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Ibrahim Shehata

Ibrahim Shehata

Ibrahim Shehata has accumulated a decade of experience in the Egyptian market. Shehata started his career with Ibrachy & Dermarkar law firm followed by Sharkawy & Sarhan law firm. He then moved to the US to earn his Master of Laws degree in International Arbitration from New York University.

Shehata started off his career focusing on corporate law where he successfully advised several multinational companies on doing business in Egypt. Being involved in the Egyptian renewable energy market since 2014, he developed a niche experience which makes him one of the leading lawyers in the field.

Capitalizing on his immense arbitration knowledge, Shehata has assisted clients in navigating success in various high profile arbitral disputes, in particular with cases of construction arbitration.

Shehata has also contributed immensely to international literature, currently in the process of writing the first ever English language treatise on Egyptian arbitration with the prestigious publisher, Kluwer Law International.

Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Corporate Law


  • Construction
  • Renewable Energy

Recent Experience

  • Representing a UAE real estate developer in a USD 7 million ICC construction arbitration seated in Abu Dhabi.
  • Representing an Egyptian contractor in a USD 30 million Ad Hoc construction arbitration seated in Paris.
  • Representing KarmSolar in preparing its O&M and EPC agreements in conjunction with a Net-Metering Solar Project.
  • Representing BioEnergy in dealing with the Egyptian government in relation to its Waste-to-Energy project in Egypt.
  • Representing The Solar Company in preparing the necessary contractual instruments for launching a new solar product in the Egyptian market.


LL.B, Cairo University – English Section, Egypt

LL.M, New York University (NYU), USA

Certificate in Corporate Finance, Harvard University, USA

Awards and Honors

  • Africa’s 50 Most Promising Young Arbitration Practitioners Award, 2020

Select Publications

  • Arbitration in Egypt: A Practitioner’s Guide”, Kluwer Law International (Forthcoming, 2021)
  • “The Interest Rates Public Policy Dilemma: The Egyptian Perspective”, ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin, (July 2020)
  • “The Ministerial Approval Requirement for Arbitration Agreements in Egypt: Revisiting the Public Policy Debate”, Journal of International Arbitration, (May 2020) | Reprinted from Journal of International Arbitration, volume no. 37), (issue number 3), (2020), (391-404), with permission of Kluwer Law International.

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  • “Extension of Arbitration Agreements to Third Parties through the Lens of Egyptian Courts”, Arbitration International, (April 2020)

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  • “25 Years of Model Law Arbitration in Egypt”, ASA Bulletin, (September, 2019) | Reprinted from ASA Bulletin, volume no. 37, issue number 3, (2019), (631-642), with permission of Kluwer Law International.

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  • “The Application of New York Convention by Egyptian Courts: An Empirical Analysis”, International Journal of Arab Arbitration, (September 2019)

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  • “Attorney-Client Privilege & International Arbitration”, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, (May 2019)

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  • “Application of Overriding Mandatory Rules in International Commercial Arbitration: An Empirical Analysis”, World Arbitration and Mediation Review (WAMR), (December 2018)

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  • “Three Potential Imminent Benefits of Blockchain for International Arbitration,” Young Arbitration Review, (November 2018)

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