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Karim Hafez


Garden City, EGY


Dr. Hafez is a full-time international arbitration lawyer. He is the Senior Partner of Hafez, working out of the Cairo office.

Dr. Hafez regularly acts as chairman, sole, and party-appointed arbitrator in disputes spanning the economic spectrum. As counsel, he is instructed by states, state-owned entities, private investors and corporations, and has prosecuted, defended, and advised on scores of large-value complex arbitrations in most industries, with an emphasis on telecom, investment, construction, project finance, power generation, oil and gas, and corporate disputes.

Dr. Hafez has handled cases under most major arbitration rules, including the rules of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC), the Arbitration Centre of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the London Maritime March 2013 00124130v1 2 | 2 Arbitration Association (LMAA), the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), the Lebanese Centre of International Commercial Arbitration (LAC), and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), and the arbitration rules of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). A sample list of his recent caseload is appended.


Dr. Hafez is regularly recognized in industry publications as a leading international arbitration lawyer. He has received recognition in Who’s Who of International Arbitration. Legal 500 says “Karim Hafez is one of the most knowledgeable and skilled lawyers around….. his grasp of the law and strategies are second-to-none” (2013); it also says “Hafez is widely acknowledged as the pre-eminent arbitration practice in many sectors, as is Karim Hafez personally as an arbitrator and counsel of international standard”(2012); it also calls him “The outstanding arbitrator of the younger generation”(2010), “a very, very good lawyer”(2009), “universally acknowledged to be one of the country's rising stars in arbitration”(2007), and says he “has a ‘superlative’ reputation: both as counsel and as arbitrator”. Chambers and Partners says “he has been going like a rocket – he is a bright and up-and-coming force in arbitration who will one day get to the top”, and “ a brilliant guy – English-educated, very precise, knowledgeable, well spoken and generally impressive” (2012).


Dr. Hafez is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (London); member of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai International Arbitration Center (Dubai); member of the Advisory Committee of the Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration (Cairo); member of the Comité Français de l’Arbitrage; member of the Distinguished Panel of Neutrals of International Center for Dispute Resolution (New York/Dublin); member of the editorial board of the Global Arbitration Review (London); board member of the Arab Intellectual Property Mediation and Arbitration Society (Amman); coordinator of the Egyptian Arbitration Forum (Cairo); fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London); and former member of the Court of Sport Arbitration (Lausanne); and former Vice President of the Arbitration Court of International Arbitration Arab User Council (London).


Dr. Hafez was educated in Cairo, Cambridge, and Harvard. His PhD, from Cambridge University, is for a dissertation entitled ‘Complex Arbitration.’


Dr. Hafez handles cases in Arabic, English and French.

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