Matouk Bassiouny is a leading, full-service MENA law firm headquartered in Cairo, Egypt (Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy). Our Firm has offices in United Arab Emirates (Matouk Bassiouny & Ibrahim) and Sudan (Matouk Bassiouny in association with AIH Law Firm) as well as country desks covering Libya and Algeria.
Our attorneys specialize in advising multinationals, corporations, financial institutions and governmental entities on all legal aspects of investing and doing business in Egypt and the region. Trained both locally and internationally in both civil and common-law systems, our attorneys are fully conversant in English, Arabic and French. We are ideally placed to advice on high profile, high-value complex matters and routinely handle cross-border and international transactions, projects and disputes in the MENA region.
Al Kamel Law Firm was founded in 1978 by Dr. Mohamed Kamel, having its headquarters in Cairo. Since its foundation, Al Kamel Law Firm has grown to be recognized as one of Egypt’s leading independent full-service commercial law firms, and has a reputation of integrity, professionalism and commitment to delivering the highest quality legal services.
Being acquainted with the Egyptian market throughout years of progression of the legal system that the Egyptian market has witnessed; and enjoying the global experience has enabled us to become one of the few prestigious independent law firms that serve domestic, national and international clients and have advised on numerous landmark transactions in Egypt over the past 35 years.
Our broad client base includes many of the leading multinational corporations, banks, financial institutions, government agencies, NGOs and private enterprises operating in a vast range of industries and sectors. Our professional legal minds are well versed in all aspects of laws and procedures covering the full spectrum of industry sectors relating to corporate, commercial law, and finance, in addition to very considerable experience in negotiating, drafting and administrating virtually every kind of major contract including those relating to joint ventures, privatization, loans and other financing arrangements. We provide services in specialist areas such as tax, labor law, arbitration telecommunications and maritime law, adding to an extensive litigation experience in trials. One of our strengths is our team of bilingual senior attorneys who are backed up by a large team of experienced lawyers who have significant international exposure and are well versed in Egyptian law, as well as a team of high caliber paralegals. We provide services to clients in different working languages including, English, Arabic and French.
Al Kamel Law Firm is the preferred partner in Egypt for many law firms worldwide, including some of the world’s most prominent law firms as well as being widely recommended in a number of international directories. We have an open door policy and do not have exclusive arrangements with any firm.
We treat our clients and staff as part of our extended family, and are committed to delivering the highest quality legal services and care to our large client base around the world, whether individuals or corporations. Key aspects of our commitment to our clients include:
Understanding our clients' needs and offering the highest quality value for money legal services;
Providing value added services including:
Informing clients of any changes in law and compliance requirements;
Training in specialist areas such as tax and labor law.
Providing our cross-border clients with local knowledge management, supported by a solid network of public and private sector contacts.
Above all, our track record of success demonstrates that no effort is considered too great when it comes to protecting our clients' interests.
Zulficar & Partners is an international corporate law and arbitration practice firm based in the Nile City Building in the heart of Cairo, Egypt. It mainly specializes in Arbitration, Banking and Project Finance, Construction law and practice, Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Market Procedures and Transactions, Oil & Gas, IT and Telecommunications, Competition Law, Labour law, Tourism & Leisure and Litigation. The firm offers a comprehensive range of legal services to a diverse array of commercial, industrial, and financial clients both in Egypt and internationally
Established in June 2009, the firm now has 11 partners and more than 65 Lawyers, and is continuously expanding to cater for the ever-increasing demand for its leading and high quality services.
As a market leader, and drawing on the unparalleled expertise of its partners and lawyers, the Firm brings to the legal market a blend of exceptional individual and collective skills as well as more than 35 years of legal experience. The Firm prides itself as having star quality lawyers possessing recognized track records in establishing precedents, winning arbitration and litigation cases, introducing innovative products, solutions and structures to the Egyptian Market through their creative and proactive problem solving approach. The firm provide its clients with top quality legal services that cater for their business needs. Possessing a culture of rich values of professional ethics and social responsibility, the firm continuously offers cutting edge spot on advice that distinguishes it and makes a difference for its clients.
The Firm provides a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art legal services for its wide variety of international and domestic clients. It is currently growing at an accelerated pace and has already established itself as a market leader and precedent maker across all sectors and disciplines. The Firm is regularly ranked as a top tier in various practice areas, and its partners are regularly ranked as top tier leading lawyers in world leading directories, including: the Global Arbitration Review (GAR), the Legal 500, the IFLR 1000 and Chambers & Partners Global.
The Firm is founded on the achievements, track record and expertise of its members, and is now perceived as one of the best in the MENA region with a global outreach and international expertise. The Firm prides itself in offering cost-effective and time-efficient services, which are facilitated through leadership and teamwork. The Firm has a specialized department for follow up purposes to ensure providing our clients with timely responses.
The Firm offers comprehensive and impressive bespoke services to a diverse portfolio of national and international commercial, investment, industrial, financial clients as well as States and state-owned entities. It continues to feature in the GAR Guide to top 100 Arbitration Firms worldwide ever since 2015.
The Firm is regularly ranked as a first-tier dispute resolution and arbitration practice with star practitioners such as Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab who heads the Firm’s Arbitration Group and Mr. Mahmoud Shaltout who heads the Firm’s Litigation Group. Furthermore, Chambers & Partners ranked the Firm in 2015 as Band 1 in Banking and Finance and Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, and named Mrs. Mona Zulficar as Star Individual in banking and Finance and Band 1 in Corporate and M&A and Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab as Star Individual in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and Band 1 in Dispute Resolution.
Ever since 2015, the IFLR ranked the Firm as Tier 1 in Banking, Capital Markets, M&A and Project Finance, and acknowledged Mona Zulficar, Ashraf Ihab and Dr. Ingy Badawy as Leading Lawyers. Similarly, Legal 500 ranked the Firm as Tier 1 in Dispute Resolution, Banking and Finance, Corporate, and M&A.
In 2016, The Firm was awarded the IFLR Middle East M&A deal of the year for advising Citibank on the sale of its consumer and retail business to Commercial International Bank.
In 2017-2018, the IFLR ranked the Firm as Tier 1 in Banking, Capital Markets, M&A and Project Finance, and acknowledged Mona Zulficar, Ashraf Ihab, Dr. Ingy Badawy and Anwar Zeidan as Leading Lawyers/ Highly Regarded Lawyers. Similarly, the Legal 500 ranked the Firm as Top Tier in Banking and Finance, Corporate, M&A and Dispute Resolution, naming Ashraf Ihab, Anwar Zeidan, Dr. Ingy Badawy and Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab as Leading Individuals. Recommended lawyers by Legal 500 include Ashraf Ihab in banking and telecoms, Dr. Ingy Badawy, Anwar Zeidan, Dr. Firas El Samad in corporate and M&A, Dr. Firas El Samad in telecoms, Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab in dispute resolution and Mona Zulficar in banking, corporate M&A and telecommunications. Furthermore, Chambers & Partners ranked the Firm in 2017-2018 as Band 1 in Banking and Finance and Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, naming Mona Zulficar as an Eminent Practitioner in Banking and Finance and in Corporate and M&A and Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab as a Star Individual in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration.
In 2017, the Firm was awarded the Global Arbitration Review “Mediterranean or North African international arbitration practice that impressed” at the GAR Ceremony held on 29 March 2017 in Milan, Italy.
In 2018, the Firm was awarded the Thomson Reuters PFI Global Multilateral Project Finance Deal of the Year, for having advised the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) in connection with Egypt’s Solar Program in Benban. The internationally acclaimed Program secured financial closure for 30 solar projects having an aggregate installed capacity of approximately 1600 MW and a total FDI of USD 2.2 Billion, making it the largest solar park in the world, upon completion by the end of 2019.
In 2019, the Firm was awarded the “National Law Firm of the Year” (the most innovative law firm of the year) for Egypt at the IFLR Middle East Awards ceremony held at the Burj El Arab, Dubai, on 16 October 2019, and also was awarded the “Egyptian Leading Dispute Resolution Practice” by Chambers & Partners at the Chambers & Partners Middle East Awards ceremony held at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai, on 13 November 2019. This was in recognition of the Firm’s stellar record of international arbitration cases across the globe and the established track record of winning cases under the laws of many jurisdictions including, but not limited to: Egyptian, English, French, Kuwaiti, Libyan, Omani, Saudi, Syrian and UAE laws.
Sharkawy and Sarhan is focused on the timely delivery of high-quality legal advice. We take a solution-driven approach, and we have a deep understanding of the issues for governmental authorities, financiers, and developers. We appreciate the risks in cross-border transactions, as well as the solutions to best mitigate them. Sharkawy & Sarhan have acted on some of the largest and most complex transactions in the Egyptian market. As an independent law firm, we work with leading international law firms, without a presence in Egypt, to represent clients in different sectors. Through our excellent working relationships with leading local players and international law firms, we provide seamlessly an integrated legal service to our clients. This is complemented by the international mindset of our lawyers, many of whom have benefited from training in international firms. For over a decade, our sector-focused teams have been involved in most big-ticket M&A, power, infrastructure, oil & gas, and banking & finance transactions in Egypt, developing focused expertise while maintaining a strong reputation for efficiency and high standards.
Sharkawy & Sarhan also act as the trusted advisors of the firm’s strategic clients across all corporate, and commercial work. The firm supports its clients on data privacy, cybersecurity, general company law, and corporate procedure, commercial contracts, compliance, and regulatory issues, employment, corporate restructuring, and high-profile disputes.