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César Ternieden

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Shahid Law Firm

Work Department

  • Dispute Resolution/Arbitration
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Construction
  • Oil & Gas
  • Corporate and M&A


Senior Of Counsel


  • César is a US licensed (State Bar of Arizona, US) attorney. Since joining Shahid Law Firm in 2010 as Of Counsel, he has acted for multiple international clients such as BG Group, Edison International S.p.A., Eni S.p.A., GazProm, Vegas Oil and Gas S.A., Merlon Egypt, Energean Oil & Gas (Egypt) Limited, GAMESA, FourWinds Group, Mineral Industriali S.r.l., Suez Company for Mining, BMW Egypt, Eli Lilly, MundiPharma, Sonesta, Hilton International, InterContinental, and ACE Insurance.
  • César concentrates on international investment and commercial arbitration, international commercial agreements, M&A, and agency and distributorships, with extensive work in the oil & gas, pharmaceutical, and hotel management industries.  César has also taught Egyptian business law as a Visiting Professor at the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Cairo.


    • Ternieden, César R., “Egyptian Law on the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards Set Aside in the Country of Origin”, Journal of Arab  (to be published).
    • Shahid, Girgis A., Ternieden, César R., and Abdelaziz, Salma, “Egypt” at Jagusch, Stephen and Triantafilou, Epaminontas (eds.), Getting the Deal Through– Investment Treaty Arbitration (2017, 2018, 2019 eds.).
    • Shahid, Girgis A. and Ternieden, César R., “Egypt” at Wood, William and Miller, Neil (eds.), Getting the Deal Through– Energy Disputes (2017, 2018 eds.).
    • Ternieden, César R., Badawy, Tarek and Abd El-Shahid, Sarwat, “Arbitrability and Choice of Law in Transfer of Technology Agreements under Egyptian Law”, Journal of Int’l Arb.Vol 34, 1 (Wolters Kluwer, 2017).
    • Badawy, Tarek and Ternieden, César R., “Treading the waters of Egyptian commercial agency laws, and their impact on foreign-based tendering investors”, 2  Com. L. Rev.229 (2016).
    • Shahid, Girgis A. and Ternieden, César R., “Egypt” at Wood, William and Miller, Neil (eds.), Getting the Deal Through– Energy Disputes (2016).
    • Ternieden, César R. and Shahid, Girgis A., “Shahid Law Firm Legislative Update: Employee Profit Sharing Provision under Egyptian Investment Law”, LinkedIn (Jan. 2016).
    • Ternieden, César R., and Shahid, Girgis A., “Certain Aspects of Egyptian Arbitration Law”, Notícias CCBC - Brasil-Canadá News (online ed. n. 327, Jul. 2015).

    Guest Speaker

    • RISC, Oct. 2015, 2016 Cairo, Egypt: 6-hour volunteer workshops to young attorneys on “International Commercial Arbitration”.
    • YAF-ICC Conference, Dec. 2014, Cairo, Egypt: Speaker panel member: “Constituting an arbitral tribunal: Human nature, the party-appointed arbitrator and what they didn’t teach you in law school”.
    • MENA Project Finance and PPP Conference, Sep. 2012, Cairo, Egypt: Speaker panel member: “Attracting Private Investors: What Assurances can Governments Offer?”


    • Recommended Attorney by The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa, 2016, 2017, 2018 edition.
    • Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Assistance 2005-2007, by International Institute of the East Bay, Oakland, CA, Nov. 2007.
    • Top Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona Award presented by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, Phoenix, AZ, June 10, 2004.
    • Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Service, by Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, Florence, AZ, Oct. 16, 2003 and Oct. 24, 2002.


  • English (fluent)
  • French (fluent)
  • Portuguese (fluent)
  • Spanish (fluent)
  • German (advanced)
  • Egyptian Arabic (advanced)


  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, May 2000 
    Juris Doctor, cum laude International Law Concentration, with honors.
    Managing Editor, Boston University International Law Journal, 1999-2000
  • University of California at Los Angeles, California, March 1997
    S., Political Sciences and Physics, cum laude.


Dispute resolution: arbitration

Within: Leading individuals

César R. Ternieden - 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. Ternieden, Girgis Abd El-Shahid and Sarwat Abd El-Shahid are the key contacts.

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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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