'It possesses a team of experienced lawyers with good international exposure and knowledge in Egyptian law', says a client of Al Kamel Law Office. With a track record spanning more than 20 years, the firm maintains a presence in major M&A transactions, frequently working closely as local counsel with major international law firms. It also advises on corporate governance, shareholder agreements and a range of commercial matters. The 'very thorough, responsive and dedicated' practice is led by Mohamed Kamel, Rasheed Kamel and Shahira Khaled who count Chevron and Procter & Gamble among their clients. Associate Linda Azmy is also recommended.
Commercial, corporate and M&A in Egypt
Mohamed Kamel; Rasheed Kamel; Shahira Khaled
Other key lawyers:
‘They have decent knowledge of the Egyptian market throughout years of progression of the legal system and are one of the law firms that serve domestic, national and international clients.’
‘The lawyers are well versed in all aspects of laws and procedures covering the whole spectrum of industry sectors.’
‘It possesses a team of experienced lawyers with good international exposure and knowledge in Egyptian law.’
‘The Al Kamel team were very thorough, responsive and dedicated. They were reachable at all times and worked long hours to meet the set deadlines. They negotiated hard on our behalf. They were true partners and worked with a lot of heart and for that I am utterly grateful.’
‘Their practice, communication and team were reliable and professional.’
‘We worked primarily with Ms. Linda Azmy. She was absolutely fantastic throughout the negotiation. She has put in lots of hours, was always reachable, was very professional, approachable and friendly throughout the transaction. She was also an aggressive negotiator on our behalf. She always provided clear feedback, demonstrating solid knowledge of applicable law and practices and allowed me and the rest of shareholders to make informed decisions.’
‘Rasheed Kamel occasionally weighed in with his expertise and presence, but overall Linda Azmy was a standout performer throughout the long acquisition transaction.’
‘The team is very responsive and capable. I truly enjoy working with the team!’
‘I experienced that people are working as a team and I can rely on everybody if I need something. I believe that this is the power and strength of Al Kamel.’
‘I have worked over the years with Rasheed Kamel who is very efficient and to the point. I love to work with him!’
‘I worked a lot with Linda Azmy who is very hard-working and responsive.’
‘I am very grateful to work with this great team and I am looking forward to working together with them on more projects!’
Lactalis Halawa Group
Johnson & Johnson
Procter & Gamble
Al Tamimi & Company remains a potent force in the market despite the changes in personnel. Practice head Mohamed Gabr left the firm to take an in-house role but the firm hired Ehab Taha, formerly of TMS Law Firm – Taha, Moussa & Sabahi, to lead the group. The firm's high-end M&A work combined with its skill in capital markets work and its highly respected commercial advice, make it a key adviser to both domestic and multinational companies. Senior associates Ahmed Adib and Zeinab Shohdy, and associate Ingy Darwish are heavily involved in the firm's major transactions.
Other key lawyers:
Ahmed Adib; Ingy Darwish; Zeinab Shohdy
‘The firm has a professional team covering legal and commercial aspects.’
‘Ahmed Adib is a real standout . He works around the clock, has great client focus and takes time to explain all matters related to work, keeping his clients interest in mind.’
Al Tayseer International Hospital
Masar Financial Advisory
- Acted as local legal counsel to HSBC Bank, Investec Bank and CI Capital Investment Banking as underwriters in relation to the initial public offering of the shares of Tenth of Ramadan for Pharmaceutical Industries and Diagnostic Reagents (Rameda) on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX).
- Represented Infinity Energy, the leading Egypt-based company engaged in renewable energy development, on the transaction documents relating to the joint venture company to be established with Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, a Mubadala company.
- Represented Cairo 3A for International Industries, the leading Egypt-based trading and manufacturing integrated agri-commodities company, in relation to the acquisition of 100% of the issued capital of Egyptian Company for Starch and Glucose Industries through a mandatory tender offer, after conducting a due diligence on the target and entering into a side agreement with the shareholders owning 92% of the target to guarantee acquiring at least 92% of the issued capital through a Mandatory Tender Offer.
Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) draws on its long-standing presence in Egypt and its vast international network to advise domestic and international investors on public and private M&A deals, joint ventures and strategic alliances, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and a range of commercial matters. Its client base, which includes Bank Audi, Visa Inc. and L'Oréal, is the equal of any firm in Egypt. Mohamed Ghannam and Mohamed Barakat lead the M&A practice, while Ghada El Ehwany and Hesham Ragab lead the corporate and commercial group. Counsel Mohamed Elfar also plays a key role in major transactions.
Mohamed Ghannam; Ghada El Ehwany; Mohamed Barakat; Hesham Ragab
Other key lawyers:
Deutsche Hospitality Ltd.
The Egyptian Ministry of Planning
Al Babtain Power and Communication
Banque du Caire
Al-Watania Information Systems (WiSys)
Egypt Kuwait Holding Company (EKH)
Abu Soma Development Company S A
Al Rajhi Investments
AMEA Power LLC
Egyptian Offshore Drilling Company S.A.E
Pioneers Holding For Financial Investments Company (S.A.E)
SDX Energy Inc.
The General Arab Insurance Federation “GAIF”.
Sixth of October Development and Investment Company SAE (SODIC)
ASICS Europe B.V.
Koleksiyon Mobilya S.A
ArcelorMittal International FZE
Sedus Stoll AG
Humanscale Corporation & Humanscale International Holdings Ltd.
Johnson Controls, Inc.
- Handled the $11bn carve-out of ABB Power Grids for Hitachi.
- Advised D.H. Deutsche Hospitality Ltd. on the sale of all shares of Steigenberger Hotels AG to Huazhu Group. Huazhu is a leading hotel group with a strong presence in China, uniting numerous brands under its roof.
- Advised Bank Audi S.A.E. (Egypt), a fully-owned subsidiary of Bank Audi sal, with respect to its agreement with the National Bank of Greece (NBG) on its acquisition of the banking operations of NBG’s Egyptian Branch. The transaction is structured as a single sale and transfer of selected corporate and retail assets and liabilities pertaining to the Egyptian operations of the NBG including, among others, a network of 17 branches.
Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy is known for representing high-profile clients in some of the largest domestic and cross-border transactions in the market. A prime example is the largest such transaction in the MENA region, the ADNOC-OCI JV that saw the $5bn combination of major fertiliser companies. Practice heads Omar Bassiouny and Tamer El Hennawy along with a deep bench of partners, among them Amr Baggatto, frequently handle market-leading transactions in key sectors such as oil and gas, life sciences, real estate, FMCG and education.
Omar Bassiouny; Tamer El Hennawy
Other key lawyers:
National Energy Services Reunited
Nation Builders Capital
- Represented ADNOC, a leading state-owned company operating in the fertilizers industry in UAE, in its joint venture with OCI NV (including among others, Egyptian Fertilzer Company “EF” and Egyptian Basic Industries Corporate) with a value of $5bn.
- Represented Thebes B.V. in connection with the sale of a majority stake in Taaleem Group, owner and operator of Nahda University in Beni Suef.
- Advised CDC Group PLC, the UK’s development finance institution, on the minority stake acquisition in Alfa Medical Group, the largest Egyptian conglomerate of laboratories, radiology and hospitals.
MHR & Partners in association with White & Case LLP moves up the ranking this year having built on the firm's 25-year involvement in Egyptian transactions with the development of an increasingly strong team in Cairo. The firm supports Egyptian companies in overseas investment transactions, as well as assisting local and global corporates, financial institutions, government-related enterprises and government bodies with innovative and complex transactions cross-border transactions. M&A and ECM specialists Said Hanafi and Walid El Daly lead a growing team of associates, among them transaction and regulatory specialist Mahmoud Ezz.
Said Hanafi; Walid El Daly
Other key lawyers:
ADES International Holding Ltd.
Cairo for Investment and Real Estate Development (CIRA)
Palm Hills Developments
Hasan Allam Holdings
Orascom Development Holding
RAMW for Tourism and Hotels S.A.E.
Elaj Medical Services Company
Namaa for Development & Real Estate Investment S.A.E
Travelways Egypt for Tourism S.A.E
Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd.
Basco Engineering & Trading
El Sewedy Electric S.A.E
European Bank for Reconstruction & Development
Niel Natural Resources Investments S.A.
Tartoussieh Engineering & Trading Co.
Development Partners International LLP
- Advised CI Capital Holding for Financial Investments, Egypt’s leading diversified financial services and investment group, on the indirect acquisition with a group of co-investors of a 60% interest in Taaleem Management Services Company SAE, a leading higher education platform in Egypt which controls and operates Nahda University in Beni Suef (NUB).
- Represented Hassan Allam Holding, a leading construction and engineering group headquartered in Cairo and serving national, regional and global clients in the Middle East and North Africa, in its indirect acquisition of a majority interest in Bioworks AG, a global leader in waste water treatment engineering based in Munich, Germany with subsidiaries in the US and Morocco.
- Representation of Masdar, the Abu Dhabi-owned energy company, on its joint venture with Infinity Energy, Egypt’s leading renewable energy developer, to develop utility-scale and distributed solar energy and wind power projects in Egypt and Africa.
'Honest and informative support is given whenever needed', says a client of Shahid Law Firm. In financing, restructuring, acquisitions, mergers and capital markets law, the firm draws on more than 30 years' of experience as one of the market's leading practices. Michael Boutros, Nabil Rizkalla and Jacqueline Saad are the lead partners. Boutros specialises in M&A, capital markets and antitrust matters. Head of corporate Rizkalla handles corporate restructuring, mergers and securities law matters. Saad acts predominantly for clients in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, IT, industrial and insurance sectors. Managing associate Rehan Elbashary leads Venture, the firm's group focused on start-ups and entrepreneurs.
Michael Boutros; Nabil Rizkalla; Jacqueline Saad
Other key lawyers:
‘We have been working with Shahid Law Firm for two years and they expressed the highest level of professionalism and responsiveness to our requirements. As a company working in e-commerce space, we found them very knowledgeable with technology and e-commerce which was great for us.’
‘Compared to other firms, it was great to work with the team that understands our business from a technology and complexity perspective.’
‘Rehan Elbashary, is very cooperative, responsive and a subject matter expert in our business and legal domain which she has helped a lot in accelerating all our legal contracts, terms and conditions for our platform and all the stuff we referred to her.’
‘This team’s practice is unique to VC and is solely focused on the space unlike other players in the market.’
‘Rehan Elbashary has been a fantastic asset on the transaction. Her attention to detail and attitude towards taking absolutely every argument to its logical conclusion is wholly impressive.’
‘The strength of the team can be summarized in these words: knowledgeable, cooperative and structured.’
‘They have a clear task assignment per person. They have an excellent chain of command structure that provides a clear escalation process.’
‘Honest and informative support is given whenever needed.’
‘I had contact only with Jacqueline Saad. The cooperation with her was very professional, quick and excellent and at a very good price-performance ratio. I would recommend her.’
Heliopolis Company for Housing and Development
Electric Holdings, Inc
Xiaomi HK Limited.
Azura (Keramika Magenta)
Johnson and Johnson
SPIMACO Pharmaceutical industry company
Regina Food Group
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
Hengtong Group Co., Ltd.
Eli Lilly Group of Companies
Sonesta International Hotels Limited
Louis Dreyfus Company LDC
Red Sea for Investment and touristic development S.A.E.
- Advised Uniliever on the merge of its 5 local entities into one surviving entity, including advising Uniliever to take all the necessary procedures before the General Authority For Investment And Free Zones (GAFI) and the other relevant authorities to implement this merger.
- Advised Statsbomb Services Ltd, a British football analytics company in connection with handling the acquisition of the entire share capital of Arqam FC, a Cairo-based sport data start-up, from an Egyptian law perspective.
- Advising Heliopolis Company for Housing and Development on its successful EGP222.51m capital increase through the issuance of 890.05m shares from retained earnings and obtaining all regulatory approvals including FRA, MCDR and the stock exchange.
Shalakany Law Office continues to cement its position in the largest M&A transactions in the Egyptian market and its recent work includes a key role in the largest mandatory tender offer in the country's history. Frequently working with Magic Circle and leading US law firms, it acts in high-value cross-border transactions, notably in the telecoms, retail and energy sectors. Aly El Shalakany (whose 'ability to provide first-class and results-driven service differentiates him from his competitors') and Omar Sherif lead a practice that is 'well informed, fully available and constructive' in its approach.
Aly El Shalakany; Omar Sherif
‘We worked with a corporate team led by Omar Sherif who were well informed, fully available and constructive and understood the Western standards of legal service which our client required. They also were willing to stand their ground opposing regulators.’
‘Omar Sherif was an excellent partner in advising our mutual client as he was available and willing to engage with Western legal requirements to ensure that the transaction proceeded as expeditiously as possible.’
‘Shalakany is one of the oldest legal practices in Egypt and they did well in building on this heritage. The firm has successfully re-invented itself over four generations. Some firms are very knowledgeable in best international and regional practices and in their understanding of industry norms. Others are very good with the regulatory framework of transactions and relationships with government agencies. Shalakany is really unique in combining these critical competencies in its commercial, corporate and M&A practice.’
‘They are very active in their innovation initiatives. They are constantly gauging client satisfaction levels through direct and regular surveys and personal calls from their senior partners. They use very efficient technology not only in communicating instant and live updates on litigation matters but also in providing automated self-help standardised services.’
‘Aly El Shalakany is really amazing. His ability to provide first class and results-driven service differentiates him from his competitors. He managed to build a very capable team within this area of specialisation.’
Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law is one of the oldest and largest firms in Egypt and few can match its track record of advising local and international companies on their local business interests. Its work encompasses high-value cross-border M&A transactions, franchising, leasing and licensing, as well as day-to-day commercial advice. Among its many high-profile clients are AIG, Neptune Energy and Philips. Managing partner Yasser Hashem leads the corporate, M&A and capital markets practice. Arig Ali and up-and-coming partners Heba El Naggar and Hossam Hafez are also recommended. 'By far the most professional and experienced team in Egypt', says one client.
Other key lawyers:
Arig Ali; Heba El Naggar; Hossam Hafez
‘We appreciate the speed of execution, the dedication and the fact that the firm has its clients’ best interests at heart.’
‘It uses best-in-class technologies in law practice, provides around the clock advisory services and has global knowledge of legal trends.’
‘The team is well-rounded and responsive with a very good commercial focus.’
‘Based on local market experience, they fare well with market standards.’
‘One of the few firms that is well-rounded in key legal aspects and different types of transactions including capital markets, private equity acquisitions, and M&A.’
‘ZHP is by far the most professional and experienced team in Egypt. It has advised me on multiple PE and VC transactions and is constantly innovating in its drafting in order to satisfy both parties. The team is extremely efficient as they work tirelessly to meet ridiculous deadlines set by ourselves and the investment banks.’
‘ZHP has a diverse team of lawyers from different backgrounds as well as a lot of young professional women who are extremely meticulous.’
‘The team as a whole is extremely available and on call 24/7. I have mainly been working with Arig Ali and her team and for the last three years I have not engaged with any other lawyer because our team is treated like we are her only client. She is available to speak and give advice at anytime.’
‘I regularly work with the firm on commercial and corporate issues. They are knowledgeable and experienced in both areas and have in-depth legal and commercial knowledge from different aspects. In spite of the fact that they have numerous clients, they are always available when you need them and give the feeling of being their sole client. Last but not least, I trust them beyond description.’
‘I always find them most updated in this area. Their billing is quite satisfactory and usually they meet our needs. They have diversity in their team members and the expertise they always bring to the table.’
‘I am currently working with Heba El Naggar, who enjoys a great deal of knowledge and experience which satisfies our requirements all the time, to the extent that I would not sign an agreement unless she reviewed and accepted it from her legal point of view.’
‘Zaki Hashem’s team collaboration does not stop at the legal input but rather the history and their knowledge of the company, its management and shareholders.’
‘Heba EL Naggar is a great lawyer who is always listening and present and provides her utmost for the benefit of her client.’
Abdul Latif Jameel Group
Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm
Afridi & Angell Legal Consultants
AIG Egypt Insurance Company & AIG MEA Limited
Al Ghanim Group
Al Ismaelia Real Estate Investment
Al Marai Company
Al Safat Investment Company KSC
AL Sagheer Group
Alitalia– Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A
Alpla Taba Plastics S.A.E. and Alpla for Import & Export
Arab Co. for Asset Management and Development
Arab Federation of Petroleum Mining & Chemical Workers
Arabia Cotton Ginning Company
Ard El Kheir Holding for Financial Investments (Affiliated company of Misr El Kheir Foundation)
Assuit Entrepreneurs Association
Aswaq Misr Express for Development and Management
Attijariwafa Bank Egypt
Austrian Archaeological Institute (Austrian Embassy)
Ayady For Investment & Development
Barceló Cairo Pyramids Hotel
BASF Construction Chemicals Egypt S.A.E. & BASF Trading Egypt S.A.E
BP Egypt East Delta Deep Marine
Bridge Legal Group
British Petroleum Egypt (BP)
Bupa Egypt Insurance S.A.E.
Canal Sugar Company
Capital Group Properties
Cargill Misr & Cargill Trading Egypt
CFA Society Egypt
China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. – Egypt Branch (CSCEC)
China Telecom (Africa and Middle East) Limited
CIH International LLC
Commercial International Bank Egypt (CIB Egypt)
Conrad Cairo Hotel
Creative Media ventures (Ebda3)
CVentures Capital (affliated Company of Commercial Internation Bank Egypt)
Damietta Furniture City
Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI)
Dehydro Foods S.A.E.
Diners Club Egypt
Distribution Casino France
Ebtikar for Investment Finance S.A.E
Education Development Trust
Egypt Capital Partners
Egypt Foods S.A.E.
Egypt Health Partners for Medical Services S.A.E.
Egypt Learning Group for Educational Services S.A.E.
Egypt Venture Capital Company S.A.E.
Egypt World Trade
Egyptian Countryside Development Company
Egyptian Engineering Agencies S.A.E. (EEA)
Egyptian Smart Cards
El Cairo Seamless Company
El Gezirah Hotels & Tourism Company S.A.E (EGHTC)
El Nasr Company for Coke and Chemicals
El Sewedy Electric
Embassy of Finland
Embassy of Switzerland
EMC Corporation (Dell)
Emerging Markets Payments Africa S.A.E & Network International Egypt, S.A.E. (among other companies within the Group)
Emerson Egypt LLC
Fawry Group of Companies
General Electric Group
Geofizyka International MSR
Geofizyka Torun S.A.
Goods Mart Ltd
Grand Nile Tower
Grome Free Zone Marketing (Cairo) Ltd (GROHE)
Gulf Marketing Group (GMG)
Horus Real Estate Investments Company S.A.E.
Hyde Park Properties for Developments S.A.E. (HPD)
Iconix Luxembourg Holdings SÀRL
IEC Medical Systems S.A.E.
Interlink Services LLC
KAMCO INVESTMENT COMPANY K.S.C
Klipsch Group Inc.
Le MEREDIEN Heliopolis
LG Electronics Egypt S.A.E.
Liwwa for Trading S.A.E.
London International Patient Services (“LIPS”)
Maadi Sporting and Yacht Club
Madinet Nasr for Housing and Development
MAKSHAFF- Egypt Investment Company “MAKVEST”, S.A.E
Mayar Holding Company
Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF)
Mediterrania Capital Partners
Mena Health Partners
Mena Real Estate Investment
Merck Sharp & Dohme
Middle East Communication Network – MCN
Ministry of public Business Sector in Egypt
Misr Insurance Holding
Misr Life Insurance
Mitsubishi Corporation, Cairo Liaison Office
Mitsui & co. ltd.
Modern Bakeries S.A.E.
NBK Capital Partners
Neptune Energy Egypt B.V. (Previously Engie)
Niederer Kraft & Frey
Nissan Motor Egypt S.A.E.
Norwegian Embassy in Cairo
Novo Nordisk Egypt
Paste and Juice Company
Pepsi Cola Egypt
Petroleum and Energy Logistics and Services Company (Petrogistix)
Philips Egypt LLC
Pinsent Masons LLP – Transaction Network Services (“TNS”)
Project HOPE – Egypt
Pyravision Trading and Consultancy
Qual Pro LTD.
RAKTA (The General Company for Paper Industry)
Ras Ghareb Wind Energy
RATP Dev S.A.
Red Cross International Committee
Red Sea Resort S.A.E.
Resolute Egypt Limited
Rixos Hospitality Egypt S.A.E.
Rofayda for Women & Child Health
Savoy Sharm El Sheikh
Seha Scan & Lab
Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo Hotel
Società Italiana per Condotte d’Acqua S.p.A
Soltius ME – Division of YASH Technologies
Tamweely Microfinance S.A.E.
Tanmeya Micro Enterprise Services
The Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Tokio Marine Egypt General Takaful S.A.E.
United Oils and Foods Co. (UNI OIL)
Upper Egypt Investment Company
Upstream Systems Egypt S.A.E.
Vitas Egypt for Microfinance
Vodafone International Services LLC (VOIS)
Weatherford Oil Tool Middle East Ltd
Welcare Hospital S.A.E.
Zasio Enterprises, Inc
EM5 Solution Inc.
The Holding Company for Maritime and Land Transport
ASE Sports Management
Saleh, Barsoum & Abdel Aziz (Deloitte Cairo)
Trimar Forwarding LLC
Sony Middle East and Africa FZE
COVINGTON & BURLING LLP
METALLURGICAL INDUSTRIES HOLDING COMPANY
Delivery Hero SE
Misr Digital Innovation Company
B Investments Holding S.A.E.
TBE Egypt for Payment Solutions and Services S.A.E. (Bee)
IMEX International S.A.E.
Alexandria Wax Products Company (AWPC)
BELLUNO PTE LTD
TOTO Asia (related to Mitsui & Co., Ltd.,)
Port Ghaleb Red Sea (One of Kharafi Group Companies)
Al Baraka Financial Investments
- Advising Bee’ah on the waste management and recycling project for Egypt’s new Administrative Capital.
- Advising Raya Holding For Financial Investments and Raya Distribution in the Joint Venture with Haier Electric Egypt Limited to produce home appliances.
- Advising Egypt Venture on acquiring an indirect minority stake in an Egyptian company through capital injection from a BVI holding company.
Zulficar & Partners Law Firm has one of the largest corporate groups in Egypt and has an extensive track record in high-profile deals. It continues to handle major domestic and cross-border acquisitions in sectors as diverse as healthcare, education, banking, e-payment solutions, renewable energy, oil and gas, real estate, electronics and FMCG. Head of corporate and M&A Ingy Badawy and head of capital markets Anwar Zeidan are the main practitioners in the five-partner practice. Founding partners Firas El Samad, who leads the antitrust practice, and Mona Zulficar also have vast experience in finance and corporate transactions.
Ingy Badawy; Anwar Zeidan
Other key lawyers:
Firas El Samad; Mona Zulficar
Ahly United Bank
Fawry for Banking Technology and Electronic Payments/Fawry Microfinance
TAQA Arabia and all its subsidiaries
National Holdings/Scope Invest
Cleopatra Hospital Company
CIRA (Cairo Investment & Real Estate Development)
EFG Hermes Holding
Marakez for Real Estate Investment
ADI Real Estate
Namaa for Development and Real Estate Investment
Sixth of October Development and Investment (Sodic)
- Acted as Sika AG’s legal counsel in its successful mandatory tender offer launched by its Egyptian subsidiary Sika Egypt on Modern Waterproofing Company; a manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing systems in Egypt.
- Represented the buyer Cleopatra Hospital Company S.A.E. in the acquisition of El Katib Hospital through a property sale and a business transfer structure.
- Acted as the Offering Counsel for Fawry for Banking and Payment Technology Services in the listing and Initial Public Offering of 36% of the issued shares of the latter.
ADSERO-Ragy Soliman & Partners is 'an exceptional practice with a qualified, conscientious, professional team that cares for its clients'. The firm joins the ranking thanks to its experienced bench of talent and rapidly growing client base. Founders Ragy Soliman and Mohamed Abdelgawad, formerly of Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm, lead the practice along with new hire Ahmed Abdelgawad from Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy. The firm handles high-value transactions, frequently in the telecoms, IT and FMCG sectors, and counts Rich Foods and Baker Hughes among its clients. Senior associate Alia Monieb is also recommended.
Ragy Soliman; Mohamed Abdelgawad; Ahmed Abdelgawad
Other key lawyers:
‘ADSERO is an exceptional practice. It offers multi-disciplinary expertise with a qualified, conscientious, professional team that cares for its clients. They are totally reliable, well organised, dynamic and well informed.’
‘We appreciate the personal touch. They are prompt and always available and their well organised back office is a distinguishing feature of this practice.’
‘Ragy Soliman is a capable leader, owner of a clear vision, a dynamic doer, yet a good delegator of authority to capable associates who keeps a watchful eye on the unfolding of events. He, as well as all his team, are responsive and prompt.’
Kuwait Food Company
Pixelogic Media Egypt
- Advising Rich Food, an Egyptian premier frozen and processed meat and poultry provider, on the sale of its majority stake to Ezdehar Egypt Mid-Cap Fund, a private equity fund manager investing in high growth businesses.
- Advised Americana Group on the successful divestment of its stakes in the Egyptian Starch and Glucose Company (ESGC) to Cairo 3A through a Mandatory Tender Offer process. The mandatory tender offer submitted by Cairo Three was executed on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) at an average price of 8.6 per share with value of EGP420.26m.
'Their approach is futuristic and business-oriented', says a client of the partners at Alliance Law Firm - Egypt, noting also that 'the associates are proactive and cooperative in all matters'. Practice heads Ahmed Hafez and Ashraf Abou Elkheir are 'highly trusted and very knowledgeable' in matters ranging from high-value M&A transactions to corporate restructuring and governance matters. Its recent work includes major transactions in the telecoms and oil and gas sectors, though it is also active in nascent markets such as fintech and micro-finance. Senior associate Omar Farid is also recommended.
Ahmed Hafez; Ashraf Abou Elkheir
Other key lawyers:
‘They have an excellent knowledge of legal procedures and practices with hands-on transaction experience. Their analytical skills are helpful for the client’s project management and helped us in many ways for the incorporation and mergers. They are cooperative and provide communications and services promptly. They are one of the most professional and reputed law firms to our knowledge. Their approach is futuristic and business-oriented when compared to other law firms.’
‘Alliance Law firm is widely using online technology and encourages the practice of paperless communications as far as possible. Their billing and payment practices are fair and reasonable. The legal associates are proactive and cooperative in all matters.’
‘The designated person to us is very cooperative and has good knowledge in all areas of legal and business procedures. They are available anytime for clearing our queries and solving issues related to any matter. The Alliance Law Firm is supportive in all our business matters and provides a specialised professional approach.’
‘The team is very professional and knowledgable. The firm covered all our needs in a timely manner.’
‘They showed a lot of accountability and ownership. They are highly trusted and very knowledgeable.’
‘Omar Farid is always available and gives great advice.’
‘We appreciate the personalised, on-time service, the experience and the attention to details in addition to the extreme competence of the team.’
‘The diversity of the team’s expertise and knowledge is very useful and allows them to give their clients a wide scope of consultations and advice.’
‘The ability of Dr. Ashraf Abou Elkheir to understand and deal with the specific needs and objectives of the client is outstanding. Additionally, his ability to clearly assess and explain the situation with all its aspects – positive and negative – along with a clear insight of the possible outcomes of deals and negotiations is very helpful and enlightening in any business decision. In my experience, Dr. Ashraf’s recommendations and patience were instrumental in reaching the best results.’
‘The are attentive to details and very committed to work. They are always working in a consultant mode and being critical at all times.’
Hanburg Sud Egypt & Tabadol shipping Company
Benya Capital (Fiber Misr)
East Mediterranean Gas Co.
Commercial International Bank
Global Holding Group
Ezz Elarab Motors
Kellogs Middle East
Industrial Engineering Company for Construction and Developments ICON
Integrated Diagnostic Holding (IDH)
- Represented Benya Capital in connection with its cooperation with Arab Organization for Industrialization for construction of a fiber optics cables factory in the Economic Zone of the Suez Canal.
- Acted on the acquisition of a 39% stake in pipeline owner Eastern Mediterranean Gas Co.
- Advising ADL on submitting a mandatory tendering offer for acquiring shares of Alexandria Portland Cement Company through a cash offer.
Ibrachy Legal Consultancy has a solid track record in dealing with multinational corporations, investment banks, private equity funds and other key player participants in the M&A market. The firm's work for buyers, sellers, financial advisors, minority shareholders and joint venture partners includes public and private transactions, demergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, leverage and management buy-outs, cash and stock acquisitions and corporate restructuring. Senior partners Sara Hinton and Ashraf Elibrachy, along with partner Mostafa Elshafei, are the lead practitioners. Senior associate Salma El Bassoussy is also recommended.
Sara Hinton; Ashraf Elibrachy; Mostafa El Shafei
Other key lawyers:
Salma El Bassoussy
‘Sara Hinton, being a qualified English lawyer and having practised in England for many years, ensures she has an understanding of the expectations of UK-based clients. Living and working in Egypt gives her a deep understanding of Egyptian culture and insight as to the red tape you will encounter when doing business in Egypt. The team works well together – if an individual isn’t available to deal with my issue, it will be quickly dealt with by someone else who has been allocated to my account.’
‘Sara Hinton is an outstanding lawyer. She gives concise advice, has a very good understanding of the Egyptian market, is calm and is very solution-oriented. Having practised in both the UK and Egypt gives her an edge over competitors as she understands a UK client’s expectations but is also very switched on to issues which are specific to Egypt. Sara is also very well connected with other professional services in Egypt.’
‘Salma El Bassoussy is a new senior associate who has been allocated to our account and she seems very capable and is one to watch.’
Saudi Egyptian Industrial Investment Company
Vantage Drilling international
Kngine Software S.A.E
Orascom Telecom Media & Technology S.A.E.
Orascom Telecom Ventures SAE
Egyptian Propylene & Polypropylene Company
British University in Egypt (BUE)
National Oilwell Varco
Malvern College Enterprises Limited
Silk Road Fund
- Advised Sawari Ventures in respect of its role leading an investment round of $6.8m in Si-Ware Systems a fabless semiconductor analogue/mixed signal and optical MEMs.
- Advised Dril quip, a company whose products consists of subsea, surface, and offshore rig equipment for use by oil and gas companies, in relation to the restructuring of its operations in Egypt, including through the establishment of a new services company.
- Advised BUE in relation to an agreement with an English university in respect of the establishment of an international branch campus pursuant to law no. 162 of 2018.
Levari has succeeded in broadening its client base and increasing its role in high-value transactions since it was founded as a full-service international firm in 2012. It provides incorporation services for business start-ups, as well as establishing offshore trusts or offshore holding companies and registered offices. Partners Sherif Hefni, Mohamed Raslan and Mohamed Shaaban, along with senior associate Hatem Ahmed Sayed and associate Amr Hareedy, are the main practitioners. Netflix and Spinneys are among their clients.
Sherif Hefni; Mohamed Raslan; Mohamed Shaaban
Eden Health Care – EIC
Irwin Mitchell LLP
World Bank Group
Flat6labs Accelerator for IT and Project Management
CHF Management and Consulting Services Egypt S.A.E
Al Ghad for satellite channels
Ten for Production
Okadoc Technologies Dubai
Proger Egypt for Engineering and Management
Proger International SA
Jones the Grocer
Naftogaz of Ukraine-Egypt Branch
National Bank of Egypt
Egyptian Medical Centre for Infertility
Careem Egypt for Smart Networks
Careem Payment Solutions S.A.E
Artiyapi Construction Engineering Architecture Consultancy Co.
Savills Egypt Consulting JSC
Byte Dance (Tik Tok)
Delta Timber Egypt
M&W Group for Food Production (Pop City)
Egyptian International for Hospitals Management
International Food Academy
International Data Corporation (IDC)
- Acquisition and arbitration award execution in Egypt against Spinneys with the amount of $4.6m on behalf of Commercial Bank of Dubai.
- Advising Netflix on the acquisition of Intellectual Property Rights from authors under the Egyptian Law.
- Advised Careem on various restructuring matters and cases related to Uber acquisition.
'The entire team has the right spirit and efficiency and consistency in performance', says a client of Marghany Advocates. Managing partner Amir Marghany and senior associate Hend El Hakim are the lead partners in a practice that is 'very cooperative, attentive to details and gives its clients the utmost attention'. Known for its work in the hospitality, transportation and oil and gas sectors, the firm handles a growing number of cross-border transactions.
Other key lawyers:
Hend El Hakim
‘The entire team has the right spirit and efficiency and consistency in performance. They show good response time and understanding of problems.’
‘Amir Marghany has been a great partner in the past several years, always responsive and he has the information needed and even with lots of updates in regulation he is up to date with them and a key feature is simplicity of operations and explanations.’
‘A very cooperative team, attentive to details, that gives its clients the utmost attention and best legal advice, not to mention the speed at which things get done.’
‘I really valued the fact that regardless of the size of the client they give them their utmost immediate attention. Each client thinks what they’re currently going through is the most important thing that their service provider has to deal with at the moment, and for them, it actually is. A super helpful team, that’s also quite resourceful.’
- Assisted Option Travel in its transportation and fleet services agreements with major companies including Vodafone Egypt and Samsung Egypt.
- Assisted Travco with its agreements with various hotel solutions companies, and also with VISA for payment solutions.
- Assisted MIT in establishing its Egyptian company to provide services and collaborations with Egyptian universities and their local lease agreements.
Riad & Riad 'provides credible concise advice', according to one client. Another notes the firm's 'proactive approach in trying to find solutions to solve the client's problems in the most efficient and expedient manner'. The firm climbs the rankings due to its increasingly high-profile work in M&A transactions and joint ventures, and its advice on regulatory and corporate governance matters. Fatma Salah, Eman Riad and Mohamed Riad are the lead partners and they are supported by a large team of strong associates including Heba Al Abd and Lina Aboulhassan.
Fatma Salah; Eman Riad; Mohamed Riad
Other key lawyers:
Heba Al Abd; Lina Aboulhassan
‘We selected them to support advice to a major international tech company on a multi-jurisdictional product launch because of its reputation in the market and strength across a number of ITC areas.’
‘They provided credible concise advice in a timely manner in line with the client’s mandate.’
‘Our firm has greatly appreciated the proactive approach in trying to find solutions to solve the client’s problems in the most efficient and expedient manner. Our firm has also appreciated the good connections of the firm with other local professionals.’
‘Excellent knowledge and professional legal suggestions being provided to us. We also experienced a good timely manner from this firm.’
‘Even under pandemic situation, smooth communications have been provided through emails and professional knowledge sharing is provided by internet.’
‘Excellent knowledge and good timely manner for our requirements.’
‘Excellent teamwork and seamless cooperation, on-time delivery and quality work like international worldwide known law firms.’
‘I have been working with a team led by Eman Riad and other team members: Fatma Salah, Heba Al Abd and Lina Aboulhassan. They delivered their input on time, their reaction time was perfect, which was crucial, they provided us with a very clear piece of advice and it was indeed a pleasure working with them.’
‘We got the impression that Riad & Riad can deliver tasks in a timely manner with high accuracy.’
‘It has a very proactive team providing fast and efficient answers even in a difficult environment.’
‘The team is very professional and able to explain the complexities of a foreign legal environment helping the client in the process of selecting the correct path. Very unusual for the country to have clear answers to questions.’
Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)
K2 Partners IV L.P
TouGas Oilfield Solutions GmbH
Kellogg’s Tolaram JV
Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO)
Adeptio AD Investments SPC Ltd
Haier Raya Electric for Manufacturing
Sony Middle East and Africa
Laboratory Corporation Of America Holdings
- Advised and represented Haier Group, the Chinese multinational home appliances and electric company, on its joint venture with Raya Group for the establishment of home appliance and air-conditions manufacturing project in Egypt.
- Advised and represented Savills International in setting up its first legal presence in Egypt. Advised Savills in its prominent joint venture with Egyptian company Sphere Property Management, handling the establishment of the JV company and drafting the shareholders’ agreement.
- Advised and represented Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) in relation to providing branded residences and rental pool arrangements. Drafted and reviewed the residence management agreement as well as the rental pool programme agreement and the sales and marketing agreement.
Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm is a a sector-based firm that handles high-value transactions in the banking, infrastructure, energy, natural resources, TMT, healthcare, retail and consumer goods industries. It acts for development financial institutions, international investment and commercial banks, and major domestic and international companies, with recent work including the sale of a stake in Hassab Labs Egypt on behalf of Meden Healthcare. Mohamed Hazzaa and Ahmed El Sharkawy are the partners in the five-lawyer practice. Senior associate Esraa Abdelmoniem is also recommended for public and private M&A transactions.
Mohamed Hazzaa; Ahmed El Sharkawy
Other key lawyers:
Kuwait Food Company (Americana) K.S.C.P
- Advising Kuwait Food Company (Americana) on all aspects relating to the sale of its subsidiary company, Al Hashemeya for Agricultural Reclamation to Chimera Fund.
- Advising PROPARCO in relation to it exercising a put option and share swap with respect to two funds in consideration for shares in a company listed on the Egyptian Stock Exchange.
- Advising Meden Healthcare, part of the Saham Sante Group, on all aspects of the sale of its indirect stake in Hassab Labs Egypt, one of the fast growing diagnostics laboratory chains in Egypt to Al Tayseer International Hospital.
Soliman, Hashish & Partners advises governmental bodies, NGOs and multinational companies on transactions and day-to-day commercial matters. It frequently works on deals in sectors as diverse as banking, energy, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, media, IT and tourism. Frederic Soliman, who is dual-qualified in France and Egypt, Mohamed Hashish, whose work encompasses corporate restructuring and public procurement matters, Marwa Emara and the newly-promoted Dina Salah are the lead partners. Senior associate Marwa AlSherif also plays a key role in the practice.
Frederic Soliman; Mohamed Hashish; Dina Salah; Marwa Emara
Other key lawyers:
GE Medical System
GE Steam Power Services Switzerland GmbH
Geneva Business School
Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services
Eastern Company for Home Appliances
Arizona State University
Computer Sciences Corporation
Al-Bedeawi & Partners LLP
Since its launch in 2012, Al-Bedeawi & Partners LLP has acted for a growing list of domestic and regional clients, assisting them with early-stage issues such as incorporation and regulatory, as well as licensing, contracts, franchise agreements and more. Managing partner Muhammad Al-Bedeawi leads the corporate practice, which counts Wings Travel Management and Accord Business Group among its clients. The firm is particularly active in the hotel and leisure sector.
‘The team is dedicated and always follows up with clients. My experience was both smooth and collaborative.’
‘They provide good customer service, the office is organised, and clients are taken care of.’
Wings Travel Management Egypt LLC
Novaser Misr LLC
Accord Business Group
GlovoApp Technology Egypt LLC
IPH (International Printing House)
EIADS (Egyptian International Agency for Directed Services)
Cheesecake Café & Menessy International Trading
Sharm Dreams Group
Ganbak for Development and Training
- The firm has worked with Wings Travel on the incorporation of its company in Egypt back in November 2019 and has since worked to ensure seamless practice of its business.
- Handled the incorporation of Novaserv Misr LLC in Egypt in January 2019.
- Provided full legal guidance and support to MIT on the revision and draft of Cheesecake Café Master Franchise Agreement up to the successful execution between the parties.
'The allocation of work to the appropriate level within the practice is outstandingly efficient, weighing risks versus cost in a customer-centric approach', says a client of BonelliErede in cooperation with Bahaa-Eldin Law Office. The firm frequently handles complex, high-stakes cross-border deals involving African countries. Of counsel and former Egyptian deputy Prime Minister Ziad Bahaa-Eldin and corporate partner Gianfranco Veneziano, who splits his time between Cairo and Milan, are the main contacts. Partners Francesca Secondari and Mostafa Moussa are also recommended.
Ziad Bahaa-Eldin; Gianfranco Veneziano
Other key lawyers:
Mostafa Moussa; Francesca Secondari
‘The allocation of work to the appropriate level within the practice is outstandingly efficient, weighing risks versus cost in a customer-centric approach.’
‘The billing system functionality allows for flexible and transparent billing models.’
‘Both Dr. Ziad Bahaa-Eldin and Moustafa Moussa have outstanding business insights for value creation in addition to their legal practice.’
‘The firm has an excellent combination of local expertise and a European top-level approach to advising on complex issues, translating the local regulatory environment and providing practical, real-world advice from a business perspective.’
‘Francesca Secondari is available always when needed, focuses on the area for which her expertise is requested, and offers practical alternatives for resolving difficult issues with clear guidance on pros and cons. She is delightful to work with.’
Dentons Egypt LLC
Dentons Egypt LLC acts for a large roster of blue-chip, multinational clients, among them Noble Group, and the practice led by Michael Lacey frequently 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 recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Frederique Leger; Ahmed Kamal
Eldib & Co joins the ranking having boosted its presence in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Partners Amr Eldib and Mohamed Eldib both act for multinational companies on matters ranging from commercial, agency and distribution contracts to due diligence and M&A deals. The firm's recent work included the incorporation of Samsung's subsidiary in Egypt.
Amr Eldib; Mohamed Eldib
- Advised MTS on the acquisition of local hotels.
- Advised Maxab on sale of shares to an American VC.
- Advised Kemin Industries on the acquisition of a local company.
Karim Adel Law Office's name partner Karim Adel has more than 25 years' experience in M&A transactions and he frequently acts for multinational companies in cross-border acquisitions. His recent work includes establishing the local office for Italian company in the pharmaceutical sector. German-qualified consultant Christian Ule is also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Khodeir & Partners joins the ranking having been founded in early 2020 by Mohamed Khodeir, who has a wealth of experience having practiced law in four jurisdictions, and having worked at key local firms including Al Tamimi & Company. The firm has quickly built up a roster of high-profile clients, among them Oracle and Infinity Group, and has been active in direct and indirect investment transactions and cross-border M&A deals, frequently acting as local counsel in collaboration with international law firms.
Infinity Group Yes
Arab Sweeteners Yes
Belady For Touristic Development Yes
Castolin Eutectic Monitor Coating Middle East FZE Yes
- Providing corporate and commercial advice to Infinity Energy.
- Providing corporate governance advice and legal assistance to Infinity Holding.
'It is a very professional firm and has great experience in the market', says a client of Legalia Law Office. The firm advises a growing number of international brands on corporate and commercial matters, often acting as local counsel in partnership with international law firms. Partner Hamdy Mostafa (who is 'very creative and cooperative'), and associates Ashraf Ghallab, Mahmoud Galal and Batool Oleimy are the lead lawyers.
Hamdy Mostafa; Ashraf Ghallab; Mahmoud Galal; Batool Oleimy
‘The firm has a solid grounding in corporate governance and practice, regulations and prompt execution.’
‘The firm provides accurate legal and corporate advisory and document drafting.’
‘They show commitment and efficiency, thereby saving time.’
‘Legalia is a very professional firm and it has great experience in the market.’
‘The managing director of Legalia has grest experience over 22 years and is very creative and cooperative’.
‘Legalia has incredible dedication to its clients, and their full knowledge of the local and the international environment is remarkable.’
‘Ethics is one of the most important characteristics of the firm.’
‘I believe the multinational background is the main reason for giving them such weight.’
‘The firm is very highly engaged and has an exceptional level of understanding of the business and analysis of the situation.’
- Advised Wilo on on-going commercial legal matters relating to their business in Egypt.
- Advised adidas on their ongoing corporate and commercial matters including handling all corporate secretarial work.
- Advised the client on on-going corporate, commercial and M&A matters.
NAL & Partners is best known for its intellectual property work but its increasing presence in M&A transactions and its growing volume of corporate advisory work make it a popular choice of adviser among both domestic and international companies. Managing partner Nermien Al-Ali frequently advises technology start-ups with corporate matters. The firm recently launched Egypt's first online legal service for company registration and legal due diligence.
Riad, Saleh & Partners is a small firm that punches above its weight in corporate and M&A matters. It handles key transactions for international clients, among them Schindler Group, Chubb Life Insurance and Air Liquide Group. It is also called upon for corporate governance and strategic matters. 'They are so practical and informative and know how to close cross-border deals', say clients of lead partners Mohamed Saleh and Hesham Riad.
Mohamed Saleh; Hesham Riad
‘The team has diversified experience and reliable knowledge.’
‘I love working with the partners as they are available at any time and they have massive experience in different areas of law.’
‘Every person has their own strengths and each one of them completes the whole team.’
‘They are so practical and informative and know how to close cross-border deals.’
‘The team members are very well organised and their performance is outstanding.’
‘It was an exceptional experience for plenty of reasons. The team was understanding and spotted all related laws and regulations to a specific case, also we appreciate the efficiency in information acquisition from different sources especially when European entity and standards are in scope. Finally, it is the responsive attitude which above all shows seriousness and responsibility of all matters.’
‘We appreciate the integrity and diversity with all associated teams, and team members are paramount in settling a complete and detailed picture of specific cases.’
‘Mohamed Saleh is always helpful and accessible, with phenomenal detail-oriented capabilities as well as an organised mindset for the resolution of complex issues. From a business perspective, the trust and credibility Mohamed Saleh enjoys has saved my organisation a considerable spending and reputation impact.’
‘We are enjoying working with Riad, Saleh & Partners. They are doing a great job and really have great experience in the healthcare sector.’
‘Mohamed Saleh and the team are very meticulous and responsive.’
‘We are really experiencing a high standard of legal services with highly informative lawyers.’
‘They understand the business and provide quality advice and responsiveness.’
‘A very responsive team with extensive experience in terms of handling business needs and coping impressively with the changes of laws currently taking place.’
‘It has proactive legal research capabilities which greatly assist business planning to predict any change in the legal platform for the foreseeable future, i.e tracking legislative activities and/or governmental legal releases. Also, it has exceptional knowledge and connectivity with all governmental agencies which achieve impressive results in terms of saving money, time and effort for business operation.’
‘I dealt with Hesham Riad on several occasions. He demonstrated a remarkable legal experience and unique knowledge in business and corporate practice. He was acting as a true business partner.’
Air Liquide Group
Chubb Life Insurance
Integrated Diagnostics Holdings (IDH)
Golden West Seeds
Tokio Marine Insurance
Ahram Security Group
Al Borg Laboratories
Echo Scan Nigeria
Echo Lab Nigeria
- Advised an Egyptian Steel company in its $50m syndicated loan from several banks in Egypt.
- Advised a world leader group in gases and technologies and services for industry and health – which has a presence in 80 countries with 66,000 employees all over the world – in several disputes and commercial deals.
- Advised Vena Medical Company, a company which is incorporated in London, on their corporate structure, and Investment in Egypt.
Rizkana & Partners joins the ranking having expanded its range of corporate and commercial work. The firm frequently handles the incorporation of companies in Egypt, as well as matters of regulatory compliance, IPOs, corporate restructuring, commercial transactions and M&A deals. Its growing cross-border work recently included advising a telecoms company on its divestment to funds based in Europe. Practice head Hazim Rizkana is best known for litigation and arbitration, but he is also a key adviser to domestic clients on civil, commercial and private law, as well as M&A transactions.
EZDK – Ezz El Dekheila
Attijariwafa bank Egypt
Union Capital Financial Advisory S.A.E.
- Representation in the approx. $1bn acquisition of Ezz Rolling Mill and Ezz Flat Steel.
- Advised Money Market Fund (MMF), which includes responsibility for all Fund contractual obligations, and provided corporate secretarial functions for Fund.
- Providing corporate and capital market functions for client.