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Dr. Mohamed Shehata

Dr. Mohamed Shehata

Partner and Head of Litigation

Dr. Mohamed Shehata is a Partner and the Head of Litigation at Matouk Bassiouny. He is also an assistant professor and vice president of the Centre for Criminal Researches at the Cairo University, Faculty of Law. Formerly, Dr. Shehata served as a member of Egypt’s Conseil d’Etat and Public Prosecution (2006). He is a speaker in local, regional and international conferences, is admitted before the Egyptian Bar Association since 2004. Prior to returning to Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy in 2019, Dr. Shehata acted as the General Counsel of Etisalat Misr. Dr. Shehata has over 16 years in the legal and telecom fields.

Dr. Shehata maintains a general contentious practice involving both plaintiff and defense work, with an industry focus on telecommunication, finance, energy, construction, employment, intellectual property, insurance, real estate, environment, commercial agency, investment and corporate disputes. Dr. Shehata specializes in handling major commercial disputes before Egyptian courts, arbitral tribunals and regulatory bodies. He has significant experience in arbitral disputes under ICC and CRCICA. He also acted as chairman, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in institutional and Ad Hoc arbitrations.

Dr. Shehata advises major and multinational clients such as Etisalat Misr, Avon, Pfizer, Zoetis, Novartis, Eli Lilly, Danone Nutricia, Egyptian Resorts Company, Suez Steel Company, Clarks, IFF, Hilton, Mitsubishi Motors Company, Nissan, Hoerbiger, Huntleigh, Drexel, CIL, Misr Sons for Development (Hassan Allam Construction), Precor Incorporated, Agilent, Syngenta, Cargill, Uber, Doehelr, TCI Sanmar, Emirates International Investment Company, AFOFCO, Airbus, Ariston, Bticino, CBI, FCC Construction, Hempel, Inertia, Orascom Construction Industries, Samsung, Sony, Stream, Nexans and Wockhardt.

Mohamed Shehata is recognized in Legal 500 (2015) as “bold, tenacious and efficient”, (2016) as “recommended”, (2020) as “TMT leading individual “and (2022) as “Dispute Resolution: Litigation and TMT leading individual.

Practice Focus

Mohamed’s areas of expertise include commercial agency and distribution, general corporate, dispute resolution, white collar and corporate investigations, labor and employment as well as the representation of corporate clients in governmental relations and various disputes.

Select Recent Experience

  • Representation of a major Japanese automotive manufacturer in successfully blocking claims before the local courts exceeding USD 1 billion in complex litigation involving procedural and substantive arguments relating to the validity and enforceability of arbitration clause within the context of commercial agency/distribution relationships in Egypt.
  • Representation of a major automotive manufacturer in successfully blocking claims before the local courts of USD 225 million complex litigation involving procedural and substantive arguments relating to commercial agency/distribution relationship in Egypt.
  • Representation of a major British international shoe manufacturer and retailer in successfully blocking claims before the local courts exceeding US$45 million in complex litigation involving procedural and substantive arguments relating to commercial agency/distribution relationships in Egypt.
  • Representation of a Swiss multinational science and chemicals company in successfully blocking claims before the local courts exceeding US$3 million involving procedural and substantive arguments relating to technology transfer/distribution relationships in Egypt.
  • Representation of a multinational biomedical technology company in claims pending before the local courts exceeding US$1 million involving procedural and substantive arguments relating to commercial agency/distribution relationships in Egypt.
  • Representation of an Emirati multinational company in agribusiness in successfully securing amicable settlement of a 3-year conflict exceeding US$500,000.
  • Representation of British multinational science and chemicals company in successfully securing amicable settlement of claims before the local courts exceeding US$200,000 involving procedural and substantive arguments relating to commercial agency/distribution relationships in Egypt.
  • Representation of a major Danish company in arbitral proceedings against a major regional contractor on claims amounting to USD 20 million for the breach of a major dredging contract relating to the port of Damietta.
  • Representation of a major Egyptian real estate developer listed on the Egyptian stock exchange before the Egyptian State Council with respect to the annulment of a real estate development license involving the Egyptian Tourism Development Authority.
  • Representation of a mobile operator in Egypt in relation to a litigation dispute before the Egyptian Court of Cassation in connection with setting aside of an arbitral award and an arbitration dispute against thirteen shareholders.
  • Representation of a global pharmaceuticals manufacturer in relation a product liability claim of USD 200 million related to allegedly illegal clinical trials conducted in Egypt using client’s drugs.
  • Representation of a mobile operator in Egypt in successfully blocking claims before the Egyptian National Telecom Regulatory Authority exceeding USD 35 million involving alleged dispute in connection with an interconnection agreement with the world’s largest mobile operator.
  • Representation of a major automotive manufacturer in relation to violations of building industrial facilities without required licenses, namely, handling related criminal charges, negotiating the possibility of legalizing the status of the violating buildings and undertaking the required procedures to facilitate the acquisition of the required approvals for rectifying the legal position of the company.
  • Representation of a European glass, tire and electrical parts manufacturers respectively in successfully negotiating the amicable resolution of a major industrial labor strike in coordination with the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Labor office, the Ministry of Labor and Manpower as well as local law enforcement agencies.

Publications

  • Insider Trading, a Comparative Study, Book, Dar El Nahda El Arabia (2014).
  • Legal Terminology, Book, Dar El Nahda El Arabia (2015).
  • Effects of Criminal Matters on Arbitration: A Comparative Study (under publication).
  • Criminal Protection of Trademarks in Egypt and USA (under publication).

Education

Cairo University, Egypt: PhD – “Insider Trading: A Comparative study of the laws of the United States and Egypt” (2014) (summa cum laude – highest degree in Egyptian Universities)
2014

Oklahoma City University, USA: Visiting Scholar
2011

Cairo University, Egypt: Law Diploma (summa cum laude – ranked 2nd)
2006

Cairo University, Egypt: Public Law Diploma (summa cum laude – ranked 1st)
2005

Cairo University, Egypt: LL.B. English Section (summa cum laude – ranked 2nd)
2004

Awards

  • Over 90 prizes and appreciation certificates in the legal field.

Attended Parliament Discussions

  • New Amendments to Criminal Procedures Law
  • New Cybercrimes Law
  • New Personal Data Protection Law

Language

Arabic

English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Egyptian Bar AssociationMember
  • International Association of Penal Law, Paris
  • Egyptian Association of Criminal LawBoard Member