Zaki Hashem & Partners


23, Kasr El Nil Street
Cairo, 11211

+202 2399 9999

+202 2393 3585

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Managing Partner: Yasser Hashem
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Number of lawyers: +100
Number of partners: 5
Network memberships: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AMCHAM), British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA), Canada Egypt Business Council, Egyptian Capital Market Association (ECMA), Energy Law Group (ELG), Egyptian Private Equity Association (EPEA), French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Egypt (CCIFE)
Languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian

Established in 1953, Zaki Hashem & Partners (ZH&P) is the oldest and largest law firm to be actively – and uninterruptedly – catering to the needs of foreign and local clients in the Egyptian business sector. ZH&P has an outstanding track record in advising clients on highly complex transactions in the different areas of practice.

The Firm was founded by the late Dr. Zaki Hashem (1920 - 2014) - former Cabinet Minister and a leading renowned international Attorney at Law and Arbitrator specialized in Oil & Gas and International Private Law. Over the years, the Firm developed into a modern partnership firm providing the full range of corporate legal services to both local and international clients through approx. 100 fee earners and 170 employees – all advocates of professional excellence and integrity in their representation of ZH&P’s clients.

ZH&P comprises a unique constellation of highly qualified lawyers who had joined the Firm as early as the 1970s such as Ms. Hala Hashem (joined in 1980) and Mr. Sameh Khodeir (joined in 1982) – who were mentored by highly prominent lawyers such as the late Dr. Zaki Hashem and the late Mr. Mohamed Mahmoud Ibrahim. The wealth of experience of ZH&P’s members emanates from the unique mixture of senior associates, partners, and of counsels with individual experience records exceeding 40, 30 and 20 years. This long professional record allows H&P’s younger team members to tap on a wealth of knowledge transferred to them through the mentorship of highly experienced attorneys.

Furthermore, Mr. Yasser Hashem, ZH&P’s Managing Partner, brings aboard over 30 years of experience in the inception of the private provisions of the telecom services in Egypt, the privatization of hundreds of public entities, the incorporation of foreign and domestic companies and advising foreign and local investors on the most efficient vehicles and structures for implementing their investment in Egypt. He has also overlooked and managed a large number of IPOs and capital market transactions.

Also on board is a fresh generation of lawyers who are dually-qualified in Egypt and other jurisdictions - and who were recipient of knowledgeable experience at international law firms – such as: Ms. Arig Ali (a Partner qualified in both the UK and the Egyptian Courts of Appeal and who has joined ZH&P in 2013 after considerable exposure at an international law firm), Mr. Yasir El Akhdar and Mr. Hossam Hafez (Partners qualified both in Egypt and in New York), and Mr. Tarek El Erian (Senior Associate also qualified in Egypt and in New York).

In Egypt’s highly intricate legal system, this unique team combination represents an unequaled asset that places ZH&P as the sole law firm having deep solid roots in the local market while applying a strong legal and business vision – both meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of local and international clients alike.

ZH&P’s accumulated experience has allowed the Firm to deepen its roots in the Egyptian legal community and to enlarge its on-the-ground presence at all relevant government authorities in Egypt. Empowered through its solid connections, ZH&P adeptly provides accurate real-time advice and expertly contrives innovative commercial and legal solutions to issues facing companies conducting businesses in Egypt.

Asset finance

  • Banking
  • Capital markets: Debt
  • Capital markets: Equity
  • Capital markets: Derivatives
  • Competition
  • Investment funds
  • Islamic finance
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Private equity funds
  • Project development
  • Project finance
  • Real estate finance
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Securitisation
  • Structured finance/securitisation
  • Trade finance


Ms. Ragia Omran, Of Counsel in charge of Banking & Finance (and International Debt Capital Markets)
Mr. Sameh Kamal, Partner in charge of Projects & Project Finance

Recent examples of experience:

  • Advising UK Export Finance and JPMorgan in the ca. EUR 1.885 billion loan granted to the National Authority for Tunnels towards the construction of two monorail lines in Cairo.
  • Advising ANOPC and ASORC (as borrowers) in the USD 727.52 million Financial Facility Agreement covered by sovereign guarantee from the Government of Egypt.
  • Advising the Cotton & Textile Industries Holding Company in the Euro 540 million Facility Agreements from SACE S.p.A. and the Swiss Export Risk Insurance.
  • Advising EVERGROW for Specialized Fertilizers SAE in the USD 386.9 million Long Term Syndicate Facility for financing new projects, capital expenditures and settlement of outstanding debts.
  • Advising the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company SAE in the USD 56 million Green Bonds Refinancing of Benban solar energy project.
  • Advising Madinet Nasr for Housing and Development in the EGP 750 million (approx.. USD 47.7 million) sale and leaseback from EFG Hermes.
  • Advising Bank of Communications Co., Ltd. Hong Kong Branch in the USD 37.5 million loan granted to finance a Boeing aircraft.

Mr. Yasser Hashem, Managing Partner and Head of the Corporate, M&A, Capital Markets, and TMT Departments

Recent examples of experience:

  • Special Egyptian Counsel to the Dealers and Joint Lead Managers in the Establishment, updates, and Issuances of the Arab Republic of Egypt’s USD 20 Billion Global Medium Term Note Programme. The Dealers and Joint Lead Managers consisted of: Banca IMI S.p.A. UK, BNP Paribas UK, Citigroup Global Markets Limited UK, Deutsche Bank AG UK, First Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC, Goldman Sachs International UK, HSBC Bank plc UK, J.P. Morgan Securities Plc UK, Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc UK, the National Bank of Egypt, Natixis, and Standard Chartered Bank UAE. (2015 – to date)
  • Advising the Joint Lead Managers in the USD 750 Million issuance of Green Bonds by the Arab Republic of Egypt (First green bonds issuance in Egypt and the region).
  • Advising on the recent initial public offerings of: e-Finance for Digital and Financial Investments SAE (through a Secondary Offering), Macro Group Pharmaceuticals, and Ebtikar Holding for Financial Services SAE.
  • Acting as the sole legal counsel in the capital increase of Otis Elevator Egypt SAE with an amount of EGP 37 million.
  • Advising CORPLEASE in its 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th Securitizations by the Egyptian Securitization Company (as issuer of an asset backed securitization portfolio of a financial leasing receivables pool originated by CORPLEASE). (2014 – 2021)

Mr. Yasser Hashem, Managing Partner and Head of the Corporate, M&A, Capital Markets, and TMT Departments

Recent examples of experience:

  • Advising Aldar Ventures International Holdings RSC Limited and Gamma Forge Limited in the EGP 6.1 billion (USD 386.8 million) acquisition (through Mandatory Tender Offer) of the capital of Sixth of October for Development and Investment (SODIC) SAE
  • Advising Raya Holding to acquire or sell its shares in Haier Raya Electric SAE through a Russian roulette mechanism (Egypt).
  • Advising German Auto in its joint venture and shareholders agreement with AlSafy Automotive for the restructuring of Global Auto SAE & Advising Global Auto SAE in the acquisition of BATC.
  • Advising EBRD on its investment with other co-investors in acquiring GlobalCorp for Financial Services SAE.
  • Advising Hewlett Packard in its USD 1.05 Billion acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s Printer Business.
  • Advising on the EGP 11 billion merger of Evergrow for Specialized Fertilizers SAE with five sister companies.
  • Advising ALSTOM on a multimillion US dollar internal restructuring process.


Mr. Yasser Hashem, Managing Partner and Head of the Corporate, M&A, Capital Markets, and TMT Departments

Recent examples of experience:

  • Advising Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications S.A.E. in acquiring all local mobile and international wholesale interconnection agreements, fixed licenses and international gateway licenses within the unified licensing regime.
  • Advising NxtVn (Finland) in its Joint Venture Agreement with Silicon Waha for the creation of Data Center parks throughout Egypt and with Telecom Egypt for the creation of the first Data Centers in the Data Center Parks.
  • Advising Global Peering Exchange LTD (GPX) since its incorporation in 2005 regarding all legal and telecom regulatory matters in Egypt. ZH&P assisted GPX in obtaining the first and only Data Centrer license in Egypt enabling GPX to offer 99.999% Service Level Agreements to its clients. ZH&P supported GPX in solving all pending disputes with Telecom Egypt – thus enabling GPX to open its second Tier IV Data Centre Cairo. ZH&P negotiated a new Data Centre Framework for the Data Centres’ industry in Egypt. This new Framework enabled all Data Centres including GPX to become wholesale providers of Telecom Services and to offer its clients competitive pricing.
  • Acting as the Legal counsel to Fawry for Banking & Payment Technology Services (Fawry) - a leading company in the field of information technology and electronic payment through a variety of network including ATMs, mobile wallets, commercial outlets and online payment - since its existence in Egypt in 2008 and advised on all legal, licensing and regulatory matters.


Mr. Mohamed Kamal, Partner and Head of the Arbitration Department

Recent examples of experience:

  • Representing an Egyptian-based petroleum company in arbitration cases over alleged illegal breaches of contractual terms.
  • Representing a major natural gas supply company in a USD 10.5 million dispute ended by settlement before CRCICA.
  • Representing a leading distributor of home appliances in the ICC arbitration regarding the breach of contractual obligations under a distribution agreement.
  • Representing an international hotel management company in mediation proceedings regarding a centralized services agreement and hotel management agreement – administered by the International Chamber of Commerce.
  • Representing a global medical supplier in a USD 5.1 million dispute before the International Chamber of Commerce over a supply and services agreement.
  • Representing an international biomedical company and an Egyptian electronics company in an arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce with one of the world's largest technology companies.


Mr. Omar Abou Elenain, Senior Partner and Head of the Litigation Department

Recent examples of experience:

  • Advising Centamin Egypt through handling the litigation services related to a claim raised before the State Council court to request the annulment of a concession agreement for the exploration and exploitation of gold granted to Pharaoh Gold Mines NL.
  • Advising the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the dispute regarding Omar Effendi Debt for USD 35 Million.
  • Representing the Arab Bank in a Case of invalidity regarding the ownership of a building that is currently the headquarters of the Bank for EGP 400 million.
  • Representing Pepsi Cola Egypt in the case filed against a sugar supplier.
  • Advising Mota Group (Portugal) in its legal claim against its agent in Egypt resulting from transactions and a trade agency agreement.
  • Representing the Arab Bank in its defense in the EGP 368 million case filed by an Insurance Company over a compensation related to a fire.


Mr. Sameh Khodeir, Senior Partner in charge of Oil & Gas
Mr. Yasser Hashem, Managing Partner and Head of the Corporate, M&A, and Capital Markets Departments

Recent examples of experience:

  • Advising Fortescue Future Industries on the green hydrogen project in Egypt.
  • Advising RATP DEV on the Operation and Maintenance of Cairo Metro Line 3.As a member of the SYSTRA Consortium, advising the Government of Egypt on the design and procurement (EPC) of the USD 8 billion High Speed High Speed Railway Project connecting Ain Sokhna to New Alamein City.
  • Advising Antipollution Egypt SAE on Port Reception Facilities & Waste Management Contract with Suez Canal Authority.
  • Advising the National Authority for Tunnels on the termination of an advisor engaged on Cairo Metro Line 4 Project.


Mr. Sameh Khodeir, Senior Partner and Head of the Oil & Gas Department

Recent examples of experience:

  • Advising INVP, from construction to hand-over, on the Second Nuclear Research Reactor and Radioisotopes Projects.
  • Advising on the implementation of Union Fenosa’s Damietta Project - the first LNG project in Egypt.
  • Advising Middle East Oil Refinery (MIDOR) on the Project Financing for the Modernization, Upgrade and Expansion of a New Refinery.
  • Representing the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in supporting the EETC in the design and implementation of Egypt’s first solar auction program.
  • Advising Infinity-e on the Anticipated Implementation of Public Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles in Cooperation with Several Developers in Egypt.
  • Advising the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company in its EPC Contract with the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) within the Egyptian-Saudi Linkage Project.
  • Advising ENGIE in the 262.5 MW Windfarm Project in the Gulf of Suez.


Mr. Omar Abou Elenain, Senior Partner and Head of the Litigation Department

Recent examples of experience:

  • Representing one of the world's seven Oil & Gas supermajors in a number of cases filed by former employees.
  • Representing the majority of international hotel chains in Egypt in the defense against multiple claims by hotel employees.
  • Advising Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications in cases filed by former employees.
  • Negotiating and concluding a collective labour agreement between Hilton Waterfalls Resort Sharm El Sheikh and its employees.
  • Representing Nakhla Tobacco Company (JTI) in the case filed by employees in a dispute over annual profit disbursement.
  • Representing Real Estate Development Fund Company (Nemow) in the case regarding its clearance from compensating for salary tax.


Mr. Shaaban Gaballah, Senior Partner in charge of Real Estate

Recent examples of experience:

  • Advising El Canal Sugar Company on the USD 1 billion Agricultural and Industrial Beet Sugar Project in Egypt.
  • Advising the Egyptian Countryside Development Company (Al-Reef Al-Masry for Development) in the National Project for Reclaiming and Cultivating 1.5 million Feddans.
  • Advising Damietta Furniture Company in the Establishment of a new Industrial Furniture City at Damietta Governorate for SMEs and Strategic Industrial Investors.