Firm Profile > Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy > Cairo , Egypt

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

Banking and finance Tier 1

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy is 'the leader in capital markets work and has a strong track record in all areas of banking and finance law'. Head of project finance and banking Mahmoud Bassiouny is a leading light; he advised Access Building Energy Solar One on the $77m financing of a 50MW solar plant.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy is 'a young firm that has quickly become one of the leaders in the finance, corporate and M&A fields'. The firm handles complex cross-border M&A with a six-partner team led by Omar Bassiouny, who advised pan-African private equity firm DPI on its acquisition of fund ADP, and Tamer El Hennawy.

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy frequently handles CRCICA, ICC and ICSID proceedings for clients such as Etisalat Misr and Egyptian Indian Polyester Co. For Union Fenosa Gas, John Matouk and practice head Amr Abbas handled a $2bn CRCICA case against a state entity concerning contractual obligations.

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Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy is 'one of the top firms for litigation' and head of dispute resolution John Matouk is highly respected. He acts for Uber in all cases arising from its operations in Egypt including a recent class action brought by local taxi drivers. Head of litigation Osman Mowafy and senior associate Momen Rezk are also recommended.

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Energy Tier 1

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy frequently handles oil & gas, power, gas pipeline, transmission and distribution projects. Head of project finance Mahmoud Bassiouny recently assisted Access Building Energy Solar One with the development of a new 50MW solar power plant. Project company ARC for Renewable Energy is also a key client.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy frequently advises local and foreign lenders and sponsors on large energy and transportation projects. Project finance specialist Mahmoud Bassiouny assisted Access Building Energy Solar One with the development of a 50MW solar plant. ARC for Renewable Energy is another key client.

TMT Tier 2

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy is 'a relatively young firm with good people and a broad TMT practice'. Corporate partner Ahmed Abd El Gawad is currently advising one of the three mobile operators in Egypt on its dealings with the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

The firm: Matouk Bassiouny was officially established in 2002 as a partnership between John Matouk and Omar Salah Bassiouny; and became part of DLA Piper’s global network of offices shortly afterwards.

Since establishment, the firm has been providing full legal services to clients in corporate and M&A matters; banking and project finance; capital market matters; as well as dispute resolution, whether in litigation or arbitration.

The firm is now an independent law firm, and has significantly grown as regards the number of lawyers and clientele size, with a leading position in Egypt and regionally; and has built on its name and expanded by opening offices in Dubai, UAE, and Khartoum, Sudan. The firm also has offices in Algeria and Libya.

Areas of practice: Corporate and M&A: The Corporate/M&A group can assist with all aspects of corporate transaction, from initial term sheets and due diligence to negotiations, drafting and completion. The team specializes in providing general corporate and M&A advice to a wide range of multinational corporations, private equity firms, fund managers and blue-chip investors in Egypt and the region.

Capital Markets: The Capital Markets group specializes in securities-related transactions involving the Egyptian Exchange and the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (including bond issuings), funds management, IPOs, listing and dual securities listing.

Dispute Resolution: The Dispute Resolution group’s primary goal is to effectively manage risk and resolve disputes pursuant to our client’s strategic interests – be it through amicable negotiation, litigation and arbitration.

Finance and Projects: The Finance & Projects group has substantial experience in providing local legal advice on asset-based finance, infrastructure finance, project finance and real estate finance, as well as on the strengths and weaknesses of local security available to lenders in the Egyptian market.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Omar Salah Bassiouny (Founding Partner and Head of Corporate/M&A)
Corporate and M&A Tamer El Hennawy (Partner and Co-Head of Corporate and M&A)
Capital Markets Mohamed Abd El Fattah (Partner and Head of Capital Markets)
Dispute Resolution John Matouk (Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution)
Finance and Projects Mahmoud Bassiouny (Managing Partner, Head of Finance and Projects)
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Amr Abbas  photo Dr Amr Abbas
Mr Mahmoud Bassiouny  photo Mr Mahmoud Bassiouny
Mr Omar Bassiouny  photo Mr Omar Bassiouny
Mr Tamer El Hennawy  photo Mr Tamer El Hennawy
Mr Jean–Jerome Khodara  photo Mr Jean–Jerome Khodara
Mr John Matouk photo Mr John Matouk
Partners : 16
Fee Earners : 137
Support Staff : 82

Mahmoud Bassiouny, Managing Partner and Regional Head of Finance & Projects

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Matouk Bassiouy & Hennawy from your competitors?

We are very proud at Matouk Bassiouny to have created a diverse workplace, where people from different genders, backgrounds and nationalities can exchange ideas and consolidate on existing knowledge. This is far from being an “achievement”, as we are aware that diversity, inclusion, and knowledge sharing must be a continuous work in progress that takes into account both the shifting dynamics and realities in our region, as well as the nature of the business of law, which has sometimes pushed lawyers to hoarding and self-centred approaches in regard to work and clients.

What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

We believe in specialization. In 2013 we were the first firm in Egypt to decide on implementing core practice groups (as opposed to the then prevailing generalist model). We have also started implementing sector groups that cut horizontally across the practice groups, with the aim being to create a space for lawyers from the different practice groups to focus and foster knowledge in specific sectors. We are seeing an exponential increase in knowledge sharing and a reduction in the time lawyers need to understand a specific issue.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Some industries will die!

Can you give me a practical example of how helped a client add value to the business?

We firmly believe that our role is to add value to the business, and not just explain the legal requirements. This value was most evident during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, and the years succeeding that, where we had to implement creative structures to diffuse and mitigate labour unrest (our Disputes Resolution group), implement structures that reduced tax and liability exposure (our Corporate and M&A group), and help clients structure project financings in high risk times and move trapped cash out of Egypt (our Finance & Projects group).

Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

Clients operating in the region have to deal with fast paced political changes regionally, and disrupting technologies globally. We are seeing this affect our clients in many ways, but we are optimistic as we believe that challenges push us towards evolution and change.