Tarek is a senior member of Shahid Law’s International Business and Dispute Resolution teams. He specializes in trade, commercial, and investor-state disputes, and represents clients before international tribunals, the Cairo Court of Appeal, and Egyptian administrative authorities. In addition to his dispute resolution practice, Tarek advises clients on transactional and compliance matters, notably in the aviation and transportation; banking & finance; energy, oil & gas; insurance & financial services; pharmaceuticals; and TMT industries. He advises foreign companies during their negotiations with Egyptian governmental authorities and private parties, with a particular focus on administrative, agency, distribution, and settlement agreements, and provides regular advice on compliance and anti-corruption matters under Egyptian penal legislation.
Tarek has published extensively on different areas of Egyptian and international law, and appears regularly as a guest lecturer on legal matters in Egypt and overseas.
Tarek is a member of the Egyptian Bar Association, and is a licensed Barrister and Solicitor of the Court of Appeal for Ontario (Canada). He is the Deputy Chair of the Economic Legislation Committee of the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB).
Tarek holds degrees in Political Science and Law from the American University in Cairo (BA),
Cairo University (LLB), Essex University (LLM), and McGill University (BCL/LLB), and is recognized as a leading practitioner of Banking & Finance by Legal 500 (2016) and Corporate Immigration by Who’s Who Legal (2015) and (2016).
- Acted for an international development bank in its multi-million-dollar financing transaction of a project developer operating under Egypt’s special economic zones legislation.
- Represented an Egyptian developer in a multi-million-dollar financing transaction respecting the construction of a hotel and commercial complex in Cairo.
- Acted for a group of European banks in the context of the registration of a multi-million-Euro pledge with Egyptian regulators.
- Advised a leading global provider of road technology solutions in its negotiations of a multi-million-dollar contract with the Egyptian Ministry of Transportation.
- Counseled a group of reinsurers in the context of their settlement of a multi-million-dollar insurance claim with an Egyptian state-owned company.
- Advised an aviation company with regard to a multi-million-dollar insurance claim following an aircraft accident in an African state.
- Represented an international aviation company in the context of its share acquisition of a local charter company.
Dispute Resolution Experience
- Acted as co-counsel for East Mediterranean Gas and a number of its shareholders in four major international oil & gas disputes against the Arab Republic of Egypt and various State entities (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/11; ICC Case No. 18215/GZ/MHM; CRCICA Case No. 829/2012 and PCA Case No. 2012-26).
- Represented two major regional media companies in a multi-million-dollar multi-party dispute involving litigation and arbitration under UAE law concerning breaches of a number of licensing and broadcasting agreements (CRCICA Case No. 1012/2014).
- Acted for Waterworks, a global environmental engineering company specializing in water treatment, against an Egyptian oil company in a multi-million-pound dispute involving the construction of a water treatment facility and breaches of a build-own-operate contract (CRCICA Case No. 983/2014).
- Represented a major international auto manufacturing company against its Egyptian distributor/dealer in a multi-million-dollar CRCICA arbitration (CRCICA Case No. 856/2012).
- Acted for a Chinese manufacturer of blankets before the Egyptian Anti-Dumping, Subsidy and Safeguard Department.
- “Egypt Chapter” in, The Law of the Sea: The African Union and its Member States, (Juta Law, South Africa, forthcoming in 2017) (with Jasmine Moussa)
- “Immigration Chapter” in, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law, (MPEPIL/OUP, forthcoming in 2016)
- “Egyptian Citizenship Legislation, Private International Law, and their Impact on Individual Rights” (2014) 6 Middle East Law and Governance 272
- “The General Principles of Islamic Law as the Law Governing Investment Disputes in the Middle-East” (2012) 29(3) Journal of International Arbitration 255
- “Employee Mobility in Europe and Canada”, (Fall 2010) 18(4) California International Law Journal 3 (with the Honorable Justice Alan Diner and Anikka Hammett)
- “Towards a Contemporary View of Islamic Criminal Procedures: A Focus on the Testimony of Witnesses” (2009) 23(3) Arab Law Quarterly 269
- “The Protection of Refugees between Obligations under Multilateral Conventions and Special Treaty Obligations: The Case of Egypt”, (2008) 16 African Yearbook of International Law 151
Short Articles and Blog Posts
- In Egypt, Broadcasting Football is a Question of Sovereignty … for Now!; Asser Institute International Sports Law Blog (with Inji Fathalla and Nadim Magdy)
- Egypt’s Special Investment Law and the Suez Canal Special Economic Zone: A Positive Prospect for Future Investment; Egyptian MFA Blog
- “Supreme Court holds that ISPs are not broadcasters”, Lexology (with Arlan Gates and Theodore Ling)
- “Ontario Court of Appeal finds a new tort for the invasion of privacy”, Lexology (with Arlan Gates and Theodore Ling)
- “Canadian federal government bill C-12 to add “business transaction” exception to privacy legislation”, Lexology (with Arlan Gates and Theodore Ling)