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Al Kamel Law Office is one of the most active firms in the market, representing subsidiaries of major companies such as Xerox and Microsoft. The ‘highly knowledgeable and experienced’ Rasheed Kamel has ‘excellent insights into law as well as politics’, and Shahira Khaled provides ‘superb client service’. Kamel and senior associate Mohamed El Ehwany advised Kamal Haggag on its purchase of Misr October for Food Industries. Other work included assisting Raya and Sphinx Fund with the EGP185m sale of their interests in Rameda Pharmaceutical.

The team at Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) gives ‘clear and practical’ advice, which it combines with the ability to draw on the firm’s global network in cross-border deals. Mohamed Ghannam advised Saudi industrial conglomerate Olayan Financing on its EGP518m acquisition of Rashidi El Mizan Confectionery. Mohamad Talaat heads the practice, in which senior associate Michael Boutros is noted as ‘a responsive and practical lawyer’.

Ibrachy & Partners added depth to its already strong team by hiring former Nour & Selim in association with Al Tamimi & Company partner, Ehab Taha, who is ‘outstanding in complex M&A transactions’. Managing partner Ashraf Elibrachy advised Piraeus Bank on the $150m sale of a majority stake in its local subsidiary and assisted Orascom with the €209m sale of shares in the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services. Energy transactions expert Sara Hinton and Tarek Gadallah are also recommended.

Matouk Bassiounyprovides the highest quality service of any firm in Cairo’, according to one client. Omar Bassiouny, who is ‘one of the country’s best M&A lawyers, advised Valeant Pharmaceuticals on the $800m acquisition of Amoun Pharmaceutical. The Abraaj Group is another client. Bassiouny, Tamer El Hennawy, and Mohamed Abdel Fattah all have ‘deep subject knowledge and are strong technically’. The ‘very practical’ Jean-Jerome Khodara joined from LafargeHolcim, where he was M&A regional senior counsel.

The team at Nour & Selim in association with Al Tamimi & Company is ‘responsive and excellent value for money’. The Cairo office is part of the largest law firm in the Middle East and is on the panel of corporates such as Sanofi Egypt and Orange. New head of M&A Mohamed Gabr, who joined from Matouk Bassiouny, conducted high level due diligence on a proposed takeover in the healthcare sector. Corporate structuring specialist Ayman Nour is ‘highly responsive and accurate’. Ehab Taha joined Ibrachy & Partners.

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law is ‘a trustworthy partner’ and has a deep bench that includes Yasser Hashem and Hala Hashem. Arig Ali and Achraf El Chazly are also recommended and recently advised private equity firm Actis on the $350m sale of its stake in Emerging Market Payment, which included the negotiation of licensing requirements. Misr Cement Qena, Austrian company ALPLA and Beltone Financial Holding are also clients.

Zulficar & Partners Law Firmprovides a very high level of service, particularly thanks to its industry knowledge and business acumen’. Ingy Badawy and Anwar Zeidan, who lead on M&A and capital markets respectively, advised shareholders of electronics retailer B.TECH on an EGP300m partnership with private equity firm DPI. ‘Good negotiator’ Firas El Samad is ‘extremely supportive, always available and skilled in corporate matters’. Mona Zulficar is also recommended.

At ‘trusted partnerDentons Egypt LLC, highlights included assisting EMB Electrical Industries with its global merger activities and advising CBRE on the acquisition of the Egyptian business of Johnson Controls. Key contacts include practice head Michael Lacey, senior associate Islam Maklad and French law qualified consultant Frédérique Léger.

A specialist firm for small and mid-sized deals’, Levari in association with Pitmans LLPcommunicates clearly’. Sherif Hefni, Mohamed Raslan and of counsel Laura Bradford act for clients such as Total Egypt, BasharSoft, Travelstart Egypt and Eagle Chemicals.

Marghany Advocates regularly works for Egyptian corporates. The firm advised Balsamee on two rounds of investment to launch operations in the UK and Egypt. Practice head Amir Marghany’s clients include NAS Trends, Treats Egypt, Kuwait-based Arabian Motor Group and Egyptian Ports Development Group.

I would recommend the firm to anyone seeking legal advice in Egypt’, says one client of Shahid Law Firm. Founder Girgis Abd El-Shahid, head of the corporate team Nabil Rizkalla and managing associate Donia El-Mazghouny are recommended. The firm advised aviation company Nexus on a joint venture with a Russian company and acts for international clients such as Roche and Motorola.

Shalakany Law Office has been active in large M&A deals in various sectors, including pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and food. Emad El Shalakany advised Halayeb for Dairy Products and Juice during its acquisition by Danone. The firm also worked alongside Shearman & Sterling LLP’s Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices on a large private equity transaction in the retail sector. Aly El Shalakany is recommended.

Sharkawy & Sarhan’s Ahmed El Sharkawy and Karim Sarhan are respected practitioners. The firm often acts as local counsel alongside international firms such as Allen & Overy LLP, such as on Alabbar Enterprises’ planned purchase of a stake in Kuwait Food. China General Nuclear Power Corporation and EFG Hermes are also clients.

Ibrachy & Dermarkar’s managing partner Bahieldin Elibrachy has a long track record of advising on cross-border and domestic M&A. It has recently handled large deals in the construction, energy and food sectors.

NAL & Partners has a strong corporate lawyer in managing partner Nermien Al-Ali. The firm is known for comprehensive legal support for hi-tech companies and e-commerce start-ups supported by Algebra Ventures fund.

Riad & Riad advises global and domestic corporations and private equity investors on M&A deals and strategic investments in Egypt. The ‘extremely knowledgeable and responsiveMohamed Riad is recommended along with ‘good commercial and corporate lawyer’ Fatma Salah, who joined from Ibrachy & Dermarkar.

At young firm Soliman, Hashish & Partners, Frédéric Soliman and Mohamed Hashish are highly experienced in international trade and cross-border M&A. They advised Alstom on the sale of its local interests to General Electric and acted for Orange on its purchase of a €75m stake in Africa Internet Group.

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