Farouk, a senior associate in our London office, advises clients on arbitrations governed by the ICC, ICSID, and UNCITRAL rules, with a focus on complex commercial and investor-State disputes in the telecommunications and oil and gas sectors. He is often called upon by clients to provide strategic advice in respect to disputes raising matters of taxation, international sanctions, and claims by competing governments.
Farouk’s recent experience includes:
- Representing a Middle Eastern government in an ICC arbitration under a production sharing agreement against an oil and gas major in which a key area of dispute concerns allegations of breach of the host-State’s environmental legislation
- Advising a European oil and gas major in relation to its investments in a Latin American State, including its rights under relevant bilateral investment treaties and concession agreements
- Advising an oil and gas major in relation to the occurrence of a force majeure event affecting its investments in an African State, including in respect of its inability to perform its obligations under environmental licences
- Representing a leading gas company in an LCIA arbitration brought by a US energy company in relation to the termination of a sale and purchase agreement for oil and gas assets in Egypt
- Representing French, Lebanese, and Jordanian investors in two ad hoc arbitrations commenced under the France-Libya bilateral investment treaty and OIC Agreement against the Libyan State
In addition, Farouk has acted as arbitrator under the ICC and DIAC rules. He is a member of the ICC Bulletin Editorial Board. He is also actively involved in the Firm’s pro bono practice, having recently assisted REDRESS in a landmark case before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR).
Prior to joining Three Crowns, Farouk was an international arbitration associate in the London office of a leading global firm, working as well in Riyadh and Dubai as a member of the firm’s Corporate and M&A teams. While in London, he was part of the firm’s Global Business and Human Rights and Global Sanctions Teams. Farouk was previously a legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, where he administered appointing authority requests, investor-State, and commercial arbitrations. He was also the Court’s acting representative in Mauritius, where he focused on promoting the Court’s activities and casework in Africa. In addition, Farouk has litigation experience before Quebec courts.
Farouk holds a PhD degree in public international law from Leiden University and was a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil law from the University of Ottawa and an LLM from the University of Montreal.
Farouk is a native Arabic and French speaker, also speaking Spanish and Italian fluently. He is a member of the Quebec and Paris Bars.