Hogan Lovells Middle East practice lead jumps to King & Spalding

The company logo of the law firm King & Spalding is seen in their legal offices in Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S., May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
  • Samaa Haridi is an international arbitrator based in New York
  • Haridi is the vice president of the International Chamber of Commerce's International Court of Arbitration

(Reuters) - Atlanta-founded law firm King & Spalding on Tuesday said it has poached the New York-based leader of rival firm Hogan Lovells' Middle East practice.

A specialist in international arbitration, Samaa Haridi joins as a partner in King & Spalding's trial and disputes practice the firm said. She previously worked as a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Crowell & Moring.

Haridi is also vice president of the International Chamber of Commerce's International Court of Arbitration.

The ICC court bills itself as "the world's leading international arbitration institution." Haridi has represented multiple, unnamed foreign companies in ICC arbitration, sometimes under Saudi law, according to an archived version of her Hogan Lovells bio.

Haridi is fluent in French and Arabic and conversant in Spanish, King & Spalding said.

"Her connections in the Middle East will not only be of great value to our international arbitration team, but also for our other practices and offices that focus on developing and executing work in the region," Andy Bayman, the head of King & Spalding’s trial and global disputes practice group, said in a statement.

Des Hogan, the global head of Hogan Lovells' litigation, arbitration and employment practice group, thanked Haridi for her work and wished her well in a statement.

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