Shahid Law Firm is pleased to announce major internal changes that aim to boost its growing practice. Such changes include the election of an unprecedented number of home-grown attorneys in the International Business and Litigation Departments to the ranks of Senior Associates, Of Counsels, and Partners. These senior attorneys “possess longstanding expertise in a wide range of practice areas, and have been rendering top-notch legal services to our local and international clients” says Counselor Sarwat Abd El-Shahid, Shahid Law Firm’s Chairman and Founder.
As part of the changes, which will be effective as of January 1, 2017, Girgis Abd El-Shahid will take up the position of Managing Partner, in addition to his role as Head of the International Business and Arbitration Departments. Girgis is highly commended for his disputes and transactional experience, business acumen, and approachable personality which appeals to clients; and is recognized as a leading practitioner by Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500, and Chambers & Partners.
Jacqueline Saad, who has been with Shahid Law for more than two decades and handles client relations in addition to the Firm’s daily internal affairs has been promoted to Executive Partner. Jacqueline advises pharmaceutical and healthcare clients on matters relating to their business, and acts for clients in the IT, industrial, and insurance sectors. Jacqueline is noted in the Legal 500 guide as being “skillful, responsive with good business sense”. In addition to her legal work, Jacqueline will handle the Firm’s internal executive and administrative matters.
César R. Ternieden will be moving to the position of Senior Of Counsel. César, who joined Shahid Law in 2010 following a career in the United States, specializes in arbitration and international commercial transactions, and is a US-licensed attorney and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Arab Academy of Maritime Science & Technology. He has been instrumental in developing the Arbitration and Oil & Gas practices. César is recognized as a leading practitioner by Legal 500.
The International Business Department, which works closely with the Corporate Department headed by Senior Partner Nabil Rizkalla, sees the appointment of Tarek Badawy and Donia El-Mazghouny as Partners.
Tarek Badawy, who will head the Aviation, Shipping, and Transportation Group, is a licensed Barrister & Solicitor in Canada and a member of the Egyptian Bar Association. Since joining Shahid Law from the Toronto office of Baker & McKenzie three years ago, Tarek has contributed to the growth of the International Business Department and China desk through his ability to seamlessly navigate different practice areas, with a particular focus on arbitration, compliance, and transactions in the Banking & Finance, Insurance, Shipping, Transportation, and Aviation industries. Tarek is recognized as a leading practitioner by Who’s Who Legal and Legal 500.
Donia El-Mazghouny will head the Energy Group. Donia has been a member of Shahid Law’s International Business Department since 2007. She specializes in corporate law and projects & infrastructure, with a focus on the power and oil & gas fields. Donia has been an instrumental figure in the legal landscape of the Egyptian renewable energy field and has assisted multiple sponsors and EPC contractors in the dealings with the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and the electricity authorities. Donia is recognized as a leading practitioner by Legal 500, particularly for projects and infrastructure, and is noted as a rising star in the renewable energy market.
Associates Rasha Maurice and Inji Fathalla will be appointed Managing Associate and Senior Associate respectively. Rasha is a lead counsel within the Labor Regulatory and Employment team, advises clients on all matters of employment and social security law, and frequently represents them before regulatory bodies. Inji specializes in arbitration and general commercial law; and is a regional representative of the Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG) of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
The Litigation Department, which is co-headed by Senior Partners Nabil El-Bedewy and Mahmoud El-Ganzouri, will see the appointment of seasoned litigator Mohamed Atef as Partner and head of the Tax and Administrative Litigation teams. Mohamed has over thirty years of litigation experience and has represented clients before all levels of Egyptian courts.
Soad Fayek, will be appointed as Partner and head of the Economic Courts Litigation team. Soad has over twenty years of litigation in the areas of employment, family, civil, and commercial law; and has successfully litigated cases before the First Instance and Appeals Divisions of the Economic Courts.
Sameh Attia, will be appointed as Partner and head of the IP and TMT Litigation team. Sameh has over twenty years of litigation and arbitration experience, and has been the lead attorney in landmark IP and TMT cases before Egyptian administrative tribunals and commercial courts.
Ahmad Mostafa, will be appointed as Partner and head of the Real Estate Group. Ahmad has over twenty years of experience in all matters relating to real estate, including contracts’ registration, title searches, real estate and construction due diligence, and the drafting and review of construction contracts and agreements (including EPC and FIDIC-based contracts) as well as handling real estate disputes.
Associate Magdy Keshk will be appointed as Senior Associate. Magdy is a lead counsel within the Administrative Litigation team, and has represented clients before all levels of Egyptian administrative courts.
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