Clients of Al Kamel Law Office praise its 'personal touch, excellent legal analysis and strong client service ethic'. 'Practical problem-solver' Rasheed Kamel and leading light Mohamed Kamel count Export-Import Bank of the United States among their clients. Senior associate Shahira Khaled is 'a standout star of the next generation'.
Banking and finance in Egypt
'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.
Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy is 'the leader in capital markets work and has a strong track record in all areas of banking and finance law'. Head of project finance and banking Mahmoud Bassiouny is a leading light; he advised Access Building Energy Solar One on the $77m financing of a 50MW solar plant.
Shalakany Law Office handles large project finance and capital markets transactions, and counts European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and National Bank of Egypt among its clients. Aly El Shalakany, Emad El Shalakany and Mariam Fahmy are the standout practitioners. The practice advised Sace on the $1.2bn financing of Midor's refinery expansion in Alexandria.
Zulficar & Partners Law Firm has 'a superb finance practice that leads the market'. Mona Zulficar is 'highly respected for the most complex work'. She advised an international bank syndicate on a $1.36bn repurchase agreement. Ashraf Ihab, who handled an EGP150m bridge facility for Banque Misr, is also recommended.
Dentons Egypt LLC
Managing partner Michael Lacey, senior associate Ahmed Kamal and banking and asset finance consultant Frederique Leger at Dentons Egypt LLC frequently advise multinational lenders and borrowers including ABN Amro and Natixis. For Standard Chartered Bank, the trio handled a $60m facility agreement with Afreximbank.
Ibrachy Legal Consultancy handles project finance and cross-border syndicated financings. Practice head Ashraf Elibrachy advised International Finance Corporation and EBRD on the $500m financing of a bulk liquids terminal. Sara Hinton frequently acts for international banks and private equity funds.
Marghany Advocates is a dynamic firm with young partners and is known for its close involvement in its clients' businesses. Practice head Amir Marghany is the key contact. He advised a new market entrant on the first offering of a cryptocurrency by a company based in Egypt, and handled Super Mama's last exit investment round.
Recent entrant to the Egyptian market, MHR & Partners in association with White & Case is quickly building its presence with high-value mandates, such as the financing of a 2,460MW coal-fired power plant for sponsor Al Nowais Investments. Philip Stopford, Sherief Rashed and Tarek Mohanna are the key partners.
Shahid Law Firm has a strong track record of high-quality work on high-value finance transactions, notably in the area of project finance. Sarwat Abd El-Shahid, Girgis Abd El-Shahid and Tarek Badawy are the key contacts. The practice arranged $243m in senior debt for the financing of a portfolio of solar power projects.
Sharkawy & Sarhan handles complex project financing transactions with 'thorough and clear explanations and exceptional proactiveness'. The 'very responsive' Ahmed Haggag , Ahmed El Sharkawy and Karim Sarhan advised international financial institutions on the $1.8bn financing of solar power projects.
Tarek Riad – Legal Consultants and Attorneys at Law advises numerous international clients, among which are Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Mashreq Bank and Arab Monetary Fund, on banking law and financing transactions. Ahmed El Kosheri and Tarek F Riad are the key contacts.