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Rizkana & Partners
6 WEZARET EL ZERAA STREET
GIZA
Egypt

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Rizkana & Partners has an experienced arbitration practice based around the senior partner Hazim Rizkana, who has almost 40 years' experience in high-profile and high-value cases. He has frequently acted as chair and co-arbitrator in several local and international arbitrations under CRCICA, ICC, and UNICTRAL rule, as well as counsel in domestic and international matters. The firm's work spans investment disputes in sectors as diverse as construction, telecoms, oil and gas and waste management. It also has a strong track record in challenging arbitral awards.

Practice head(s):

Hazim Rizkana

Key clients

Arab African International Bank

Baker Hughes Company

Halliburton Overseas Limited

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Rizkana & Partners has a reputation for success in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, notably in the enforcement of arbitral awards won by the firm's arbitration group. It also handles a diverse range of commercial and civil cases relating to banking and finance, construction, international trade, hospitality, tax and white-collar crime. Lead partner Hazim Rizkana, supported by senior associate Amr Ibrahim, is currently fighting a claim for Attijariwafa bank Egypt concerning the enforcement of a EGP300m arbitral award.

Practice head(s):

Hazim Rizkana

Other key lawyers:

Amr Ibrahim

Key clients

Attijariwafa bank Egypt

Delta Steel

Visual Realty, Inc. (Master Franchisor of Gold’s Gym brand in Egypt)

Employment Tier 2

Rizkana & Partners joins the ranking on the breadth of its work for household names in sectors such as e-commerce, education, agriculture and technology. Led by highly respected litigator and arbitrator Hazim Rizkana, the practice has extensive experience in negotiating contracts and settlements, as well as contract termination and contentious matters. It assists both Egyptian and multinational corporations with all aspects of local labour law and social insurance law.

Practice head(s):

Hazim Rizkana

Banking and finance Tier 3

Rizkana & Partners joins the ranking this year having become increasingly involved in high-value syndicated and bilateral facilities and loans, project finance, the settlement of debts and debt restructuring. Its project finance work derives from sectors including oil and gas, steel, cement, real estate, glass, airports and container terminals on behalf of both international and local institutions. Practice heads Hazim Rizkana and Sherif El Hosseny also handle aircraft financing, syndicated loans and EPC contracts.

Practice head(s):

Hazim Rizkana; Sherif El Hosseny

Key clients

Qatar National Bank (QNB)

Attijariwafa Bank Egypt

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Arab African International Bank

Union de banques Arabes et Francaises (“UBAF”)

The National Bank of Egypt

BMB Investment Bank

National Bank of Kuwait-Egypt

Ezz Rolling Mills

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Rizkana & Partners joins the ranking having expanded its range of corporate and commercial work. The firm frequently handles the incorporation of companies in Egypt, as well as matters of regulatory compliance, IPOs, corporate restructuring, commercial transactions and M&A deals. Its growing cross-border work recently included advising a telecoms company on its divestment to funds based in Europe. Practice head Hazim Rizkana is best known for litigation and arbitration, but he is also a key adviser to domestic clients on civil, commercial and private law, as well as M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Hazim Rizkana

Key clients

EZDK – Ezz El Dekheila

Attijariwafa bank Egypt

Ezz Steel

Union Capital Financial Advisory S.A.E.

Founded in Egypt in 2016, Rizkana & Partners (“R&P”) has established itself as one of the leading full-service law firms providing legal consultation, assistance, and representation at the most professional levels with local insight, regional expertise, and international reach. We bring to our clients in-depth Egyptian legal experience, as well as strong international capabilities.

Our recognition in the market stems from our consistent track record of providing reliable legal advice that keeps pace with the most up to date developments in the various sectors in which our clients operate. We stay closely involved with our clients to ensure an interactive, practical, and adaptive form of consultation in tune with our clients’ legal needs in today’s fast-paced environment.

Our goal is to be the firm of choice for clients with respect to their most challenging legal issues, most significant business transactions and most critical disputes

Across all our practices, our lawyers embody the best of our profession. They are recognized for their commitment to the representation of the interests of our clients. Many are acknowledged leaders in their respective fields, which benefits both the clients we serve and the young lawyers we strive to develop into tomorrow’s leaders.

Our lawyers combine academic credentials and local experience, shared with practical experience in global law firms, international organizations, and international courts and tribunals. Within the team, there are Arabic, English, French, German, and Italian language capabilities, with most lawyers speaking at least two languages. Their accomplishments, business experiences, education and interests shape the Firm’s culture. They are the key to providing the full range of service capabilities our clients need by working together as integrated, multidisciplinary teams with each member drawing from a unique set of talents.

Since our establishment, we have focused on developing the core lawyering skills of our team. We train them on how to effectively serve and advise our clients and to cleverly and sharply manage the business risks the clients may face.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Hazim Rizkana hazim.rizkana@rizkanapartners.com +20 2 3760 4100
Photo Name Position Profile
 Hazim Rizkana photo Hazim Rizkana Managing Partner
Partners : 2
Counsels : 2
Fee earners : 12
Trainees : 3
Arabic
English (fluent)
French
Italian
Acquisition International (AI)
IFLR
American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham)
AIPPI
Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
CEDR
LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration)
AERIAL network
Chambers & Partners
Legal 500
Dispute Resolution : R&P dispute resolution team handles all kinds of disputes including litigation, mediation and arbitration. The dispute resolution team is very diverse. The team is composed of internationally trained attorneys that have gained extensive experience in the field by representing clients in a wide variety of complex, large scale, national and international disputes. Our structure ensures strong client support during all stages of handling a dispute. The team background allows to represent and advise international clients, in international commercial and investment disputes, including multinational corporations operating in numerous fields and industries such as, manufacturing, trade, services, telecommunications, explosives, oil and gas, construction, hospitality, waste management, health, food additives and flavors, the sugar industry, capital markets, public international law, and sports. The litigation practice represents clients in various civil, corporate and commercial litigations. The firm’s litigators have extensive experience in the fields of banking and finance, trading, employment, manufacturing, sports, entertainment, telecommunications, competition, trade remedies in international trade, cybercrimes, white collar crimes and money laundry. As for the arbitration practice, our team has extensive expertise in representing clients in arbitrations in various fields including, among others, investor-state disputes, telecommunications, media and television, hospitality, the sugar industry, capital markets, oil and gas, waste management, natural resources, public and private international law, and construction. Furthermore, the arbitration team along with the litigation team, have managed to successfully annul, as well as, enforce several major arbitral awards. As a result, our team is very efficient when it comes to avoiding the loopholes that might lead to annulment or prevent enforcement when handling ongoing arbitrations. Finally, among our team are accredited mediators who received their accreditation from the Center for Effective Dispute Resolution (“CEDR”) in London. Our mediation lawyers have worked as mediators in commercial mediations and also represent clients in commercial mediations, and some are also qualified to give and accredit prospective mediators in the Middle East and North Africa. Our lawyers also act as consultants or as expert witnesses, on arbitration matters, before national courts, as well as, national and international arbitral tribunals.
Aviation & Aerospace : R&P is the only firm in Egypt with a team that has extensive experience in the aviation sector. With partners that have more than 30 years of experience in the industry, we have continued to represent major companies in the field including but not limited to, airlines, international and local aircraft leasing companies, financiers, and export credit agencies. In addition, our team has obtained expertise and knowledge of the industry through dealing with all aviation related governmental authorities, regulatory bodies, aircraft manufacturers, lessors and service providers. The team has extensive knowledge of the day-to-day issues that arise while handling various aspects of an aircraft transaction. We have experience in aircraft financing, aircraft and engine mortgages, other aircraft and engine security systems, aircraft registration and deregistration, maintenance agreements, sale and purchase agreements, and the repossession of aircrafts. Our team has also litigated various aviation matters under several jurisdictions, which gave its attorneys a deep understanding of international aviation regulations.
Banking, Finance, & Project Finance : R&P advises numerous leading Egyptian, regional and international banks and financial institutions on various high-value syndicated facilities and loans, project finance, settlements of debts, and debt restructures. In addition, we have strengthened our restructuring work to complement our banking practice. Most importantly, the Firm’s collegial style matches well with the project team approach used by most of our arranger and borrower clients. As part of our banking and finance practice, we advise and assist our clients in connection with syndicated loans, structured finance, asset finance. We also assist in drafting loan documentation, such as facility agreements, subordinated loan agreements, security documents including commercial and real estate mortgages, pledge of shares, assignments of rights, pledges over movables, bridge financing. Our team is experienced in settlement negotiations and agreements and debt restructuring. The team experience is also extended to banking regulations and supervision, foreign exchange, setting up of funds and other investment structures, as well as the establishment of entities regulated by the Central Bank of Egypt. Our team project finance experience is extended to oil and gas, real estate, manufacturing, airports and container terminals sectors. Further, our experience in project finance also includes consortia financed by international institutions for the purpose of financing large-scale infrastructure projects. Our advice is always supported by our local knowledge of the challenges and incentives present while, advising on commercial bank loans, export credit agencies, and other bilateral/multilateral facilities.
General Corporate : R&P corporate practice covers a wide range of corporate and commercial fields of law. Our team handles corporate work, encompassing incorporation of all types of legal entities, advising on capital increases and advising on the regulatory framework. We counsel our clients on licensing, filing, compliance and corporate governance. In addition to our in-depth knowledge of the corporate laws and regulations, we also have practical experience with the Egyptian regulatory authorities and competent ministries responsible for overseeing commercial and corporate establishment and operations. With the strong corporate law capabilities and experience, our team is able to effectively address our clients’ specific business environments and challenges. Also, the team has the know-how to handle high-value corporate and commercial transactions. Our team is capable in advising on business and transactional structures, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, liquidations, transaction finance, and commercial transactions, including agreements covering share purchase, shareholders, distribution, construction, commercial agency, manufacturing, commercial sale and supply, licensing, technical assistance and services. The team is also capable in advising on laws covering competition, anti-bribery, data protection, IT and IP.
Mergers & Acquisitions : R&P team advises clients on the Egyptian aspects of structuring of complex local, regional and international transactions based on a firm understanding of the legal framework and practical business context in which deals are executed. We conduct large-scale legal due diligences, draft and negotiate sophisticated transaction agreements and documentation, and issue all requisite legal opinions.
Employment : R&P team has gained a recognized experience on Egyptian employment law. Our lawyers work with leading employers whether they be companies operating in various fields of activity, embassies or NGOs in connection with numerous employment-related matters. We advise on hiring and dismissal of employees, work permit requirements for hiring of foreign nationals, strikes and work stoppages, secondments, stock option and stock incentive plans, social insurance and salary tax requirements and related matters. We also advise on data privacy issues and data transfer regulations and employment-related litigation and dispute resolutions.
Telecommunications & IT : R&P lawyers work with telecommunication clients on regulatory matters and advise clients on managing competition, consolidation and globalization in the industry. In order to assist its clients to maximize their opportunities and at the same time minimize their risks, the Firm is experienced to deal with legal matters related to e-commerce in Egypt and the region.
Intellectual Property : R&P understands that IP is a crucial business asset in most business sectors, particularly in the fields of industrial technology, media, entertainment, retail, communications and know-how. The Firm has developed considerable expertise in the field of intellectual property, as well as good knowledge of the government agencies, legislative and judicial authorities in charge of protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. The Firm has the experience and expertise to provide its clients with a full range of intellectual property services in the areas of patent and industrial designs, copyright and software protection, trademarks, technology transfer, franchising, licensing and filing and registering intellectual property rights. Our litigation and dispute resolution teams also assist clients in litigating IP infringement cases.
Competition & Antitrust : R&P uses its extensive knowledge of competition law and enforcement to help get the deal done, resolve a dispute or solve a business challenge. With many years’ experience of decisions, transactions and regulatory processes, you can rely on us to deliver critical insights for your business. Our clients can count on us to maximize their prospects of a successful outcome. Whatever the proposed assignment - irrespective of the subject matter, size or complexity - our clients’ success is our priority. Businesses need advice from experienced competition lawyers, who understand the relevant issues and can identify appropriate solutions to antitrust and competition problems. We assist several of our clients in investigations by the Egyptian Competition Authority. We also advise major clients on antitrust compliance programs and on their ‘day-to-day’ business issues such as distribution practices, co-operation agreements, telecommunication, intellectual property licensing, and pricing and marketing policies. With a dedicated competition and antitrust lawyers, our clients can navigate antitrust and competition regimes with confidence. Whether on complex litigation, investigations by competition authorities, merger control, competition compliance programs, or commercial arrangements, we deliver tailored, effective, industry-focused and timely advice and assistance.
Capital Markets : R&P advises numerous leading Egyptian institutions on capital market issues. Our leadership in capital markets has put us in the position to comment with significant impact on many important financial regulatory developments, and our Partners have led a vast majority of IPOs and bond issues implemented in Egypt and are recognized for their critical roles lending to successful transactions. We have substantial experience in the most complex securities offerings that require highly creative and sophisticated advice, such as novel equity derivative products and cross-border, multi-listed IPOs. Our experience with Egyptian securities and stock market provides clear insight into regulatory considerations in offerings of all types that has frequently enabled us to obtain regulatory relief for our clients.
Construction : R&P advises multinational and local clients on construction matters and represents entities in construction-related disputes. We represent our clients in property development and leasing transactions, property sale and purchase related due diligence, and joint ventures. Our diverse client base has included real estate companies, lenders, master developers and contractors. This allows us to offer our clients insight into the dynamic commercial and legal landscape governing the construction industry. Our expertise covers all major construction sectors including large infrastructure projects, residential and commercial projects. Our team has a unique understanding of the full life cycle of a construction project. Our construction expertise includes assisting clients in managing construction projects and representing clients in drafting tender and project documents. Our lawyers have drafted and negotiated all major forms of construction contracts including all editions of FIDIC, complex and bespoke contracts and ancillary documents such as concession contracts, joint-venture agreements, consortiums, license and software agreements, operation and maintenance contracts and financial support arrangements. Our team also advises and represents clients in every phase of a construction dispute. Our lawyers have wide experience in advising on, initiating and responding to construction arbitration matters in all the major conciliation and arbitral institutions (ICC, CRCICA, DIAC and LCIA). We also advise on dispute board proceedings and other forms of intermediate and alternative dispute resolution, as well as, on contract administration and the management of claims arising during a project. Our experience includes representing both claimants and respondents in preparing claims, negotiating amicable settlements, and enforcing arbitral awards.
Renewable Energy : R&P lawyers have extensive experience and understanding of global and regional business practices and government regulations in the energy industry. We have advised clients on the regulatory frameworks governing conventional, renewable and clean energy technologies. In renewable energy, our lawyers have worked with operators and financiers to meet the commercial objectives and aspirations of our clients. Our lawyers have already assisted entities in Egypt bid for and participate in the first phase of the energy program launched by the Egyptian government. We are committed to continue to assist our clients, whether public or private, to find goal-orientated solutions to the challenges they face based on our understanding of how the energy markets work worldwide.
Oil & Gas : R&P transactional lawyers advise clients on projects and transactions through all stages of the oil and gas value chain. Our arbitration and litigation lawyers advise and appear as counsel in international arbitrations and litigation matters on a broad range of disputes, including on technical services contracts, contract cancellation, production-sharing agreements, concession agreements, and force majeure.
Sports Law : R&P’s Sports Law specialized attorneys have extensive knowledge of the Olympic Charter, most of the International Federations Bylaws and Regulations, including FIFA, CAF and FIBA. Our attorneys have advised a regional sports confederation, sports events organizers, clubs, sporting agencies and athletes varying in a wide range of sports. Our services covered a wide variety of sports related matters, varying from negotiating and drafting sports related contracts and transactions, such as contracts related to media rights, sponsorship agreements, event organizations and broadcasting. Our team is also experienced in incorporation of sports investment entities and in sports disputes including sports related competition law cases.

Hazim A. Rizkana, Managing Partner

What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

I consider myself lucky, as throughout my career I had a number of milestones that shaped my professional and personal capabilities, as I shifted in a number of legal fields, for example: dispute resolution and arbitration, where I started working in one of the most recognized disputes firms in Egypt at the time; banking, where I worked in the legal department of two major banks in Egypt and was a board member and head of the audit committee in one of the major public sector banks, when Government decided to privatize management of the banks.

Another important experience that aided in shaping me, professionally and personally, was during the time I spent in the US doing my master studies a training opportunity provided itself at the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights, where I was the only non-EU that was exceptionally accepted since they needed Arabic linguistic skills as our President was visiting the Council that year. Finally, I was lucky that I witnessed and shared in the establishment and growth of Baker & McKenzie Law Firm in Egypt for 28 years until I was the Managing Partner of Cairo Office from 2005 to 2010. It was great school and great time.

All of these experiences helped me in what I consider my greatest achievement, establishing Rizkana & Partners in 2016. Seeing Rizkana & Partners an its team flourish and grow as a local firm with international reach has been the most rewarding experience of my life so far. My passion now is to assist in developing the Egyptian legal practice at an international level and to pass my knowledge and experiences to the new generations. I believe that Egypt can enhance its pioneer status in the legal field in the Middle East with its young talented bilingual and sometimes trilingual professionals in law firms and the judicial system.

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

This is a difficult question as Egypt has very capable law firms and colleagues at different fields. However, I guess, what I do differently is that I try to apply a practical view to the law based on my various practical experiences. In addition, I try to understand my client business and to be available to my team to pass my experiences and empower them in helping them achieve their goals. I have always considered my clients as friends and my team and my office as my extended family.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

You must never stop dreaming and trying to better yourself no matter what life throws at you. Always try to keep a work life balance and never quit reading or playing sports.

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

In my model of practice, I work as the trusted advisor. I cannot give one example as I am usually close to the business and my clients. When a client requires my help or advice, we discuss issues beyond the legalities of the issue to reach

the appropriate reasonable solution to the problem with a combination of practical experience and legal knowledge. This method of thinking and practice aided me in successfully restructuring a number of businesses and resolving a number of conflicts without the parties to the conflict having to enter into a dispute, this has been evident especially with my experience as a CEDR mediator.

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

I think the legal sector has already been passing through a number of serious challenges, for example: work life balance; agile working; cyber security; and online feedback and reputation. I believe the main question that now stands is, Will big law firms with massive investments be able to continue at the same structure, or does the legal sector need to evolve? This question has now been magnified by the COVID – 19 pandemic. I would say AI is the biggest challenge now for all law firms and it remains to be seen how the new business model and offices structures will be re-shaped.