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Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm
Arabella Plaza
Building 2, P.O. 11835
New Cairo
Egypt

Egypt > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Corporate procedures, commercial contracts, compliance, and regulatory issues are amongst the services that Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm offers clients as part of their M&A team. The firm climbs the ranking this year having built an impressive roster of both domestic and multinational clients including Vodafone and PepsiCo. Mohamed Hazzaa heads the M&A department with longstanding experience in advising corporations and regulatory bodies on complex cross-border transactions. The focus of Heba Anwar Raslan lies on regulated sectors, particularly oil, gas and mineral resources, where she regularly supports clients in commercial and corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Hazzaa

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Hikma Pharma

Pepsico

Vodafone Group Plc

Vodafone Egypt for Telecommunications

ICM Australia

FrieslandCampina

EFG Hermes

Applus

Dell International Inc.

Microelectronia

Energean Plc

Total SA

Neptune Energy

Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC)

Work highlights

  • Advising Vodafone Group on the potential sale of its entire stake in Vodaphone Egypt to STC. This was contemplated to be one of the biggest M&A transactions in the Egyptian market through 2020. The transaction was very complex due to the existence of multiple stake holders and regulatory bodies closely involved with the transaction including Telecom Egypt which holds 45% of Vodafone Egypt.
  • Advising Hikma on all Egyptian law aspects of acquiring GSK’s business in Egypt. This is one of the biggest M&A transactions the Egyptian market has ever seen in terms of value and complexity.
  • Advising as Egyptian legal counsel Energean Plc on the Egyptian law aspects of its acquisition of Edison E&P from Edison SpA, in a global deal that spanned across Italy, Egypt, UK, Croatia and Greece, with an estimated final net consideration of USD of $203 million.

Egypt > Employment Tier 1

Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm takes an integrated approach to its employment practice, with the team working closely together with the firm’s other departments in order to assist general corporate and transactional clients in labour law matters. Apart from that, the practice also handle’s day-to-day matters including immigration, social insurance, and pension funds as well as employment litigation cases. Lamiaa Youssef and Ahmed Haggag lead the department, with the former regularly advising on drafting and terminating contracts, and compliance matters. Senior associate Daila Abdelghany covers the intersection of employment and NGO laws and regulations.

Practice head(s):

Lamiaa Youssef; Ahmed Haggag

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

STMicroelectronics

European Investment Bank

Ernst and Young LLP

Shell Egypt NV

PricewaterhouseCoopers (Middle East Group) Limited

Deutsche Bank

Huawei

Hikma Pharma

Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company

Clyde & Co

Siemens Digital Industries Software

Neptune Energy Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Neptune Energy Group on various employment matters including restructuring of their workforce and the transfer of employees between several entities, negotiations with the employees and preparing the required documentation, termination of manger, as well as assisting with employment litigation.
  • Assisting Land O’Lakes with its day-to-day activities concerning labour, employment and social insurance matters, including advising on internal policies, employment contracts, termination of employment, and employees’ benefits.
  • Advising pwc on rules governing distribution of profit share on employees and various legal aspects relating to employees’ profit share distribution mechanism.

Egypt > Banking and finance Tier 2

‘The responsiveness of the team and the provision of clear legal advice on complex issues makes the finance team at Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm stand out’, remarks a client about the firm’s banking and finance practice. The department’s specialisations include high-value financings and bank-to-bank lending and it is often instructed by international development financial institutions, export credit agencies, and international commercial and investment banks. Lead partner Ahmed Haggag who ‘has a very deep knowledge of local law and regulations and applies these well in the context of international financings’ is highly regarded by clients due to his expertise in project finance and the oil and gas sector.

Practice head(s):

Ahmed Haggag

Testimonials

‘The responsiveness of the team and the provision of clear legal advice on complex issues makes the finance team at S&S stand out.’

‘Ahmed Haggag is a key partner and contact and is supported by a great team.’

‘Adaptability, great understanding and experience the local specificities, proactive advise.’

‘Broad team with knowledgeable staff across all levels from partners to associates. Good responsiveness and willing to go the extra mile to get transactions completed. We like using them as local counsel as they do go out of their way to understand the transaction holistically rather than just the part that they are involved in.’

‘Ahmed Haggag has a very deep knowledge of local law and regulations and applies these well in the context of international financings. We find that he is very approachable and always deals with work with good humour.’

Key clients

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development “EBRD”

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank” AIIB”

The International Finance Corporation “IFC”

European Investment Bank “EIB”

Proparco

Majid Al Futtaim Properties S.A.E

Mauritius Commercial Bank

Africa Development Bank (AFDB)

OPEC Fund

Work highlights

  • Acted for CDC Group PLC in relation to its USD 100 million Tier 2 Capital to CIB Egypt at this critical time as economies all over the world are impacted by the Covid19 crisis. The deal is particularly challenging due to the newness of the tier 2 capital regime.
  • Acted for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), as lender’s local counsel, in relation to the USD 12 million loan for the development of a new hotel in West Cairo, serving the Grand Egyptian Museum and Great Giza Pyramids.
  • Acted for The International Finance Corporation in a transaction consisting of a green bonds issuance by the Commercial International Bank (the largest privately owned bank in Egypt).

Egypt > Energy Tier 2

Oil and gas and conventional energy are all sectors that the Energy team at Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm advises both domestic and international clients on. With a sector-focused approach, the firm is able to provide industry-specific advice on transactions, regulatory and corporate matters, compliance, and disputes. Heba Raslan, who was promoted to partner in 2021, leads the practice with a focus on oil and gas and mineral resources. She is frequently involved in high-profile M&A deals and has further specialisations in antitrust and competition law.  

Practice head(s):

Heba Raslan

Key clients

Centamin Plc

Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC),

Wintershall Dea

Shell

Dana Petroleum

Dana Gas

Neptune Energy Group

Energean Oil & Gas Plc

Dragon Oil

Work highlights

  • Advising as Egyptian legal counsel Energean Plc on the Egyptian law aspects of its acquisition of Edison E&P from Edison SpA, in a global deal that spanned across Italy, Egypt, UK, Croatia and Greece, with an estimated final net consideration of USD of $203 million.
  • Advising Neptune Energy on Egyptian law matters pertaining to its entities and activities in the oil and gas sector in Egypt.

Egypt > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm climbs the ranking this year, acting in projects and infrastructure for development finance institutions, sponsors, and the public sector. The firm is regularly involved in a number of high-profile matters, such as advising on the first two dry ports in Egypt. Mohamed Hazzaa leads the power and renewables team and has worked on complex transactions as well as power and utility projects. The oil, gas and mineral resource department is headed by Heba Raslan who is experienced in PPP, regulated industries, and other regulatory projects, and was promoted to partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Hazzaa; Heba Raslan

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced in all legal maters related to power purchase agreements and execution thereof.’

‘Mohamed Hazzaa is very professional and enjoys deep experience in power purchase agreements.’

‘Extremely responsive team with highly innovative thinking and outstanding commercial acumen.’

‘The team was very professional, up-to-date with regards to the latest legislations, and laws. Also, their response to any unplanned urgent meetings or calls was excellent and up to our expectations.’

‘We dealt mainly with Heba Raslan and her team, she was available all the time, very updated and professional, and always provided advice on different subjects, and if outside the scope of work, she always assisted us with referrals and follow up to assist us on all aspects and levels.’

‘It’s a full service firm and with a very high standard of service, all reasonably priced. The firm has an incredible track record and have been involved in many large transactions in Egypt and so is able to draw from precedents to solve issues, including in project finance deals. Also very responsive and business oriented.’

Key clients

Centamin Plc

Proparco

Intro Group

KarmSolar Group

Enara

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development “EBRD”

African Development Bank “AFDB”

OPEC

Work highlights

  • Advising a number of banks and international financial institutions including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the OPEC Fund for International Development and the African Development Bank on the financing of a 200 MW solar power plant on a Build, Own, Operate scheme located in Kom Ombo Aswand developed by Acwa Power.
  • Advising EBRD on the financing to be granted to October Dry Port Company, a special purpose vehicle established for the development and construction of the 6th of October dry port project, the first PPP project in this sector, to be operated under a BOT scheme.
  • Acting for th EBRD as a lender’s local counsel, in relation to the USD 10 million loan to TAQA PV for Solar Energy, the renewable energy arm of TAQA Arabia. The loan will finance the construction of a 6 MW solar photovoltaic plant, in one of Egypt’s first private-to-private renewable energy projects.

Sharkawy and Sarhan is a sector-based leading Egyptian law firm focused on the timely delivery of consistent and reliable high-quality legal advice. We take a solution-driven approach, and we have a deep understanding of the issues for governmental authorities, financiers, and developers. We appreciate the risks in cross-border transactions, as well as the solutions to best mitigate them.

As an independent law firm, we work with leading international law firms, without a presence in Egypt, to represent clients in different sectors. Through our excellent working relationships with leading local players and international law firms, we provide seamlessly an integrated legal service to our clients. This is complemented by the international mindset of our lawyers, many of whom have benefited from training in international firms. For over a decade, our sector-focused teams have been involved in most big-ticket M&A, power, infrastructure, oil & gas, and banking & finance transactions in Egypt, developing focused expertise while maintaining a strong reputation for efficiency, high standards, and reliability.

The firm supports its clients on data privacy, cyber-security, corporate procedures, commercial contracts, compliance, regulatory issues, employment, corporate restructuring, and high-profile disputes.

Our deep on-the-ground knowledge of substantive legal matters, our local market expertise, and our appreciation of industry-specific issues allow us to navigate the Egyptian legal and regulatory framework with confidence and guide our clients accordingly.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Technology, Media & Telecommunication Ahmed El Sharkawya.sharkawy@sharkawylaw.com(+202) 23 22 54 00 Ext:101
Infrastructure & Power Naila Ramsayn.ramsay@sharkawylaw.com+44 7342 882 466
Financial Institutions Ahmed Haggaga.haggag@sharkawylaw.com(+202) 23 22 54 00 Ext:113
Employment Lamiaa Youssefl.youssef@sharkawylaw.com(+202) 23 22 54 00 Ext:115
Power & Renewables Mohamed Nabil Hazzaam.hazzaa@sharkawylaw.com(+202) 23 22 54 00 Ext:124
Oil & Gas and Mineral Resources Heba Anwar Raslanh.raslan@sharkawylaw.com(+202) 23 22 54 00 Ext:108
Mergers & Acquisitions Esraa Abdelmonieme.abdelmoniem@sharkawylaw.com(+202) 23 22 54 00 Ext:126
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Ahmed  El Sharkawy photoMr Ahmed El SharkawyAhmed is the head of Sharkawy & Sarhan’s TMT and Retail &…
Ahmed Haggag photoMr Ahmed HaggagAhmed started his career as a junior associate with Sharkawy & Sarhan…
Mohamed Nabil Hazzaa photoMr Mohamed Nabil HazzaaMohamed Nabil Hazzaa is a partner at Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm.…
Lamiaa Youssef photoMrs Lamiaa YoussefLamiaa has more than 20 years of experience in various fields and…
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Fee Earners : 33
Support Staff : 20
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