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Under the rule of Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail the economy of Egypt, which is the most populous country in the Arab world, has stabilised and the security situation is improving, though concerns over terrorism are still dampening the key industry of tourism. Levels of foreign investment are low, though international companies are playing major roles in the large programme of infrastructure projects announced by the government.

At the end of 2016, exchange controls were lifted and the Egyptian pound was floated, leading to a sharp devaluation and a steep rise in interest rates. For a country that is particularly dependent on imports this has been hard for many businesses, but along with new investment laws and a revised tax regime, it has helped open up Egypt to investment and enabled foreign investors to repatriate dividends more easily. Government bonds have sold well, though there is little interest yet in corporate bond issuance.

FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Riad & Riad

Riad & Riad is a full-service law firm established in early 2015 by a group of knowledgeable and skilled partners with wide practical experience in top-tier law firms and international institutions. The firm’s founding lawyers have extensive practical experience coupled with international academic backgrounds at prestigious universities in the US, the UK and France.

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Eldib Advocates

Eldib Advocates is a renowned law firm with more than 140 years of experience in the various fields of law particularly labor, shipping and commercial law. Our team of lawyers is exceptionally capable of handling all matters related to labor law in Egypt, with the majority of our clients being employers. Furthermore we have keenly established a reputation of success in employment matters with a success rate of about 80%. We excel in handling matters arising between employers and employees, following up in a professional manner, drafting and handling settlement contracts based on the best terms in favor our client or representing the latter before the court when and if needed.

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Matouk Bassiouny

In 2005, F John Matouk, managing partner, and Omar Bassiouny, executive partner, founded Matouk Bassiouny, a full-service law firm based in Cairo. The firm started as a two-partner law firm with 17 fee-earners. The firm’s primary focus was corporate, banking, commercial and aviation, all of which were recognised as premier practices in the market.

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In difficult economic circumstances, the legal market faces intense pressure on fees, though firms involved in infrastructure projects remain busy. Many local firms are still family-run, led by long-serving senior partners, but large firms like Matouk Bassiouny and small, young firms such as Khalifa are adopting different styles of management.

Full-service domestic firms include Al Kamel Law Office, Shalakany Law Office and Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, while some of the country’s oldest firm such as Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law and Karim Adel Law Office have prominent positions in the market. International firms with a long-standing presence in Cairo include Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) and Dentons Egypt LLC, while MHR & Partners in association with White & Case is steadily building its reputation.

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