Firm Profile > Shalakany Law Office > Cairo, Egypt

Shalakany Law Office
12 MARASHLY ST
ZAMALEK
CAIRO 11211
Egypt

Banking and finance Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office acts for an impressive roster of banking clients, among which are EBRD, HSBC, National Bank of Dubai and Bank of America. The firm is adept at project finance, trade finance, development finance, capital markets and general syndicated lending transactions. Practice head Aly El Shalakany and Mariam Fahmy are highly regarded.

Key clients

EBRD

Milbank

National Bank of Egypt

Emirates National Bank

Ahli Qatari Bank

National Bank of Dubai

Audi Bank

Bloom Bank

Commercial International Bank

Nordea Bank Abp, filial i Norge

First Abu Dhabi Bank P.J.S.C

Arab Banking Corporation

Citibank

Commercial Bank of Dubai P.S.C

Emirates NBD Capital Limited

HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah P.S.C

Standard Chartered Bank

ASMA Capital Partners B.S.C.(c)

European International Bank

Bank of America

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office provides 'excellent, proactive advice and is very well informed about market developments and opportunities'. The firm has strong relationships with Magic Circle and top US law firms, which gives it a strong presence on large cross-border transactions. In recent work, it advised on a $1bn tender offer for a telecoms company and handled the local aspects of a multibillion-dollar global asset sale in the energy sector. Omar Sherif and Aly El Shalakany are the key partners.

Testimonials

The team always responds promptly to our needs and shows very high knowledge in these subject areas.

We feel that they are part of our team. They are very keen to provide legal solutions that serve our business needs.

‘Excellent, proactive advice. Very well informed about market developments and opportunities.

Key clients

VEON Ltd.

Engie E&P International

S2 Africa Limited

Sealed Air Corporation

BFR Associés

Latham & Watkins LLP

USA – Ministry of Agriculture

ESCO Corporation

GM Corporation

Panasonic

Dr. Association (Subway)

Crocs

Orange telecommunication

EMAAR properties

Majid EL Futtaim

Ideal Standard

Audi Bank

Johnson Diversey

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office has 'an excellent reputation among international clients'. It has a longstanding reputation in arbitration and continues to be involved in large international matters, which last year included a multibillion-dollar investment dispute in London. Khaled El Shalakany, who also sits an an arbitrator, and US-qualified Adam El Shalakany are the key practitioners.

Testimonials

Strong internal communication with different partners and associates within the firm and excellent, fast and accurate dialogue with overseas lawyers.

Key clients

Peugeot Automobiles

beIN Media Group

Metro Jet Airlines and Ingosstrakh Insurance Company

General Motors

International Republican Institute

Emaar Malls Group

Emaar Premix

TUV

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office is known for its strong advocacy, has a deep bench of litigators and is a popular choice to handle investment treaty disputes, as well as commercial litigation in the insurance, aviation, oil and gas and construction sectors. Managing partner Khaled El Shalakany is a key name in the litigation market and newly promoted senior associate Marwa Farouk is also noted.

Key clients

Peugeot Automobiles

beIN Media Group

Metro Jet Airlines and Ingosstrakh Insurance Company

General Motors

International Republican Institute – IRI

Orange Telecommunications

EMAAR Properties

Majid Al Futtaim

Amreyah Cement Company

Mondelez (KRAFT/ Cadbury)

KRAFT HEINZ

Ahli Qatari Bank

Al Ahram Beverages (HEINEKEN)

Emirates National Bank

Commercial International Bank

Gulf Air

Misr Insurance Company

Energy Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office frequently works with Magic Circle and US law firms on cross-border transactions in the energy sector. The team handles upstream matters in the oil and gas sector, and is also a key player in the development of major new wind and solar energy projects. Senior partner Aly El Shalakany, finance specialist Mariam Fahmy and corporate partner Omar Sherif are the lead practitioners.

Key clients

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Engie E&P International

S2 Africa Limited

Sealed Air Corporation

BFR Associés

EMAAR Properties

Majid Al Futtaim

LEKELA POWER B.V.

Vitol SA

SACE S.p.A

BNP Paribas Fortis S.A./N.V.

Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Cassa Depositi E Prestiti S.p.A.

Toyota Tsusho Corporation

Transmash Holding Hungary KFT

The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum

Karm Solar

Intellectual property Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office is highly respected for its work on patent filing, litigation and portfolio management, as well as strategic advice on the protection of intellectual property. It frequently represents large multinational corporations, individual inventors, authors and owners of creative works. It has niche expertise in trade secrets and breeding rights. IP manager Amal El Khafif and associate Mahmoud El Omda are the key contacts.

Key clients

USA – Ministry of Agriculture

ESCO Corporation

GM Corporation

Panasonic

Dr. Association (Subway)

Crocs

Orange telecommunication

EMAAR properties

Majid EL Futtaim

Ideal Standard

Audi Bank

Johnson Diversey

Allana

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office has a role in many landmark projects, including the recent Gabal El Zeit 250MW wind farm IPP project financing, and it is a key adviser to the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company. Aly El Shalakany, Emad El Shalakany, Mariam Fahmy and Omar Sherif frequently act for large domestic and international project companies and financial institutions.

Key clients

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Engie E&P International

S2 Africa Limited

Sealed Air Corporation

BFR Associés

EMAAR Properties

Majid Al Futtaim

LEKELA POWER B.V.

Vitol SA

SACE S.p.A

BNP Paribas Fortis S.A./N.V.

Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Cassa Depositi E Prestiti S.p.A.

Toyota Tsusho Corporation

Transmash Holding Hungary KFT

The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum

Karm Solar

TMT Tier 1

Shalakany Law Office is particularly well regarded in the telecoms sector, having played a role in drafting Egypt's regulatory framework, though the firm also advises social media and other technology companies on matters including corporate transactions, data security and regulatory matters. Khaled El ShalakanySharif Shihata and Adam El Shalakany lead the practice, with Shihata the key name for technology matters. Senior associate Khaled Sherif is also noted.

Key clients

BMC Software

Booking.Com (Netherlands)

WeDo Technologies

Schlumberger

IBM

Ashurst LLP (UK)

ORACLE Egypt

Facebook

Amazon

Google

BAE Systems

Microsoft

Credit Agricole Egypt S.A.E.

Mayer Brown Int LLP (UK)

Perkins Coie LLP (US)

Osborne Clarke LLP UK/Facebook

White & Case LLP  (US/LA)

SAP Global Legal

Studio Legale Associato in associazione con Simmons & Simmons LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP (US/NY)

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Employment Tier 2

Senior partner Sharif Shihata at Shalakany Law Office, who advises on  international trade contracts and disputes, construction, IT, IP and labour matters, is the key practitioner in the employment practice. He recently drafted employment contracts for a global food company. Finance and projects partner Mariam Fahmy also handles employment matters.

Key clients

TMS Egypt LLC

Tapestry Compliance Limited (Formerly LLP)

Kraft Heinz

Clyde & Co LLP (UK)

WeDo Technologies

Global Upside Inc.

SCHLUMBERGER LOGELCO INC.

Tapestry Global Compliance Partners

J.P. Morgan (The Chase Manhattan Bank)

BAE Systems Overseasinc

American Bar Association

Confederation of Indian Industry

Emaar Misr for Development S.A.E.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Hogan Lovells International LLP (UK)

Lewis Silkin LLP

Chemonics International Inc.

Coca Cola  Bottling Company

Mondelez Foods

Amreyah Cement Company

Western Geeco

Le Méridien Hotels

Beyti Foods

Mariott Hotels

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
Arabic
English
French
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.