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Highly regarded


Bar admissions:




Practice areas:

Capital markets

Industry sectors:

Oil and gas

Karim has 15 years of experience and his practice focuses on oil & gas, M&As, capital markets and finance.

He advised numerous multinational companies, banks and international financial institutions on transactions in Egypt often involving cross border elements. He represented clients in a number of international arbitration cases.

He authored a number of papers and articles on legal and economic reform. He is frequently a speaker at conferences and seminars.

  • Advising development financial institutions, including EBRD, IFC, Proparco, CDC, AfDB and Islamic Development Bank on financing the Egyptian Feed-in Tariffs program for solar projects. Our work included preparing extensive legal study on the FiT regulatory framework and implementation and advising the DFIs on the security package and negotiating the project agreements with EETC, NREA and the Ministry of Electricity. 
  • Advising RWE Dea AG as its external legal counsel on all its oil and gas business in Egypt including advising on the interpretation and application of the terms of the concession agreements, advising on gas and crude oil sales agreements, unitization agreements, and other commercial contracts related to their operations. Karim also led the team of Sharkawy & Sarhan advising RWE on the only two gas concessions in Egypt that are not based on a production sharing arrangement, and represented RWE in negotiating such concessions with EGPC.
  • Advising KUFPEC (a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation) on various legal issues pertaining to its concessions in Egypt.
  • Advising and conducting a comprehensive due diligence on the gold concession granted to Pharaoh Gold Mines (a subsidiary of Centamin Egypt Limited) in Egypt for the purpose of; the latter’s admission to be listed in the Official List of the Financial Services Authority, admission to trading on the London Stock Exchange anda parallel listing in the Toronto Stock Exchange. The gold concession granted to Pharaoh Gold Mines is the first significant gold concession to be granted in Egypt.

  • Banking
  • Capital markets: Derivatives
  • Financial services regulatory
  • Islamic finance
  • M&A

  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Government and public policy
  • Mining
  • Oil and gas

Member of Egyptian Bar Association

  • Post Graduate Diploma, Organisational Leadership, Oxford University, Saïd Business School, 4/2018
  • Executive Education Certificate, Designing Strategy, London School of Economics and Political Science, 6/2016
  • Executive Education Certificate, Essentials of Public Policy Development, National University of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 2/2016
  • Executive Education Certificate, Leading Economic Growth, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 02/2015
  • Master’s Degree, Law, Faculty of Law, Cairo University, 8/2009
  • LLB, Faculty of Law, English Section, Cairo University, 8/2000