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Political stability in Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country, has encouraged investment from Gulf states, and there is activity in M&A and projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. A severe currency crisis and the difficulties international investors have in repatriating dividends have prompted efforts to reform existing legislation.

Egypt has a highly complex legal system, and the legal market is underserved as Egyptian-qualified lawyers are in great demand elsewhere in the region. Many law firms are built around longstanding senior partners, but firms such as Matouk Bassiouny are adopting a more European approach to internal organisation, which suits international clients. Other important full-service domestic firms include Al Kamel Law Office, Shalakany Law Office, Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law and Zulficar & Partners Law Firm. A notable absence is Hafez, previously the leading practice in arbitration across the Middle East; Karim Hafez now works full-time as an arbitrator.

International firms with a strong presence include Helmy, Hamza & Partners (Baker & McKenzie), which has a mix of local and international partners; and Dentons Egypt LLC, in association with Afifi Law Office, which has been in Egypt for 50 years. Ibrachy & Partners has a UK-qualified partner. Nour & Taha Law Firm formed an association with a leading UAE-based firm to become Khodeir, Nour & Taha (in association with Al Tamimi & Company). Levari in association with Pitmans LLP has a tie-in with the UK firm.

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.

Tahoun Law Office
www.tahoun.com

Tahoun was established in 1990 as a highly specialised firm in various litigation and arbitration matters. In 2009, the firm was restructured with a new vision of providing timely and effective legal services and advice in commercial and corporate matters.

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