Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab
Founding Partner & Head of the International Arbitration, Construction, Oil & Gas and Projects Groups
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is the Chair of Private International law and Professor of International Arbitration at Cairo University; Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; former member of the Court Member of the LCIA (2014 -2019); former President of LCIA’s Arab Users’ Council (2016-2018); Court member of the CIMAC; former Vice President of the IBA Arbitration Committee (2015 – 2018); Member of the CRCICA Advisory Committee; Member of AAA-ICDR International Advisory Committee; Member of the SIAC African Users’ Council’s Committee; Member of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member of the Advisory Council of Africa Arbitration; Dean and Member of the Advisory Council of the Africa Arbitration Academy; Member of the ICODR’s Governing Board; and Member of Arbitrator Intelligence’s Board of Advisors.
Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab served as ‘Sole Arbitrator’, ‘Presiding Arbitrator’, ‘Party Appointed Arbitrator’, or ‘Counsel’ in numerous cases (in excess of 190) involving parties from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the United States. He appeared in cases under the auspices of the AAA, AAA-BCDR, CRCICA, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, LMAA, SCC,SIAC, as well as ad hoc UNCITRAL proceedings. He is recognized as a world leading expert on international arbitration, Arab and African Laws, and Islamic Shari’a. His expertise spans construction, oil & gas, telecommunications, finance and hospitality disputes involving cross border multi- jurisdictional and highly complex contracts and transactions. He featured in proceedings governed by Bahraini, Egyptian, English, French, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Libyan, New York, Omani, Pakistani, Qatari, Saudi, Spanish, Swiss, Syrian, Italian and United Arab Emirates law(s), as well as the general principles of law.
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab featured in the first issue of Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders: International Arbitration (2017) listing the world’s leading 33 arbitration practitioners. He is also listed in all major legal directories as a star practitioner and features in ‘Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration’, ‘Who’s Who Legal: Construction’, the GAR Global Guide for Future Leaders in International Arbitration (2017 – 2018), Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders: International Arbitration (2017 – 2019), and Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders: Construction. He features in AFRICA’s 100 list of leading African arbitration practitioners by I-ARB (Africa) and was selected by Africa Arbitration as the African Personality of June 2018 and by LACIAC (Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre) as the Arbitration Personality in May 2019.
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab received the 2018 ASA International Arbitration Advocacy Prize and was voted the Leading Legal Practitioner of 2017 by the LAW Magazine. In June 2019, Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab received the AYA Hall of Fame Award in London for the African Arbitrator of 2019. He is also the Co-Editor of the leading treatise entitled ‘Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice’ (2012), which received the CPR Award for the Best Published Dispute Resolution Work (2013).
Who’s Who Legal (2019) says: Mohamed Abdel Wahab is “a leader in the space” who is “at the top of the market”. Who’s Who Legal Construction (2019) says: Mohamed Abdel Wahab is highlighted as “a leading heavyweight construction law specialist whose analytical skills are second to none”. Chambers & Partners Global (2017) ranks Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab as the STAR individual in Egypt and states: “The ‘top-notch’ Mohamed Abdel Wahab retains his position as a distinguished leader in the market after receiving a wealth of praise from peers and clients alike. One market commentator added: ‘He is extraordinary – a bundle of energy, and academically extremely strong’.” Chambers & Partners Global (2019) ranks Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab as the STAR individual in Egypt and states that ‘Mohamed Abdel Wahab is consistently described by clients as a “superstar in arbitration”’. He is praised as “a good strategic thinker” and is acknowledged for his “deep understanding of the issues surrounding disputes in the construction and oil and gas sectors”. Who’s Who Legal (2017-2018) says: Mohamed Abdel Wahab is “one of the best practitioners in the world today” thanks to his “sharp mind and excellent legal knowledge”. The Legal 500 (2014-2016) stated that Mohamed Abdel Wahab is “one of the brightest of his generation, a strong thinker and excellent advocate who knows arbitration inside out”. The Legal 500 (2017) stated that ‘Sharp, focused and highly intelligent’ head of international arbitration Mohamed Abdel Wahab is ‘an exceptional practitioner’. The Legal 500 (2018) stated that ‘Deep thinker’ Mohamed Abdel Wahab has ‘a remarkable intellect’ and ‘impressive advocacy skills’.
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab was nominated three times in (2013), (2014) and (2018) for the Global Arbitration Review Award for the Best Arbitration Lecture/Speech. He read law in Egypt and the UK and speaks Arabic, English and French.