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Ehab Elsonbaty

Dr. Ehab Elsonbaty

Partner, Corporate
Chair – US/Middle East Initiative


About

Dr. Ehab Elsonbaty focuses his practice in the area of corporate law, focusing on the Middle East, Gulf countries and Qatar.

Ehab joins from the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, where he served as senior legal counsel and head of corporate governance and government affairs and senior advisor to the general counsel on special projects from February 2014 to January 2021. He was responsible for strategic, corporate and special projects and transactions valued at billions of dollars as well as was a member of several management committees including the Management Investment Committee and the Crisis Management Committee.

He served for six years as senior legal advisor to the Amiri Diwan, the office of the Amir of Qatar at the Royal Court. During this time, Ehab was also a member of many policy and legal committees, including the Permanent Legislative Committee and the Committee for Review of Legislation of the Council of Ministers, as well as a member of the National Committee to Review Commercial Laws of the Ministry of Economy and Trade. Ehab drafted and contributed to several laws and regulations of Qatar, GCC and Middle East.

He served in the Egyptian public prosecution and judiciary for more than 15 years with his last position as a judge in Cairo's Court of Appeal. He is currently admitted to the Bar and a certified and practicing arbitrator and mediator. He is also a member in the Egyptian Judges Club.

During his service in Egypt he was seconded to the Minister of Justice Office for International Cooperation and Human Rights, Advisor to the Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, member of the National Committee for Humanitarian Law, member in the National Committee for Counter Terrorism and the national committee to control the public elections.

Ehab represents several sovereign wealth funds of largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, high net worth family offices, investment banks, blue chip companies and several government entities. Ehab has particular experience in:

  • Sovereign wealth funds
  • Financial and investment institutions
  • Corporate governance
  • Governmental matters
  • Laws and regulations
  • Commercial transactions (M&A, corporate)
  • Cyber laws, data protection
  • TMT and sports
  • Crisis management
  • Compliance, investigations, white collar crimes and criminal justice
  • Litigation
  • ADRs and private international law

Ehab also writes and lectures at various universities and research institutes in Qatar, Egypt and other countries, and he has provided consultancy to the ITU, UNODC, UNCITRAL, UNECA, Council of Europe, UNCTAD, UNESCO, Arab League and ARADO.

Admitted in Egypt
Licensed as a Foreign Legal Consultant by the NY State Supreme Court, Appellate Division

Languages
  • Arabic
  • English
  • Italian
  • French
Education
  • Ph.D., Queen Mary University of London and Mansoura University
  • Master’s Degree in International Business, Law and Public Policy, Bologna University 
  • L.L.M., Ain Shams University

Awards

  • 500 Power List, 2017

Bylines

  • "Digital Transformation and Cloud-First Policies: Qatar as a Regional Example," Lexis Nexus, 2021
  • "Norms ad guidelines for drafting of laws and regulations," Lexis Nexus, 2019
  • "Contractual aspects of cloud computing," United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Working Group IV, Fifty-sixth session New York, April 2018
  • "What entities should know about the new Protection of Personal Data and Privacy Law," Qatar Business Law Review, No. 1, 2017
  • "Variegated landscape of Mediation Regulation, A Comparative Study in Europe and the World," Chapters on Egypt & Qatar, Netherlands, 2014
  • "Technical and Legal Challenges to the Use of Modern Technologies in Litigation and ADRs," Cairo/Doha, 2013
  • "The Use of Internet for Terrorist Purposes, a manual for law enforcements and prosecution," Publication of the UNODC, Vienna, 2012
  • "The Arabic Version of the Council of Europe Convention on Cyber Crime," Arab Renaissance House, Cairo, 2010

Seminars

  • Speaker, "Mediation in Qatar: Qatar's New Mediation Law and the QICDRC Mediation Service," QICDRC Mediation Forum, May 2022
  • Speaker, " Contemporary Literacy on Anticorruption: Building capacities to face global emergencies," UNITAR & ROLACC Global Conference, May 2022
  • Speaker, "COP27 and the Role of the Private Sector: Investing In Real Change," - Cairo, Hafez & Partners and DLA Piper, February 2022
  • Speaker, "A Year in Review: The Legislative and Judicial Developments in 2021," Qatar Lawyers Association, January 2022
  • Speaker, ICC YAF: Current Development of Arbitration in Qatar, July 2021
  • Speaker, Qatar Business Law Forum, December 2020
  • Judge and editorial panel, Qatar Business Law Forum, December 2020
  • Speaker, "Using Public-Private Partnerships to Finance Major Infrastructure Projects: Lessons for the MENA Region - Qatar," Hamad Bin Khalifa University in collaboration with University of Maryland, December 2020 
  • Speaker, Qatar & MENA: 6th Annual International Arbitration & Corporate Crime Summit, April 2020
  • Keynote speaker, Public Private Partnership, Qatar Chamber of Commerce, March 2020 
  • Speaker, Trade Law Forum, Recent Trends In International Commercial Norm-Making and Legal Issues in Cloud Computing Cloud, UNCITRAL, South Korea, September 2018

Media Mentions

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Member of the advisory council of the Hamad Bin Khalifa University College of Law- International Law Principles on Cybersecurity in Critical Infrastructure and Foreign Investment
  • Member of the executive committee of the European Court of Arbitration, Middle East chapter, Italy 
  • Member of the advisory board of the Afghanistan Center for commercial dispute resolution
  • Member of the editorial board of Obiter Law Journal in the United Kingdom
  • Member of the editorial board of the Digital Evidence Law Journal in the United Kingdom
  • Secretary General for the Egyptian Association 
  • Secretary General of the first regional conference on cyber crime
  • Member of the organizing committee for preventing and managing international commercial disputes EC conference in Rome
  • Member of Judges Club since 1997 and member of its cultural committee since 2002
  • Member of the International Association of Penal Law 
  • Member of the Egyptian Association for Cyber Crime, Head of International Co-operation committee  
  • Member of the Egyptian Association for Smart Card Industry and Application EASCI

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