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Eldib Advocates

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Eldib Advocates is a renowned law firm with more than 145 years of experience in the various fields of law particularly labour, shipping and commercial law. Our team of lawyers is exceptionally capable of handling all matters related to labour law in Egypt, with the majority of our clients being employers. Furthermore, we have keenly …

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Employment in Egypt

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company is frequently involved in the employment law aspects of large M&A transactions involving multinational clients in the a diverse range of sectors including financial services, media and IT. It also handles employment litigation in local courts, as well as advising on employee incentive schemes. Recent work has increasingly focused on terminations, remote working, unpaid leave and the development of new HR policies. The regional practice is led from UAE but local managing partner Ayman Nour is a key practitioner in Egypt. Senior associate Nadine Khaled is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ayman Nour

Other key lawyers:

Hadia ElBeshry; Nadine Khaled

Testimonials

‘Al Tamimi in Egypt is led by Ayman Nour, a very dynamic managing partner. He was very engaged during our initial exploratory discussions and leads a very capable team, consisting notably of senior associates Hadia ElBeshry and Nadine Khaled, the latter being particularly well-versed in employment law and practice relating to Egypt.’

‘We have dealt with a few lawyers and law firms from Egypt who have been, frankly, disappointing. This firm, however, is miles ahead. Nadine Khaled is especially recommended for employment law requirements. She is very focused on delivering quality work usually ahead of the agreed time. Extremely professional and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

General Electric

Khatib and Alami

Johnson & Johnson

Kanoo Group

Majid Al Futtaim (MAF)

Bridgestone

InterCement

IBM

Work highlights

  • Advising a global engineering consulting company in relation to unpaid leaves, forced vacations, part time work substitutes, and termination of employment for economic reasons during the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Advising a leading Emirati group during the Covid-19 peak period regarding the termination of employees and reduction of the salaries.
  • Advising a leading company in the food industry in relation to the liquidation or suspension of the company and the employees’ situation in both scenarios according to Egyptian laws.

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

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is focused primarily on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions and frequently assists employers with employment contracts, non-competition agreements, employee incentives, dismissals and redundancies, immigration and employee transfers. It is also sought after for employment litigation, with recent work including high-value matters in the hospitality sector. Head of corporate Ghada El Ehwany now leads the employment law practice, while counsels Sherif Makram and Saber Soliman play key roles. 'They are very responsive and trustworthy', remarks one client.

Practice head(s):

Ghada El Ehwany

Other key lawyers:

Sherif Makram; Saber Soliman

Testimonials

‘They are very responsive and trustworthy, and provide options.’

‘We work primarily with Saber Soliman, who is most professional and offers good employment law advice.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a global aerospace and defence company, in connection with a case where one of the company’s former engineers has filed a case claiming entitlements for terminating his employment contract with the company.
  • Acting for an American multinational pharmaceuticals company in connection with employment restructure as part of a global restructuring project.
  • Acting for an international oil field services company in connection with a legal opinion regarding the termination of employment relationship of 90 employees and the required related procedures.

Riad & Riad

'The team is very responsive and knowledgeable', say clients of Riad & Riad. The firm has one of the most sought after employment and social insurance practices in Egypt, handling employee screening, HR compliance, terminations, restrictive covenants, discrimination and litigation, as well as employment due diligence for large M&A transactions. Eman Riad, who has 'in-depth and practical knowledge of Egyptian labour law and is a pleasure to work with', and the 'practical and commercial' Fatma Salah lead the practice. They act for a diverse group of multinational companies, among them British Airways and G4S.

Practice head(s):

Eman Riad; Fatma Salah

Testimonials

‘The firm has excellent knowledge and professional legal suggestions are provided to meet our demands. We also experience a very good timely manner that is fit for our requirements.’

‘Even in the pandemic situation, appropriate responses and professional advice are provided by email.’

‘The team is very responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘Dr Eman Riad has in-depth and practical knowledge of Egyptian labour law and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Riad & Riad has been our go-to firm for Egyptian employment law matters for a long time. They are one of the few firms in Egypt with dedicated L&E specialist lawyers.’

‘We regularly receive insightful legal updates from Riad & Riad, always on very timely topics.’

‘The standout practitioners are partners Eman Riad and Fatma Salah. Both often make themselves available at short notice when one of our clients have an urgent issue and the advice received is practical and commercial.’

Key clients

British Airways

G4S

Coats

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

Haier Egypt

K&L Gates LLP

AVIC International

Deloitte Japan Legal

Squire Patton Boggs

Pinsent Masons

Itochu Corporation

Marubeni-Itochu

Medtronic

JETRO

Clariant Company

Gleeds

Doka GMBH

YKK Egypt

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Acino Pharma

ADES

Sony

CMS

Work highlights

  • Represented a multinational British company in transferring its employees in Egypt in the context of a sale of asset transaction. The number of the transferred employees exceeded 3,000 in an acquisition transaction.
  • Providing legal assistance to AVIC Company to set their employment and compliance policies and handle the payroll taxes and social insurance schemes according to Egyptian laws. The firm further drafted and reviewed the employment and confidentiality contracts and other related employment documents for the company.
  • For several years, the firm has advised British Airways on its day-to-day employment law matters. This includes liaising with governmental authorities on behalf of the company to ensure company’s compliance with relevant local requirements.

Shahid Law Firm

Shahid Law Firm is 'a real partner, in the sense that it provides full assistance, not only from a legal point of view, but also in suggesting and advising on daily business', remarks one client. The firm has a track record in employment law that stretches back more than 30 years, with its expertise in employee relations, immigration, HR policy and litigation widely recognised in the market. The firm frequently handles labour due diligence as part of its work on large M&A transactions. Nabil El-Bedewy and Rasha Maurice lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Nabil El-Bedewy; Rasha Maurice

Testimonials

‘Shahid Law Firm is a real partner, in the sense that it provides full assistance, not only from a legal point of view, but also in suggesting and advising on daily business. Furthermore, they are very present in helping you in order to solve any type of problem you may need support with, always with professional solutions.’

‘The relationship is never just a simple question and answer, it is a positive journey. I do not need someone telling me: “oh, you had an accident” after a car crash. I need someone telling me: “look, there is a wall over there, turn left now to avoid it”. Well, Shahid Law Firm suggests to us when it’s the moment to turn.’

‘First of all the availability – they are always present. And then, the quality of the solutions and the assistance. Very professional.’

Key clients

AbbVie

Actavis

Ariston Thermo Group

BIMA Egypt Insurance Broker

China Shipping Egypt SAE

ENI

F.Hoffmann La Roche AG

Ferro Corporation

Gewiss SpA

GlaxoSmithKline

Globeleq

Intesa Sanpaolo Representative Office in Egypt

KHS

Nokia

Roche Diagnostics Egypt for Trading SAE

TTEC

Turkish Airlines

Voltalia

Work highlights

  • Advising Ariston on the whole shut down of their Representative Office in Egypt and the redundancy process to be carried out with respect to the local employees, in addition to assisting Ariston to transfer its current employees to Ariston Thermo Egypt LLC and opening a social insurance file for the said entity.
  • Providing legal advice on various labour, and social insurance matters. Preparing drafts of employment contracts for the staff to be hired by the newly incorporated company in Egypt. Advising TTEC on the statutory measures to be undertaken by the Company as a result of Covid-19 and the mechanism of applying these measures on its employees.
  • Advising Globeleq on the provisions of the Egyptian Labour Law, drafting employment contracts for the Company’s staff, who will be transferred from a local acquired company to a O&M company, which will be established by Globeleq in Egypt and advising Globeleq on the transfer of employment of the said employees from one local entity to the other in accordance to the provisions of the Egyptian Labour Law.

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law frequently acts as counsel to multinational and local companies in every aspect of employment law, including issues arising from corporate restructuring and acquisitions, in-house investigations, employee benefits and litigation. The firm has an outstanding track record in the amicable settlement of labour disputes. It is also sought out for its advice on internal regulations to enable foreign entities to comply with local law. Senior partner and head of dispute resolution Youssef Abou Zeid leads the practice, in which corporate partner Hala Hashem and litigator Omar Abou Elenain are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Youssef Abou Zeid

Other key lawyers:

Hala Hashem; Omar Abou Elenain

Testimonials

‘The firm has very solid knowledge and is very professional.’

‘Working with Omar Abou Elenain. He always provides honest advice and thinks with us about the best approach always.’

Key clients

New Zealand Embassy in Cairo

the American Bureau of Shipping – ABS Europe Ltd.

Australian Embassy

Austrian Embassy

British Embassy

COMMONWEALTH WARGRAVES

Conrad Cairo Hotel

Netherlands Embassy in Cairo

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

Jenaan Investment LLC

KAMCO INVESTMENT COMPANY K.S.C

Khazna Tech

Merck Limited

Norwegian Embassy in Cairo

AUSTRIANARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE

Securitas Egypt

Dar Al-Handasah

Abraaj Capital

AERA Ancient Egypt Research Associates

AIG Egypt Insurance Company

Alitalia– Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A

Al Nour Wal Amal Association

Alstom Egypt

Al- Thani Investments

Arabian Oil Company Ltd.,

Atlas Copco Equipment Egypt

The American University in Cairo (AUC)

BASF Construction Chemicals Egypt SAE

BioMérieux SA

CaixaBank, S.A

Canal For Agricultural Development

Cargill

Carlson Wagonlit

Club Mediterranee

Damac

Danish Embassy

Dar El Fouad

Danish Egyptian Dialogue Inst

Work highlights

  • Representing Hilton International Hotels in handling 13 labour agreement disputes.
  • Representing Conrad International Cairo Hotel in a case filed by a former employee.

Al Kamel Law Office

Al Kamel Law Office has a close relationship with a US-based specialist immigration law firm, through which it provides local law advice to a number of large multinational companies. It also works directly for high-profile employers in sectors such as energy, education and technology. Its work also spans the termination of senior employees, redundancy programmes and contentious matters. Managing partner Mohamed Kamel leads the practice, in which senior associate Ahmed Ismail is the employment specialist.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Kamel

Other key lawyers:

Ahmed Ismail

Marghany Advocates

The broad range of employment work handled by Marghany Advocates includes the recruitment of senior management, non-compete matters, labor disputes and consultants' agreements. The firm is particularly well known for its work for clients in the key sectors of oil and gas, hospitality and transportation. Managing partner Amir Marghany leads the practice, in which litigation associate Hend El Hakim plays a key role.

Practice head(s):

Amir Marghany

Other key lawyers:

Hend El Hakim

Work highlights

  • Assisted Deepwater in their onshore employment agreements.
  • Assisted Asset with modifying and renewing its employment contracts to match the latest legal and practical challenges.
  • Assisted Lagorta in hiring its top management personnel and drafting its initial employment policy.

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

'I have always found them responsive, legally sound and helpful, especially for US multinationals', remarks a client of Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy. The firm handles the full range of employment work from drafting of contracts to terminations, secondments and litigation, as well as advising on incentive packages. It frequently assists international businesses on their dealings with governmental authorities including the Ministry of Manpower and Immigration, the Social Insurance Authority, the Tax Authority and the Labor Office. Tamer El Hennawy, Omar Bassiouny and counsel Tamer Fawki are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Tamer El Hennawy; Tamer Fawki

Other key lawyers:

Omar Bassiouny

Testimonials

‘I work a lot with Matouk and have always found them responsive, legally sound and helpful, especially for US multinationals. I mainly work with Omar Bassiouny.’

Key clients

Actis

Pfizer

Mylan

Samsung

Uber

AXA

Hassan Allam

ABB

Projects of Mounir Nakhla

DLA Piper UK

DLA Piper US

Rizkana & Partners

Rizkana & Partners joins the ranking on the breadth of its work for household names in sectors such as e-commerce, education, agriculture and technology. Led by highly respected litigator and arbitrator Hazim Rizkana, the practice has extensive experience in negotiating contracts and settlements, as well as contract termination and contentious matters. It assists both Egyptian and multinational corporations with all aspects of local labour law and social insurance law.

Practice head(s):

Hazim Rizkana

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading company involved in agriculture, food processing, international shipping, and finance on its employment restructuring.
  • Advised a client wishing to establish a non-profit organisation in Egypt on a comprehensive memorandum on all the legal aspects of labour law and social insurance law.

Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm

Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm joins the ranking this year and clients note that it provides 'advice that is straight to the point, and accurate information which is always up-to-date'. Lamiaa Youssef, who joined from software company TechnifyLaw, has more than 15 years' experience and leads the firm's dedicated employment group, which frequently handles matters associated with large M&A transactions including the transfer of employees. The firm also provides day-to-day advice on employment, immigration and social insurance laws, as well as working with the litigation group on contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Lamiaa Youssef

Testimonials

‘The team in Egypt is very responsive and assists with our matters on an urgent basis if needed. They key capabilities are quick turnaround, advice that is straight to the point, and accurate information which is always up-to-date.’

‘Lamiaa Youssef is a great partner in the law firm and so helpful. Lamiaa is always meeting our clients’ expectation in terms of fees and professional knowledge.’

Key clients

Google

STMicroelectronics

Clyde & Co Dubai

Littler Mendelson P.C.

BP

Allen & Overy UK

Work highlights

  • Assisting a leading multinational technology company with its day-to-day activities concerning labour, employment and social insurance legal matters, including training staff on new laws and legal obligations, interaction and application to regulators and supervising authorities, as well as employment litigation.
  • Advising STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, on the Egyptian law aspects of its acquisition of IoT connectivity tech developer Riot Micro, including the employment law related issues pertaining to the acquisition.
  • Advising a multinational technology company on the Egyptian law aspects of its sale of its cybersecurity business, including the employment law related issues pertaining to the acquisition.

ADSERO-Ragy Soliman & Partners

ADSERO-Ragy Soliman & Partners joins the ranking this year. Established in 2019, the firm has quickly recruited experienced lawyers who have brought with them a list of high-profile multinational clients. Their work in sectors such as telecoms, FMCG and IT includes the full range of employment law matters, including terminations and contract negotiations. Highly respected corporate partner Mohamed Abdelgawad, who joined from Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm in 2019, along with senior associate Alia Monieb, leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Abdelgawad

Other key lawyers:

Alia Monieb

Key clients

Pixelogic Yes

Americana Group Yes

Syngenta

Work highlights

  • Representing Pixelogic, which provides localisation services to major technology comapnies, on all of its daily matters which include employment matters. The firm advised  on the appointment and removals of directors, the termination of employees as well as the necessary statutory documents required either for the appointment or the dismissal of employees.
  • Handling all employment matters for Americana Group, one of the largest food manufacturing and distributing companies in the Middle East. The firm has advised on several employment matters including employees profit share as well as termination of employment relationships.
  • Provided global agricultural company Syngenta with advice on monthly deductions from an employee’s salary for child care expenses; the lay-off of employees due to the Covid-19; and general advice with respect to the termination and dismissal of employees.

Al-Bedeawi & Partners LLP

Al-Bedeawi & Partners LLP advises on employment contracts and labour law, often for foreign clients. It is also a key advisor on immigration matters, largely for US and UK clients. This work encompasses visas, investments abroad, marriage to foreigners, deportation defence and green card services for refugees and asylum seekers. Lead partner Muhammad Nawwar, founder Muhammad Al-Bedeawi and associate Abdullah Abdeen are the main contacts.  

Practice head(s):

Muhammad Nawwar

Other key lawyers:

Muhammad Al-Bedeawi; Abdullah Abdeen

Key clients

Novaserv Misr LLC

WorleyParsons Engineers Egypt Ltd.

Wings Travel Management Egypt LLC

Advantage Global Group

Destinations of the World

Samuel Knight International

Siemens Technologies S.A.E.

General Electric

Work highlights

  • Partnered with Advantage Global Group, Samuel Knight International, Siemens and General Electric, the firm has successfully obtained work permits and visas for many expats from different nationalities.

Karim Adel Law Office

Karim Adel Law Office frequently acts for clients in the hotel management sector, advising on contracts, terminations, restrictive covenants and contentious matters. Bishoy Safwat leads the employment practice, in which litigator and senior associate Emad Alfons plays a key role. They count Marriott and Intercontinental among their clients.

Practice head(s):

Bishoy Safwat

Other key lawyers:

Emad Alfons

Legalia Law Office

Legalia Law Office handles all matters related to labour and employment law, including directors’ service contracts, employment agreements, dispute resolutions, HR policies, employee development, executive remuneration and employee benefits. Its expanding client base includes the local divisions of adidas and PwC. Partner Hamdy Mostafa and associates Ahmed El Shemee and Mahmoud Galal are the main practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Hamdy Mostafa; Ahmed EL Shemee; Mahmoud Galal

Key clients

adidas

Sameem Financial

Investments

PwC Egypt

Mundipharma Egypt LLC

Evernex

Wilo SE

Work highlights

  • Advising on all employment-related matters, drafting and reviewing employment contracts and work regulations. The firm also handles all internal investigations and represents adidas before labour offices and courts.
  • Advising on all employment-related matters, drafting and reviewing employment contracts and work regulations. The firm also handles all internal investigations and represents adidas before labour offices and courts.
  • Advising PwC on several employment matters.

Riad, Saleh & Partners

'They understand the business and provide quality and responsiveness', says a client of Riad, Saleh & Partners. The firm has built up its employment practice over the last five years, gaining substantial experience both in disputes and day-to-day HR issues. It now acts for a growing roster of international employers, among them Air Liquide and Schindler Group. The 'very meticulous and responsiveMohamed Saleh and Hesham Riad are the lead partners.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Kamel Saleh; Hesham Riad

Testimonials

‘We are really experiencing a high standard of legal services from highly informative lawyers. They understand the business and provide quality and responsiveness.’

‘The team members are synchronising in harmony to serve the best interests of the company they are advising. They are excellent, providing outstanding legal services.’

‘They have experts to support each function in the business. Mohamed Saleh and his team are pioneers in the healthcare sector and I have also worked with the team in upstream oil and gas matters.’

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

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

‘I do believe Riad Saleh & Partners is very strong and capable of handling employment matters in a knowledgeable, professional way.’

‘Each one in the team has his own edge and completes the whole picture for the firm.’

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 an Egyptian Steel company on its $50m syndicated loan from several banks in Egypt.
  • Advised 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 and commercial deals.
  • Advised Vena Medical Company, a company which is incorporated in London, on its corporate structure, and Investment in Egypt.

Shalakany Law Office

Employment law is a key area of expertise for senior partner Sharif Shihata at Shalakany Law Office, alongside international trade contracts and disputes, construction, IT and IP. As well as advising on employment contracts for large multinational companies, the firm also has expertise in employment litigation. Senior associate Marwa Farouk is among those handling contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Sharif Shihata

Other key lawyers:

Marwa Farouk