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F. John Matouk

F. John Matouk

Founding Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution

John Matouk is a co-founder of Matouk Bassiouny and heads the firm’s Dispute Resolution group.

A New York qualified lawyer and dual national, John has been practicing in Cairo for close to 20 years and is consistently recognized in industry publications as a leading lawyer in Egypt.

Referring to John, recent legal periodicals have stated:

Practice Focus

John’s disputes work encompasses a large and varied practice across the Middle East and North Africa. He has developed vast experience advising on major cross-border disputes before the local courts as well as on arbitrations under the auspices of major arbitral institutions including the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA).

Recent Rankings

  • Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and Litigation – Legal 500 EMEA, 2018
  • Eminent PractitionerChambers Global, 2018
  • Ranked Leading Lawyer in Dispute Resolution ArbitrationChambers Global, 2018
  • Legal Expert in Who’s Who Legal: Energy (2018)
  • Leading LawyerIFLR 1000, 2017

Select Recent Experience

  • Successful representation of Uber with regulatory and contentious legal matters pertaining to Uber’s market penetration and continuing operations in Egypt concerning its operations.
  • Successful representation of Volkswagen Group member Skoda Auto before Egyptian courts as well as the Egyptian Consumer Protection and Competition authorities in relation to a USD 225 Million dispute involving the termination of a contractual distributorship with an Egyptian distributor.
  • Successful representation of Sony Pictures in a complex debt recovery claim regarding leading to a successful multi-million US Dollar recovery involving, inter alia, a ground-breaking trademark enforcement action against the debtor company. This case is a watershed case for intellectual property rights in Egypt as it marks the first successful enforcement against a trademark and tradename in the Egyptian market.
  • Successful representation of Union Fenosa Gas on Egyptian law issues in relation to a multi-billion dollar claim against an Egyptian state entity for its failure to perform its contractual obligations under a Natural Gas Sale and Purchase Agreement signed between the parties. The dispute included different arbitration proceedings filed by the Spanish Gas company against the Egyptian State Entity at Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), and another proceeding registered with ICSID against the Egyptian Government.
  • Successful representation of ArcelorMittal in the prosecution and subsequent amicable settlement of a USD 600 Million investment dispute in proceedings registered with ICSID against the Arab Republic of Egypt.
  • Successful representation of a major Japanese automotive manufacturer in defending client against claims in Egyptian courts exceeding USD 1 Billion in complex cross-border litigation.
  • Successful representation of a major glass manufacturing client in a formal mediation process leading to the amicable settlement of a high-value CRCICA arbitration.
  • Successful representation of a blue-chip GCC corporate client in a high-value commercial dispute before CRCICA.
  • Successful representation of over 10 multi-national blue-chip manufacturing companies in high-value disputes before Egyptian courts relating to termination of agency/distribution relationships.

News Mentions


J.D. with Honors

B.A. – Double Thesis, International Relations/Literary Theory with high honors


  • Egypt, “The Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review 2017”, Global Arbitration Review, 2017, pp. 70 – 77
  • Egypt, “The European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review 2016”, Global Arbitration Review, 2016, pp. 56-61.
  • Egypt, “Arbitration in Africa – A Review of Key Jurisdictions”, Sweet & Maxwell, 2016.
  • Egypt, “The European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review 2015”, Global Arbitration Review, 2015, pp. 59-63.
  • Egypt, “The European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review 2014”, Global Arbitration Review, 2014, pp. 58 – 62.
  • PPP Middle East & North Africa Summit, Speaker on Egyptian PPP Project Agreements, City & Financial, 2007.
  • “Venture Capital Investment in Egypt – Legal and Regulatory Issues”, International Mergers & Acquisitions Review 2004/2005, Euro-money Publications, 2004.
  • “Equity Transactions in Egypt – Legal and Regulatory Issues Faced by Inward Investors”, International Mergers & Acquisitions Review 2003/2004, Euromoney Publications, 2003.
  • “Gas Regulation in Egypt”, Global Competition Review, 2003.
  • “The Regulatory Regime for Public Utilities Concessions in Egypt”, International Power Finance Review 1999/2000, Euromoney Publications, 1999.
  • “Egypt Amends Companies law”, Middle East Executive Reports (“MEER”), May 1998.





Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association – Member
  • International Bar Association – Member
  • ABA Rule of Law Initiative – Advisory Board Member, Egypt
  • ICC Arab Arbitration Group – Member
  • Board of Trustees, St. Andrew’s School – Board Member
  • Young Presidents’ Organization – Member
  • American Chamber of Commerce – Member