Sami Tannous is a partner based in the Dubai office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. He is an international arbitration specialist focusing on international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration.
Sami has represented clients in international arbitrations under all major arbitration rules including the ICC, LCIA, ICSID, DIAC, SCC and UNCITRAL rules, with seats in London, Paris, Dubai, Geneva, The Hague and Washington, and has also sat as arbitrator.
His practice has a particular focus on matters arising in the oil and gas industry, although he also has experience of arbitrations in the banking, real estate, defence, travel, media, and construction sectors. In addition, Sami is a member of Freshfields’ global investigations group, and regularly advises clients in internal corporate and regulatory investigations.
Sami graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a degree in law with French law and a Diplôme d’Etudes Juridiques Françaises from the Université Robert Schumann in Strasbourg. He obtained his Legal Practice Course from the College of Law London.
Before relocating to Dubai, Sami practised law in London and Paris. He is fluent in English, French and Italian.