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2013 was a difficult year for Egypt as political instability and popular uprisings left domestic and Western investors unwilling to bring new business into the country. There has been an increase in investment from a number of Gulf states, in what is perceived as a political move to support the new regime.
The traditional, full-service firms are Al Kamel Law Office, Helmy, Hamza & Partners (Baker & McKenzie), Shalakany Law Office and Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law. A number of younger, ambitious firms are making headway: these include Zulficar & Partners Law Firm and new IP boutique NAL & Partners.
DLA Matouk Bassiouny recently demerged, and Trowers & Hamlins closed its Cairo office after ending its tie-up with Nour Law Office.