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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 the restructuring of the Egyptian petroleum sector.

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 also featured in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2018. The publication, which is based upon an independent survey of general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide, profiles the foremost practitioners in the global arbitration community aged 45 and under, and notes that Mohamed “has the ability to turn prima facie losing points into winning arguments. He is quick and very professional.