Omar El Sada is an associate in the International Arbitration practice.
His experience includes investment treaty and commercial arbitrations under the Rules of ICC, CRCICA, UNCITRAL and ICSID, with a particular focus on energy disputes and arbitrations involving interests in the Middle East and Africa.
International arbitrations on which Omar El Sada has worked include the representation of:
- A heavy equipment supplier and contractor in relation to a number of delay, disruption, defects and other disputes arising out of two energy construction projects in Africa with claims and counterclaims of over $2 billion.
- The Arab Republic of Egypt, Respondent in an arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules, administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), in relation to a petrochemical plant. Over $2 billion is at stake.
- The Arab Republic of Egypt, Respondent in an ICSID arbitration brought against it by Tantalum International, Ltd. and Emerge Gaming, Ltd. (ICSID Case No. ARB/18/22). The dispute arises from a mining enterprise and the claims are brought under the Egypt-Australia bilateral investment treaty.
- Two Egyptian State-owned entities in a $6 billion ICC arbitration in Geneva and a $4 billion CRCICA arbitration in Cairo arising out of a long-term gas supply contract relating to the export of Egyptian gas to Israel. English law applied to both arbitrations. More than three quarters of the Claimants’ claims were dismissed for lack of jurisdiction or on the merits. We also represented the Arab Republic of Egypt, as Respondent in two investment arbitrations concerning alleged violations under the Egypt-Poland, Egypt-U.S. and the Egypt-Germany bilateral investment treaties relating to the performance of the same long-term contract for the supply of natural gas. Around $2 billion were claimed in the investment disputes. More than two thirds of the Claimants’ claims were dismissed on jurisdictional grounds and on the merits. Following these decisions, the parties reached a global settlement, under which all claims against our clients were waived without our clients being required to make any payment.
- EGAS in an ICC arbitration in Paris initiated by Spanish Egyptian Gas Company S.A.E. (SEGAS) and in two CRCICA arbitrations in Cairo and Madrid initiated by Union Fenosa Gas (UFG). The arbitrations, which involved claims in excess of $4 billion, arose under a tolling agreement governed by English law and a related long-term gas supply agreement governed by Egyptian law. In a precedent-setting award on the English law of assignment, the ICC Tribunal dismissed the $300 million claim brought by SEGAS against EGAS. In another ground-breaking decision on the application of the ICSID Convention, the Madrid seated CRCICA Tribunal equally dismissed the entirety of the $3.6 billion claim brought by UFG. Finally, in the Cairo seated CRCICA arbitration, the Tribunal dismissed the $10 million claim brought by UFG.
- A Middle Eastern business man in an ICC arbitration in Geneva related to the dissolution of a long-standing family partnership. The law of a Gulf State applied. Billions of dollars were at stake.
- A Lebanese construction contractor in relation to the enforcement of a multi-million award issued in its favor. The dispute related to the expansion of an international airport in the capital of a Gulf State.
Pro bono Experience
- Representation of a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in a U.S. District Court under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, a federal law that authorizes suits against designated State sponsors of terrorism for the murder of U.S. citizens.
Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
Master 2 International Business Law and Tax Law
Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
Master 1 International Business Law
- Member, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)
- Member, ASA Below 40