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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.

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