Firm Profile > Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie Interna > Cairo, Egypt

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie Interna
NILE CITY BUILDING, NORTH TOWER, 21ST FLOOR 2005C
CORNICH EL NIL, RAMLET BEAULAC
CAIRO
Egypt

Egypt > Banking and finance Tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is best known for its financing work in the oil and gas, petrochemicals, power, renewable energy, infrastructure, aerospace, financial services, government, healthcare, real estate, TMT and hotels sectors. Managing Partner Mohamed Ghannam and Lamyaa Gadelhak lead the banking, finance and projects practice, which acts for lenders, development financial institutions, multilateral agencies, export credit agencies and sponsors on large cross-border transactions, particularly in project, acquisition, trade and real estate finance, as well as securitisation and derivatives.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Ghannam; Lamyaa Gadelhak

Key clients

Commercial International Bank

National Bank of Egypt

The Export-Import Bank Of Korea

Japan Bank For International Cooperation

African Development Bank

The European Investment Bank

Qatar National Bank (QNB)

Bank of Alexandria

Industrial Development and Workers Bank of Egypt

The United Bank

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Arab Republic of Egypt through the Ministry of Finance

J.P. Morgan Securities PLC and Deutsche Bank, AG [London Branch]

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Emirates NBD (S.A.E)

Egyptian Centers for Real Estate Development S.A.E.

Marakez Al Sokhna for Real Estate Projects S.A.E,

Edita food Industries

Banque Misr

Africa Finance Corporation

Attijariwafa bank

Trade Development Bank

Egypt > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) draws on its long-standing presence in Egypt and its vast international network to advise domestic and international investors on public and private M&A deals, joint ventures and strategic alliances, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and a range of commercial matters. Its client base, which includes Bank Audi, Visa Inc. and  L'Oréal, is the equal of any firm in Egypt. Mohamed Ghannam and Mohamed Barakat lead the M&A practice, while Ghada El Ehwany and Hesham Ragab lead the corporate and commercial group. Counsel Mohamed Elfar also plays a key role in major transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Ghannam; Ghada El Ehwany; Mohamed Barakat; Hesham Ragab

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Elfar

Key clients

Bank Audi

Deutsche Hospitality Ltd.

Trend Micro

The Egyptian Ministry of Planning

Al Babtain Power and Communication

Banque du Caire

Al-Watania Information Systems (WiSys)

CMA CGM

Nabros

Egypt Kuwait Holding Company (EKH)

Abu Soma Development Company S A

Al Rajhi Investments

Al-Watania Poultry

AMEA Power LLC

Egyptian Offshore Drilling Company S.A.E

Pioneers Holding For Financial Investments Company (S.A.E)

SDX Energy Inc.

Visa Inc.

The General Arab Insurance Federation “GAIF”.

Venus International

Sixth of October Development and Investment Company SAE (SODIC)

La-Z-Boy Incorporated

LVMH

Hasbro, Inc.

ASICS Europe B.V.

Koleksiyon Mobilya S.A

HNI Corporation

Valeo Foods

Breitling SA

BOS1964 S.L.

ArcelorMittal International FZE

Bene Gmbh

Sedus Stoll AG

Humanscale Corporation & Humanscale International Holdings Ltd.

L’Oréal

Johnson Controls, Inc.

Egypt > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) has one of the largest litigation practices in Cairo, with five senior counsels handling high-value cross-border disputes. While the firm has notable expertise in key sectors such as international disputes, including engineering and construction, and oil & gas, its work is broad in its scope, with complex post-M&A matters featuring strongly in its workload. Counsel Abdel Aziz Hassouba is head of the litigation group. Counsel Mohamed Elfar, who also leads the competition law practice, is also recommended for commercial litigation.

Egypt > Employment Tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is focused primarily on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions and frequently assists employers with employment contracts, non-competition agreements, employee incentives, dismissals and redundancies, immigration and employee transfers. It is also sought after for employment litigation, with recent work including high-value matters in the hospitality sector. Head of corporate Ghada El Ehwany now leads the employment law practice, while counsels Sherif Makram and Saber Soliman play key roles. 'They are very responsive and trustworthy', remarks one client.

Practice head(s):

Ghada El Ehwany

Other key lawyers:

Sherif Makram; Saber Soliman

Testimonials

‘They are very responsive and trustworthy, and provide options.’

‘We work primarily with Saber Soliman, who is most professional and offers good employment law advice.’

Egypt > Energy Tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is firmly established as a key advisor to the oil and gas and petrochemicals sectors, with its work encompassing upstream, E&P, pipeline, refining and downstream projects. It also advises energy companies on corporate, tax, finance, regulatory and antitrust matters. The firm is also involved in key developments in the power sector, including large renewable energy projects such as the 200MW BOO solar PV project on which it advised the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company. Mohamed Ghannam and Lamyaa Gadelhak are the lead partners.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Ghannam; Lamyaa Gadelhak

Key clients

Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company

New and Renewable Energy Authority

Ministry of Finance

Britannic Trading Limited

Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation

Al Nowais Investments LLC

ENI SPA

Hitachi, Ltd.

Taqa Arabia

Acciona

Carbon Holdings

Egypt > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

The firm has good in-depth experience of big projects’, says a client of Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International). Whether it is acting for sponsors, investors, lenders, acquirers, governments, contractors or other credit providers, the firm is involved in the financing and development of flagship energy, mining, infrastructure, renewable energy and carbon projects. Joint heads of banking, finance and projects Mohamed Ghannam and Lamyaa Gadelhak are amongst the most respected practitioners in the market, particularly in the area of project finance.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Ghannam; Lamyaa Gadelhak

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Rasekh

Testimonials

‘The firm has good, in-depth experience of big projects.’

‘Mohammed Ghannam is a great team leader and has in-depth experience. Lamyaa Gadelhak is recommended and great up-and-coming associate Mohamed Rasekh always makes himself available.’

Key clients

Commercial International Bank

National Bank of Egypt

The Export-Import Bank Of Korea

Japan Bank For International Cooperation

African Development Bank

The European Investment Bank

MAVEG Industrieausruestungen GmbH (MAVEG)

Bank of Alexandria

Industrial Development and Workers Bank of Egypt

The United Bank

Enjaz Project Management (EPM)

Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company

Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC)

The Egyptian Group for Multipurpose Terminals (EGMPT)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Britannic Trading Limited

Egyptian Centers for Real Estate Development S.A.E.

Marakez Al Sokhna for Real Estate Projects S.A.E.

El Wady for Phosphate Industries and Fertilizers (WAPHCO)

Banque Misr

AlNowais Investments LLC

Carbon Holdings

Egypt > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) has a team of five counsels in Cairo who work with the firm's international network of offices to handle cases in a host of arbitration fora, including those in Egypt. Head of dispute resolution Abdel Aziz Hassouba and head of real estate Mohamed Hafez are among the key practitioners. Much of their recent work has focused on labour arbitration in the hospitality and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Abdel Aziz Hassouba

Egypt > Intellectual property Tier 2

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is primarily focused on the enforcement of IP rights, with notable expertise in combating piracy, trade mark and copyright infringement, as well as technology transfers including the licensing of technology and domain name disputes. The Cairo office is part of a highly regarded global IP practice and, locally, it has acted in cases involving online video sharing platforms and domestic real estate companies. Practice head Ghada El Ehwany and senior associates Mohamed Mourad and Milad Fayez are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Ghada El Ehwany

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Mourad; Milad Fayez

Egypt > TMT Tier 2

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) has a large corporate and M&A practice that advises on transactions, projects and regulatory matters in the telecoms, digital media and technology sectors, including data security, outsourcing, licensing and investments. It brings together expertise in technology, IP, corporate matters and disputes to advise clients such as Trend Micro and Nile Radio Production Company. Corporate partner Ghada El Ehwany, who also has expertise in healthcare regulation and litigation, leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ghada El Ehwany

Key clients

Telecom Egypt

Nile Radio Production Company

Al-Watania Information Systems (WiSys)

Trend Micro

Al Babtain Power and Communication

As market leaders in mergers and acquisitions, banking, projects, energy, capital markets, dispute resolution, IP and TMT, we advise clients on some of the most prominent transactions in the Middle East.

Our accomplishments include advising BNP Paribas on the USD 469 million SACE (Italian export credit agency) covered buyer credit term loan facility to the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company, named Euromoney Trade Finance Journal’s “Deal of the Year” in 2017, advising EFG Hermes as the Sole Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner on the (USD 170 million) global offering by ADES International Holding Ltd, on the London Stock Exchange, named IFLR Middle East Awards’ “Equity Deal of the Year 2017” and advising various development consortia opposite International Finance Corporation (IFC) on five of IFC’s thirteen solar PV projects under Round 2 of the Egyptian Government’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) programme named Project Finance Magazine Awards “Global Multilateral Deal of the Year 2017”.

The quality of our work is reflected in the number of leading multinational corporations and financial institutions that seek our advice on complex matters and the recognition we regularly receive within the legal industry. In the past decade, we have been named IFLR Egypt’s “Law Firm of the Year” six times, while our Cairo office has been ranked Tier 1 by IFLR1000, Legal500 and Chambers & Partners for Banking & Finance and M&A. Recently we have won Corporate and Finance Law Firm of the Year Award Winner – Chambers Middle East Awards, 2019.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the local market, we are the go-to firm in Egypt. Our Egypt lawyers have deep knowledge of the local legal, business, social and cultural environment, and work closely with colleagues across all of our offices to help clients navigate the intricacies of Egypt’s regulatory environment and achieve their global objectives.

 

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Department Name Email Telephone
BD & Marketing Department Rasha Ismail Rasha.Ismail@bakermckenzie.com + 2 02 2461 5520 #134
BD & Marketing Department Passant Dawood passant.dawood@bakermckenzie.com 2 02 2461 5520 #136
Office Manager Amany Shoukry Amany.Shoukry@bakermckenzie.com + 2 02 2461 5520 #169
Photo Name Position Profile
 Mohamed  Barakat  photo Mohamed  Barakat Partner, Corporate & Securities.
Ms Ghada El Ehwany  photo Ms Ghada El Ehwany Partner, Head of Corporate/Commercial.
Ms Lamyaa Gadelhak photo Ms Lamyaa Gadelhak Partner, Co-head of Banking & Projects.
 Lamyaa  Gadelhak  photo Lamyaa  Gadelhak Partner, Co-head of Banking & Projects. 
Mr Mohamed Ghannam  photo Mr Mohamed Ghannam Managing Partner of Helmy, Hamza & Partners Member, Firm of Baker & McKenzie…
 Hani Nassef  photo Hani Nassef Partner, Corporate/M&A
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Out of firm presence, growth and impact in the Egyptian legal field, we are delighted to be named market leaders and the go-to firm in a range of key practice areas including Banking & Finance, Corporate, Commercial, M&A, Dispute Resolution, Employment, TMT, Energy and Projects & Infrastructure.

Each practice group shows extraordinary capabilities and consistency in the quality of the services provided over the years. Our history is enriched by multiple awards and recognitions that remind us of where we should be. Our most recent award is “Corporate and Finance Law Firm of the Year” at the Chambers Middle East Awards 2019, Chambers Global 2019, Egypt.

With more than 30 years’ of experience in the local market, we have advised clients on some of the most prominent transactions in the Middle East. Our notable deals include advising Arab Company for Projects and Urban Developments, a subsidiary of Talaat Moustafa Group Holding, on the first Sukuk issuance in Egypt with a value of EGP 2 billion, with final maturity at the end of 2024. We also advised BNP Paribas on the USD 469 million SACE-covered (Italian export credit agency) buyer credit term loan facility to the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company, named as Euromoney Trade Finance Journal’s “Deal of the Year.” Another notable deal was advising EFG Hermes as the sole global coordinator and joint bookrunner on the USD 170 million global offering by ADES International Holding Ltd., on the London Stock Exchange, named “Equity Deal of the Year” at the IFLR Middle East Awards. We were also advising various development consortia opposite International Finance Corporation (IFC) on five of the IFC’s 13 solar PV projects under Round 2 of the Egyptian Government’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program named “Global Multilateral Deal of the Year” at the Project Finance Magazine Awards.

Our Egyptian lawyers have profound knowledge on the local legal, business, social and cultural environment, and work closely with colleagues across all of our offices to help clients navigate the intricacies of Egypt’s regulatory environment and achieve their global objectives.