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Shahid Law Firm

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Chairman & Founding Partner: Sarwat Abd El-Shahid
Number of partners: 14
Number of counsels: 4
Total Number of lawyers & fee earners: more than 70
Languages: Arabic, English, French, German

Firm Overview:
Shahid Law Firm was established in 1987 by Counselor Sarwat Abd El-Shahid, after serving as judge and State Counselor for nearly two decades. Since its inception, the firm has rapidly grown to include over 100 lawyers, fee earners, and support staff and has become one of the leading international law firms operating in Egypt and the region. Such credit, undoubtedly, is largely due to its lawyers’ vast experience, industry insight, and ability to combine their understanding of complex legal matters with a practical solution-oriented approach. Through its affiliate firm in Ethiopia, Shahid Law is expanding its service outreach across the African Continent. Shahid Law Firm has become the first major Egyptian law firm to expand into the East African market through the signing of an affiliation agreement with the leading and much respected Ethiopian counterpart, Meseret and Associates Law Office. Shahid Law Firm foresees further expansions throughout East Africa and the Great Lakes region in the near future.

Main Areas of Practice:
3 partners, 10 fee earners
■Acting for international investors, including CTIP Oil & Gas International Limited, Tantalum International LTD, DAMAC Properties, PTTER, EMG and their shareholders, against the Arab Republic of Egypt in the arbitration/litigation disputes before ICSID, UNCITRAL, and local courts under various bilateral investment treaties entered into by Egypt
■Representing a hotel owner in various arbitration cases relating to a number of construction contracts (FIDIC) relating to the renovation of a 5-star hotel
■Acting as local co-counsel for a major Japanese trading company in disputes under the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA) relating to a number of sale contracts

6 partners, 25 fee earners
■Acting for Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction, for what is believed to be the first time, an Egyptian court has recognised and enforced an interim measures order issued by a foreign arbitral tribunal in an ICC dispute
■Representing PTT Energy Resources, a Thai company, in a USD Billion dispute involving the breach of a bilateral investment treaty in the first ever BIT claim brought before Egyptian courts. The case is part of a series of four arbitrations brought by the shareholders of East Mediterranean Gas (EMG), which were ultimately settled with the Egyptian government
■Representing MBC in a number of litigation cases before courts of a wide range of instances and degrees. Some of the latest successes include defending the client against multiple attempts of staying the airing of one of the most widely viewed television shows during the month of Ramadan

Corporate & M&As:
4 partners, 15 fee earners
■Advising SPIMACO, on a complex capital increase procedure while complying with all minority rights for the transaction and obtaining all required governmental approvals. [Multi-Million EGP]
■Advising Ezdehar Fund on its successful acquisition of 30% of Family Corporation, as part of its new fundraising round in the transportation sector
■Advising Sysmex Europe on the establishment of its local legal subsidiary, while assisting Sysmex on different corporate and commercial compliance matters including the termination of its exclusive agency agreement and issuance of its local required licenses for importation and commercial agency

Energy, Projects & Infrastructure:
2 partners, 5 fee earners
■Acting as local legal advisor to EDF Renouvelables, ElSewedy Electric, Scatec Solar and Voltalia on the structuring and re-structuring of their project companies for the development of 425MW solar projects under Round 2 of the Egyptian Feed-In Tariff (FIT) programme
■Acting for the leading French renewable energy company EDF Renouvelables on the acquisition of a participation stake in the local solar technology and integration company KarmSolar in a multi-million USD
■Advising an investment company on the acquisition of a dry bulk port in Egypt, structuring the acquisition transaction, and the financing of the project in a multi-million USD Anti-Trust, Anti-Corruption, & Competition: 2 partners, 4 fee earners ■Representing large multinationals in merger filings and investigations before the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) and the COMESA Competition Commission
■Acting for a continental sports association in a multi-million-dollar arbitration involving a cross border contract
■Acting for several media and pharmaceutical companies undergoing investigation by the ECA and a regional organization in the context of a COMESA Investigation relating to a major media contract with global effects

2 partners, 4 fee earners
■Advising Turkish Airlines on its day-to-day activities in relation to labour, employment and social insurance matters
■Advising Roche on its day-to-day activities in relation to labour, employment and social insurance matters
■Advising ADM International Sarl on labour matters concerning termination of employment, full and partial redundancy

IP, IT, Media & Telecoms:
2 partners, 4 fee earners
■Acting as expert witness in a multi-million-dollar investor-state dispute [ICSID rules] involving a large media company
■Advising leading internet companies on compliance with Egyptian media and telecom regulations
■Representing the world’s leading news agency in multiple proceedings before various types of courts

Pharmaceuticals & Health Care:
4 partners, 10 fee earners
■Acting as counsel for various Fortune 500 multinational pharma by providing guidance on all regulatory and legal requirements as well as undertaking all the necessary work for their presence in Egypt
■Advising various Fortune 500 multinational pharmaceuticals company on all laws, decrees and regulations addressing and governing clinical trials in Egypt
■Advising various multinational companies on IPR, compulsory licensing, and exclusive marketing rights issues


Cairo: 20 B Adly Street
Tel: +202 2393 5557
Fax: +202 2393 5447
Email: [email protected] 

Email: [email protected]


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