Dispute resolution: litigation in Egypt

Al Kamel Law Office

Al Kamel Law Office has a large litigation group that handles civil, commercial and maritime disputes, and also has an active debt collection practice. It has particular expertise in IP and employment litigation, as well as disputes in the oil and gas sector. A significant proportion of its work is for multinational clients, though it also acts for large Egyptian companies in domestic matters. Managing partner Mohamed Kamel, partners Rasheed Kamel and Shahira Khaled, and head of litigation Joseph Morcos are the main practitioners. Associate Ahmed Hassib is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Kamel; Rasheed Kamel; Shahira Khaled; Joseph Morcos

Other key lawyers:

Ahmed Hassib

Key clients

DUTCH OPHTHALMIC RESEARCH CENTER (INTERNATIONAL) B.V. (“DORC”)

DANAOS SHIPPING

QATAR NATIONAL BANK

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie Interna

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) has one of the largest litigation practices in Cairo, with five senior counsels handling high-value cross-border disputes. While the firm has notable expertise in key sectors such as international disputes, including engineering and construction, and oil & gas, its work is broad in its scope, with complex post-M&A matters featuring strongly in its workload. Counsel Abdel Aziz Hassouba is head of the litigation group. Counsel Mohamed Elfar, who also leads the competition law practice, is also recommended for commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Abdel Aziz Hassouba

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Elfar

Work highlights

  • Acting for an American multinational investment bank in connection with a lawsuit regarding the validity of the precautionary attachment procedures and an obligation of $85m and execution and invalidity disputes regarding the said precautionary attachment, provisional assessment of the debt and judgments related thereto.
  • Acted for a Dutch multinational company which creates paints and coatings in connection with a customs evasion case, a misdemeanour regarding importing raw materials for $37m in violation of the Law on Import and Export.
  • Acting for a global aerospace and defense company, in connection with 12 labor cases with a total value of $1.4bn filed by former employees claiming compensation and end-of-service bonus.

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

The litigation team is really good at translating the local legal issues for an international client', says a client of Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy. Known for handling high-profile litigation in sectors as diverse as telecoms, energy, hospitality, pharmaceuticals and automotive, the firm has a track record of success in representing both domestic and international companies. The practice led by John Matouk and head of litigation Mohamed Shehata also has extensive experience in representing major US clients on FCPA-related investigations, product liability cases and tax disputes. Counsels Momen Rezk and the 'responsive and decisive' Mohamed Omar are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

John Matouk; Mohamed Shehata

Other key lawyers:

Momen Rezk; Mohamed Omar

Testimonials

‘The litigation team is really good at translating the local legal issues for an international client. Their work is about solving the client’s problem in a pragmatic way with the best possible outcome. ’

‘Mohamed Omar is very responsive and enjoyable to work with. Excellent combination of legal expertise and business mindset. He was decisive in getting us an excellent deal and then pushing it through. ’

‘Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy is a remarkable law firm, the team is a detail-oriented partner who never loses sight of the strategic objective. The work has always been excellent.’

‘I found Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy very professional and efficient in the matter on which I instructed them and would have no hesitation in recommending the firm. The people are very experienced and very responsive to our inquiries.’

‘I find it a very good practice in terms of understanding the client’s needs, following up on work progress and providing timely updates on relevant matters. I find it unique in terms of experience and legal knowledge. ’

‘The individuals that I work with are competent, experienced and understand the needs of the client. They attend to the client’s needs in a timely manner. They value the client.’

Key clients

Major International Apparel Manufacturer

Skoda Auto (Volkswagen Group)

Sony

Uber

Egyptian Resorts Company

Etisalat Misr

Gemini Global Development Egypt

Danone Nutricia

Cargill

TCI Sanmar Chemicals

Commercial Bank International PSC

FCC Construction

Nissan

Alcazar Energy Egypt Solar

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a £30m compensation claim in Egyptian courts for a major UK apparel manufacturer.
  • Represented Skoda Auto in a complex dispute concerning Skoda’s termination of its previous distributor in Egypt (Artoc Auto) in 2016. The firm successfully blocked Artoc’s damages claim in the first instance stage and in the Cairo Court of Appeal and further blocked Artoc’s attempts to suspend importation of Skoda cars and spare parts in the Egyptian market and, accordingly, maintained the course of Skoda’s business in Egypt through its new importer, who was appointed shortly after Artoc’s termination.
  • Successfully represented FCER in the annulment action of an ad hoc arbitration award rendered on 22 March 2013. The award was successfully nullified before the Cairo Court of Appeal on 3 June 2020, setting a precedent as the first nullification of a major ad hoc arbitral award rendered in accordance with the provisions of the Unified Convention for Investment of Arab Capital in Arab Countries.

Shahid Law Firm

Shahid Law Firm has one of the largest and most prominent litigation practices in Cairo, with eight partners who are increasingly specialised in their dispute resolution work. Former judge Sarwat Abd El-Shahid is a registered patent attorney, Girgis Abd El-Shahid handles, among other things, investor-state disputes and energy matters, and Sameh Attia focuses on commercial disputes in the media sector. Tarek BadawyNabil El-Bedewy, senior partner Mahmoud El-Ganzouri, Mohamed Atef and Soad Fayek are also heavily involved in commercial litigation. ‘The firm has a great team, very efficient’, remarks one client.

Practice head(s):

Sarwat Abd El-Shahid; Nabil El-Bedewy; Mahmoud El-Ganzouri; Girgis Abd El-Shahid; Tarek Badawy; Mohamed Atef; Sameh Attia; Soad Fayek

Other key lawyers:

Salma Abdelaziz

Testimonials

The firm has a great team, very efficient’

‘Tarek Badawy and senior associate Salma Abdelaziz show good teamwork and are positive and target-oriented.’

Key clients

PTT Energy Resources

Confederation of African Football (“CAF”)

Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction

Loughborough University (LU)

Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC)

Jushi Egypt for Fiberglass Industry S.A.E.

RINA S.p.A.

International Air Transport Association “IATA”

Turkish Airlines

Bigo Technology Pte. Ltd.

Libyan Foreign Bank (LFB)

Vitabiotics Egypt For Pharmaceutical Industries (S.A.E.)

Hisar Çelik Döküm San. Ve Tic. A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Represented Qatari Diar’s subsidiary East Gate Developments, in connection with a dispute that dates back to 2006, when East Gate purchased and paid for a land plot for its “City Gate project”. Defended the client before the Administrative court which has overturned a fine imposed on East Gate by NUCA.
  • Represented PTT Energy Resources Company Limited in a “first of its kind” one billion dollar bilateral investment treaty (BIT) claim before Cairo’s administrative court.
  • Representing CAF before the COMESA Competition Commission (the “CCC”) following the latter’s investigation of a $1bn contract with Lagardère Sports and all downstream broadcasting/licensing and marketing/sponsorship contracts arising therefrom following the CCC’s issuance of a preliminary report recommending the imposition of financial penalties on CAF.

Shalakany Law Office

Shalakany Law Office has a deep bench of talent with 33 litigation specialists, making it the largest dispute resolution practice in Egypt. It is among the most active firms in commercial litigation, frequently supporting large corporates in complex and high-value cases, both domestic and cross-border. Senior partner Khaled El Shalakany is the lead practitioner in a five-partner practice. Partner Mostafa Hassan is currently handling a dispute for Peugeot Automobiles arising from a €150m supply contract. Mahmoud Shedid, Adam El Shalakany and senior associate Marwa Farouk are among the other notable practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Khaled El Shalakany

Other key lawyers:

Mostafa Hassan; Mahmoud Shedid; Adam El Shalakany; Marwa Farouk

Key clients

Emaar Misr for Development S.A.E.

Global Telecom Holding

Peugeot Automobiles

Mondelez Egypt Foods

Misr Insurance

Metro Jet Airlines

Ingosstrakh Insurance Company

General Motors Egypt

Damas Jewellery

Bracco S.P.A.

beIN Media Group

Majid Al Futtaim

Amreyah Cement Company

Ahli Qatari Bank

Emirates National Bank

Commercial International Bank

Gulf Air

Coral Sea

Egyptian Tourism Federation

Kraft Heinz

Allianz

Mashriq Bank

Credit Agricole Egypt S.A.E.

AbbVie GmbH

Vanderbilt

Tetra Pak Egypt

CAD

Kernel

TUV

Naser El Khalifi

Nemesis

Amwaj Company for Real Estate and Touristic Investments

Litat

CEMEX

Portland

Sharmdream

Rowad

Wings

Wassief

Three Corners for Hotels and Tourism S.A.E.

Joyce

Beyti

Biscomisr

Kellogg’s

Prometeon

BA

DHL

Arab Banking Corporation (ABC)

IEOC Production No

Arab Petroleum Pipelines (SUMED)

Beko Trading Egypt LLC

Sinai White Portland Cement Company

Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers LTD

Foster Clark Products LTD

6th of October Company for Development and Investment (SODIC)

UPM Raflatac Oy

Nipro Medical Europe N.V.

Inco Industria Colori S.R.L.

Beyond Creation

Almassa International Inc

Ricciarelli SPA

Schlumberger

Orange Egypt for Telecommunications

Fimbank PLC

Western Geeco

Suez Oil Company

Work highlights

  • Handling 15 cases before the Appeal and Cassation courts. The firm obtained favourable judgments in the course of the past year at the First Instance and Appeal levels. These are major aviation cases being litigated in Egypt and in Russia simultaneously related to a major aviation dispute concerning an airplane crash.
  • Representing Peugeot Automobiles before the court with reference to a case relating to a dispute arising out of a supply contract amounting to over €150m.
  • Handling disputes regarding antitrust cases amounting to over EGP600m. These are a part of a larger case that required the coordination of various disputes.

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law has a large and diverse litigation practice that acts for a large roster of well-established local and international clients. Numerous banking institutions turn to the firm for all of their dispute resolution needs, and the firm handles significant matters in sectors as varied as hospitality, insurance, real estate, utilities, food, pharmaceuticals and technology. In commercial litigation, bankruptcy, finance, tax, consumer protection and white-collar crime cases, it remains one of the market leaders. Senior partner Youssef Abou Zeid is head of the dispute resolution group, in which Omar Abou Elenain is a central figure.

Practice head(s):

Youssef Abou Zeid

Other key lawyers:

Omar Abou Elenain

Key clients

Accor Hotels

AIG Egypt Insurance Company & AIG MEA Limited

Alitalia– Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A

Arab Investment Bank

Attijariwafa Bank Egypt

British Petroleum Egypt (BP)

Cargill Misr & Cargill Trading Egypt

Cemex

Commercial International Bank Egypt

Conrad Cairo Hotel

CORAL SEA HOTELS – RESORTS- NILE CRUISES

Egypt Factors

Egypt Foods S.A.E.

Fayoum Gas Company

General Electric Group (GE Medical Systems, GE Healthcare, Fieldcore – among others)

Grome Free Zone Marketing (Cairo) Ltd (GROHE)

KAMCO INVESTMENT COMPANY K.S.C

kandil Industries

LG Electronics Egypt S.A.E.

LEONI AG

Mitsubishi Corporation

Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF)

NISSAN Motor Egypt S.A.E.

Novo Nordisk Egypt

Otis Elevators

Pepsi Cola Egypt

Philips Egypt LLC

Savoy Sharm El Sheikh

SEMIRAMIS INTERCONTINENTAL CAIRO HOTEL

Dehydro Foods S.A.E.

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

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank – Egypt (ADIB)

Abu Ghali Motors

Alstom Egypt

Arab Bank

The American University in Cairo (AUC)

Four Seasons First Residence

Work highlights

  • Representing Philips Medical Systems Egypt in the case filed against Nawah Medical Investment Company requesting EGP12m for the supply and installation of medical equipment.
  • Representing Nissan Motors Egypt in the case filed by Delta Motors Company claiming EGP20m related to agency rights.
  • Representing Alkan Consult Company in the case filed against Ganz Danubius Trading requesting an indemnification for the termination of an agency agreement.

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm may not have the largest litigation practice but its blue-chip client base and the high value of its caseload make it one of the leading firms in dispute resolution. Founding partner and head of litigation Mahmoud Shaltout is the standout practitioner. He has extensive experience in disputes concerning intellectual property rights, commercial law, taxation, penal sanctions, corporate crimes, civil cases and environmental matters before the Egyptian courts for both domestic and international clients. The firm is particularly noted for the challenging and enforcing of foreign arbitral awards.

Practice head(s):

Mahmoud Shaltout

Key clients

Alexandria Portland Cement Co. (APCC)

Adeptio AD Investment SPC

AXA XL

AMER Group

Beni Suef Cement Co. (BSCC)

British American Tobacco Egypt

Bluburg – Modern Consumer Innovations Company

Cemex

Citibank N.A.

Egyptian Dutch Dredging Company Ltd

EMethanex

Energizer

Guardian

Helwan Cement Co. (HCC)

IBM Egypt

Marakez

National Bank of Egypt

ORANGE

Pirelli /Prometeon

Powertek/ EDRA POW

Work highlights

  • Represented Qalaa Holdings (Citadel Capital, SAE) in a case filed by Ibtihal Abdel Aziz Al Gaml against the company. The firm successfully secured a favourable judgment ruling for non-acceptance of the case being filed against our client.
  • Represented Qalaa Holdings (Citadel Capital, SAE) in the case filed by Mr. Al Mehelmy. The Firm successfully secured a first instance favourable judgment. The firm also successfully secured a favourable judgment ruling for non-acceptance of the civil case being filed against our client in the appeal court.
  • Represented Orange Egypt for Telecommunications S.A.E in CRCICA administered arbitral proceedings against Etisalat Misr and prevailed securing a large award, and continues to represent the client in enforcement procedures, as well as the annulment proceedings filed by the counterparty before Egyptian Courts.

Al Tamimi & Company

The Cairo office of Al Tamimi & Company is a key part of a litigation group that spans the Middle East which has notable expertise in disputes in the telecoms, technology, energy and natural resources, automotive and industrial sectors. Khaled Attia focuses predominantly on arbitration but leads a nine-lawyer practice that handles domestic and international litigation, which recently included representing ACETO Industries in a dispute with a German contractor concerning the wrongful termination of two subcontracts. Senior associate Ahmed Ezzat is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Khaled Attia

Other key lawyers:

Ahmed Ezzat

Key clients

Telecom Egypt

ExxonMobil

Bridgestone

IBM

Unilever

Ghalioungui Trading

National Automotive Company NATCO

Abu-Zaabal Fertilizer & Chemical

Trans Business for Trading & Distribution

Pharco Pharmaceutical

Mastercard

Aluminium Bahrain ALBA

TCI Sanmar

Work highlights

  • Represented ACETO Industries, the leading Egypt-based power and automation technology company in a matter relating to the wrongful termination of two subcontracts for the construction of cylindrical metallic silos in Ameriya and Damietta, Egypt.
  • Representing Trans Business for Trading & Distribution, the leading Egypt-based manufacturer and distributor of PMI Tobacco in its role as sub-tenant, in a set of litigation cases alleging breach of contract of the original tenancy contract with the landlord, by the original tenant.
  • Representing Abu-Zaabal Fertilizer & Chemical, a leading fertilizer manufacturer, in a price fixing cartel case. The Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) has accused Abu-Zaabal Fertilizer & Chemical Co of breaching the Law on the Protection of Competition and the Prohibition of Monopolistic Practices by having a price control agreement with the Financial & Industrial Egyptian Co.

Alliance Law Firm - Egypt

Alliance Law Firm - Egypt climbs the ranking this year, having acted for an impressive roster of international clients across a broad range of disputes, encompassing white-collar crime, administrative cases, employment disputes and tax investigations. Practice head Mohamed Elrafie, whose 20 years of litigation experience includes a stint as District Attorney at the Public Prosecutor's office, and litigation associate Mohamed Magdy, who focuses on both criminal and commercial disputes, are the main practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Elrafie

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Magdy

Testimonials

‘What makes our company choose ALF is the diversified and qualified staff available at any time and its timely feedback for any case brought to their attention. Overall, we are satisfied with the team that is differentiating itself with a needed blend of local and international experience.’

Key clients

TITAN Group – Alexandria Portland Cement Company

TITAN Group – Beni Suef Cement Company

Vodafone Egypt

Amlak Real Estate Investment & Finance

East Gas

Lafarge

Arafa Group

JWT

Intercement

Arqaam Capital

ELS – Egyptian Language School

Careem

Egygab – Egyptian Company for Engineering & Construction

Egyptian Company for Recycling Solid Waste (ENTAG)

Adel Fahim – VP of International federation of bodybuilding

Etapes Nouvelle

FLSmidth

Global Surveys LLC

Cotecna

Basement Records

Kellogg’s

Le Saffre

Pirelli

Tatweer Misr

Wave Maker

Woody Oriental

Bunge

Work highlights

  • Handled an employment case for Amreya Cement Company AMCC – Intercement group against AMCC claiming undistributed profit share & incentives for a value of EGP50m.
  • Represented Egyptian Language School in a case before the Administrative Court against the New Urban Communities Authority for cancelling its decree in which the Authority increased the purchased area of the school land 6th of October branch by 20% without legal cause.
  • Represented Lagoons before the criminal Economic Court for the accusation of money laundering.

Riad & Riad

Riad & Riad climbs the ranking this year having handled an increasingly diverse range of disputes. Its 12-lawyer team has been involved in matters before the Supreme Constitutional Court, the Court of Cassation and the State Council courts, as well as numerous cross-border matters in sectors including engineering, retail, construction and medical devices. The 'highly experienced' Fatma Salah, the 'excellent and very clear' Eman Riad and versatile litigation partner Mohamed Riad lead the practice, which is 'highly capable and very professional'.

Practice head(s):

Fatma Salah; Eman Riad; Mohamed Riad

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Abdelaty

Testimonials

‘When dealing with Ms Eman Riad she has been excellent, with very clear responses to our questions.’

‘Dr. Fatma Salah is a well experienced lawyer with 20 years of practice. Mohamed Abdelaty is an associate and part of the dispute resolution team who has immensely contributed to establishing a compelling argument in our recent submission in the on-going case.’

Key clients

Medtronic

British Airways

G4S

Acino Pharma

GS Engineering and Construction

Coats

Al Aseel

DNV GL

Beijing Emirates Construction Group (BEC)

Music and Entertainment Rights Licensing Independent Network Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising BEC company on four potential disputes against the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Saudi Arabia, the disputes related to variation orders in four different mega construction projects.
  • Advising MARLIN regarding retrieving large amount of cash that was erroneously paid to an Egyptian Company. The scope of the work included reviewing the documents and preparing report to the client about the available legal actions that might be taken against the counterparty.
  • Representing Medtronic in its dispute with its previous local partner for termination of its distribution and agency relationship.

Rizkana & Partners

Rizkana & Partners has a reputation for success in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, notably in the enforcement of arbitral awards won by the firm's arbitration group. It also handles a diverse range of commercial and civil cases relating to banking and finance, construction, international trade, hospitality, tax and white-collar crime. Lead partner Hazim Rizkana, supported by senior associate Amr Ibrahim, is currently fighting a claim for Attijariwafa bank Egypt concerning the enforcement of a EGP300m arbitral award.

Practice head(s):

Hazim Rizkana

Other key lawyers:

Amr Ibrahim

Key clients

Attijariwafa bank Egypt

Delta Steel

Visual Realty, Inc. (Master Franchisor of Gold’s Gym brand in Egypt)

Work highlights

  • Represented Delta Steel and supported the Egyptian government’s position in promoting and enforcing anti-dumping strategies and trade remedies in the steel sector to protect just competition.
  • Successfully represented Attijariwafa bank Egypt in fighting a claim exceeding EGP300m. The firm is currently representing the client in a dispute concerning the enforcement of said final judgment in front of the Constitutional Court.
  • Represented Visual Realty, Inc. (Master Franchisor of Gold’s Gym brand in Egypt) in a litigation regarding the illegal use of the Gold’s Gym logo and the enforcement of an arbitral award.

Youssef & Partners Attorneys

Youssef & Partners Attorneys has quickly carved out its role as a high-quality litigation practice. Handling some of the most high-value cases, it has a high success rate and has secured wins for its clients in more than 90% of its cases, whether in commercial litigation, bankruptcy cases or banking, tax, consumer protection and white-collar crime matters. Managing partner Karim A. Youssef, Kamel Elshandidy  and senior litigation attorney Mohamed Farouk are the key figures in the practice, which handles high-profile cases in both Egyptian and foreign courts.

Practice head(s):

Karim A. Youssef

Other key lawyers:

Kamel Elshandidy; Mohamed Farouk

Key clients

Arabian Cement Company (ACC)ACC

National Telecommunications Corporation (NTC)

SMG Group

Arab African International Bank (AAIB)

EgyptAir

Credendo

Triangle Management Company

CIT Global

Industrial Development Group (IDG)

DIPCO

Asec for Manufacturing & Industrial Projects (ARESCO)

Work highlights

  • Representing DIPCO in major $500m enforcement and annulment proceedings, having secured a major historic victory for DIPCO in commercial claims against the Damietta Port Authority.
  • The firm represents the Arabian Cement Company in high-profile regulatory litigation against the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Egypt and GAFI in relation to major issues concerning the licensing of the cement sector.
  • The firm represents National Telecommunications Holding Company (NTC) and other former shareholders of Egynet, in numerous guerrilla claims brought before Egyptian courts by Etisalat requesting the termination of an arbitral proceeding.

ADSERO-Ragy Soliman & Partners

ADSERO-Ragy Soliman & Partners is a new player in the market but it has quickly built up an impressive roster of clients and expanded its litigation group. Practice head Osman Mowafy, who joined in early 2020 from Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy, is ‘one of the best litigation partners in the market’, according to one market source. He is particularly adept in white-collar crime,  investment and trading disputes, and administrative disputes related to capital markets law. Yehia Shahine joined ALC Alieldean Weshahi & Partners.

Practice head(s):

Osman Mowafy

Key clients

Abela Misr

Sheraton Hurghada

Global Telecom Holding

Danone

Kuwait Food Company (Americana)

Prime Holdings

Arpu Plus

Telecom Egypt

Ring

Siemens

East Mediterranean Gas Company

Nestlé Egypt S.A.E.

Nile Sugar

Saudi Egyptian

Work highlights

  • Defending Abela Misr officials in the Court of Cassation against the appeal filed by public prosecutions regarding seizing and wasting EGP58m of public money.
  • Several members of the Egyptian Parliament are lobbying the government to withdraw a 336,000 sqm. commercial land bought by Sheraton Hurghada. The firm was able to arrange a presentation to explain the matter to members of the parliament, the press and the governor of Red Sea governorate.
  • Handling all on-going disputes of three of Global Telecom Holding subsidiaries which include social insurance, tax and preparation for liquidation.

Dentons Egypt LLC

The Cairo office of Dentons Egypt LLC is well positioned to handle cross-border disputes, working in collaboration with other offices in its global network, though it also handles high-value domestic matters, notably is the aviation, corporate, energy and environmental sectors. Managing partner Michael Lacey oversees the practice in which senior legal consultant Amal Afifi Dawood and senior associate Ahmed Kamal play prominent roles.

Practice head(s):

Michale Lacey

Other key lawyers:

Amal Afifi Dawood; Ahmed Kamal

Karim Adel Law Office

Karim Adel Law Office is best known for its work in the hotel and tourism sector, acting for high-profile multinational clients such as Intercontinental and Marriott. Its scope is expanding, however, with the hire of senior partner Hatem Darweesh, formerly head of disputes resolution at now defunct firm TMS Law Firm - Taha, Moussa & Sabahi, who leads the practice. Managing partner Karim Adel and partner Bishoy Safwat are also involved in many of the firm's largest cases.

Practice head(s):

Hatem Darweesh

Other key lawyers:

Karim Adel; Bishoy Safwat

Khodeir & Partners

New to the ranking is Khodeir & Partners, which has significantly expanded its litigation practice in recent years. Frequently appearing before special dispute resolution committees, such as the Ministerial Committee for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the firm is making its presence known in cases concerning construction, banking, international trade, technology, and domestic and foreign investment protection. Practice head Ahmed Kotb, formerly of Al Tamimi & Company, is 'very meticulous, very experienced, a superstar of the future'. Counsel Aliaa Shalaby from Zulficar & Partners Law Firm is among the firm's recent hires.

Practice head(s):

Ahmed Kotb

Other key lawyers:

Aliaa Shalaby

Work highlights

  • Acting for a financial institution in a set of disputes arising out of revolving and bridge financing agreements, including compulsory sale of shares and assets.
  • Acting for an Egyptian subcontractor against the employer in a multimillion-dollar case arising out of the construction of a refinery project in Cairo.
  • Acting for an Egyptian agent and distributor of medical devices in action for compensation resulting from termination of an agency and distribution agreements subject to Swiss law.

Legalia Law Office

Legalia Law Office is active in investment and commercial disputes, as well as cases involving professional negligence, projects, finance, construction, cross-border employment issues, fraud and M&A transactions. Though it is focused predominantly on cases in the Egyptian courts, the firm nevertheless works with international law firms on multi-jurisdictional disputes. 'The team demonstrates a sound consultative approach along with great knowledge and experience', remarks a client. Hamdy Mostafa, Ahmed El Shemee and Mahmoud Galal are the lead partners.

Practice head(s):

Hamdy Mostafa; Ahmed Al Shemee; Mahmoud Galal

Testimonials

‘The team demonstrates a sound consultative approach when approached by the client. There are multiple strategies which are discussed and assessed critically and with great transparency.’

‘Great knowledge and experience is demonstrated in all areas of practice, by the partner and the entirety of the team.’

‘The exceptionally competitive pricing is a bonus for anyone wishing to collaborate with Legalia.’

‘The team is made up of experts in each legal sector and has generated proven results by applying its specific knowledge to best serve their clients’ needs.’

‘Hamdy Mostafa has offered a truly market-leading service. His consultative style, his support level throughout the entirety of the case, and his expertise in their respective focus areas are the elements that define his position in the market.’

‘Alongside their legal expertise, there is a wealth of knowledge through previous experience that puts the client at ease; and there is a multilingual capacity to compliment the service which is a very unique offering available in this market.’

Key clients

adidas

Sameem Financial Investments

Frascolla

Antal Egypt

Enventure

Pastorfrigor SpA.

The Greek Co.

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in all legal cases file for or against it. The firm has successfully obtained court judgments in the client’s favour in all labour cases filed against it.
  • Representing Sameem as claimant in major court cases before Economic Courts in disputes relating to corporate governance in Egypt.
  • Represented Frascolla in a monetary claim against an Egyptian-based supplier and obtained a primary court judgment in its favour.

Riad, Saleh & Partners

'They provide outstanding legal services and are very responsive', says a client of Riad, Saleh & Partners. The firm is frequently active in litigation in areas such as banking and finance, real estate, energy and healthcare. The 'very meticulous and responsive' Mohamed Saleh, who has more than 40 years' experience in commercial and criminal disputes, and Hesham Riad are the main practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Saleh; Hesham Riad

Testimonials

‘We are really experiencing a high standard of legal services with highly informative lawyers.’

‘We are enjoying working with Riad, Saleh & Partners. They are doing a great job and really have great experience in healthcare sector.’

‘Mr. Mohamed Saleh and the team are very meticulous and responsive.’

‘They are excellent. They provide outstanding legal services and are very responsive.’

‘Mr. Mohamed Saleh and his team are pioneers in both the healthcare and the upstream oil and gas sectors.’

‘The team is very strong in dispute resolution matters. Each one in the team has his own edge and each one completes the whole team.’

‘I am very pleased to work with them, they are very responsive, have good attention to detail, and they have a good follow-up strategy to keep me updated.

‘The firm always keeps me updated with the recent laws and regulations, and also advise my company on how to comply with it.’

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 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.

Tarek Riad - Legal Consultants and Attorneys at Law

Tarek Riad - Legal Consultants and Attorneys at Law is the new name for the firm that was Kosheri, Rashed & Riad. Lead partner Tarek Riad has a long track record of acting for international clients in cross-border disputes, notably in the finance, FMCG, energy and engineering sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tarek Riad

Ibrachy & Dermarkar

Ibrachy & Dermarkar has a long track record in both domestic and international litigation, often representing multinational companies in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, energy, telecoms and aviation. The lead partners are Mohamed Ramadan, who is skilled in both litigation and corporate matters, and Bahieldin H. Z. Elibrachy, the managing partner and a specialist in disputes in the oil and has sector.

Practice head(s):

Bahieldin H. Z. Elibrachy

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Ramadan

Mohamed Nasser Law Firm

Mohamed Nasser Law Firm joins the ranking this year, having acted for both domestic and international clients in a broad range of contentious matters, ranging from land disputes to the defence of consumer protection actions. Practice head Ahmed Ragab handles a broad range of arbitration, criminal, corporate and employment matters. Managing partner Mohamed Nasser and associate Mahmoud Saad also play key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ahmed Ragab

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Nasser; Mahmoud El Sherif; Yara Abdel Samad

Work highlights

  • Obtained a judgment in the benefit of Al-Ahram Company against Giza Governorate and the government to officially record a 131-acre land plot.
  • Issuing a decision from the Council of Ministers to oblige the governor of Giza to sign a contract in the benefit of Al Masriah for Educational Services to change a 10,500m land plot located in Cairo-Alexandria desert road activity from agricultural activity to an investment activity through the Dispute Resolution Committee at the Ministry of Investment.
  • Secured the de-binding of an obligation of Nehal Hegazy Decorations to pay a fine of millions of pounds before the Consumer Protection Agency by proving the maliciousness of the complaints and proving the company’s performance of its obligations.