TMT in Egypt
Al Kamel Law Office is a leading firm in the telecoms sector, where it advises on regulatory compliance, corporate structuring, due diligence, licensing, disputes and contractual protection matters. Among its clients are leading international telecoms companies Telecom Italia and France Télécom, as well as technology providers including Microsoft. Mohamed Kamel and Sayed Ammar are the lead partners and attorney Omar Abdelsalam is also noted.
Mohamed Kamel; Sayed Ammar
France Télécom and Orange
Sk c&c – affiliated computer services
Inc. (a Xerox company)
British telecom – middle east broadcasting networks Inc. (mbn)
The World Bank
Windsor Business Center
Baker Hughes Limited
Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy climbs the ranking having formalised its TMT practice with the return of litigator and practice head Mohamed Shehata from his role as general counsel at major telecoms operator Etisalat Misr, which is now among the firm's key clients. The practice co-ordinates corporate, finance and litigation skills. Its media work includes a landmark trade mark enforcement action for Sony Pictures.
Halan for Technology and Services
NBK Capital Partners
- Successfully defended Etisalat Misr in CRCICA arbitral proceedings against a claim of approximately EGP230m and won award of approximately EGP750m.
- Represented Sony Pictures in a complex payment claim regarding outstanding liabilities on Al Hayat.
- Represented Uber against a court judgment obliging the Egyptian government to suspend its license due to allegations that Uber is not in compliance with the Egyptian traffic code.
Shalakany Law Office is particularly well regarded in the telecoms sector, having played a role in drafting Egypt's regulatory framework, though the firm also advises social media and other technology companies on matters including corporate transactions, data security and regulatory matters. Khaled El Shalakany, Sharif Shihata and Adam El Shalakany lead the practice, with Shihata the key name for technology matters. Senior associate Khaled Sherif is also noted.
Khaled El Shalakany; Sharif Shihata; Adam El Shalakany
Ashurst LLP (UK)
Credit Agricole Egypt S.A.E.
Mayer Brown Int LLP (UK)
Perkins Coie LLP (US)
Osborne Clarke LLP UK/Facebook
White & Case LLP (US/LA)
SAP Global Legal
Studio Legale Associato in associazione con Simmons & Simmons LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP (US/NY)
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Gowling WLG (UK) LLP
Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law has been heavily involved in the development of Egypt's telecoms sector and remains a key adviser to global players such as AT&T, Alcatel and Vodafone Egypt. It also advises large technology companies including Dell on corporate, regulatory and data privacy matters. Managing partner Yasser Hashem, who leads the corporate, capital markets and telecoms practices, and Dina Kamel are the key practitioners.
‘Zaki Hashem is one of the leading law firms in TMT is Egypt. The team is unique due to its extensive experience, network and adjacent support practices. The team has been helping leading TMT players for more than two decades.‘
‘The senior team members have a strong network across the government and private sectors. Also, the other Zaki Hashem teams provide effective and timely support on cross-functional matters.‘
‘Our main partner there, Dina Kamel, is highly supportive, time-conscious and resourceful. Dina has helped us finalise detailed agreements in record time and at good quality when we needed that. Also Dina has been able to identify and avail legal subject matter experts at a short lead time to address cross functional issues.‘
AIG Egypt Insurance Company & AIG MEA Limited
Emerging Markets Payments Africa S.A.E & Network International Egypt, S.A.E.
Fawry for Banking & Payment Technology Services
Global Peering Exchange (GPX)
Masary Electronic Payments
NEC Telecommunication & Information Technology, Ltd,
Nokia Siemens Networks
Raya Holding Co. for Technology & Telecommunications
Raya Contact Centre (RCC)
SI-Ware Systems Limited
Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications S.A.E.
LG Electronics Inc., Egypt
NxtVn – Finland
Al Tamimi & Company acts for local and international clients on matters related to technology procurement, licensing, project management and governance, business process and IT outsourcing, data protection, online and mobile technology, and electronic and mobile commerce. Ayman Nour leads the practice, which counts leading operator Telecom Egypt among its clients.
- Advising a major coffeehouse chain on data breach notification obligations in Egypt, addressing the position prior to the introduction of the new data protection law, and the position under the new data protection law.
- Assisting a leading multinational technology company with anti-spam rules.
- Advising a leading games company on online game licenses and relevant permits.
Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) advises telecoms companies on licensing and regulatory matters, as well as on a range of corporate issues, and is active in the digital media sector helping companies to launch new products and services. It also has niche expertise in data security, outsourcing, technology agreements, fintech and e-commerce. Mohamed Ghannam is the lead partner.
- Advising on matters related to e-signatures for a British multinational banking and financial services holding company.
- Assisting a leading multinational technology company with the use of satellite equipment.
- Advising African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), a bank that finances and promotes intra- and extra-African trade, on a $200m facility to Telecom Egypt.
Marghany Advocates stands out for its 'prompt responses and diverse expertise'. Amir Marghany leads the practice, which acts for numerous clients in the telecoms and technology sector, including online ticket reservation system TicketsMarche and social media giants Facebook and Whatsapp.
‘We appreciate the diverse professional expertise and personal involvement of the firm’s partners.‘
‘The firm has true focus and dedication in combination with incredible legal expertise. They have been essential to my business success.‘
‘Amir Marghany and Hend el Hakim are very smart and extremely supportive characters, I consider them family at this point.‘
‘Easy access, prompt response and diverse expertise.’
- Advising TicketsMarche on various mega-events agreements.
- Assisted Facebook with various regulatory matters.
- Advised Whatsapp on various regulatory matters in light of newly issued laws.
Shahid Law Firm handles corporate transactions, disputes and regulatory matters for clients in the technology and telecoms sectors. Girgis Abd El-Shahid, Sameh Attia and Tarek Badawy are 'hands-on, quick to react and very understanding of clients' needs'. Litigator Attia frequently represents media and telecoms companies before Egypt's administrative courts.
Girgis Abd El-Shahid; Sameh Attia; Tarek Badawy
‘The firm has very good legal expertise and knowledge.‘
‘The lawyers are available, hands-on, complementary and they work as one team.‘
Dentons Egypt LLC
Dentons Egypt LLC handles corporate and contentious matters for clients in the media and telecoms sectors, as well as handling issues relating to regulation. Managing partner Michael Lacey, litigator Amal Afifi Dawood and senior associate Ahmed Kamal are the key practitioners and count multinational corporations including Nokia among their clients.
TMS Law Firm – Taha, Moussa & Sabahi
TMS Law Firm – Taha, Moussa & Sabahi has a strong presence in the media sector. Name partners Amr El Sabahi, who leads the TMT practice, Ehab Taha and Khaled Moussa are the key contacts. The practice handles corporate matters, employment law, capital markets and regulatory issues for clients in the telecoms, e-commerce, fashion, media and film production sectors.