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.

Foreign Legal Consultant, New York
Admitted in Egypt