CEO Magazine talks to Karim A. Youssef about creating a cosmopolitan practice
The CEO Magazine – EMEA interviewed managing partner, Karim A. Youssef, in their February 2018 issue.
Karim talks about creating a cosmopolitan practice, servicing international clients, and championing equal opportunity employment in the Middle East.
It has a folio of investment treaty cases that is second to none in the region. Embedded in the company’s internal fabric is its international approach. “We are cosmopolitan in every bit of who we are and what we do,” Karim says. “The firm is composed of lawyers coming from eight nationalities who have been educated in three continents. And we deal with a wide array of cultural and legal backgrounds. We are what I call a business and legal melting pot.”
Karim asserts that arbitration requires a global approach, and how a business deals with this ‘melting pot’ determines whether it belongs in this new age of global business and legal services. The firm has been involved in several high-profile cases and manages claims in the range of US$3.5 billion.
Above all else, the firm ensures it takes care of its clients. “We understand their business very deeply,” Karim says. “We interact with them and provide them supreme legal services. It goes with our cosmopolitan way of doing business. We handle cases beyond a certain value, we hire from the top 1% of lawyers, and we win our cases.”
Read the full CEO Magazine article here.