Firm Profile > Karim Adel Law Office > Cairo, Egypt

Karim Adel Law Office

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Karim Adel Law Office's name partner Karim Adel has more than 25 years' experience in M&A transactions and he frequently acts for multi-national companies in cross-border acquisitions. His recent work includes establishing the local office for Italian company Fidia Pharma. German-qualified consultant Christian Ule is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Karim Adel

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Karim Adel Law Office has a growing caseload and name partner Karim Adel secured notable successes in recent cases in the hospitality sector. He frequently sits as chairman in CRCICA arbitrations. The firm's lawyers have acted as counsel, arbitrators or experts in jurisdictions including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, France, Egypt and the UAE.

Practice head(s):

Karim Adel

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Karim Adel Law Office is active in disputes for its many high-profile clients in the hotel and tourism sector, among which is Marriott International. Managing partner Karim Adel and Bishoy Safwat are noted for handling litigation for hotel operators.

Practice head(s):

Karim Adel

Employment Tier 3

At Karim Adel Law Office, Bishoy Safwat leads the employment practice, which counts many hospitality businesses including Marriott and Intercontinental among its clients. Recent work includes employment advisory work for Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel  and JW Marriott Hotel Cairo.

Practice head(s):

Bishoy Safwat


Karim Adel Law Office (the Office) is an Egyptian law firm, which was established in 1939 by the late Dr. Saba Habashi as a pioneer law office in the field of International Business Law. Dr. Saba Habashi was a former judge in the Egyptian courts and he got his Ph.D. from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. He was appointed as a minister of trade and industry by King Farouk. As Minister he enacted the first trademark law (law No. 57 of 1939).  Then, he started his work as a private lawyer in 1939 by establishing our office. As he mastered the English and the French languages, he was appointed by the largest multinational companies in Egypt such as ARAMCO, Coca Cola and Hilton. In 1947 he was the first Egyptian and, in fact Middle Easterner, to pass the New York Bar Exam in 1947. After the Suez crisis in 1956, he declared his position that he was against the nationalisation of the Suez Canal and he left Egypt for the USA, while he remained a major partner at this office.

In 1961, after the nationalisation and the start of the socialist era in Egypt, the Office came under the management of his partner Mr. Adel Kamel. During the Sixties and the early Seventies of the last century, the Office suffered a lot under the socialism and political situations of Gamal Abdel Nasser’s regime.

The Office suffered a lot to survive, as there was no further foreign direct investment until the enactment of the first incentive for investment law in 1974. However, the Office sustained and overcame these difficult times.

In 2000, the management of the Office passed to Mr. Karim Adel Kamel, who studied law in Egypt (LL.M. from Cairo University jointly with Paris Dauphine) and the USA (LL.M. from the Washington College of Law at the American University). In addition, Mr. Karim Adel Kamel was trained in the largest law firms in Paris and New York.

The Office witnessed a real growth during the years 2000 to 2010 and was modernised in order to be able to offer the best legal services to its clients with international quality standards.

After the revolution of January 2011, the business of the office suffered due to the political and economic situation in Egypt.

Recently, in 2015, Dr. Christian Ule, a German attorney admitted in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, since 1995 and admitted before the DIFC Courts in Dubai since 2012, joined the Office. Due to Dr. Ule’s wide Middle Eastern as well as European expertise, the Office started a new wave of modernising its practice and focuses on foreign investors in Egypt.

In brief, since its establishment, the Office has offered a full and comprehensive range of legal services in Arabic, English, German, Spanish and French languages to a wide variety of multinational companies and Egyptian entrepreneurs operating in Egypt. These legal services are delivered in a high standard of professional service to its clients. The Office is very accustomed to working with other law offices in Egypt and other international law firms, in order to achieve a successful outcome for its clients. The Office is a safe and reliable choice for anyone in need of legal assistance, as it has been proven for over 78 years.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner; Arbitration, Litigation & Mediation; Corporate and M&A; Commercial Law Karim Adel Kamel +(202) 23914344
Head of Corporate and M&A; Commercial Law; Contracts; Construction Contracts and Tenders; Foreign Direct Investment; International Private and Public Law; Inheritance Dr. Christian Ule +(202) 23914344
Head of Employment and Labour Bishoy Safwat +(202) 23914344
Construction Contracts and Tenders Asaad Saad
Corporate and M&A Hoda Abdel Saleh
Litigation Hany Fawzi
Litigation Emad Alfons
Litigation; Inheritance Mansour Shehata
Litigation Adel Ibrahim
Corporate Mina Maurice
Corporate; Litigation and Arbitration Mohamed Abdelmalek
Litigation and Arbitration Youssef Shaaban
Litigation and Corporate George Youhana
Photo Name Position Profile
 Mohamed Abdel Malek  photo Mohamed Abdel Malek
 Hoda Abdel Saleh  photo Hoda Abdel Saleh
Mr Karim Adel  photo Mr Karim Adel
 Emad  Alfons  photo Emad  Alfons
 Hany Fawzy  photo Hany Fawzy
 Adel Ibrahim  photo Adel Ibrahim
 Mina Maurice  photo Mina Maurice
 Bishoy Safwat  photo Bishoy Safwat
 Youssef Shaaban  photo Youssef Shaaban
Dr Christian Ule  photo Dr Christian Ule
 George Youhana  photo George Youhana
ABA (American Bar Association)
CBBL (Cross Border Business Lawyers)
Swiss Chamber of Commerce
German Chamber of Commerce

CLIENT: Bjoern Albinus, Managing Director

COMPANY/FIRM: PERI Saudi Arabia LLC, Jeddah, K.S.A.

TESTIMONIAL: “Gets the job done while being honest, reliable, transparent – a partnership. We got this and more. Karim Adel Law Office really helped us with every topic in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt.”

CLIENT: Uwe Hohmann, Manging Director

COMPANY/FIRM: TME Services DMCC, Dubai, U.A.E.

TESTIMONIAL: “I, Uwe Hohmann (German national, located since 16 years in Dubai) owner and Managing Director of TME Services DMCC (TME) herewith confirm that we often work with Dr. Christian Ule from Cairo. I and my staff very much rely on his expertise especially in all questions of challenging business issues, e.g. M&A, structuring of business groups and important contracts. Furthermore, his excellent skills in cross border business have a special value for my company. He speaks German, English and Arabic and has a professional intercultural background in the whole MENA-Region, Germany and some other countries. We strongly recommend him as highly supporting lawyer.”