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Arbitration

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  1. Dispute resolution: arbitration
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Matouk Bassiouny has ‘a strong team that provides a good level of service for international arbitration’. Amr Abbas and John Matouk, who are ‘very strong practitioners’, represented ArcelorMittal in a $600m ICSID matter.

Sarwat Abd El-Shahid, Girgis Abd El-Shahid and ‘highly accomplished, dedicated and thorough’ César Ternieden are part of a stellar arbitration team at Shahid Law Firm. Highlights included acting for a Korean client involved in the heavy industry sector in an ICC arbitration.

Karim Youssef at Youssef & Partners Attorneys is a leading light in international arbitration and excels in investment treaty matters. He acted for Cementos La Unió and Áridos Jativa in a $250m ICSID matter against the Egyptian government.

At Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law, Mohammed Gomaa and Youssef Abou Zeid acted for OCI in a EGP1bn case before the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA). Sameh Khodeir handles major energy arbitrations.

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm is ‘superb, clearly a strong regional firm, possibly the best in Egypt’. ‘Deep thinker’ Mohamed Abdel Wahab has ‘a remarkable intellect’ and ‘impressive advocacy skills’; he advised Promomedia on a $23m matter.

Managing partner Mohamed Kamel and head of litigation Joseph Morcos lead the dispute resolution practice at Al Kamel Law Office, which represented Agypetco Oil & Gas in an ICC arbitration in Paris, and acted as Egyptian counsel for Ford in an American Arbitration Association matter.

At Dentons Egypt LLC, senior legal consultant and respected arbitration lawyer Amal Afifi has more than 30 years’ experience. The firm recently acted for Shell in a termination of contract matter.

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)’s experienced team handles ICSID, ICC, CRCICA and UNCITRAL international arbitrations. Mohamad Talaat and associate Yehia Shahine defended ASA International in an investment arbitration against the Egyptian government.

At Ibrachy Legal Consultancy, senior partner Mohamed Madkour, who is ‘very strong in arbitration’, excels in finance and investment disputes for multinational and large domestic clients.

Dispute resolution boutique Khalifahas particular strength in commercial arbitration and a first-class understanding of Egyptian, UAE and Arab law issues’. Amani Khalifa, who ‘digs deep and never disappoints’, is ‘a thorough, impressive and superb lawyer’.

At Kosheri, Rashed & Riad, Ahmed El-Kosheri and Tarek Riad are the names to note. The duo act for many GCC-based clients and multinationals including Caterpillar and Siemens and represented the Kuwaiti government in a $2.5bn dispute.

Rizkana & Partners was established in 2016 by vastly experienced founding partner Hazim Rizkana, who has more than 30 years’ experience.The group has built up an impressive caseload before the before the ICC and the CRCICA.

At Shalakany Law Office, Khaled El Shalakany leads a team that has a strong presence in domestic and international arbitration, and investment treaty cases. Its impressive client list includes Emaar Malls and Agrium Inc.

Senior associate Ahmed Kotb leads the team at Nour & Selim in association with Al Tamimi & Company. He represented a distributor in a $7.7m arbitration with two European companies concerning distribution and exclusive agency agreements.

At Riad & Riad, experienced arbitrator Fatma Salah recently represented a Chinese automotive company in a multimillion-dollar arbitration, and advised a UK security company on the settlement of a dispute with an Egyptian client.

TMS Law Firm – Taha, Moussa & Sabahi is ‘a young firm with experienced partners that is well placed to compete with the established market players’. Mohamed Hafez joined from Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law to head the team.


Litigation

Index of tables

  1. Dispute resolution: litigation
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1
    • Ahmed Kotb - Nour & Selim in association with Al Tamimi & Company
    • Momen Rezk - Matouk Bassiouny

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Al Kamel Law Office provides ‘a good service in every respect’. The group acted for Dutch company Dorc in a EGP18m compensation claim. Mohamed Kamel and head of litigation Joseph Morcos are the key names.

At Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International), Mohamad Talaat and Raafat El Sokkary are the key names. Highlights included advising a leading Egyptian tourism company on a EGP94m case against its former chairman.

Matouk Bassiouny is ‘one of the best in Egypt’ and has ‘great legal knowledge and business acumen’. John Matouk, Amr Abbas and Osman Mowafy are names to note. The team represented Škoda Auto in a $225m distribution agreement dispute. Momen Rezk is also recommended.

At Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law, Youssef Abou Zeid leads a team comprising ‘a large number of lawyers with deep experience in litigation and arbitration’. Omar Abou El Enain is also noted. Vodafone Egypt is a client.

At Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Mohamed Abdel Wahab is ‘a talented and experienced practitioner with impressive advocacy skills’. The group handles high-value oil and gas, media, construction and telecoms disputes, including an $11m case for Shelf Drilling.

Highlights for Ibrachy & Dermarkar’s Mohamed Ramadan and Bahieldin Elibrachy included acting for a large automotive company in a high-value litigation against Egypt’s Customs Authority. Other clients include leading names in the pharmaceutical and energy sectors.

At Marghany Advocates, Abdel Rahman Saied and Amir Marghany are representing ENPC in a dispute against the Egyptian Central Audit Service. The duo also successfully represented Man Power Free One in a EGP125m dispute.

Founded in 2016, Rizkana & Partners has quickly built a strong client base around the expertise of veteran litigator Hazim Rizkana. Sherif Atef El Hosseny is noted for banking and finance disputes.

Shahid Law Firm has ‘a rare combination of senior partners with deep roots in the local market and young, dynamic lawyers’. Sarwat Abd El-Shahid, Nabil El-Bedewy and César Ternieden are ‘highly professional and always go the extra mile’.

Shalakany Law Office’s team has ‘good industry knowledge and strong expertise in litigation’. Khaled El Shalakany’s team counts Kraft Foods, Al Ahram Beverages, Facebook and Emaar Misr among its key clients.

Youssef & Partners Attorneys has a highly experienced commercial litigator in founder Karim Youssef. His recent highlights include representing Arab African International Bank in annulment proceedings in the Court of Appeal and handling numerous challenges to enforcement proceedings.

At Dentons Egypt LLC, senior legal consultant and respected litigator Amal Afifi, who has more than 30 years’ experience, is the key name. The firm acted for Tata Steel and RWE in recent cases.

At Karim Adel Law Office, Karim Adel Kamel has a strong focus on the hotel management sector and regularly represents Marriott Corporation. Other work includes acting for Electronic Construction Service in a fraud claim, and representing Ethiopian Airlines in a high-profile criminal case.

Boutique firm Khalifaprovides good response times and has an excellent understanding of clients’ needs’. Amani Khalifa, who handles cases under Emirati, Egyptian, Qatari, Libyan and Saudi law, has ‘an exceptional ability to translate procedural and cultural issues’.

MM Law Firm has ‘a highly experienced dispute resolution team’, and the experienced Mahmoud Mostafa and litigation head Nader Mohamed are the key names. The firm successfully challenged a Ministry of Housing order to evacuate land.

Nour & Selim in association with Al Tamimi & Company has built a strong practice in Egypt since opening in 2015 and acts for clients such as Hazel Middle East and O3 Productions. Senior associate Ahmed Kotb leads the team.


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