12 Mohamed Ali Genah Street
Garden City
Cairo, 11519

+202 2796 2042

+202 2795 4221

Key contacts:

Founding Partner; Group Head of Corporate and M&A: Omar S. Bassiouny
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Founding Partner; Group Head of Dispute Resolution: F. John Matouk
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Partner; Co-Head of Capital markets and Corporate and M&A: Tamer El Hennawy
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Regional Managing Partner; Group Head of Finance & Projects: Mahmoud S. Bassiouny
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Quick facts:

Number of lawyers: 200+
Number of partners: 33
Network memberships: GGI, Meritas, TerraLex
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Korean

Matouk Bassiouny was established in 2005 and has since developed into a premier full-service business law firm in Egypt, and the MENA region. We pride ourselves on our people as well as on the strong and long-lasting relationships we have built with our corporate and institutional clients over the years. We also deeply value the bonds and synergies we have formed with numerous tier-one international law firms with whom we routinely team up in providing our clients the highest level of legal services in the most significant, high-value and sensitive transactions, projects, and projects disputes in Egypt and the region.

Trained both locally and internationally in both civil and common law systems, our lawyers are fully conversant in English, Arabic and French. We are ideally placed to advise on high-profile, high-value complex matters.

  • Asset finance
  • Banking
  • Capital markets: Debt
  • Capital markets: Derivatives
  • Capital markets: Equity
  • Capital markets: High yield
  • Competition
  • Covered bonds
  • Financial restructuring
  • Financial services regulatory
  • Hedge funds
  • Investment funds
  • Islamic finance
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Private equity funds
  • Project bonds
  • Project development
  • Project finance
  • Real estate finance
  • Real estate funds
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Securitisation
  • Structured finance/securitisation
  • Trade finance

Founding Partner; Head of Corporate and M&A
Omar S. Bassiouny

Founding Partner; Head of Dispute Resolution
F. John Matouk

Partner; Co-Head of Capital Markets and corporate and M&A
Tamer El Hennawy

Regional Managing Partner; Head of Finance & Projects
Mahmoud S. Bassiouny

  • Representation of Deutsche Bahn International Operations GMBH and Elsewedy Electric in connection with the operation and maintenance agreement signed with the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) for Egypt’s first electric high-speed rail for 15 years. This project strengthens Egypt’s aim of having environmentally friendly public transport and establishing an interconnected network across the country (2023).
  • Representation of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) - a leading state-owned company operating in the fertilizers industry in UAE in connection with:

(a) Its joint venture with the fertilizer and ammonia arm of OCI (including among others Egyptian Fertilizer Company “EFC” and Egyptian Basic Industries Corporation “EBIC”) with a value of around USD 5 billion; and
(b) The acquisition of 33.3% stake in Al Ruwais Fertilizers Company held by Total. Transaction value: USD 400 million.
(c) The IPO of its retail and distribution division, ADNOC Distribution PJSC.
(d) The acquisition of a 50% stake in TotalEnergies Marketing Egypt LLC “TTE”. Transaction value: confidential (2023).

  • Representation of Saint-Gobain in connection with its acquisition of IDP for Chemicals S.A.E. Transaction value: confidential (2023).
  • Representation of DTS Solution in connection with the sale of a majority stake to Beyon Cyber part of the Beyon Group which is a milestone for BC in realizing its security goals and expanding its regional influence as a cybersecurity provider. Transaction value: confidential (2023).
  • Representation of Blnk in connection with the securitization of bonds issuance through a multi-issuance program totaling EGP 2 billion, over a three-year period, including the first issuance of 202 million (2022).
  • Representation of Halan Consumer Finance in connection with a Securitization transition (first issuance of a multi-issuances program of an amount of EGP 3 billion throughout program 3). Conducting a legal due diligence of the portfolio of securitized notes, issuing legal opinion on the validity and enforceability of the Transaction and its legal documentation and submitting documents required by FRA. Transaction Value: EGP 978 million (2022).
  • Representation of DPI - a leading private equity firm with a focus on African investments - in connection with the sale of DPI’s indirect minority stake in B.Tech to Saudi Egyptian Investment Company (“SEIC”), The Saudi Public Investment Fund (“PIF”)’s Egyptian investment arm. Transaction value: confidential (2022).
  • Representation of British International Investment in connection with its acquisition and joint venture with DP World to undertake a long-term investment concerning the Sokhna Port – a multi-purpose logistical port with technological capabilities of handling all kinds of solid and liquid shipments – Transaction value USD 1.7 billion (2022).
  • Representation of Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) in connection with their acquisition of major minority stakes in four Egyptian Exchange-listed companies through its investment arm the Saudi Egyptian Investment Company. Transaction value: confidential (2022).
  • Representation of Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company (ADQ) in connection with their acquisitions of part of the equity of the following Egyptian Exchange-listed companies: Commercial International Bank Egypt S.A.E, Fawry for Banking Technology and Electronic Payment S.A.E, Alexandria Container and Cargo Handling Co. S.A.E, Misr Fertilizers Production Co (MOPCO) S.A.E and Abu Qir Fertilizers & Chemical Industries Co. S.A.E. Transaction value: confidential (2022).
  • Representation of TCI Sanmar Chemicals S.A.E. in connection with the private placement of the company’s Non-Convertible Debentures (“NCDs”) to nine foreign banks through the conversion of 15% of the total debt of TCI Sanmar into a number of 2,353,967 NCDs amounting to USD 117,698,350. This transaction sets a precedent in Egypt’s capital markets market (2022).
  • Representation of TSFE Infrastructure & Utilities Sub Fund, the General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone, the New Renewable Energy Authority, and the Egyptian Electricity transmission (the Sponsors) in connection with the negotiation of framework agreements entered into separately with 9 reputable developers to develop facilities comprised of; renewable energy power plants, a green hydrogen ammonia manufacturing facility, and storage tanks to approx.. USD 83 billion (2022).
  • Representation of Agence Française De Développement (AFD) in connection with the financing of three separate bilateral agreements extended to the National Bank of Egypt, Banque Misr, and Banque Du Caire of approximately EUR 150 million (2022).
  • Representation of Tasaheel in connection with a Securitization transition (second issuance of a multi-issuances program of an amount of EGP 13 billion). Conducted legal due diligence on the portfolio of securitized bonds, drafting the Information Memorandum and the associated Agreements. issuing legal opinion on the validity and enforceability of the Transaction and its legal documentation and submitting documents required by FRA. Transaction Value: EGP 2.692 billion (2022).
  • Representation of National Printing in connection with issuing a mandatory tender offer for 100% of the total share capital Dar El Shorouk, and delisting of its shares from EGX. Transaction value EGP 975 million (2021).
  • Representation of a syndicate of banks including: FAB, CIB, Arab Bank, AAIB in connection with a facility of up to USD 1.3 billion for the construction and development of Cairo Festival City Mall extension (2021).
  • Representation of Eni in connection with advising on UAE law matters particularly, the key component of the Share Purchase Agreement such as the representation and warranties and closing mechanics, as well as, carrying out a full-fledged due diligence exercise on ADNOC Refining, addressing instrumental real estate issues related to the participation of a foreign investor on a government owned company. We also advised on the transaction documentation, including the Share Purchase Agreement, Disclosure Letter, Shareholders Agreement, fiscal letter and ancillary real estate documents. Transaction value: USD 3.3 billion (2021).
  • Representation of CDC Group Plc, Development Partners International and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with acquiring 99.6% of Adwia Pharma. Transaction value: USD 200 million (2020).

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  • Construction and materials
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Food and beverage
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Media
  • Investment management
  • Insurance
  • Natural resources
  • Mining
  • Pharm and life sciences
  • Oil and gas
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Utilities
  • Transport
  • Tourism
  • Real estate
  • Automotive

Matouk Bassiouny UAE
Office 601, Maze Tower, Sheik Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE
T: +(971) 4289 2159
F: +(971) 4330 1091

Matouk Bassiouny in association with SH-Avocats
1 bis, Chemin des Glycines, Algiers, Algeria
T: +(213) 21 239 723
F: +(213) 21 239 723

Matouk Bassiouny in association with AIH Law Firm
Khartoum South, Plot No. 3, Block No. 1/KH., Khartoum, Sudan
T: +(249) 183 483344
F: +(249) 183 486090