Firm Profile > Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law > Cairo, Egypt

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law
CAIRO 11211

Banking and finance Tier 1

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law has a broad practice that covers trade finance, securitisation, securities lending, Islamic finance, IPOs, leveraged finance and capital markets. In these areas, it is frequently involved in the market's leading transactions, among recent highlights being the Arab Republic of Egypt's GMTN Programme and the first green bond issuance in the MENA region. Of counsel Ragia Omran leads on banking, finance and international debt capital markets. Helal El Hossary leads on capital markets and securitisations. Among the strong senior associates are Peter Maurice and Soha El Ezaby.

Practice head(s):

Ragia Omran; Helal El Hossary

Other key lawyers:

Peter Maurice; Soha El Ezaby

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank – Egypt (ADIB)

AIG Egypt Insurance Company

Arab African International Bank (AAIB)

Arab Bank

Attijariwafa Bank Egypt

Banque Misr

Beltone Group of Companies


British Embassy

Byblos Bank

CaixaBank, S.A

CI Capital Investment Banking

Commercial International Bank Egypt (CIB Egypt)

Commercial International Investment Company (CIIC)


Deutsche Bank

Dunia Finance L.L.C.

EFG Hermes

Egypt Factors S.A.E.

Egypt Foods S.A.E.

Egyptian Gulf Bank S.A.E.


European University in Egypt “EUE”

Hang Seng Bank Limited (HASE)

Holding Company for Investment & Development (an affiliated Company to Housing & Development Bank)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Madinet Nasr for Housing and Development

Mashreq Bank

Middle East Turnaround Investment (Haykala)

MM Holding For Paper and Packaging

Morgan Stanley

National Bank of Egypt

National Investment Bank


Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB)

Qatar National Bank (QNB)


Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law is one of the oldest and largest firms in Egypt and few can match its track record of advising local and international companies on their local business interests. Its work encompasses high-value cross-border M&A transactions, franchising, leasing and licensing, as well as day-to-day commercial advice. Among its many high-profile clients are AIG, Neptune Energy and Philips. Managing partner Yasser Hashem leads the corporate, M&A and capital markets practice. Arig Ali and up-and-coming partners Heba El Naggar and Hossam Hafez are also recommended. 'By far the most professional and experienced team in Egypt', says one client.

Practice head(s):

Yasser Hashem

Other key lawyers:

Arig Ali; Heba El Naggar; Hossam Hafez


‘We appreciate the speed of execution, the dedication and the fact that the firm has its clients’ best interests at heart.’

‘It uses best-in-class technologies in law practice, provides around the clock advisory services and has global knowledge of legal trends.’

‘The team is well-rounded and responsive with a very good commercial focus.’

‘Based on local market experience, they fare well with market standards.’

‘One of the few firms that is well-rounded in key legal aspects and different types of transactions including capital markets, private equity acquisitions, and M&A.’

‘ZHP is by far the most professional and experienced team in Egypt. It has advised me on multiple PE and VC transactions and is constantly innovating in its drafting in order to satisfy both parties. The team is extremely efficient as they work tirelessly to meet ridiculous deadlines set by ourselves and the investment banks.’

‘ZHP has a diverse team of lawyers from different backgrounds as well as a lot of young professional women who are extremely meticulous.’

‘The team as a whole is extremely available and on call 24/7. I have mainly been working with Arig Ali and her team and for the last three years I have not engaged with any other lawyer because our team is treated like we are her only client. She is available to speak and give advice at anytime.’

‘I regularly work with the firm on commercial and corporate issues. They are knowledgeable and experienced in both areas and have in-depth legal and commercial knowledge from different aspects. In spite of the fact that they have numerous clients, they are always available when you need them and give the feeling of being their sole client. Last but not least, I trust them beyond description.’

‘I always find them most updated in this area. Their billing is quite satisfactory and usually they meet our needs. They have diversity in their team members and the expertise they always bring to the table.’

‘I am currently working with Heba El Naggar, who enjoys a great deal of knowledge and experience which satisfies our requirements all the time, to the extent that I would not sign an agreement unless she reviewed and accepted it from her legal point of view.’

‘Zaki Hashem’s team collaboration does not stop at the legal input but rather the history and their knowledge of the company, its management and shareholders.’

‘Heba EL Naggar is a great lawyer who is always listening and present and provides her utmost for the benefit of her client.’

Key clients

AAA Trade

Abdul Latif Jameel Group

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm

Accor Hotels

Afridi & Angell Legal Consultants

AgroGate-Holdings Inc.

AIG Egypt Insurance Company & AIG MEA Limited

Al Ghanim Group

Al Ismaelia Real Estate Investment

Al Marai Company

Al Safat Investment Company KSC

AL Sagheer Group

Algebra Ventures

Ali Pay

Alitalia– Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A


Alpla Taba Plastics S.A.E. and Alpla for Import & Export

Alstom Egypt

Amandus Kahl

Arab Co. for Asset Management and Development

Arab Federation of Petroleum Mining & Chemical Workers

Arabia Cotton Ginning Company

Ard El Kheir Holding for Financial Investments (Affiliated company of Misr El Kheir Foundation)

Assuit Entrepreneurs Association

Aswaq Misr Express for Development and Management

Atlas Copco

Attijariwafa Bank Egypt

Australian Embassy

Austrian Archaeological Institute (Austrian Embassy)

Ayady For Investment & Development

Barceló Cairo Pyramids Hotel

BASF Construction Chemicals Egypt S.A.E. & BASF Trading Egypt S.A.E


BP Egypt East Delta Deep Marine

BPE Partners


Bridge Legal Group

British Embassy

British Petroleum Egypt (BP)

Bupa Egypt Insurance S.A.E.

Cairo Scan

Canal Sugar Company

Capital Group Properties

Capstone Fund

Cargill Misr & Cargill Trading Egypt

CEGEDIM (Aliott)

CFA Society Egypt

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. – Egypt Branch (CSCEC)

China Telecom (Africa and Middle East) Limited

CIH International LLC

Citibank NV

Club Mediterranee

Commercial International Bank Egypt (CIB Egypt)

Commonwealth Wargraves

Conrad Cairo Hotel

Creative Media ventures (Ebda3)

CVentures Capital (affliated Company of Commercial Internation Bank Egypt)

DAL Group

Damietta Furniture City

Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI)

Dar Al-Handasah

Dehydro Foods S.A.E.

Diners Club Egypt

Distribution Casino France

Domiatec Holding

E- Finance

Eagle Chemicals

Ebtikar for Investment Finance S.A.E

Education Development Trust

Egypt Capital Partners

Egypt Factors

Egypt Foods S.A.E.

Egypt Health Partners for Medical Services S.A.E.

Egypt Learning Group for Educational Services S.A.E.

Egypt Venture Capital Company S.A.E.

Egypt World Trade

Egyptian Countryside Development Company

Egyptian Engineering Agencies S.A.E. (EEA)

Egyptian Smart Cards

Ekuity Holding

El Cairo Seamless Company

El Gezirah Hotels & Tourism Company S.A.E (EGHTC)

El Nasr Company for Coke and Chemicals

El Sewedy Electric

Embassy of Finland

Embassy of Switzerland

EMC Corporation (Dell)

Emerging Markets Payments Africa S.A.E & Network International Egypt, S.A.E. (among other companies within the Group)

Emerson Egypt LLC


Factum Foundation

Fawry Group of Companies



General Electric Group

Genting Casinos

Geofizyka International MSR

Geofizyka Torun S.A.


Gold Net

Goods Mart Ltd

Grand Nile Tower

Grome Free Zone Marketing (Cairo) Ltd (GROHE)

Gulf Marketing Group (GMG)

Hebeish Group

Horus Real Estate Investments Company S.A.E.

Hyde Park Properties for Developments S.A.E. (HPD)

I2 Itisalat

ICC Group

Iconix Luxembourg Holdings SÀRL

IEC Medical Systems S.A.E.


Interlink Services LLC



Kandil Industries

Kasrawy Group

Kerten Hospitality

Key Developments

Kimberly-Clark MENA

Klipsch Group Inc.

Le MEREDIEN Heliopolis


LG Electronics Egypt S.A.E.

Liwwa for Trading S.A.E.

London International Patient Services (“LIPS”)

Maadi Sporting and Yacht Club

Mabany Edris

Madinet Nasr for Housing and Development

MAKSHAFF- Egypt Investment Company “MAKVEST”, S.A.E

Mayar Holding Company

Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF)

Mediterraneo Egypt

Mediterrania Capital Partners

Mena Health Partners

Mena Real Estate Investment

Merck Limited

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Middle East Communication Network – MCN

Ministry of public Business Sector in Egypt

Misr Insurance Holding

Misr Life Insurance

Mitsubishi Corporation, Cairo Liaison Office

Mitsui & co. ltd.

Modern Bakeries S.A.E.

Modern Waterproofing

Mondi Group

Mota group

NBK Capital Partners

Neptune Energy Egypt B.V.  (Previously Engie)

Niederer Kraft & Frey

Nissan Motor Egypt S.A.E.

Norwegian Embassy in Cairo

Novartis Pharma

Novo Nordisk Egypt


Oberthur Technologies


Otis Elevators

Paste and Juice Company

Pepsi Cola Egypt

Petroleum and Energy Logistics and Services Company (Petrogistix)

Philips Egypt LLC

Pinsent Masons LLP – Transaction Network Services (“TNS”)

President Hotel

Project HOPE – Egypt

Prysmian S.p.A

Pyravision Trading and Consultancy

Qual Pro LTD.

RAKTA (The General Company for Paper Industry)

Ras Ghareb Wind Energy


Red Bull

Red Cross International Committee

Red Sea Resort S.A.E.

Resolute Egypt Limited

Rixos Hospitality Egypt S.A.E.

Rocco Forte

Rofayda for Women & Child Health

Royal Group

Sanita Group

Sanofi Egypt

Savoy Sharm El Sheikh

Securitas Egypt

Seha Scan & Lab

Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo Hotel


Società Italiana per Condotte d’Acqua S.p.A

Solidere Egypt

Soltius ME – Division of YASH Technologies

Spanish Embassy

Swiss pharma

TA Telecom

Tabuk pharmaceuticals

Tamweely Microfinance S.A.E.

Tanmeya Micro Enterprise Services

The Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Tokio Marine Egypt General Takaful S.A.E.

Tradecorp. Egypt

Travco Propoerties

UmrahHolidays International

United Oils and Foods Co. (UNI OIL)

UPC Group

Upper Egypt Investment Company

Upstream Systems Egypt S.A.E.

Vitas Egypt for Microfinance

Vodafone International Services LLC (VOIS)

Wadi Group

Weatherford Oil Tool Middle East Ltd

Welcare Hospital S.A.E.

William Russell


Zasio Enterprises, Inc

ZTE Corporation



EM5 Solution Inc.

Chep Pallecon

The Holding Company for Maritime and Land Transport

ASE Sports Management

Ansaldo Energia

Saleh, Barsoum & Abdel Aziz (Deloitte Cairo)

Trimar Forwarding LLC

Sony Middle East and Africa FZE



Delivery Hero SE

Misr Digital Innovation Company

B Investments Holding S.A.E.

TBE Egypt for Payment Solutions and Services S.A.E. (Bee)

IMEX International S.A.E.

Alexandria Wax Products Company (AWPC)


Arco Steel

TOTO Asia (related to Mitsui & Co., Ltd.,)

Port Ghaleb Red Sea (One of Kharafi Group Companies)

Al Baraka Financial Investments

Synergy Group


Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law has a track record in arbitration that reaches back almost 70 years and it continues to be involved in high-profile matters in key sectors such as energy, real estate and manufacturing. It acts for large domestic and multinational clients in matters before all major arbitration fora at home and abroad. Former practice head Mohamed Gomaa moved to Youssef & Partners Attorneys but the firm has hired Mohamed Kamel from ALC Alieldean Weshahi & Partners to lead the arbitration. Kamel, who has 32 years' experience and is a former public prosecutor, works closely with senior partner and head of dispute resolution Youssef Abou Zeid.

Practice head(s):

Youssef Abou Zeid

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Kamel

Key clients

Accor Hotels

Abu Ghali Motors

American University in Cairo (AUC)


Orascom Construction Industries Co. S.A.E. (OCI)

Solidere International Limited & Solidere Egypt Real Estate Investment and Development Company S.A.E

Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications S.A.E.

Petroleum Marine Services (PMS)

Egyptian German Automotive Co. EGA S.A.E

Damietta International Port Company (DIPCO)

Gulf Egypt for Hotels & Tourism

United for Trading and Transport S.A.E

Mapei S.P.A

SUBEX – Serena Beach Hotel Company

Hilton International Company

Landmark Gulf Group (Fun City Egypt S.A.E)

Egyptian Linear Alkyl Benzene (ELAB)

Egyptian Natural Gas Company (Gasco)

Hebeish Group

ARABCO for Petroleum Industries

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law has a large and diverse litigation practice that acts for a large roster of well-established local and international clients. Numerous banking institutions turn to the firm for all of their dispute resolution needs, and the firm handles significant matters in sectors as varied as hospitality, insurance, real estate, utilities, food, pharmaceuticals and technology. In commercial litigation, bankruptcy, finance, tax, consumer protection and white-collar crime cases, it remains one of the market leaders. Senior partner Youssef Abou Zeid is head of the dispute resolution group, in which Omar Abou Elenain is a central figure.

Practice head(s):

Youssef Abou Zeid

Other key lawyers:

Omar Abou Elenain

Key clients

Accor Hotels

AIG Egypt Insurance Company & AIG MEA Limited

Alitalia– Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A

Arab Investment Bank

Attijariwafa Bank Egypt

British Petroleum Egypt (BP)

Cargill Misr & Cargill Trading Egypt


Commercial International Bank Egypt

Conrad Cairo Hotel


Egypt Factors

Egypt Foods S.A.E.

Fayoum Gas Company

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

Grome Free Zone Marketing (Cairo) Ltd (GROHE)


kandil Industries

LG Electronics Egypt S.A.E.


Mitsubishi Corporation

Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF)

NISSAN Motor Egypt S.A.E.

Novo Nordisk Egypt

Otis Elevators

Pepsi Cola Egypt

Philips Egypt LLC

Savoy Sharm El Sheikh


Dehydro Foods S.A.E.

Egyptian Engineering Agencies S.A.E. (EEA)

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank – Egypt (ADIB)

Abu Ghali Motors

Alstom Egypt

Arab Bank

The American University in Cairo (AUC)

Four Seasons First Residence

Employment Tier 1

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law frequently acts as counsel to multinational and local companies in every aspect of employment law, including issues arising from corporate restructuring and acquisitions, in-house investigations, employee benefits and litigation. The firm has an outstanding track record in the amicable settlement of labour disputes. It is also sought out for its advice on internal regulations to enable foreign entities to comply with local law. Senior partner and head of dispute resolution Youssef Abou Zeid leads the practice, in which corporate partner Hala Hashem and litigator Omar Abou Elenain are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Youssef Abou Zeid

Other key lawyers:

Hala Hashem; Omar Abou Elenain


‘The firm has very solid knowledge and is very professional.’

‘Working with Omar Abou Elenain. He always provides honest advice and thinks with us about the best approach always.’

Key clients

New Zealand Embassy in Cairo

the American Bureau of Shipping – ABS Europe Ltd.

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

Alitalia– Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A

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 Inst

Energy Tier 1

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law has 'great experience and provides all the assistance that is needed to undertake our mission efficiently', remarks one client. Since its involvement in the first oil exploration concession in Egypt in the 1950s, the firm has remained a key adviser to the sector, as well as becoming a prominent player in the mining, power and renewable energy sector, handling the full range of corporate, finance, litigation and project-related work. Practice head Sameh Khodeir and project finance partner Sameh Kamal are the main contacts. Mohamed Gomaa left to become senior counsel at Youssef & Partners Attorneys.

Practice head(s):

Sameh Khodeir

Other key lawyers:

Sameh Kamal


‘The firm has a good reputation which results from their professionalism since its establishment up to today.’

‘The team have great experience and provide all the assistance that is needed to undertake our mission efficiently. The service of Zaki Hashem Office is excellent when comparing with other legal offices in the market.’

‘They have always supported the client in all legal consultations for proper legal assessment from a strictly legal standpoint when requested.’


Key clients

Arab Federation of Petroleum Mining & Chemical Workers

Arabian Oil Company Ltd.

Dana Gas Company

Egyptian Company for Gas Services

Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC)

Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS )

ELF Energy Egypt for Generating Renewable Energy S.A.E.

El Sewedy Electric

HBS International Egypt


IMEX International SAE


INVAP Argentina

INPEX Corporation

Kuwait Energy

Merlon Petroleum El Fayum Company (Merlon)

Misr Wind Power S.A.E

National Petroleum Company S.A.E. (NPC)

Neptune Energy Egypt B.V.

Noble Energy, Inc.

PERENCO North Sinai Petroleum Company

Petroleum Marine Services (PMS)

PetroTrace Global

Pico International Petroleum Services

Ras Ghareb Wind Energy SAE

Sahara Oil & Gas


Schlumberger Logelco, Inc.

Shelf Dri

Intellectual property Tier 1

'In my view, it is one of the best firms dealing in IP', remarks a client of Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law. 'The firm is very cooperative and always responds in a timely manner whatever the need is', adds another. The firm frequently acts for high-profile multinational clients in IP litigation, licensing and registration, as well as providing support for large corporate transactions. Senior partner and head of dispute resolution Youssef Abou Zeid oversees the practice, in which senior associate Mohamed Kassem has 'the ability to predict issues and proactively resolve them'.

Practice head(s):

Youssef Abou Zeid

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Kassem


‘ZH&P is one of the oldest law firms in Egypt, undoubtedly it possesses experts in all fields of laws with wide exposure to all IP matters, from registration of a trade mark or patent though to protection thereof from any potential infringement. In my view, it is one of the best firms dealing in IP.’

‘The firm is very cooperative and always responds in a timely manner whatever the need is.’

‘Senior associate Mohamed Kassem is a very good lawyer specialising in IP issues, has good awareness and the ability to predict issues and proactively resolve them.’

Key clients

kandil Industries

Pacific Pharmaceuticals Pte Ltd

SSLegal & Management Consultancy FZ-LLE

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Eveready Battery Company, Inc.

Vodafone Egypt Telecom S.A.E.

Oasis Medical Clinics S.A.E.

Misr Spain Textiles and Blankets S.A.E.

Rotam Agrochemical Limited

Tai E International Patent & Law Office

The American University in Cairo (AUC)

Cement Assiut S.A.E.

Bawabat Al Sharq Al Qahira Al Gadedah (formerly Barwa New Cairo for 5Real Estate)

Tawfeer Ventures Limited

Professional Development Foundation (PDF)

Thompson Coburn, LLB

Tivoli Heliopolis S.A.E.

Anvirally & Sons Limited

ARB Corporation

Bemis Company, Inc.

Shangri-La Hotel Management Limited

Wilmar International Limited

GTB Holding LLC

GoldToeMoretz, LLC

Horus For Foams Manufacturing S.A.E.

Jarir Marketing

Al Rifai Nuts & Confectionary

Aromatco S.A.E.

Abercrombie & Kent Egypt for Tourism S.A.E.

Burgan Bank

Fawry for Banks and Electronic Payments Technology S.A.E.

Johnson Wax Limited

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law advises international and domestic clients on the establishment, operation, and financing of a vast array of infrastructure projects, often using  BOT,  BOOT or PPP models. It frequently acts for consortiums in the preparation of bid documents and contract negotiations, as well as handling major cross-border project finance transactions.  Head of oil and gas Sameh Khodeir , who is 'a seasoned expert with years of experience in the petrochemicals sector', corporate and capital markets specialist Yasser Hashem, and head of projects Sameh Kamal are the main contacts. Mohamed Gomaa moved to Youssef & Partners Attorneys.

Practice head(s):

Sameh Khodeir; Yasser Hashem

Other key lawyers:

Sameh Kamal


‘We have worked closely with an exceptional team from Zaki Hashem that included Yasser Hashem, Sameh Khodeir, and Sameh Kamal. Khodeir is a seasoned expert that brought along years of experience in the petrochemicals sector and Yasser was exceptional in his strategic thinking that guided us smoothly throughout the project. Sameh Kamal is a promising professional.’

Key clients

AL Sagheer Group

Attijariwafa Bank Egypt

Al Babtain Group

British Embassy

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. – Egypt Branch (CSCEC)

Commercial International Bank Egypt (CIB Egypt)

El Sewedy Electric

Neptune Energy Egypt B.V. (Previously Engie)


Pepsi Cola Egypt


Ramw Group

Ras Ghareb Wind Energy

Wadi Group

Ayady Group

Damietta Furniture City

Arab Co. for Asset Management and Development

Egyptian Countryside Development Company

Abdel Warith Consulting Engineers

Amiral Group

Arabian Capital Investment and Finance Co.

Arabian International Company (AIC)

Dar Al Fouad Hospital

DP World Sokhna SAE

Edisson International


INVAP Argentina

Kharafi National W.L.L

Onyx Alexandria


Rapiscan Systems (Division of OSI Systems Group)

SMG Group

Suez Canal Container Terminal

Supco Canada Railway Supply Group

United Group for Highways Development

Beltone Capital Red Sea Venture for Solar Energy

MHP Inves

TMT Tier 1

'The team treats new ideas with a high level of professionalism and goes the extra mile to bring new business models to life', remarks a client of Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law. 'A highly dedicated and competent team that delivers on expectations and exceeds them by being a real business partner,' notes another.  A prominent adviser to the telecoms sector, the firm has developed a similar profile in assisting technology start-ups and media companies. Yasser Hashem, who is head of the corporate, capital markets and telecoms practices, is the main contact. Corporate and telecoms partner Dina Kamel is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Yasser Hashem

Other key lawyers:

Dina Kamel; Tamer Gamal


‘The team is showing high level of expertise in different business, contractual due diligence-related aspects. The team is always available and supportive throughout any partnership journey we go through. The team has a critical advisory eye to highlight key points we need to consider while embarking on a new agreement. They also highlight long-term risks very effectively. The team goes the extra mile in checking new law implications on continuous business needs.’

‘The team treats new ideas with a high level of professionalism. They go the extra mile to bring new business models to life through helping us submit new innovative requests to the relevant legal entities.’

‘The individuals we work with are genuine business partners. During our discussions with other businesses they are actively participating in our joint calls and supporting us throughout. We consider them as an internal department and rely on them with a high level of trust.’

‘A highly dedicated and competent team that delivers on expectations and exceeds them, by being a real business partner. The way that they handle our business constantly proves valuable on each project at hand.’

‘The firm has specialised team members to specific business issues who come with a track record in that specific area, hence leading to the desired end product on projects handled.’

‘A highly personalised and efficient service is provided by the assigned team to our business. Led by Dina Kamel, on all projects the team’s involvement and input proved strategic and of high value to us.’

‘The team is agile, versatile and reliable. As a venture, we move much faster than large organisations and we need partners that can match our pace and focus on delivery. ZH&P’s team is highly entrepreneurial and is able to cater for rapidly growing businesses. Also the team has a rich array of expertise that always provides a differentiated and value-adding perspective. Furthermore, we can comfortably rely on the team’s delivery schedules and quality.’

‘The balance of breadth of experience and ability to summon subject matter experts is unique. Also, the team is very well networked and updated with regulatory changes and communicates that in a timely manner with us. Dina Kamel and Tamer Gamal are a unique and complementary duo with significant corporate and litigation experience. They are able to breakdown any challenge in multiple ways and reconstruct a solution in innovative ways.’

Key clients

AIG Egypt Insurance Company & AIG MEA Limited



Emerging Markets Payments Africa S.A.E & Network International Egypt, S.A.E. (among other companies within the Group)

TLS contact

Actel Egypt



Cisco Systems

Fawry for Banking & Payment Technology Services


Global Peering Exchange (GPX)

Masary Electronic Payments


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.

EMC Corporation (Dell)

LG Electronics Inc., Egypt

NxtVn – Finland

Liwwa for Trading S.A.E.

Established in 1953, Zaki Hashem & Partners (ZH&P), Attorneys at Law, is the oldest and largest law firm to be actively – and uninterruptedly – catering to the needs of domestic and international clients active in the Egyptian business sector.

The firm has an outstanding track record in advising clients on highly complex transactions and matters falling under the different areas of practice, such as:
banking and finance; capital markets (IPOs, bonds, securitizations); competition and anti-trust; compliance; corporate and commercial; corporate restructuring; dispute resolution (arbitration and litigation); distribution and agency; education; employment and labour law; energy and renewables; engineering and construction; franchise; hospitality and tourism; insurance; intellectual property; international foreign investment; mergers and acquisitions; mining; oil and gas; projects and infrastructure; real estate; start ups; taxation; telecommunications, media, and technology (TMT)

Today, ZH&P stands as a modern partnership firm providing the full range of corporate legal services to local and international clients alike through approx 100 fee-earners and 170 employees – all advocates are of professional excellence and integrity in their representation of ZH&P’s clients.

The combined experiences of ZH&P’s members exceeds 1364 years emanating from the unique mixture of its partners, of counsels, and senior associates – allowing ZH&P’s younger members to tap on a wealth of knowledge transferred under the mentoring of highly-experienced senior attorneys.

ZH&P comprises a unique constellation of highly qualified senior partners who have joined the firm as early as the 1970s such as Mr Youssef Abou Zeid (joined in 1977), Ms Hala Hashem (joined in 1980), Mr Sameh Khodeir (joined in 1982), and Dr Mohammed Gomaa (joined in 2002) – who were trained by the most prominent veterans in their respective fields.

Mr Yasser Hashem, ZH&P’s managing partner, has over 27 years of experience applied to the privatization of hundreds of public entities, to the incorporation of foreign and domestic companies and to advising foreign and local investors on the most efficient vehicles and structures for their investments in Egypt. His expertise was extended to drafting the processes of the 2G, 3G, and 4G telecom licenses and the inception of the private provisions of the telecom services in Egypt. He has also overseen a large number of IPOs and capital market transactions.

Also on board is a fresh generation of lawyers who are dually-qualified in Egypt and other jurisdictions – and who gained experience at international law firms – such as: Ms Arig Ali (partner – qualified in the UK and the Egyptian Courts of Appeal), Mr Yasir El Akhdar (partner – qualified in Egypt and New York), and Mr Hossam Hafez (senior associate – qualified in Egypt and New York).

In Egypt’s highly intricate legal system, this unique team combination is an unequaled asset that places ZH&P as the sole law firm offering solid roots in the local market along with a strong legal and business vision – thus meeting and exceeding the expectations of local and international clients alike.

The experience accumulated by ZH&P over 65 years and the multi-disciplinary areas of practice covered, has established the firm’s connections and presence at all government authorities – empowering it to provide accurate real-time advice and to expertly contrive innovative commercial and legal schemes for clients.

Examples of our expertise in some areas of practice
Corporate and commercial law: having established thousands of local entities under different laws – some of them capitalized at billions of Egyptian pounds – ZH&P advises clients on setting up local companies and their subsidiaries, branches and representative offices, company restructuring, splitting and mergers, among others. The firm also specializes in the legalities of the day-to-day management of companies and in maintaining the companies’ legal status.

Mergers and acquisitions: ZH&P leads the legal practice in Egypt’s M&A arena. Having undertaken the largest four major M&A transactions post-January 2011 revolution, ZH&P also handled many conversions of companies from public to private ownership and was involved in M&As, SPAs, and in the sale of public companies to foreign and Egyptian investors – representing both the government and the private sector.

Capital markets: ZH&P has an outstanding track record in mandatory and initial public offerings, private placements, bond issuance and all matters pertaining to listed companies and regular dealings with the Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) and the Egyptian Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA). The Firm has advised on the majority of IPOs in Egypt . ZH&P also specializes in securitization and bonds and has completed large bond offerings and securitization of receivables.

Oil and gas: international and local companies are knowingly relying on ZH&P’s in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of special laws and regulations governing upstream and downstream activities in Egypt. ZH&P has undertaken ca. 50 concessions in Egypt’s Western desert, Eastern desert, Gulf of Suez, Delta, North Sinai, and Mediterranean offshore concessions.

Project finance: ZH&P is famed for providing sound legal support to the establishment, operation and financing of mega and infrastructure projects established through traditional early generation BOTs, BOOTs and PPPs. With the huge focus on infrastructure and renewable energy projects in Egypt, ZH&P is currently advising several international sponsors on the best project implementation structure from the legal, business and strategic perspectives.

Banking and finance: ZH&P acts on the full range of complex financial transactions ranging from the incorporation of banks and financial institutions to undertaking due diligence; loan agreements; regulatory compliance; syndicated facility agreements and related securities and guarantees; trade finance; securities lending; derivatives; sovereign and corporate bonds; Islamic finance; and acquisition and leveraged financing.

Dispute resolution: Since 1953, ZH&P has been notorious for having the largest and most prominent Litigation and Arbitration practice in Egypt and the MENA Region.

Today and with the largest Litigation departments in Egypt – ZH&P’s seasoned high-profile trial team consists of some of the best litigation lawyers who have won landmark cases for their clients and who also offer legal counseling and advice on disputes. Their expertise and specialization cover all types of lawsuits including privatization cases, banking cases, construction cases, mergers & acquisitions cases, tax cases, labour cases, oil & gas cases, white collars crime cases, etc. The number of legal lawsuits circulated and handled by the firm on behalf of its clients until the end of 2018 exceeds 1,400 cases. However and adhering to putting the clients’ interest first, ZH&P has successfully settled many disputes amicably to the best interest of its clients.

The firm’s arbitration department comprises unparalleled top quality lawyers who have counseled/arbitrated major landmark arbitrations such as the Abyie Arbitration in 2009, the Taba Arbitration in the 1980’s, the Ahmad Hamdy Tunnel Arbitration (below the Suez Canal) in the 1980’s, the Westland Helicopters Case in the 1970s, as well as major ICSID cases and many other local and international commercial arbitrations involving both public and private entities.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration and litigation Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Banking and finance Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Capital markets (IPO, bond, securitisation) Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Competition Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Corporate and commercial Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Distribution and agency Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Franchise Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Hospitality and tourism Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Insurance Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Intellectual property Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
International foreign investment Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
International trade Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Labour Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
M&A Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Mining Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Oil and gas Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Project finance Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Public international law Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Real estate Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Tax Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Telecommunications Client Development Dept. ZH& (+20-2) 2399 9999
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ms. Sara Abdel Gabbar  photo Ms. Sara Abdel Gabbar Partner
 Mr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid  photo Mr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid Counsel
 Mr. Walid Abdel Zaher  photo Mr. Walid Abdel Zaher Partner
 Mr. Osama Abdelmawla  photo Mr. Osama Abdelmawla Partner
Mr Omar Abou El Enein  photo Mr Omar Abou El Enein Senior Partner
Mr Youssef Abou Zeid  photo Mr Youssef Abou Zeid Senior Partner
Ms Arig Ali  photo Ms Arig Ali Partner
Mr Achraf El Chazly  photo Mr Achraf El Chazly Partner
 Ms. Soha El Ezaby  photo Ms. Soha El Ezaby Partner
Ms Nada El Ezaby  photo Ms Nada El Ezaby Partner
Mr Helal El Hossary  photo Mr Helal El Hossary Partner
 Ms. Heba El Naggar  photo Ms. Heba El Naggar Partner
 Mr. Bassem El Shahawy  photo Mr. Bassem El Shahawy Partner
 Mr. Yasir Elakhdar  photo Mr. Yasir Elakhdar Partner
Dr Mostafa Elshazly  photo Dr Mostafa Elshazly Senior Associate
Mr Omar Fouda  photo Mr Omar Fouda
Mr Shaaban Gaballah  photo Mr Shaaban Gaballah Senior Partner
 Mr. Tamer Gamal  photo Mr. Tamer Gamal Partner
 Mr. Hossam Hafez  photo Mr. Hossam Hafez Partner
Mr Yasser Hashem  photo Mr Yasser Hashem Managing Partner
Ms Hala Hashem  photo Ms Hala Hashem Senior Partner    
 Ms. Dalia Hussein  photo Ms. Dalia Hussein Senior Associate
Mr Hossam Ibrahim  photo Mr Hossam Ibrahim Partner
Mr Sameh Kamal photo Mr Sameh Kamal Partner
Mr Mohamed Kamal  photo Mr Mohamed Kamal
 Ms. Dina Kamel  photo Ms. Dina Kamel Partner
 Mr. Mohamed Kassem  photo Mr. Mohamed Kassem Senior Associate
 Sameh Khodeir photo Sameh Khodeir Senior Partner
Mr Peter Maurice  photo Mr Peter Maurice
Mr Anwar Moustafa  photo Mr Anwar Moustafa Senior Associate
Ms Ragia Omran  photo Ms Ragia Omran Of Counsel in charge of Finance
Mr Mohamed Saeed  photo Mr Mohamed Saeed
 Mr. Samir Sayed  photo Mr. Samir Sayed Partner
 Mr. Essam Taha  photo Mr. Essam Taha Of Counsel
Mr Mahmoud Youssef  photo Mr Mahmoud Youssef
 Mr. Mohamed Zaher  photo Mr. Mohamed Zaher Senior Associate
Number of lawyers : 100
Energy Law Group (ELG)
American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham)
British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA)

Our lawyers – with their individual characteristics and diversified expertise – are viewed as essential elements in the development of the Firm. Today, ZH&P proudly comprises a strong base of lawyers such as:

Ms. Hala Hashem, Senior Partner, is a seasoned expert in Commercial, Corporate, Contracts, Insurance, Employment and Labor Laws. With +35 years of experience, she leads the Incorporation and General Company Secretarial Work Division of ZH&P’s Corporate and M&A Department. She advises local and international clients on the day-to-day issues of conducting business such as addressing labor issues, reviewing all types of contracts, undertaking corporate secretarial work. The LEGAL 500 recommended her in 2018-2020-2021 and recognized her as “one of the principal counterparts for German institutions in Cairo”.

Ms. Nada El Ezaby, Partner, has +19 years of experience in Corporate and Business Law, M&A, Capital Markets, Labour, and Arbitration practices.  IFLR1000 ranked her as a “Highly Regarded Leading Lawyer” in the Capital Markets and M&A practices in 2020 and as “Rising Star Leading Lawyer” in 2018-2019.

Ms. Ragia Omran, Of Counsel, has +20 years of experience and leads ZH&P’s Banking and Finance team in advising local and international banks and borrowers on various financing structures including complex refinancing packages and project finance.  The Legal 500 ranked her as “Leading Individual” in 2018-2019-2020-2021, the IFLR1000 ranked her as “Highly Regarded Leading Lawyer” in 2018-2019-2020 and recognized her among “Women Leaders” in 2018-2019-2020-2021, and Chambers and Partners ranked her as well in 2021.

Ms. Arig Ali, Partner, has +18 years of experience acquired in Egypt and the UK in the Corporate, M&A, and Capital Markets practices for important clients such as Actis and ALPLA.  IFLR1000 ranked her as “Highly Regarded Leading Lawyer” in Capital Markets, Project Development, and M&A in 2018-2019-2020, the Legal 500 ranked her as “Leading Individual” in the Commercial/Corporate/M&A practice in 2019-2020-2021, and Chambers and Partners ranked her in 2019-2020-2021.

Ms. Heba El Naggar is a Partner with +11 years of experience in Corporate and Commercial matters and PPP projects. She leads due diligence teams in acquisitions, she drafts and negotiates related transaction documents, and advises on the establishment of legal presence in Egypt and exit strategies.  The LEGAL 500 ranked her as “Next Generation Partner” in 2020-2021 and as “Next Generation Lawyer” in 2017-2018-2019.

 “Zaki Hashem & Partners’ team is ‘among the best in the market’. Hala Hashem and the ‘responsive and dedicated’ Arig Ali are other key names”. The LEGAL 500, 2018.

‘Heba EL Naggar is a great lawyer who is always listening and present and provides her utmost for the benefit of her client.’  The LEGAL 500, Client Testimonials, 2021.

“‘Ragia Omran is an exceptionally good lawyer – to the point and diligent, with good commercial acumen.‘” The LEGAL 500, 2020.

Additionally and in line with ZH&P’s long-standing advocacy of building young capacities, the Firm’s Internship Academy has been offering internship programs to undergraduate law students.  From 2017 to 2020, a total of 115 trainees were mentored by ZH&P’s lawyers.  To the Firm’s best knowledge, this internship program is the only institutionalized program in Egyptian law firms.

Despite the fact that ZH&P does not have any other representing offices in Egypt or MENA region, the Firm enjoys solid business relations with a large number of top-ranked international law firms who have entrusted ZH&P with their clients’ businesses in Egypt. Multiple cross border transactions were handled by ZH&P through direct collaboration with international law firms in different jurisdictions, examples of which are; Dechert LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright, Ashurst and Clifford Chance among many others. Additionally, some of the most recent examples of cross-border transactions handled by the Firm jointly with international law firms include:

  • Advising Banque Misr and a syndicate of Egyptian banks in the EGP 1.25 billion syndicated long term facility to Cairo 3A Poultry. (International Counsel: Prime Case (Hamad Al Rahma, Advocates and Legal Consultants UAE) acted as Guarantor UAE Legal Counsel)
  • Advising UK Export Finance and JPMorgan in the ca. EUR 1.885 Billion Loan Granted to the National Authority for Tunnels towards the Construction of Two Monorail Lines in Cairo. (International Counsel: Ashurst LLP as the English Counsel of UKEF, J.P. Morgan and Lenders.)
  • Advising UK Export Finance in the EUR 1,885,630,553.20 Exporter Agreements with Bombardier, Orascom and Arab Contractors in relation to the Construction of Two Monorail Lines in Cairo. (International Counsel: Ashurst LLP France)
  • Sole Legal Counsel to Engineering For The Petroleum And Process Industries (ENPPI) in its contemplated Initial Public Offering. (International counsel: Dechert)
  • Advising Citigroup Global Markets Limited on the Middle East and North Africa’s first ever sovereign green bond issuance (International counsel: Linklaters)
  • The Arab Republic of Egypt’s Global Medium Term Note Programme (GMTN): In the establishment, update and issuances under the GMTN, ZH&P worked on behalf of: BNP Paribas UK and France, Citigroup Global Markets Limited UK, J.P. Morgan Securities Plc UK, Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc UK, Natixis France, National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC, HSBC Bank plc UK, First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC UAE, Banca IMI S.p.A. UK, Standard Chartered Bank UAE, Deutsche Bank AG UK, and Goldman Sachs International UK.
  • Advising the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) in its Acquisition of SEGAS SAE (owner of the Damietta LNG Plant) and SEGAS Services SAE as part of the Settlement Arrangement of the Disputes between EGAS and Union Fenosa Gas. (International counsel: Shearman & Sterling, currently GBS Disputes)
  • Advising the Consortium of Buyers in the Acquisition of BMW’s Business in Egypt. (International counsel: Meysan Partners – Kuwait)
  • Acting as Sole Local Egyptian Counsel to the Consortium of British investors in ECHEM’s USD 8 billion Al Alamein Petrochemical Project (International counsel: Squire Patton Boggs – London)
  • Advising BNP PARIBAS FORTIS and SOCIETE GENERALE on the ca. Euro 201 Million facility agreement with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company to finance the installation of six substations. (International counsel: Allen & Overy).
  • Advising a group of banks (including HSBC Bank plc and KFW IPEX-BANK GMBH as the facility Agent on several facility agreements with EEHC amounting to Euro 6 Billion for the supply, installation and commissioning of a 14.4 GW combined cycle power plant. (International counsel: Allen & Overy).

COMPANY/FIRM: Ray Lab / Metamed
TESTIMONIAL : Engaging ZH&P to assist MCP in our largest transaction ever closed has proven to be one of the best decisions in our investment process. The Transaction structure was very complex with companies operating in up to 5 different geographies. The team led by Yasir Elakhdar coordinated all the legal work to be done across the different countries while representing the interests of the Fund and its 4 co-investors in the process very efficiently. I am really satisfied of the work done by ZH&P and I will definitively recommend the Firm as legal advisors for any transaction.

Yasser Hashem, Managing Partner

Managing partner Yasser Hashem explains how the firm is adapting to clients’ evolving expectations.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Zaki Hashem Partners Attorneys At Alaw from your competitors?

EMEA Legal Counsels has grown exponentially in the Middle Eastern and European legal sector due to its capacity in successfully handling Dispute Resolution on the local and international scale, thanks to its extensive expertise and network of affiliated offices across 63 countries around the globe.

Over the past years, the firm handled over a 112 Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Arbitration and Recovery claims for clients amongst which are Mercedes-Benz (Daimler AG), Nasco France, Nasco Reinsurance Brokers, AXA Middle East, Mclarens Loss Adjusters, AMAN Insurance, Al Ittihad Al Watani Insurance Company, ADIR, Platinum Holding Invest. The firm also advised a number of banks like Byblos Bank and Arab Bank.

The firm has become one of the fastest growing practices  not only operating in Lebanon, but also in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Saving the energy, resources and costs for our clients is one our Top Priority. This is one of the firm’s competitive advantage around the world when most Law Firms are not very keen or do not have sufficient resources to take into account the specific needs of international clients.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Each member of our team is looking constantly to grow its expertise on his/her various fields of expertise, The firm is looking to grow its ability in finance and International trade as well as in cross border dispute resolution, a field that we have been specializing in for the last decade.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

The firm’s presence in 3 continents has provided it with an extensive global network of affiliated offices. I would like to look at EMEA Legal Counsels not only as an International modern law firm but also as a practice that thrives to put all the capabilities of latest technologies and practices at hand in the service of its team.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Our firm as of 2017 has introduced a client friendly communication system to help produce an easier interaction. The system provides a quick and easy access to consigning requests and inquiries directly from our website, for clients to reach out to our team more quickly and more easily.

On a another note, our internal committee is studying the possibility of implementing a new digitalized filing system according to which existing clients will have retrieve their files online using a username and a password to allow them almost effortless access to their own digital filing cabinet at anywhere and at any time.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

EMEA Legal Counsels manages the legal portfolio of its clients worldwide. Our team provides support to clients in three continents. The client deals with one entity, one contact for all its businesses around the Globe. This results in clients not wasting time and energy to observe the legal processes, at the expense of the development of their own business. Where making such much-needed space for our clients is nowadays essential for them to be free to grow in their own sectors and specialties, by trusting us to handle the legal aspect, and undertake fits challenges.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

in 2018, our internal committee took a decision to increase efforts on the growth of the firm both on the local and the International scale. This was concretized not only by the endeavours undertaken to grow the firm’s portfolio but to make our existing clients even more satisfied by giving them strategic directions to help keeping their businesses stable. Growing steadily in the past few years, our aim in the next three  is to keep to existing clients and to accelerate the firm’s growth and its capabilities.

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