Marwan Sakr is a co-founding partner of Sakr, Awwad, Abi Najem & Sakr (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). He became a Chartered Arbitrator (CIArb, UK) in 2011. His practice encompasses commercial and international work and disputes (especially international arbitration and litigation), banking and financial law, insurance and reinsurance, commercial agencies, corporate law, conflict of laws and jurisdictions, public law and government contracts, foreign investments, intellectual property, infrastructure projects (construction, oil, telecommunications, Turnkey and BOT projects), joint ventures, project finance and European and Middle Eastern laws. He has advised and appeared as counsel and expert witness in arbitration proceedings in relation with these matters under various laws and jurisdictions (France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon, Syria) and arbitration rules (ICC, ICSID, CRCICA, BCCI, DIAC, QICCA and UNCITRAL).
He has advised and assisted the Lebanese Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank of Lebanon and the Association of Banks of Lebanon, as well as the Lebanese Ministry of Administrative reform and the Investment Authority of Kurdistan in the drafting and assessment of several financial, economic and investment laws and regulations.
Marwan started practicing as a trainee then an associate of one of the most prominent litigation firms in Beirut. Between 1994 and 2000, he was a senior associate of AMNCC in association with Gide Loyrette Nouel in Beirut and Riyadh, before becoming a partner of Hennaoui & Sakr and then participating in the founding of SAAS.
Marwan acts as chairman, member of tribunal and sole arbitrator under several arbitration rules (ICC, BCCI, UNCITRAL, ad hoc and Lebanese CPR). He is on the panel of arbitrators of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), DIFC‐LCIA, the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre in Bahrain, the Arbitration Centre of the French‐Arab Chamber of Commerce in Paris and the panel of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in London. He is also a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and its Task Force on Maximizing the Probative Value of Witness Evidence, ICC Arab Arbitration Group and ICC Lebanon’s Arbitration Group. He has acted as rapporteur of the Arbitration and ADR Committee of the Beirut Bar Association.
Marwan is one of the Lebanese Government’s appointees to the ICSID panel of conciliators.
Marwan 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 regularly on these subjects. In addition, Marwan lectures on Project Finance law, international contract and commercial laws in various Master programs at Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and 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.
Marwan has been identified as a leading individual in the field of arbitration and dispute resolution by the international independent directories by GAR, Who’s Who Legal and Legal 500. He has been described as “a smart lawyer with an excellent knowledge base
” Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2016
Marwan is a member of the Beirut Bar Association, Paris Bar Association, International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA), , Association suisse de l’arbitrage (ASA), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) London, the European Association of Banking & Financial Law (Association Européenne de Droit Bancaire et Financier, AEDBF) Paris, the Association française des avocats conseils d’entreprise (ACE, the French commercial bar), the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) UK, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and its Task Force on Maximizing the Probative Value of Witness Evidence, ICC Arab Arbitration Group and ICC Lebanon’s Committee on Arbitration; the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) USA and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL). He is also an Associate Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies-University of London and a Fellow of the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS), Salzburg, Austria.
English (fluent), French (native) and Arabic (native)