Firm Profile > Shahid Law Firm > Cairo, Egypt

Shahid Law Firm
CAIRO 11511

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

At Shahid Law Firm, 'the team is very well constructed with members specialised in their field'. The practice provides 'dedicated teamwork and always delivers what it promises'. The group, which is led by 'phenomenal lawyer' Michael Boutros, Nabil Rizkalla and healthcare sector specialist Jacqueline Saad, acts for public and private companies, directors, managers, board members and investors, as well as entrepreneurs on corporate  activities, including M&A transactions, joint ventures, corporate governance and capital markets issues.

Practice head(s):

Michael Boutros; Nabil Rizkalla; Jacqueline Saad


Micheal Boutros is very smart and he can find solutions to problems and is well prepared.

The firm provides solutions that save time with high efficiency. The clear cut difference between Shahid Law Firm and others is that they know what they are proposing and they know the best way to achieve it.

The lawyers really over-deliver on what they promise.

The firm is very professional, showing commitment, responsibility and good communication.

The firm provides specialised and clear advice on complex matters.

Key clients

SPIMACO Pharmaceutical industry company

Regina Food Group

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Hengtong Group Co., Ltd.

Depa Group

Zoetis Group

Sysmex Group

Regina Hotel Group


MSA Egypt LLC and Eymsal Safety Solutions Inc. LLC

Eli Lilly Group of Companies

Sonesta International Hotels Limited

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Shahid Law Firm is 'a well-established firm with a strong team and an excellent reputation in local disputes, especially arbitration'. The firm is frequently involved in landmark arbitration cases in Egypt and internationally, among which are the Peace Pipeline cases in which the team is acting for claimants in gas supply disputes against the Arab Republic of Egypt. Managing partner Girgis Abd El-Shahid and US-qualified César R. Ternieden are the lead practitioners. Senior associate Inji Fathalla is a rising star.

Practice head(s):

Girgis Abd El-Shahid; Sarwat Abd El-Shahid


The firm has a very professional team that serves the client with what they promise. As a client we achieved very high success rates with the firm.

Girgis Abd ElShahid is an up-and-coming star, particularly in international arbitration.

What makes Shahid unique is that they are not only experts in Egyptian law, but also experts in Egyptian administrative practice. They know the political landscape, they know how the different branches of the Egyptian government work and how the law as written is actually practised by the various authorities. When you are advising a foreign investor in Egypt, having Shahid on your team really makes a difference.

Managing partner Girgis Abd El-Shahid knows Egyptian law inside and out. He is also an excellent comparative lawyer, so he can easily explain how principles of Egyptian law correspond to principles in other legal systems. This makes him highly effective as an adviser and as an advocate. He is very responsive and easy to work with.

Senior associate Inji Fathalla is an excellent arbitration lawyer and is certainly one to watch.

The team has strong written and oral advocacy skills, sharp analysis of legal problems, and a solid understanding of local laws and procedures. The individuals we work with are very responsive and have a good understanding of our industry.

Key clients

East Mediterranean Gas and a significant number of its shareholders


Tantalum Mining

Sonesta Group

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Shahid Law Firm's litigation group is 'measured, responsive and sophisticated, and it includes lawyers qualified in multiple jurisdictions with an outstanding track record'. The 'highly respectedSarwat Abd El-Shahid and key partners Nabil El-Bedewy and Girgis Abd El-Shahid are frequently involved in precedent-setting matters, which last year included handling a case in which, for the first time, an Egyptian court recognised and enforced an interim measures order issued by a foreign arbitral tribunal.

Practice head(s):

Sarwat Abd El-Shahid; Nabil El-Bedewy; Girgis Abd El-Shahid


Shahid law presents a fantastic channel into legal work in Egypt and North Africa. The firm comes highly recommended from our perspective.

Tarek Badawy is collegial and collaborative, and has a real instinct for strategy. It has been a pleasure to work with him.

Responsive, flexible, extremely diligent and thorough, this is by far the best firm with which we have engaged in North Africa.

The strong disputes team is led by counselor Sarwat, who is a distinguished former judge and respected member of the bar. Unlike many Cairo law firms, it does not attempt to substitute connections for substantive legal work. Moreover they do not hesitate to take cases against the Egyptian state on behalf of locally unpopular clients.

Counselor Sarwat Abd El-Shahid has the stature and gravitas of a senior statesman, but still actively participates in major cases.

Girgis Abd El Shahid is an up-and-coming star, particularly in international arbitration.

The firm has represented our international non-profit in Egypt for almost 15 years. From registration to banking to compliance with NGO laws and even to criminal law and litigation, the firm has been supremely professional, competent and reliable. They have also provided high-level strategic advice and representation to senior government officials.

‘Sarwat Abd El-Shahid and Girgis Abd-El Shahid are clearly at the top of their profession in Egypt. Sarwat is a former senior judge and a highly respected senior law practitioner. Girgis is quickly following in his footsteps providing highly professional, discrete and  astute advice and counsel.

Key clients

PTT Energy Resources

Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction

Loughborough University (LU)

Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) and O3 Productions

Jushi Egypt for Fiberglass Industry S.A.E.


Libyan Foreign Bank

Employment Tier 1

Shahid Law Firm provides 'very good legal expertise and knowledge, almost immediate availability and high-quality services'. Head of employment Nabil El-Bedewy and Rasha Maurice are the key lawyers in the practice, which is overseen by corporation and litigation partner Girgis Abd El-Shahid. The team handles employment contracts, policies and procedures, employee transfers, remuneration, administrative investigations, disputes, strikes, union negotiations and collective dismissals.

Practice head(s):

Nabil El-Bedewy; Rasha Maurice


Girgis Abd El-Shahid is hands-on, quick to react, very understanding of our needs, and available to support on all kinds of corporate, litigation and regulatory matters.

Rasha Maurice is proactive, available, flexible and has very good knowledge of labour law, regulations and practices.

The firm is always responsive and available, with strong technical and a practical view.

Rasha Maurice is very responsive and available, strong technical knowledge with a practical view on the matters, encompassed with a proper implementation.

Very good legal expertise and knowledge, almost immediate availability and high-quality services.

Key clients



Ariston Thermo Group

China Shipping Egypt SAE


Ferro Corporation




Energy Tier 1

Shahid Law Firm is 'a top-notch firm with an extremely deep bench'. Donia El-Mazghouny, who leads the energy and projects group, 'excels at integrating her deep knowledge of the sector into clear and practical advice for international investors'. The firm handles oil and gas upstream, midstream and downstream projects, but also has a strong focus on the renewable power sector. It is highly regarded for cross-border transactions and regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):

Donia El-Mazghouny


A top-notch firm with an extremely deep bench.

Donia El-Mazghouny excels at integrating her deep knowledge of the sector into clear and practical advice for international investors.’

Key clients

Scatec Solar

EDF Renouvelables






Phoenix Group

EDF International Network



Baker Hughes (GE)


Vegas Oil & Gas

East Mediterranean Gas (EMG)

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Shahid Law Firm is 'a national leader among Egyptian law firms involved in projects and infrastructure', according to one client. Practice head Donia El-Mazghouny is highly regarded for the financing and development of wind and solar power projects. The firm frequently acts for international financial institutions, international and local banks, and project sponsors.

Practice head(s):

Donia El-Mazghouny


Donia El-Mazghouny strives to bring a practical approach, creativity and commitment to excellence to each matter in which she is engaged.

A national leader among Egyptian law firms involved in projects and infrastructure.

Key clients

Scatec Solar

EDF Renouvelables






Phoenix Group

EDF International Network



Dornier Consulting International

Baker Hughes (GE)

Egyptian Ministry of Public Business Sector

Banking and finance Tier 2

Shahid Law Firm has a strong finance practice that handles extensive project finance mandates, often in the energy sector, and acts for international financial institutions, as well as international and local banks. Girgis Abd El-Shahid, projects specialist Donia El-Mazghouny and Tarek Badawy are the key contacts. Clients include Export Import Bank of China and China Development Bank.

Practice head(s):

Girgis Abd El-Shahid; Donia El-Mazghouny; Tarek Badawy


Shahid Law Firm represents a wide variety of clients in Egypt in cutting-edge financing transactions.

Donia El-Mazghouny gives her clients an in-depth understanding of the Egyptian financial markets and a market-leading ability to navigate differences in local law that can have significant impacts on international financing transactions.

Jacqueline Saad is a cool and competent professional.

Key clients


Scatec Solar

EDF Renouvelables





Export Import Bank of China

China Development Bank

AlDahra Agricultural Company

Air Leisure

Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC)

TMT Tier 2

Shahid Law Firm handles corporate transactions, disputes and regulatory matters for clients in the technology and telecoms sectors. Girgis Abd El-Shahid, Sameh Attia and Tarek Badawy are 'hands-on, quick to react and very understanding of clients' needs'. Litigator Attia frequently represents media and telecoms companies before Egypt's administrative courts.

Practice head(s):

Girgis Abd El-Shahid; Sameh Attia; Tarek Badawy


The firm has very good legal expertise and knowledge.

The lawyers are available, hands-on, complementary and they work as one team.

The firm: Shahid Law Firm was established in 1987 by Counselor Sarwat Abd El-Shahid. The firm has rapidly grown and has become one of the leading international law firms operating in Egypt and the region.

Areas of practice and industries: Anti-Trust, Anti-Corruption and Competition: Shahid Law Firm provides clients with a wide range of services, including advising on regulatory compliance and conducting anti-corruption audits. Our team also advises clients on several competition issues across a variety of jurisdictions, including cartels, abuse of dominance and merger control filings.

Arbitration and Investor-State Disputes: the firm has a robust dispute resolution portfolio spanning all types of corporate and commercial disputes ranging from routine matters to large and complex matters, including domestic and international commercial arbitration, investor-state arbitration, construction and real estate, hotel management, employment, shareholders’ agreements, agency and distribution, and tax litigation and insolvency proceedings, as well as interim remedies litigation and enforcement. The firm’s lawyers possess the training and expertise that allows them to litigate matters before courts of all degrees and instances as well as administrative authorities throughout the country; and assist clients with out-of-court negotiations and remedies.

Banking and Finance: a highly regarded practice for its cross-border transactions and regulatory experience. The firm regularly provides legal assistance to local banks, as well as branches and representative offices of foreign financial institutions in Egypt.

Corporate and M&A: providing advice on corporate restructuring and capital measures, representing clients in judicial or extra-judicial legal disputes, and opining and providing training on corporate compliance matters, including matters related to anti-trust and competition, whether domestic or regional (COMESA) as well as anti-corruption.

Employment and Labor: providing legal advice in all areas of Labor Law. Handling all aspects of regulatory labor law and social insurance for clients, from the registration and maintaining of files with the authorities. Providing advice on how to settle disputes in the most effective manner including dealings with labor unions.

Energy and Renewables: providing  high-quality pragmatic advice on the energy and power agreements, such as power purchase and network connection agreements, and net-metering and IPP arrangements, as well as on the development, financing and acquisition of energy projects in Egypt. The firm’s highly skilled lawyers combine long-standing expertise in corporate matters with an acute understanding of the dynamics of the energy sector with respect to the regulatory framework, set-up and financing, and dispute resolution.

EPC, Construction and Real Estate: providing legal services on a wide range of issues in this sector which includes, but is not limited to, development, investment, financing, negotiating, drafting agreements and dispute resolution, whether or not FIDIC-based.

Insurance: possessing an excellent track record of successful work in the insurance sector, advising and supporting insurers, reinsurers, banks, financial institutions, and insured corporations at the stages of drafting, and negotiating as well as settlement, litigation, and arbitration.

IP, IT and Telecommunications: providing support and comprehensive legal services in all aspects of IP, technology, and telecommunications including privacy and data protection, licensing and copyrights and trademark protection.

Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism: providing legal advice and support to hotel owners, operators, investors, and other stakeholders. Our expertise includes drafting and reviewing a variety of contracts and advising on transactions at both the domestic and cross-border levels.

Litigation: the firm’s lawyers possess the training and expertise that allows them to litigate matters before courts of all degrees and instances as well as administrative authorities throughout the country;. They can handle all types of disputes, including corporate and commercial litigation ranging from routine matters to large and complex matters, including interim or preliminary relief. Also, the firm assists individuals and corporate clients with out-of-court negotiations and remedies.

Manufacturing: providing advice on every legal matter pertaining to the industry, and of representing clients in all types of legal dispute. Also, the firm provides strategic counsel in multiple major M&A transactions.

Oil & Gas and Mineral Resources: advising on service, sales, concession, farm in/out, joint venture/operating agreements, financing and M&As transactions with a focus on regulatory advice, administrative proceedings, and liaising and negotiating with various authorities.

Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare: providing advice to local producers on legal aspects of the manufacturing process relating to healthcare compliance practices, supply agreements, toll manufacturing, registration, and licensing, drafts and reviews agreements and memorandum of understanding (MoUs).

Department Name Email Telephone
Office Manager Hesham Eissa +201222248884
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Sarwat Abd El-Shahid  photo Mr Sarwat Abd El-Shahid Chairman and Founding Partner of Shahid Law Firm
Mr Girgis Abd El-Shahid  photo Mr Girgis Abd El-Shahid Managing Partner
Mr Tarek Badawy  photo Mr Tarek Badawy Partner
Dr Michael Boutros  photo Dr Michael Boutros Partner
Ms Rasha Maurice  photo Ms Rasha Maurice Partner
Ms Jacqueline Saad  photo Ms Jacqueline Saad Executive Partner
Number of lawyers : 80

Shahid Law Firm was established in 1987 by Counselor Sarwat Abd El-Shahid, after serving as a judge and State Counselor for nearly two decades. Since its inception, the Firm has rapidly grown to include over 100 lawyers, legal consultants, and support staff. The Firm has a team of Egyptian and Western-trained associates with experience in multi-jurisdictions. The Firm has become one of the leading international law firms operating in Egypt and the region. Such credit, undoubtedly, is largely due to the Firm’s belief in cognitive diversity, by including lawyers who have vast experience, industry insight, different styles of problem-solving and can offer unique perspectives as well as ability to combine their understanding of complex legal matters with a practical solution-oriented approach, which is crucial for complex problem-solving and high performance.

Our lawyers’ rich and diverse educational backgrounds and language skills have enabled our team to communicate with clients from all over the world. Our Firm is placed among a few firms in Egypt and the region that can provide services in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and, of course, Arabic. Diversity is the cornerstone of Shahid Law as to nationality, ethnicity, gender, age and religion. Not only that but also the Firm embraces individuals coming from civil and common-law legal cultures and education. Most of the members of our team received law degrees from different legal systems across the World.

Shahid Law Firm is also unique by providing true diversity for women and minorities, empowering female lawyers; and is considered one of the leading firms in Cairo legal community in the number of women and minorities in leadership positions within the Firm.

CLIENT: Daniel Lorenzo Romero


TESTIMONIAL: “The Firm is very proactive and commercially oriented to the client’s needs. Dr. Michael Boutros assisted by Mr. Mehiar Joulji are always available to solve any issues that may arise during the execution of a new project, mainly in corporate areas.”

CLIENT: Milijana Zaric

COMPANY/FIRM: ADM International Sarl

TESTIMONIAL: “Lawyers from Shahid Law are very responsive, knowledgeable and with “can do” and “find a solution” attitude. It is a team of highly devoted lawyers who are extremely efficient and focused on their job.”

CLIENT: Mr. Maarten Hoedemaker

COMPANY/FIRM: Al Ahram Beverages Company S.A.E.

TESTIMONIAL: “Shahid Law Firm delivers high-quality and responsive legal advice.”

CLIENT: Dr. Ibrahim Shalaby

COMPANY/FIRM: Amecath Group

TESTIMONIAL: “Over 21 years, with 4 healthcare companies of different nationalities and business culture that I managed in Egypt, Shahid Law Firm has always been next to me. I call them: The Family Doctor. Available whenever I need them, on and off working hours, even during holidays. They memorize history and details, and the family doctor can solve and respond to all issues, in difficult cases, a well briefed expert is immediately on your side. They have an across the board corporate culture of being decent, classy, caring and good listeners. As for their legal fees, they always presented a good value for money. Over these years, I attribute a big part of my success to their valuable advice and sustained support.”

CLIENT: Alasdair Pepper and Cameron Doley

COMPANY/FIRM: Cater-Ruck (in relation to a confidential arbitration case)

TESTIMONIAL: “We have found Tarek Badawy and his team to be consistently excellent in all aspects of our dealings with them, now covering a wide variety of legal issues and over a number of years. We highly recommend Tarek and his firm.”

CLIENT: Siân Musker


TESTIMONIAL: "Shahid Law Firm has – on numerous occasions and across a variety of matters – provided high quality and commercially pragmatic legal advice, via a responsive team of lawyers. In particular, Dr. Michael Boutros is a talented lawyer with demonstrable business acumen, who is always readily available and keen to assist.”

CLIENT: Eng. Mohammed Almiqdadi, Senior Director of International Development

COMPANY/FIRM: General Mediterranean Holding S.A

TESTIMONIAL: “The attorneys at Shahid Law Firm have done a great job over the years. From the initial consultation they really set themselves apart. They were available daily and responded directly to all our questions promptly and professionally. Honesty, integrity, transparency and partnership is what we got and more, we at GMH highly recommend this law firm.”

CLIENT: Magda Greiche


TESTIMONIAL: “Shahid Law Office is an outstandingly responsive, efficient, and professional law firm. Girgis Abd El-Shahid, Managing Partner and Dr. Michael Boutros, Partner Are Very dynamic lawyers with Great legal knowledge eager to assist their clients.”

CLIENT: Dr. Omer Ali Abdelrahman, Group Head – Legal

COMPANY/FIRM: Hayel Saeed Anam & Co., in relation to acting as legal counsel of Red Sea Gulf Limited, in connection with various corporate transactions executed simultaneously in various jurisdictions as well as real estate issues and compliance of such transactions with Egyptian laws and regulations.

TESTIMONIAL: “When I deal with Jacqueline Saad of Shahid Law Firm I feel to be in safe hands; she makes me feel confident that I will receive first class legal service”.
“My experience with Shahid Law Firm is that they provide very high-quality legal service, with deep knowledge of Egyptian law as well as international practice”.

CLIENT: Mr. Qusay Al Shalabi, Corporate Head – Legal

COMPANY/FIRM: Hayel Saeed Anam & Co., in relation to acting as legal counsel in connection with various corporate transactions.

TESTIMONIAL: “Shahid Law Firm and lawyer Jacqueline Saad are extremely responsive, efficient and eager to help at a moment’s notice.”

CLIENT: Liufangda

COMPANY/FIRM: International Business Group

TESTIMONIAL: “We are glad to comment for Shahid Law Firm’s diligent and trustworthy work during our Egypt project; Shahid’s outstanding negotiation skills and rich experience in business practice tremendously enable us in local cooperation.”

CLIENT: Anne Rigoli

COMPANY/FIRM: Louis Dreyfus Company

TESTIMONIAL: “Shahid Law’s corporate team always provided us with high-quality legal support. As a non-Egyptian client, we particularly value Shahid’s unequivocal knowledge of the complexities of the Egyptian legal system.”

CLIENT:Fadi El Jurdi, Director of Legal; Production & Intellectual Property


TESTIMONIAL: “Jacqueline Saad is dedicated, knowledgeable, trustworthy and highly ethical. The type of attorney you can count on at all times.”

CLIENT: Reem Mubarak, MBC Legal Counsel

COMPANY/FIRM: MBC Group – The Middle East Broadcasting Center, the Middle East’s largest and leading private media company in the Middle East and North Africa (longstanding client in relation to various mandates).

TESTIMONIAL: “Shahid Law Firm has been our legal partner for almost 10 years, we have received nothing but professional work, high percentage of accuracy and victory in very complicated cases, when it comes to individual recognition, I have personally dealt with Girgis Abd El-Shahid and Tarek Badawy in arbitration, and Sameh Attia in litigation. We always consider them part of our in-house legal team and have full confidence in our business relationship.”

CLIENT: General Counsel

COMPANY/FIRM: A multinational Mass Media and Information Corporation

TESTIMONIAL: “Tarek Badawy and his firm provide timely, practical and sound advice that aids us in doing our work in Egypt. I have a high degree of trust in their counsel.”

CLIENT: Kareem Abou Ghali

COMPANY/FIRM: Regina Food Group

TESTIMONIAL: “During the time of engagement between our group of companies and Shahid Law, we received the highest quality service at all levels. Great dedication from your team and prompt response with high level of dedication to our cases. Shahid Law is definitely one of the best legal firms in Egypt.”

CLIENT: Vice President, General Counsel

COMPANY/FIRM: Global Hospitality Group, in relation to acting as legal counsel with respect to various corporate matters, litigation and arbitration cases as well as advising on governmental matters and doing business in Egypt by assisting with licensing requirements in the field of hotel management as well as resolving contractual disputes.

TESTIMONIAL: “We work with many attorneys at Shahid Law Firm for various corporate, employment and dispute resolution matters, and we are consistently impressed with their responsiveness, attention to detail, legal knowledge and sound advice.”

CLIENT: Nourhan Salem

COMPANY/FIRM: SPIMACO MISR for Pharmaceutical Industries

TESTIMONIAL: “Shahid Law firm is “Rare Model for Excellence and Experience.”

CLIENT: Head of Legal and Compliance, Northern Africa

COMPANY/FIRM: A multinational data networking and telecommunications equipment company

TESTIMONIAL: “Best-in-class support in several law areas. Shahid Law Firm is responsive, practical and very helpful.”

CLIENT: Bilal ÇELIK, General Manager

COMPANY/FIRM: Turkish Airlines, Egypt

TESTIMONIAL: “Jacqueline Saad is a reliable, talented and experienced lawyer. With a great legal knowledge, she provides high quality and efficacious legal advice.”

CLIENT: Mr. Malaz Alouch


TESTIMONIAL: “Being the regional legal counsel of an international company, I can say that Shahid Law Firm is one of the best law firms I have ever dealt with. they provide high-quality services and are very responsive. The team there in including Girgis Abd El-Shahid, Michael Boutros and Asmaa Badawy are talented and experiences practitioners; they have great legal knowledge and business acumen.”

CLIENT: Tina Van Poelvoorde


TESTIMONIAL: “Michael Boutros, Girgis Abd El-Shahid and their young and dynamic team of top-notch lawyers are remarkable, providing real value for money with to the point, precise and ‘no nonsense’ legal advice. They are client-obsessed and dedicated to guide and protect their client’s interest to the best of their abilities. They know the pharmaceutical business very well and have the right mind-set to be your strategical sparring partner to bring your business to the next level.”