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Shalakany Law Office > The Legal 500 Rankings
Egypt > Banking and finance Tier 1The banking and finance practice at Shalakany Law Office encompasses cross-border transactions, project finance particularly in the area of wind energy, as well as trade finance. The firm acts for clients such as Hikma in a wide range of matters including loan facilities and is often instructed as local counsel by international law firms. ’Excellent lead partner’ Aly El Shalakany and Mariam Fahmy lead the team which one client describes as an ‘exceptional group of talented lawyers.’
Aly El Shalakany; Mariam Fahmy
‘Exceptional group of talented lawyers’
‘Aly Shalakany is an excellent lead partner and Mariam Fahmy is an up and coming junior partner delivering very responsive service.’
Macquaire Bank Limited
- Instructed by Hikma RCF and Hikma Group to assist the borrower’s group with the amendment of a facility.
- Instructed by Macquarie Bank Limited to assist the lenders in relation to a secured asset backed loan facility of up to USD 10000000 to Capital Drilling, which was later increased to USD 26950000 to finance specific mining assets.
Aly El Shalakany; Emad El Shalakany; Moataz El Mahdy; Omar Sherif
‘Omar Sherif led the Shalakany team. Omar was available and responsive; he brought a practical approach to the due diligence project that we asked them to carry out.’
Yas Holdings LLC
- Advised Yas Holdings LLC on a mandatory tender offer for the purchase of a minimum of 51% of the shares in Alexandria New Medical Centre.
Khaled El Shalakany; Adam El Shalakany; Muhammad Ussama
‘All Disputes team members I dealt with so far are highly qualified with great experience, the key point i liked was being organized – this makes big difference and saves a lot of time and cost.’
‘Team leader, Taher Al Benany, is having vast experience in Disputes (processes, mediation, etc..), not only in Egypt, this is a great point saves also a lot of time and cost. Other team members are also professionals with very good experience.’
‘All staff are excellent and supportive with delivering work in the time frame of business.’
‘The legal department in house lawyers and the team in Shalakany works together and communicate like one team with the same goals.’
‘Khaled Shalakany and his team are the extremely rare construction specialist lawyers who have in depth knowledge of the construction industry as well as the surrounding laws and the prevailing practice in Egypt. I believe they are the only law firm in Egypt to have this skill set.’
‘Khaled Shalakany is a very strong lawyer as well as a construction specialist and it is a pleasure to work with him since he is extremely knowledgeable both in terms of the industry knowledge and the legalities, particularly arbitration matters and disputes.’
‘Mohammed Ussama is a pleasure to work with and he is very thorough in his knowledge of arbitration proceedings and is an extremely strong lawyer.’
‘Adam Shalakany is a strong lawyer who brings good energy and knowledge on a file.’
Emaar Misr For Development SAE
Majid Al Futtaim
Equinox Petroleum Services
Khaled El Shalakany
‘Shalakany is a very sold litigation firm in general. Shalakany is very good in putting a strategy for each case depending on its type, the risk assignment of the case is very useful for the clients to take the right decision on time.’
‘Very organized – great knowledge of local laws.’
Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait
Ingosstrakh Insurance Company
General Motors Egypt
Ieoc Production BV
Three Corners Hotels & Resorts
- Representing Peugeot Automobiles in a dispute that arises out of a supply and distribution contract of automobiles. Shalakany successfully secured a judgement in favour of its client and thus the client is no longer obliged to pay any amounts to the opposing party.
- Representing Ieoc Production BV in a case in which the Plaintiff (the Fisheries and Aquaculture Union) initiated court proceedings against our client claiming that our client polluted the Red Sea Coast and thus decreased available the fish stocks. The plaintiff is requesting damages/compensation amounting to EGP 1 billion. This case is especially important because it touches upon environmental and industrial policy in Egypt.
- Representing Bein Sports in a case in which the Plaintiff filled an economic misdemeanour against our client claiming that our client violated Article 8 Section (D) and (G) of the Egyptian Competition law. The Plaintiff puts forward that our client obliged its customers to resort to Esuhail SAT instead of Nile SAT in order to benefit from our client’s bundles/products.
Egypt > Energy Tier 1Shalakany Law Office is known for strengths in wind energy where it has been involved in a number of landmark projects and transactions. Besides, the firm assists clients on matters relating to other conventional and renewable energies as well as oil and gas. Aly El Shalakany jointly leads the team with Mariam Fahmy who has recently advised on several PPP projects, and on wind and solar projects under Egypts feed-in-tariff programme.
Aly El Shalakany; Mariam Fahmy
‘Shalakany has an excellent energy practice and is well versed in the relevant regulatory issues and provides clear analysis and guidance.’
‘Mariam Fahmy and Aly Shalakany are both well known practitioners in the energy field and provide accurate and responsive service.’
- Assisting lenders with the amendment of an existing facility granted to Midor.
Aly El Shalakany; Emad El Shalakany; Mariam Fahmy; Omar Sherif
‘Shalakany is a leading infrastructure and projects firm in Egypt and has worked on a number of first of a kind projects deploying excellent partners who have a hands on approach to the practice.’
‘Mariam Fahmy and Aly Shalakany are the backbone of the practice providing good advice in a responsive and well-presented format. Always a pleasure to work with.’
- Assisting lenders with the amendment of an existing facility granted to the Middle East Oil Refinery.
Egypt > Employment Tier 2Shalakany Law Office climbs the ranking this year with an employment practice that advises both domestic and international corporations on the full range of employment issues. Restructurings, contractual work, and disputes are part of the team’s expertise. Clients include companies from various sectors including technology, governmental agencies, and telecommunication. Emad El Shalakany , Sharif Shihata and Adam El Shalakany are the key contacts, with the latter having extensive experience in local and cross-border disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Emad El Shalakany; Sharif Shihata; Adam El Shalakany: Mariam Fahmy
‘Shalakany team is very professional, diverse and they are very cooperative with a very high standard of knowledge. I have been dealing with them for more than 15 years.’
‘They never failed in any of the tasks /cases assigned to them, and I managed to achieve through them very important achievements.’
Sharif Shihata; Mahmoud Shedid; Amal El Khafif
Other key lawyers:
Egypt > TMT Tier 2The TMT practice at Shalakany Law Office assists clients with contracts and agreements, contentious matters and a wide variety of data-related issues. Regulatory matters are also part of the team’s portfolio, which includes social media and technology companies. The practice is led by Sharif Shehata, whose specialisations include IT contracts and intellectual property.
Shalakany Law Office > Firm Profile
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.
|Antitrust and competition||Sharif Shihata|
|Anti-dumping and trade disputes||Emad El Shalakany|
|Aviation||Dr Khaled El Shalakany|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 70
LanguagesArabic English French
MembershipsExclusive member firm for Egypt of Lex Mundi a worldwide network of independent law firms covering more than 100 countries; exclusive member of Meritas.
OtherContact : 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.
What is commercial litigation?In Egypt, a commercial dispute arises between business entities (such as partnerships and corporations of different types) and/or merchants as defined generally under the Egyptian Commercial Law. Commercial litigation in Egypt is similar to commercial litigation in other civil law jurisdictions such as France and the rest of the MENA region in regards to both …