Georges Affaki is a Chartered Arbitrator, a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and a member of the Panels of Arbitrators and of Conciliators of ICSID. He acts as chair, sole arbitrator, and co-arbitrator in arbitrations conducted under all international arbitral rules.
With over 25 years of experience as counsel in cross-border, complex proceedings, AFFAKI specialises in legal and strategic advice in relation to crisis management, international litigation with regulatory implications, and the taking of evidence in cross-border disputes. The firm also provides guidance to senior directors and board members on criminal and civil liability matters arising in the course of the performance of their employment or fiduciary duties.
Compliance and Corporate Investigations
Experts in complex compliance and enforcement matters including internal investigations, voluntary disclosures and the management of conflicting proceedings involving national and foreign regulatory agencies and law enforcement authorities, counsel at AFFAKI provide full-service representation and coordination in compliance and investigations, with particular expertise in strategic advice to senior management in complex international investigations and enforcement actions.
Chairman of the ICC France Banking Commission and founder of the Commission’s Legal Committee, Georges Affaki has years of professional and academic experience in all aspects of international banking and finance. AFFAKI provides full-service counsel and representation in international secured finance, trade and commodity financing, bank regulation (under international, European, French, and United States law), and bank restructuring and legal department reorganisations.
Law Reforms in Transition Economies
With years of experience in academia, in legal practice, and as in-house counsel, members of AFFAKI have led and participated in numerous transition economies’ legal reforms. AFFAKI specialises in rule-drafting and meeting global standards for legal reforms in both the developed and developing world.
Georges Affaki is broadly recognised for his expertise in international arbitration, international litigation, and banking and finance law. He has been consistently ranked as one of the most in-demand arbitrators and lawyers in his fields of practice.
Specialised in international dispute resolution, banking and finance law and regulation, and law reforms in transition economies, AFFAKI is an international law firm with the know-how and tools to meet its clients’ needs.
Combining leading positions in international organisations and academic institutions, Georges Affaki has developed decades’ worth of expertise in international commercial, financial, and investment law, as well as dispute resolution. Founding Partner Georges Affaki is admitted to practice as an avocat before the Court of Appeal of Paris. Associate Matthew Rogier is an avocat admitted to practice before the Court of Appeal of Paris and an attorney admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New York and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Reflecting its lawyers’ international backgrounds, the firm’s professional services are offered in English, French, and Arabic. AFFAKI offers advice on civil law, international law, comparative Arab law, and United States law. Georges Affaki is an empanelled arbitrator with the leading arbitration institutions in Europe, Asia, the MENA region, Oceania, and the Americas.
AFFAKI’s clients include international financial institutions, multilateral organisations, and global businesses across five continents, representing every sector of finance, trade, and industry.
AFFAKI shares its culture of excellence with a network of leading independent firms from around the world, with which we work to ensure the highest level of service to our clients for every imaginable cross-border need.
AFFAKI is proud of its pro bono commitment and is actively engaged in charitable and community projects.
Firm in the News
L'arrêt de la Cour Suprême, rendu le 23 décembre 2020 par l'Assemblée plénière, établit des remèdes judiciaires aux conséquences de la pandémie de Covid-19 sur les contrats régis par le droit saoudien.
In an effort led by Georges Affaki, the ICC Banking Commission National Committees voted overwhelmingly to approve the International Standard Demand Guarantee Practice (ISDGP), New ICC Publication No. 814E.
Georges Affaki becomes one of the first non-Saudi members of the SCCA Board of Directors.
Georges Affaki will share his insights on the choice of Paris as a seat for arbitral proceedings, with an overview of 10 years of the application of the French arbitration law.
Arbitrating Complex Financial Disputes: the P.R.I.M.E. Finance Solution at the International Arbitration Club of New York
24 March 2021, New York City Georges Affaki will lead a discussion during the meeting of the International Arbitration Club of New York on the arbitration of complex financial disputes and P.R.I.M.E. Finance, including the revision of the P.R.I.M.E. Finance...
Georges Affaki will participate in an online debate on the recent revisions of institutional arbitration rules
Georges Affaki will address the changes in arbitration practice induced by Pandemic-related restrictions.
Georges Affaki will speak at the three public consultations organised by P.R.I.M.E. Finance on the review of its Arbitration Rules.