Ziad Mouallem



  • General Commercial Litigation
  • International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
  • Cross-boarder Litigation and Enforcement


  • PhDc, International Arbitration, Long-term program, Paris II Panthéon-Assas, France, submitted in 2014, to be presented and published in 2018.
  • LL.M., International Arbitration , Filière Francophone de Droit, Paris-Beirut, In collaboration with the University of Paris II, 2002.
  • Postgraduate DEA, Diploma in Business Law, with honours, Lebanese University, Faculty of law, Beirut, 1998.
  • LL.B., Private & Business Law specialization, ISSED, Joint program with the University of Montpellier-France, Beirut, 1997


  • English
  • Arabic
  • French


Ziad Mouallem is Partner at the Firm operating from Dubai. He is a senior litigator specialized in multiple forms of dispute resolution, with a particular focus on international arbitration, enforcement and cross-border disputes under various legal systems, and an expert knowledge in investment arbitration, energy arbitration, litigation funding and claim assignment methods.

Ziad is a Middle-Eastern national fluent in Arabic, English and French (written & spoken) that possesses a strong academic pedigree. He has practiced throughout the Gulf region for 15 years, both with leading regional legal 500 law firms and also in-house with a major Abu Dhabi investment company where he was GC and Head of Litigation, and advised regional merchant families, HNW individuals, family offices and institutional clients.

Ziad provides broad corporate, commercial and DR legal services, and risk and conflict management solutions across a range of sectors in different jurisdictions. He regularly advises major companies throughout the Levant, Africa and the Gulf region and abroad across a broad spectrum of subject matter areas, mainly in relation to ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, ADCCAC, QICCA, CRCICA, LAC, UNCITRAL and ICSID arbitration rules, enforcement proceedings, complex court cases and settlements under various legal systems.

He has a strong and diverse litigation and arbitration practice. His private practice and previous in-house experience covers litigation and pre-contentious work for sectors such as commercial, corporate, investment, banking & finance, M&A, international contracts, real estate, BITs, concessions, insolvency, business crime, IP, construction (FIDIC), commodities, distribution and general trading among several others.

Currently working on the future publication on the topic of due process in the context of enforcement of international arbitral awards, a substantial contribution to a contractual-based ( non-statutory ) reading.


  • Member of the Beirut Bar Association
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • Member of the International Bar Association
  • Member of the ICC YAF


  • Present – Partner at Mahmood Hussain Advocates and Legal Consultancy
  • 2015 to date – Of Counsel at Levant Law Practice LLP – MENA
  • 2011 to 2015 – General Counsel & Head of Litigation at Al Qudra Holding P.J.S.C. – UAE
  • 2008 to 2011 – Counsel at Levant Law Practice LLP – Beirut-Riyadh-Doha
  • 2006 to 2008 – Of Counsel at Kadasa Law Firm in association with Fulbright & Jaworski – Riyadh-GCC
  • 1998 to 2005 – Partner at Mouallem & Associates boutique litigation firm, Beirut


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