Firm Profile > Youssef & Partners Attorneys > Giza, Egypt

Youssef & Partners Attorneys
12511 GIZA

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Youssef & Partners Attorneys continues to build on its strong standing in arbitration matters, having recruited experienced practitioners with outstanding track records. Managing partner Karim A. Youssef is head of international arbitration and international law. César Ternieden joined from Shahid Law Firm in 2020 and Kamel Elshandidy was also a new arrival from his previous position as in-house counsel with Saudi Electricity Company. The firm is known for its role in high-stakes cross-border matters, among recent examples being its representation of Damietta International Ports Company in the second largest commercial claim ever against the Egyptian state, which involved claims and counterclaims in excess of $2.3bn.

Practice head(s):

Karim A. Youssef

Other key lawyers:

César Ternieden; Kamel Elshandidy

Key clients

Cementos La Union SA (and Aridos Jativa) (CLU)

Al-Kholoud for Touristic and Real Estate Development S.A.E.

DIPCO (Damietta International Ports Company)

CTIP Oil & Gas Ltd (CTIP)

British Columbia Canadian International School (BCCIS)

VEOLIA Proprete’ Group

Egypt Kuwait Holding Company (EKH)

INCOME – International Company for Petroleum & Industrial Services

KGL Supply Management Group

Adenium Energy Capital

Triangle Group and GAMA Construction S.A.E.

Orascom Construction (OC) Group

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Youssef & Partners Attorneys has quickly carved out its role as a high-quality litigation practice. Handling some of the most high-value cases, it has a high success rate and has secured wins for its clients in more than 90% of its cases, whether in commercial litigation, bankruptcy cases or banking, tax, consumer protection and white-collar crime matters. Managing partner Karim A. Youssef, Kamel Elshandidy  and senior litigation attorney Mohamed Farouk are the key figures in the practice, which handles high-profile cases in both Egyptian and foreign courts.

Practice head(s):

Karim A. Youssef

Other key lawyers:

Kamel Elshandidy; Mohamed Farouk

Key clients

Arabian Cement Company (ACC)ACC

National Telecommunications Corporation (NTC)

SMG Group

Arab African International Bank (AAIB)



Triangle Management Company

CIT Global

Industrial Development Group (IDG)


Asec for Manufacturing & Industrial Projects (ARESCO)

Youssef & Partners is a full-service, GAR 100 firm with a cosmopolitan and international outlook, exercising regional influence and delivering client services to truly global standards. The firm’s renowned flagship practice is international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, focusing on high-value claims. The firm is famous for its unparalleled multinational expertise, strong business sense, superior strategy, and remarkable track record of maximizing clients’ results. The firm also provides high-end transactional and corporate services to its clients across various critical industries, including construction, mega-projects, fin-tech, and structuring and restructuring transactions.

As Egypt and the MENA region’s premier international arbitration practice, the firm represents local and foreign investors in unquestionably some of the largest and most significant investment treaty cases and commercial claims involving Egyptian or MENA parties. We handle major local and international disputes and advise some of the world’s leading corporations and high-net worth families across the MENA region.

The firm’s global outreach is second to none in the region. We represent our clients in arbitral proceedings and disputes in four continents. Geographical boundaries are less relevant by the day. Clients should not have to suffer less than state-of-the-art lawyering and counsel services simply because they do business in emerging or foreign markets. The firm focuses on what matters most to clients: winning, and our reputation in the local and international markets is that we do.

Main areas of practice:
Youssef & Partners practice in the following areas:

  • African practice
  • Airports and airlines
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and finance
  • Cement and steel
  • City planning and master development
  • Construction, real estate and development
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Dealership and distribution
  • Energy and renewable energy
  • Government contracts and disputes
  • High-worth individuals
  • Hotel management and hospitality
  • Infrastructure, transport and road networks
  • Litigation
  • Logistics and supply train management
  • Media and entertainment
  • Mining
  • Oil and gas
  • Pharma and biotechnology
  • Ports and sea ports
  • Structuring and restructuring
  • Technology and robotics
  • Telecommunications
  • Textiles and paper
Photo Name Position Profile
 Karim A. Youssef  photo Karim A. Youssef Founder & Managing Partner
 Kamel Elshandidy  photo Kamel Elshandidy Partner
 César Ternieden  photo César Ternieden Partner

CLIENT: CEO, Arabian Cement Company
COMPANY/FIRM: Arab Cement Company
TESTIMONIAL: “Simply put, the best law firm for international arbitration in Cairo”.

COMPANY/FIRM: Chambers Global Guide 2021
TESTIMONIAL: “Dynamic practice highlighted for its exceptional skills in international arbitration. Frequently represents investors in their claims against government entities and is equally well versed in high-value commercial arbitrations. Acts for major regional and international clients hailing from such industry sectors as oil and gas, real estate and construction.”

COMPANY/FIRM: British Columbia Canadian International School
TESTIMONIAL: “Hands down the best arbitration firm in town”

COMPANY/FIRM: Chambers Global Guide 2021
TESTIMONIAL: “Clients describe Karim Youssef as “the number one arbitration lawyer in Egypt.” As counsel he represents an enviable client list, which features numerous well-known international companies. He also regularly sits as arbitrator in multibillion-dollar cases. He is held in extremely high regard for his expert handling of investment treaty claims against government entities and is further praised as an “extremely hands-on” adviser who “gives game-changing strategy.”

TESTIMONIAL: “The team is highly skilled – we just trust them, and their great expertise, particularly in matters of international arbitration. Karim adds a high level of strategy, which led us to win our case.”

CLIENT: CEO, SMG Engineering Automotive Company
COMPANY/FIRM: SMG Engineering Automotive Company
TESTIMONIAL: “They really are the go-to firm in Egypt for difficult and important litigations. They know the industry of their client very well and provide fantastic service. Their litigation department is a strong task force that is strategic, knowledgeable and decisive. Karim and his team are known to be very strategy-focused litigators, much more so than others in Egypt. They do things differently and their winning strategy has impressed us.”

The Youssef & Partners team prides itself that it comes first in diversity, with an equal opportunity policy that disregards gender, race and nationality, and the practice has an unmatched ratio of female practitioners both regionally and globally. The firm implements a strict gender equality and non-discrimination policy, applied to every aspect of the firm’s practice.

Youssef & Partners was the first firm in the region to sign the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge, preceding even the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. Since then, the Youssef & Partners team has prided itself on adhering to its promises under the Pledge and consciously and dynamically championing diversity.

We actively seek to hire female practitioners, and invest in and promote female inclusion and empowerment across the board. We believe in the extremely positive impact diversity and high level of female inclusion has on the performance of the firm, and we consistently fill high-level decision-making and senior legal roles, both throughout firm management and lawyers in the arbitration practice, with stellar female talent. Our success story with diversity within the firm is reflected in concrete numbers unmatched in regional and global arbitration practices. Because of our consistent efforts in consciously championing diversity, our arbitration practice has the highest ratio of female lawyers, not only in Egypt but in the region and globally, by a major margin: our female arbitration practitioners constitute 73.3% of lawyers in the firm’s arbitration group.

Youssef & Partners continuously and actively seeks to further the empowerment of women in arbitration and in law, and is a member and supporter of a variety of platforms and initiatives for the empowerment and promotion of women in law. The firm recently became the first law firm in the MENA region to become a Corporate Member of Arbitral Women. The firm is also proud of its own internal women’s initiative, created for the support, mentorship, leadership and empowerment of its own female members.

Youssef & Partners prides itself on having a completely cosmopolitan practice. The firm represents Egyptian and regional clients, and some of the World’s most significant global corporations in high-profile local, regional and purely international disputes, and large-value and complex claims. We represent regional and international parties in arbitration proceedings that are completely unrelated to our home jurisdiction, including in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Lebanon, Istanbul, French-speaking Africa, Amman, and other regional arbitration hotspots, Rome, Paris, London, Washington.


  • 4 – Continents we work across
  • 4 – Language we work in
  • 21 – Nationalities we represent
  • 23 – Nationalities of arbitrators & experts we work with


  • 5.42 billion USD – Value of our current docket
  • 16 current pending cases as counsel
  • 116 – total cases in which our team has acted
  • 94% – Success rate
  • 6 – Current investment treaty claims