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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)

The ‘knowledgeable and diligent lawyers’ at Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) provide ‘a highly qualified service’. Mohamed Ghannam’s highlights included assisting the lenders on a two-tranche syndicated facility of $458m and €407m to African Export-Import Bank. He and managing partner Mohamad Talaat advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Arab International Bank on loan facilities to Advanced Energy System. ‘Very bright and dynamic’ of counsel Hesham Ragab joined from the Cairo Appellate Court.

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)

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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)

The team at Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) gives ‘clear and practical’ advice, which it combines with the ability to draw on the firm’s global network in cross-border deals. Mohamed Ghannam advised Saudi industrial conglomerate Olayan Financing on its EGP518m acquisition of Rashidi El Mizan Confectionery. Mohamad Talaat heads the practice, in which senior associate Michael Boutros is noted as ‘a responsive and practical lawyer’.

Leading individuals

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

Next generation lawyers

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

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

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

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.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

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

Mohamad Talaat heads the team at Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International), which advises many international clients – notably in the banking, hospitality and industrial sectors. The firm advised an international bank on the drafting of internal employment regulations, assisted a US-based industrial company with its employee contracts and successfully represented an Egyptian pharmaceuticals company in numerous profit-sharing disputes with employees.

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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)ranks among the highest’ in IP law. Despite the loss of former lead litigator Hazim Rizkana, who left to form Rizkana & Partners, the firm continues to handle IP rights management for international companies in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, hospitality and foods. Mohamad Talaat acted in numerous trade mark infringement cases.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

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

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.

Leading individuals

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

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

Next generation lawyers

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

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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)understands what clients and the government require’. Mohamed Ghannam’s highlights included acting for AINowais Investments on the $4bn development of a 3,960MW coal-fired power plant. Acwa Power and Dufry Egypt are also clients. Ziad Gadalla and Ahmed Omar, who ‘brings good experience in projects’, are recommended senior associates.

Next generation lawyers

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

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

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

Clients are ‘extremely satisfied with the level of service’ from Helmy, Hamza & Partners (BakerMcKenzie), which acts for Egypt’s largest telecoms companies. Senior associate Mohamed El Far successfully represented Google in a competition law case that carried a potential fine of EGP300m.

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