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Amr Abbas

Amr Abbas

Partner and Head of Arbitration

Dr. Amr A. Abbas is a Partner and Head of the Arbitration Department at Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy where his practice focuses on representing clients at commercial and investment arbitrations. Dr. Abbas has acted as a chairman, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator as well as a legal expert in commercial and investment treaty arbitration as well as before several courts.

Dr. Abbas is also a staff member at the Faculty of Law Cairo University and the academic supervisor of the Faculty’s Moot Court Arbitration. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the Law & Economic LLM program between Hamburg University and Cairo University.

Prior to joining Matouk Bassiouny, he worked with White & Case LLP, the World Bank in Washington DC, Sharkawy & Sarhan, and Ibrachy & Dermarkar 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 regulations. 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’ represented 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 represented and advised sovereigns and multinational corporations in international arbitration and litigation of international investment, construction, antitrust and international business disputes before the ICC, ICSID, and different courts and agencies.

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.

Dr. Abbas began his career as an attorney with Ibrachy & Dermarkar in Cairo in 2000. 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.

  • “I am very impressed with his advocacy skills,” – Chambers Global, 2021
  • “He has a remarkable ability to come up with answers to complicated issues in a very smooth and sharp way.” – Chambers Global, 2021
  • ‘Amr Abas is an expert on competition law issues and provides insightful advice’ – Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

Practice Focus

Dr. Abbas practice includes representing and advising clients on international arbitration as well as competition and other disputes.

Recent Rankings

  • Amr Abbas Ranked as Band 2 – Chambers & Partners, 2021-2022
  • Amr Abbas Ranked as Leading Individual – Legal 500 EMEA, 2019 – 2020 -2022
  • Amr Abbas is selected by Legal 500’s Arbitration Powerlist for Africa 2021.

Selected Experience

  • Co-arbitrator at a Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) case related to the construction of a housing complex in Egypt.
  • Chairman of an arbitration tribunal at CRCICA arbitration related to hotel management.
  • Sole arbitrator in Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC) arbitration regarding the construction of a housing complex in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Chairman of an ADCCAC arbitral tribunal in an arbitration relating to construction of administrative building.
  • Co-arbitrator in CRCICA arbitration related to the distribution of petroleum products.
  • Chairman of an arbitration tribunal at ADCCAC arbitration relating to an agency agreement.
  • Successfully representing a major Egyptian construction company in a dispute arising out of undertaking the entire civil works of a fully integrated complex for manufacturing sugar.
  • Successfully representing a major company which provides services to the cement industry in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East, in CRCICA arbitration against a cement manufacturer in Egypt in a dispute relating to an Agreement for Technical Management, Operation and Maintenance Integrated Services (OMIS).
  • Successfully representing a major European Hotel chain in CRCICA Arbitration relating to termination of hotel management agreement.
  • Representing a major Gulf investor on disputes with its contractors under FIDIC agreement and drafting related settlement agreement.
  • Successfully Representing a State in an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of airport and termination of a concession agreement.
  • Representing a major European manufacturer in an ICSID Arbitration against a North African State and successfully settling the dispute.
  • Successfully representing a major Gulf private equity corporation in an ICC arbitration and obtaining an award of more than USD 60 million plus costs.
  • Successfully representing a major Gulf private equity corporation in an arbitral dispute against an Egyptian prominent business tycoon in a dispute relating to a deadlock between shareholders in a major steel company and obtaining an award of USD 6 million plus several million Egyptian pounds as well as interest and arbitration costs.
  • Successfully representing a major telecommunication company in CRCICA arbitration relating to telecommunication law and interconnection agreement.
  • Advising a major European oil & gas corporation in several CRCICA and ICSID arbitrations.
  • Representing an energy corporation in an ICC arbitration.
  • Representing a global internet services company in competition investigations relating to its work in Egypt.
  • Successfully representing a State in an ICSID dispute relating to concession agreement.
  • 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.
  • Successfully representing a mining company in litigation concerning the annulment of its concession.
  • Advising and representing foreign reinsurers in an insurance dispute for over EGP200 million and drafting related settlement agreement.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker on “Examination of Experts and Witnesses in the Time of Covid-19” in The Annual ALEXU-CRCICA Conference (Cairo, 2021).
  • Speaker on “Value Chain Economics in the Construction Industry”, Maurice Stoppi Lecture, JAIAC (2021).
  • Speaker on “The Role of Party Autonomy in Drafting Arbitration Agreements” in Alexandria University -CRCICA International Vis Pre-Moot Conference (Alexandria, 2020).
  • Speaker in the Legal Web 2020 Experts Talk: “Arbitration during COVID 19” (Cairo, 2020).
  • “Egypt Chapter on Arbitration”, Global Arbitration Review, The Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review, (2016-2020) (coauthor).
  • “Enforcement of Judgments in Egypt: Law & Practice”, Chambers & Partners (2019-2020) (coauthor).
  • “Egypt” in Global Merger Control Handbook, Volume 1, (DLA Piper, 2019) (coauthor).
  • Speaker on “Legal and Economic Analysis of Contracts and Exchange”, Workshop on Law and Economics organized by the British University of Egypt and Hamburg University’s Institute of Law and Economics, (Cairo, 2019).
  • Speaker on “The Challenges Facing Prevailing Parties in the Stages of Enforcement and Execution of the Arbitral Awards Using Law & Economics Analysis” in CRCICA Sharm El- Sheikh VII World’s Sole Biennial Conference on “The Role of State Courts in International Arbitration” (Sharm El-Sheikh, 2018).
  • Keynote speaker in “Legal Challenges of Sharing Economy: Ridesharing Issues Workshop”, Centre for Law and Emerging Technologies at the British University in Egypt, (Cairo, 2018).
  • Speaker in the “International Arbitration in Ethiopia, East Africa and Beyond: Prospects, Possibilities and Challenges Conference”, International Chamber of Commerce, (African Union, Addis Ababa, 2017).
  • “Egypt Chapter on Arbitration”, Global Arbitration Review, The Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review, (2016) (coauthor).
  • Speaker 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 on Corruption and Bribery in Arbitration and Successfully Managing the Evolving World of Risks and Sanctions, Clifford Chance African Counsel Retreat, (Dubai, March 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).

Education

University of London, Queen Mary College, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, PhD, Ibrahim Shehata Scholar
London, UK

The George Washington University Law School, LL.M., Thomas Burgenthal Scholar
Washington DC

Cairo University, Faculty of Law, Masters of Law
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

Language

Arabic

English

Memberships

  • Egyptian Bar Association – Member
  • New York State Bar Association – Member
  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Fellow