Haridi Samaa

Ms. Samaa A. Haridi

Samaa A. Haridi is a common and civil law trained, trilingual partner at King & Spalding. Ms. Haridi has significant experience representing clients in multi-jurisdictional international commercial and investment arbitration proceedings under the arbitration rules of all the major arbitral institutions. Ms. Haridi also frequently sits as an arbitrator in international commercial and investment disputes.

Ms. Haridi has been recognized by clients and peers and repeatedly listed in Chambers USA and Chambers Global for International Arbitration. She has been singled out by clients as a “global leader” for her “brilliant,” “really, really phenomenal,” “no-nonsense and impressive” approach, and regularly handles commercial and investor-state arbitrations involving the Middle East with a “very good sense of diplomacy.” 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: Global Elite Thought Leaders – Arbitration 2022.

She is currently serving as an officer in a number of arbitral organizations, including as  Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Senior Co-Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association, and Member of ICCA’s Governing Board.  Ms. Haridi 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.