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 the Private International law Department and Professor of International Arbitration at Cairo University; Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Member of the ICCA Governing Board; Vice- Chair, IBA Arab Regional Forum; Member of the CRCICA Advisory Committee; Member of the Advisory Board, Mauritius International Arbitration Centre (MIAC); Member of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Vice Chair, Academic Forum for Investor-State Dispute Settlement; Court Member of the CIMAC; Dean and Member of the Advisory Council of the Africa Arbitration Academy; and Member of Arbitrator Intelligence’s Board of Advisors Member of AAA- ICDR International Advisory Committee; Member of the SIAC African Users’ Council’s Committee; former Court Member of the LCIA (2014-2019); former President of LCIA’s Arab Users’ Council (2016-2018); former Vice President of the IBA Arbitration Committee (2015-2018); former President of the Egypt Branch, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) (2018); former Member of the CIArb’s Board of Management (2018); former Chair of the CIArb’s Technology Sub-Committee (2012–2014); former Member of the CIArb’s Practice and Standards Committee (2012 – 2018); former Committee Member of the IBA Investment Arbitration Sub-Committee (2016–2017). He is also President of the Advisory Board of the American Bar Association – Rule of Law Initiative in Egypt; Member of the Advisory Council of Africa Arbitration Blog; Accredited Mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (“CEDR”); Member of the International Council on Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR)’s Governing Board; International Expert Member of the Permanent Forum of China Construction Law – China.
Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab served as ‘Sole Arbitrator’, ‘Presiding Arbitrator’, ‘Party Appointed Arbitrator’, ‘Legal Expert’ or ‘Counsel’ in more than 200 arbitration cases involving parties from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the United States. He featured in cases under the auspices of the AAA, AAA-BCDR, CRCICA, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, LMAA, SCC, SIAC, as well as in ad hoc UNCITRAL proceedings. He is recognized as a world- leading arbitrator and arbitration practitioner on international investment and international commercial arbitration, Egyptian and Arab laws, Islamic Shari’a, and online dispute resolution. His expertise in cross border multi-jurisdictional and highly complex transactions and disputes is broad where he featured in proceedings governed by Bahraini, Egyptian, English, French, Iraqi, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Libyan, Moroccan, New York, Omani, Pakistani, Qatari, Saudi, Spanish, Swiss, Syrian, Italian and United Arab Emirates law(s), as well as the general principles of law.
Professor Dr Abdel Wahab is listed on the rosters of many arbitral institutions including the ADCCAC (Abu Dhabi), ADGM (Abu Dhabi); AIAC (Malaysia), BCDR-AAA (Bahrain), CIETAC (China), CRCICA (Egypt), DIAC (Dubai), EMAC (Dubai); EODID (Athens Mediation and Arbitration Organization), KCAB (South Korea), SCIA (Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration); and the Arbitration Center of the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration.
Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab is published on issues of international law, international investment and commercial arbitration, conflict of laws, construction law, oil & gas, corporate and law and project finance. 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). He also delivered more than 230 conference presentations, trainings and keynote speeches on conflict of laws, international law, comparative law, construction law & practice, international investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration, oil & gas, project finance and public-private partnerships, cultural globalisation, online dispute resolution, international commercial transactions, insurance law and practice, telecommunications law and Islamic finance and Shari’a.
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab featured in the first issue of Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders: International Arbitration (2017) listing the world’s leading 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 (2019 – 2020). He also 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 Egyptian 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, and, in August 2019, he was honoured by the Jordanian Minister of Justice, the Jordanian Arbitrators’ Association and the Jordanian Construction Contractors Syndicate. In February 2020, he received the Lexology’s Client Choice International Award.
Client Choice International (2020) says: “Mohamed is an exceptional lawyer; he has extraordinary focus and an impressive knowledge of the law”, “Mohamed outshines his competitors; he is world-class. He is really an outstanding and leading practitioner in the field: impressive, proactive, a very good speaker, and a very impartial and independent arbitrator”, “He is extremely efficient and reliable; he is one of the most brilliant legal brains of his generation”, and “He is very knowledgeable, extremely responsive, brilliantly outstanding and an excellent arbitrator and counsel”.
Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (2020) says: Mohamed Abdel Wahab “is at the top of the market” and “a very well-prepared, exceptional arbitrator”. Who’s Who Legal: Construction (2020) says: “Mohamed Abdel Wahab is “very experienced” in construction disputes. He is hailed as “the leading commercial arbitrator in Egypt and arguably the MENA region”. The Legal 500 (2019) stated Mohamed Abdel Wahab as ‘an arbitration expert with a global reputation’, who is ‘one of the best in the world’. Who’s Who Legal (2019) says: Mohamed Abdel Wahab is “a leader in the space” who is “at the top of the market”. He is described as “a star” who offers “practical advice and a tireless approach”. 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”. Who’s Who Legal (2016- 2017) says: Mohamed Abdel Wahab impresses all he works with: “I was cross-examined by him and he did a great job; he really earned my respect” says one interviewee. “He is a great asset to the Middle Eastern arbitration community”. 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 read law in Egypt and the UK, and speaks Arabic, English and French.