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Al Kamel Law Office provides ‘a high-quality and responsive service’. Practice heads Mohamed Kamel and Rasheed Kamel regularly act as local counsel for international firms; together with Mayer Brown, the team advised US EximBank on a $10bn petrochemical project. Shahira Khaled is one to watch.

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is ‘very well established in the market and has a strong and loyal client base’. Mohamed Ghannam, who leads the five-partner team, advised Central Bank of Egypt on a $2bn reverse repo financing. Ahmed Omar is a rising star.

Matouk Bassiouny is ‘one of the leaders in this practice area’. Head of projects and finance Mahmoud Bassiouny is highly regarded for banking matters; he advised Suez Steel Company on a EGP3.5bn syndicated financing.

At Shalakany Law Office, ‘the level of service is top notch’ and ‘well connected and knowledgeable’ senior partner Aly El Shalakany is ‘a consummate professional’. He advised Crédit Agricole on the $216m refinancing of BW Gas Cyprus. Mariam Fahmy is a rising star.

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law is ‘strong on all aspects of banking and capital markets work’. Vastly experienced of counsels Ziad Bahaa El Din, Yasser Hashem and Ragia Omran are the key names. Sameh Kamal is one to watch. Clients include Natixis and HSBC.

Zulficar & Partners Law Firmhas some of the market’s top lawyers’; Ashraf Ihab and Mona Zulficar, who is ‘one of Egypt’s top banking lawyers’, are noted. The group advised Banque Misr on a EGP1.5bn loan to National Port Said Steel.

Dentons Egypt LLC’s diverse client base includes IFC and EBRD, and commercial banks including Standard Chartered. Highlights included advising Afreximbank on a $500m deposit facility with Central Bank of Egypt. Managing partner Michael Lacey’s team and rising star Ahmed Kamal are key names.

Ibrachy Legal Consultancy’s Ashraf Elibrachy is a highly respected and experienced finance lawyer. Together with Alia Monieb he advised Global Telecom Holding on a $200m bridge term loan. National Bank of Egypt is also a client. Soheir Elbanna is also recommended.

At MHR & Partners in association with White & Case, ‘the team is outstanding for its knowledge, tenacity, responsiveness and enthusiasm’. Sherief Rashed, who advised Al Nowais Investments on the financing of a coal 2,640MW coal-fired power plant project, is highly regarded.

Marghany Advocates is ‘nothing short of excellent – ever-responsive and eager to help at a moment’s notice’. Practice head Amir Marghany advised Egyptian Nitrogen Products Company (ENPC) on drawdowns from a foreign currency loan from HSBC.

Shahid Law Firm’s team stands out for its ‘responsiveness, business-oriented savviness and consistent, high-quality legal advice’. Sarwat Abd El-Shahid, Girgis Abd El-Shahid and Tarek Badawy are the names to note. Emirates National Bank of Dubai and Air Leisure are clients.

At Sharkawy & Sarhan, capital markets specialists Ahmed El Sharkawy and Karim Sarhan regularly advise multinational companies. The duo handled a €15m loan deal for development finance institution Proparco.

Kosheri, Rashed & Riad’s Ahmed El-Kosheri and Tarek Riad act for a growing list of banking clients, including Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Bank of America, Misr America International Bank and Mashreq Bank.

Levari in association with Pitmans LLP regularly advises Egyptian and international banks and private equity funds on credit facilities and syndicated loans. Mohamed Raslan and Mohanad Ramadan are the key contacts.

Hossam Gramon leads the team at Nour & Selim in association with Al Tamimi & Company following Bassam Moussa’s departure to work in-house. The firm counts Emirates National Bank of Dubai and First Gulf Bank among its clients.

Riad & Riad’s Mohamed Riad and Fatma Salah excel at drafting loan agreements and negotiating security packages. Highlights included advising the borrower on a EGP300m facility to develop a solar power plant.

At Sarie-Eldin & Partners Legal Advisors, Amira Sherif is the key contact for banking matters. She regularly advises international banks on new financial products. Hani Sarie-Eldin leads on capital markets work.

Soliman, Hashish & Partners is a relatively new entrant in the market but has experience in team members including Mohamed Hashish; he advised a sovereign fund on a $175m facility for the Republic of Egypt, and assisted Ansan Wikfs with a $72m loan.

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