Dr. Amr Abbas is a Partner and Head of the Arbitration Department within the Dispute Resolution Practice Group at Matouk Bassiouny. Dr. Abbas is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Cairo University. Prior to joining Matouk Bassiouny, he has worked with White and Case LLP and the World Bank in Washington DC, as well as, Sharkawy & Sarhan and Ibrachy & Dermarkar law firms in Cairo.
Dr. Abbas has acted as a legal adviser to the Egyptian Competition Authority between 2014 and 2015, where he advised on pending cases as well as on draft laws and regulation. Dr. Abbas has also advised the Ministry of Petroleum on the draft natural gas law and acted as Egypt’s In-Country Evaluator for the United Nations Global Compact Anti-Corruption Collective Action Project in 2015. Before that, Dr. Abbas was a partner at Sharkawy & Sarhan between 2011 and 2014. There, Dr. Abbas’ practice included representing clients in disputes, M&A, finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial law issues.
Between 2008 and 2011 Dr. Abbas worked at White & Case, where he worked on international arbitration of international investment, and construction, and on antitrust and international business disputes.
Between 2006 and 2008, Dr. Abbas worked as an attorney at the World Bank’s legal department in Washington DC. His work at the World Bank included negotiating and drafting legal agreements related to partial risk guarantees; loans and credits; trust fund and global partnerships operations; and various legal agreements for the World Bank’s carbon finance projects and operations. While at the World Bank, Dr. Abbas was the recipient of two performance awards in recognition “of his important contributions in bringing about the successful closure of the partial risk guarantee for the Amman Power Project in Jordan”; and in recognition of his “valuable contributions to the Project Finance and Cofinancing Group on carbon finance operations.”
Dr. Abbas began his career as an attorney with Ibrachy & Dermarkar in Cairo. During his time there, Dr. Abbas’ work included advising and representing banks, major airline operators, oil & gas companies, construction companies, and sovereigns in international commercial arbitration and in Egyptian Capital Market arbitration as well as in a wide range of corporate and business law issues.
Dr. Abbas practice includes representing and advising clients on international commercial arbitration as well as competition and other disputes. His experience includes also advising clients on oil & gas, projects, M&A and corporate and commercial issues.
Representative Legal Matters
- Representing a major Gulf private equity corporation in an ICC arbitration of more than $ 200 million in dispute.
- Representing a major oil & gas corporation in several ICC, CRCICA and ICSID arbitrations.
- Representing and advising a major oil & gas corporation in issues relating to its concessions in Egypt.
- Representing a major European manufacturer in an ICSID Arbitration against a North African State.
- Representing a State in an ICSID dispute relating to concession agreement.
- Representing a State in an ICC arbitration concerning the termination of a concession agreement.
- Representing an oil company in CRCICA dispute concerning termination of a franchise agreement.
- Advising and successfully representing a mining company in litigation concerning the annulment of its concession.
- Representing a tourism corporation in several Egyptian Capital Market arbitration disputes.
- Advising and successfully representing six foreign exporters of polypropylene in the safeguard investigations on imports it to Egypt after the Egyptian authority has imposed provisional safeguard duties.
- Advising and representing a major investor on disputes with its contractors under FIDIC agreement and drafting related settlement agreement.
- Advising a client on enforcement of an arbitration award in several jurisdictions.
- Advising a European corporation on its right to arbitration against a Central Asian sovereign and its rights under different bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty.
- Advising and representing foreign reinsurers in an insurance dispute for over EGP200 million and drafting related settlement agreement.
- Drafting expert legal opinions in an ICSID arbitration.
- Drafting legal opinions on issues relating to the governing law and dispute settlement mechanism under the World Bank’s emission reduction purchase agreements.
- Advising and representing a major corporation in M&A and antitrust issues in the U.S.
- Advising BNP Paribas S.A. on all matters related to the sale of all its shares in Bank BNP Paribas S.A.E. to ENBD and advising BNP Paribas on selling its stake in another non-bank subsidiary in Egypt.
- Advising an investment bank on a potential acquisition of a listed company and restructuring of its holdings.
- Advising the World Bank on the structure and agreements for a BOO wind farm.
- Advising IFC on $100 million loan extended to Circle Oil facility and its security package.
- Advising IFC on its finance of Elif Plastic and its security package.
- Advising EBRD on secured transactions assessment and on the assessment of Egypt’s commercial laws.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Egyptian Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
Partner and Head of Arbitration
T + (202) 2795 4228
amr.abbas @ matoukbassiouny.com
- University of London, Queen Mary College, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, PhD, First Ibrahim Shihata Ph.D. Scholar, London, UK
- The George Washington University Law School, LL.M., Thomas Buergenthal Scholar, Washington DC
- Cairo University, Faculty of Law, LL.M., Cairo, Egypt
- Cairo University, Faculty of Law, English Section, LL.B. with distinguished honors as the highest ranking LLB candidate in the English Section Cairo, Egypt , May 2000
PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- “Egypt Chapter on Arbitration”, Global Arbitration Review, The Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review, (2016) (coauthor).
- Presentation on “Sukuk and its potential in Egypt”, Innovation in Financial Law and Systems: A Conference in Honour of Professor Joseph J. Norton, Queen Mary University of London, Lincoln’s Inn Field Campus (London, May 2016).
- Speaker in the “Merger and Acquisition Control under Competition Law and Its Effect on the Market Structure and Investment Environment Workshop”, Center for Economic & Financial Research, Faculty of Economics & Political Science, Cairo University (December 2015).
- Moderator of “Enabling Investment Climate: Egyptian Competition Law Amendments and Business Sector Compliance”, and presentation on “The latest Amendments to the Egyptian Competition Law and the Importance of Business Compliance”, Joint Workshop between Egyptian Competition Authority and the European Union Twinning Program in cooperation with the German Chamber of Commerce, (Cairo, November 2015).
- Presentation on “Egyptian Competition Law and Competition Issues Relating to Establishing a New Regulator in the Gas Sector,” The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) (September 2015).
- Presentation on “An Overview of Egyptian Competition Law and its Main Recent Amendments,” Workshop on Competition Law, Cairo University Faculty of Law (April 2015).
- Presentation on “Egyptian Competition Law and Egyptian Competition Authority’s Objectives, Mission and Work Process,” Workshop on Egyptian Competition Law Recent Amendments and How to Comply with Them, Cinema Industry Chamber (April 2015).
- Moderator of “Media Roundtable on New Amendments to Egyptian Competition Law,” Egyptian Competition Authority (March 2015).
- “New Foreign Depository Receipts Regulations: Filling in a Regulatory Gap or a Tide to More Restrictive Market?” Sharkawy & Sarhan Newsletter, (March 2013) (coauthor).
- “Regulatory Framework of Egypt’s Capital Market: A Room for Reform?” EBRD Journal Law in Transition, (May 2012) (coauthor).
- Presentation on “How Regime Change Has Triggered Corruption Investigations and What It Means for Your Egyptian Operations and Contracts,” 3rd Middle East Summit on Anti-Corruption, (Abu Dhabi, 2012).
- Presentation on “Perspectives on Advocacy in New Egypt,” ABA Rule of Law Initiative, (Cairo, 2011).
- Presentation on “Egypt’s Legal Environment,” European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, (London, 2011).
- “Embracing Arbitration Again? A Welcome Step after the Egyptian Revolution,” Sharkawy & Sarhan Newsletter, (2011) (coauthor).
- “The Arab Free Trade Area,” Law and Business Review of the Americas, (2004).
- “Encouraging Investment Flows Into Egypt,” London Forum for International Economic Law and Development Newsletter, (2004).
- “Egypt Section in Foreign Law Year in Review: 2002: Middle Eastern Commercial Law,” The International Lawyer, (2003) (coauthor).