Commercial, corporate and M&A in Egypt

Al Kamel Law Office

Al Kamel Law Office fields a team of 'very personal, on the ball and knowledgeable lawyers'. Key practitioners include practice heads Rasheed Kamel and Mohamed Kamel, along with associates Youssef Nassef and Shahira Khaled. The firm frequently plays a part in the largest M&A transactions in Egypt, as well as handling corporate governance, shareholder agreements and other matters for multinational companies.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Kamel; Rasheed Kamel

Testimonials

Al Kamel have a strong team at all levels of qualification, and is able to mobilise its team at short notice to deal with urgent client queries.  We found that they were not only responsive, but pragmatic and commercial in their approach. As external counsel, we rate them highly compared to other firms.

Rasheed Al Kamel was a standout lead lawyer on several matters – he understood clients’ legal issues and was able to arrange or provide commercially helpful legal advice. Being always responsive and available is a big plus.

Key clients

LACTALIS HALAWA GROUP

INDORAMA VENTURES PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED

PALM HILLS DEVELOPMENTS

SOAPS & CHEMICALS INDUSTRIAL & TRADING CO

Work highlights

  • Advised Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, a global chemical producer, on a joint venture agreement with Dhunseri Petrochem and Tea Ltd. to acquire its Egyptian Indian Polyester Company S.A.E. PET(1) facility located in Ain Sokhna free trade zone.
  • Handled corporate matters for Palm Hills Developments, which is a leading real estate company in the Egyptian market, primarily developing integrated residential, commercial real estate and resort projects.

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company has 'a great team, led by one of the best M&A lawyers in Egypt', according to one client. Mohamed Gabr leads the practice, which recently handled major M&A and IPO transactions in the transport, education, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors, and is also advising on a growing amount of equity capital markets work. Clients include major international investors, including those in the GCC region. Associate Ingy Darwish is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Gabr

Testimonials

The firm shows conscientious attention to detail, and it is attentive and responsive.

‘Great team, led by one of the best M&A lawyers in Egypt.

Mohamed Gabr and Ingy Darwish take client service to a whole new level, providing tremendous support across all phases of a transaction. The team’s restructuring knowledge and its finesse in negotiations places them on the top of our list when it comes to M&As in Egypt.

Mohamed Gabr’s commitment to the client and the transaction is impressive. He and Ingy Darwish are commercially savvy, which allows them to propose alternative solutions to resolve conflicts.

Key clients

EFG Hermes

Egyptian American Enterprise Fund

Ezdehar Management

Cairo for Investment and Real Estate CIRA

El Tayseer Hospital

Equity Holding

Compass Capital

Chimera Investments Corporation

Saisaban

Work highlights

  • Advised Chimera Investments LLC on the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Al Hashemeya for Land Reclamation and Cultivation S.A.E owned by Americana Group’s affiliates.
  • Advising Social Impact Capital LTD (the major shareholder of Cairo for Investment and Real Estate CIRA) on the IPO and listing of shares on EGX.
  • Assisted EFG Finance Holding S.A.E. with the business model of the new partnership in light of the legal framework of mortgage finance companies.

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

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) has seen a change in personnel, with key partners Mohamed Talaat and Hatem Soliman both departing in 2019 to set up their own respective firms, but managing partner Mohamed Ghannam is active in M&A transactions and the highly experienced Ghada El Ehwany, who joined from the firm's Dubai office, now leads the corporate team. The firm specialises in complex multi-jurisdictional transactions for multinational clients. Counsel Mohamed Elfar is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Ghannam; Ghada El Ehwany

Key clients

Indorama Ventures

Arab Company for projects and Urban Development

Banque du Caire

CI Capital

Carbon Holding

Tsebo Group

Mars Egypt for Manufacturing LL.C

SDX Energy

International Finance Corporate

AkzoNobel

Work highlights

  • Advised Indorama Ventures on its acquisition of 74% of the share capital of Medco Plast for Packing and Packaging Systems S.A.E. (Medco Plast) from Middle East Glass Manufacturing Co (MEG) and the Samaha family.
  • Advised Bank Audi S.A.E. (Egypt), a fully-owned subsidiary of Bank Audi sal, on its agreement with the National Bank of Greece (NBG) on its acquisition of the banking operations of NBG’s Egyptian Branch.
  • Assisted Arab Company for Projects and Urban Development with the sale of a portfolio of elementary schools in the cities of Madinaty and Al Rehab in Egypt with nearly EGP1bn in investments.

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy 'provides a unique level of service to foreign clients, as the team offers international quality legal advice at a sophisticated level'. The 'always accessible' Omar Bassiouny leads the corporate practice, which works extensively with international law firms including Clifford Chance LLP and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. New partner Amr Baggatto, formerly of Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International), has expertise in M&A and capital markets work. The firm recently handled flagship transactions in the oil and gas, healthcare, hospitality, education and FMCG sectors.

Practice head(s):

Omar Bassiouny

Testimonials

Matouk Bassiouny provides a unique level of service to foreign clients.  Their team offers international quality legal advice at a sophisticated level in the English language.  They have expertise in local law, policy and practices as strong as any Egyptian Law firm but they are able to deliver the right advice to foreign clients in a way that they can understand and drive decision making.  This is not easy to find in Egypt.

Omar Bassiouny deals with issues immediately when they are raised. He runs a busy practice and is often travelling but he still manages to make his clients feel valued.

Key clients

Helios Investment Partners

EFG Private Equity

Linklaters

Schneider Electric

Hassan Allam

Group SEB

Sherman & Sterling

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Allen & Overy

Slaughter and May

Clyde & co

NBK Capital Partners

Solvay Alexandria Sodium Carbonate

Dhunseri Petrochem Limited

Development Partners International

EFG Hermes

Arabian Holding Company

Mubadala Petroleum

Hassan Allam Holding

Palm Hills

Bartelsman

Work highlights

  • Advised Helios Investment Partners and the Egyptian-American Enterprise Fund (EAEF) on the acquisition of 96.7% of Misr Hytech, a leading breeder and producer of proprietary agricultural seeds in Egypt and one of the Middle East and Africa’s largest independent seed companies.
  • Assisted NBK Capital Partners – an alternative investment firm that provides flexible growth capital to mid-sized companies in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey – with the acquisition of 100% of King Integrated American School.
  • Advising NBK Capital Partners, as local counsel, on its acquisition of a majority stake in four major online platforms.

Shahid Law Firm

At Shahid Law Firm, 'the team is very well constructed with members specialised in their field'. The practice provides 'dedicated teamwork and always delivers what it promises'. The group, which is led by 'phenomenal lawyer' Michael Boutros, Nabil Rizkalla and healthcare sector specialist Jacqueline Saad, acts for public and private companies, directors, managers, board members and investors, as well as entrepreneurs on corporate  activities, including M&A transactions, joint ventures, corporate governance and capital markets issues.

Testimonials

Micheal Boutros is very smart and he can find solutions to problems and is well prepared.

The firm provides solutions that save time with high efficiency. The clear cut difference between Shahid Law Firm and others is that they know what they are proposing and they know the best way to achieve it.

The lawyers really over-deliver on what they promise.

The firm is very professional, showing commitment, responsibility and good communication.

The firm provides specialised and clear advice on complex matters.

Key clients

SPIMACO Pharmaceutical industry company

Regina Food Group

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Hengtong Group Co., Ltd.

Depa Group

Zoetis Group

Sysmex Group

Regina Hotel Group

YouGov

MSA Egypt LLC and Eymsal Safety Solutions Inc. LLC

Eli Lilly Group of Companies

Sonesta International Hotels Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Spimaco pharmaceutical company on a complex capital increase procedure while complying with all minority rights for the transaction and obtaining all required governmental approvals.
  • Assisted Regina Food Group with a complex capital increase procedure while complying with all minority rights for the transaction and obtaining all required governmental approvals.
  • Advising Hengtong Group Co., Ltd. on a joint venture with HitekNofal for a mega project related to a fibre optic manufacturing process and advising on general corporate matters.

Shalakany Law Office

Shalakany Law Office provides 'excellent, proactive advice and is very well informed about market developments and opportunities'. The firm has strong relationships with Magic Circle and top US law firms, which gives it a strong presence on large cross-border transactions. In recent work, it advised on a $1bn tender offer for a telecoms company and handled the local aspects of a multibillion-dollar global asset sale in the energy sector. Omar Sherif and Aly El Shalakany are the key partners.

Testimonials

The team always responds promptly to our needs and shows very high knowledge in these subject areas.

We feel that they are part of our team. They are very keen to provide legal solutions that serve our business needs.

‘Excellent, proactive advice. Very well informed about market developments and opportunities.

Key clients

VEON Ltd.

Engie E&P International

S2 Africa Limited

Sealed Air Corporation

BFR Associés

Latham & Watkins LLP

USA – Ministry of Agriculture

ESCO Corporation

GM Corporation

Panasonic

Dr. Association (Subway)

Crocs

Orange telecommunication

EMAAR properties

Majid EL Futtaim

Ideal Standard

Audi Bank

Johnson Diversey

Work highlights

  • Acting as local counsel to United Energy Group on its acquisition of all the global and local assets of Kuwait Energy in Egypt.
  • Acting as local counsel to Al Seer Group on the acquisition of the Spinneys chain of hypermarkets in Egypt by Al Seer Group from Abraaj.
  • Conducting legal due diligence for Dubai Holding on its acquisition of 25% of the shares of Azadea Group Holding SAL, the operator of international franchises for clothing, accessories, food, multimedia, home furnishings and sporting goods brands in the Middle East.

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law is 'very diligent and commercial, adhering to the best standards with dedication and commitment'. The firm is present in Egypt's largest M&A transactions, frequently involving overseas investors, and advises large domestic companies on day-to-day corporate matters. Yasser Hashem has almost 30 years' experience in privatisation and company incorporation. Key partner Arig Ali ('a strong leader'), senior partner Hala Hashem ('vastly experienced and extremely patient'), newly promoted Heba El Naggar and senior associate Hossam Hafez are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Yasser Hashem

Testimonials

Adhering to best standards. Dedication and commitment.

The firm has a professional team that cares for clients’ interests.

Hossam Hafez, Ahmed Meguid and Osama Abdelmawla are dedicated team members.

The team is very diligent, commercial, with high levels of governance and high standards. It provides prompt responses and good team work, and is effective in providing practical solutions.

The firm shows commitment and knowledge across the legal spectrum, as well as discipline and a diligent approach.

Key clients

AAA Trade

Abdul Latif Jameel Group

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm

Accor Hotels

AgroGate-Holdings Inc.

AIG Egypt Insurance Company & AIG MEA Limited

Al Ismaelia Real Estate Investment

AL Sagheer Group

Alchemy Project Egypt

Algebra Ventures

Alitalia

Alpla Taba Plastics S.A.E. and Alpla for Import & Export

Arab Federation of Petroleum Mining & Chemical Workers

Aswaq Misr Express for Development and Management

Atlas Copco

Attijariwafa Bank Egypt

Ayady For Investment & Development

Barceló Cairo Pyramids Hotel

BASF Construction Chemicals Egypt S.A.E. & BASF Trading Egypt S.A.E

BIOMERIEUX

BP Egypt East Delta Deep Marine

Bridge Legal Group

British Embassy

British Petroleum Egypt (BP)

Bupa Egypt Insurance S.A.E.

Cairo Scan

Canal Sugar Company

Cargill Misr & Cargill Trading Egypt

CFA Society Egypt

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. – Egypt Branch (CSCEC)

China Telecom (Africa and Middle East) Limited

Chinese Embassy

Citibank NV

Commercial International Bank Egypt (CIB Egypt)

Conrad Cairo Hotel

CORAL SEA HOTELS – RESORTS- NILE CRUISES

CVentures Capital (affliated Company of Commercial Internation Bank Egypt)

DAL Group

Diners Club Egypt

Domiatec Holding

Eagle Chemicals

Ebtikar for Investment Finance S.A.E

Egypt Factors

Egypt Foods S.A.E.

Egypt Health Partners for Medical Services S.A.E.

Egypt Learning Group S.A.E.

Egypt Venture Capital Company S.A.E.

Egyptian Smart Cards

Ekuity Holding

EL Cairo Seamless Company

EL Gezirah Hotels & Tourism Company S.A.E (EGHTC)

El Sewedy Electric

EMC Corporation (Dell)

Emerging Markets Payments Africa S.A.E & Network International Egypt, S.A.E.

Neptune Energy Egypt B.V.  (Previously Engie)

European University in Egypt “EUE”

Factum Foundation

Fawry Group of Companies

Fresh

General Electric Group

Genting Casinos

Geofizyka International MSR

Glencore

Grome Free Zone Marketing (Cairo) Ltd (GROHE)

Gulf Marketing Group (GMG)

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES

I2 Itisalat

ICC Group

Interlink Services LLC

Iconix Luxembourg Holdings SÀRL

ITWORX Egypt

IEC Medical Systems S.A.E.

KAMCO INVESTMENT COMPANY K.S.C

Kimberly-Clark MENA

kandil Industries

Kerten Hospitality

Kasrawy Group

Klipsch Group Inc.

LG Electronics Egypt S.A.E.

LEONI AG

Liwwa

Mediterrania Capital Partners

Mondi Group

MAKSHAFF- Egypt Investment Company “MAKVEST”, S.A.E

Mitsubishi Corporation, Cairo Liaison Office

Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF)

MENA REAL ESTATE INVestment

Misr Insurance Holding

Ministry of public Business Sector in Egypt

Mediterraneo Egypt

Merck Limited

Merck Sharp & Dohme

MODERN WATERPROOFING

Modern Bakeries S.A.E.

Madinet Nasr for Housing and Development

Afridi & Angell Legal Consultants

NISSAN Motor Egypt S.A.E.

Norwegian Embassy in Cairo

Novo Nordisk Egypt

NBK Capital Partners

AUSTRIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE

“Austrian Embassy”

Otis Elevators

Pepsi Cola Egypt

Petroleum and Energy Logistics and Services Company (Petrogistix)

Pyravision Trading and Consultancy

President Hotel

Philips Egypt LLC

Paste and Juice Company

RATP Dev S.A.

Royal Group

Rixos Hospitality Egypt S.A.E.

RAKTA (The General Company for Paper Industry)

ROCCO FORTE

Red Bull

Ras Ghareb Wind Energy

Sanofi Egypt

Sanita Group

Soltius ME – Division of YASH Technologies

Seha Scan & Lab

Solidere Egypt

Savoy Sharm El Sheikh

SEMIRAMIS INTERCONTINENTAL CAIRO HOTEL

Spanish Embassy

Securitas Egypt

Embassy of Switzerland

Tamweely Microfinance S.A.E.

TA Telecom

Dar Al-Handasah

Tradecorp. Egypt

UmrahHolidays International

Upstream Systems Egypt S.A.E.

Welcare Hospital S.A.E.

Wadi Group

ZTE Corporation

Dehydro Foods S.A.E.

Damietta Furniture City

Creative Media ventures (Ebda3)

Arab Co. for Asset Management and Development

Egyptian Engineering Agencies S.A.E. (EEA)

Egyptian Countryside Development Company

BPE Partners

Mabany Edris

Swiss pharma

ALSTOM egypt

Club Mediterranee

Commonwealth Wargraves

grand nile tower

Ferrometalco

Le MEREDIEN Heliopolis

Mitsui & co. ltd.

Novartis Pharma

Project HOPE – Egypt

Tabuk pharmaceuticals

Maadi Sporting and Yacht Club

Australian Embassy

AMANDUS KAHL

Embassy of finland

Horus Real Estate Investments Company S.A.E.

Distribution Casino France

CEGEDIM (Aliott)

William Russell

Mota group

Vitas Egypt for Microfinance

Al Marai Company

Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI)

Ard El Kheir Holding for Financial Investments (Affiliated company of Misr El Kheir Foundation)

Middle East Communication Network – MCN

gold net

Education Development Trust

Zasio Enterprises, Inc

Handicaped International

Tokio Marine Egypt General Takaful S.A.E.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Egypt World Trade

Capstone Fund

Capital Group Properties

Upper Egypt Investment Company

Ali Pay (referred to us by Sidley Austin LLP.

Assuit Entrepreneurs Association

ONTEX

IGI

ALKAN

Misr Life Insurance

Resolute Egypt Limited

Tanmeya Micro Enterprise Services

Qual Pro LTD.

NXTVN Group

Weatherford Oil Tool Middle East Ltd

The Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation

Pinsent Masons LLP – Transaction Network Services (“TNS”)

Prysmian S.p.A

Egy Lease

GEOFIZYKA TORUN S.A.

Goods Mart Ltd

London International Patient Services (“LIPS”)

Hebeish Group

Mayar Holding Company

Oberthur Technologies

Niederer Kraft & Frey

United Oils and Foods Co. (UNI OIL)

UPC Group

Samsung C & T Co – Representative Office – Confidential

Travco Propoerties

Red Cross International Committee

Red Sea Resort S.A.E.

Rofayda for Women & Child Health

Sisecam

Società Italiana per Condotte d’Acqua S.p.A

Key Developments

Mena Health Partners

CIH International LLC

Egypt Capital Partners

Egypt Learning Group for Educational Services S.A.E.

Al Ghanim Group

Al Safat Investment Company KSC

Work highlights

  • Advised El Sewedy Electric Company on the joint venture with The Arab Contractors Company regarding Tanzania’s Rufiji Hydropower Project.
  • Acted for Ray Lab on its acquisition of the entire shares of Meta Med.
  • Advised El Pharonia Real Estate Investment on the anticipated acquisition of 90% of Raya Holding for Financial Investments S.A.E. through a mandatory tender offer.

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm's M&A group led by Ingy Badawy and its capital markets practice led by Anwar Zeidan are highly respected and have a long track record in acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs and ECM transactions, frequently involving overseas investors. Clients include IBM, Sodic, Cemex and CI Capital. Founding partners Firas El Samad, who leads the anti-trust practice, and Mona Zulficar are also highly regarded.

Key clients

TAQA Arabia and all its subsidiaries

National Holdings/Scope Invest

Cleopatra Hospital Company

Suez Cement  Company

B.TECH

Sodic

Marakez

CIRA (Cairo Investment & Real Estate Development)

EFG Hermes Holding

Guardian Industries

Ghabbour Auto

Koch Companies

IBM

Cemex

Five Star Flower Mills

Catalyst Investment Management

OIH

SIKA

Excellence Logging

Alcazar Energy Egypt

Fawry for Banking  Technology and Electronic Payments

CI Capital

Americana Group

Work highlights

  • Advised on the IPO of Fawry for Banking Technology and Electronic Payment S.A.E. on the Egyptian Exchange for a value of $275m.
  • Handled the IPO of Cairo for Investment & Real Estate Development on the Egyptian Exchange at LE1.244bn.
  • Advised Chemical Industries Holding Company  and Eastern Company S.A.E. on the IPO of 4.5% of Eastern Company SAE, the first secondary stake offering in the state privatisation programme.

Alliance Law Firm - Egypt

Alliance Law Firm - Egypt has 'the skills and knowledge to assess risks and provide the services and legal advice while maintaining the balance between the legal, business and commercial aspects'. The firm provides corporate and M&A advice to companies in a range of sectors, including energy, finance, oil and gas, heavy industry, hospitality, IT, insurance, telecoms, pharmaceutical and transport. Senior partner Ashraf Abou Elkheir and managing partner Ahmed Hafez are the key corporate and anti-trust practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Ashraf Abou Elkheir; Ahmed Hafez

Testimonials

The team is so attentive, qualified, knowledgeable and has a great understanding of clients’ business needs. They have the skills and knowledge to assess risks and provide the services and legal advice while maintaining the balance between the legal, business and commercial aspects.

The majority of the firms are risk-averse and provide their advice from a purely legal perspective without considering the business needs and accordingly in many cases their advice is not practical, unlike Alliance, which is able to provide advice with calculated risks to fulfil the business objectives whenever possible.

Being business oriented and thinking out of the box to provide practical legal advice and solutions with great knowledge and skill is Alliance Law Firm’s strength.

Key clients

Belton Financial

Grand Circle

Equinox Technologies

Ezz Elarab Motors

Lord international

East Gas

Ahmed Mekky

IDH

Dolphinus

Commercial international Bank

Mashreq Group

Ahli United Bank

Vodafone Egypt

Bupa Global

Lafarge Group

Intercemeny

TITAN Egypt

Spice Kingdom

Bunge Import & Export

Icon Egypt

ACROW Misr

Seha Capital

FLSmidth

Global Holding Group

Pirelli Egypt

Tatweer Misr

Work highlights

  • Advising the buyer on the acquisition of 100% of a Turkish company which owns a number of major real estate assets in Turkey.
  • Assisting the purchasers with the acquisition of 20% of CI Capital Holding (among a planned 100% acquisition by other purchasers), which is the third largest investment banking firm in Egypt.
  • Advising Icon Egypt on submitting a mandatory tender offer for acquiring 70% of Acrow’s capital through a hybrid offer.

Dentons Egypt LLC

Dentons Egypt LLC has a blue-chip client base of international clients, among which is Noble Group, and the practice, which is led by Michael Lacey, advises on the establishment of local offices in Egypt, as well as high-value M&A transactions. Consultant Frederique Leger plays a key role in the practice and senior associate Ahmed Kamal is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lacey

Key clients

Radisson Hotels ApS Danmark

Amazon International LLC

Air Lease Corporation (ALC)

Hindawi Limited

Hong Kong Konka Limited

LG Chem Limited

Thales Amewa FZE

Vestas Eólica S.A.U.

GeoPost SA

America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST)

Transdev S.A

Glovo App Technology Egypt, LLC

The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP

Noble Energy Mediterranean Limited and Delek Drilling

Work highlights

  • Advising Radisson Hotels ApS Danmark on branch, corporate, real estate and tax issues as well as completed work relating to the model franchise agreement for Quorvus Collection for Rezidor Hotel Group NV.
  • Assisting Amazon International LLC with the restructuring of Amazon Egypt LLC, preparing the company for liquidation and the opening of a new legal entity.
  • Advising Air Lease Corporation and its subsidiaries on the local registration of aircraft and the related lease with FlyEgypt.

Ibrachy Legal Consultancy

Ibrachy Legal Consultancy frequently acts for multinational corporations, investment banks and private equity funds on M&A deals. Ashraf Elibrachy and Sara Hinton are highly experienced in cross-border matters. The group advises well-established companies and start-ups, government agencies and financial institutions, and it has particular expertise in the telecoms industry.

Practice head(s):

Ashraf Elibrachy; Sara Hinton

Levari

Levari, which works closely with international law firm BDB Pitmans, fields a team of 'competent, hardworking, focused lawyers who are committed to quality, accountability and loyalty'. Practice head Sherif Hefni, co-founder Mohamed Raslan, experienced finance and commercial partner Mohamed Shaaban and associate Amr Hareedy, who focuses predominantly on work for small and medium-sized enterprises, are the firm's key lawyers for corporate restructuring, M&A, fundraising, joint ventures, corporate advisory and commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Sherif Hefni

Testimonials

What makes this practice unique is the team’s strengths and capabilities which include sharing skills and expertise with its clients, providing back-up and additional help when needed, sharing resources, and using highly trained associates, legal assistants and support staff.

‘Competent, hardworking, focused Lawyers. Committed to quality, accountability and loyalty.

The lawyers show a willingness to place the interests of the client ahead of personal Interests, and they have a positive legal attitude and spirit.

The team members always show a genuine commitment to the work, and they are are reliable, responsible, always ready to help and flexible. They are problem solvers and active listeners.

Sherif Hefni and Mohamed Shaaban stand out in a team that is dynamic and flexible. I would say that Levari is one of the best professional service providers we are dealing with.

Work highlights

  • Advised Andela, a US company that specialises in training software developers, on various corporate matters.
  • Provided a legal opinion on commercial agency law to Montblanc International, which wants to terminate its agency in Egypt.
  • Advised World Bank Group on insolvency law in Egypt and contracts concluded with the government.

Marghany Advocates

Marghany Advocates is known for its 'dedication and commitment to its clients, for which it acts as their partner not just their lawyer'. The practice, which is led by Amir Marghany, handles a considerable number of cross-border transactions in fast-growing sectors such as IT. Hend El Hakim is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Amir Marghany

Testimonials

The firm has an excellent understanding of both local and international legal procedures.

Dedication and commitment to clients and acts as their partners and not just their lawyers.

It has the ability to tailor advice according to the needs and size of client.

Amir Marghany is always available and willing to go the extra mile and make all efforts needed to support us.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Massachusetts Institute of Technology with establishing its Egyptian subsidiary.
  • Advising Dell on lease and construction services agreements for its Egyptian subsidiary.
  • Advised Whatsapp Inc, on various regulatory matters with respect to its application.

MHR & Partners in association with White & Case LLP

MHR & Partners in association with White & Case continues to build its market share in Egypt, working with Egyptian companies to support outbound investment, as well assisting local and global corporates, financial institutions and government institutions with large corporate transactions. Said Hanafi, Tarek Mohanna and Walid El Daly are the key local partners for M&A and ECM work; they work closely with Philip Stopford in London.

Key clients

ADES International Holding Ltd.

CI Capital

Cairo for Investment and Real Estate Development (CIRA)

Palm Hills Developments

BPE Partners

Hasan Allam Holdings

Orascom Development Holding

Meeting Point International

FTI Touristic

SODIC

A15

Work highlights

  • Advised Jefferies International Limited and CI Capital IB, as the joint global coordinators, on the IPO and Egyptian Exchange listing of 225,637,282 ordinary shares of CI Capital Holding S.A.E for EGP1.73bn in an international offering to institutional investors and a retail offering in Egypt.
  • Assisted Cairo for Investment and Real Estate Development S.A.E. (CIRA) as issuer on the IPO and Egyptian Exchange listing of 207,259,025 ordinary shares by Social Impact Capital Ltd and CIRA’s other existing shareholders for EGP1.24bn.
  • Acting for Ades International Holding Ltd, a leading provider of offshore and onshore oil and gas drilling and production services company, on its IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

Sharkawy & Sarhan

Sharkawy & Sarhan frequently handles big-ticket transactions in areas including banking, power, infrastructure, oil and gas, TMT and fintech. Mohamed Hazzaa leads the practice and focuses on M&A, capital markets transactions and infrastructure projects; he and senior associate Heba Raslan are highly regarded. Mohamed Abdelgawad and several associates joined new firm ADSERO-Ragy Soliman & Partners.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Hazzaa

Testimonials

Sharkwawy & Sarhan is a pleasure to work with in that it is very responsive and gives real insights into the issues that will be faced – and how to address them – from their extensive experience on other similar complex transactions.

I have found Karim Sarhan to be very easy to deal with. He is smart, he knows the issues well and he comes up with alternative solutions rapidly.

It is an independent law firm with a strong local presence. It understands the wider context of the instructions.

Senior associate Heba Raslan was exceptionally hard-working and responsive.

Soliman, Hashish & Partners

Soliman, Hashish & Partners enters the ranking following its involvement in high-profile cross-border deals. The firm, which is a founder of the United Nations Global Compact Egypt Network, works solely for multi-national corporate clients, among which are Suez International, Alstom and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Mohamed Hashish and Frederic Soliman are 'excellent lawyers supported by a team that is very well trained, committed and managed'. Associate Marwa AlSherif is also noted.

Testimonials

All of the firm’s associates are very supportive and professional in their transactions. They collaborate together to finalise the scope of work in a very short time and with a very high quality.

Marwa AlSherif is an enthusiastic lawyer who always follow up on the tasks she is handling and thinks outside the box to come up with exceptional solutions.

Mohamed Hashish is a one-of-a-kind lawyer and an excellent partner! He is very well organised and understands both the business needs and local/international laws very well. Therefore, he will always come back to you with outstanding advice.

The team is very responsive and has a practical and commercial approach to legal advice.

Mohammed Hashish is professional, responsive, business-minded and nice to work with.

The firm has excellent knowledge of Egyptian law but focuses on working with international clients which ensures that they fully understand and are familiar with the expectations of international clients and international law firms.

They co-operate very well with international counsel and are very easy to work with even on complex transactions. The firm is very motivated to grow and cement their recognition in the market place. Definitely a top firm in Egypt.

Mohamed Hashish is an excellent lawyer, with great Egyptian law knowledge and expertise across various sectors. His transactional legal advice is very practical and precise and of the highest quality.

Mohamed Hashish is always available and responsive and highly motivated and works hard for his clients. His solutions are business oriented but also legally very sound, which is extremely helpful when working with international clients. He is committed to manage the team and grow the firm which is excellent to see.

Key clients

Nile Degremont

Suez International

French Embassy in Cairo

Geophyle

Sinai Cement

Vicat

ArcelorMittal Luxembourg

Alstom Egypt for Power Projects

Alstom International Egypt

Grid Solutions for Electrical Networks

EFESO

SDMO

Alstom Water Systems

BRF

Clyde & Co

DXC Egypt

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hikvision

Jones Day

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Quintessentially

Egico Trading

RKW

Systra

Africa Crest Education Group

Agence Française de Développement

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

DataGuidance

DXC Technology

FAE Services Limited

GE International Inc.

GE Oil & Gas

GE Power Conversion France

General Electric Global Services GmbH

Honeywell

Lufkin Industries

Mapei Egypt for Construction Chemicals

Mapei SpA

Money SAL

Nuovo Pignonev S.p.A

Polimeros Mexicanos

RSM

Univar

Vega Petroleum Limited

Vetco Gray Egypt Limited

IBA

Africa Crest For Investment AlBourouj

Africa Crest for Investment New Cairo Capital R3

Arizona State University

CSC Computer Sciences Egypt

Fluor Daniel Overseas, Inc.

Fluor Transworld Services, Inc.

GE Tunisa

Global Compact Network Egypt Company

International Business Company Formation, Inc.

L3 Technology

PROPARCO

Schultze & Braun GmbH

Adidas

Radio Holand

IBM

ITWorx

Geneva Business School

PwC

SABIS

GE Energy Switzerland GmbH

GE Transport

Work highlights

  • Acted for General Electric on the construction of solar power plants in BenBan, Aswan.
  • Advised Fluor Cooperation on the implementation of a phosphoric acid production project.
  • Advising Mapei Group on starting a business in Egypt including, inter alia, the incorporation of an Egyptian subsidiary.

TMS Law Firm – Taha, Moussa & Sabahi

TMS Law Firm – Taha, Moussa & Sabahi acts for large multi-national corporates and private equity firms on large cross-border transactions. Ehab Taha and Khaled Moussa are key names, while the practice was further bolstered by the arrival of legal director Zeinab Shohdy from Al Tamimi & Company. General Electric and Compass Capital are among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Ehab Taha

Work highlights

  • Advised SPE on its acquisition of a minority stake of Future Pharmaceutical Industries.
  • Advising GE on the Egyptian aspect of its global restructuring.
  • Acting for Compass Capital on its investment in and acquisition of Bonyan, the owning company of the Designopolis commercial and administrative building in Sheikh Zayed.

Bahaa-Eldin Law Office in cooperation with BonelliErede

Bahaa-Eldin Law Office in cooperation with BonelliErede enters the ranking on the back of its strong showing for Italian and international companies operating in Egypt. Former Egyptian deputy prime minister Ziad Bahaa-Eldin is of counsel in charge of the Cairo office, which counts Central Bank of Egypt, National Bank of Egypt and The Boston Consulting Group among its client list for corporate matters.

Testimonials

Excellent work is delivered by the team. It has been a pleasure working with very knowledgeable and highly committed professionals.

Ziad Bahaa Eldin and Mostafa Moussa were outstanding and provided a real value add to our company. They were efficient, reactive and very attentive to our needs and they have a deep understanding of the insurance sector.

Key clients

Central Bank of Egypt

National Bank of Egypt

Insutech – International Company for Insulation Technology

The Boston Consulting Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Insutech on day-to-day corporate and contractual matters.
  • Assisting Menarini Industrie Farmaceutiche Riunite s.r.l. with its corporate presence and its commercial agency agreements in Egypt.
  • Advised Vinavil S.p.A., an industry leader in Europe in fine and secondary chemistry and a subsidiary of the Mapei Group, on establishing its hub for the Middle East in Egypt.

Ibrachy & Dermarkar

Ibrachy & Dermarkar frequently acts for global brands on cross-border transactions. Among its high-profile clients in the transport sector are Saudi Arabian Airlines and Mercedes Benz. It also acts for major clients in sectors including energy and pharmaceuticals. Bahieldin H. Z. Elibrachy and Mohamed Ramadan are respected practitioners.

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Airlines

Mercedes Benz

BA

Work highlights

  • Acted for DIB Egypt, as seller, on the $12m company sale to an Egyptian investor.

Karim Adel Law Office

Karim Adel Law Office's name partner Karim Adel has more than 25 years' experience in M&A transactions and he frequently acts for multi-national companies in cross-border acquisitions. His recent work includes establishing the local office for Italian company Fidia Pharma. German-qualified consultant Christian Ule is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Karim Adel

Work highlights

  • Advised the buyer, a Dubai entity  IMF, on the acquisition of an Egyptian company.
  • Assisted Italian pharmaceutical company Fidia with the establishment of a subsidiary in Egypt and with the negotiation of a non-exclusive commercial agency agreement with its Egyptian agent.
  • Advised on the establishment of a representative office for the German power company Steag.

Legalia Law Office

Legalia Law Office enters the ranking on the back of its expertise in advising start-ups and well-established multi-national companies on business structuring, investment and regulatory matters. 'Responsive and helpful' lead partner Hamdy Mostafa has 22 years' market experience and was previously head of corporate at an international firm. Clients include adidas and PwC Egypt.

Testimonials

We have a very long relationship with Legalia and they consistently deliver on multiple commitments with accuracy, even when under pressure. We have been dealing with Hamdy Mostafa for more than 20 years and he has very long experience and very good connections in the Egyptian market.

Across the Egyptian market, the unique strength relies on three pillars at Legalia Law firm – quality, ethics and exposure. There is absolutely no chance to compromise on quality, the ethics of the team is at all times up to international standards, and the track record of the managing partners allows accurate and quick response to our requirements and inquiries.

The team as whole perform with speed as problem solvers. The track record of the managing director allows the rest of the team to validate their solutions quickly and serve us at an outstanding pace.

Due to the nature of the Egyptian market, we are obliged to validate options (in terms of execution with the regulator) in advance. This is  where the team’s efficiency appears; from addressing the right questions to the regulators, validating options and advising on a solution to flawless execution.

Hamdy Mostafa and Ashraf Ghallab have helped during our growth phase. Their commitment to achievement and ethics is consistently outstanding.

The team can be described as supportive and helpful in the commercial and corporate issues which we dealt in with them.

What stands out is the professionalism in the work and the quick feedback and flexibility in meeting deadlines and short notice requests.

The firm provides an excellent level of service. The team provides international level service, and is both knowledgeable and prompt in responding. It is a safe “go-to” firm.

Hamdy Mostafa is an excellent partner with in-depth working knowledge of law and procedure in Egypt. It is definitely my go to firm there.

The firm has strong local experience and knowledge of rules and regulations on various matters.

It has a very supportive team that is easy to approach. Hamdy Mostafa can discuss any business topic and provide professional advice with a wide area of expertise and strong knowledge of local practices.

Hamdy Mostafa was of a great help and support. His professionalism and understanding of our case made a huge difference in bringing us the value we were looking for.

Key clients

adidas;

Wilo SE;

Sameem Financial Investments;

PwC Egypt;

Clyde & Co.;

Evernex;

Hathout & Co.

Evergrow

Evergreen

Work highlights

  • Assisted Wilo SE with establishing their legal presence in Egypt including its importation arm.
  • Advising adidas on its corporate issues including handling all corporate secretarial work.
  • Represented Sameem Financial Investments in acquiring 26% equity in a listed Egyptian Company.

NAL & Partners

NAL & Partners handles a growing volume of M&A and corporate advisory work. Managing partner Nermien Al-Ali frequently assists technology start-ups with corporate matters. Her recent work includes advising Algebra Ventures on tech sector start-ups, including an online healthcare service company.

Practice head(s):

Nermien Al-Ali

Work highlights

  • Handled a due diligence exercise for Algebra Ventures – European Bank Netherlands Fund on a number of technology start-ups in Egypt including online health care service company.
  • Acted as corporate counsel for a number of prominent new start-up companies developing mobile accident detection technology in collaboration with a Japanese University, and providing online face-to-face English language tutoring.
  • Acting as corporate counsel to MSD Egypt, Egyptian Banks Company, National Bank of Egypt and Boyden ME among others.

Riad & Riad

Riad & Riad provides legal advice to leading global and local corporations, investment banks, private equity providers and state entities. Its services encompass public and private M&A, restructurings, private equity and venture capital investments, shareholders agreements and corporate governance. Practice head Fatma Salah is a respected corporate lawyer and litigator. Clients include Birkenstock and Marubeni.

Practice head(s):

Fatma Salah

Key clients

Kellogg’s Tolaram JV

China-Africa Development Fund

TouGas Oilfield Solutions GmbH

SARAYA

Tensar

Savills

Foodics

Kelloggs

G4S

Express International

Birkenstock

ALS Global

SEDCO

Marubeni

JETRO

Work highlights

  • Advising British company Tensar, a pioneer in the field of drilling equipment, heavy industries and equipment, on drafting and concluding distribution contracts for its products in Egypt.
  • Advised Foodics on the establishment of its subsidiary in Egypt.
  • Acting as local legal adviser to TouGas Oilfield Solutions GmbH ion its proposed acquisition of the subsidiary of Ecore MENA Limited in Egypt.

Riad, Saleh & Partners

Riad, Saleh & Partners has 'a very experienced and sophisticated corporate team that can deal with matters in a very smart way'. The firm acts for domestic and foreign clients doing business in Egypt in sectors including healthcare, hospitality, food and beverage, and energy. Founding partners Mohamed Saleh and Hesham Riad are the key contacts for finance and corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Kamel Saleh; Hesham Riad

Testimonials

The team I worked with in this firm is really talented at finding legal solutions and is well aware of legal updates that help in protecting our practices.

Hesham Riad is the partner I worked with and he is a very business-oriented  problem solver who is fast to respond.

The legal services that they provide are really impressive, Those guys know how business operates.

Associates Sahar Said and Islam Ansary Saleh are always available and ready to help in a timely manner.

The firm has solid experience in corporate law and owns their tools in the M&A deals. They know how to manage cross-border deals.

Mohamed Saleh is an M&A expert and has an extensive track record in this practice.

Hesham Riad demonstrated a remarkable legal experience and unique knowledge in business and corporate practice. He was acting as a true business partner.

They are honest, smart and accurate, and they have focused practice areas that efficiently serve our best business interests.

It was a great experience, as the respective teams are specialised in what they are doing. They worked on several corporate matters and M&A deals and that is obvious from the smooth running of their legal work.

Mohamed Saleh is a pioneer in the M&A practice area, starting from the due diligence process with the team up to drafting the definitive agreements and closing the deal.

It was an exceptional experience for plenty of reasons – the team’s thorough understanding and spotting of all related laws and regulations to a specific case,  the efficiency in information acquisition from different sources especially when European entity and standards are in scope, and finally the responsive attitude which above all shows seriousness and responsibility of all matters.

Riad, Saleh & Partners are very responsive, especially in M&A deals which require prompt replies and feedback while dealing with other parties of the deal, especially the investment banking teams who always require quick responses along with a proper quality of service.

They provide practical advice in corporate matters which facilitates business operations.

They are a very good team with a great experience, loyalty, fast responses, high credibility and high customer satisfaction.

The firm is diligent and has experts in cross-border deals. They are familiar with the international standards.

Mohamed Saleh and the team are accessible and he is an expert in the M&A field.

The team consists of high-calibre individuals who have extensive technical knowledge and experience.

The individuals are responsive and well informed. They will make sure that they research the subject well before offering final opinion.

The practice is unique given the team’s vast capabilities and diverse disciplinary knowhow, giving clients access to a wide array of expertise. They definitely rank high in comparison to those providing similar services in the market.

Mohamed Saleh is professional, trustworthy and totally commits himself to the job at hand. He has an outstanding personality which reflects upon his whole team.

The team was competent and caring. They made sure to listen very well and advise us legally. They are open-minded and creative in finding solutions to their clients.

Key clients

Air Liquide Group

Chubb Life Insurance

Integrated Diagnostics Holdings (IDH)

Golden West Seeds

Grundfos Egypt

Tokio Marine Insurance

Ahram Security Group

Al Borg Laboratories

Echo Scan Nigeria

Echo Lab Nigeria

Work highlights

  • Advised an Egyptian steel company on its $50m syndicated loan from several banks in Egypt.
  • Acted for Air Liquide Group on several commercial deals.
  • Advised Vena Medical Company, a company which is incorporated in London, on its corporate structure and investment in Egypt.

Al-Bedeawi & Partners LLP

Al-Bedeawi & Partners LLP enters the ranking on the back of its strong showing for an increasingly international client base, notably in the hotel management sector. The firm also handles a growing volume of work in franchising for international brands. Founding partner Muhammad Al-Bedeawi is the lead practitioner and frequently advises on regulatory compliance and general corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Muhammad Al-Bedeawi

Key clients

Glovoapp 23, S.L.

Novaserv Misr

Point Group

MM Law Firm

MM Law Firm is primarily a litigation firm but it maintains an active corporate and M&A practice, where founding partner Mahmoud Mostafa and senior associate Muhammad Saleh are key names The firm counts foreign embassies, international banks and investors from the GCC region among its clients.  

Practice head(s):

Mahmoud Mostafa