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Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)


Egypt

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is ‘very well established in the market and has a strong and loyal client base’. Mohamed Ghannam, who leads the five-partner team, advised Central Bank of Egypt on a $2bn reverse repo financing. Ahmed Omar is a rising star.

Leading individuals

Mohamed Ghannam - Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Next generarion lawyers

Ahmed Omar - Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) stands out for its ‘high standards and in-depth knowledge’. Mohamad Talaat, Mohamed Ghannam and Hatem Soliman are the key names. Ghannam advised Caravan Marketing Company on its EGP615m sale to Nestlé. Mohamed Elfar is also noted.

Leading individuals

Hatem Soliman - Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Mohamed Ghannam - Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Next generation lawyers

Mohamed Elfar - Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)’s team provides ‘excellent levels of service and is without question one of Egypt’s premier firms’. Sherif Makram and Mohamad Talaat advised an international automotive company on indemnities following a fatal accident.

Leading individuals

Sherif Makram - Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is, according to one client, ‘the best in Egypt for what it does’. Mohamed Ghannam, Ziad Gadalla and Lamyaa Gadelhak, who advised Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation on a $150m financing for Egypt General Petroleum Corporation, are noted.

Leading individuals

Mohamed Ghannam - Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Next generation lawyers

Lamyaa Gadelhak - Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Ziad Gadalla - Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) excels in the enforcement of IP rights. Mohamad Talaat represented a leading pharmaceutical company in disputes against manufacturers of generic drugs. Samir Hamza, who is the secretary general of the local IP law association, is also noted.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) advises a broad spectrum of project finance clients including sponsors, commercial banks, funds, export credit agencies and development finance institutions. ‘Project finance expertMohamed Ghannam advised Ethydco on a $75m loan from Afreximbank. Ziad Gadalla and Ahmed Omar are ones to watch.

Leading individuals

Mohamed Ghannam - Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Next generation lawyers

Ahmed Omar - Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Ziad Gadalla - Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) advises several leading Egyptian telecoms companies, as well as international technology businesses. Hatem Soliman assisted a leading US-based online retailer with e-publishing regulations, and assisted Telepin Software with setting up a new Egyptian entity.

Leading individuals

Hatem Soliman - Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

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Egypt: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

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.

Leading individuals

Mohamad Talaat - Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Next generation lawyers

Yehia Shahine - Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

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Litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

At Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International), Mohamad Talaat and Raafat El Sokkary are the key names. Highlights included advising a leading Egyptian tourism company on a EGP94m case against its former chairman.

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