Nahi El Hachem is an Associate in the Litigation department in London. Nahi is dual-qualified lawyer practicing as a New York-qualified attorney and as a Lebanese-qualified advocate. He practices law in Arabic, French and English.

Nahi has represented clients in various investment and commercial arbitrations under a variety of rules, such as the ICC, ICSID and LCIA rules, sited in both common and civil law jurisdictions, including Beirut, England, New York, France and Switzerland. He also has particular experience representing clients in commercial litigations in Middle Eastern jurisdictions such as Lebanon and the UAE.

Nahi has advised clients in the construction, oil & gas and financial services industries and also has experience in M&A disputes. He has also represented clients in proceedings to enforce international arbitral awards in various jurisdictions including New York, Lebanon and France.


Nahi was at WilmerHale for 5 years prior to joining Willkie and before that worked at a leading law firm in Lebanon.

  • Queen Mary University of London, 25 April 2019, “The Latest Trends in Arbitration Around the World: Spotlight on Asia, Africa and the Middle East”: Nahi El Hachem covered the Middle East region, speaking on the latest laws enacted in several countries in the Middle East and the latest arbitration rules of arbitral institutions in the Middle East with a focus on the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain; and recent developments in investment arbitration in the Middle east with a focus on claims initiated under the auspices of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) treaty

Nahi has advised on the following selected significant matters*:

  • Representing a Lebanese distributor of electrical power generating sets in an approximate US$ 75 million ad hoc arbitration arising out of an exclusive distribution agreement with a British provider of diesel engines
  • Represented a Chinese insurance company in an approximate US$ 1 billion post M&A dispute with a South Korean private equity firm in an ICC arbitration seated in Hong Kong
  • Represented a Middle Eastern government in one of the largest LCIA arbitrations ever pursued by value, with claims quantified at over US$ 35 billion
  • Represented a Middle Eastern government in proceedings before the English High Court over an approximate US$ 1.6 billion dispute with an international oil company arising out of a production sharing contract
  • Represented a European construction company in an ICSID arbitration against a Middle Eastern state concerning the construction of a power plant
  • Represented a Saudi Arabian investor in an ICC arbitration of a dispute with a Lebanese corporation over the ownership and management of a Lebanese television station
  • Acted for a British-Dutch professional services firm facing regulatory scrutiny and civil litigation across multiple jurisdictions including the UAE and US
  • Represented a Chinese investment company in proceedings to enforce a multi-million dollar CIETAC award in the United States
  • Advised a leading Chinese private property developers on resisting enforcement of a CIETAC award in proceedings before the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a US bank into allegations of misappropriation of funds
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a US technology corporation regarding allegations of corruption during the award of a contract for the construction of a power plant in a Middle Eastern country
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a Canadian based multinational media conglomerate regarding allegations of corruption in its coverage of news in a Middle Eastern state

*Nahi advised on some of these matters prior to joining Willkie.



University of Pennsylvania Law School, LLM, 2015 Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth, LLB, 2011

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