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Brahim Mouelhi

Sami Houerbi started his legal career in 1992 with French and German law firms in Munich (Germany) and in Paris (France).

From 1999 to 2005, he was deputy counsel to the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), where he was responsible for the management and supervision of hundreds of international arbitration proceedings.

From 2005 to 2021, Sami Houerbi acted as Arbitration and ADR Director of the ICC International Court of Arbitration for the Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa. He was in charge of organizing capacity-building trainings and creating strategic partnerships with all legal stakeholders including State representatives, in-house Counsel, lawyers and judges…

Sami Houerbi acts regularly since 2006 as Counsel and arbitrator under ad hoc and institutional international arbitrations under the ICC, DIAC, ACIC, CRCICA and Swiss Rules with proven experience in the implementation procedures of international awards.

In 2008, he founded Houerbi Law firm, where he developed a recognized expertise in the field of business, energy and construction law and international dispute resolution.

Brahim Mouelhi is a senior lawyer specialized in international construction, energy and environment infrastructure and services’ transactions. During his over 30 years career as a Corporate Lawyer within several international Groups, he has been actively involved in a range of major projects worldwide at all implementation steps, from preliminary study, commercial negotiation, structuring project finance, contract management and final dispute settlement.

More specifically, he assisted commercial and operational teams in:

  • Negotiating and drafting sophisticated agreements (Concessions, PPP/PFI, EPC,
    License/Lease agreements, subcontracting and services contracts…), project
    financing and security package documentation, as well as political and technical risk
    guarantee instruments;
  • Drafting partnership and intra-group agreements, setting up joint ventures and
    special purpose vehicles in various jurisdictions, establishing governance rules and
    compliance procedures;
  • Participating at senior management level in risk management and strategical
    investment decision;
  • Advising on contract management as to multipartite relationship;
  • Elaborating and dealing with claim memoranda, conducting amicable settlement
    and /or dispute resolution proceeding.

During his long career, he has successively held the positions of: Head of Legal Department of the Channel Tunnel Project (French Site), Deputy Head of Legal of Bouygues Civil Works, International Legal Director of SAUR Group, Legal Director Europe Division of COLAS Group, Head of Legal and Compliance of SCDM Energy Ltd.

Among the major deals in which he was involved, hands on:

Construction of 140 Kms Railway Project (Algeria); Channel Tunnel Project (France-UK); M5 and M6 Motorway Concession Projects (Hungary); Istrian Motorway Project (Croatia); Mendoza Water and Electricity Concessions (Argentina); Glasgow Sewage Plant (Scotland 2001-2003); Portsmouth Road Network (UK), Water and Electricity Concessions (Mali and Ivory Coast 2000-2006); numerous Road projects in Central Europe; Foxtrot Offshore Oil & Gas field (Ivory Coast).

In 1985, Brahim was sworn in at the Tunis Bar.

Since he retired, he carries out activities as Independent Consultant. In such capacity, he assisted his clients in connection with several infrastructure deals in France (Grand Paris Express, Metro and tramway works), the UK (HS2 London Manchester), Egypt, Uganda, and Chile.

Besides, he is an Adjunct Professor in Construction, International Environmental and Energy Law at several Law Schools (La Sorbonne Law School, Nice Côte d’Azur, and Paris Nanterre).
He is also listed on the Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators of the French Civil Works Association (FNTP) and the Cairo Regional Centre (CRCICA) and is accredited Mediator with the CIArb.

Brahim holds a Law degree from Al Manar Law Faculty (Tunis 1978) and two master’s degrees in finance and Fiscal Law and Public Law (Paris 2 University 1979-1980), a Certificate in Commercial Mediation (CIArb London 2018) and a Certificate in Arbitration practice (University of Versailles – Yvelines 2021); he participates regularly in many trainings with reputed institutions in dispute resolution and international legal and contracting activities (ICC, CIArb, FIDIC…).

He is an active member in numerous professional organizations, such as AECI (Association of Independent Construction Experts); FNTP (Federation Française de Travaux Publics), AIEN (Association of International Energy Negotiators) and DRBF (Dispute Resolution Board Foundation).

He is also a member of several professional organizations, including the AIEN (Association of International Energy Negotiators), the CILS Group of Mediators (Centre of International Legal Studies), the CMATP (Civil Works Mediation and Arbitration Committee), the DRBF (Dispute Resolution Board Foundation) and the CIArb.

  • 1978: Law Master Degree – Tunis Al Manar Law University
  • 1979: Finance & Fiscal Law Master Degree – University Paris II
  • 1980: Public Law Master Degree – University Paris II
  • 2012 : Formation on O&G Contracts – Institut Français du Pétrole et Energies
    Renouvelables
  • 2018: Training in Commercial Mediation (CIArb London) and Investor State
    Mediation (ICSID – World Bank Paris)
  • 2020: Update on FIDIC Rainbow suite of Contracts (EPC Version 2017)
  • 2021: Certificate of Arbitration Law & Practice – Versailles St Quentin University.
  • Regular attendance of the ICC Institute trainings on international arbitration, as well as DRBF Dispute Boards.
  • 2019/2020: President of Arbitral Tribunal in connection with a dispute opposing two Joint Venturers related to a construction of a Dam Project in France.
  • 2019: Le renouveau de la mediation Investisseur Etat, Journal du Management Juridique.
  • Fluent in Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • Speaks Italian(Basic)
  • Speaks Spanish (Basic).

Sami Houerbi is a Court Member at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC), a Board member of the Tehran Regional Arbitration Center (TRAC) and a Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of Hong Kong Arbitration Center (HKIAC) and Shanghai Arbitration Center (SHIAC).

Furthermore, he is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), the International Arbitration Institute of the French Committee of Arbitration and the Swiss Arbitration Association.

Sami Houerbi speaks four languages which are Arabic, English, French and German.

  • Lawyer at the Tunis Bar
  • M, University of Ludwig Maximilian, Munich
  • Postgraduate Diploma on international law at the University Paris II
  • First law degree at the University Paris II
  • Pre-law degree at the University of Saarbrucken, Germany

Sami Houerbi is a contributor in several publications in the field of international arbitration. The most recent: “Wolters Kluwer – Arbitration in Africa: A Practitioner’s Guide: Author of the Chapter on North Africa”.

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Brahim Mouelhi is an:
-Arbitrator, Mediator, DAB, Independent Consultant
-Lecturer in Energy & Environmental Law
-Head of Legal (Retired)

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20 Villa Caroline, 78960 – Voisins le Bretonneux France
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