Youssef & Partners

Karim A. Youssef

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Practice Areas

Key Practice areas include

• International commercial arbitration

• Investment treaty claims

• Public international law

• Government contract and privatisation disputes

• Construction arbitration and litigation

• Enforcement and annulment procedures


Dr. Karim A. Youssef is managing partner and head of international arbitration at Youssef & Partners, and one of the leading figures in arbitration in the MENA region. His practice focuses on commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and international law.

Karim has acted as counsel or arbitrator in over 103 international arbitrations under a variety of rules, including the ICC, CRCICA, DIAC, UNCITRAL, SCC, ICSID and PCA. Karim represents regional and international clients in the highest-profile local and regional disputes and large-value claims, across a wide array of industries and key sectors.

Highlights of Karim’s counsel work include representing investors in investment treaty claims, including in Cementos La Union SA & Aridos Jativa SLU v. the Arab Republic of Egypt, as well as representing investors in a bet-the-company dispute worth over USD 2 billion involving a Middle Eastern seaport.

Karim played a dominant role in the Egyptian market since the Arab Spring, and was involved in the largest commercial and investment treaty claims arising from it, including in disputes concerning the post–2011 unwinding of Moubarak-era privatizations.

He has received a number of awards and honours. Legal 500 said Karim is 'a leading light in international arbitration and excels in investment treaty matters'.

Karim was educated at Yale Law School (LL.M.; J.S.D.), and Paris and Cairo Universities.