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Al Kamel Law Office is ‘recommended for complex litigation and arbitration’. Managing partner Mohamed Kamel represented Boeing in an action brought by families of passengers killed in the crash of Egypt Air Flight 990 in 1999. Agypetco Oil and Gas, American Airlines and Carl Zeiss are also among his clients.

At Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International), ‘the advice is always on-point and useful’. Counsel Raafat El Sokkary, who recently joined from Commercial International Bank, now leads the department, which acts for multinational corporate clients in commercial disputes in sectors such as energy and hospitality. Associate Salma El Bassoussy was part of a team that achieved the annulment of an EGP100m arbitral award for television presenter Bassem Youssef. Hazim Rizkana left to launch Rizkana & Partners.

Matouk Bassiouny is ‘one of the market leaders in Cairo’. The ‘quick and commercial’ head of the dispute resolution department John Matouk leads ‘a very sophisticated team that is commercially minded and practical’. Matouk and head of litigation Osman Mowafy represented Sony Pictures Television in a multimillion-dollar dispute with Sigma Media. ‘Technically strong’ new hire and head of arbitration Amr Abbascuts straight to the root of the issue’.

Shalakany Law Office has won important cases for key clients such as Kraft Foods and Al Ahram Beverages. It is involved in many contentious aviation matters, including cases arising from the crashes of Egyptair Flight MS804 and Metrojet Flight 9628. Managing partner Khaled El Shalakany is highly regarded.

The dispute resolution team at Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law is ‘prompt and detailed in its analysis’, and has ‘some of the best arbitration lawyers in the country’; one client describes it as ‘the best firm in litigation’. Head of litigation Youssef Abou Zeid defended The Arab Bank against an EGP630m compensation claim. Other clients include Alstom Egypt and Cargill. Omar Abou Elenain is also recommended along with ‘excellent’ head of arbitration Mohamed Gomaa. Tewfik Shehata left to start his own firm.

One of the very best law firms in Egypt’, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm is ‘very responsive and working with the team is a pleasure’ – its core expertise in dispute resolution is international arbitration. ‘Sharp, focused and highly intelligent’ head of international arbitration Mohamed Abdel Wahab is ‘an exceptional practitioner’. He represented Egyptian Company for Mobile Services, now part of Orange, in a $60m arbitration concerning breach of a contract with Etisalat Misr.

Dentons Egypt LLC’s team is led by respected litigator Amal Afifi, who – alongside senior associate Tamer Kamal – acted for Hermteam to file a civil claim for negligence against Ahli United Bank before the Cairo Economic Court. The firm also handled litigation for water treatment company Degremont, European Investment Bank and insurer AIG.

At Ibrachy & Partners, Mohamed Madkour is ‘sharp and knowledgeable, a rising star in this jurisdiction; he is trusted by many prominent international firms that refer complex matters to him’. He represented a client in a $500m arbitration in the hotel sector and is working alongside an international law firm in a multibillion-dollar energy sector arbitration. The firm also has a busy litigation practice.

Karim Adel Law Office is ‘very experienced in corporate law and litigation for multinational companies’. Karim Adel Kamel’s core expertise is in the hotel management sector and he has a strong pipeline of arbitration and liquidation work. He has been representing a car manufacturer in litigation against one of Egypt’s largest banks and is chairman of the arbitration panel in an EGP300m dispute between a multinational telecoms company and another service provider. Christian Ule represents many German and Swiss clients; he is qualified in Germany and before the DIFC in Dubai.

Kosheri, Rashed & Riad is ‘a highly rated firm for litigation and arbitration’. Managing partner Ahmed El-Kosheri and Tarek Riad advise many Gulf-based clients on contentious matters.

Nour & Selim in association with Al Tamimi & Company provides ‘good-quality service’ and has ‘wide regional coverage’. ‘Very knowledgeable and strategic’ former civil judge Ismail Selim, who is ‘talented, sharp, prompt and effective’, acted in many high-value arbitrations and defended Egyptelor in an unfair dismissal case. The team’s deep bench includes senior associate Ahmed Kotb, who is ‘meticulous, intelligent and speedy on contract as well as civil disputes’ and ‘talented’ associate Ahmed Hafez.

Rizkana & Partners is a new firm founded by four experienced lawyers led by Hazim Rizkana, who spent 28 years at Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International). Sherif Atef El Hosseny has notable experience in banking and finance disputes.

At Shahid Law Firm, ‘the quality of work is excellent and the advice is prompt and on-point’. Founder Sarwat Abd El-Shahid, Girgis Abd El-Shahid and head of litigation and arbitration Nabil El-Bedewy are all recommended. Of counsel César Ternieden acted for Italian designer and food industry machinery company IFind in arbitration proceedings and assisted Dassoler Agronegócios in settling a dispute with an Egyptian importer.

At Marghany Advocates, Amir Marghany and Abdel Rahman Sayed recently helped Tivoli Dome to settle a large dispute with Heliopolis Housing and Development Company and represented Man Power Free Zone in an EGP125m case against oilfield services company NOV Tuboscope.

Youssef & Partners Attorneys has built a noteworthy track record in arbitration, where founder Karim Youssef recently won an EGP100m award for the CBC television channel in a contractual dispute with Bassem Youssef and the production company of The Show. He also represented a client in a $1.3bn arbitration with a governmental entity regarding concession agreements.

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  • Notes on Egyptian governmental tenders and BOOT transactions

    A new law concerning Governmental tenders and auctions was promulgated in 1998 which clears up some of the ambiguities found in the previous law, and which explicitly provides for the right of the private contractor to claim damages from the Government in case it contravenes its contractual obligations, unless the parties agree to arbitration in accordance to the Egyptian Law on Arbitration in Civil and Commercial Matters No. 27 of 1994 as amended.
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