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 and is licensed as Legal Consultant in the UAE (RAK) since 2017. He has been appointed Specialist Counsel (Avocat spécialiste) in International, European and Arab laws by the French National Council of the Bar (CNB) in 2020. 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, OHADA countries) 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. He also practices as an international arbitrator from Chambers in London