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Legal market overview
2012 was a difficult year for Egypt as political instability and popular uprisings left domestic and foreign investors unwilling to bring new business into the country. Consequently, various major projects were put on hold and law firms shifted their focus towards litigation and international arbitration, and have been looking to venture capitalists rather than risk-averse industrial investors.
The traditional, full-service firms remain dominant: Al Kamel Law Office, Shalakany Law Office, Helmy, Hamza & Partners (Baker & McKenzie) and Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law. A number of younger, ambitious firms are challenging the status quo: these include Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, DLA Matouk Bassiouny and new IP boutique NAL & Partners. Ibrachy Law Firm was re-branded as Ibrachy & Partners in 2012.