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

Projects & Project Finance

Position

Partner

Career

Mr. Sameh Kamal, Partner, joined ZH&P in 2012 moving from an international law firm.  He masters in-depth knowledge and practical experience in corporate, commercial, financial transactions and related securities, banks settlements, incorporation of companies, securitization, securities lending, investment management, private equity, mutual funds, leveraged acquisition, and project finance transactions. He also has a solid track record of successful cooperation with governmental entities, authorities, and public companies in relation to sovereign backed transactions as well as with private entities.

Prior to joining ZH&P in 2012, Mr. Kamal undertook advising an international investor on all aspects relating to a wastewater project in a developing community through the PPP scheme. He also advised several clients in relation to the legal aspects of the Tender Law – including bidding and transacting with government agencies. He had further advised an international consortium with respect to bidding for the third mobile license in Egypt. Additionally, Mr. Kamal was a member of the French-based Onyx team handling and negotiating a major long-term solid waste disposal contract with the Governorate of Alexandria.

Recently, Mr. Kamal advised an investor on all legal aspects of financing a major project established through a BOT system in Egypt as well as counseling on and negotiating the FDIC-based construction agreement and financing agreement. Mr. Kamal also advised an international bank on all legal aspects related to providing finance to a sovereign backed company – including all required securities and corporate authorizations.  His recent professional experience also includes advising a leading Egyptian bank on all aspects of a leveraged acquisition transaction involving the acquisition of real estate projects through a settlement arrangement and booking such projects on the books of a joint venture structure via leveraged acquisition.

With over 20 years of experience, recent examples of the matters he has taken part in include:

  • Acting as Sole Local Egyptian Counsel to the Consortium of British investors in ECHEM’s USD 8 billion Al Alamein Petrochemical Project. (2020)
  • Acting as the Egyptian Legal Advisor to Harbin Electric International Co., Ltd. is China’s leading large-scale enterprise in power project contracting and export of power equipment on its anticipated Clean Coal Fired Power Plant Project. (2020)
  • Advising on the liquidation and acting as the liquidator of two energy companies incorporated for the sake of participation in the Feed-in-Tariff Round 1 (2020).
  • Advising RATP DEV on the Operation & Maintenance of Line 3 of Cairo Metro with the concerned public authority (the National Authority for Tunnels). (2020)
  • Acting as an independent legal counsel to a number of Al-Kharafi group companies on all legal aspects regarding the assignment of the management, operation, and maintenance of utilities located on land under the administrative jurisdiction of the General Authority for Tourism Development, and related handover arrangements (2020).
  • Acting as an independent legal counsel to a number of Al Kharafi group companies on all legal aspects regarding the co-operation of developing a joint touristic project located on land under the administrative jurisdiction of the General Authority for Tourism Development (2020).
  • Acting as an independent legal counsel for both Madinet Nasr for Housing and Development (MNHD) (a listed company on the Egyptian Exchange) and one of the leading Egyptian banks in relation to the financing of a power substation project for its mega Sarai project, including all related licenses and permits, securities, guarantees, and escrow arrangements (2020)
  • Advising Madinet Nasr for Housing and Development (MNHD) (a listed company on the Egyptian Exchange) on all aspects of a syndicated financing for the construction of a mega residential project located at the Suez road. (2020)
  • As part of the Systra Consortium, advising the Government of Egypt on the Engineering, design & Procurement (EPC), Operation & Maintenance of the High Speed High Speed Railway Project connecting Ain Sokhna to New Alamein City. (Aborted, 2020)
  • Representing the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in supporting the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company in the design and implementation of Egypt’s first solar auction program – 2019
  • Advising El Sewedy Electric Company in the Joint Venture with The Arab Contractors Company within Tanzania’s Rufiji Hydropower Project – 2019
  • Advising Infinity-e on the Anticipated Implementation of Public Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles in Cooperation with Several Developers in Egypt – 2018
  • Advising KIMA on the syndicated facility agreement with several Egyptian local banks towards the Project Financing of a New Major Nitrogen Fertilizer Plant in the City of Aswan – 2018
  • Advising Middle East Oil Refinery (MIDOR) on the project financing for the modernization, upgrade and expansion of a new refinery – 2018
  • Sovereign Backed Financing of Power Stations in Burullus, New Capital, and Beni Suef – Deutsche Bank, HSBC Middle East Limited and other lenders (group of leading financial institutions) – 2015/2016
  • Legal services to ENGIE’s 250MW Windfarm Project in the Gulf of Suez – 2016
  • Financing of 6 Electric Transmission Substations in Egypt – 2016
  • Financing of the supply, installation and commissioning of a 4,400MW Combined Cycle Power Plant in Beni Suef – 2016

Mr. Sameh Kamal was ranked by IFLR1000 as “Highly Regarded Leading Lawyer” in the practices of Capital Markets and Banking for the year 2020 and as “Rising Star Leading Lawyer” for the years 2018 and 2019.  In 2020, Mr. Kamal also ranked as “Leading Individual” by the LEGAL 500 in the practice of Banking and Finance, while also landing the “Next Generation Partner” rank in the Energy practice. He was ranked as “Next Generation Lawyer” in the practices of Energy and Banking & Finance for the years 2018 and 2019 – and in Banking & Finance for the year 2017.  In 2021, he was ranked by Chambers and Partners as Band 2 Lawyer in Projects & Energy.

He is member of the Egyptian Bar Association since 1999 and has been admitted before the Egyptian Courts of Appeal since 2007.  He is proficient in Arabic and English.

Mr. Kamal achieved the LL.B. from Cairo University’s Faculty of Law in 1999 and the LL.M. in Banking and Finance from Boston University School of Law in 2003 – followed by a legal internship program at Van Bael & Bellis LLP in Brussels, Belgium.

Languages

Arabic, English.

Memberships

He is member of the Egyptian Bar Association since 1999 and has been admitted before the Egyptian Courts of Appeal since 2007.

Education

Mr. Kamal achieved the LL.B. from Cairo University’s Faculty of Law in 1999 and the LL.M. in Banking and Finance from Boston University School of Law in 2003 – followed by a legal internship program at Van Bael & Bellis LLP in Brussels, Belgium.

Lawyer Rankings

Egypt > Energy

(Leading individuals)

Sameh KamalZaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

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.

Egypt > Projects and infrastructure

(Leading individuals)

Sameh KamalZaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

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.