Salma Abdelaziz is a senior associate with Meysan Partners. She specializes in international disputes resolution, where she maintains a broad international arbitration practice, having handled cases under various institutional rules. In addition, Salma has extensive experience in the TMT industry, where she represents leading sports federations and media outlets before the COMESA Competition Commission in investigations involving the sponsorship and broadcasting of sports events within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. Further, she actively advises multinational IT, telecommunications and pharmaceutical companies on all matters involving regulatory and licensing obligations, local and regional competition legislation, and compliance with cybersecurity and data privacy laws.
Prior to joining Meysan Partners, Salma worked in the arbitration and TMT departments of leading Egyptian law firms. She also acted as tribunal secretary in arbitrations under the CRCICA and DIAC Rules and interned with the arbitration department of a leading Swiss firm.
Salma is recognized as a “Rising Star” in TMT in the Legal 500 (Legalease)’s 2023 edition. Further, was recognized as a “Key Lawyer” in The Legal 500 (Legalease)’s 2021 edition in the Dispute Resolution (Arbitration and Litigation categories).
Competition & Regulatory
Ain Shams University, LLB, 2009.
Université de Fribourg, Master in International Contracts and Arbitration, 2023.
BARS AND COURTS
The Egyptian Bar Association, 2010
Defended the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in a precedent-setting investigation before the COMESA Competition Appeals Board; and in an ICC Emergency Arbitration under Swiss law concerning the alleged unlawful termination of a one-billion-dollar sports broadcasting and marketing contract.
Acted for a European sports marketing company before the COMESA Competition Commission with respect to its alleged breach of COMESA Competition Regulations following its execution of a multi-million-dollar sports broadcasting contract with a European-based international sports association.
Advising leading technology companies, sports federations and media outlets on matters relating to data privacy, compliance and media.
The Cairo office of Meysan successfully represented professional squash player, Moustafa El Sirty, resulting in his return to the courts with immediate effect after the International Testing Agency (ITA) had sought to impose a two-year suspension. In January of 2023, the ITA informed El Sirty that he had triggered an… Read more
The Egyptian Competition Authority (the “ECA”) has traditionally been known for its aggressive stance towards historically tolerated anti- competitive acts. To live up to its slogan, “a stronger economy…for a better life”, it recently began shifting its focus to awareness-raising (in parallel with enforcement), a much-needed step in a market… Read more
Following an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for a prohibited substance commonly found in cough medicine, the International Testing Agency (ITA) – the entity that prosecutes doping cases for various sports federations – called for the imposition of a two-year suspension on the athlete pursuant to the WSF Anti-Doping Rules. Through… Read more
Earlier this month, Fawry, Egypt’s leading e-payments solutions provider found itself under heavy fire for being the subject of a cyberattack. On 8 November, Fawry denied the claims of a cyberattack and issued a statement refuting the allegations. Fawry stated that it “categorically denies all reports on social media platforms… Read more