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After the turmoil of recent years the business environment in Egypt is showing signs of improvement. Increased political stability is encouraging foreign investment, much of which is coming from the Gulf states. The healthier economic climate is producing a steady pipeline of transactional work for domestic law firms. Major government-backed projects such as the extension of the Suez Canal will also have a significant impact on the country’s economic development.

The highly complex Egyptian legal system means that few lawyers from overseas have established a presence. The only international firms prominent in the market are Helmy, Hamza & Partners (Baker & McKenzie), which employs both local and international partners, and Dentons, which has had an office in Cairo for 50 years. Ibrachy & Partners has a UK-qualified partner in Sara Hinton, who joined after Trowers & Hamlins closed its Cairo office.

Al Kamel Law Office, Helmy, Hamza & Partners (Baker & McKenzie), Shalakany Law Office and Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law are among the leading full-service firms, but others such as Matouk Bassiouny and Zulficar & Partners Law Firm are prominent in key practice areas.

Firms in the spotlight

Matouk Bassiouny
www.matoukbassiouny.com

Matouk Bassiouny is a full-service independent law firm based in Cairo, Egypt. It specialises in advising multinationals, corporations, financial institutions and governmental entities on all legal aspects of investing and doing business in Egypt and the region. Its team of eight partners and over 90 fee-earners is trained both locally and internationally and are fully conversant in English, Arabic and French. The firm prides itself on its in-depth understanding of cross-border cultural and business practices and on providing a commercial problem-solving approach to its legal services.

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