Employment in Egypt

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company has a dedicated employment team that advises multinationals, state-owned entities, local companies and other local, regional and international law firms. The practice, which is led by Ayman Nour, works closely with the firm's litigators to handle contentious matters alongside advice on labour policies, business reorganisation, dismissals, disciplinary matters and corporate due diligence processes.

Practice head(s):

Ayman Nour

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson


General Electric

Mondi Group


Westcon Group


Work highlights

  • Advising Caterpillar on the specific legal requirements imposed on employers or corporate entities in relation to protected classes of individuals employed or engaged by the company.
  • Assisting a leading multinational technology company with regard to employment termination for poor performance.
  • Advising a leading computer technology provider on the closing down of the Egypt VMware local entity.

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

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) handles large multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions that raise complex employment issues. The practice led by counsel Sherif Makram advises on employment contracts, stock options, non-competition agreements, dismissals and redundancies, collective bargaining and outsourcing, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Sherif Makram

Key clients


Misr Beni-Suef Cement Company

Halliburton Overseas



Dufry Egypt

FIH Mobile Company

Analog Devices, Inc.

SDX Egypt

Work highlights

  • Acted for a global aerospace and defence company, in a dispute where one of the company’s former engineers has filed a claim for damages relating to the termination of an employment contract.
  • Acted for an Egyptian cement company in a claim raised by the trade union committee of employees.
  • Acting for one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry in connection with 15 labour cases filed by certain employees claiming compensation rights for employment contract termination and other entitlements related to their employment.

Shahid Law Firm

Shahid Law Firm provides 'very good legal expertise and knowledge, almost immediate availability and high-quality services'. Head of employment Nabil El-Bedewy and Rasha Maurice are the key lawyers in the practice, which is overseen by corporation and litigation partner Girgis Abd El-Shahid. The team handles employment contracts, policies and procedures, employee transfers, remuneration, administrative investigations, disputes, strikes, union negotiations and collective dismissals.

Practice head(s):

Nabil El-Bedewy; Rasha Maurice


Girgis Abd El-Shahid is hands-on, quick to react, very understanding of our needs, and available to support on all kinds of corporate, litigation and regulatory matters.

Rasha Maurice is proactive, available, flexible and has very good knowledge of labour law, regulations and practices.

The firm is always responsive and available, with strong technical and a practical view.

Rasha Maurice is very responsive and available, strong technical knowledge with a practical view on the matters, encompassed with a proper implementation.

Very good legal expertise and knowledge, almost immediate availability and high-quality services.

Key clients



Ariston Thermo Group

China Shipping Egypt SAE


Ferro Corporation




Work highlights

  • Advising Julius Baer on its day-to-day activities in relation to labour and employment matters as well as the renewal of the work permit of its executive manager.
  • Assisting Turkish Airlines with its day-to-day activities concerning labour and employment and social insurance legal matters.
  • Advising Roche on its day-to-day activities in relation to labour and employment and social insurance legal matters.

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

At Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law, 'the team is respectful and very responsive'. The firm handles regulatory matters, in-house investigations, disputes, labour policy and the negotiation of individual and collective employment contracts for large domestic and international businesses. Head of litigation Youssef Abou Zeid and senior partner Hala Hashem are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Youssef Abou Zeid


Omar Aboul Enein is extremely helpful. He put in all his effort and was always available. He has the knowledge and the honesty that comes with a real respectful law firm.

The team are respectful and very responsive. They do their best to finalize our documents in the required time frame.

Key clients

New Zealand Embassy in Cairo

The American Bureau of Shipping – ABS Europe Ltd.

Alchemy Project Egypt

Australian Embassy

Austrian Embassy

British Embassy


Conrad Cairo Hotel


Netherlands embassy in Cairo

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


Jenaan Investment LLC


Khazna Tech

Merck Limited

Norwegian Embassy in Cairo


Securitas Egypt

Dar Al-Handasah

Abraaj Capital

AERA Ancient Egypt Research Associates

AIG Egypt Insurance Company


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


Carlson Wagonlit

Club Mediterranee


Danish Embassy

Dar El Fouad

Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI)

DEA Egypt Branches

Dehydro Foods Co SAE

Deloitte (UK Office)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für

Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Diktas Egypt Trading

DP World Sokhna

Drosos Foundation

ED & F Man Sugar Limited

Embassy of Latvia

Embassy of Sweden

Engie (Formerly GDF Suez)

Fairmont Hotel Heliopolis


Friedrich Naumann Stiftung Foundation

FoodStuff Group

General Electric (GE)

German Embassy

Grand Nile Tower

Hikma Pharmaceuticals Egypt Ltd.,

Hilton International Company – Egypt Branch (including Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Egypt)

HSBC Bank – Egypt

Ismailia Real Estate Company

Juhayna Group

K.O.J  Egypt

Kempinski Hotels & Resorts Company – Egypt Branch

Landmark Gulf Group

Le MEREDIEN Heliopolis

LEO Pharma

Levantine Foundation NGO


Magdi Yacoub Foundation (NGO)

MARP- Misr Company for Aromatic Products

Mashreq Bank

Merck Ltd.,

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Mena House Oberoi Hotel

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsui & Co. Ltd.,

National Pipe Company

Nokia Siemens Networks

Novartis Pharma

Novo Nordisk Egypt

Otis Elevators

Pepsi-Cola Company – Egypt

Professional Development Foundation – PDF

Project HOPE – Egypt

Rahn Schulen Kairo

SALGER Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB (Germany Office)


Savoy Sharm El Sheikh Hotel

Sheraton Miramar Resort

Sheraton Montazah

Solvay Pharmaceuticals

Suez Cement Company

Total Egypt

Trade Corp

Upstream S.A

Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications S.A.E.

Apex International Energy Management LLC

Clyde & Co., (Dubai Office)

DAC Beachcroft LLP (London Office)

Embassy of Estonia

Embassy of Switzerland

Finnish Embassy

Hogan Lovells International LLP (London Office)

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)


LEO Pharmaceutical Products Sarath Ltd


Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) – Doctors without Borders

Middle East Communication Network MCN

Norton Rose (Germany Office)

National Bank of Egypt (NBE)

Nissan Motors



Softec International

Spanish Embassy

Sumitomo Corporation

Savino Del Bene S.p.A.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Education Development Trust

Handicaped International

EMC Corporation

Embassy of Switzerland

Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI)

Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) – Doctors without Borders

Embassy of Finland

Work highlights

  • Representing Conrad International Cairo Hotel in a case filed by a former employee.
  • Representing Novarris Pharma in a case filed by a former employee for unfair dismissal.

Al Kamel Law Office

Al Kamel Law Office advises local and multinational clients on the termination of employment contracts, employee disputes and internal policies. The practice, which is led by Mohamed Kamel, also handles residence and work permits for expatriate employees. Associate Ahmed Ismail is an employment specialist and has focuses on employment litigation and contracts.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Kamel

Marghany Advocates

Marghany Advocates handles a broad range of employment matters but its principal focus is on labour disputes. Managing partner Amir Marghany and litigation associate Hend El Hakim are the key practitioners. Their work encompasses employment relations and contracts, including processes for hiring freelance workers and senior managers.

Practice head(s):

Amir Marghany

Work highlights

  • Advised Thompson Reuters on various employment matters.
  • Advised Massachusetts Institute of Technology on various employment matters.
  • Advised Euroget D’investisment on employment matters in Egypt and Ghana.

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy enters the ranking following the establishment of a dedicated employment practice that not only handles labour issues concerning corporate restructuring and M&A transactions, but also advises domestic and international clients on contracts, regulations, employee benefits, recruitment and dismissals, remuneration, investigations and disputes. Corporate partner Tamer El Hennawy, litigator Menha Samy and senior associate Yomna Elshibawi are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Tamer El Hennawy


I have enjoyed working with Yomna Elshibawi and the team at Matouk Bassiony.  They have been helpful and knowledgeable.

Key clients







Hassan Allam


DLA Piper UK

DLA Piper US

Projects of Mounir Nakhla

Riad & Riad

Riad & Riad's employment practice provides strategic advice on employment relationships to local and multinational corporations, including background checks, HR compliance, post-termination restraints, restructuring and matters arising from M&A transactions. It also handles litigation concerning discrimination, occupational health and safely, and employment contract terminations. Eman Riad is the key partner.

Practice head(s):

Eman Riad

Key clients

British Airways


Saraya Ltd


YKK Egypt

Sumitomo Banking

Cluttons / Savills

Acino Pharma

Coats Company


Hitachi Co.



Work highlights

  • Advising British Airways on employment-related matters.
  • Preparing and updating the dawn raid policy for Sumitomo Banking Corporation.
  • Advising Deloitte Legal Japan on the recruitment of expats in Egypt.

Shalakany Law Office

Senior partner Sharif Shihata at Shalakany Law Office, who advises on  international trade contracts and disputes, construction, IT, IP and labour matters, is the key practitioner in the employment practice. He recently drafted employment contracts for a global food company. Finance and projects partner Mariam Fahmy also handles employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Sharif Shihata; Mariam Fahmy; Marwa Farouk

Key clients


Tapestry Compliance Limited (Formerly LLP)

Kraft Heinz

Clyde & Co LLP (UK)

WeDo Technologies

Global Upside Inc.


Tapestry Global Compliance Partners

J.P. Morgan (The Chase Manhattan Bank)

BAE Systems Overseasinc

American Bar Association

Confederation of Indian Industry

Emaar Misr for Development S.A.E.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Hogan Lovells International LLP (UK)

Lewis Silkin LLP

Chemonics International Inc.

Coca Cola  Bottling Company

Mondelez Foods

Amreyah Cement Company

Western Geeco

Le Méridien Hotels

Beyti Foods

Mariott Hotels

Al-Bedeawi & Partners LLP

Al-Bedeawi & Partners LLP enters the ranking on the back of its expertise in the drafting of employment contracts and its advice on local labour law. Lead partner Muhammad Al-Bedeawi and associate Abdullah Abdeen also provide immigration services for UK and US clients; the duo recently worked in partnership with a US law firm on such matters.

Practice head(s):

Muhammad Al-Bedeawi; Abdullah Abdeen

Key clients

Advantage Global Group

Karim Adel Law Office

At Karim Adel Law Office, Bishoy Safwat leads the employment practice, which counts many hospitality businesses including Marriott and Intercontinental among its clients. Recent work includes employment advisory work for Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel  and JW Marriott Hotel Cairo.

Practice head(s):

Bishoy Safwat

Legalia Law Office

Legalia Law Office acts on a broad range of employment work for international clients including adidas and PwC Egypt. It handles diverse matters including directors’ service contracts, employment agreements, disputes, internal policies, executive remuneration and employee benefits. Managing partner and practice head Hamdy Mostafa 'collaborates effectively with others, creating a positive team spirit'.

Practice head(s):

Hamdy Mostafa


Legalia has delivered excellent services to our clients and finds ways to facilitate and make work more efficient.

They have a very long experience in the all legal services and they have built a very good relationship with all relevant authorities.

Hamdy Mostafa is highly skilled lawyer, always keen to deliver the best quality of work on time. He is very cooperative and responsive. I am very satisfied with his quality of work he delivers.

Hamdy Mostafa is very quick and responsive and is high knowledge in different legal sectors.

The firm has strong local experience dealing with governmental authorities. They escalate any pending matters to high-level authorities to get things done.

The team is very cooperative and has different areas of expertise in the same law firm. Hamdy Mostafa is very helpful and always responds in an appropriate time.

Very good value for money and quality of service.

‘Hamdy Mostafa collaborates effectively with others, creating a positive team spirit.’

No hidden costs and amicable discussions always.

Key clients


Sameem Financial Investments

PwC Egypt

Mundipharma Egypt LLC


Work highlights

  • Advising adidas Egypt on all employment-related matters, including drafting and reviewing employment contracts and work regulations, and all internal investigations and disputes before labour offices and courts.
  • Advising Sameem Financial Investments on all employment-related matters.
  • Advising PwC on several employment matters.

Riad, Saleh & Partners

Riad, Saleh & Partners has substantial experience in both employment litigation and day-to-day advisory on HR issues, strategies and policies. It acts for a broad array of local, regional and international employers including Chubb, Vena Medical, Tiba Steel and the Kuwait Embassy in Egypt. 'Knowledgeable and responsive' partners Mohamed Saleh and Hesham Riad 'satisfy clients' business needs by finding unique solutions'.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Saleh; Hesham Riad


Mohamed Saleh’s team were helpful and responsive to all our questions and concerns, when we found issues during the walk through, he negotiated on our behalf and was tough when needed. Overall, it was a pleasant experience!

Mohamed Saleh and his team are really supportive, knowledgeable and results-oriented, showing professionalism and dedication.

The firm has a strong employment team that settles cases in a very strategic way, taking into consideration the business requirements. They are also experts in drafting HR policies in conformity with the applicable laws.

The team has extensive experience in this field and is very helpful.

The firm’s team works in a coherent and fast-paced manner. They enjoy diverse legal knowledge that results in reliable legal service, professional form and timely fashion.

Hesham Riad demonstrated a remarkable legal experience and unique knowledge in business and corporate practice. He was acting as a true business partner.

They are honest, smart and accurate. They have focused practice areas that efficiently serve our best business interests.

They have provided us with several legal opinions that are practical and in conformity with the relevant laws, regulations and decrees. They propose out-of-the-box solutions that reflect their knowledge of how companies operate.

Samir Saleh has great experience in the employment area and participated in drafting and updating our HR policies including the employees profit sharing policies.

Mohamed Saleh is always helpful and accessible, with phenomenal detail-oriented capabilities as well as an organised mindset for resolving complex issues.

From a business perspective, the trust and credibility Mohamed Saleh enjoys have saved my organisation a considerable cost and reputation impact.

Riad, Saleh & Partners provides state of art legal services with great attention to detail. Their responsiveness and quality of service are excellent.

Mohamed Saleh has great experience in dealing with corporate clients and satisfy business needs with an exceptional legal analysis. He is fully devoted and provides his legal advice in a responsive manner.

Hesham Riad is quite a sincere lawyer. He has represented us in the most professional manner. His ethics and experience are of the highest standard.

They are highly professional and ethical. They are transparent in providing their legal advice.

They show thorough and in-depth understanding of Egyptian regulations tied up with international ones, according to the specifics of each industry.

The firm is very reliable and professional in the employment matters. They have great track record and they efficiently handle employment matters such as work permit exemptions, contract reviews, employee transfers, disciplinary matters and litigation.

Key clients

Tiba Steel Company

Murooj Payment Solutions

Air Liquide Group


Kuwait Embassy in Egypt

Smart Villages


Ace Trading Group

Integrated Diagnostics Holding


Vena Medical

Saif Pharmacies

Ahram for Security

Al Mokhtabar Laboratories

Al Borg Laboratories

Tokio Marine for Insurance

Work highlights

  • Representing Air Liquide Group in several disputes, commercial deals and employment matters.
  • Advised Vena Medical Company, a company which is incorporated in London, on their corporate structure and investment in Egypt.
  • Representing a foreign embassy in Egypt in several court cases filed in Egypt.