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Al Kamel Law Office regularly acts for global energy companies such as Amerada Hess and Centrica Energy. The firm is advising US Export-Import Bank on the $7bn financing of a new petrochemicals plant and is working with Allen & Overy LLP to assist Masdar Future Energy with the development of 6,000MW of new power generation plants. Founder Mohamed Kamel, Rasheed Kamel and Mohamed El Ehwany are key contacts.

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is ‘far superior to other firms’, according to one client. Mohamed Ghannam advised Sea Dragon Energy on its merger with Madison PetroGas and worked alongside Mohamad Talaat to advise the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Arab International Bank on a $190m syndicated Islamic financing of oilfield services company Advanced Energy Systems. Ziad Gadalla is an up-and-coming associate.

Matouk Bassiounyoperates like a Western international firm’. Project finance expert Mahmoud Bassiouny is recommended. Clients include Wadi Degla Energy and Lekela Power. Hossam Gramon left for Nour & Selim in association with Al Tamimi & Company.

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law has a reputation as a leader in the oil and gas space that goes back decades. Senior partner Sameh Khodeir, who ‘has deep experience in the oil business’, and senior associate Essam Taha recently assisted Merlon Petroleum with amendments to an E&P concession agreement, to enable additional projects in the El Fayum area. They also advised HBS International Egypt on acquiring $38m worth of concessions for projects in the Western Desert.

At Marghany Advocates, Marwan Al Ashaal advises many clients from the oil and gas sector, including Chile’s state-owned Enap Sipetrol, Pico Oil, Kuwait Energy Egypt and PetroShahd. He is assisting ENPC and the Ministry of Petroleum with rerouting pipelines around Beheira Port.

At Shahid Law Firm, Girgis Abd El-Shahid, US-qualified of counsel César Ternieden and managing associate Donia El-Mazghouny are oil and gas experts. The firm advised Halliburton on the divestment of business interests in advance of its failed merger with Baker Hughes. BG Group, Edison and Eni are also clients.

Shalakany Law Office is active in project finance and corporate work in the energy sector. Aly El Shalakany advised an international bank on the refinancing of a major player in the local gas market.

Sharkawy & Sarhan has a prominent oil and gas practice led by Karim Sarhan. It is local counsel for RWE concerning its Egytian oil and gas activities. The team also acts for Kuwait Petroleum subsidiary KUFPEC.

At Dentons Egypt LLC, Ahmed Kamal and consultant Frédérique Léger advised Canadian Solar UK Projects on its exit from a financial entity that had been pre-selected to operate under Egypt’s feed-in tariff system for renewable energy generation.

Ibrachy & Partners’ banking and projects expert Sara Hinton is a longstanding adviser to offshore oilfield services company Dril-Quip on its activities in Egypt. She also acted for a client in a multimillion-dollar asset purchase in the oil sector.

Kosheri, Rashed & Riad’s Tarek Riad leads a small but highly respected team that advises many international energy companies. Ahmed El-Kosheri is recommended.

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