Dispute resolution: litigation in Egypt

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

The litigation practice at Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) regularly handles a high volume of complex cases before courts of all nature. The firm’s embedment into the global Baker McKenzie structure allows it to draw on a large amount of resources if needed. Matters such as cartel fines, trademark infringement, government investigations, and a variety of commercial disputes are part of the team’s service portfolio. Of counsel Abdel Aziz Hassouba heads the litigation practice. Other key names include managing partner Mohamed Ghannam , who recently recently acted in a number of real estate litigation cases, and Mohamed Elfar, who is active in a range of litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Abdel Aziz Hassouba

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Ghannam; Mohamed Elfar

Work highlights

  • Represented a real estate developer based in Egypt in a major shareholders dispute case. Two lawsuits were filed by the plaintiffs (counter-party) against /our client, requesting nullification and annulment of the decision of the company’s ordinary general assembly to reform the board of directors issued to grant a major shareholder an additional seat in the Company’s board of directors, as well as a request for nullification and annulment of the company’s board of directors resolution by increasing the company’s issued capital within the limits of the licensed capital by 300 million Egyptian pounds.
  • Representing a global aerospace and defence corporation in twelve Labor lawsuits filed by some workers working for the company claiming compensations for arbitrary discharge and end of service remunerations of different amounts in dollar as per each worker’s term of service and wage. During the court heading dated 21 Jan 2021, judgements were rendered on nine of such lawsuits in favor of the client, rejecting the claims and the remaining lawsuits are still under consideration, yet to be adjudicated.

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy counts a number of international blue-chip corporations amongst its litigation clients from sectors such as telecoms, hospitality, automotive, and media. The practice covers all essential matters including competition and antitrust cases, contract disputes, and product liability. The team is led jointly by John Matouk and Mohamed Shehata. Matouk benefits from a New York law qualification and extensive experience in cases before local courts and major dispute institutions. Telecommunication, finance, and energy are meanwhile part of the industry focus of Shehata who further specialises in major commercial disputes before Egyptian courts, tribunals and regulatory bodies. Associate Momen Rezk  is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

John Matouk; Mohamed Shehata

Other key lawyers:

Momen Rezk

Key clients

Skoda Auto (Volkswagen Group)

Huntleigh Nesbit Evans Limited

Etisalat Misr


Telecom Italia Sparkle

Reliance Heavy Industries

Egyptian Resorts Company

Ahram Beverages







Alcazar Energy Egypt Solar

Kuwait Wadi Elnile Urban DevelopmentCompany (Kuwadico)

Orascom Construction Industries (OCI)



TCI Sanmar


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Orascom Construction Industries to seize more than 250 trademarks owned by a leading Real Estate and Touristic Projects Developer in Egypt in execution of an arbitral award issued in favor of the client with an amount exceeding EGP 1 Billion.
  • Successfully represented Egyptian Resorts Company, a major Egyptian real estate developer listed on the Egyptian stock exchange, before the Egyptian Court of Cassation against an Egyptian investment company owned by a Jordanian investor in connection with rescission of a land sale agreement. The Court of Cassation upheld the Court of Appeal judgment in our client’s favor putting an end to a US$ 200M exposure.
  • Successfully represented Airbus before the Egyptian courts and successfully blocked two complex airline accident compensation claims in connection with a major aviation accident.

Shahid Law Firm

Shahid Law Firm remains a key player in litigation, having recently continued its African expansion by opening a first office in Sudan in February 2021, thus improving on its ability to handle multinational contentious matters. In Egypt, the firm is experienced in representing multinational clients operating in healthcare, construction, tourism, technology, and media in complex cases before courts of all degrees. With 9 partners, the practice is one of the largest on the market. A trio consisting of counsel Sarwat Abd El-Shahid , Nabil El-Bedewy and Girgis Abd El-Shahid lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Sarwat Abd El-Shahid; Nabil El-Bedewy; Girgis Abd El-Shahid


‘The legal team at Shahid Law Firm have never disappointed us, they are a hardworking and tactically astute team whose heavy focus is always on client care, ensuring that advice and support is always available.’

‘The individuals at Shahid are very reliable and efficient and have a lot of experience in their field. From when Shahid have been representing us, the individuals have always wanted the best for us, they have exceptional knowledge and experience dealing with situations on an informed and proactive basis, which in return ensures that we as clients receive the most effective outcome.’

Key clients

Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Libyan Foreign Bank


PTT Energy Resources Company Limited

International Air Transport Association

Middle East Broadcasting Center

Bigo Technology Pte. Ltd.

QAPCO & Qatofin

Ferro Corporation



Turkish Airlines

Qatar Airways

Marubeni Corporation


Abbott Laboratories


Shalakany Law Office

Shalakany Law Office’s 33 litigation specialists gives the firm an edge when it comes to handling complex high-profile cases, for which it is often appointed by blue-chip clients. Managing partner Khaled El Shalakany has worked on contentious matters across all sectors and levels, and heads the litigation and arbitration department. Dispute specialist Adam El Shalakany is frequently involved in multijurisdictional disputes in the MENA region, and is highly experienced in the area of construction disputes. Muhammad Ussama is well-versed in matters of private and public law. Senior associate Marwa Farouk is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Khaled El Shalakany

Other key lawyers:

Adam El Shalakany; Muhammad Ussama; Mahmoud Shedid; Marwa Farouk


‘Shalakany is a very sold litigation firm in general. Shalakany is very good in putting a strategy for each case depending on its type, the risk assignment of the case is very useful for the clients to take the right decision on time.’

‘Very organized – great knowledge of local laws.’

Key clients


Peaguot Autombiles

Bein Sports

Misr Insurance

Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait

Ingosstrakh Insurance Company

General Motors Egypt

Ieoc Production BV

Three Corners Hotels & Resorts


Work highlights

  • Representing Peugeot Automobiles in a dispute that arises out of a supply and distribution contract of automobiles. Shalakany successfully secured a judgement in favour of its client and thus the client is no longer obliged to pay any amounts to the opposing party.
  • Representing Ieoc Production BV in a case in which the Plaintiff (the Fisheries and Aquaculture Union) initiated court proceedings against our client claiming that our client polluted the Red Sea Coast and thus decreased available the fish stocks. The plaintiff is requesting damages/compensation amounting to EGP 1 billion. This case is especially important because it touches upon environmental and industrial policy in Egypt.
  • Representing Bein Sports in a case in which the Plaintiff filled an economic misdemeanour against our client claiming that our client violated Article 8 Section (D) and (G) of the Egyptian Competition law. The Plaintiff puts forward that our client obliged its customers to resort to Esuhail SAT instead of Nile SAT in order to benefit from our client’s bundles/products.

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law has a reputation for success in a host of landmark cases for domestic and international clients alike. The litigation practice’s expertise includes contentious matters in the area of labour, construction, M&A, tax, and white-collar crime. Advising banking institutions on their dispute resolution portfolios further constitutes a particular specialisation of the team. Senior partner Youssef Abou Zeid  leads the litigation department with longstanding experience in this area, while Omar Abou Elenain is also recommended for his expertise in litigation within tourism, capital markets, construction, real estate, and employment.

Practice head(s):

Youssef Abou Zeid

Other key lawyers:

Omar Abou Elenain

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank – Egypt (ADIB)

Abu Ghali Motors

Accor Hotels

AIG Egypt Insurance Company & AIG MEA Limited

Al Ahly Financial Investments Management (AFIM)

Al Ismaelia Real Estate Investment

Al Junaibi Group

Alitalia– Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A

Alstom Egypt

American University in Cairo (AUC)

Arab Bank

Arab Investment Bank

ARABCO for Petroleum Industries

Attijariwafa Bank Egypt

British Petroleum Egypt (BP)

Capital Group Properties

Cargill Misr & Cargill Trading Egypt


Citi Bank Egypt

Commercial International Bank Egypt

Conrad Cairo Hotel

Damac Properties

Damietta International Port Company (DIPCO)

Dehydro Foods SAE

Egypt Foods SAE

Egyptian Engineering Agencies SAE(EEA)

Egyptian German Automotive Co. EGA SAE

Egyptian Linear Alkyl Benzene (ELAB)

Egyptian Natural Gas Company (GASCO)

Fayoum Gas Company


Four Seasons First Residence

General Electric Group

Grome Free Zone Marketing Ltd (GROHE)

Gulf Egypt for Hotels & Tourism

he Arab Company For Petroleum Industries (ARABCO)

Hebeish Group

Hero Food Industries

Hikma Pharmaceuticals Egypt Ltd.

Howaidak Family

Hyde Park Properties for Development S.A.E. (HPD)

Immediad A/S

Initec Energia

Kamco Investment Company K.S.C

Kandil Industries

LandmarkGulf Group (Fun City Egypt SAE)


LG Electronics Egypt SAE

Maadi Sporting and Yacht Club

Mapei S.P.A

Mashreq Bank

Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF)

Medica Middle East for Trading and Importation and Commercial Agencies

Mitsubishi Corporation

National Company for Maize Products (NCMP)

Nissan Motor Egypt S.A.E.

Novartis Pharma SAE

Novo Nordisk Egypt


Orascom Construction Industries Co. SAE(OCI)

Otis Elevators

Pepsi Cola Egypt

Petroleum Marine Services

Philips Egypt LLC

Red Cross International Committee

Sainsbury PLC

Savoy Sharm El Sheikh

Seha Scan SAE

Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo Hotel

Sheraton Miramar Resort

Sheraton Montazah

Solidere International Limited & Solidere Egypt Real Estate Investment and Development Company SAE

SUBEX – Serena Beach Hotel Company

Tui Travel Plc

United for Trading and Transport SAE

Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications SAE

Work highlights

  • Representing El Nasr Electrical and Electronic Apparatus Company (NEEASAE) in challenging the court judgement in favor of the National Investment Bank’s claim that NEEASAE failed to repay an EGP 96,121,577 loan.  
  • Advising Mota Goup (Portugal) in its legal claim against its agent in Egypt resulting from transactions and a trade agency agreement.
  • Representing Philips Egypt in the case filed against Palestine Hospital and requesting USD 196,901,92 for the outstanding invoices of a maintenance contract.

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm

Privatisation disputes and tax cases constitute the main focal points of Zulficar & Partners Law Firm litigation practice. Furthermore, the firm also handles contentious matters in the areas of banking, employment, corporate, IP, and competition law. Clients come from a variety of sector backgrounds, including telecommunication, real estate, and insurance. Founding partner Mahmoud Shaltout is involved in complex cases across the legal spectrum with specialisations in IP, commercial law, tax, corporate crimes, and civil matters.

Practice head(s):

Mahmoud Shaltout

Other key lawyers:

Eslam El Dessouki

Key clients

Alexandria Portland Cement Co.

Adeptio AD Investment SPC


AMER Group

Beni Suef Cement Co.

British American Tobacco Egypt

Bluburg – Modern Consumer Innovations Company


Citibank N.A.

Egyptian Dutch Dredging Company Ltd




Helwan Cement Co.

IBM Egypt


National Bank of Egypt




Phillip Morris

Promomedia Advertising & Production

Qalaa Holdings

Richemont International SA

Spinneys Egypt

Suez Cement Company SAE


Tourah Portland Cement Co.

Taqa Arabia

Taqa Marketing


ADSERO-Ragy Soliman & Partners

ADSERO-Ragy Soliman & Partners climbs the ranking this year with a litigation practice that has particular strengths in white collar crimes and investment and trading disputes. The firm counts domestic and multinational corporations amongst its clients, stemming from various sectors such as IP, telecommunications, health, industrial and public sectors. Co-founding partner Osman Mowafy leads the team, specialising in major commercial disputes and white collar crimes and regularly representing a number of major automobile manufacturers and investors.

Practice head(s):

Osman Mowafy

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company’s litigation department is experienced in advising national and international corporations across a broad range of industry sectors, with special expertise in maritime and IP litigation. The firm is also able to handle cross-border disputes thanks to its strong presence in the MENA region and advises on parallel proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. Khaled Attia leads the team, while Senior Associate Abdelrahman Gomaa is recommended for his experience in a number of high-profile litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Khaled Attia

Other key lawyers:

Abdelrahman Gomaa

Key clients

Telecom Egypt

National Automotive Company NATCO




Abo Zaabal Fertilizer

Trans Business for Trading & Distribution



Pharco Pharmaceuticals

Alliance Law Firm - Egypt

Alliance Law Firm – Egypt handles a broad range of litigation disputes, including commercial, employment, tax, and white collar before civil, administrative, and criminal courts. Head of the dispute resolution department Mohamed Elrafie is experienced in contentious matters across a wide range of sectors with a specific focus on commercial and corporate disputes. Associate Mohamed Magdy is specialised in litigation, particularly when it comes to the medical, oil and gas, and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Elrafie

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Magdy


‘We have been represented by Alliance Law Firm in number of disputes, their dispute resolution team showed strong assessment skills and legal knowledge. They always present arguments and strategies out of the box.’

‘We have worked with Mohamed Elrafie and Mohamed Magdy, both have proved to have deep understanding of legal procedures before Egyptian courts as well as case law.’

‘Alliance Law firm has great dispute resolution team. The team is experienced and well organised. They send frequent reports for each lawsuit. Also they are keen on the client’s interest. they exert enormous efforts to maintain the client’s position.’

‘The team members are professional and diversified. They are reliable and responsive to any inquiries or legal matters come on board.’

‘I am really impressed and proud in the same time having such a distinguished firm representing me. The strength point I see very important after dealing with them is the confidence they gave me that we will WIN.’

‘Dr. Mohamed Elrafei: A very high experience level, professionalism, creativity, high analytical skills & extremely calm.

‘Team is very well equipped with the technical expertise and talent in dispute resolution.’

‘Very aligned and have the knowledge and the right techniques to achieve the costumer requirements. they always come back with new solutions which is always serving the business.’

Key clients

TITAN Group – Alexandria Portland Cement Company

TITAN Group – Beni Suef Cement Company

Amlak Real Estate Investment & Finance

East Gas


Arafa Group


Arqaam Capital

ELS – Egyptian Language School

Egygab – Egyptian Company for Engineering & Construction

Adel Fahim – VP of International federation of bodybuilding


Global Surveys LLC


Le Saffre


Tatweer Misr

Wave Maker

Woody Oriental

Samir and Aly

Bupa Egypt Insurance (Bupa Global)

Pharma Overseas

Glint Consulting

Aura Egypt


Riad & Riad

The litigation department at Riad & Riad has strengths in representing domestic and international companies in contentious matters in the pharmaceutical, real estate, manufacturing, and construction sectors. Moreover, the firm handles disputes from the trial stage up until the issuance of enforceable judgements. The department also holds a team that is specialised in assisting clients with labor and employment cases. Mohamed Riad , Fatma Salah, and Eman Riad are the trio at the top of the practice. Salah is well-versed in areas such as construction and corporate law, while Eman Riad has a focus on labor and employment litigation, and Mohamed Riad’s specialisations include trade investigations and IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Riad; Fatma Salah; Eman Riad

Key clients




Kellogg Tolaram Noodles Egypt

Al Aseel

Beijing Emirates Construction Group (BEC)

Music and Entertainment Rights Licensing Independent Network Limited (MARLIN)


British Airways

Acino Pharma





Pedon SPA

Work highlights

  • Advising Acciona, the Spanish multinational conglomerate in a dispute with the main contractor under a subcontract agreement in relation to the Grand Egyptian Museum project.
  • Representing GS E&C, a well-known Korean architecture and engineering company, in a multi-million dollars’ dispute before Egyptian courts with a local subcontractor in relation to complex payments dispute for “time extensions” and “inadequate/incomplete specifications”.
  • Successfully represented Kellogg Tolaram Noodles Egypt, a leading multinational food manufacturing company, in connection with a claim against the Egyptian Notary Public Authority for the refund of unduly collected Notarization Fee. The Claim was initiated before the Investment Dispute Resolution Committee and the latter issued its decision in favour of the client.

Rizkana & Partners

Beginning with initiating claims to ensuring enforcements, Rizkana & Partners’ litigation team advises clients through the whole duration of the dispute process. The firm has recently also expanded its expertise in assisting clients in tracking and returning funds that have been lost in the context of frauds. Hazim Rizkana heads the department and has a longstanding track record in handling disputes before all levels of courts. Senior Associate Amr Ibrahim is specialised in disputes in civil, commercial and private law matters.

Practice head(s):

Hazim Rizkana

Other key lawyers:

Amr Ibrahim

Youssef & Partners Attorneys

The team is amazing in setting strategies, and they have high collaboration among each other’, says a client about Youssef & Partners Attorneys' litigation practice. The firm advises multinational clients regularly in high-stakes disputes, often being involved in administrative, civil and commercial litigation as well as white-collar crime and real estate disputes, amongst others. Karim A. Youssef has extensive experience in commercial claims, government contract and state entity disputes, while Kamel Elshandidy joined the firm in October 2020 and is well-versed in sectors including energy, construction, TMT, and pharmaceuticals. They lead the practice together with litigation expert Mohamed Farouk.

Practice head(s):

Karim Youssef; Kamel Elshandidy; Mohamed Farouk


‘The team is amazing in setting strategies and they have high collaboration among each other.’

‘The individuals I operate with are top notch. They are deeply technical experts in arbitration and litigation. They provide consistently excellent service.’


Key clients

Arabian Cement Company (ACC)

National Telecommunications Corporation (NTC)

SMG Group

Arab African International Bank (AAIB)



Triangle Management Company

CIT Global

Adenium Energy Capital

Work highlights

  • Representing Arabian Cement Company in a high-profile dispute pertaining to the broader regulation of cement licenses. Our client has filed a lawsuit challenging the decision to pay the amount of EGP 950 million entry fees to obtain a cement license that was already pre-approved.
  • Representing National Telecommunications Holding Company (NTC) and other former shareholders of Egynet, in numerous guerrilla claims and complex litigations aiming at challenging an arbitral award and resisting its enforcement and unwinding pre-arbitration court actions.

Dentons Egypt LLC

Thanks to its global network of law firms, the litigation department at Dentons Egypt LLC is well-equipped to handle cross-border matters and, through its association with local law firm Afifi Law Office, can also apply extensive expertise in domestic disputes. The team frequently acts for clients in contentious matter related to labour and employment, real estate, finance, and tax. Michael Lacey is managing partner of the Cairo office and leads the litigation practice together with Amal Afifi Dawood. Senior associate Ahmed Rashed is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Amal Afifi Dawood; Michael Lacey

Other key lawyers:

Ahmed Rashed

Hafez and Partners

Hafez and Partners joins the ranking this year with a litigation practice that acts for domestic and multinational clients on a wide range of contentious matters and sectors such as telecom, oil and gas, sports and fast-moving consumer goods. The firm’s portfolio includes handling shareholder disputes, employment law claims, intellectual property infringement claims, and real estate disputes. Lead partner Ahmed Hafez is well-versed in local and international white collar crime disputes, amongst others.

Practice head(s):

Ahmed Hafez

Key clients

ALSAADA for Agriculture Development and Real Estate Investment

Amwaj Co.

Fiber Misr ICT (Benya Capital)

Bianchi for Tourism and Real Estate Investment

Bunge Egypt

Commercial International Bank

Cotecna Inspection Egypt

East Gas Company S.A.E


Elsafa Grains

Elsahl Group

Alturki Holding

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

King Tut’s Playground

Le 16 Law


Premier League

SAS Middle East

Sunrise Resorts & Cruises

Vodafone Telecommunication Egypt

Atelier 33

DLA Piper

Clyde & Co

AIM Technologies

Delek Drilling

J. Walter Thomson (JWT)

Khodeir & Partners

Khodeir & Partners was established in late 2019 and has since then continually grown the expertise of its litigation department. The practice covers a wide range of sectors including construction, banking, distribution, IP, and employment. Criminal matters as well as shareholder disputes are also part of the firm’s portfolio. Ahmed Kotb has extensive experience in litigation cases involving several jurisdictions and is often involved in financial, construction, and trade disputes, amongst others. He leads the practice together with Youssef Taher, who joined the team in January 2021 from a Kuwaiti litigation firm.

Practice head(s):

Ahmed Kotb; Youssef Taher


‘Ability to communicate peculiarities of local law civil procedures.’

‘Ahmed Kotb – responsive, practical and able to hone in on most important aspects of dispute resolution. Highly recommended for both bespoke and volume based dispute work.’

‘The team is always available to do its duties professionally and on time.’

‘Ahmed Kotb is the actual team leader and really a reliable person.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a leading regional producer of diapers, tissues and other hygienic products. In these operations, the client is faced with challenges in respect of its labour force, distributors and regulators.
  • Representing Contracting for Services Industry, a client who entered into a subcontract with relation to the construction of a refinery project in Egypt. Court proceedings have been launched against the contractor and the employer for payment of the USD 35,000,000.
  • Representing four players at Misr Lil-Maqassa who wish to terminate their employment agreement with the club, for non-payment of their outstanding amounts for a period spanning between four to six months.

Marghany Advocates

Marghany Advocates  represents clients from sectors such as hospitality, transportation, entertainment, finTech, and oil and gas in litigation cases. The firm handles local matters as well as cross-border disputes. Amir Marghany is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Amir Marghany

Mohamed Nasser Law Firm

The litigation practice at Mohamed Nasser Law Firm possesses strong expertise in both civil and commercial lawsuits in a variety of sectors covering real estate, military, and entertainment, amongst others. Practice head Ahmed Ragab has acted for clients in matters pertaining to employment and criminal law, while managing partner Mohamed Nasser is focused on all aspects of corporate law. Ahmed Nasser is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ahmed Ragab

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Nasser; Ahmed Nasser

Key clients

Ahmed El Ganzoury

Mounira Saber

Al-Ahram Real Estate and Tourism Development Company

Sherif Ramzy

Pan Marine Petroleum Services FZ

Pan Marine Shipping Company

Signe Furniture

G’N’K Hospitality

Aqua Top for Trading and Distribution

Al-Alia’ Waheed


Ahmed El-Sawy

Mohamed Abdel Hafaz

Walid Al-Kafrawy

Rijk Zwaan EG

The International Co. For Touristic & Hotels Services

Khaled Salem

Tariq Muneeb

Germine Hassanein

Iman El Nashar

Work highlights

  • Advised Marafeq Co on a series of annulment lawsuits.
  • Advised Al-Ahram Real Estate and Tourism Development Company on a lawsuit for the validity and enforcement of a plot of land.
  • Advised Mr. Sherif Ramzy on a lawsuit to be appointed as the Chairman of El Nasr Film Company.

Riad, Saleh & Partners

Riad, Saleh & Partners’ expertise in litigation ranges across the entire dispute resolution process, beginning with consultation to negotiations and settlements. The firm has experience handling cases before all court levels and clients include multinational corporations operating in Egypt. Mohamed Kamel Saleh and Hesham Riad are the lead partners.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Kamel; Saleh Hesham Riad

Key clients

AXA OneHealth

Schindler Group

Trapped Egypt

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 Air Liquide, a world leader group in gases and technologies and services for industry & health – which has a presence in 80 countries with 66,000 employees all over the world – in several disputes.