Chairman & Founding Partner: Sarwat Abd El-Shahid
Number of partners: 14
Number of counsels: 4
Total Number of lawyers & fee earners: more than 100
Languages: Arabic, English, French, German
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.
Through its affiliate firms in Ethiopia and recently in Sudan, 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 counterparts, Meseret and Associates Law Office (Ethiopia) and Yousra Y. M. Elhassam Badi – Advocate (Sudan). Through its affiliate firms in Ethiopia and recently in Sudan, 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 counterparts, Meseret and Associates Law Office (Ethiopia) and Yousra Y. M. Elhassam Badi – Advocate (Sudan).
■ Successfully defended the Confederation of African Football (“CAF”) against Lagardère Sports (“Lagardère”) in ICC Emergency Arbitration proceedings initiated by Lagardère in connection with the termination of a 28-year USD 1 Billion contract for the commercial exploitation of CAF Competitions.
■ Acting for a Saudi Investor in multiple CRCICA arbitrations relation to its demystified investment in and joint-venture with a major publicly listed investment company.
■ Acting for Tantalum International Ltd and Emerge Gaming Ltd. (Australian) in arbitration is about the unlawful measures that the Egyptian State took against certain Australian investments in two mining projects: a gold exploration project at Wadi Allaqi and a tantalum/tin/feldspar mining project at Abu Dabbab. The investments were made by two Australian companies, Gippsland Ltd. (later re-named Arrowhead Resources Ltd) and its subsidiary Tantalum International Limited.
■ 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 toa number of construction contracts (FIDIC)
■ 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
■ Acting for Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction, for what is believed to be the first time, an Egyptian court has recognized 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.
■ Representing IATA in the dispute filed by Metro Tourism, Travel Agent (“Metro”), requesting review of accounts associated with the issuance of air travel tickets, which Metro defaulted in payment.
Representing certain Libyan banks in the dispute against other local banks, with respect to an imposed precautionary attachment on funds, shares and bonds of these Libyan banks, amounting to US$261,371,715.
Corporate & M&As:
■ Advising Elekta Group on their local structuring allowing the registration of its local agent and handling all agreements related to their previous agency company.
■ Advising Ezdehar Fund on its successful acquisition of 30% of Family Corporation, as part of its new fund-raising round in the transportation sector.
■ Acting as local counsel, with Jones Day USA, advising Ferro Corporation, the world leader in technology-based functional coatings and color solutions, in respect to the signing of its definitive agreement to sell its tile coatings business to Pigments Spain, S.L. a company of the Esmal glass-Itaca-Fritta group, (a portfolio company of Lone Star Funds), for $460 million in cash.
■ Handling the acquisition/investment of Gemini Enterprises Africa LLC in the award-winning startups of the Uplift4GFF initiative. Gemini Enterprises Africa’s Uplift program aims for bridging the gap between the filmmaking industry and the entrepreneurial ecosystem, providing entrepreneurial creatives with the right access and to uplift the filmmaking industry to the next level.
■ Acting for NI Capital in acquiring 100% of Alarabya online for brokerage (a company operating in the brokerage field – non-banking financial services).
Energy , Projects & Infrastructure :
■ 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) program.
■ Acting for one of the potential bidders for the acquisition of Shell entire onshore Oil & Gas concessions, estimated at around USD 1 Billion.
■ Acting for a Global Renewable Energy Player in acquiring 100% shares and economic interest in 2 solar project companies operating under the Egyptian FIT program in Benban. The project is jointly financed by IFC, CDC & AIIB.
■ 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.
■ Advising EDF International Network on the potential Joint venture between Egyptian French Electricity Distribution Company and the New Administrative Capital for Urban Development (ACUD) for the distribution of electricity to the New Administrative Capital.
■ Acting for NASCO in the landmark “Electric Vehicles manufacturing and assembly project” in collaboration with the Chinese automobile manufacturer ‘Dongfeng’, which marks the country’s position as one of the first in the region introducing a battery-powered vehicles market.
Anti-Trust, Anti-Corruption, & Competition :
■ 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.
Labor and Employment :
■ Advising various multinational companies on their day-to-day activities in relation to labor, employment and social insurance matters
Advising various multinational companies on labor matters concerning termination of employment, full and partial redundancy.
IP, IT, Media & Telecoms:
■ 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.
■ Handling the restructuring and the establishment of a tech start-up in the name of Minly for Technology Services. Minly presents a platform for fans to book personalized videos from their favourite celebrities in the Middle East. The platform bridges the gap between fans and celebrities by creating a safe and secure space to personalize this connection. The application has attracted over a hundred superstars from a diverse set of fields including sports, music, cinema, and television.
Pharmaceuticals & Health Care:
■ 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.
■ Acting for various pharmaceutical companies with respect to the restructuring of the board members and signatory powers of their legal entities in Egypt as well as advising them on all disclosure requirements and procedures.
■ Acting for various pharmaceutical and medical devices companies on all disputes arising from their relationships with their agents, distributors and manufacturers under license.