Partner in New York Office, Chair-US/Middle East Initiative
Dr. Ehab Elsonbaty

Ehab leads the Middle East initiative of DLAP; with a strong presence on the ground in the Middle East and seamless coordination across an unparalleled global platform covering 40+ countries, they deliver cross-border solutions for their clients, including corporate enterprises, private equity investors, family offices, government entities and sovereign wealth funds with a presence in the Middle East or seeking to do business there – helping them maximize inbound and outbound opportunities throughout this dynamic region.

Dr. Elsonbaty joined DLA from the Qatar Investment Authority, Qatar's sovereign wealth fund and one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world, 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.  He was responsible for strategic, corporate, sustainability, ESG 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 Emir 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, judiciary and Ministry of Justice 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 of 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 provided consultancy support to several regional and international organizations including UNODC, ITU, UNCTAD, Council of Europe and Arab League.