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Karim Youssef, J.S.D.

Founder & Managing Partner
Head of International Arbitration
Head of High Net-Worth Individuals

Dr. Karim A. Youssef is founder of Youssef & Partners, a Global Arbitration Review (GAR) 100 law firm, and a regional leader in dispute resolution. Karim leads the international arbitration and international law practices at the Firm. His practice focuses on commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, complex high-value disputes and international law, and is world-renowned in the respective fields. Karim represents key Egyptian and regional clients and some of the World’s most significant global corporations in high-profile local, regional and purely international disputes, and large-value and complex claims. Karim has featured and continues to feature as counsel or arbitrator in some of the highest-profile and largest commercial and investment treaty claims in the region.

Karim also spends part of his time giving strategic advice to some of the region’s most significant corporations across a wide array of key industries and sectors, and he also heads the firm’s high net-worth individuals practice.

Karim represents Egyptian, regional and international clients in high-profile local, regional and purely international disputes, and large-value and complex claims, across a wide array of key industries. Karim has featured and continues to feature as counsel or arbitrator in some of the highest-profile and largest commercial and investment treaty claims in the region.

Karim has received some of the highest distinctions by peers and clients. Among others, he has been described as “a leading light in international arbitration” (Legal 500, 2018) and “Karim Youssef is recognized in the market as a “top arbitration guy.” He has an impressive, region-spanning practice which sees him represent international companies in investment treaty disputes and other arbitration claims against state entities. With expertise in international law, he frequently represents clients in multibillion-dollar arbitrations seated around the world. A client was glad to say that Youssef has “proved to be an effective advocate.” (Chambers Global Guide, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, 2020).

Karim was educated at Yale Law School, Paris 1 (Sorbonne) and Cairo universities.

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Mr. César R. Ternieden

Mr. César R. Ternieden


Mr. César R. Ternieden focuses on international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. He has significant expertise in the construction, hotel management, automobile, and distribution and agency industries.

César earned his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law (cum laude) and is admitted to the State Bar of Arizona.  César speaks English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, German and Egyptian Arabic.

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Mr. Kamel Elshandidy

Partner, Dispute Resolution Group

Kamel Elshandidy focuses on complex litigation and arbitration disputes. He has about 15 years of experience representing national and international clients in complex disputes.

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Dr. Radwa Elsaman

Dr. Radwa Elsaman, S.J.D

Senior Counsel
Head of Corporate & Transactional Department

Dr. Radwa El Saman has 20+ years of experience providing consultancy on business law and high-stake commercial transactions with global law firms and in-house legal departments. Her areas of expertise include negotiating/drafting contracts, advising on M&A, setting-up JV and restructuring cross-border transactions, providing day-to-day advice, representing clients vis-à-vis regulatory authorities, and confirming compliance with laws.

In addition, Radwa has assisted governments and private sector entities with legal and institutional reform. She worked as a legal expert for various international entities such as the World Bank Group, the USAID, the EIB, the IDLO, and the AFD. Moreover, Radwa has contributed to issuing/amending many financial laws in Egypt and regionally in Syria and Jordan.

She is also a Professor of Law at Cairo University and a visiting professor at some reputable universities in the USA. Finally, she is well-known for her legal publications with learned international journals. Recently, her book on franchising law has been identified as one of the 6 best franchising books worldwide. Radwa received her LLM and PhD in law from the American University’s Washington College of Law, and LLB from Cairo University.

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Mohamed Farouk

Senior Litigation Attorney

Mr. Farouk’s practice focuses on litigation and arbitration-related court proceedings. He is a seasoned litigator with more than 25 years of experience. He has extensive experience in litigating all types of commercial and civil matters. He pleads cases before all types of and levels of courts, including trial and first instance courts, appellate courts and appellate divisions, the Court of Cassation, and the Constitutional Court of Egypt. He appears, in the context of high-profile representation, before specialized courts, including economic courts, tax courts and criminal courts. He also has outstanding experience in managing and litigating labor disputes.

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Kholoud Hafez

Kholoud Hafez

Senior Associate

Kholoud focuses on strategic and complex litigation, arbitration-related court proceedings, international commercial arbitration, high-value disputes, and international law. She is educated at the American University in Cairo and Cairo University.

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