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Sarwat Abd El-Shahid

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Shahid Law Firm

Work Department

  • Anti-corruption
  • Competition and Compliance
  • Construction and Real Estate
  • Disputes
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Investor/State Disputes
  • Labor and Employment
  • Wills and Estates


Chairman and Founding Partner of Shahid Law Firm


  • Sarwat is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Shahid Law Firm. He is a former judge and counselor of the Egyptian State Council (Conseil d’Etat) and is a registered patent attorney.
  • Since his entry into private practice, Sarwat has provided legal advice on various matters including mergers and acquisitions, local and international public securities offerings, corporate finance and restructuring, securitization, investments, estate and tax planning and insurance.
  • Some of the industries that have benefitted from Sarwat’s expertise include pharmaceuticals and healthcare, insurance, banking and finance, construction and real estate, infrastructure including BOT and BOOT schemes, logistics and transportation, oil and gas, and renewable and clean energy.
  • Sarwat also has over thirty years of experience with regard to contentious matters including litigation and arbitration – appearing before courts of all levels across Egypt, and the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards; and is also a regularly appointed arbitrator at the Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA). In addition, he is very active in the Egyptian business community.
  • Furthermore, Sarwat is usually appointed as an expert in various English Courts and was also chosen in 2017 among the list of arbitrators recommended by the Ministry of Justice.

    Law Journals/Books

    “Legal Privatization Issues in Egypt,” Euromoney Publications, 1999/2000 (with Rania Bata).

    Short Articles and Blog Posts

    “The Phenomenon of Existence of Plenty of Criminal Judgments in absentia in Egypt Due to the Non-Acceptance of Hearing the Defense of the Absent Accused Person in Felonies”, Al-Ahram Weekly, March 5, 2015. Also, the article appeared on June 25, 2015, in Egyptian Justice (


  • Arabic (native)
  • English (fluent)


  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Swiss Egyptian Business Association (SEBA)
  • British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA)
  • American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham)
  • Association of Arab & African Arbitrators
  • Egyptian Association for Political Economy, Statistics and Legislation
  • Egyptian International Law Association
  • Advisory Board of the Young Arab Arbitrators Forum (“YAAF”)


Ain Shams University, 1972-1976

LL.M, Master’s Degree in Law (Public Law and International Private Law)

Ain Shams University, 1967

LL.B, Bachelor of Law


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-ShahidGirgis 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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Dispute resolution: arbitration

Within: Leading individuals

Sarwat Abd El-Shahid - Shahid Law Firm

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. TerniedenGirgis Abd El-Shahid and Sarwat Abd El-Shahid are the key contacts.

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Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Sarwat Abd El-Shahid - Shahid Law Firm

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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