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Ahmed Abdel-Hakam, Principal Associate

Ahmed Abdel-Hakam

Principal Associate


English, French, Arabic

Practice areas

  • Energy and infrastructure
  • International arbitration
  • Investment treaty arbitration
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Public International Law

Practice notes

Ahmed Abdel-Hakam is a Counsel (Principal Associate) specialising in international arbitration and complex cross-border litigation. He is a Solicitor-Advocate (Civil and Criminal Higher Rights of Audience) before the Higher Courts of England & Wales and a French Avocat.

Based in London, he has experience in dealing with disputes covering a broad range of sectors, with a focus on regulated industries such as Oil and Gas, Mining and Telecommunications.

Ahmed regularly speaks at mining and oil & gas conferences in Africa and the Middle East. Ahmed is also a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

He provides training to governments and corporations on topics relating to commercial and investment treaty arbitration and is a contributor to Oxford University Press’ online publication “Investment Claims”.

He currently serves on the Y-ADR Steering Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) based in New York, USA.

In 2019, Ahmed has been selected as a Young Leader by the Franco-British Council which, each year, nominates a select group of young French and British individuals under 40, with distinguished careers across a variety of sectors from sciences to arts, politics, law, the military and finance.

In 2020, he was selected to be part of a delegation led by the President of the Law Society of England & Wales and to speak at a joint conference in Tokyo with the Tokyo Dai-Chi Bar Association, on the impact of Brexit on arbitration in England & Wales.

In 2021, Ahmed’s book “International Arbitration and Resolving Disputes Arising from Investments in Times of Crisis”, was published by the American Bar Association, and received the following endorsement from Mrs Meg Kinnear, the Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID):

“This text takes a unique perspective, looking at the intersection of investment law and the circumstances arising when States are in crisis, transition, or conflict. It is a fascinating read and will be a wonderful resource for the practitioner advising investors and States in these very difficult circumstances.”

Ahmed was recently described as “a fantastic, up-and-coming international arbitration specialist, who brings a great deal of energy and rigour to cases, and has a thorough grounding in international law. His ability to operate in French and Arabic, as well as English, also sets him apart as a truly international practitioner.” (Legal 500, United Kingdom, 2022).