TMT in Egypt

Al Kamel Law Office

Al Kamel Law Office’s telecoms practice runs the full spectrum of services, including regulatory compliance, corporate structuring, due diligence, licensing, and advice on contractual protection. The firm counts high-profile national and international TMT companies amongst its clients, such as Microsoft and Fox News. Acquisitions and transfer of shares are also part of the practice’s expertise. The two partners Mohamed Kamel and Sayed Ammar jointly head the team and both have extensive experience in advising global corporations on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Kamel; Sayed Ammar

Key clients

Telecom Italia

Mobinil

France Télécom and Orange

i2

Microsoft

Etisalat Egypt

Sk c&c – affiliated computer services

Inc. (a Xerox company)

British telecom – middle was broadcasting networks Inc. (mbn)

The World Bank

Windsor Business Center

Chevron

Jones Day

Baker Hughes Limited

Fox News

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company’s TMT practice handles a wide range of matters, including transactions, technology procurement and infrastructure, electronic and mobile commerce, as well as business process and IT outsourcing. ‘They are more than responsive, and have rich experience working with TMT giants’, says a client about the team. Ayman Nour often handles work for multinational corporations, and senior associate Hadia El Beshry is experienced in data protection matters, compliance, and licensing, amongst others.

Other key lawyers:

Ayman Nour; Hadia El Beshry

Testimonials

‘They are more than responsive, and have rich experience working with TMT giants.’

‘Hadia El Beshry is a star associate, with expertise in the TMT practice.’

‘Knowledgeable, reliable and pragmatic Egyptian expertise.’

 

Key clients

Facebook

Didi Global

Netflix

Red Bull GMBH

Cisco Systems

Twitter

Toyota Motor Corporation

Idemia

Butterfly Network

Biersdorf

ByteDance LTD

Riot Games

Sound Cloud

Wabi Casa

SpeedCast

Work highlights

  • Advising Toyota on the introduction of a fingerprint authentication system to vehicles sold in Egypt in light of relevant local privacy laws.
  • Preparing a general summary of content related considerations that reflect topics that have potential to cause issues from a content regulatory perspective in Egypt.
  • Advising Riot Games on matters related to the potential authorisations/notifications which may be required because of the competitions it may organize in Egypt.

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy is one of the leading TMT practices, with a strong footing in the media, technology, and telecommunication sectors. Counting mobile operator Etisalat Misr, Sony Pictures and Uber to its client roster, the firm’s services include handling day-to-day operations, regulatory work, and contentious matters. Practice head Mohamed Shehata specialises in handling major commercial disputes and has extensive experience in arbitration disputes. Counsels Ahmed Abdel Hakeem and Amr Ehab are also recommended, with the former focusing on blue-chip clients, while Ehab is well versed in major litigation and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Shehata

Other key lawyers:

Amr Ehab; Ahmed Abdel Hakeem

Testimonials

‘We were in need of a renowned regulatory practice, and Matouk Bassiouny have a reputation for being the leaders in their field in Egypt. They were able to deliver advice that was clear, appropriate to our needs, and prompt.’

Key clients

Halan for Technology and Services

Etisalat Misr

Uber

Sony Pictures

NymCard

Ashtar

Money Fellows

IHS Towers

Digital Virgo

Telecom Italia Sparkle

Work highlights

  • Represented Etisalat Misr before the Egyptian State Council courts against the Information Technology Industry Development Agency “ITIDA”, challenging the latter’s imposed fees. The firm successfully managed to reach a favourable settlement for Etisalat Misr and put an end to Etisalat Misr’s historical disputes with the ITIDA.
  • Representing Sony before the Egyptian State Council courts challenging the Trademark Office decision in respect to the opposition denial of one of their famous trademarks against an Egyptian entity.
  • Advised Nymcard on the incorporation of their Egyptian branch, operations in Egypt, FinTech licensing, and banking agreements in addition to general corporate work.

Shahid Law Firm

The Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice at Shahid Law Firm is a key player in this area, with a client portfolio that includes Nokia and Netflix. With the launch of Venture by Shahid in 2019, the firm has also established its own department exclusively focused on advising start-ups. Tarek Badawy constitutes one half of the practice lead and is regularly involved in regulatory, privacy-related, anti-trust, and competition matters in addition to broadcasting disputes and contractual work. Sameh Attia is the second practice head with a focus on domestic and international arbitration and litigation. Rehan Elbashary is also active in the area.

Practice head(s):

Tarek Badawy: Sameh Attia

Testimonials

‘My contact at Shahid Law is Tarek Badawy: he is excellent. His advice is clear, straight to the point and does not shy away from drawing clear-cut conclusions when possible. His English is perfect and feedback is provided very promptly.’

Key clients

Confederation of African Football (“CAF”)

Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) and O3 Productions

Nokia Corporation

Queen’s Gambit Growth Capital

Neflix IO Productions LLC, Netherlands

Statsbomb Services Limited

Vitabiotics Egypt

HyperPay Inc

Glaxosmithkline Egypt

Business Boomers for E-Commerce LLC

SWVL

Work highlights

  • Represented the Confederation of African Football against LagardèreSports in ICC Emergency Arbitration proceedings initiated by Largardère in connection with the termination of a 29-year USD 1 Billion contract for the commercial exploitation of CAF Competitions; and act for CAF before the COMESA Competition Commission in the first investigation involving the sports media industry.
  • Advised Queen’s Gambit Growth Capital from an Egyptian law standpoint on its business combination with Swvl.
  • Successfully defended ThomsonReuters in one of the most important media broadcasting cases before the Administrative Court, in relation to an attempt to closethe Thomason Reuters office in Egypt and put an end to professional activities spanning 70+ years.

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law's approach is to build a deep understanding of their client’s business and a long term relationship’, says a client about the firm’s TMT practice, which covers the telecoms sector, media and sports, as well as start-ups and electronic platforms. The firm has been involved in a number of groundbreaking transactions in the past and counts clients such as Nokia, LG and Vodafone Egypt in its roster. Yasser Hashem leads the team and is particularly specialised in telecommunications. Dina Kamel and Tamer Gamal are also recommended for their TMT experience.

Practice head(s):

Yasser Hashem

Other key lawyers:

Dina Kamel; Tamer Gamal

Testimonials

‘The team has a very good understanding of the industries that we intend to engage in the market.’

‘We dealt with Dina Kamel as the partner of the firm. She’s very confident and has broad knowledge of the areas we’re interested in.’

‘It is very rare to find a TMT law firm that has the breadth of business, regulatory, and financial knowledge coupled with outstanding private sector and governmental relationships as does Zaki Hesham & Partners. They have been instrumental in guiding us through every step of our growth in Egypt and have become an integral part of our success.’

‘Yasser Hesham is not our attorney, he is a friend, mentor, and colleague, his knowledge of the TMT sector, Egypt, and Egyptian Law is second to none. I do not write this lightly as I do not give accolades easily, however with respect to Yasser Hesham there is not one shred of hesitation on my part to recommend him to yourselves, our customers, and friends as the firm and lawyer to engage in Egypt.

‘Dina Kamel is the Partner we work with on a day to day basis. Her knowledge of the TMT sector and regulatory framework is outstanding, but more important is her approach, she listens, analyses, and then formulates a response to any issues we discuss. Dina is a problem solver!’

‘The team is unique in that they understand the speed and pace of technology startups as they are available literally 24/7 and respond very quickly which is to us very unique. As to innovations they use all new technology solutions in collaboration, communication, billing etc. which is great to us as a tech company. They also include technological recommendations in their solutions which is highly innovative’

‘They have great empathy for the speed we work at and they cater to us very quickly. They also understand our model and the regulations of our industry inside out and they always impress us with the updates in our sector that they are aware of. We trust them blindly and would want to work with those individuals.’

Key clients

AIG Egypt Insurance Company & AIG MEA Limited

Citibank

COMMONWEALTH WARGRAVES

Emerging Markets Payments Africa SAE & Network International Egypt, SAE (among other companies within the Group)

TLS contact

Actel Egypt

Alcatel

AT&T

Cisco Systems

Fawry for Banking & Payment Technology Services

Orange

Global Peering Exchange (GPX)

Masary Electronic Payments

Menatel

NEC Europe

NEC Turkey

NEC Telecommunication & Information Technology, Ltd,

Nokia Siemens Networks

Raya Holding Co. for Technology & Telecommunications

Raya Contact Center (RCC)

SI-Ware Systems Limited

Softec International

Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications SAE

EMC Corporation (Dell)

LG Electronics Inc., Egypt

NxtVn – Finland

Liwwa for Trading SAE

Friedrich Naumann Stiftung Foundation

Coda Payments

Omron Healthcare Europe B.V

Work highlights

  • Advising Vodafone Egypt in the renewal of Annex VIII of its license.
  • Advising Khazna on the appropriate legal structure related to the services of salary advance in Egypt and other micro finance, nano finance, and consumer finance licenses.
  • Advising Orcasand drafting the termsand conditions for tutors and users.

ADSERO-Ragy Soliman & Partners

Having been established in 2019, ADSERO-Ragy Soliman & Partners, has built a name for itself in the Telecommunication, Media and Technology sector in a relatively short amount of time. The firm advises a host of high-profile clients on matters such as drafting contracts and terms of agreements, licensing, and cybercrime. Practice head Mohamed Abdelgawad has extensive experience in this area, including cyber security data protection, fintech and electronic signatures. Managing associate Darah Zakaria and senior associate Nariman Roushdy, who joined the team in 2021, are also heavily involved in TMT-related work.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Abdelgawad

Other key lawyers:

Darah Zakaria; Norman Roushdy

Testimonials

‘Helpful, responsive and extremely flexible to our needs’

‘Mohamed Abdelgawad is a pleasure to deal with’

‘Adsero provides diligent and high-quality service and at partner level has strong insight and knowledge of the TMT sector in Egypt.’

‘Mohamed Abdelgawad knows the TMT sector in Egypt and has good relationships with relevant public sector bodies as well as with significant TMT businesses. He is always accessible and responsive and ensures his team delivers good quality output.’

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

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) provides legal services along the lines of fintech and e-commerce, technology agreements, outsourcing, data security and privacy, digital media and telecommunications. The team is experienced in handling transactions as well as contentious matters for multinational clients, among them Telecom Egypt. Practice head Ghada El Ehwany has recently advised technology and media companies on market entry matters, while Mohamed Barakat is specialised in cross-border transactions and capital market work.

Practice head(s):

Ghada El Ehwany

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Barakat

Shalakany Law Office

The TMT practice at Shalakany Law Office assists clients with contracts and agreements, contentious matters and a wide variety of data-related issues. Regulatory matters are also part of the team’s portfolio, which includes social media and technology companies. The practice is led by Sharif Shehata, whose specialisations include IT contracts and intellectual property.

Practice head(s):

Sharif Shihata

Soliman, Hashish & Partners

Soliman, Hashish & Partners joins the ranking with extensive experience in the TMT sector, including due diligence, technology transfers, and licensing, amongst others. The firm counts global companies such as Amazon and TikTok to its client roster. Mohamed Hashish heads the team and is well versed in the corporate and regulatory intersections with TMT.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Hashish

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and knowledgeable of local laws. They are willing to go the extra mile to provide an advice or close a deal.’

‘Excellent legal advice regarding activities in Egypt and other middle east countries.’

‘Mohamed Hashish is knowledgeable, professional and provided services in a timely manner. We have valued his guidance and input and we have appreciated his attention to our needs in terms of both work product and timing.’

‘They have great experience in how things are applied in practice which is not necessarily in line with the plain text of the law.’

‘The team is very responsive to requests and offers good quality advice at a fair price. The team also proactively informs us in relation to local market insight and developments.’

‘Proactive and persistent on findings solutions.’

‘We work mostly with Mohamed Hashish. He embodies the qualities noted above with respect to how the team performs.’

Key clients

Africa Crest Education Group

Amazon

Applied Technology & Management Inc

Arizona State University

Babcock & Wilcox

BRF

DXC Technology

Fiserv

Fluor

Foton Motor

Gaara

General Electric

Geo-Chem

Gianaclis

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hikvision

Honeywell

Kellogg

L3 Technology

Mapei

Mott MacDonald

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Polimeros Mexicanos

Porsche

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Promethean World

Quintessentially

Radio Holland

RKW

SABIS

STC Pay

TikTok

Truecaller

UEFA

Univar

Vicat

Vnesheconombank

Wabtec Inc.

World Bank Group

Zoomcar

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel to Promethean World/NetDragon WebSoft Holdings with respect to the first ever online education platform in Egypt.
  • Acted as legal counsel to IBM with respect to obtaining the first ever WAN license in Egypt.
  • Advising TikTok on the new Data Protection Law.