TMT in Egypt

Al Kamel Law Office

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.

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 east broadcasting networks Inc. (mbn)

The World Bank

Windsor Business Center

Chevron

Jones Day

Baker Hughes Limited

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

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.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Shehata

Key clients

Etisalat Misr

Delivery Hero

Algorythma

Uber

Google

Sony Pictures

Halan for Technology and Services

NBK Capital Partners

Match

Work highlights

  • 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

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 ShalakanySharif Shihata and Adam El Shalakany lead the practice, with Shihata the key name for technology matters. Senior associate Khaled Sherif is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Khaled El Shalakany; Sharif Shihata; Adam El Shalakany

Key clients

BMC Software

Booking.Com (Netherlands)

WeDo Technologies

Schlumberger

IBM

Ashurst LLP (UK)

ORACLE Egypt

Facebook

Amazon

Google

BAE Systems

Microsoft

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Yasser Hashem

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

AIG Egypt Insurance Company & AIG MEA Limited

Citibank

COMMONWEALTH WARGRAVES

Emerging Markets Payments Africa S.A.E & Network International Egypt, S.A.E.

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 Centre (RCC)

SI-Ware Systems Limited

Softec International

Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications S.A.E.

Dell

LG Electronics Inc., Egypt

NxtVn – Finland

Al Tamimi & Company

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.

Practice head(s):

Ayman Nour

Key clients

Telecom Egypt

IBM

Work highlights

  • 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)

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.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Ghannam

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Amir Marghany

Testimonials

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.’

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Girgis Abd El-Shahid; Sameh Attia; Tarek Badawy

Testimonials

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.