Samaa A. Haridi is a partner in the International Arbitration Group of Hogan Lovells. Ms. Haridi has significant experience representing corporations and financial institutions from various parts of the world, and has represented parties in proceedings under the arbitration rules of all the major arbitral institutions. Ms. Haridi also frequently sits as an arbitrator in international disputes.
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 “brilliant,” “no-nonsense and impressive” 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" who delivers “clear and intelligent arguments.” She is also recognized by The Legal 500, and by Who’s Who Legal: Lawyers — Arbitration.
She is currently serving as an officer in a number of arbitral organizations, including as chair of the Investment Arbitration Subcommittee of the International Bar Association and co-chair of the Workstream on Arbitration of Islamic Finance Disputes of the ICC Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration. Samaa also is a frequent speaker at conferences around the globe.
Born in Switzerland, Ms. Haridi grew up in Belgium, Egypt, Morocco, and France. She holds a Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies in Private International Law and International Business Transactions from the University of Paris I (Sorbonne); and an LL.M. in Comparative Law from the University Of San Diego School Of Law, where she was a Sorbonne Scholar.
Ms. Haridi is a member of the bars of New York, California, and England & Wales.
She is fluent in French and Arabic and is also conversant in Spanish.