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

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

Banking and finance Tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) acts for large domestic banks, including National Bank of Egypt, development finance institutions such as International Finance Corporation, and a range of corporate and global banks, on large financing transactions. Practice head Mohamed Ghannam and Lamyaa Gadelhak are highly active in project finance, capital markets transactions and Islamic finance.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Ghannam

Key clients

The Central Bank of Egypt

African Export–Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Sixth of October for Development and Investment (SODIC)

Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP)

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

National Bank Of Egypt

Arab African International Bank

Banque Misr

International Finance Corporation

Rand Merchant bank

Shinhan Bank

Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank)

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) has seen a change in personnel, with key partners Mohamed Talaat and Hatem Soliman both departing in 2019 to set up their own respective firms, but managing partner Mohamed Ghannam is active in M&A transactions and the highly experienced Ghada El Ehwany, who joined from the firm's Dubai office, now leads the corporate team. The firm specialises in complex multi-jurisdictional transactions for multinational clients. Counsel Mohamed Elfar is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Ghannam; Ghada El Ehwany

Key clients

Indorama Ventures

Arab Company for projects and Urban Development

Banque du Caire

CI Capital

Carbon Holding

Tsebo Group

Mars Egypt for Manufacturing LL.C

SDX Energy

International Finance Corporate

AkzoNobel

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

As part of a global firm, Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) handles cross-border disputes for large multinational companies. Proficient in cases in the oil and gas, engineering and construction sectors, the practice, which is led by experienced litigator Abdel Aziz Hassouba, also handles complex post-M&A cases and a broad range of commercial disputes. Counsel Mohamed Elfar is also recommended.

Employment Tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) handles large multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions that raise complex employment issues. The practice led by counsel Sherif Makram advises on employment contracts, stock options, non-competition agreements, dismissals and redundancies, collective bargaining and outsourcing, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Sherif Makram

Key clients

Hilton

Misr Beni-Suef Cement Company

Halliburton Overseas

Acciona

Google

Dufry Egypt

FIH Mobile Company

Analog Devices, Inc.

SDX Egypt

Energy Tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is a key player in the oil, gas and petrochemicals sector, where it advises on upstream, E&P, transportation, refining and downstream matters. The practice, which is led by managing partner Mohamed Ghannam, is also highly regarded in the power space, where he is involved in matters relating to coal, electricity, oil and gas-fired and nuclear power plants, as well as hydroelectric and renewables projects. Lamyaa Gadelhak is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Ghannam

Key clients

African Export–Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP)

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

National Bank Of Egypt

Arab African International Bank

Banque Misr

International Finance Corporation

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is a leading player in energy, mining and infrastructure projects, handling all phases from finance through to construction. Practice head Mohamed Ghannam and the highly regarded Lamyaa Gadelhak handled several multibillion-dollar projects in the energy and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Ghannam

Key clients

The Central Bank of Egypt

African Export–Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Sixth of October for Development and Investment (SODIC)

Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP)

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

National Bank Of Egypt

Arab African International Bank

Banque Misr

International Finance Corporation

Rand Merchant bank

Shinhan Bank

Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank)

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)'s practice is now led by litigation partner Abdel Aziz Hassouba, who is an experienced arbitrator. The team is able to leverage its global network to play a role in large cross-border disputes. Mohamad Talaat and Hatem Soliman both left to set up their own respective firms in 2019. Yehia Shahine left to lead the arbitration practice at new firm ADSERO-Ragy Soliman & Partners.

Practice head(s):

Abdel Aziz Hassouba

Key clients

El Motaheda Co. for Trade

Careem Egypt

Intellectual property Tier 2

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is primarily involved with the enforcement of IP rights, with particular expertise in combating piracy, trade mark and copyright infringement, technology transfers including the licensing of technology and domain name disputes. Of counsel Samir Hamza and senior associate Mohamed Mourad are the key practitioners. Mohamad Talaat left but continues to be active under his own firm and as Of Counsel at Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy.

TMT Tier 2

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) advises telecoms companies on licensing and regulatory matters, as well as on a range of corporate issues, and is active in the digital media sector helping companies to launch new products and services. It also has niche expertise in data security, outsourcing, technology agreements, fintech and e-commerce. Mohamed Ghannam is the lead partner.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Ghannam

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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Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Mohamed Barakat  photo Mr Mohamed Barakat
Ms Ghada El Ehwany  photo Ms Ghada El Ehwany
 Lamyaa Gadelhak photo Lamyaa Gadelhak
Mr Mohamed Ghannam  photo Mr Mohamed Ghannam
Dr Taher Helmy  photo Dr Taher Helmy

EGYPT

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.