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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 40 commercial and investment treaty disputes, 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.

Clients quoted in Global Arbitration Review have described Mohamed as “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 as “an outstanding strategist, with excellent analytical skills and a unique ability to come up with innovative solutions to solve difficult problems.” Chambers Global and Legal 500 reported that clients describe Mohamed as “persuasive and very smart” and “an excellent negotiator” who “thinks outside the box.” Mohamed is featured in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2018, which notes that he “has the ability to turn prima facie losing points into winning arguments. He is quick and very professional.” He is also featured in Who’s Who Legal: France 2018, which notes that he is “praised as ‘one of the greatest arbitration minds of his generation’ and wins plaudits from sources as being ‘a calm, composed and efficient practitioner’.”