Soliman, Hashish & Partners > New Cairo, Egypt > Firm Profile

Soliman, Hashish & Partners
2nd Floor
Plot No. 15
Ninetieth Street
Egypt

Egypt > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The corporate team at Soliman, Hashish & Partners has a strong presence in various sectors such as TMT, energy, education, and tourism. The firm’s recent highlights include matters of restructuring, corporate governance, and M&A-deals. Frederic Soliman is one of two key partners, dual-qualified in Egypt as well as France, and has been involved in numerous high-value transactions. The second practice lead is Mohamed Hashish who is experienced in corporate, M&A, restructuring and matters in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Frederic Soliman; Mohamed Hashish

Key clients

Africa Crest Education Group

Amazon

Applied Technology & Management Inc

Arizona State University

Babcock & Wilcox

BRF

DXC Technology

Fiserv

Fluor

Foton Motor

Gaara

General Electric

Geo-Chem

Gianaclis

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hikvision

Honeywell

IBA Egypt

ION Bean Application

Kellogg

L3 Technology

Mapei

Mott MacDonald

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Polimeros Mexicanos

Porsche

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Promethean World

Quintessentially

Radio Holland

RKW

SABIS

Sandvic Finance Services

Sinai Cement Company SAE

STC Pay

TikTok

Truecaller

UEFA

Univar

Vicat

Vnesheconombank

Wabtec Inc.

World Bank Group

Zoomcar

Egypt > TMT Tier 2

Soliman, Hashish & Partners joins the ranking with extensive experience in the TMT sector, including due diligence, technology transfers, and licensing, amongst others. The firm counts global companies such as Amazon and TikTok to its client roster. Mohamed Hashish heads the team and is well versed in the corporate and regulatory intersections with TMT.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Hashish

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and knowledgeable of local laws. They are willing to go the extra mile to provide an advice or close a deal.’

‘Excellent legal advice regarding activities in Egypt and other middle east countries.’

‘Mohamed Hashish is knowledgeable, professional and provided services in a timely manner. We have valued his guidance and input and we have appreciated his attention to our needs in terms of both work product and timing.’

‘They have great experience in how things are applied in practice which is not necessarily in line with the plain text of the law.’

‘The team is very responsive to requests and offers good quality advice at a fair price. The team also proactively informs us in relation to local market insight and developments.’

‘Proactive and persistent on findings solutions.’

‘We work mostly with Mohamed Hashish. He embodies the qualities noted above with respect to how the team performs.’

Key clients

Africa Crest Education Group

Amazon

Applied Technology & Management Inc

Arizona State University

Babcock & Wilcox

BRF

DXC Technology

Fiserv

Fluor

Foton Motor

Gaara

General Electric

Geo-Chem

Gianaclis

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hikvision

Honeywell

Kellogg

L3 Technology

Mapei

Mott MacDonald

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Polimeros Mexicanos

Porsche

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Promethean World

Quintessentially

Radio Holland

RKW

SABIS

STC Pay

TikTok

Truecaller

UEFA

Univar

Vicat

Vnesheconombank

Wabtec Inc.

World Bank Group

Zoomcar

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel to Promethean World/NetDragon WebSoft Holdings with respect to the first ever online education platform in Egypt.
  • Acted as legal counsel to IBM with respect to obtaining the first ever WAN license in Egypt.
  • Advising TikTok on the new Data Protection Law.

Egypt > Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

Soliman, Hashish & Partners joins the ranking with a ‘unique ability to provide legally considered and commercially astute advice’, according to a client. The firm’s projects department covers railway infrastructure, joint ventures, and construction, amongst others. Mohamed Hashish is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Hashish

Testimonials

‘The team has a unique ability to provide legally considered and commercially astute advice. Work ethics is front and centre of what they do. They are our go to lawyers in Egypt.’

Key clients

Arizona State University

Wabtec Inc.

Mapei SPA

Applied Technology & Management Inc.

Mueller Water Products

FOTON

Polimeros Mexicanos

Work highlights

  • Acting as a legal counsel to Arizona State University on its first ever dual degree programme in collaboration with Al Galala University.
  • Acting as a legal counsel to Wabtec Inc. with respect to the supply of locomotives to the Egyptian Railway Authority.
  • Acting as a legal counsel to Mapei SPA with respect to the construction of its first ever plant in Egypt.

SHP is a full-service corporate law firm that is recognized internationally as one of the leading financial and corporate law firms in Egypt by IFLR 1000, Chambers and Legal 500.

SHP works exclusively with well-structured multinational clients and focuses on Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance, Telecom, Media and Technology (“TMT”), Energy & Electricity, Construction, Public Procurement, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property Rights (“IPRs”) and Employment.

SHP acted/continues to act as local legal counsel to private and public sector entities including, inter alia, governments, NGOs and leading multinational companies working mainly in the sectors of Agriculture, Banking & Finance, Cement, Consultancy, Diplomatic Services, Energy & Electricity, Food, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Steel, TMT, Tourism, Transport and Water Treatment.

SHP is dedicated to providing an exceptional legal service and bringing a creative, quality and business-awareness approach to all of its assignments and keeps developing a close relationship with most of the leading law firms across the world in order to provide clients with innovative and pragmatic solutions to the most complex of legal problems.

Over the years, SHP represented over three hundred and fifty (350) leading multinational clients and established a very good relationship with decision makers in both public and private sectors, which are indispensable to the effective representation and protection of clients’ interest.

SHP is proud of being appointed to represent the world’s leading multinational entities in Egypt’s largest mega projects including the following notable projects:

  • Acting as local legal counsel to Arizona State University with respect to a mega higher education project with the Government of Egypt for the purpose of offering dual degree at Galala University.
  • Acting as legal counsel to FOTON Motors with respect to a joint venture project with the Government of Egypt for construction of Egypt’s first ever plant for manufacturing electric buses.
  • Acting as legal counsel to Ion Beam Applications with respect to the implementation of Egypt’s first ever proton beam therapy centre at Children’s Cancer Hospital Foundation in Egypt.
  • Advising General Electric on the construction of solar power plants in BenBan, Aswan.
  • Acting as legal counsel to Wabtec Inc. with respect to supplying of diesel electric locomotives to the Egyptian National Railways.
  • Advising a confidential client on its participation in El Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant in Egypt.
  • Advised L3 Technologies on supplying C3ISR systems to the Government of Egypt.

SHP is the only law firm in Egypt that participated in the foundation of the United Nations Global Compact Egypt Network where we are also represented in the Board of Directors by our Managing Partner, Mohamed Hashish, noting that the current Board members are as follows:

  • Banque Misr
  • Dar Al Mimar Group “DMG”
  • Egytrans
  • El Mansour Trading & Distribution
  • Foundation of Egyptian Industries
  • IARS Egypt
  • ICPM Group
  • Modern Bakeries
  • Qalaa Holdings
  • SHP
  • The Egyptian Exchange

SHP’s membership above confirms our self-commitment to acting with integrity and transparency in fulfilling the responsibilities of our appointment.

SHP is also the only local law firm in Egypt that is a member of IPFA and it is also a member of all key Chambers of Commerce in Egypt.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate, Capital market, Investment funds, Tax and Insolvency Frédéric Solimanf.soliman@shandpartners.com+2 0122 0800 290
Corporate, M&A, Banking & Finance, Restructuring, Public Procurement Mohamed Hashishm.hashish@shandpartners.com+201 00047 0077
Arabic
English
French
Egyptian Bar Association
Association des anciens secr?taires de la Conf?rence du Barreau de Paris
ABA (American Bar Association)

NAME: Randa Salah
TITLE: Corporate Legal Counsel, Middle East & Saudi Arabia
COMPANY/FIRM: Hewlett-Packard
TESTIMONIAL: Soliman, Hashish & Partners provides high quality legal services. The team are some of the most amazing, caring lawyers out there. I have known most of them both as colleagues and as a client. I can’t say enough good things. Honest, reliable and professional. They always complete my transactions on time, their cost is competitive with other firms, and they do excellent work.


NAME: Andrea Perini
TITLE: Regional Area Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Mapei Group
TESTIMONIAL: Well prepared, business oriented and easily accessible: not only a legal advisor but more a business partner to support our newly born operations in Egypt.


NAME: CHIORRA Philippe
TITLE: Legal Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: VICAT
TESTIMONIAL: Soliman Hashish & Partner is very efficient in all corporate and structuration operations. We have a long and very productive relationship with Frederic Soliman in particular for foreign investments with French companies and also for contacts with authorities in Egypt. I recommend this firm very available.


NAME: Stephan Mayer
TITLE: Legal Counsel
COMPANY/FIRM: IBA, Belgium
TESTIMONIAL: Advice from Soliman, Hashish & Partners has always proven to be not only pragmatic and to the point, but also very reliable in a challenging legal environment. The comprehensive approach taking into account practical aspects as well as purely legal ones has facilitated taking good commercial decisions.


NAME: Johnny Harb
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Africa Crest Education
TESTIMONIAL: Very strong young team with deep knowledge and expertise, with business perspective and pragmatism they provide the proper corporate and financial structing advise. Their staff from associate to partner is hard working, very dedicated and responsive. Strongly recommend as legal advisors in Egypt.


NAME: Youssef Semaan
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Quintessentially Egypt
TESTIMONIAL: Soliman Hashish and Partners is an extremely competent law firm with a deep understanding of Egyptian corporate law. Its partners are thoroughly meticulous in their work and extremely dependable and efficient. They are highly recommended to help you navigate the pitfalls of the Egyptian legal system as well as advise on all aspects of corporate and commercial law.


NAME: Yasmine Choualhi
TITLE: Beachhead Network Coordinator
COMPANY/FIRM: New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
TESTIMONIAL: We do enjoy working with Mr Hashish on the African market. He is extremely professional and provide us detailed information and guidance that helps NZ companies succeed and expand in Africa.


NAME: Ahmed Hossam            
TITLE: Country Finance and Administration Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Suez International
TESTIMONIAL: Well organized and structured law firm, Very professional team in terms of handling all the legal cases, They always refer to the Egyptian law while providing their legal opinion


NAME: Tunde Oyewole
TITLE: Senior Associate
COMPANY/FIRM: Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with Soliman, Hashish & Partners, and Frederic Soliman in particular, in their capacity as local counsel in a high stakes matter in the MENA region. Frederic is sharp and reliable, and he has demonstrated his complete mastery of the file time and time again. This has enabled him to work as an equal partner not only in matters of Egyptian law, but international law as well. We are grateful for his contribution and consider him a go-to source for matters in the region.


NAME: Alexander Sarac
TITLE: Partner/ Head of Africa Energy and Infrastructure
COMPANY/FIRM: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Soliman Hashish & Partners is our go to law firm in Egypt on all corporate, M&A and project/project finance related matters. Soliman Hashish & Partners is an excellently managed law firm with strong and experienced partners that know how to get the deal through as well as well trained, talented lawyers that support the client all the way.


NAME: Laurent Knoops LL.M.
TITLE: Chief Legal Officer
COMPANY/FIRM: Egico Trading Oy Ltd.
TESTIMONIAL: I am chief legal officer of a major trading company headquartered in Helsinki, Finland and with operations also in Egypt.

In autumn 2017 I found Mr. Frederic Soliman as a suitable lawyer who has academic and language skills and personal powers of observation and empathy to fully understand our needs and business in order to anticipate necessary steps to be taken.

At first we needed to transact real estate and complete a complex inheritance issue. Mr. Soliman managed the entire process and delivered a favorable outcome within the expected time frame and cost estimate. His approach was both professional and pragmatic and resulted in a personal friendship as well; an important bonus when working in cross-border situations.

Mr. Frederic Soliman and colleagues have our full trust and support to handle all our legal affairs in Egypt and we look forward to continuing our relations for many years to come.

Frederic Soliman and Mohamed Hashish, Managing Partners

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

Frederic Soliman: From a professional and personal points of view, I am proud to have a Partner and friend such Mohamed Hashish, in establishing Soliman, Hashish and Partners, which in less than 5 years became one of the leading law firm in Egypt and reaching Legal 500’s Tier 2 at Commercial, Corporate and M&A in in such short period of time. In addition, I am proud of representing hundreds of clients and receiving excellent feedback on our work therefrom during this whole period.

 

Mohamed Hashish: All well-experienced lawyers in Egypt know very well how it is very difficult and challenging, especially for young lawyers, to take a real opportunity at family business firms or even have a fair competition with old and well-connected firms. Some lawyers managed to break this challenge by having association with international firms. This approach is much easier than starting a new firm from scratch and adopting policies that are up to the international law firm’s standards.

 

Soliman, Hashish & Partners with such an amazing and ethical lawyer such as Frederic Soliman was not an easy achievement at all but it is the greatest one that I am/will always be proud of.

 

At the personal level, as most of my friends, peers and clients already know, I have been fighting an extremely rare and aggressive brain tumor since 2017 that resulted in having three (3) critical brain surgeries dealing with the brainstem in December 2017, May and August 2018. However, and despite the long-sufferings I have been dealing with, this aggressive tumor never prevented me from keep working in full capacity and supporting our law firm’s associates and clients.

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

Frederic Soliman: We are 100% dedicated to our clients and are rigorous in rending our legal opinions, always thinking of the best interests of our clients and trying to be pragmatic in rendering said legal opinions rather than being too theoretical. We also take seriously our KYC policy and try to focus on international clients rather than having a big number of local clients.

 

Mohamed Hashish: I hope if every lawyer understands the special nature and role of the practice of law. All lawyers should not act as businessmen. Unfortunately, we started to see few lawyers in the market dealing with law firm, and even lawyers, the same way they deal their own investment company/ies. I believe that this approach is not professional and will definitely affect the law practice in Egypt.

 

We, at Soliman, Hashish & Partners, exclusively work with the clients that they follow the highest level of business ethics. That’s why the absolute majority of our law firm’s clients are within the world’s largest multinational companies.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Frederic Soliman: It implies that I am not young anymore, but I would do exactly the same things I did. Even though I made a lot of mistake, I also learned from those mistakes, which made who I am today, so I won’t give him any advice beside being himself/myself.

 

Mohamed Hashish: To stop burning myself with work.

 

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

Frederic Soliman: It actually applies to a lot of client, who came to us because they were desperate and wanted to close their business in Egypt. We always try to find alternative solutions to help our clients, from a theoretical and practical points of view. In all cases we faced, the clients were satisfied and continued their business and even expanding their investments in Egypt.

 

Mohamed Hashish: There are companies that they underestimate the legal compliance requirements and the role of lawyers. Sometimes, this underestimation is based on irresponsible legal advices. This will definitely be exploded on these companies one day.

 

We always take the responsibility to guide our clients with all available legal practical solutions to achieve their business goals along with the pros and cons of each solution. This definitely add value to the business by taking the right business decision.

 

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

Frederic Soliman: Of course, the first thing will be to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on both the social life and the international economy. The companies will face huge financial issues and will have to reconsider their priorities and therefor their investments abroad. This will probably lead to a lot of bankruptcy/liquidation process in the coming year.

 

Mohamed Hashish: I totally agree with what Frederic’s response above. However, I believe everyone including clients should not only try to recover from the impact of Covid-19 but also learn from this experience to avoid having the same impact again.