Youssef Al Saman
Partner - Dispute Resolution & Projects
Youssef Al Saman is a Partner – Dispute Resolution and Projects, Member of the Egyptian Bar Association, Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), Fellow of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (FAIADR), and Member (Institutional Liasion) of the Executive Committee of the Rising Arbitrators Initiative (RAI).
He advises local, international, corporate, and government clients, from a wide range of sectors and industries, on the resolution and settlement of complex disputes, and major; projects, negotiations, international commercial transactions, contract drafting, cross-border litigation, government contracts, regulatory affairs, and other day-to-day legal matters.
Further, he specialises in dispute resolution with a focus on international arbitration, where he serves as an arbitrator and appears as counsel. He regularly leads teams in prosecuting mega institutional and ad-hoc arbitral proceedings under different governing laws and procedural rules, as well as arbitration-related judicial proceedings. He is experienced also in preparing independent legal expert reports on laws of different countries in the MENA region.
Along with his experience on contentious work, he developed notable corporate expertise, whereby he advises clients on different corporate matters, cross-border commercial transactions, sophisticated projects and multi-contracts transactions, and leads teams in conducting fully-fledged complex legal audit.
He works closely with clients and has a track record of working against challenging circumstances to successfully negotiate and close complex commercial transactions and amicable settlements of major disputes. He is experienced in addressing cross-cutting issues of international law, investment, international commercial and investment arbitration, and private international law, in contentious and non-contentious work.
Moreover, he skillfully combines legal know-how and business-oriented mindset drawing on the business and operational expereince he acquired through years of work with multinationals before private practice. In addition, his area-focused legal experties span diverse industries and legal practice areas, inter alia, energy, telecommunications, construction, media, entertainment, technology, logistics, FMCGs, international trade, corporate law, government contracts, and security and defense.
In 2020, Youssef Al Saman received the maiden edition of Africa’s 50 Most Promising Young Arbitration Practitioners Award by the Association of Young Arbitrators. Also, he was recognized for ‘very commercial outlook’ and ‘knowledge of the market’, says the 2020 Legal 500 Next Generation Partners – Dispute Resolution, and he appeared in the Chambers & Partners 2020 Edition. In 2019; he was voted as a leading young Egyptian legal practitioner and received the Rising Stars Award by the LAW Magazine, he appeared in an interview for the LAW Magazine 2019 issue, and he featured in the Global Arbitration Review.
Furthermore, his law teaching and legal training experience involved holding a visiting teaching position in academia, and delivering high-level legal training with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. He obtained his license en droit (LLB Equivalent) from Cairo University – Egypt, English linguistic studies from the University of Cambridge – UK, Master of Laws (LL.M) in International and Comparative Law from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law – US, and Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Dispute Resolution from Queen Mary University of London – UK.