Shahid Law Firm has one of the most competitive litigation, arbitration, and dispute resolution practices in Egypt with the requisite insight into the sources of disputes, a quality that has granted us a unique edge in reaching commercially viable amicable settlements or anticipated awards that are favorable to our clients.

Shahid Law Firm’s chairman and founder, Sarwat Abd El-Shahid, is a former judge in the Egyptian Conseil d’Etat and almost half of our current lawyers are dedicated to dispute resolution.

Our lawyers handle all types of corporate and commercial disputes, from routine matters to large and complex multinational arbitrations, including:

  • Disputes related to domestic and international commercial arbitration, as well as investment treaty arbitrations;
  • Disputes related to construction and real estate;
  • Disputes related to hotel management;
  • Disputes related to employment;
  • Disputes related to shareholders’ agreements;
  • Disputes related to agency and distribution; and
  • Proceedings related to tax litigation and insolvency.

In every case we handle, we hand-pick a tailor-made team with the required experience, expertise and understanding to ensure we deliver the highest quality of work and achieve our clients’ objectives.

Our arbitration and dispute resolution practice successfully represents major clients in various industries including energy, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, construction, insurance, hotel ownership and management, automotive and real estate development in complex commercial and investor-state arbitration matters.

We have been involved in a number of landmark arbitration cases in Egypt and internationally, and have considerable experience before arbitration centers; be it local such as CRCICA, regional (DIAC and DIFC-LCIA) or international fora (ICSID, ICC, PCA, UNCITRAL and Ad Hoc).

Shahid Law Firm has significant experience in enforcing foreign judgments and arbitral awards in Egypt, with an acknowledged ability to pursue enforcement through using all available tools.

Our Firm regularly advises and represents individual and corporate clients in criminal matters, including white-collar crimes and insurance-related matters.

We frequently assist our clients with interlocutory remedies and interim measures, representing clients before all courts and administrative authorities in Egypt.

Shahid Law Firm’s involvement in dispute resolution work spans from Investor-State Disputes and Commercial Arbitration, through all forms of Litigation, including:

Investor-State Disputes

  • Advising a top bidder in the 2009 gold mining Bid Round tender in its investor-state dispute with EMRA concerning the concession agreement;
  • Acting as co-counsel for East Mediterranean Gas and a significant number of its shareholders in a major international oil and gas dispute against the Arab Republic of Egypt and various State entities in a complex arbitration cluster before ICSID, ICC, CRCICA UNCITRAL, and PCA (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/11; ICC Case No. 18215/GZ/MHM; CRCICA Case No. 829/2012 and PCA Case No. 2012-26);
  • Acting as a local co-counsel for Claimant in the matter between Hussain Sajwani, DAMAC Park Avenue for Real Estate Development S.A.E., and DAMAC Gamsha Bay for Development S.A.E. against Arab Republic of Egypt (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/16);
  • Acting as counsel for Claimant in the matter between Middle East Cement Company against the Arab Republic of Egypt (ICSID Case No. ARB/99/6); and
  • Advising multiple Saudi investors on the available options to seek restitution from the Government of Egypt under an Egyptian/Saudi bilateral investment treaty which does not allow for bringing claims before international arbitration fora, following the enacting of measures by the Egyptian authorities resulting in damages to the nationals’ investments in the country.

Commercial Arbitration

  • Representing a hotel owner in a multi-party, complex arbitration concerning allegations of breaches of construction contracts (FIDIC) (CRCICA Case No. 1150/2016);
  • Acting for a major Korean heavy industries company in all disputes associated with the FIDIC contract entered into with the international consortium responsible for the building and operation of one of the Egyptian ports;
  • Representing a global inspection company against an Egyptian petroleum projects company in a multi-party dispute about the inspection of materials (CRCICA Case No. 1053/2015);
  • Acting as counsel for a major regional media company in a multi-million-dollar dispute cluster involving litigation and arbitration under UAE law concerning breaches of a number of licensing and broadcasting agreements (CRCICA Case No. 1012/2014);
  • Representing Waterworks, a global environmental engineering company specializing in water treatment, against an Egyptian oil company in a dispute involving the construction of a water treatment facility and breaches of a build-own-operate contract (CRCICA Case No. 983/2014);
  • Representing an Egyptian construction company against a container terminal of one of the Egyptian ports in an arbitration concerning the building of a commercial warehouse (FIDIC); successfully steering negotiations into a settlement (CRCICA Case No. 878/2013);
  • Acting for a group of global insurers, re-insurers and manufacturers against a logistics and warehousing company in a multi-million-dollar arbitration under the CRCICA rules in a dispute involving the negligent operation of a warehouse leading to the destruction of products as a result of fire (CRCICA Case No. 846/2012);
  • Acting as counsel for Respondent in a matter between an Egyptian auto distributor/dealer against a major international auto manufacturing company (CRCICA Case No. 856/2012);
  • Representing an international hotel management company in a number of arbitration concerning allegations of breaches of international hotel management contracts (CRCICA Case No. 429/2005);
  • Acting as counsel for Besix, the largest Belgian construction company against a Saudi-Egyptian group of companies, and enforcing the arbitral award before the Egyptian courts (CRCICA Case No. 310/2002);
  • Acting as counsel for Respondent, in a dredging case between a consortium of international dredging companies against the Egyptian competent authority (CRCICA Case No. 281/2002); and
  • Acting as co-counsel for Respondent in a matter between one of the biggest banking corporations in the Middle East against a Fortune 500 Swiss company (ICC Case No.15119/JEM).


  • Successfully staying an order by the Cairo Economic Court for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company to pay EGP 50 million to a small Egyptian distribution company on the background of an alleged breach of contract until review by the Court of Cassation;
  • Representing IEOC, a subsidiary of ENI, in an arbitration case filed by its employees concerning laws and regulations applicable to employees’ profit-sharing schemes in general, and in the oil and gas field in particular, and successfully filing challenges before the Egyptian Constitutional Court;
  • Representing RINA with respect to a complex cluster of five separate quasi-class action law suits with respect to the validity and enforceability of settlements. Shahid Law Firm also provides advice on aspects of Egyptian law in regards to portions of the matter being handled before the Italian courts, as well as other arbitration matters;
  • Representing multiple pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies (Abbott, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”), Roche, Roche Diagnostics, Sanofi, Sun Pharma and Takeda) in claims with respect to their agents and distributors in Egypt in addition to multiple other matters; and
  • Representing QAPCO in its main dispute regarding a storing and distribution agreement with a cross-over between civil and criminal aspects.