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Arif Hyder Ali

Arif Hyder Ali

Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Arif Hyder Ali is the co-chair of Weil’s International Arbitration practice, which consists of some 30 partners and associates spread across the Firm’s 20 offices. Mr. Ali is based in the Firm’s Washington, DC office.

He is consistently rated as one of the world’s leading international arbitration and public international lawyers by: Chambers and Partners (USA, Global and Latin America), Legal 500, Global Arbitration ReviewWho’s Who in American LawWho’s Who in Public International LawThe Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Experts in Commercial ArbitrationLawdragonPLC Which Lawyer?The International Who’s Who of Business LawyersBenchmark Litigation, Washington Super Lawyers, and The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers. He has also received several awards for client service and results. For example, in 2011, he received the International Law Office’s Client Choice Award for International Arbitration (USA); and in 2001, he was decorated by the King of Bahrain with the Order of Bahrain (II) for his role in representing Bahrain in its territorial and maritime border dispute with Qatar before the International Court of Justice.

Mr. Ali has represented parties from the United States and Canada, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and across Asia in international commercial and investment arbitrations under many of the major international and regional arbitral regimes (e.g., ICC, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICDR, CRCICA, DIAC). He has also represented parties before inter-governmental tribunals, including the US-Iran Claims Tribunal and the United Nations Compensation Commission.

He has served as lead counsel in arbitrations covering a broad range of industries and economic activity, including foreign direct investment; privatization; the construction, operation and commercialization of thermal, nuclear, and hydro power plants; oil and gas pipeline construction and concession-related matters; mining concessions; gas pricing disputes; natural resource exploitation projects and contracts; the development and operation of tourism and hospitality projects; project finance and development agreements; contract stabilization and renegotiation issues; patents and trademarks; top-level and second-level domain names; and information technology-related disputes. A number of his cases have set important precedents and are the subject of academic commentary.

Prior to joining private practice, Mr. Ali was Senior Counsel at the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center and a Section Chief at the UN Compensation Commission, both based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr. Ali is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in England and Wales. His working languages are English, Spanish, and French. He is also conversant in Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, and Portuguese.

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


New York University School of Law (J.D., 1990)

Columbia University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1986)


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