Firm Profile > Shalakany Law Office > Cairo, Egypt

Shalakany Law Office
CAIRO 11211

Banking and finance Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office is 'one of the go-to firms in Egypt'. The firm is consistently involved in some of the largest transactions in the market, often acting as local counsel for international law firms, and its recent work includes a major debt restructuring for one of Egypt's largest flour production companies. Project finance is another key area of its work and it was involved in the financing of the West Bakr Power Project. 'Erudite and strategic thinker' Aly El Shalakany and Mariam Fahmy lead the banking practice and 'deliver reliable and thorough advice'.

Practice head(s):

Aly El Shalakany; Mariam Fahmy


‘The team is led very well by Aly Shalakany and Mariam Fahmy who deliver reliable and thorough advice. Excellent finance lawyers who also have a good grasp of the relevant regulatory issues.’

‘Aly Shalakany is erudite and a strategic thinker, always on point and always available to help. Mariam Fahmy is a good technician and up-and-coming partner.’

‘The firm has very good knowledge of the banking law and practices in Egypt and practical advice on how to deal with related issues, particularly on taking security. They provide consistently thorough and timely advice and proved to be a reliable team.’

‘Mariam Fateen Fahmy has the ability to put together and manage a team of associates who equally contribute to the general quality of work delivered by the firm.’

‘I have found them responsive and insightful with local law guidance and advice. Compared to others in their market, Shalakany is one of the go-to firms for us in Egypt.’

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office continues to cement its position in the largest M&A transactions in the Egyptian market and its recent work includes a key role in the largest mandatory tender offer in the country's history. Frequently working with Magic Circle and leading US law firms, it acts in high-value cross-border transactions, notably in the telecoms, retail and energy sectors. Aly El Shalakany (whose 'ability to provide first-class and results-driven service differentiates him from his competitors') and Omar Sherif lead a practice that is 'well informed, fully available and constructive' in its approach.

Practice head(s):

Aly El Shalakany; Omar Sherif


‘We worked with a corporate team led by Omar Sherif who were well informed, fully available and constructive and understood the Western standards of legal service which our client required. They also were willing to stand their ground opposing regulators.’

‘Omar Sherif was an excellent partner in advising our mutual client as he was available and willing to engage with Western legal requirements to ensure that the transaction proceeded as expeditiously as possible.’

‘Shalakany is one of the oldest legal practices in Egypt and they did well in building on this heritage. The firm has successfully re-invented itself over four generations. Some firms are very knowledgeable in best international and regional practices and in their understanding of industry norms. Others are very good with the regulatory framework of transactions and relationships with government agencies. Shalakany is really unique in combining these critical competencies in its commercial, corporate and M&A practice.’

‘They are very active in their innovation initiatives. They are constantly gauging client satisfaction levels through direct and regular surveys and personal calls from their senior partners. They use very efficient technology not only in communicating instant and live updates on litigation matters but also in providing automated self-help standardised services.’

‘Aly El Shalakany is really amazing. His ability to provide first class and results-driven service differentiates him from his competitors. He managed to build a very capable team within this area of specialisation.’

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office, which has a 14-lawyer dispute resolution practice, has a strong track record in arbitration that reaches back almost 50 years. The firm handles arbitrations across the MENA region, notably for clients in the maritime, aviation, telecoms, automotive, manufacturing, hospitality and pharmaceuticals sectors. Khaled El Shalakany and Adam El Shalakany lead a practice where recent work includes matters under Egyptian, Libyan, Sudanese, Iraqi, French and Swiss law. Senior associate Muhammad Ussama plays an increasingly important role in that work.

Practice head(s):

Khaled El Shalakany; Adam El Shalakany

Other key lawyers:

Muhammad Ussama

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office has a deep bench of talent with 33 litigation specialists, making it the largest dispute resolution practice in Egypt. It is among the most active firms in commercial litigation, frequently supporting large corporates in complex and high-value cases, both domestic and cross-border. Senior partner Khaled El Shalakany is the lead practitioner in a five-partner practice. Partner Mostafa Hassan is currently handling a dispute for Peugeot Automobiles arising from a €150m supply contract. Mahmoud Shedid, Adam El Shalakany and senior associate Marwa Farouk are among the other notable practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Khaled El Shalakany

Other key lawyers:

Mostafa Hassan; Mahmoud Shedid; Adam El Shalakany; Marwa Farouk

Key clients

Emaar Misr for Development S.A.E.

Global Telecom Holding

Peugeot Automobiles

Mondelez Egypt Foods

Misr Insurance

Metro Jet Airlines

Ingosstrakh Insurance Company

General Motors Egypt

Damas Jewellery

Bracco S.P.A.

beIN Media Group

Majid Al Futtaim

Amreyah Cement Company

Ahli Qatari Bank

Emirates National Bank

Commercial International Bank

Gulf Air

Coral Sea

Egyptian Tourism Federation

Kraft Heinz


Mashriq Bank

Credit Agricole Egypt S.A.E.

AbbVie GmbH


Tetra Pak Egypt




Naser El Khalifi


Amwaj Company for Real Estate and Touristic Investments








Three Corners for Hotels and Tourism S.A.E.








Arab Banking Corporation (ABC)

IEOC Production No

Arab Petroleum Pipelines (SUMED)

Beko Trading Egypt LLC

Sinai White Portland Cement Company

Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers LTD

Foster Clark Products LTD

6th of October Company for Development and Investment (SODIC)

UPM Raflatac Oy

Nipro Medical Europe N.V.

Inco Industria Colori S.R.L.

Beyond Creation

Almassa International Inc

Ricciarelli SPA


Orange Egypt for Telecommunications

Fimbank PLC

Western Geeco

Suez Oil Company

Energy Tier 1

The project finance group at Shalakany Law Office is involved in major transactions in both the conventional and renewable energy sector. Its recent work includes the financing of a 250MW wind farm IPP project, which is the country's second wind power IPP. It also advised a key player in the solar power sector on investment in and implementation of distribution networks. The firm also handles significant upstream matters in the oil and gas sector. Senior partner Aly El Shalakany and finance specialist Mariam Fahmy are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Aly El Shalakany; Mariam Fahmy

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office has 'a standout projects team that provides great industry knowledge and prompt and accurate service'. The firm is heavily involved in major infrastructure projects and, increasingly, developments in the renewable energy sector, having recently worked on major wind and solar projects. Majoring in project finance, often for lenders and sponsors, the practice is well versed in all aspects of project development for both domestic and international companies and financial institutions. 'Market leader' Aly El Shalakany and Mariam Fahmy, who is 'a pleasure to work with and understands the key sector issues' are the lead partners.

Practice head(s):

Aly El Shalakany; Mariam Fahmy


‘A standout projects team that provides great industry knowledge and prompt and accurate service.’

‘Aly El Shalakany is a market leader and stand out lawyer. Mariam Fahmy is a pleasure to work with and understands the key sector issues and related legal outcomes.’

‘The team was very determined in attending meetings to deeply understand the commercial and contractual terms of the project.’

‘The team was analytical, critical, attentive and conscientious.’

Intellectual property Tier 2

Shalakany Law Office has a strong track record in patent filing, litigation and portfolio management, as well as strategic advice on the protection of intellectual property. Its IP work is part of a broad range of commercial services forming part of the firm's support for multinational corporations, individual inventors, authors and owners of creative works. General manager Amal El Khafif is the main contact.

Practice head(s):

Amal El Khafif

TMT Tier 2

Shalakany Law Office is well regarded for its work in the telecoms sector, having played a part  in drafting Egypt's regulatory framework. The firm also advises social media and other technology companies on matters including corporate transactions, data security and regulatory matters. Respected litigator and arbitrator Khaled El Shalakany and construction and IT partner Sharif Shehata are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Khaled El Shalakany

Other key lawyers:

Sharif Shehata

Employment Tier 3

Employment law is a key area of expertise for senior partner Sharif Shihata at Shalakany Law Office, alongside international trade contracts and disputes, construction, IT and IP. As well as advising on employment contracts for large multinational companies, the firm also has expertise in employment litigation. Senior associate Marwa Farouk is among those handling contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Sharif Shihata

Other key lawyers:

Marwa Farouk

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
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.