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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)

'By far the best in Egypt on a technical level' according to one client, Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) has 'excellent strength in depth'. Mohamed Ghannam advised Central Bank of Egypt on the $3.1bn debt buyback from international banks. Ziad Gadalla, Lamyaa Gadelhak and rising star Ahmed Omar are also recommended.

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)

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is a prominent player in M&A, capital markets, international trade and anti-trust matters. Practice head Mohamad Talaat, capital markets partner Hatem Soliman and energy partner Mohamed Ghannam, who advised CI Capital on an EGP500m acquisition, are leading lights. Mohamed Elfar is a rising star.

Leading individuals

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

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

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

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Dispute resolution: arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 1

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

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) frequently handles ICC, Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), CAS, Grain and Feed Trade Association and UNCITRAL arbitrations. Practice head Mohamad Talaat and senior associate Yehia Shahine recently settled six CRCICA arbitration proceedings for a global oil field services company.

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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Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

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

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) handles a high volume of domestic and cross-border litigation. Mohamad Talaat, who defended Itochu Plastics and Tricon Energy in an anti-dumping case, and litigation head Abdel Aziz Hassouba are the key contacts.

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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) handles the full range of employment law including advice on compliance, employee transfers, dismissals and contentious matters. Mohamad Talaat and counsel Sherif Makram are the firm's standout practitioners.

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) continues to advise sponsors, investors, lenders, acquirers, governments and contractors on major energy projects. Leading light Mohamed Ghannam, Lamyaa Gadelhak  (who handled three solar projects for Acciona Energy) and Ziad Gadalla are the key contacts.

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) handles IP enforcement matters including piracy, trade mark and copyright infringement. Mohamad Talaat and of counsel Samir Hamza are the key contacts. They advised a global energy company on IP and technology licensing matters.

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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) assists sponsors, commercial banks, funds, export credit agencies and development finance institutions with major projects. Head of energy, mining and infrastructure Mohamed Ghannam is a key name in the market and he advised Al Nowais Investments on a $4bn coal-fired power plant project. Ziad Gadalla and Ahmed Omar are other names to note.

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) not only has a strong pedigree in the telecoms sector, but also advises technology start-ups and multinationals on areas such as financial services, electronics, pharmaceutical and retail. Hatem Soliman advised a leading online retail platform on establishing a local entity in Egypt.

Leading individuals

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

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