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

Egypt > Banking and finance Tier 1

Project and acquisition finance, bank lending, financial products, securitisations, and financial services regulatory form part of the matter portfolio that Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) advise on. Cross-border transactions are handled with the same expertise as domestic deals and the firm continues to be involved in landmark transactions such as the first sukuk issuance in Egypt in 2020. Mohamed Ghannam leads the banking & projects department with regular involvement in high-value securitisations, project finance as well as the energy and oil and gas sectors. Besides her knowledge of the banking and finance sector co-head Lamyaa Gadelhak is also well-versed in emissions trading.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Ghannam; Lamyaa Gadelhak

Other key lawyers:

Moataz El Sherbini

Testimonials

‘HH&P continue to build on their strength, excellent team with long experience and practical approach enabled by their experience in completed deals.’

‘Experienced team, excellent caliber and personality, team work.’

‘Very good insights in local law and custom, and pragmatic.’

‘Moataz El Sherbini. He stands out as a very capable and pragmatic person to work with. I give Moataz by best recommendations.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Ministry of Finance, on the signing of a USD 2 billion syndicated financing transaction. “Commodity Murabahah/Tawarruq Deal of the Year” and “Egypt Deal of the Year” in the Islamic Finance News (IFN) Deals of the Year Awards 2020. The deal was also awarded “Debt Market Deal of the Year” at the Asian Legal Business (ALB) Middle East Law Awards 2021.
  • Assisted Banque Misr and Arab African International Bank (AAIB) as lenders on a real estate financing to Al Alamia for Real Estate Investment, a fully owned subsidiary of Hassan Allam Properties. The two banks signed the loan documentation of EGP 4.16 billion on 29 June 2021 specifically for the development of Swan Lake Residences project which is one of Al Alamia integrated residential projects in New Cairo.
  • Advised Rawasy, a new real estate joint venture established by the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) and Banque Misr, in connection with an acquisition finance to that was divided into two tranches. The first part of the loan was from Banque Misr, Al Ahly Bank and Banque Du Caire to finance the purchase of assets from Talaat Moustafa Group’s (TMG) related to the Craft Zone Project in Madinaty Compound. Such assets are handed back to TMG for operation and investment under an Operation and Investment Agreement.

Egypt > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The corporate, commercial and M&A practice at Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) works closely together with teams from other areas of expertise to provide clients with holistic support for the structuring, negotiation and execution of deals. In addition, the firm has a dedicated reorganisation practice in place to help clients with restructuring and post-acquisition integration. High-profile corporations such as LMHV and Visa are among the team’s client portfolio. The corporate and commercial practice is led by Ghada El Ehwany, while Mohamed Ghannam and Mohamed  Barakat head the M&A-side of the practice. Hani Nassef , a corporate and M&A specialist, joined the firm in March 2021 from Eversheds Sutherland LLP’s Duabi offices.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Hani Nassef

Testimonials

‘The team is great, invariably hands on and knowledgeable, Hani Nassef and Sameh Dahroug are the best in class.’

‘Throughout the process they were in charge, hands on, and reachable. whatever is asked, they will deliver in a timely manner.’

‘Experience, commitment, and collaboration.’

‘Experience and going the extra mile. They are influencing the feeling of a real partnership!’

Work highlights

  • Represented the National Service Projects Organization (NSPO) on a strategic joint venture with Grifols, one of the world’s leading producers of plasma-derived medicines. The collaboration is the first ever of its kind and is a significant opportunity to develop the plasma-derivatives program under the President’s Patronage to reach self-sufficiency.
  • Acted as the lead counsel for the Sovereign Fund of Egypt on its proposed investment in an educational platform (Lighthouse) targeted at reinforcing school education in Egypt. The transaction was driven alongside a strategic consortium of investors including Banque Misr, Misr Insurance Holding and Suez Canal Bank and a number of other investors.
  • Advised BLOM Bank SAL in connection with the disposal of a 99.4% stake held in the share capital of BLOM BANK Egypt S.A.E. to Arab Banking Corporation (B.S.C.), through a mandatory tender offer. The deal was complex as it involved a typical private SPA negotiations and also an MTO, the first in banking sector.

Egypt > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

The litigation practice at Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) regularly handles a high volume of complex cases before courts of all nature. The firm’s embedment into the global Baker McKenzie structure allows it to draw on a large amount of resources if needed. Matters such as cartel fines, trademark infringement, government investigations, and a variety of commercial disputes are part of the team’s service portfolio. Of counsel Abdel Aziz Hassouba heads the litigation practice. Other key names include managing partner Mohamed Ghannam , who recently recently acted in a number of real estate litigation cases, and Mohamed Elfar, who is active in a range of litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Abdel Aziz Hassouba

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Represented a real estate developer based in Egypt in a major shareholders dispute case. Two lawsuits were filed by the plaintiffs (counter-party) against /our client, requesting nullification and annulment of the decision of the company’s ordinary general assembly to reform the board of directors issued to grant a major shareholder an additional seat in the Company’s board of directors, as well as a request for nullification and annulment of the company’s board of directors resolution by increasing the company’s issued capital within the limits of the licensed capital by 300 million Egyptian pounds.
  • Representing a global aerospace and defence corporation in twelve Labor lawsuits filed by some workers working for the company claiming compensations for arbitrary discharge and end of service remunerations of different amounts in dollar as per each worker’s term of service and wage. During the court heading dated 21 Jan 2021, judgements were rendered on nine of such lawsuits in favor of the client, rejecting the claims and the remaining lawsuits are still under consideration, yet to be adjudicated.

Egypt > Employment Tier 1

The full-service practice of Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) offers advice on the whole gamut of employment related matters. Combining strengths in transactional, regulatory, and litigation work, high-profile clients benefit from the firm’s longstanding experience in the Gulf area. Clients include international powerhouses such as AMEX and Starbucks as well as high-profile domestic companies. Ghada El Ehwany heads the team with a focus on commercial, corporate, and labour law matters. Counsel Saber Soliman is particularly experienced in representing multinational and local companies in employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ghada El Ehwany

Other key lawyers:

Egypt > Energy Tier 1

Within the oil, gas, and petrochemicals sector Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is involved in high-profile upstream, midstream, and downstream projects, where it assists clients throughout the entirety of the transaction and project process. In terms of power, the firm is experienced in covering all types of technologies and advise on the acquisition, development, operation, and financing of conventional and renewable energy projects. Mohamed Ghannam and Lamyaa Gadelhak co-head the department, with the former bringing to bear a focus on transactional work, major projects and project finance, while Gadelhak is well-versed in finance matters as well as issues surrounding environmental markets and climate change.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Ghannam; Lamyaa Gadelhak

Work highlights

  • Acting for AMEA Power in connection with the development of a 500MW solar plant in Aswan and a 500MW wind farm in Gulf of Suez.
  • Acting for Enjaz Project Management in connection advising on an Integrated Petrochemical Complex Project.
  • Acted as legal counsel to the Egyptian Government, acting through the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) as well as the Ministry of Finance of Egypt, on a landmark power purchase agreement signed with Saudi power and renewable energy company, ACWA Power.

Egypt > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

The projects and infrastructure practice at Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is regularly involved in major transactions, financing, and project developments, where it covers the whole gamut of project-related matters. Structuring, licensing, and investment are as much part of the team’s expertise as the documentation and regulatory issues surrounding complex projects. Key industry sectors that the firm advises on include power, infrastructure, mining, and renewable energy. Mohamed Ghannam and Lamyaa Gadelhak jointly lead the team with particular expertise in the area of project finance.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Ghannam; Lamyaa Gadelhak

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel to a consortium that consists of the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SC Zone) and the Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TESFU) along with private-sector investors in relation to project contracts and for setting up a specialized manufacturing company, the National Egyptian for Railroad Industries Company (NERIC).
  • Advised Hutchison Ports, a world’s leading port network, on its agreement with Egyptian Navy to develop and operate a new commercial container terminal in Abu Qir, Egypt. The total investment value in developing the new terminal is estimated to reach USD 730 million.
  • Acting for El Wady for Phosphate Industries and Fertilizers (WAPHCO) in connection with an agreement with a consortium consisting of Chinese Construction Engineering Company (CSCEC) and WENGFU Group for the construction of a phosphoric acid manufacturing complex project in Abu Tartur, New Valley governorate, at a cost of about USD 842 million.

Egypt > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Embedded into the global network of Baker McKenzie, Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is able to handle complex arbitration disputes through its access to cross-jurisdictional teams. Engineering and construction, oil and gas, post-M&A and other commercial disputes are areas the team advises its often multinational clients on. Of-counsel Hesham Ragab is the key contact and has served as a bench judge in various levels of courts. His practice focuses on dispute resolution and criminal cases. Counsel Saber Soliman is also an expert on contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Hesham Ragab

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Representing a leading Egyptian bank in a labour arbitration case brought by the General Syndicate for Bank Staff claiming differences in employee profit-sharing and allowances and setoffs of a value not estimated, which, if calculated, would amount to 100 million pounds.
  • Representing an international hotel in labour arbitration case filed by the Syndicate of Tourism & Hotels against client in connection employees’ service commission for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 and raising the value of the end of service bonus from 8 months to 12 months.
  • Representing an international hotel in a labour arbitration case filed by  the Syndicate of Tourism & Hotels against client in connection to employees’ (12%) service commission for the years from 2008 to 2013 and profit share for the years from 2011 to 2014.

Egypt > Intellectual property Tier 2

The IP practice at Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) has particular strengths in the enforcement of IP rights. Combating privacy, trademark and copyright infringement, and technology transfers constitute further areas of expertise of the team led by Ghada El Ehwany. The firm’s embedding into the global Baker McKenzie structure allows it to access a vast network across multiple jurisdictions. El Ehwany is experienced in assisting clients at the intersection of IP with TMT as well as corporate and commercial. Associate Milad Fayez covers matters related to dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Ghada El Ehwany

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advising the defendant, an American online video sharing platform in connection with a lawsuit filed by a leading exporting company requesting the suspension of the screening of two Egyptian movies and an Egyptian play which are copyright protected on the client’s web channel and requesting the seizer on any revenue collected from the show.
  • Acting for an Egyptian real estate company regarding a trademark infringement matter.
  • Advising a Media company, the defendant, in connection with the case filed by a company requesting the suspension of broadcasting an artist’s song on the radio channel and on youtube, requesting the seizer on any revenue collected from the show and requesting a compensation. A judgment has been issued in favour of our client.

Egypt > TMT Tier 2

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) provides legal services along the lines of fintech and e-commerce, technology agreements, outsourcing, data security and privacy, digital media and telecommunications. The team is experienced in handling transactions as well as contentious matters for multinational clients, among them Telecom Egypt. Practice head Ghada El Ehwany has recently advised technology and media companies on market entry matters, while Mohamed Barakat is specialised in cross-border transactions and capital market work.

Practice head(s):

Ghada El Ehwany

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Barakat

As market leaders in mergers and acquisitions, project finance and capital markets, we advise clients on some of the most prominent transactions in the Middle East.

Our accomplishments include advising Arab Company for Projects and Urban Developments, a subsidiary of Talaat Moustafa Group Holding, on first sukuk issuance in Egypt with a value of EGP2bn with final maturity at the end of 2024 (“Deal of the Year 2020 by Islamic Finance News (IFN) Awards”). We also advised the Sovereign Fund of Egypt on its investment in an educational platform (Lighthouse) targeted at reinforcing school education in Egypt. We advised the National Service Projects Organization (NSPO) on a strategic joint venture with Grifols, one of the world’s leading producers of plasma-derived medicines. The collaboration is the first ever of its kind and is a significant opportunity to develop the plasma-derivatives program under the President’s Patronage to reach self-sufficiency.

We also advised the Egyptian Government, acting through the Ministry of Finance, on the signing of a USD2bn syndicated financing transaction, which was the first sovereign debt that Egypt has raised from commercial lenders (“Debt Market Deal of the Year 2021 by Asian Legal Business (ALB) Middle East Law Awards, and Commodity Murabahah/Tawarruq Deal of the Year 2020 by Islamic Finance News (IFN) Awards”).

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, The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for banking and finance and M&A. Recently we won Chambers & Partners Middle East Awards Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year in Egypt 2021 and Islamic Finance News (IFN) Awards’ Best Capital Markets Law Firm 2020. With more than 30 years’ experience in the local market, we are also the go-to firm for dispute resolution, intellectual property and technology, media and telecoms. 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.

Please visit https://www.bakermckenzie.com/en/ to know more about our Firm.

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Practicing in Egypt since 1986, our firm is deeply committed to furthering your business interests both within the Middle East and globally. Helmy, Hamza & Partners Baker McKenzie Cairo, is one of the first established international law firms in the Egyptian legal market. Combining in-depth knowledge of local laws with the experience of a global firm, we help you navigate the legal and business landscape in Egypt and worldwide

Please visit https://www.bakermckenzie.com/en/ to know more about our Firm.