the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.
Ziad has been identified by prominent international legal publications as a leading lawyer in dispute resolution. A lawyer who "knows the ins and outs of international arbitration and the pressures that come with it", Ziad Obeid has been described as a "rising star" in his field.
Ziad Obeid is a top-flight lawyer in the Middle Eastern market with impressive depth of expertise on construction litigation and high-value civil engineering and construction arbitrations.
A partner at Obeid Law Firm (OLF), Ziad Obeid is a dual-qualified dispute resolution lawyer with a civil engineering background and extensive cross-border experience gained through legal practice throughout the Middle East and Europe. Ziad has notable expertise in complex contractual arrangements and matters brought under bilateral investment treaties and international legal instruments.
Ziad regularly acts as counsel, sole arbitrator, chairperson or co-arbitrator in multifaceted international arbitrations conducted in Arabic, French and English brought both ad hoc and under a variety of institutional rules and subject to a wide range of applicable laws from within the MENA region and beyond. With his dual-disciplinary background, Ziad has specific sector-focused experience advising corporations in relation to international contracts in respect of large, complex civil engineering, industrial (including nuclear), infrastructure and energy projects.
Prior to joining OLF, Ziad practised for a number of years in the leading international arbitration practice of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, based in Paris and thereafter in Dubai. At Freshfields, Ziad worked as part of teams advising on multimillion-dollar cases brought under the ICSID Convention, the UNCITRAL, LCIA and ICC rules across the construction, oil and gas, power generation and telecoms sectors.
Ziad is a fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers; chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) (Lebanon branch); member of the editorial board of the ICC Bulletin; and co-chair of SIAC’s users’ council committee for the Middle East.
Ziad is recommended by Chambers Global, WWL: Construction, WWL: Arbitration, and WWL Thought Leaders: Arbitration.
Obeid Law Firm is listed in the GAR100 (a guide to the leading international arbitration firms).