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

Litigation

Position

Senior Partner

Career

Mr. Youssef Abou Zeid, Senior Partner, is Head of the Dispute Resolution Department at ZH&P where he manages cases before courts of all natures and degrees and represents a great number of renowned clients in arbitration cases. He is an expert in the preparation of the applications of arbitration, writs of cases, appeals, cassations and pleadings and in carrying out all the procedures for the execution of judgments including arbitration awards and foreign judgments. 

He is an expert in Civil law, Commercial, Banking, Labour, Social Security, and Lease Laws and Commercial Arbitration. He is specialized in drafting the various types of contracts including sale contracts (moveable and immovable), gratuitous contracts, lease, employment, commercial agencies, loans, real estate mortgage and commercial mortgage contracts. He also did the registration of several real estate owned by foreign entities and embassies in Egypt and also was following up all the procedures at ZH&P’s Real Estate Department.

Mr. Abou Zeid was the lead lawyer in the site acquisitions for one of the largest telecommunication companies in Egypt.  He also handles telecom cases such as:  Representing Vodafone Egypt in front of the State Council in the interconnection agreements’ dispute (in 2008) and the case against the Minister of Telecommunications and the National Telecom Regulatory Authority regarding imposing a penalty scheme on all telecom operators in Egypt not complying to their legal/ regulatory obligations (2016) – among others.

Recent examples of his work include:

  • Advising Pepsi Cola Egypt in the Direct Appeal Proceedings before the Administrative Court regarding the Real Estate Tax Imposed on the Pepsi Plant in ‘Wafaa wal Amal” District. (2020)
  • Advising Kimberly Clark Mena in the Case Filed by Clark Egypt regarding the Termination of a Distribution Agreement. (2020)
  • Representing the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the dispute regarding the USD 35 million loan to Omar Effendi. (2019)
  • Defending the Managing Director of Egypt Factors Company in an Alleged Forging Misdemeanor. (2018)
  • Advising Dehydro Foods Company in the Misdemeanor regarding Food Sampling. (2018)

With over 42 years of extensive experience in the litigation practice, he masters the legal skills pertaining to the employer-employee relationship including the drafting and implementation of employment policies and strategies, negotiating employment agreements, and advising clients on issues affecting the transfer of employees and pensions – as well as representing clients before the disciplinary boards and courts in employment disputes. Mr. Abou Zeid is also a seasoned expert in dispute resolution where he leads ZH&P’s Litigation team into successful dispute resolutions matters. 

Selected examples of the clients he has extended his legal services to include the majority of embassies in Egypt as well as other prominent clients from various sectors such as: Alitalia, The American University in Cairo, Deloitte (UK Office), GIZ, Engie (Formerly GDF Suez), General Electric, Hilton International, HSBC, Hogan Huawei Technologies, International Committee of the Red Cross, Medicines Sans Frontiers, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Nissan Motors, Nokia Siemens Networks, Novartis Pharma, Pepsi-Cola – among others.

His experience also includes acting as the lead partner handling a number of major real-estate transactions such as EMAAR’s – one of Egypt’s leading real estate companies – acquisition of land plots with a total space of 4.5 million square meters. He was also in charge of handling the acquisition of 2,020 Feddans by Qatari Diar Real Estate Company (formally known as Barwa Real Estate).

Mr. Abou Zeid was ranked by the LEGAL 500 as “Leading Individual” in the Dispute Resolution practice (Litigation) for the years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.  He was recommended in the Arbitration practice for the year 2018.

He was admitted before the Egyptian Court of Cassation in 1992 and is enlisted since 2006 as Arbitrator at the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.  He is member of the Egyptian Society of International Law, the Egyptian Society of Economy, statistics and Legislation, and is Fellow of the Egyptian Society of Taxation. Mr. Abou Zeid is proficient in Arabic and English.

Languages

Arabic English

Memberships

Mr. Abou Zeid is a member of the Egyptian Bar Association since 1977 and is registered at the Egyptian Court of Cassation since 1992. He is also a member of the Egyptian Society of International Law, Egyptian Society of Economy and Legislation, Fellow of the Egyptian Society of Taxation and enlisted since 2006 as an arbitrator at the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA).

Education

Mr. Youssef Abou Zeid achieved his LL.B. at Faculty of Law, Cairo University, in 1975. He obtained a Diploma in Private Law from the Faculty of Law, Cairo University, in 1981, and a second Diploma in Criminal Science from the Faculty of Law, Cairo University, in 1984.

Lawyer Rankings

Egypt > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Leading individuals)

Youssef Abou ZeidZaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

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.

Egypt > Intellectual property

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‘.

Egypt > Employment

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.

Egypt > Dispute resolution: arbitration

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.