Mr Girgis Abd El-Shahid > Shahid Law Firm > Cairo, Egypt > Lawyer Profile

Shahid Law Firm
20B, ADLY STREET
DOWNTOWN
CAIRO 11511
Egypt

Work Department

  • Competition and Compliance
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution
  • TMT

Position

Managing Partner

Career

  • Girgis is one of the youngest Egyptian lawyers to be appointed to tackle some of the most difficult arbitration cases in Egypt and the Middle East.
  • Girgis specializes in dispute settlement, with a particular focus on energy-related disputes; mergers and acquisitions; corporate and commercial agreements; joint venture arrangements; banking and finance; securities offerings; telecommunications; and intellectual property.
  • Girgis focuses mainly on commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and international law and is renowned for his special expertise in complex multiparty arbitrations.
  • Girgis is recognized for his knowledge in handling all types of corporate and commercial disputes, from routine matters to large and complex multinational arbitrations.
  • Girgis also has significant experience in advising clients in various industries such as logistics, aviation, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, construction, energy, oil and gas as well as project finance and banking. Over his career, Girgis has represented clients in the aforementioned industries and more in flagship M&A transactions totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Girgis regularly publishes articles in his various fields of practice and is a regular panelist and speaker in many local and international conferences on arbitration, energy & infrastructure projects.

Publications

  • “Egypt Chapter” in Energy Disputes, GTDT, Law Business Research, UK (2016)  (with César R. Ternieden).
  • “Egypt Chapter” in International Arbitration in Africa, LexNoir (2016) (with César R. Ternieden).
  • “Egypt Chapter” in Investment Treaty Arbitration, GTDT, Law Business Research, UK (2016) (with César R. Ternieden and Salma Abdel Aziz).
  • “Shahid Law Firm Legislative Update: Employee Profit Sharing Provision under Egyptian Investment Law”, Africa House – CMS-CMCK (online ed. Sept. 2015) (with César R. Ternieden and Salma Abdelaziz).
  • “The Riyadh Agreement, a Step Forward or a Step Backwards?”, Journal of Arab Arbitration, Vol. 23 (2015) (with Inji Fathalla).
  • “A new decision by the Court of Cassation adding another stir to the ongoing controversy in relation to the requirement of the minister’s approval to arbitration for administrative contracts”, Journal of Arab Arbitration, Vol. 24 (2015) (with Inji Fathalla).
  • “Certain Aspects of Egyptian Arbitration Law” Notícias CCBC – Brasil-Canadá News, online ed. n. 327 (July 2015) (with César R. Ternieden).
  • “Egypt Chapter” in Oil Regulations, GTDT (2014 & 2015) (with Donia El-Mazghouny).
  • “Unilateral Option Clauses in Arbitration: a Survey as to their effectiveness”, Clifford Chance Briefing Note(2013 & 2015) (with César R. Ternieden).
  • “Conducting Oil & Gas Activities in Egypt”, CMS Cameron McKenna Briefing Note (2014 & 2015) (with César R. Ternieden).
  • “Franchising in Egypt”, in Franchising in Africa 2014: Legal and Business Considerations” in LexNoir (2014).

Recognitions

  • Identified amongst the world’s leading and Egypt’s youngest arbitration practitioners in Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders 2018.
  • Identified in Who’s Who Legal: Energy 2017 “as being among the world’s leading energy lawyers.”
  • Recommended and praised for having a “good reputation” and diverse practice by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
  • Recognized by Legal 500 as “extremely personable, [having] vast knowledge of Egyptian law”, “extremely responsive and having a unique international outlook” “smart, articulate, knowledgeable and business-oriented,” and “simply excellent, very bright and entrepreneurial” with advice that is “always spot on”.
  • Recognized by Chambers & Partners as one of Egypt’s top arbitration litigators for 2018.
  • Featured as a notable practitioner in the Chambers Dispute Resolution guide, recognized as “impressive – very driven and very business-oriented” and is acknowledged for his “solution-oriented, thorough and strategic” approach.
  • According to Who’s Who Legal, clients have said that Girgis Abd El-Shahid “has, time and time again, proved himself able to successfully, and swiftly, navigate the complexities and challenges that Egyptian law routinely poses”.

Additional Information

  • Panelist at a conference organized by the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) on the Egyptian Investment Regulatory Framework (2015).
  • Speaker at the conference organized in conjunction with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Energy, the Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency, and in partnership with Eversheds, DNV GL, IFC, EBRD, and Apricum, on the latest details of the planned Feed-in Tariff Programme in Egypt (2015).
  • Speaker at Young ICCA Conference on “Arbitration in the Middle East, The Issues, The Benefits, The Challenges” held in Bahrain (2015).
  • Speaker at the ICC/SCL Conference on “Dispute Resolution & Construction Contracts in Egypt” held in Cairo, Egypt (2015 & 2016).
  • Speaker at the ICC YAF Conference on “Arbitrator Ethics: The Importance of Being Impartial” held in Cairo, Egypt (2015 & 2016).
  • Speaker at the 2nd Annual GAR Live Dubai on Which Arbitration Seat Should One Select in the Middle East held in Dubai, UAE (2015).

Languages

  • Arabic (native)
  • English (fluent)

Memberships

  • American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham)
  • British Egyptian Business Associations (BEBA)
  • Swiss Egyptian Business Associations (SEBA)
  • Egypt-US Business Council
  • International Court of Arbitration (ICC)

Education

  • American University in Cairo, June 2001
    A. in Economics, Minor in Business Administration (PA Cup Nominee)
  • Cairo University, English Section, May 2003
    LL.B., Bachelor of Arts in Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center, May 2004
    LL.M., International Legal Studies
    Concentration:  International Business Transactions, Project Finance and Arbitration

He returned to Egypt in 2005 to become a Public Prosecutor before resigning in 2007 to become a full-time private legal practitioner.

Lawyer Rankings

Egypt > Dispute resolution: arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Girgis Abd El-ShahidShahid 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 > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Leading individuals)

Girgis Abd El-ShahidShahid Law Firm

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 > Projects and infrastructure

Shahid Law Firm has a track record in projects and infrastructure development that stretches back 30 years, during which time the firm has acted for numerous international financial institutions, international and local banks, and project sponsors. Its work is now focused primarily on the energy sector, in which it handles both conventional and renewable energy projects. Key partner Donia El-Mazghouny left to start her own firm, Mazghouny & Co, in early 2020, leaving managing partner Girgis Abd El-Shahid to oversee the practice. He has extensive experience in dispute resolution and corporate transactions.

Egypt > Energy

In 2020, Shahid Law Firm lost the head of its energy practice, Donia El-Mazghouny who started her own firm, but it remains a key adviser to the oil and gas sector. Girgis Abd El-Shahid , who has ‘excellent, in-depth knowledge of the Egyptian oil and gas industry‘ is now the main contact and focuses primarily on energy-related litigation, investor-state disputes and project finance. The firm acts for developers and sponsors on new projects and assists with the acquisition and divestment of existing assets. ‘Extremely reliable‘ senior associate Asmaa Badawy is a rising star.

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.