Mohamed Shelbaya is well known in the international arbitration market and comes highly recommended for his expertise in both commercial and investment treaty disputes.
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, as well as on large construction and energy disputes involving Kuwait, UAE and Qatar.
He has represented companies, states and state-owned entities in over 40 commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He has notably acted as lead counsel in numerous multibillion-dollar energy disputes involving novel international law questions and complex geopolitical issues.
Mohamed also has extensive experience advising energy companies regarding their contractual portfolio and negotiating on their behalf with their major 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.
Mohamed is distinguished by clients in leading directories as “a brilliant lawyer”, “an outstanding strategist” and “an excellent negotiator”, and is called upon by international institutions such as the OECD, UNCITRAL and the World Bank to advise and/or speak on international arbitration and international investment law issues.
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).
He is admitted to both the Cairo and the Paris bars. He speaks Arabic, English and French.