Ahmed Ibrahim wins praise from peers who say, “He is well prepared for substantive hearings and comes armed with important factual and legal questions required to determine the matter."
Ahmed is the managing partner of Fenwick Elliott LLP, Dubai branch. He has been leading the expansion of the firm in the Middle East and Africa since 2015.
Ahmed has vast experience in handling cases involving major construction, infrastructure and energy projects, often with significant sums of money in dispute. He has extensive experience in civil law jurisdictions with an in-depth understanding of local laws and practices in Arab countries.
Ahmed has represented regional and international high-profile clients in high-value disputes, and has advised clients for many years on projects in countries across the MENA region, including Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Afghanistan and Yemen.
His expertise includes acting as counsel or arbitrator in disputes across various industries, including healthcare, education, IT, transport, infrastructure, housing, commercial, retail, power, oil and gas, renewable energy, nuclear, mining, water, and utilities.
Ahmed has handled cases under most major arbitration rules, including DIFC-LCIA, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration and the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA). In addition to acting as counsel, he has served as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or chairman of arbitral tribunals in more than 100 ad hoc and institutional arbitration cases.
Ahmed practises in English and Arabic. He read law at Cairo University; the American University in Cairo; Queen Mary, University of London; and King’s College London. His studies particularly focused on arbitration and legal aspects in the construction industry.
He regularly publishes legal papers and speaks at conferences on topics concerning construction disputes, arbitration, local courts practices and standard forms of construction contracts, including events organised by FIDIC, the Society of Construction Law, the ICC and the DIAC. Ahmed also delivers seminars to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building.
Ahmed was selected by the DIAC executive committee to design and deliver a training course on how to conduct arbitration under the DIAC Rules, which was offered to the DIAC 40 forum for the purpose of preparing new arbitrators.
Ahmed has taught lectures on standard forms of construction contracts, international arbitration and UAE civil law. He is also a member of the advisory board of the MSc in construction law and dispute resolution at the British University in Dubai.
In 2018 Ahmed was recognised in WWL Future Leaders: Arbitration. The guide stated that Ahmed “impresses peers with his prowess in construction arbitration” and “adopts a proactive approach to the arbitration process and is able to maintain momentum even in difficult circumstances”. He was also recognised in the 2019 guide, which stated: “Ahmed Ibrahim draws high praise from peers who commend his exceptional knowledge and understanding of construction-related arbitration proceedings.”
The Legal 500 calls him “an excellent practitioner who combines deep construction knowhow with excellent arbitration expertise”.
To add to his merits, Ahmed was named a winner at the DIAC Arbitration Awards 2018, which recognised him as one of the best arbitrators.