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Guled Yusuf



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Guled Yusuf



Guled advises on public international law, investment treaty arbitration and international commercial arbitration.

Guled has experience in private practice and intergovernmental organisations, including representing an African State at the UN General Assembly and serving as a legal adviser to the Food and Agriculture Organization. He has published a number of articles and book chapters on international arbitration and public international law, including co-authoring a chapter in ICSID's 50th Anniversary book ("Building International Investment Law") edited by its Secretary-General.

He currently serves as Chair of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre's (SIAC) Users Council Committee for Africa and as member of the SIAC Users Council Executive Committee.  Guled also serves as a member of the Peer Review Board of the American Review of International Arbitration. He is also advising on Intergovernmental Authority for Development (an eight-country trade bloc) on the creation of an arbitration centre in East Africa. He was previously a member of the New York City Bar Association's Arbitration Committee.

News & insights

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Publications: 24 JUNE 2020

The governing law of an arbitration agreement and why it matters

The Court of Appeal ruled that, where there is no express choice of law governing the arbitration agreement, there is a strong presumption that the parties have impliedly chosen the law of the seat.…

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News: 19 JUNE 2020

Global trends in private M&A: Covid-19 update

We have recently produced an updated client presentation on global trends in private M&A. Over the last eight years, we have analysed almost 1,300 private M&A deals that Allen & Overy advised on…

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Publications: 29 MAY 2020

Ashwani Minda v U-Shin: The Delhi High Court's recent observations on emergency arbitrator relief and the availability of court-ordered interim measures

The Delhi High Court has held that the choice of certain institutional arbitration rules could potentially disentitle parties to foreign-seated arbitrations from approaching the Indian courts for…

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Publications: 24 OCTOBER 2019

The first step is understanding the barriers that exist

At the highest levels of the legal industry, even in the most international firms, people from minority backgrounds are under-represented. Movement on this issue has been slow, but A&O – like many…

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2012

Admitted to the bar, State of New York, USA, 2018


LL.B., Law with French Law (Hons), University of Warwick, 2008

LL.M., Columbia University (James Kent Scholar, Edwin Parker Prize), 2014

Published work

Co-Author, "Removing the Sword of Damocles: ICSID Denunciation under Articles 71 and 72 - Fábrica de Vidrios Los Andes, CA and Owens-Illinois de Venezuela, CA v Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela", ICSID Review (Spring 2018)

Co-Author, "Precedent & Jurisprudence Constante", published in Building International Investment Law: The First 50 Years of ICSID (Meg Kinnear et al. (ed.), Kluwer Law International, 2015)

Contributing Author, Arbitration in Africa: A Practitioner's Guide (Lise Bosman (ed.), Kluwer Law International, 2013)

Co-Author, "The End Times for Timbuktu?", The New York Times (31 July 2012)