Mr Tarek Badawy > Shahid Law Firm > Cairo, Egypt > Lawyer Profile

Shahid Law Firm
CAIRO 11511

Work Department

  • Anti-corruption
  • Competition and Compliance
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution
  • TMT




  • Tarek is a Partner in Shahid Law’s International Business and Dispute Resolution Groups and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the American University in Cairo. He heads the Firm’s International Trade, and Aviation, Shipping & Transportation Teams and co-chairs the Africa desk, working in conjunction with Shahid Law Firm’s sister firm in Ethiopia, Meseret Seyoum and Associates.
  • Tarek maintains a broad public and private international law practice and has experience consulting for the United Nations. He represents clients in trade, commercial, and investment disputes before international tribunals, Egyptian courts and administrative authorities. He also provides regular advice anti-corruption matters under Egyptian criminal legislation.
  • Additionally, Tarek advises clients on transactional and compliance matters, notably in the TMT, aviation, shipping & transportation; banking & finance; energy, oil & gas; insurance & financial services; and pharmaceutical industries. He regularly represents foreign companies during their negotiations with Egyptian governmental authorities and private parties, including advising foreign companies on cross-border and immigration matters under multiple conventions and domestic law.
  • Tarek has published extensively on different areas of Egyptian and international law and appears as a guest lecturer on legal matters in Egypt and overseas.  He also sits as an arbitrator, and regularly serves as an expert witness on Egyptian law before courts and international arbitral tribunals.
  • Tarek is a member of the Egyptian Bar Association and is a licensed Barrister and Solicitor of the Court of Appeal for Ontario (Canada). He is the former Deputy Chair of the Economic Legislation Committee of the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB) and a member of the Canadian Egyptian Business Council’s (CEBC) legal committee. He holds degrees in Political Science and Law from the American University in Cairo (BA), Cairo University (LLB), Essex University (LLM), and McGill University (BCL/LLB).

    Law Journals/Book Chapters:

    Peer-reviewed Law Journals/Book Chapters

    • Egypt Chapter”, The Aviation Law Review (6th ed), Sept. 2018.
    • Treading the Waters of Egyptian Commercial Agency Laws, and their Impact on Foreign-Based Tendering Investors” (2016) 2 Turkish Commercial Law Review 229 (with César Ternieden).
    • Arbitrability and Choice of Law in Transfer of Technology Agreements Under Egyptian Law” (2017) 34(1) Journal of International Arbitration 55 (with César Ternieden and Counselor Sarwat Abd El-Shahid).
    • Egyptian Citizenship Legislation, Private International Law, and their Impact on Individual Rights” (2014) 6 Middle East Law and Governance 272.
    • Canada Chapter” Baker & McKenzie Global Mobility Handbook 156 (2013) (with the Honorable Justice Alan Diner).
    • The General Principles of Islamic Law as the Law Governing Investment Disputes in the Middle-East” (2012) 29(3) Journal of International Arbitration 255.
    • Employee Mobility in Europe and Canada”, (Fall 2010) 18(4) California International Law Journal 3 (with the Honorable Justice Alan Diner and Anikka Hammett).
    • Towards a Contemporary View of Islamic Criminal Procedures: A Focus on the Testimony of Witnesses” (2009) 23(3) Arab Law Quarterly 269.
    • The Protection of Refugees between Obligations under Multilateral Conventions and Special Treaty Obligations: The Case of Egypt”, (2008) 16 African Yearbook of International Law 151.

    Blog Posts/Short Articles


  • Arabic (fluent)
  • English (fluent)
  • French (fluent)
  • Spanish (fluent)
  • Portuguese (intermediate)


  • Law Society of Ontario, Canada (Barrister & Solicitor)
  • Egyptian Bar Association
  • African Arbitration Association
  • The Canadian-Egyptian Business Council’s Legal Committee


McGill University, Montreal, Canada (2009):

Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) and Bachelor of Laws (common law) (LL.B.) [JD equivalent]

Cairo University, Egypt (2006):

Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

The University of Essex, United Kingdom (2003):

Master of Laws (LLM)

The American University in Cairo, Egypt (2001):

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science (Specialization in Public and International Law)

Lawyer Rankings

Egypt > Dispute resolution: arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Tarek BadawyShahid Law Firm

The team at Shahid Law Firm is ‘very responsive, user-friendly and delivers high-quality work‘. The firm is frequently involved in landmark arbitration cases both in Egypt and abroad, with notable recent work including its representation of the Confederation of African Football against Lagardère Sports in ICC Emergency Arbitration proceedings regarding the termination of a 28-year $1bn contract. The ‘smart , responsive‘ Girgis Abd El-Shahid and Tarek Badawy (who offers ‘practical solutions to problems‘, are the lead partners. Senior associate Inji Fathalla and new hires including senior associate Salma Abdel Aziz from Youssef & Partners Attorneys and Georges Ghali from CRCICA are also recommended. César Ternieden moved to Youssef & Partners Attorneys.

Egypt > TMT

(Leading individuals)

Tarek BadawyShahid Law Firm

Shahid Law Firm climbs the ranking having raised its profile with high-value transactions and disputes in the telecoms, technology and media sectors, including a major arbitration victory for the Confederation of African Football. Litigator Sameh Attia and experienced TMT specialist Tarek Badawy are the lead partners. They frequently advise on digital services, sports media law, e-commerce and technology procurement. As ‘one of the very few practices fully dedicated to venture capital transactions in a very nascent market in Egypt‘, the firm launched Venture by Shahid, led by managing associate Rehan Elbashary, to focus on the needs of start-up companies.

Egypt > Dispute resolution: litigation

Shahid Law Firm has one of the largest and most prominent litigation practices in Cairo, with eight partners who are increasingly specialised in their dispute resolution work. Former judge Sarwat Abd El-Shahid is a registered patent attorney, Girgis Abd El-Shahid handles, among other things, investor-state disputes and energy matters, and Sameh Attia focuses on commercial disputes in the media sector. Tarek BadawyNabil El-Bedewy, senior partner Mahmoud El-Ganzouri, Mohamed Atef and Soad Fayek are also heavily involved in commercial litigation. ‘The firm has a great team, very efficient’, remarks one client.

Egypt > Banking and finance

The team’s strong collaborative and proactive approach is very much appreciated‘, says a client of Shahid Law Firm. The firm has a diverse client base that includes international financial institutions, international and local banks, and major energy, mining and infrastructure, aviation and transport companies. Best known for project finance, the firm also handles debt issuance, syndicated loans, acquisition finance, restructuring and regulatory matters. ‘His personable and commercial approach is impressive’, says a client of Tarek Badawy, who co-leads the practice with Girgis Abd El-Shahid. Projects specialist Donia El-Mazghouny left to start her own firm.