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Shalakany Law Office
CAIRO 11211

Egypt > Banking and finance Tier 1

The 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.’

Practice head(s):

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.’

Key clients

Hikma Group

Macquaire Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • 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.

Egypt > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

One of the strengths of Shalakany Law Office’s corporate, commercial and M&A practice lies in its ability to manage complex transactions that are subject to regulatory approvals. Additionally, the firm frequently handles cross-border mandates and is active in sectors such as healthcare, education, and insurance. The department is led by head of tourism and hotels Moataz El Mahdy , Egypt and England qualified Aly El Shalakany together with restructuring and M&A specialist Emad El Shalakany  as well as Omar Sherif , whose background includes expertise in dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

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.’

Key clients

Yas Holdings LLC

Work highlights

  • 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.

Egypt > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office possesses particular strengths in design and start-up related disputes within the area of arbitration. Besides that, the firm handles the full range of arbitration disputes including investor-state and shareholder disputes, and is frequently instructed by multinational clients.  The trio that lead the team consists of Khaled El Shalakany, Adam El Shalakany, and Muhammad Ussama, all of whom have extensive experience in this area of practice. Adam El Shalakany is often sought out for his expertise in high-value, complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes in the MENA region.

Practice head(s):

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.’

Key clients

Emaar Misr For Development SAE

Majid Al Futtaim

Tetra Park

Protection (PSC)

Equinox Petroleum Services

Egypt > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office’s 33 litigation specialists gives the firm an edge when it comes to handling complex high-profile cases, for which it is often appointed by blue-chip clients. Managing partner Khaled El Shalakany has worked on contentious matters across all sectors and levels, and heads the litigation and arbitration department. Dispute specialist Adam El Shalakany is frequently involved in multijurisdictional disputes in the MENA region, and is highly experienced in the area of construction disputes. Muhammad Ussama is well-versed in matters of private and public law. Senior associate Marwa Farouk is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

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.’

Key clients


Peaguot Autombiles

Bein Sports

Misr Insurance

Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait

Ingosstrakh Insurance Company

General Motors Egypt

Ieoc Production BV

Three Corners Hotels & Resorts


Work highlights

  • 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 1

Shalakany 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.

Practice head(s):

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.’


Work highlights

  • Assisting lenders with the amendment of an existing facility granted to Midor.

Egypt > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office ‘has worked on a number of first of a kind projects deploying excellent partners who have a hands on approach to the practice’ says a client about the firm’s projects and infrastructure work. Specialisations include wind energy projects, transactional work, and large infrastructure projects. Additionally, the team is involved in both high-profile local and cross-border matters. Mariam Fahmy and Aly El Shalakany are ‘the backbone of the practice providing good advice in a responsive and well-presented format’. Emad El Shalakany with a focus on public-private partnerships as well as public infrastructure, and commercial expert Omar Sherif  are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

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.’

Work highlights

  • Assisting lenders with the amendment of an existing facility granted to the Middle East Oil Refinery.

Egypt > Employment Tier 2

Shalakany 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.’


Egypt > Intellectual property Tier 2

Trade secrets, breeding rights, and IP litigation are a few of the matters that the IP practice of Shalakany Law Office advises on. The firm further assists multinational companies on obtaining and protecting intellectual property and managing portfolios. Clients stem from various industries such as pharma, communication, consumer products, and entertainment. Sharif Shihata , Amal El Khafif and Mahmoud Shedid jointly lead the team, the latter is also the firm’s head of litigation.

Practice head(s):

Sharif Shihata; Mahmoud Shedid; Amal El Khafif

Other key lawyers:






Key clients



Egypt > TMT Tier 2

The 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.

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 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
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

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.