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

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law
23 KASR EL NIL STREET
CAIRO 11211
Egypt

Egypt > Banking and finance Tier 1

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law’s expertise in banking and finance is recognised by a host of leading banks, private companies and financial institutions. Notable recent mandates include the firm’s involvement in the issuance of the first green bond in the MENA region, herein advising the Joint Lead Managers. Led by of counsel Ragia Omran and partner Helal El Hossary , the team covers the whole gamut of banking and finance related matters, including securitization, IPOs, Islamic finance as well as drafting, negotiating and concluding loan agreements. Omran heads all Banking & Finance matters, while El Hossary oversees capital and debt capital markets and securitizations. Other key names include Soha El Ezaby and Senior Associates Peter Maurice  and Mohamed Saeed .

Testimonials

‘Professional and Reliable Experience which smoothly assist and facilitate taking right decisions – Availability around the clock – Always on time in delivering their reviews and feedback – Experience gained out of many cases the office used to get engaged with.’

‘Professional attitude – The teams make their client feel that they are all after his case – They are reachable with kind professional responses.’

‘ZH&P has a highly experienced and diverse team that has been able to support on various areas and transactions including corporate finance, fundraising, regulatory approvals and M&A. They are the most competent law firm we dealt with within the financial services sector. They have adopted a highly flexible remote model that has allowed them to continue operating seamlessly during the pandemic.’

‘Dina Kamel is the most professional legal advisor we dealt with. She is highly detail oriented yet is able to think strategically. She involves legal subject matter experts swiftly as needed and is able to support us with regulators, clients and partners. She is highly flexible to our needs and adjusts accordingly.’

‘They have experienced and knowledgable lawyers in the various fields of our business. Technological savvy. Give honest advice. Honorable lawyers who work well as a team.’

‘They are always available. Direct informative opinion with reasons. Honest advice.’

‘ZH&P team is always updated. They work as business partners. They are solution providers in light of different applicable laws and regulations.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank – Egypt (ADIB)

AIG Egypt Insurance Company

Arab African International Bank

Arab Bank

Attijariwafa Bank Egypt

Banque Misr

Beltone Group of Companies

Biomerieux

British Embassy

Byblos Bank

Caixa Bank, S.A

CI Capital Investment Banking

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Commercial International Bank Egypt (CIB Egypt)

Commercial International Investment Company (CIIC)

CORPLEASE

Deutsche Bank

Dunia Finance L.L.C.

E-Finance

EFG Hermes

Egypt Factors SAE

Egypt Foods SAE

Egyptian Gulf Bank SAE

Enppi

European University in Egypt (EUE)

Global Telecom Holding

Hand Seng Bank Limited (HASE)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Madinet Nasr for Housing and Development

Mashreq Bank

Middle East Turnaround Investment (Haykala)

MM Holding for Paper and Packaging

Modern Nile Cotton

Morgan Stanley

National Bank of Egypt

National Investment Bank

Natixis

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB)

Qatar National Bank (QNB)

Raya Contact Centre (RCC)

Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Economique

SP Legal Consultants

The Industrial Fund for Developing Countries (IFU)

Vitas Egypt for Microfinance

Wadi Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Joint Lead Managers in the USD 750 Million issuance of Green Bonds by the Arab Republic of Egypt (Citigroup Global Markets Limited; Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Banking; Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch; HSBC Bank plc).
  • Advising CORPLEASE in its 10th Securitization Bond Issuance amounting to EGP 2,718,329 Billion.
  • Advising Speed Medical SAE on the Share Swap Transaction between Speed Medical SAE and Prime Speed Medical Services SAE.

Egypt > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law acts for a wide range of blue-chip clients in all matters of corporate, commercial and M&A activities, such as restructurings and large transactions. The firm is involved in establishing and closing representative offices and branches in Egypt for international companies and regularly advises corporate clients on day-to-day matters. The last year has also seen a growing presence in healthcare, TMT, and start-ups for the team. Managing partner Yasser Hashem is the practice head with a focus on corporate aspects, while Arig Ali worked on numerous large-scale acquisitions in the last year. Hossam Hafez and Heba El Naggar are also key names in the team.

Practice head(s):

Yasser Hashem

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very professional , they are experts in their field , they gave sound advise and the work provided was made with perfection.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank – Egypt (ADIB)

AIG Egypt Insurance Company

Arab African International Bank

Arab Bank

Attijariwafa Bank Egypt

Banque Misr

Beltone Group of Companies

Biomerieux

British Embassy

Byblos Bank

Caixa Bank, S.A

CI Capital Investment Banking

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Commercial International Bank Egypt (CIB Egypt)

Commercial International Investment Company (CIIC)

CORPLEASE

Deutsche Bank

Dunia Finance L.L.C.

E-Finance

EFG Hermes

Egypt Factors SAE

Egypt Foods SAE

Egyptian Gulf Bank SAE

Enppi

European University in Egypt (EUE)

Global Telecom Holding

Hand Seng Bank Limited (HASE)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Madinet Nasr for Housing and Development

Mashreq Bank

Middle East Turnaround Investment (Haykala)

MM Holding for Paper and Packaging

Modern Nile Cotton

Morgan Stanley

National Bank of Egypt

National Investment Bank

Natixis

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB)

Qatar National Bank (QNB)

Raya Contact Centre (RCC)

Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Economique

SP Legal Consultants

The Industrial Fund for Developing Countries (IFU)

Vitas Egypt for Microfinance

Wadi Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications in a subscription in a considerable stake of the share capital of Ebtikar Holding for Financial Services S.A.E’s non-banking financial services subsidiaries.
  • Advising Raya Holding and other sellers in the sale of the entire shares of Bariq for Techno and Advances Industries S.A.E.
  • Advising the shareholders of Marcyrl for Pharmaceutical Industries S.A.E. on the EGP 1.1 billion sale of a minority stake to a group of institutional investors.

Egypt > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law has established itself as a practice leader regarding high-profile disputes within the oil and gas, chemicals, and property sectors, representing clients in national and international matters. Youssef Abou Zeid heads the Dispute Resolutions Department and has extensive experience acting for prominent companies in commercial arbitration cases before various courts. As leader of the Arbitration Team, Mohamed Kamal’s skillset includes handling the procedures for enforcing arbitral awards and is often involved in cases of the projects, construction, and aviation sectors. Sameh Khodeir is particularly well versed in matters pertaining to the oil and gas industries.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are very committed to their clients and will go above and beyond what is required.’

‘Youssef Abou Zeid is an outstanding individual who has deep knowledge and understanding of the Egyptian law. He is definitely someone who is different than anyone I have worked with in Egypt.’

Key clients

Accor Hotels

Abu Ghali Motors

American University in Cairo (AUC)

ARABCO for Petroleum Industries

Damac

Damietta International Port Company (DIPCO)

Egyptian German Automotive Co. EGA S.A.E

Egyptian Linear Alkyl Benzene (ELAB)

Egyptian Natural Gas Company (Gasco)

Gulf Egypt for Hotels & Tourism

Hebeish Group

Hilton International Company

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

Mapei S.P.A

Orascom Construction Industries Co. SAE

Petroleum Marine Services (PMS)

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

SUBEX – Serena Beach Hotel Company

United for Trading and Transport S.A.E

Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications S.A.E

 

Work highlights

  • Representing key market players in the oil & gas sector in arbitrations related inter alia to engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start up contracts, technical services contracts and service agreements in upstream projects.

Egypt > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law has a reputation for success in a host of landmark cases for domestic and international clients alike. The litigation practice’s expertise includes contentious matters in the area of labour, construction, M&A, tax, and white-collar crime. Advising banking institutions on their dispute resolution portfolios further constitutes a particular specialisation of the team. Senior partner Youssef Abou Zeid  leads the litigation department with longstanding experience in this area, while Omar Abou Elenain is also recommended for his expertise in litigation within tourism, capital markets, construction, real estate, and employment.

Practice head(s):

Youssef Abou Zeid

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank – Egypt (ADIB)

Abu Ghali Motors

Accor Hotels

AIG Egypt Insurance Company & AIG MEA Limited

Al Ahly Financial Investments Management (AFIM)

Al Ismaelia Real Estate Investment

Al Junaibi Group

Alitalia– Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A

Alstom Egypt

American University in Cairo (AUC)

Arab Bank

Arab Investment Bank

ARABCO for Petroleum Industries

Attijariwafa Bank Egypt

British Petroleum Egypt (BP)

Capital Group Properties

Cargill Misr & Cargill Trading Egypt

Cemex

Citi Bank Egypt

Commercial International Bank Egypt

Conrad Cairo Hotel

Damac Properties

Damietta International Port Company (DIPCO)

Dehydro Foods SAE

Egypt Foods SAE

Egyptian Engineering Agencies SAE(EEA)

Egyptian German Automotive Co. EGA SAE

Egyptian Linear Alkyl Benzene (ELAB)

Egyptian Natural Gas Company (GASCO)

Fayoum Gas Company

Ferrometalco

Four Seasons First Residence

General Electric Group

Grome Free Zone Marketing Ltd (GROHE)

Gulf Egypt for Hotels & Tourism

he Arab Company For Petroleum Industries (ARABCO)

Hebeish Group

Hero Food Industries

Hikma Pharmaceuticals Egypt Ltd.

Howaidak Family

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

Immediad A/S

Initec Energia

Kamco Investment Company K.S.C

Kandil Industries

LandmarkGulf Group (Fun City Egypt SAE)

LEONI AG

LG Electronics Egypt SAE

Maadi Sporting and Yacht Club

Mapei S.P.A

Mashreq Bank

Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF)

Medica Middle East for Trading and Importation and Commercial Agencies

Mitsubishi Corporation

National Company for Maize Products (NCMP)

Nissan Motor Egypt S.A.E.

Novartis Pharma SAE

Novo Nordisk Egypt

OLAM

Orascom Construction Industries Co. SAE(OCI)

Otis Elevators

Pepsi Cola Egypt

Petroleum Marine Services

Philips Egypt LLC

Red Cross International Committee

Sainsbury PLC

Savoy Sharm El Sheikh

Seha Scan SAE

Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo Hotel

Sheraton Miramar Resort

Sheraton Montazah

Solidere International Limited & Solidere Egypt Real Estate Investment and Development Company SAE

SUBEX – Serena Beach Hotel Company

Tui Travel Plc

United for Trading and Transport SAE

Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications SAE

Work highlights

  • Representing El Nasr Electrical and Electronic Apparatus Company (NEEASAE) in challenging the court judgement in favor of the National Investment Bank’s claim that NEEASAE failed to repay an EGP 96,121,577 loan.  
  • Advising Mota Goup (Portugal) in its legal claim against its agent in Egypt resulting from transactions and a trade agency agreement.
  • Representing Philips Egypt in the case filed against Palestine Hospital and requesting USD 196,901,92 for the outstanding invoices of a maintenance contract.

Egypt > Energy Tier 1

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law frequently handles high-profile transactions and projects in oil and gas, petrochemicals, and renewable energy. Ranging from upstream to downstream activities, the firm’s expertise spans the entirety of the energy sector and includes matters such as disputes, corporate, and regulatory. Sameh Khodeir, head of the oil and gas department, leads the team with vast experience in concession agreements as well as litigation and arbitration cases, amongst others. Sameh Kamal is in charge of projects and has acted on a host of large-scale projects in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Sameh Khodeir

Other key lawyers:

Sameh Kamal; Essam Taha

Testimonials

‘Zaki Hashem has a good and strong team which they have good capabilities and technologies relevant to various subjects, Zaki Hashim is considered as one of the strong and famous legal offices in Egypt.’

‘They have good knowledge of all legal issues that needed to support, a quick response for giving them legal support when needed, special for Sameh Khodeir & Essam Taha at Zaki Hashem.’

 

Key clients

Abdel Warith Consulting Engineers

Al Babtain Group (Real Estate “Project Development”)

AL Sagheer Group

Amiral Group

Andritz

Arab Co. for Asset Management and Development (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Arabian Capital Investment and Finance Co.

Arabian International Company (AIC)

Attijariwafa Bank Egypt (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Ayady Group

Beltone Capital Red Sea Venture for Solar Energy

British Embassy

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. (CSCEC)

Commercial International Bank Egypt (CIB)

Damietta Furniture City (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Damietta Port Authority

Dar Al Fouad Hospital

DP World Sokhna SAE

Edisson International (Energy)

Egyptian Countryside Development Company

Egyptian Drilling Oil Services (EDOS)

Egyptian Kuwait Holding Co.

El Sewedy Capital Holding (Energy)

El Sewedy Electric (Energy)

IEOC (Energy)

Infinity-e (Energy)

INVAP Argentina (Energy)

Jarir Financial Leasing SAE (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Kharafi National W.L.L (Project Development)

MHP Investments (Mauritius Fund)

Neptune Energy Egypt B.V. (Previously Engie) (Energy)

NI Capital

Onyx Alexandria

Pepsi Cola Egypt (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Petrojet (Energy)

Prysmian S.P.A

Ramw Group(Real Estate “Project Development”)

Rapiscan Systems (Division of OSI Systems Group)

Ras Ghareb Wind Energy (Energy)

RATP Dev SA

Razel-Bec (Ismailia Tunnels)

SMG Group

Solariz Egypt

Suez Canal Container Terminal

Supco Canada Railway Supply Group

The World Bank

United Group for Highways Development

Wadi Group (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Abdel Warith Consulting Engineers

Al Babtain Group (Real Estate “Project Development”)

AL Sagheer Group

Amiral Group

Andritz

Arab Co. for Asset Management and Development (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Arabian Capital Investment and Finance Co.

Arabian International Company (AIC)

Attijariwafa Bank Egypt (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Ayady Group

Beltone Capital Red Sea Venture for Solar Energy

British Embassy

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. (CSCEC)

Commercial International Bank Egypt (CIB)

Damietta Furniture City (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Damietta Port Authority

Dar Al Fouad Hospital

DP World Sokhna SAE

Edisson International (Energy)

Egyptian Countryside Development Company

Egyptian Drilling Oil Services (EDOS)

Egyptian Kuwait Holding Co.

El Sewedy Capital Holding (Energy)

El Sewedy Electric (Energy)

IEOC (Energy)

Infinity-e (Energy)

INVAP Argentina (Energy)

Jarir Financial Leasing SAE (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Kharafi National W.L.L (Project Development)

MHP Investments (Mauritius Fund)

Neptune Energy Egypt B.V. (Previously Engie) (Energy)

NI Capital

Onyx Alexandria

Pepsi Cola Egypt (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Petrojet (Energy)

Prysmian S.P.A

Ramw Group(Real Estate “Project Development”)

Rapiscan Systems (Division of OSI Systems Group)

Ras Ghareb Wind Energy (Energy)

RATP Dev SA

Razel-Bec (Ismailia Tunnels)

SMG Group

Solariz Egypt

Suez Canal Container Terminal

Supco Canada Railway Supply Group

The World Bank

United Group for Highways Development

Wadi Group (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company in its acquisition of SEGAS SAE and SEGAS Services SAE as part of the settlement arrangement of the disputes between EGAS and Union Fenosa Gas.

Egypt > Intellectual property Tier 1

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law is a well-known player in the area of IP and provides support to its clients on the full spectrum of related matters such as litigation, licensing, registration, and transactions. ‘Very knowledgeable and experienced’, says a client about the practice. Youssef Abou Zeid , head of the dispute resolution department, leads the team with extensive experience in both litigation and arbitration. The filing, prosecution, protection and registering of intellectual property rights falls into the expertise of Mohamed Kassem, who is also specialised in counterfeits and trademark infringements.

Practice head(s):

Youssef Abou Zeid

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced in all legal maters related to IP.’

‘Mohamed Kassem is very professional and provides timely legal service.’

‘High end service with professional team. Everything was smoothly done with the project.’

‘We were always updated and aligned on the process and steps. Everything was much easier than any other firm by far.’

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

Ms. Nataly Youssef

Flying Horse Electronics (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

Mr. Matthew Bolsover; Solicitor

Lactuel Cosmetics S.A.E.

Mohamed Shady

Ismailia For Real Estate S.A.E.

International Fairs Projects Egypt (IFP) S.A.E.

APTOS LLC

Ms. Sabrine Hossamy

Merck Limited

Upstream S.A

Damas UAE

Hikma Pharmaceuticals Egypt Ltd

Applied DB Industrial Co. Ltd

Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Tender Corporation

Landmark Gulf Group

Shandong Sino-Agri United Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

Beltone Private Equity (BPE)

Cemex

Dennemeyer & Co., LLC

Lafourche LLC

Conrad International Egypt Corporation

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

Zasio Enterprises, Inc.

Daudpota International

Empire International SAL

MVMT Watches Inc.

Crystal Lagoons B.V

9 Round Franchising LLC

Capital Group Properties

Madinet Nasr for Housing & Development (MNHD)

Qatari Diar (Previously Barwa)

Facebook, Inc.

Hero AG

King Point Enterprise Co. Ltd.

Champion Intellectual Property Management Limited

Azmi & Associates

Egypt Otsuka S.A.E.

The Room

Givrex CO.

Maximum Stores Egypt (The Second Cup Coffee Company Inc.)

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (Washington, D.C.)

Patentwire (Intellectual Property Attorneys)

Work highlights

  • Representing the American University in Cairo in the case filed by the heirs of the late Naguib Mahfouz, novelist and nobel prize winner.
  • Representing Tivoli Heliopolis for touristic development in its appeal against the Egyptian Emirates Company for Touristic Establishments to stop using the trademark ‘ARMADA’.

Egypt > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

The projects and infrastructure department at Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law assists clients across the whole gamut of related matters including PPP, BOT, and BOOT models. Projects are accompanied throughout their financing, establishment, and operation, each of which the firm has extensive experience in. The practice is headed by the duo of Sameh Khodeir and Yasser Hashem . Khodeir leads the Oil & Gas department, but is also renowned for his work advising on projects in other sectors, such as energy and mining. Hashem is recommended for his broad knowledge of corporate and commercial matters. Sameh Kamal is also a key name in the area.

Practice head(s):

Sameh Khodeir; Yasser Hashem

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team lead by Mr. Sameh Khodier, the most Senior Partner of ZH&P worked with me on a Road Map to be presented to the Prime Minister of Egypt. It was a challenging project aiming at an unprecedented land acquisition for Agriculture and Industrial use in terms of size, tenure and pricing. Experts counsel members on Land Laws, State Council Practices and Commercial Terms collaborated to make this work. The team also got involved in the negotiations with government officials at all levels.’

‘The deep understanding of foreign investor’s fears/concerns, international practice in addition to the limitations of local beaurecrats was key to bridging the gap.’

Key clients

Abdel Warith Consulting Engineers

Al Babtain Group (Real Estate “Project Development”)

AL Sagheer Group

Amiral Group

Andritz

Arab Co. for Asset Management and Development (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Arabian Capital Investment and Finance Co.

Arabian International Company (AIC)

Attijariwafa Bank Egypt (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Ayady Group

Beltone Capital Red Sea Venture for Solar Energy

British Embassy

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. (CSCEC)

Commercial International Bank Egypt (CIB)

Damietta Furniture City (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Damietta Port Authority

Dar Al Fouad Hospital

DP World Sokhna SAE

Edisson International (Energy)

Egyptian Countryside Development Company

Egyptian Drilling Oil Services (EDOS)

Egyptian Kuwait Holding Co.

El Sewedy Capital Holding (Energy)

El Sewedy Electric (Energy)

IEOC (Energy)

Infinity-e (Energy)

INVAP Argentina (Energy)

Jarir Financial Leasing SAE (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Kharafi National W.L.L (Project Development)

MHP Investments (Mauritius Fund)

Neptune Energy Egypt B.V. (Previously Engie) (Energy)

NI Capital

Onyx Alexandria

Pepsi Cola Egypt (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Petrojet (Energy)

Prysmian S.P.A

Ramw Group(Real Estate “Project Development”)

Rapiscan Systems (Division of OSI Systems Group)

Ras Ghareb Wind Energy (Energy)

RATP Dev SA

Razel-Bec (Ismailia Tunnels)

SMG Group

Solariz Egypt

Suez Canal Container Terminal

Supco Canada Railway Supply Group

The World Bank

United Group for Highways Development

Wadi Group (Real Estate “Project Development”)

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole local Egyptian counsel to the Consortium of British Investors in ECHEM’s USD 8 billion Al Alamein petrochemical project.
  • Advising Middle East Oil Refinery (MIDOR) on its USD 1.2 billion modernisation, upgrade and expansion of a new refinery.
  • Advising Capital Group Properties on the Alburouj project.

Egypt > TMT Tier 1

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:

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.

Egypt > Employment Tier 2

Employment disputes are a particular strength of Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law, but the firm’s expertise extends to regulatory, corporate, and M&A matters within this area. Clients include domestic and international companies from a host of sectors, such as tourism, telecom, industry, and oil and gas. Youssef Abou Zeid , who is also head of the dispute resolution department, leads the team and has extensive expertise in labour law cases before courts of all natures. Clients turn to Hala Hashem for her experience in matters of day-to-day operation, while Omar Abou El Enein is specialised in litigation as well as commercial and civil contracts.  

Practice head(s):

Youssef Abou Zeid

Other key lawyers:

Hala Hashem; Omar Abou El Enein

Key clients

Abraaj Capital

AERA Ancient Egypt Research Associates

AIG Egypt Insurance Company

Alexandria Wax Products Company (AWPC)

Alitalia– Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A

Al Nour Wal Amal Association

Al- Thani Investments

Alstom Egypt

Apex International Energy Management LLC

American Bureau of Shipping – ABS Europe Ltd.

American University in Cairo (AUC)

Arab African International Bank (AAIB)

Arabian Oil Company Ltd.,

Atlas Copco Equipment Egypt

Austrian Embassy

AustrianArchaeological Institute

Australian Embassy

BASF Construction Chemicals Egypt SAE

BioMérieux SA

Bloomberg LP

British Embassy

CaixaBank, S.A

Canal For Agricultural Development

Cargill

Carlson Wagonlit

Club Mediterranee

Clyde & Co., (Dubai Office)

COMMONWEALTH WARGRAVES

Conrad Cairo Hotel

DAC Beachcroft LLP (London Office)

Damac

Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI)

Danish Embassy

Dar Al-Handasah

Dar El Fouad

DEA Egypt Branches

Dehydro Foods Co SAE

Deloitte (UK Office)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Diktas Egypt Trading

DP World Sokhna

Drosos Foundation

ED & F Man Sugar Limited

Education Development Trust

Embassy of Estonia

Embassy of Finland

Embassy of Germany

Embassy of Latvia

Embassy of New Zealand

Embassy of the Netherlands

Embassy of Norway

Embassy of Spain

Embassy of Sweden

Embassy of Switzerland

EMC Corporation

Engie (Formerly GDF Suez)

Fairmont Hotel Heliopolis

Ferrometalco

Friedrich Naumann Stiftung Foundation

FoodStuff Group

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

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

German Archaeological Institute

Grand Nile Tower

Hikma Pharmaceuticals Egypt Ltd.,

Hogan Lovells International LLP (London Office)

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Ismailia Real Estate Company

Jenaan Investment LLC

Juhayna Group

Juki

KAMCO INVESTMENT COMPANY K.S.C

Kempinski Hotels & Resorts Company – Egypt Branch

Khazna Tech

K.O.J Egypt

Landmark Gulf Group

Le MEREDIEN Heliopolis

LEO Pharmaceutical Products Sarath Ltd

Levantine Foundation NGO

Lexmark

Magdi Yacoub Foundation (NGO)

MARP- Misr Company for Aromatic Products

Marsh

Mashreq Bank

Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) – Doctors without Borders

Merck Ltd.,

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Mena House Oberoi Hotel

Middle East Communication Network (MCN)

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsui & Co. Ltd.,

National Bank of Egypt (NBE)

National Pipe Company

Nissan Motor Egypt SAE

Nokia Siemens Networks

Norton Rose (Germany Office)

Novartis Pharma

Novo Nordisk Egypt

OMD

Otis Elevators

Pepsi-Cola Company – Egypt

Petroceltic

Professional Development Foundation – PDF

Project HOPE – Egypt

Rahn Schulen Kairo

SALGERRechtsanwälte PartGmbB (Germany Office)

Saipem

Savino Del Bene S.p.A.

Savoy Sharm El Sheikh Hotel

Securitas Egypt

Sheraton Miramar Resort

Sheraton Montazah

Softec International

Solvay Pharmaceuticals

Suez Cement Company

Sumitomo Corporation

Taylor Wessing

Total Egypt

Trade Corp

Upstream S.A

Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications S.A.E.

William Russell

Work highlights

  • Representing the American University in Cairo in the case filed by a former employee claiming financial entitlements and compensation for alleged unfair dismissal.
  • Representing British Petroleum Egypt in the case filed by a former employee to request compensations totalling over 10 Million Egyptian pounds and the invalidation of the company’s alleged unfair dismissal.
  • Representing Nakhla Tobacco Company in the case filed by an employee and 129 other claimants in a dispute over annual profit disbursement.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Arbitration and litigation Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Banking and finance Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Capital markets (IPO, bond, securitisation) Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Competition Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Corporate and commercial Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Distribution and agency Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Franchise Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Hospitality and tourism Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Insurance Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Intellectual property Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
International foreign investment Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
International trade Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Labour Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
M&A Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Mining Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Oil and gas Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Project finance Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Public international law Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Real estate Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Tax Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
Telecommunications Client Development Dept.ZH&P_ClientDevelopment@hashemlaw.com(+20-2) 2399 9999
PhotoNamePositionProfile
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
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 Senior Associate
Mr Shaaban Gaballah  photo Mr Shaaban Gaballah Senior Partner
Mr. Tamer Gamal  photo Mr. Tamer Gamal Partner
Mr Hossam Hafez photo Mr Hossam HafezPartner
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 KamalPartner
Mr Mohamed Kamal  photo Mr Mohamed Kamal Partner
Ms. Dina Kamel  photo Ms. Dina Kamel Partner
Mr. Mohamed Kassem  photo Mr. Mohamed Kassem Senior Associate
Mr Sameh Khodeir photo Mr Sameh KhodeirSenior Partner
Mr Peter Maurice  photo Mr Peter Maurice Senior Associate
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 Senior Associate
Mr. Samir Sayed  photo Mr. Samir Sayed Partner
Mr. Essam Taha  photo Mr. Essam Taha Of Counsel
Mr Mahmoud Youssef  photo Mr Mahmoud Youssef Counsel
Mr. Mohamed Zaher  photo Mr. Mohamed Zaher Senior Associate
Number of lawyers : 100
Arabic
English
French
German
Italian
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).

CLIENT: MCP
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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Zaki Hashem & Partners, the legal advisor of the National Investment Charity Fund for Education

Cairo - 12 December 2019 -Zaki Hashem & Partners, the legal advisor of the National Investment Charity Fund for Education