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BonelliErede in cooperation with Bahaa-Eldin Law Office

Egypt > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

BonelliErede in cooperation with Bahaa-Eldin Law Office provides ‘uniquely tailored’ legal advice regarding complex cross-border deals in Africa. Practice head Ziad Bahaa-Eldin has ‘unrivalled experience in the public and private sectors’, and the ‘very professional and competentMohamed El Ehwany is also a leading presence in the practice, especially for M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ziad Bahaa-Eldin

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent legal services.’

‘Mohamed El Ehwany is very professional and competent, and always available on calls, even at the last minute. He has great negotiation and drafting skills.’

‘Mohamed El Ehwany is pleasant to work with and very responsive.’

‘As a client, I find their services to be uniquely tailored to our needs and marked by several standout qualities. What sets them apart is their exceptional commitment to client service. They consistently go above and beyond to ensure that we’re well-informed, our concerns are addressed promptly, and we feel supported throughout the legal process. One of their notable strengths is their team’s expertise in our specific area of legal needs.’

‘Needless to say, Ziad Bahaa-Eldin is very well aware of corporate law in Egypt, with unrivalled experience in the public and private sector.’

‘One of the great personal qualities of Mohamed El Ehwany is being a good listener. From our first session onwards, he provides all the space necessary to present the background of our case, most importantly without interruption.

‘The firm distinguishes itself through its proactive approach, deep understanding of the critical issues, and its ability to provide practical, actionable solutions. What sets the firm apart is the hands-on support in implementing these solutions.

‘Ziad Bahaa-Eldin is a charismatic figure; he excels in active listening and offers solutions with tact and relevance, making interactions highly productive. Mohamed El Ehwany is an outstanding jurist renowned for his corporate expertise and extensive understanding of both local laws and practices. Their combined strengths set the firm apart, ensuring that clients receive not only legal guidance but also strategic and nuanced advice tailored to the Egyptian business landscape.’

Key clients

DEME Group

Almaviva SpA

Ligabue S.p.A.

GKSD Healthcare

Azza Fahmy Jewellery


Philip Morris


SIG Combibloc Egypt



Wafa Life insurance

Egyptian IVF Centre

Work highlights

  • Advised the founders of the Azza Fahmy brand in connection with an investment by Bidayat Group.
  • Advised Almaviva regarding a transportation system project with the Egyptian Ministry of Transportation.
  • Advised GKSD in connection with a potential partnership with the Ministry of Health and Population for the management of the Sheikh Zayed specialised hospital.

Founded in 1999 from the merger of three Italian law firms, BonelliErede is one of the largest independent law firms in Italy, with offices in Milan, Rome, Genoa, Brussels, London, Cairo (in cooperation with Bahaa-Eldin Law Office), Addis Ababa (in cooperation with Lidet Abebe Tizazu Law Office) and Dubai. The firm is a true international player that offers a full range of commercial legal and tax services, combining business acumen with academic excellence.

To better respond to clients’ needs, BonelliErede offers support through a number of specialised focus teams, which bring together the legal expertise of its professionals from various practice areas. The focus teams are organised by sector and practice area and pool their individual legal expertise and in-depth sector knowledge to offer clients assistance with all aspects of their businesses.

BonelliErede has also launched its first alternative legal services provider: beLab S.p.A.. This company exploits legal digital technologies to provide services and solutions in collaboration with select partners based on a co-evolution approach.

BonelliErede comprises 89 partners, 30 of counsels, more than 400 associates – bringing the total, including staff, to over 800 people. Among its lawyers, it boasts 20 university professors.

BonelliErede currently has three strategic outposts in Africa and the Middle East: Cairo, Addis Ababa, and Dubai. The Cairo and Addis Ababa offices were established in 2016 and are the hub for the firm’s development plans in Africa — the Dubai office opened in 2017. In addition, thanks to a cooperation agreement with Zahaf & Partners, the firm is also present in Tripoli. BonelliErede also works with the Best Friends network, which is made up of leading firms from around the world, including: Bredin Prat in France, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in the Netherlands, Hengeler Mueller in Germany, Slaughter and May in the UK and Uría Menéndez in Spain.

BonelliErede has been present in Egypt since 2016 and, effective as of 1 July 2018, cooperates with the Egyptian law firm Bahaa-Eldin Law Office which is an integral part of the BonelliErede network.

Bahaa-Eldin Law Office in cooperation with BonelliErede assists international investors entering or operating in Egypt, as well as Egyptian corporations on all aspects of their legal needs, especially corporate, M&A, project finance, international taxation and transfer pricing, international arbitration and construction and is able to cover all key industrial sectors, building on the synergies and skills of BonelliErede’s Focus Teams especially that of Infrastructure, Energy & Ecological Transition, Construction & Engineering and International Arbitration.

The team is composed of an integrated group of around 12 lawyers, and is led by Dr. Ziad Ahmed Bahaa-Eldin, Managing Partner at Bahaa-Eldin Law Office in cooperation with BonelliErede, and Gianfranco Veneziano, Partner at BonelliErede. The team also includes  Mohamed H. El Ehwany, Mostafa Moussa and Shorouk Genena, Partners at Bahaa-Eldin Law Office in cooperation with BonelliErede.

As part of the BonelliErede network, the Cairo office collaborates in total synergy with the other firm’s offices in Italy, Europe and the Middle East. Depending on the needs of a matter, the competences of the local professionals are integrated with all the BonelliErede experts from the teams based in EMEA.

Department Name Email Telephone
Massimiliano Danusso, Chairman +39 06 845511
Eliana Catalano, Managing Partner +39 0277131
Photo Name Position Profile
Ziad  Bahaa-Eldin photo Ziad Bahaa-Eldin Managing Partner at Bahaa-Eldin Law Office in cooperation with BonelliErede, Ziad Bahaa-Eldin…
Mohamed  El Ehwany photo Mohamed El Ehwany Partner at Bahaa-Eldin Law Office in cooperation with BonelliErede, Mohamed El Ehwany…
Mostafa Moussa photo Mostafa Moussa Partner at Bahaa-Eldin Law Office in cooperation with BonelliErede, Mostafa Moussa specialises…
Number of professionals : over 500
Best Friends
Offices : Addis Ababa, Brussels, Cairo, Dubai, Genoa, London, Milan, Rome

Since the firm’s founding, BonelliErede has always had the interest of its people at heart, regardless of one’s gender, ethnicity, religion, etc. In 2021, the partners approved the introduction of pink quotas within the Board which ensures the presence of at least one woman on the Board. Today, the Board is made up of 7 professionals of which 3 are women, and the number includes the firm’s Managing Partner Eliana Catalano.

BonelliErede has a dedicated D&I Committee, firstly launched in July 2021. The committee is made up of partners, associates and business support staff – we believe that only by putting people from across the firm together we can really address the importance of inclusion. Diversity & Inclusion is promoted and analysed at all stages, starting from the hiring process and all throughout peoples’ time within the firm.

In 2023, BonelliErede adopted its D&I policy.

Besides Cairo, BonelliErede has strategic outposts in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), in cooperation with Lidet Abebe Tizazu Law Office, and Dubai (UAE). In addition, thanks to a cooperation agreement with Zahaf & Partners, the firm is also present in Tripoli.

Cairo and Addis Ababa were the first outposts established, back in 2016, and are the hub for BonelliErede’s development in Africa. The Dubai office was opened in 2017 to serve the entire Gulf area and support international investment in Africa.

Beyond Egypt, Ethiopia and the UAE, the firm continues to strengthen its network of highly reputed African and Middle Eastern law firms to respond to its clients’ needs across the regions.