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Al Kamel Law Office is ‘extremely good, very responsive and provides high-quality advice’. Led by Rasheed Kamel, the practice often acts as local counsel alongside international firms such as Slaughter and May and Ashurst. Managing partner Mohamed Kamel is recommended for banking matters, Islamic finance and securitisation. He advised US Export-Import Bank and UK Export Finance on the proposed $7bn financing of a petrochemicals project.

The ‘knowledgeable and diligent lawyers’ at Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) provide ‘a highly qualified service’. Mohamed Ghannam’s highlights included assisting the lenders on a two-tranche syndicated facility of $458m and €407m to African Export-Import Bank. He and managing partner Mohamad Talaat advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Arab International Bank on loan facilities to Advanced Energy System. ‘Very bright and dynamic’ of counsel Hesham Ragab joined from the Cairo Appellate Court.

‘The best firm in Egypt’, according to some clients, Matouk Bassiouny is ‘always a pleasure to work with’. Head of finance Mahmoud Bassiouny, who is ‘excellent on banking matters’, advised the banks on Maridive & Oil Sevices’ $225m ijara and leaseback financing; notably, head of banking Hossam Gramon acted for Maridive as the counterparty on the same matter. National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Standard Chartered are also clients.

Sharkawy & Sarhan often acts as local counsel for international law firms such as Allen & Overy LLP. The team advised the EBRD on a $50m loan made to National Bank of Kuwait for the purpose of supporting Egyptian SMEs. International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Proparco are also clients. Ahmed El Sharkawy and Karim Sarhan are recommended for capital markets work.

‘Ethical standards are high’ at Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law, which ‘handles the biggest deals’. Of counsel Ragia Omran leads the banking team with oversight from leading light Ziad Bahaa El Din. Omran acted for the lenders, including Deutsche Bank, on a €2.3bn facility for Egyptian Electricity Holding Company to fund a new power plant. Managing partner Yasser Hashem advised Corporate Leasing Company Egypt on its EGP802m securitisation.

In Zulficar & Partners Law Firm’s ‘highly professional’ banking team, practice head and founding partner Ashraf Ihab assisted African Export-Import Bank with updating its $3bn euro medium term note (EMTN) programme. He also advised the National Bank of Egypt on a $700m loan from China Development Bank. Mona Zulficar, Ali El Hawary and counsel Ghada Youness are recommended.

Dentons Egypt LLC has a long track record of advising international financial institutions such as the IFC and Agence Française de Développement. Michael Lacey leads a team which has notable practitioners in senior associate Ahmed Kamal and French law qualified consultant Frédérique Léger, who both advised the EBRD on an equity portage transaction with United Sugar Company. China Development Bank is also a client.

Ibrachy & Partners’ Ashraf Elibrachy is ‘a well-connected lawyer who is familiar with cross-border finance transactions and international market standards’. He advised the lenders, including Crédit Agricole and Banco Santander, on an export credit financing of Egypt’s $5.9bn purchase of 24 fighter jets and also assisted Orascom with a syndicated loan to finance its EGP250m acquisition of Beltone Financial Holding.

Levari in association with Pitmans LLP ‘works to the standards needed by international clients and big Egyptian businesses’. Recommended partners Mohamed Raslan and Mohanad Ramadan count many major banks among their clients, including National Bank of Egypt and Ahli United Bank.

Nour & Selim in association with Al Tamimi & Company is ‘very professional and highly organised’. Bassam Moussa advised Emirates NBD on an EGP2bn syndicated facility provided to the Egyptian Holding Company for Electricity; he also acted for First Gulf Bank and Arab Bank on an EGP500m loan to the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company.

Working with Shahid Law Firm is ‘like dealing with a high-quality European or US firm’, according to one client. Founding partner Sarwat Abd El-Shahid, securities and trade finance expert Girgis Abd El-Shahid and Tarek Badawy are recommended. The team advised Aridos Jativa and a consortium of Spanish banks on a development financing made available to Arabian Cement Company.

Shalakany Law Office advises local and global banks and other international financial institutions. Well-regarded senior partner Aly El Shalakany, who heads the practice, recently advised the EBRD on a €50m loan agreement with Assiut Cement Company. Standard Chartered, Banque Misr and Arab African International Bank are also clients.

Marghany Advocates has a solid reputation among Egyptian businesses. It advised Egyptian retail finance company Wekala on establishing its local financing platform and assisted Egyptian Nitrogen Products Company with restructuring foreign currency elements of a loan from Société Générale and HSBC. Amir Marghany heads the practice.

Riad & Riad is ‘responsive, knowledgeable and delivers bespoke advice’ to lenders and borrowers on project finance, as well as secured and unsecured commercial loans. Mohamed Riad is recommended.

Sarie-Eldin & Partners Legal Advisors has experience in project finance, syndicated loans and asset finance. Amira Sherif heads the team.

Soliman, Hashish & Partners’ experienced partners include Mohamed Hashish, who advised an oil and gas sector client on obtaining a $72m loan from Arab African International Bank.

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