Sara Koleilat-Aranjo is a partner at Al Tamimi & Company, the largest law firm in the Middle East. Sara regularly advises and represents clients in arbitration and arbitration-related court proceedings across the MENA region arising out of inbound and outbound investments. In addition to her work as counsel, Sara also sits as an arbitrator and acts in mediation proceedings.
Sara is a member of several professional organizations. She is an elected Board member of ArbitralWomen, a Paris-based organization seeking to promote women in international dispute resolution. Sara serves as a Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Sara is appointed as an expert member of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)’s Court’s Arbitration Division Working Group and the International Bar Association (IBA) Arab Regional Form and Subcommittee on International Arbitration Case Law.
In addition to her practice, Sara is an Associate Professor of Law at the Université Paris II – Panthéon-Assas where she lectures on comparative judicial systems: civil law, common law, and Islamic law.
Sara is recognized in Who’s Who Legal for her experience in arbitration and was selected as the recipient of the Middle East Rising Lawyer Award of 2019 by The Association of Corporate Counsel, The American Lawyer, and The Legal Week.
She holds an LL.B. in French and Lebanese law from Saint-Joseph University, a Masters in International Business Law from the University of Paris, a Masters in Strategic Management and Finance from the Echole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Sociales (ESSEC Business School) in Paris, and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.
She is admitted to the New York, Paris, and Beirut Bars and is a registered legal consultant in the Emirate of Dubai.