Karim J. Nassif

Karim J. Nassif

Office 1411, Bayswater Business Bay Dubai, UAE

Karim J. Nassif has more than 20 years of experience in arbitration, mediation, civil law, contract law, commercial and corporate law, banking and finance, real estate and construction law. He has acted as counsel, mediator, adjudicator and arbitrator in many complex disputes under leading international and regional arbitration rules, including the rules of the ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, AAA-ICDR, GCC, UNCITRAL, IICRA and ADCCAC; in various cases seated in the UK, France, USA, Switzerland and throughout the Middle East; and governed by a variety of national laws (Lebanon,

UAE – including DIFC, France, England and Wales, Qatar, Bahrein, Oman, Libya, New York, OHADA …) or sharia law. He has acted as expert in civil law in many complex disputes whether before arbitration panels (ICC) or courts (Difc Courts, England and Wales, Australia, to name a few.

Karim has authored and co-authored several publications in English, French and Arabic and he has frequently been a speaker in international conferences and seminars on international arbitration, civil code, mediation, commercial contracts, property, family structuring and legislative reform matters; including ICC, LCIA, IBA, DIAC, Arab Forum, CRCICCA, DIFC Academy of Law, Paris Bar, Society of Construction Law etc .. events. He pleads in English, French and Arabic. After obtaining an LLB and LLM (Hons) in Business Law and a Diploma in Law and IT from the University of Montpellier, Karim J. Nassif served as a lecturer in civil and commercial law. He is admitted to the Beirut Bar and is licensed as a legal consultant in Dubai. Before creating Nassif Arbitration, Karim served as a Partner in leading European and Emirati law firms where he headed for many years and subsequently the departments of international arbitration, real-estate and construction, and corporate commercial; he was as well counsel to one of the leading shipping liners in the world and a lawyer in a leading law-firm in Beirut. Finally, Karim is the current Vice-Chairman of the IBA Mediation Committee and he is the former Conference Quality Officer of the IBA Mediation Committee.

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