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Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

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Cairo, Dubai, Khartoum

Dr Amr Abbas

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Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

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International Arbitration


Dr. Amr Abbas is a Partner and Head of the Arbitration Department within the Dispute Resolution Practice Group at Matouk Bassiouny. Dr. Abbas is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Cairo University. Dr. Abbas practice includes representing and advising clients on international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration as well as competition and other disputes. His experience includes also advising clients on oil & gas, projects, M&A and corporate and commercial issues.


Prior to joining Matouk Bassiouny, Dr. Abbas has worked with White and Case LLP and the World Bank in Washington DC, as well as, Sharkawy & Sarhan and Ibrachy & Dermarkar law firms in Cairo. Dr. Abbas has acted as a legal adviser to the Egyptian Competition Authority between 2014 and 2015, where he advised on pending cases as well as on draft laws and regulation. Dr. Abbas has also advised the Ministry of Petroleum on the draft natural gas law and acted as Egypt’s In-Country Evaluator for the United Nations Global Compact Anti-Corruption Collective Action Project in 2015. Before that, Dr. Abbas was a partner at Sharkawy & Sarhan between 2011 and 2014. There, Dr. Abbas’ practice included representing clients in disputes, M&A, finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial law issues. Between 2008 and 2011 Dr. Abbas worked at White & Case, where he worked on international arbitration before the ICC and ICSID. Between 2006 and 2008, Dr. Abbas worked as an attorney at the World Bank’s legal department in Washington DC. His work at the World Bank included negotiating and drafting legal agreements related to partial risk guarantees; loans and credits; trust fund and global partnerships operations; and various legal agreements for the World Bank’s carbon finance projects and operations. While at the World Bank, Dr. Abbas was the recipient of two performance awards in recognition “of his important contributions in bringing about the successful closure of the partial risk guarantee for the Amman Power Project in Jordan”; and in recognition of his “valuable contributions to the Project Finance and Cofinancing Group on carbon finance operations.” Dr. Abbas began his career as an attorney with Ibrachy & Dermarkar in Cairo. During his time there, Dr. Abbas’ work included advising and representing banks, major airline operators, oil & gas companies, construction companies, and sovereigns in international commercial arbitration and in Egyptian Capital Market arbitration as well as in a wide range of corporate and business law issues.


Arabic English


Egyptian Bar Association – Member New York State Bar Association — Member


University of London, Queen Mary College, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, PhD, London, UK The George Washington University Law School, LL.M., Washington DC Cairo University, Faculty of Law, LL.M., Cairo, Egypt Cairo University, Faculty of Law, English Section, LL.B. with distinguished honors as the highest ranking LLB candidate in the English Section Cairo, Egypt , May 2000


Dispute resolution: arbitration

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Amr Abbas - Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy frequently handles CRCICA, ICC and ICSID proceedings for clients such as Etisalat Misr and Egyptian Indian Polyester Co. For Union Fenosa Gas, John Matouk and practice head Amr Abbas handled a $2bn CRCICA case against a state entity concerning contractual obligations.

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