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Girgis Abd El-Shahid

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Shahid Law Firm

Work Department

  • Competition and Compliance
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution
  • TMT


Managing Partner


  • Girgis is one of the youngest Egyptian lawyers to be appointed to tackle some of the most difficult arbitration cases in Egypt and the Middle East.
  • Girgis specializes in dispute settlement, with a particular focus on energy-related disputes; mergers and acquisitions; corporate and commercial agreements; joint venture arrangements; banking and finance; securities offerings; telecommunications; and intellectual property.
  • Girgis focuses mainly on commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and international law and is renowned for his special expertise in complex multiparty arbitrations.
  • Girgis is recognized for his knowledge in handling all types of corporate and commercial disputes, from routine matters to large and complex multinational arbitrations.
  • Girgis also has significant experience in advising clients in various industries such as logistics, aviation, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, construction, energy, oil and gas as well as project finance and banking. Over his career, Girgis has represented clients in the aforementioned industries and more in flagship M&A transactions totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Girgis regularly publishes articles in his various fields of practice and is a regular panelist and speaker in many local and international conferences on arbitration, energy & infrastructure projects.


  • "Egypt Chapter” in Energy Disputes, GTDT, Law Business Research, UK (2016)  (with César R. Ternieden).
  • "Egypt Chapter” in International Arbitration in Africa, LexNoir (2016) (with César R. Ternieden).
  • "Egypt Chapter” in Investment Treaty Arbitration, GTDT, Law Business Research, UK (2016) (with César R. Ternieden and Salma Abdel Aziz).
  • "Shahid Law Firm Legislative Update: Employee Profit Sharing Provision under Egyptian Investment Law”, Africa House – CMS-CMCK (online ed. Sept. 2015) (with César R. Ternieden and Salma Abdelaziz).
  • "The Riyadh Agreement, a Step Forward or a Step Backwards?”, Journal of Arab Arbitration, Vol. 23 (2015) (with Inji Fathalla).
  • "A new decision by the Court of Cassation adding another stir to the ongoing controversy in relation to the requirement of the minister’s approval to arbitration for administrative contracts”, Journal of Arab Arbitration, Vol. 24 (2015) (with Inji Fathalla).
  • "Certain Aspects of Egyptian Arbitration Law” Notícias CCBC – Brasil-Canadá News, online ed. n. 327 (July 2015) (with César R. Ternieden).
  • "Egypt Chapter” in Oil Regulations, GTDT (2014 & 2015) (with Donia El-Mazghouny).
  • "Unilateral Option Clauses in Arbitration: a Survey as to their effectiveness”, Clifford Chance Briefing Note(2013 & 2015) (with César R. Ternieden).
  • "Conducting Oil & Gas Activities in Egypt”, CMS Cameron McKenna Briefing Note (2014 & 2015) (with César R. Ternieden).
  • "Franchising in Egypt”, in Franchising in Africa 2014: Legal and Business Considerations” in LexNoir (2014).


  • Identified amongst the world’s leading and Egypt’s youngest arbitration practitioners in Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders 2018.
  • Identified in Who’s Who Legal: Energy 2017 “as being among the world’s leading energy lawyers.”
  • Recommended and praised for having a "good reputation" and diverse practice by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
  • Recognized by Legal 500 as “extremely personable, [having] vast knowledge of Egyptian law”, “extremely responsive and having a unique international outlook” “smart, articulate, knowledgeable and business-oriented,” and “simply excellent, very bright and entrepreneurial” with advice that is “always spot on”.
  • Recognized by Chambers & Partners as one of Egypt’s top arbitration litigators for 2018.
  • Featured as a notable practitioner in the Chambers Dispute Resolution guide, recognized as “impressive – very driven and very business-oriented” and is acknowledged for his “solution-oriented, thorough and strategic” approach.
  • According to Who’s Who Legal, clients have said that Girgis Abd El-Shahid "has, time and time again, proved himself able to successfully, and swiftly, navigate the complexities and challenges that Egyptian law routinely poses".

Additional Information

  • Panelist at a conference organized by the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) on the Egyptian Investment Regulatory Framework (2015).
  • Speaker at the conference organized in conjunction with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Energy, the Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency, and in partnership with Eversheds, DNV GL, IFC, EBRD, and Apricum, on the latest details of the planned Feed-in Tariff Programme in Egypt (2015).
  • Speaker at Young ICCA Conference on “Arbitration in the Middle East, The Issues, The Benefits, The Challenges” held in Bahrain (2015).
  • Speaker at the ICC/SCL Conference on “Dispute Resolution & Construction Contracts in Egypt” held in Cairo, Egypt (2015 & 2016).
  • Speaker at the ICC YAF Conference on “Arbitrator Ethics: The Importance of Being Impartial” held in Cairo, Egypt (2015 & 2016).
  • Speaker at the 2nd Annual GAR Live Dubai on Which Arbitration Seat Should One Select in the Middle East held in Dubai, UAE (2015).


  • Arabic (native)
  • English (fluent)


  • American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham)
  • British Egyptian Business Associations (BEBA)
  • Swiss Egyptian Business Associations (SEBA)
  • Egypt-US Business Council
  • International Court of Arbitration (ICC)


  • American University in Cairo, June 2001
    A. in Economics, Minor in Business Administration (PA Cup Nominee)
  • Cairo University, English Section, May 2003
    LL.B., Bachelor of Arts in Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center, May 2004
    LL.M., International Legal Studies
    Concentration:  International Business Transactions, Project Finance and Arbitration

He returned to Egypt in 2005 to become a Public Prosecutor before resigning in 2007 to become a full-time private legal practitioner.


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Shahid Law Firm has a strong track record of high-quality work on high-value finance transactions, notably in the area of project finance. Sarwat Abd El-Shahid, Girgis Abd El-Shahid and Tarek Badawy are the key contacts. The practice arranged $243m in senior debt for the financing of a portfolio of solar power projects.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Shahid Law Firm is 'reliable, reputable, very competent, responsible, transparent and flexible' and counts multinational corporations such as Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie and GlaxoSmithKline among its clients. Michael Boutros, Nabil Rizkalla, Girgis Abd El-Shahid and Jacqueline Saad are the firm's outstanding practitioners.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration

Shahid Law Firm has more than 30 year's experience in international arbitration and recently worked with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP on the high-value oil and gas Peace Pipeline cases before ICSID, the ICC and CRCICA. César R. Ternieden, Girgis Abd El-Shahid and Sarwat Abd El-Shahid are the key contacts.

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Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

Shahid Law Firm is 'very reliable and knows how to manage cases efficiently'. The firm stands out for its strong experience in Egyptian courts and the stellar reputations of Sarwat Abd El-Shahid, Nabil El-Bedewy and Girgis Abd El-Shahid. Abbott, Doosan and Middle East Broadcasting Company are among their clients.

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Within: Energy

Donia El-Mazghouny leads the energy and projects practice at Shahid Law Firm and focuses heavily on the development, structuring and financing of solar and wind power projects. She acted for Scatec Solar on the development of a new solar plant. Girgis Abd El-Shahid and César R. Ternieden are also recommended.

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Projects and infrastructure

Within: Projects and infrastructure

The projects and infrastructure practice at Shahid Law Firm has experienced partners in Girgis Abd El-Shahid and Donia El-Mazghouny, who together advised Scatec Solar on a major new solar power plant project. They also assisted EDF Energies Nouvelles with a 100MW solar project.

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Within: TMT

Shahid Law Firm advises technology and telecoms companies on corporate transactions, litigation and regulatory matters. Girgis Abd El-Shahid, Sameh Attia and international business partner Tarek Badawy are recommended. The practice handled a large defamation claim for a regional television network.

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