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Mohamed Shelbaya is a partner in the International Arbitration practice.

He is based in Paris and has represented companies, States and State-owned entities in more than 50 commercial and investment treaty matters, with a particular focus on arbitrations in the oil & gas sector and/or arbitrations involving interests in the Middle East. He also has extensive experience advising energy companies regarding their contractual portfolio as well as 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 a number of State entities in the Middle East on the restructuring of their respective energy sectors.

Mohamed has been praised in Who’s Who Legal as “one of the greatest arbitration minds of his generation,” and as being “a calm, composed and efficient practitioner” who “has the ability to turn prima facie losing points into winning arguments.” He is noted by Chambers Global as “‘a big name in Egyptian disputes work,’ with one source going so far as to say: ‘He’s the best in his generation,’” and “is doing amazing work.” Clients and peers have also described Mohamed as “persuasive and very smart,” and as “an excellent negotiator” who “thinks outside the box.” They also commented that Mohamed is “a brilliant lawyer, who understands how each case involves different interests, priorities, concerns and goals and has a pragmatic approach, perfectly balancing legal and commercial considerations,” and “an outstanding strategist, with excellent analytical skills and a unique ability to come up with innovative solutions to solve difficult problems.”