Leading Individuals

Firms To Watch: Employment

Shield Advocates - Al Hawy & Hassane was established in 2020 and continues to strengthen its reputation for employment law expertise. Led by Assem El Hawy, the practice covers the entire spectrum of employment, including advisory work, transactional support, restructuring, compensation, HR policies, setting up Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and litigation.

Employment in Egypt

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company’s Egypt employment practice provides a full service offering to a significant range of multinationals, government-owned entities and local companies. The span of expertise covers the spectrum of public and private sector employment law, including policy, contracts, redundancy programs, disciplinary issues and litigation assistance. Head of the Egypt office Ayman Nour leads the practice and is a respected authority on labour law and incentives. Senior associate Nadine Khaled is a trusted advisor to local and foreign clients on contract drafting, exit strategies and social insurance law.

Practice head(s):

Ayman Nour

Other key lawyers:

Nadine Khaled

Key clients


Johnson & Johnson

Beiersdorf Middle East

Red Bull GmbH

General Electric




Philips Egypt


SAP Egypt

British Council

Standard Charterd Bank


MBC Group


Work highlights

  • Advising Johnson & Johnson on day-to-day employment matters, including termination of employees, end of service payments and reviewing policies and job offers in accordance with Egyptian labour laws and regulations.
  • Advising Red Bull on day-to-day employment matters, including employees’ resignation and exit documents, the social insurance status of employees, reviewing employment agreements in accordance with the labour law and drafting HR letters for the company’s employees.
  • Advising Dell on day-to-day employment queries related to compliance, HR policies and disciplinary actions.

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

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)‘ employment offering is a leading advisor on a diverse spectrum of employment-related matters arising out of corporate transactions and operations in the Gulf. Corporate and commercial specialist Ghada El Ehwany leads the team and oversees a practice noted for its excellent transactional, advisory and litigation capabilities. She is substantially supported by Heba Samy, who was promoted to senior associate in July 2023. Counsel Saber Soliman departed the firm in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Ghada El Ehwany

Other key lawyers:

Heba Samy

Riad & Riad

Riad & Riad’s team is ‘generally great and sophisticated with employment law matters’, covering the range of employment, labour and social insurance laws, including gig work, HR compliance and handbooks, restrictive covenants, discrimination and employment termination. Eman Riad jointly leads the practice and consistently demonstrates ‘outstanding legal knowledge and provides clear legal advice on labour laws’. Co-head Mohamed Riad has a strong reputation for labour and employment disputes, regularly handling a number of complex termination and dismissal cases.

Practice head(s):

Eman Riad; Mohamed Riad


‘Riad & Riad provides clear, to-the-point answers to legal consultations from clients in a short period of time. It is assumed that this is due not only to its in-depth legal knowledge, but also to its deep understanding of the client’s actual situation.’

‘Eman Riad provides outstanding legal knowledge and clear legal advice on various laws, as well as labour laws are excellent. We also greatly appreciate her prompt response.’

‘The team is generally great and sophisticated with employment law matters. Eman Riad is the best employment lawyer in Egypt. She managed to combine her academic and practical experience in an exceptional way, delivering a great product!’

‘Deep knowledge of employment legal system in Egypt and great response level.’

Key clients

VFS Global Egypt

Microsoft Egypt

British Airways




Haier Egypt


AVIC International

Asahi TV-Japan

Kellogg Tolaram

Deloitte Japan Legal

Squire Patton Boggs

Pinsent Masons

Itochu Corporation

Marubeni-Itochu Tubulars

ABC Bank



Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Acino Pharma



Malaysian Palm Oil Board


VFS Investment


Work highlights

  • Providing Microsoft legal labour and employment advice.
  • Assisting the VFS Global Egypt in their daily labour and social insurance matters covering the head-office in Cairo and other branches in different Egyptian cities.
  • Providing Squire Patton Boggs with legal advice and with answering a questionnaire – for a client – in relation to data protection and diversity in the workplace.

Shahid Law Firm

An excellent team of highly qualified experts’, Shahid Law Firm has a well established presence in the Egyptian employment space and regularly acts for large multinational corporations, industrial conglomerates and public sector entities. Practice head Rasha Maurice consistently demonstrates ‘extensive knowledge, responsiveness and patience’ when handling complex employment matters, including advising corporates on employee contracts, work policies and terminations. The practice also maintains strong relationships with a number of significant government entities, including the Ministry of Manpower and National Organisation for Social Insurance.

Practice head(s):

Rasha Maurice


‘An excellent team of highly qualified experts who provide good support for their customers.’

‘We had exceptional experience working with Rasha Maurice on different employment-related matters. Rasha demonstrated extensive knowledge, responsiveness and patience.’

‘Rasha Maurice’s attention to detail and ability to clearly explain the process are particularly valuable. She provides updates and is always available to speak. Thanks to her expertise, we could undergo the process with ease. We would highly recommend her services.’

Key clients

Aramex International Egypt for Air and Local Services SAE


F. Hoffmann La Roche AG

Gewiss SpA



Nokia Egypt SAE

Roche Diagnostics Egypt for Trading SAE



Younexa Egypt for Frits and Glazes SAE

Work highlights

  • Advising Ariston on the whole shutdown of their representative office in Egypt and the accompanying redundancy process, in addition to assisting Ariston with the transfer of their current employees to Ariston Thermo Egypt LLC and opening a social insurance file.
  • Providing TTEC with legal advice on various labour and social insurance matters, including the preparation of drafts of employment contracts for the staff to be hired by the newly incorporated company in Egypt.
  • Advising Globeleq on the provisions of the Egyptian labour law, including drafting employment contracts for the transfer of the company’s staff from a local acquired company to an operation and maintenance company.

Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm

Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm is ‘definitely one of the best law firms in Egypt’ for both the transactional and contentious elements of employment law. Finance specialist Ahmed Haggag jointly leads the team and oversees an advisory practice which covers all aspects of labour, immigration and social insurance laws. Co-head Ahmed Haggag specialises in representing multinational clients on employment laws and regulations, as well as advising local and international NGOs.

Practice head(s):

Ahmed Haggag; Dalia Abdelghany


‘This is definitely one of the best law firms in Egypt, providing on point advice that is extremely relevant to the ask, without elaborating on unnecessary content.’

‘Individuals in this firm are very responsive and once we agree on a timeline to provide the work, they always keep it.’

Key clients



Dentsply Sirona

Energizer International

European Investment Bank


Littler Mendelson

Master Builders Solutions Construction Chemicals LLC


VISA Incorporated


Nevro Inc.


Work highlights

  • Advised the European Investment Bank on various employment matters including providing a comprehensive legal analysis and playbook on all employment and social insurance matters.
  • Advised a client on the differences between the current Labour Law and the draft of the expected new Labour Law and preparing an advocacy paper highlighting the proposed changes and their impact on investment.
  • Advised a client on a questionnaire on sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace.

Al Kamel Law Firm

Regularly acting for local and multinational companies on sensitive employment disputes, Al Kamel Law Firm is well-versed in complex issues pertaining to immigration and work permits, redundancy and contract termination, and policy formulation. Founding and managing partner Mohamed Kamel leads the practice alongside Rasheed Kamel, with key support from senior associate Ahmed Ismail, who is well-regarded for providing a broad span of advisory and contentious expertise.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Kamel; Rasheed Kamel

Other key lawyers:

Ahmed Ismail

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy provides ‘clear and succinct employment advice’, with a particular strength for contentious and non-contentious labour law matters related to restructuring and M&A. The practice is jointly led by the experienced team of Tamer Fawki and senior associate Susan Romana, both of whom cover the spectrum of day-to-day employment matters, spanning employee contracts, social insurance, HR policy, personal investigations and redundancies.

Practice head(s):

Tamer Fawki; Susan Romana


‘Individuals are quite available and supportive in our business needs.’

‘Prompt assistance and efficient guidance.’

‘Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy provide clear, concise and commercial advice. They are true commercial partners rather than simply providers of legal services.’

‘Susan Romana has a clear and detailed understanding of local law and gets right to the heart of employment law issues.’

‘The team provides clear and succinct advice, that is helpful and timely.’

‘Susan Romana supported on a transaction and was responsive whilst providing legally sound advice.’

‘A well-versed and experienced team.’

Key clients


Snap Inc.



Total Eren

VFS Global





China Three Gorges South Asia Investment Limited (C-Sail)

Work highlights

  • Advised Remote on employment related legal compliance matters and assisted the client with setting up operations in Egypt, including on the social insurance registration of the entity.
  • Advised Snap Inc. on employment related legal compliance matters in relation to the outsourcing of employees.
  • Advised Allyant on employment related legal compliance matters, including work authorisation of expats, and assisting with the work stream of social insurance registration of company directors.

Rizkana & Partners

Rizkana & Partners are trusted advisors to an abundance of Egyptian and multinational corporations on all aspects of labour and social insurance law, including recruitment regulatory processes, employee restructuring and benefits and disputes. Managing partner Hazim Rizkana is a respected authority for employment and pension work, having assisted various hotels and management companies on employee handover and union matters.

Practice head(s):

Hazim Rizkana

Shalakany Law Office

Shalakany Law Office has consolidated a reputation for ‘very good knowledge of the court and labour office practices in Egypt’, regularly providing ‘pragmatic and practical advice’ on contracts, policies, benefits and redundancies. Sharif Shihata and Mariam Fahmy are key contacts within a practice that has accumulated significant alternative dispute resolution experience related to employment and labour disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sharif Shihata; Mariam Fahmy; Nehad Tharwat; Marwa Farouk; Sherry El Shalakany


‘The team’s dedication to client satisfaction, their diverse expertise and innovative problem-solving truly set them apart. Clear communication, embrace of technology and a collaborative spirit make it a top choice for legal services.’

‘They always have solutions and are always available no matter what time of day.’

‘Working with Shalakany was a very good experience; they are supportive, professional and very fast in responding on the case.’

‘I work with Sherry El Shalakani and Sharif Shihata, and they are both very professional.’

‘The team provide pragmatic and practical advice on employments matters. They are solution-oriented and have a very good knowledge of the court and labour office practice in Egypt, which is very valuable.

Key clients

Arab International Insurance Company (Allianz)

Ajinomoto Co. Inc.

Weatherford Services S.A (Egypt)

Closure Systems International Inc.

Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GMBH

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law remains a prominent firm for local and multinational companies operating in Egypt, assisting on all stages of the employer-employee relationship. The firm is particularly noteworthy for its labour law expertise related to corporate restructuring and acquisitions, as well as employment-related due diligence. Litigation specialist Omar Abou Elenain leads the team and is instrumental in the firm’s strong track record for labour dispute settlement and collective labour agreements. Hala Hashem is also a pivotal presence for formulating employment policies, negotiating employee agreements and advising on employee transfers.

Practice head(s):

Omar Abou Elenain

Other key lawyers:

Hala Hashem


‘Great communication.’

Key clients

Abraaj Capital

AERA Ancient Egypt Research Associates

AIG Egypt Insurance Company

Al Nour Wal Amal Association

Al- Thani Investments

Alexandria Wax Products Company (AWPC)

Alitalia– Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A

Alstom Egypt

American Bureau of Shipping – ABS Europe Ltd.

American University in Cairo (AUC)

Apex International Energy Management LLC

Arab African International Bank (AAIB)

Arabian Oil Company Ltd.


Atlas Copco Equipment Egypt

Australian Embassy

Austrian Embassy

Austrian Archaeological Institute

BASF Construction Chemicals Egypt SAE

BioMérieux SA

Bloomberg LP

British Embassy

CaixaBank, S.A

Canal For Agricultural Development


Carlson Wagonlit

Club Mediterranee

Clyde & Co., (Dubai Office)

Commonwealth Wargraves


Conrad Cairo Hotel

DAC Beachcroft LLP (London Office)


Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI)

Danish Embassy

Dar Al-Handasah

Dar El Fouad

DEA Egypt Branches

Deel Inc

Dehydro Foods Co SAE

Deloitte (UK Office)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für

Diosna Dierks & Sohne GmbH

Diktas Egypt Trading

DP World Sokhna

Drosos Foundation

ED & F Man Sugar Limited

Education Development Trust

Embassy of Estonia

Embassy of Finland

Embassy of Germany

Embassy of Latvia

Embassy of New Zealand

Embassy of Norway

Embassy of Spain

Embassy of Sweden

Embassy of Switzerland

Embassy of the Netherlands

EMC Corporation

Engie (Formerly GDF Suez)

Fairmont Hotel Heliopolis


FoodStuff Group

Friedrich Naumann Stiftung Foundation

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

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

German Archaeological Institute

Grand Nile Tower

Hikma Pharmaceuticals Egypt Ltd.,

Hogan Lovells International LLP (London Office)

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Ismailia Real Estate Company

Jenaan Investment LLC

Juhayna Group


K.O.J Egypt

Kamco Investment Company K.S.C

Kempinski Hotels & Resorts Company – Egypt Branch

Khazna Tech

Landmark Gulf Group

Le Meridien Heliopolis

LEO Pharmaceutical Products Sarath Ltd

Levantine Foundation NGO


Magdi Yacoub Foundation (NGO)

MARP- Misr Company for Aromatic Products


Mashreq Bank

Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) – Doctors without Borders

Mena House Oberoi Hotel

Merck Ltd.,

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Middle East Communication Network (MCN)

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsui & Co. Ltd.,

National Bank of Egypt (NBE)

National Pipe Company

Nissan Motor Egypt SAE


Work highlights

  • Representing Eastern Company in 1200 cases filed by former employees regarding alleged rights to annual profit sharing and other entitlements.
  • Advised Hilton Worldwide Group in the negotiation and drafting of ten collective labour agreements.
  • Advised Conrad Cairo Hotel in the negotiation, drafting and concluding a number of collective labour agreements stipulating the method of distributing the percentage of the total proceeds of the service charge in its final form.

ADSERO-Ragy Soliman & Partners

ADSERO-Ragy Soliman & Partners’ employment practice is ‘unique’, as not only does it have a comprehensive understanding of Egypt’s employment and labour laws, but it also understands ‘from a practical standpoint what is really happening in the market’. Alia Monieb, who was promoted to partner in October 2023, leads the practice and is well-versed in acting for international and multinational clients on local employment issues, including investigations and disciplinary procedures, internal policy review and employment aspects of restructuring and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alia Monieb


‘The team is very responsive and enthusiastic.’

‘Alia Monieb is a great lawyer. She is a pleasure to work with and provides us with timely and high-quality advice.’

‘This practice is unique in its way of advising our clients by advising not only from a legal standpoint but also from a practical one.’

‘I work with Aliaa Monieb. Alia is very much responsive at any time; she makes herself available on short notice and is capable of explaining to our clients very complex issues in a simplified way.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a US company on a lawsuit filed against them by their Egyptian employee and analysed the standard used in determining whether the Egyptian labour law protected the employee of a US company.
  • Advised a local pharma company that changed its legal form from being a public sector company to a private one on the applicability of their internal policies, how to change them and the risks associated with employment claims.
  • Advised on the resignation of a senior manager from their executive role and their re-appointment in a non-executive role in almost 20 subsidiaries.

Karim Adel Law Office

Karim Adel Law Office continues to be active in the Egyptian employment market, across both contentious and non-contentious matters. The practice is led by Bishoy Safwat, who is highly experienced in labour law and related litigation, having accumulated significant experience in resolving disputes and negotiating collective agreements with trade unions.

Practice head(s):

Bishoy Safwat

Key clients

Cairo Marriott Hotel

JW Marriott

Marriott Mena House, Cairo

Semiramis InterContinental hotel

InterContinental Cairo CityStars

Holiday Inn Cairo CityStars

Staybridge Suites Cairo CityStars

Genting Casinos Egypt Limited

Golden Pyramids Plaza Cairo

St Regis Cairo

Renaissance Golden View Beach Resort

El Zamalek Company

Flamenco Hotels in Quseir

Ethiopian Airlines



SEW Eurodrive

OCA Inspection & Control Society S.A.U

Work highlights

  • Represented OCA Inspection & Control Society S.A.U, in an employment lawsuit filed by a former manager, securing a dismissal judgment in favour of the hotel.
  • Acted in a labour lawsuit filed by a worker against Cairo Marriott Hotel, there was a judgement from the court of first instance for the worker of over EGP 1.5m.
  • Acted in a work injury lawsuit filed by a worker against Genting Casinos Egypt Limited, resulting in the securing of a dismissal judgment.