Marwan Sakr*

International Arbitrator
overseas Associate Member

Avocat à la Cour
Beirut (1989) and Paris (2006) Bars
Advocate (Dubai International Finance Centre -2009)
Legal Consultant (UAE – 2017)
Chartered Arbitrator (UK – 2011)

About Marwan

Marwan Sakr is a co-founding partner of SAAS Lawyers-Avocats in Beirut, Lebanon.

He was called to the Bar in Beirut (1989) and Paris (2006) and admitted as an advocate before the DIFC Courts in Dubai (2009) and a Legal Consultant in the UAE (2017). He became a Chartered Arbitrator (CIArb, UK) in 2011.

Marwan’s practice encompasses commercial work and he specialises in:

• dispute resolution (especially international arbitration and litigation)
• banking and financial law
• insurance and reinsurance
• commercial agencies
• corporate law
• conflict of laws and jurisdictions
• public law
• foreign investments
• intellectual property
• infrastructure projects (construction, oil and energy, telecommunications, Turnkey and BOT projects)
• European and Middle Eastern laws.

He has advised and appeared as counsel and expert witness in litigation and arbitration proceedings and acted as chairman, member of tribunal and sole arbitrator in relation to these matters under various laws and jurisdictions in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Marwan is a member of the panels of arbitrators of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and of the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre in Bahrain and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. He is also a member of ICC Lebanon’s arbitration group; the ICC commission on arbitration and ADR, and its task force on maximizing the probative value of witness evidence; the ICC Arab arbitration group; and the ICSID panel of conciliators.

In addition, he teaches courses on project finance law, international commercial law and dispute resolution in various Master programs at Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon and at the Beirut Bar Institute. He is an approved Faculty Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (International Arbitration) and currently sits on its Education and Membership Committee. He is the author of a monograph on “Non-signatories, Third Parties and the International Arbitration Agreement” and of several book chapters, articles, reports, studies, chronicles and case notes and speaks extensively on these subjects. He graduated in law from the universities of Saint-Joseph in Beirut, Toulouse in France and Huddersfield in the UK. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. 

As an Overseas Associate Member, Marwan does not exercise rights of audience in the Courts of England & Wales and does not accept instructions to appear as counsel in those Courts.