Silke Elrifai


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Silke Elrifai practices in the field of international disputes, financial regulation and sanction compliance, mainly in and relating to the Middle East and North Africa. She regularly advises clients on large scale investments in the region, including in blockchain-related ventures and crypto-assets. She has extensive experience in the settlement of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes as well as the prosecution and defense of international arbitration claims.

Prior to joining Amereller, Ms. Elrifai practiced at several international law firms in London, Moscow and Cairo. From 2011-2012, she was a fellow at the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies at Stanford Law School. She began her legal career in 2006 clerking for Judge Teddy Meron at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, after having worked in finance & banking in London.

Ms. Elrifai maintains an active interest in decentralized autonomous organisations and their transnational regulation.

Solicitor (England & Wales), 2009
Attorney at Law (New York), 2013
Registered Legal Practitioner, Part II (DIFC, UAE), 2015
Rechtsanwältin (Berlin, Germany), 2016
FCIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators), 2016

INCEIF/ Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Kuala Lumpur, (Dipl. Islamic Finance & Banking Arbitration)
Stanford Law School, Stanford University, Stanford, (J.S.M.)
BPP University College, London, (P.Grad.Dipl. Legal Practice)
City University Law School, London, (LL.B. Hons.)
LSE, London, (B.Sc. Mathematics & Economics)

English, German, Arabic and Farsi
Recent publications include:

OFAC issues cryptocurrency compliance guidance, suggesting it may add digital cryptocurrency addresses to its SDN List, Amereller Client Alert (May 2018)

The Current Legal Status of Cryptocurrencies, Initial Coin Offerings and Distributed Ledger Technology in the UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Amereller Client Alert (March 2018) [co-authored with G Gunson, and K Bälz]

Arbitral Institutions through the Magnifier: On the Nature of their Decisions and Exposure to Suit, 19 CARDOZO J. CONFLICT RESOL. 308 (2018) [co-authored with A A Hasaan, L Lozano]

Equity-Based Discretion and the Anatomy of Damages Assessment in Investment Treaty Law, 34(5) J INT’L ARB 835 (2017)

Länderbericht Vereinte Arabische Emirate, in Internationaler Rechtsverkehr in Zivil- und Handelssachen, Geimer/Schütze, C.H. Beck (50. Ed., November 2015)

GAR Investment Treaty Arbitration Know-How on Saudi Arabia, Global Arbitration Review (April 2016 and March 2015)

Egypt’s Ban on Public Interest Litigation in Government Contracts: A Case Study of “Judicial Chill”, 51 STAN. J. INT’L. L. 147 (2015)

ليبيا: على طريق تجريم المالية التقليدية؟ المقالة الأسبوعية، طومسون رويترز, 2 مارس 2015

بعيدا عن المركز الدولي لتسوية منازعات الاستثمار بالبنك الدولي (ICSID): شركة محمد عبد المحسن الخرافي وأولاده ضد ليبيا، المقالة الأسبوعية، طومسون رويترز, 24 فبراير 2015

Lasting Infancy or Coming of Age? Insolvency Considerations when Islamic Finance Vehicles Fail, INSOL World, Focus: Africa & Middle East, Vol. 4 (2014)

Short Report on the ICC Commission Report on States, State Entities and ICC Arbitration, Transnational Dispute Management 3 (2014)