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The Firm

ZH&P is the oldest and largest legal firm in Egypt to be actively – and uninterruptedly - catering to the legal needs of foreign and Egyptian clients since 1953. Today, ZH&P offers to its clients the full range of corporate, business and commercial legal services through over 170 employees– around 100 of which are fee-earners – all advocates of professional. The Firm comprises a unique constellation of highly qualified senior associates - and above - as well as a fresh generation of lawyers dually-qualified in Egypt and other jurisdictions. The combined experience of the Firm’s members exceeds 1064 years.

Practice Areas:

Over the years, ZH&P developed into a modern partnership firm offering the full range of corporate, business, and commercial legal services and on all business related matters in Egypt; the Firm legal services cater to the following main practice areas:

  • Arbitration & Litigation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets (IPO, Bond, Securitization)
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate & Commercial Law
  • Distribution and Agency
  • Franchise
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Foreign Investment
  • International Trade
  • Labour Law
  • Merger & Acquisition
  • Mining 
  • Oil & Gas
  • Project Finance
  • Public International Law
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation
  • Telecommunications

ZH&P has an outstanding experience and reputation for advising Multinational and local clients in different practicing areas in relation to their Egyptian law aspects, below are some of the significant transactions that the Firm has advised on recently:

Banking & Finance:
  • Advising Deutsche Bank, HSBC Middle East Limited and a group of leading financial institutions in the project financing of power stations in Burullus, New Capital, and Beni Suef for over Euro 3.5 billion.
  • The fifth securitization bonds’ issuance of CORPLEASE worth LE 802 million
  • Legal Counsel to Misr Cement Qena in its loan agreement with a syndicate of banks to finance the acquisition on ASEC Cement Minya and ASEC Ready Mix for LE 915 million
Projects & Infrastructure:
  • Advising AVIC International Holding Cooperation on its proposed arrangement with the Ministry of Transport for the anticipated Electrified Railway Project connecting the 10th of Ramadan City and the New Capital City
  • Providing legal services to Engie’s (Formerly GFD Suez) investment in renewable energy under the Feed- In-Tariff  program in Benban Solar Park, Aswan, Egypt
Oil & Gas
  • Advising Merlon Petroleum El Fayum Company (MPEFC) on declaration of force majeure, amending the term of petroleum exploration and exploitation concession agreement in El Fayum, Egypt, between Merlon and the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) - and legal opinions on matters related to the concession.
Dispute Resolution:
  • Successfully counseled Orascom Construction Industries S.A.E. in the arbitration before CRCICA for a mega hospitality, business and commercial complex for the value of over LE 700 Million in addition to winning four related appeals.
  • Won a multi-party arbitration case raised by a state- owned telecommunication company against ZH&P’s client (Vodafone and 3 other international companies of the group) for the value of 11 Billion Pounds.
  • Successfully representing major international hotel chains in Egypt in the defense against multiple claims by hotel employees.
  • Concluding collective labor agreements on disputed labor issues on behalf of [confidential] Clients.
Intellectual Property
  • Representing Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications in requesting cancellation of NTRA’s decision granting the internet domain name “Sherkety dot Masr” to another company.
  • Representing Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications S.A.E. in claiming for damages for alleged infringements to patent rights in connection with money transfer through mobile and other mobile applications.
Experience with U.S Clients

Throughout the years, ZH&P has succeeded to establish an outstanding track record in advising major clients from the United States of America in different sectors. The Firm’s scope of work usually included representing those clients before the different Egyptian authorities, negotiating with the public authorities on all aspects and needed documentation to achieve the client’s goals of investment in Egypt as well as adaptation of complex cross-border demands to local law requirements.

Selected Relevant Examples of Recent Experiences with American Clients are the following:

Lafourche LLC (formerly Eveready Battery Inc., U.S.A.)
American airlines
American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt - AmCham Egypt
American International Group - AIG
American University in Cairo - AUC
ARCE American Research Centre in Egypt Inc. 
Bunge- Egypt
Citi Bank
Conrad Hotels & Resorts
GE(General Electric)
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
LockHeed Martin International
Merck & Co.
Nike Inc.
Weatherford International Ltd
Whirlpool Corporation

ZH&P Legal Rankings:
The new Legal 500 rankings show that Zaki Hashem & Partners is still retaining its top tier position for its legal services; many of its lawyers are rated as leading or recommended individuals as well.

Legal 500 Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1 for the year 2017.
Legal 500 Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1 for the year 2017.
Legal 500 Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1 for the year 2017.
Legal 500 Employment- ranked: tier 1 for the year 2017.
Legal 500 Intellectual Property - ranked: tier 2 for the year 2017.
Legal 500 Oil & Gas - ranked: tier 1 for the year 2017.
Legal 500 Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1 for the year 2017.
Legal 500 Telecoms - ranked: tier 1 for the year 2017.
Chambers & Partners Banking & Finance - ranked Band 2 for the year 2017.
Chambers & Partners Corporate / M&A - ranked Band 2 for the year 2017.

Zaki Hashem & Partners,Attorneys at Law combines ‘international experience and strong local knowledge’ - LEGAL 500 EMEA – 2016
“Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law, is a very good firm and Egypt’s oldest” - LEGAL 500 EMEA – 2016

“Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law is ‘a trustworthy partner’ and has a deep bench that includes Yasser Hashem and Hala Hashem. Arig Ali and Achraf El ChazlyLegal 500 2017

Ethical standards are high’ at Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law, which ‘handles the biggest deals.” Legal 500 2017

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”. Legal 500 2017

A leading firm for collective labour agreements’, Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law is ‘very prompt, professional and precise” Legal 500 2017

“Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law has a reputation as a leader in the oil and gas space that goes back decades”. Legal 500 2017

Strong in finance and infrastructure deals’, Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law shows ‘unparalleled dedication”. Legal 500 2017

“Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law has a strong track record of negotiating first-of-kind contracts in the telecoms sector. ‘We have seen consistency of performance over many years and the most remarkable thing is the firm’s wide spectrum of knowledge”

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