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Girgis Abd El-Shahid

Girgis Abd El-Shahid
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Girgis specialises in energy matters, with a particular focus on energy-related disputes; mergers and acquisitions; power purchase and transfer agreements; joint venture arrangements; and related financing and bankability.

Some of the work Girgis has rendered to clients includes assisting conventional and renewable energy companies in negotiations with potential and existing business partners and ministries in Egypt, as well as managing disputes between developers and Egyptian governmental entities.

Girgis has assisted international developers in the establishment of over thirty renewable energy companies since March 2015, in connection with the feed-in tariff (FiT) programme, BOO and other schemes.

His expertise further includes drafting and reviewing agreements, including power purchase, land usufruct cost, sharing and network connection agreements; liaising and negotiating with the various renewable energy authorities; providing sector-specific corporate and employment law advice; financing; M&A transactions and restructuring; real estate and regulatory advice; and handling administrative proceedings.

Girgis’ work highlights in energy arbitrations includes co-counselling East Mediterranean Gas (EMG), and its shareholders in four complex arbitrations against the Arab Republic of Egypt and Egyptian state entities before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), and an investment treaty claim before Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in disputes involving the termination of gas supply from Egypt to Israel and breaches of investment treaties.

Girgis has provided significant input on all matters relating to Egyptian law, notably the structuring of entities involved in the supply of gas to Israel and the role of the Egyptian government in controlling the actions of such entities; principles of contractual interpretation and rules applicable to force majeure and unforeseen events; penalties for breaching contractual obligations under Egyptian law; and detailed input on Egyptian corruption legislation and jurisprudence.

Some of the recent recognition Girgis has received in international legal guides includes The Legal 500, which describes him as “extremely personable, [having] vast knowledge of Egyptian law”; and “extremely responsive and having a unique international outlook” with advice that is “always spot on”. The guide adds that he is “smart, articulate, knowledgeable and business-oriented”, and “simply excellent, very bright and entrepreneurial”.

He is also featured as a notable practitioner in the dispute resolution chapter of the Chambers guide, where he is praised as “impressive - very driven and very business-oriented” and recognised for his "solution-oriented, thorough and strategic" approach.

Girgis has also been recognised in Chambers Global (2017) for his "good reputation", and dubbed “rising” in recognition of his role in leading the expansion of the firm's arbitration practice.

Girgis is also the co-chair of the legal affairs committee, and board member of the American Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the British and Swiss Business Associations and the Egypt-US Business Council.

In addition to his practical expertise, Girgis has also written extensively on matters of energy, oil and gas, and dispute resolution procedures (litigation and arbitration).

Girgis is a former public prosecutor, and has received an LLM in international legal studies from Georgetown University Law Center, USA; an LLB from Cairo University; and a BA in economics and business administration from the American University in Cairo.

WWL says: Girgis Abd El-Shahid is praised for his prowess in dispute resolution proceedings and regularly acts for major clients in the energy and oil and gas industries.

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