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Shalakany Law Office
CAIRO 11211

Egypt > Banking and finance Tier 1

One of the truly leading Egyptian firms’, the banking and finance group at Shalakany Law Office continues to be involved in high-value project finance transactions, especially in relation to wind energy projects. Mariam Fahmy leads the practice and regularly acts for both procurers and bidders on PPP projects, while senior associate Youssef Helmy has a solid track record of acting for commercial banks in the project financing space, especially on renewable energy projects. Aly El Shalakany is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mariam Fahmy

Other key lawyers:


‘The team were responsive and helpful. They made the division of labour clear which was helpful and kept us up to date.’

‘One of the truly leading Egyptian firms. Helpful, responsive, professional and capable. What more could one want?’

‘The team are knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘The Shalakany team are always responsive, commercial and solutions orientated.’

‘A reliable banking team providing meticulous advice with attention to detail.’

‘Mariam Fahmy has a good knowledge of banking law and always provides advice with a deep analysis of the underlying legal risks and the ways to avoid or mitigate such risks. She is meticulous and very clear in her advice delivery and ensures a timely and comprehensive service.’

Key clients

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)


Emirates NBD P.J.S.C


Egypt > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

The arbitration practice at Shalakany Law Office is home to a deep bench of lawyers, who regularly handle complex cross-border arbitrations that span multiple jurisdictions. Managing partner Khaled El Shalakany has extensive experience in international arbitration and advises on IP, construction and corporate law disputes. Adam El Shalakany is a key name to note for cross-border construction disputes, while Muhammad Ussama is active in high-value CRCICA arbitrations. Nada Hesham is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Khaled El Shalakany; Adam El Shalakany; Muhammad Ussama; Taher Benany

Other key lawyers:

Egypt > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

The dispute resolution practice at Shalakany Law Office is highly regarded for its ‘dedication to client satisfaction, diverse expertise and innovative problem-solving.’ Key practitioners in the team include managing partner Khaled El Shalakany, who has a solid track record in advising on white collar criminal matters; employment litigation expert Marwa Farouk; and Muhammad Ussama, who has experience in appearing in contentious cases before Egyptian courts.

Practice head(s):

Khaled El Shalakany; Adam El Shalakany; Muhammad Ussama; Taher Benany; Marwa Farouk; Nehad Tharwat; Ayman El Demerdash; Laila Bahaa


‘A distinctive aspect displayed by the Shalakany team is the promptness of the response, the courteous and respectful approach, and the proactive way of addressing the matter at hand. ’

‘We believe there are basically nothing lacking in their team. We are able to work with them with confidence.’

‘Muhammad Ussama is an outstanding lawyer with wide range of knowledge and helps clients with honesty. In any kind of situation, he is capable to give relevant advices to take the clients to the right direction.’

‘The team’s dedication to client satisfaction, their diverse expertise, and innovative problem-solving truly set them apart. Their clear communication, embrace of technology, and collaborative spirit make them a top choice for legal services.’

‘Always have solutions & always available.’

‘The main feature of the Litigation Team of Shalakany that it moves in cohesion and harmony. They are also challenging and deliberating their defense or claims plans before submitting to the court, which gives their statements a high reliability before the courts.

‘Availability at all times gives Shalakany’s individuals a great advantage. Very responsive to inquiries and to requests.

Key clients



General Motors


Egypt > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

At Shalakany Law Office, the group continues to act for international investors and multinational corporations across Egypt’s mining and renewable energy sectors. Practice head Mariam Fahmy is well versed in advising on PPP projects, and has a solid track record in handling high-value energy projects, including in the nuclear and wind sectors. Corporate specialist Mostafa El Zeky regularly represents commercial banks in major project financings.

Practice head(s):

Mariam Fahmy

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

The Commercial International Bank (CIB)

Standard Chartered Bank

The International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Société Générale S.A.

Egypt > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Shalakany Law Officeprovides excellent quality commercial legal advice’ and continues to be highly sought after by first-time investors and multinational corporations, especially in the high-growth healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. Emad El Shalakany is significantly experienced in the areas of M&A, corporate reorganisations and dispute resolution. He leads the practice with Omar Sherif, who is ‘extremely experienced’, and Moataz El Mahdy, who has established a particularly strong reputation in the hotel, real estate and tourism sectors. Other notable contacts include Aly El Shalakany.

Practice head(s):

Emad El Shalakany; Moataz El Mahdy; Omar Sherif

Other key lawyers:


‘Omar Sherif’s team provides excellent quality commercial legal advice. I wouldn’t go to anyone else in Egypt.’

‘Omar Sherif is extremely experienced: he deftly manages European clients’ expectations (based on his experience working in private practice in London) with local knowledge.’

‘The key differentiator in today’s world is service – the Shalakany team are super efficient, keep promises and are dependable, not to mention knowledgeable.’

‘Decent, down-to-earth with no egos.’

Key clients

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)

Liquid Telecommunications Group

Egypt > Employment Tier 2

Shalakany Law Office has consolidated a reputation for ‘very good knowledge of the court and labour office practices in Egypt’, regularly providing ‘pragmatic and practical advice’ on contracts, policies, benefits and redundancies. Sharif Shihata and Mariam Fahmy are key contacts within a practice that has accumulated significant alternative dispute resolution experience related to employment and labour disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sharif Shihata; Mariam Fahmy; Nehad Tharwat; Marwa Farouk; Sherry El Shalakany


‘The team’s dedication to client satisfaction, their diverse expertise and innovative problem-solving truly set them apart. Clear communication, embrace of technology and a collaborative spirit make it a top choice for legal services.’

‘They always have solutions and are always available no matter what time of day.’

‘Working with Shalakany was a very good experience; they are supportive, professional and very fast in responding on the case.’

‘I work with Sherry El Shalakani and Sharif Shihata, and they are both very professional.’

‘The team provide pragmatic and practical advice on employments matters. They are solution-oriented and have a very good knowledge of the court and labour office practice in Egypt, which is very valuable.

Key clients

Arab International Insurance Company (Allianz)

Ajinomoto Co. Inc.

Weatherford Services S.A (Egypt)

Closure Systems International Inc.

Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GMBH

Egypt > Energy Tier 2

Egypt > Intellectual property Tier 2

Shalakany Law Office’s IP group is a trusted advisor to numerous multinational corporations, in addition to individual inventors, authors and other owners of creative works. The client variety is mirrored in the breadth of expertise that the practice offers, with patents, trade marks, copyright, trade secrets, and IP litigation considered key areas of strength. Practice head Sharif Shihata has considerable expertise in contentious IP matters, as well as experience of drafting and negotiating distribution, franchise, agency and licensing agreements.

Practice head(s):

Sharif Shihata

The firm: With a century of experience since its establishment in 1912, the firm has achieved a record of success and growth that today makes it the longest-established firm and one of the leading law firms in Egypt and the Middle East. With over 70 lawyers, counselors and paralegals, including 11 partners and a support staff of over 80 qualified professionals, the firm provides first-rate quality legal services to a broad base of multinational, regional and premium local clients through its offices in Cairo and Alexandria.

The firm is consistently ranked as a top-tier firm across almost all practice areas by the internationally recognised legal ranking organisations.

The firm strives to provide personalised and efficient quality services across a broad spectrum of practice, including anti-dumping and trade disputes, antitrust and competition, arbitration, aviation, banking and financial institutions, capital markets, corporate, commercial, agency and distribution, intellectual property, insurance, labour and employment, litigation, manufacturing, mergers and acquisitions, oil and gas, privatization, projects and construction, real estate, tax, telecommunications and information technology, and tourism, hotels, travel and services.

The firm has been involved for decades in some of the most significant transactions taking place in the region, including many of the major mergers and acquisitions executed in Egypt on behalf of buyers, sellers and in certain cases, as transaction counsel. The firm’s tourism group participated in drafting and/or reviewing, amending and negotiating numerous hotel management and related agreements in Egypt, whether acting on behalf of owners or management companies.

The firm prides itself on having a very high success rate in both its litigation and arbitration work. The firm obtained favorable judgments in a number of important litigation cases.

Shalakany represents both domestic and international corporations from a broad spectrum of industries. The firm is a ‘full-service’ law firm that offers a broad range of legal services to its clients. The firm’s client base includes leading international, US and UK corporations, financial institutions, trade associations and foundations with an interest in cross-border operations. A significant portion of the firm’s clientele is represented by non-Egyptian corporations and institutions requiring advice on a full range of legal issues related to their operations or international transactions within the Egyptian and UAE jurisdictions.

Shalakany Law Office is the exclusive member firm for Egypt of Lex Mundi as well as Meritas, and its client database includes multinational, international and national clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition Sharif Shihata
Anti-dumping and trade disputes Emad El Shalakany
Aviation Dr Khaled El Shalakany
Aviation Laila Bahaa
Banking and capital markets Aly El Shalakany
Banking and capital markets Mariam Fateen
Construction, PPPs and BOTs Dr Khaled El Shalakany
Construction, PPPs and BOTs Sharif Shihata
Construction, PPPs and BOTs Aly El Shalakany
Corporate, commercial agency and distribution Sharif Shihata
Corporate, commercial agency and distribution Emad El Shalakany
Corporate, commercial agency and distribution Omar Sherif
Hotels, tourism, travel and services Dr Moataz El Mahdy
Insurance Emad El Shalakany
Tax Emad El Shalakany
Tax Omar Sherif
IP, software protection and industrial property registration Khaled El Shalakany
IP, software protection and industrial property registration Sharif Shihata
IP, software protection and industrial property registration Amal El Khafif
International arbitration Dr Khaled El Shalakany
International arbitration Adam El Shalakany
Labour and employment Sharif Shihata
Labour and employment Noha Sherif
Labour and employment Mariam Fateen
Litigation and dispute resolution Dr Khaled El Shalakany
Litigation and dispute resolution Mahmoud Shedid
Litigation and dispute resolution Adel Fouad
Manufacturing Emad El Shalakany
Manufacturing Sharif Shihata
Mergers and acquisitions Emad El Shalakany
Mergers and acquisitions Aly El Shalakany
Mergers and acquisitions Omar Sherif
Oil and gas Emad El Shalakany
Oil and gas Aly El Shalakany
Real estate Dr Moataz El Mahdy
Real estate Laila Bahaa
Number of lawyers : 70
Exclusive member firm for Egypt of Lex Mundi
a worldwide network of independent law firms covering more than 100 countries; exclusive member of Meritas.
Contact : Dr Khaled El Shalakany (senior and managing partner)
Other office : Alexandria