Mohamed Shelbaya is a “bright and talented” lawyer who comes in for high praise thanks to his “excellent” work on commercial and investment treaty disputes relating to the oil and gas sector.
Mohamed Shelbaya is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration practice.
Trained in Egyptian, French and English law, Mohamed focuses on oil and gas disputes and matters involving interests in the Middle East. He has acted on multiple disputes on behalf of the Republic of Egypt and its national energy companies, and on large construction and energy disputes involving Kuwait, UAE and Qatar.
He has represented companies, states and state-owned entities in over 50 commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He has acted as lead counsel in numerous multibillion-dollar energy disputes involving novel international law questions and complex geopolitical issues.
Mohamed has extensive experience advising energy companies regarding their contractual portfolio and negotiating on their behalf with their upstream and downstream counterparties. He advises the Egyptian government on the liberalisation of the Egyptian gas market and the restructuring of the Egyptian petroleum sector. He has also developed a practice focused on liability risk management and effective contract drafting in the oil and gas sector.
He is distinguished in leading directories as “one of the greatest arbitration minds of his generation,” who “has the ability to turn prima facie losing points into winning arguments”. Mohamed also teaches investment arbitration at Sciences Po School of law and is called upon by international institutions to advise or speak on international arbitration and international investment law.
Mohamed studied law at Cairo University (LLB), Sorbonne University (LLB, and LLM in private international law), Assas University (LLM in litigation and arbitration) and the University of Oxford (Magister Juris).
Admitted to the Cairo and Paris bars, Mohamed speaks Arabic, English and French.