Girgis Abd El-Shahid is the managing partner of Shahid Law Firm in Cairo, which has grown to become one of the leading international law firms operating in Egypt and the region since its inception in 1987.
Girgis specialises in dispute settlement, with a particular focus on energy-related disputes; M&A; corporate and commercial agreements; JV arrangements; banking and finance; securities offerings; telecommunications; and IP.
He is one of the youngest Egyptian lawyers to be appointed on some of the most difficult arbitration cases in Egypt and the Middle East. He is identified among the world’s leading arbitration practitioners in WWL: Arbitration 2020, WWL: Future Leaders 2018, WWL: Energy 2017.
Girgis is recognised by The Legal 500 as “extremely personable” with a “vast knowledge of Egyptian law”. The guide adds that he is “extremely responsive” with “a unique international outlook”; “smart, articulate, knowledgeable and business-oriented”; and “simply excellent, very bright and entrepreneurial”, with advice that is “always spot on”.
He is also featured as a notable practitioner in the dispute resolution chapter of the Chambers guide, which recognises him as “impressive – very driven and very business- oriented”, and praises his "solution-oriented, thorough and strategic" approach. According to WWL, clients have remarked that he "has, time and time again, proved himself able to successfully, and swiftly, navigate the complexities and challenges that Egyptian law routinely poses".
Girgis is a member of the International Court of Arbitration, the world’s leading arbitral institution. He is also a regular panellist and speaker in many local and international conferences on arbitration, energy and infrastructure projects.
Girgis Abd El-Shahid is "strong in the energy sector" and has become a "very impressive name" as a result of his excellence in energy disputes.
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.
Among other work, Girgis has assisted conventional and renewable energy companies in negotiations with potential and existing business partners and ministries in Egypt, and managed disputes between developers and Egyptian governmental entities.
Girgis has assisted international developers in establishing over 30 renewable energy companies since March 2015, in connection with the feed-in tariff programme, BOO and other schemes.
His expertise 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 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.
Girgis is recommended in The Legal 500 and the dispute resolution chapter of Chambers Global, and in 2020 was named a Client Choice Winner for his unique efforts to clients in the energy and natural resources sector.
In 2018 the ICC World Council appointed Girgis as a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, representing Egypt, for a three-year term.