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Shalakany Law Firm
I practise/work in
  • International Arbitration
  • International Alternative Dispute Resolution
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Muhammad Ussama
Country of Birth
Arabic and English.
Individual Member Profession (see note below)
  • Arbitrator
  • Counsel
  • Arbitration/ADR Expert Witness
Number of Cases as Counsel in international arbitration/ADR
Number of Cases as Co-Arbitrator in international arbitration
Number of cases as Arbitration/ADR Expert Witness
  • 1-5
Areas of Speciality
  • Administrative & Constitutional
  • Agency
  • Competition
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Criminal Law
  • Distribution / Franchising
  • Employment
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Engineering
  • Hospitality & Leisure
  • Insurance
  • International Commercial Disputes
  • International Investment Disputes
  • Investment law
  • Joint Venture
  • Public International Law
  • Real Estate
  • Sales & Purchases
  • Technologies
  • Transport
Degrees/Qualifications, Institutions and Dates Obtained
(1). Post-Graduate Diploma in International Comparative Law from the American University in Cairo (2018);
(2). LLM in International Commercial Law from the School of Law, University of Glasgow (with Merit) (distinction in my dissertation) (November 2017);
(3). LLM in Public Law and Arbitration from the School of Law, Cairo University (2014); and
(4). LLB from the School of Law, Ain Shams University.
Professional Experience (Job Title, Organisation and Dates)
November 2020 to present - Partner (Arbitration & Litigation at Shalakany Law Firm;
April 2018 till November 2020 - Senior Associate (Arbitration) at Shalakany Law Firm;
June 2011 to March 2018 - Judge at the Egyptian Council of State (Administrative Judiciary);
September 2009 to May 2011 - Associate (Litigation and Arbitration Departments) at Shalakany Law Firm.
Muhammad Ussama is a former Judge, a practicing lawyer and arbitrator in Egypt and admitted to the Egyptian Bar (Appeal level). He joined the Arbitration Team at Shalakany at the start of his legal career in 2009. In 2011, he was appointed as a Judge at the Egyptian Council of State where he served for 7 years and ruled on cases concerning, inter alia, disputes arising from investment and international contracts concluded with Egyptian State organs and state-controlled entities). Thus, he is well versed in both private-law and public-law matters. In 2018, Muhammad returned to the private sector where he feels he can best exploit his maximum potential. Muhammad is involved in a number of international commercial and investor-State arbitrations. In addition to his role as counsel, Muhammad acts as an arbitrator in domestic and international commercial arbitrations. Muhammad has numerous publications concerning domestic and international investment law matters.
Legal Background
  • Civil Law
  • Common Law
  • International Law
Qualified in (specify jurisdiction(s))
Types of agreements from which disputes in your practice most frequently arise
  • Agency/Distribution
  • Concessions
  • Employment
  • Energy Pricing
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Loan
  • Partnership
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Sale of Business
  • Sale of Goods
  • Share Purchase/Joint Venture
  • Tender Processes
List arbitration/ADR articles, book chapters, books and where published
* Article entitled " Sovereign Wealth Funds and Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Examining Questions of ICSID's Jurisdiction and the Impact and Purpose of Investment Treaty Arbitration", Arbitration Brief, Fall 2020 Volume.

* Article entitled "Sovereign Wealth Funds and Investor-State Dispute Settlement" accepted for publishing in the October 2019 Volume of the Indonesian Journal of International and Comparative Law.

* Article entitled "The Validity of Arbitration Agreements Concluded in the Context of Administrative Contracts and the Legislative Requirement of Obtaining the Approval of the Competent Minister under the Egyptian Arbitration Law" - submitted for publishing to the Journal of Arab Arbitration.
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