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Zayyan, Hafsa

Hafsa Zayyan

Direct Tel: +44 20 7653 2033
Tel: +44 20 7653 2000 Fax: +44 20 7653 2100

Hafsa Zayyan is a senior associate in Quinn Emanuel’s London office. She joined the firm in 2016. Her practice focuses on international arbitration and cross-border, complex litigation. She has experience of representing clients in arbitrations under the ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICSID, SIAC, DIFC-LCIA and GCCCAC Rules, as well as ad-hoc arbitrations.   She regularly advises on complex commercial disputes, often with a civil fraud or asset-tracing angle and has represented high-net worth individuals as well as multinational corporations across a range of sectors including natural resources, energy and telecommunications.  Hafsa’s work is multi-jurisdictional and she has particular experience in Africa, the CIS and the Middle East.  Prior to joining the firm, Hafsa trained at a large international law firm in London, spending six months in Singapore.

Hafsa read law at the University of Cambridge and graduated with a first class degree in 2012. She went on to pursue a masters at the University of Oxford, completing the B.C.L. in 2013, where she specialised in international dispute resolution and conflicts of laws. She has had significant exposure to investor-state disputes and other public international law matters.

Hafsa was recognized as a key lawyer in the Legal 500 UK 2020 Edition for her work in the "Crime, Fraud and licensing - Fraud: Civil" practice area.

  • University of Oxford
    (B.C.L., 2013)
  • University of Cambridge
    (B.A., First Class, 2012)
  • Solicitor, England & Wales
  • Urdu
  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Observance of obligations, in The Investment Treaty Arbitration Review (4th Edition) (ed. Barton Legum), The Law Reviews (2019) (with Anthony Sinclair)

Burden and Standard of Proof at the Jurisdictional Stage, in Arbitration Under International Investment Agreements: A Guide to the Key Issues (2nd Edition) (ed. Katia Yannaca-Small), OUP, Jul. 2018 (with Baiju S Vasani, Timothy L Foden)