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Shalakany Law Office
CAIRO 11211

Banking and finance Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office handles large project finance and capital markets transactions, and counts European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and National Bank of Egypt among its clients. Aly El ShalakanyEmad El Shalakany and Mariam Fahmy are the standout practitioners. The practice advised Sace on the $1.2bn financing of Midor's refinery expansion in Alexandria.

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

At Shalakany Law OfficeKhaled El Shalakany and Adam El Shalakany are the key partners who handle international arbitration, and investment treaty cases for large domestic and multinational businesses. The firm's highlights included a high-value investment arbitration against the Arab Republic of Egypt concerning export rights.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office climbs to the top tier having handled high-value cases for large multinational clients. Senior partner Mostafa Hassan defended a global car manufacturer in a €150m compensation claim. Khaled El Shalakany is a leading light in the market and Taher Benany is a rising star.

Energy Tier 1

Clients of Shalakany Law Office recommend 'great communicator and strategic adviserAly El Shalakany and partner Mariam Fahmy for their 'sound and clear advice'. The practice acted for Arab petroleum pipelines company Sumed on major developments in the oil and gas sector. It also handled oil refinery projects for Sace and Simest.

Intellectual property Tier 1

IP consultant Amal El Khafif and senior partner Sharif Shihata at Shalakany Law Office handle the full range of patent, trade mark, copyright, breeding rights, trade secrets and litigation matters. El Khafif's recent work includes handling key matters for Intercare, Esco Corporation, Heineken and McAfee & Taft.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

At Shalakany Law Office, Aly El Shalakany and project finance partner Mariam Fahmy often work with major US and European law firms on conventional and renewable energy projects. They acted for lenders including Société Générale on a 250MW build-own-operate wind power project in the Gulf of Suez area.

TMT Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office 'has strong capability in the TMT area' and played a role in drafting Egypt's telecoms regulations. Senior partner Sharif Shihata and associate Khaled Sherif advised a leading social media platform on data security matters, and assisted Sharm Dreams with its new home delivery mobile app.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Shalakany Law Office continues to work on some of the largest M&A deals in Egypt. Aly El Shalakany and rising star Omar Sherif advised Veon on its tender offer for shares in Global Telecom Holding. Emad El Shalakany recently worked with a global law firm on due diligence for the purchaser of an Egyptian company.

Employment Tier 2

Senior partner Sharif Shehata and Mariam Fahmy are the key practitioners at Shalakany Law Office, which handled employment law cases for Mena House Hotel, Amreyah Cement Company and Kraft Foods. Schlumberger Logelco is also a key client.

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 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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Osama Abdel Aziz  photo Mr Osama Abdel Aziz
Mrs Rasha Abdel Gawad  photo Mrs Rasha Abdel Gawad
Mrs Nabiha Abdel Hakam  photo Mrs Nabiha Abdel Hakam
Mr Ahmed AbdelQader  photo Mr Ahmed AbdelQader
Mrs Laila Bahaa  photo Mrs Laila Bahaa
Mrs Amal El Khafif  photo Mrs Amal El Khafif
Dr Moataz El Mahdy  photo Dr Moataz El Mahdy
Mr Emad El Shalakany  photo Mr Emad El Shalakany
Mr Adam El Shalakany  photo Mr Adam El Shalakany
Mr Aly El Shalakany  photo Mr Aly El Shalakany
Dr Khaled El Shalakany  photo Dr Khaled El Shalakany
Mr Adel Fouad  photo Mr Adel Fouad
Mr Mostafa Hassan  photo Mr Mostafa Hassan
Mr Mahmoud Shedid  photo Mr Mahmoud Shedid
Mr Sharif Shehata  photo Mr Sharif Shehata
Mrs Noha Sherif  photo Mrs Noha Sherif
Mr Omar Sherif  photo Mr Omar Sherif
Ms Shereen Zaky  photo Ms Shereen Zaky
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

Khaled El Shalakany, Managing Partner

What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

Professionally, the nurturing of our Firm’s relaxed yet professionally responsible organizational culture. Personally, the active participation in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and the establishment of the first NGO in the Middle East  promoting mediation for resolution of business disputes.

What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

We are adamant in our application of team work across the board. We ensure that all our young lawyers deal with clients. We have internal and external on-going training programs. We pay back to society through our pro bono work and several university student mooting competitions that we organize annually.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I am currently studying Egyptology at the University of Manchester. It is a fascinating subject. I would have liked to have started my studies many years ago.

Can you give me a practical example of how helped a client add value to the business?

I was very much involved along with Emaar’s General Counsel, Mr. Ayman Hamdy, in the Emaar acquisition of full ownership of Emaar Egypt many years ago. I think this successful transaction helped the Emaar Properties Group achieve great success in developing its business in Egypt.

Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

I believe we are facing a brave new world with the communications and internet revolution. The rate of change will continue to accelerate. I think clients must adapt their operations and outlook to keep pace, otherwise they will face serious problems. If we focus on the next 12 months, clients in Egypt should ensure that they stay up to date with the ever-changing legislative landscape.