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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Quick facts:

Number of fee earners: 100 fee earners and 170 employees
Network Memberships: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, Chambre de Commerce Française en Egypte, British Egyptian Business Association, Intellectual Property Rights Association, International Business Association, Energy Law Group
Languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian

Established in 1953, ZH&P is the oldest and largest law firm to be actively – and uninterruptedly – advising foreign and local investors in Egypt. 

Having developed over the years to become a modern partnership firm, ZH&P offers the full range of corporate, business and commercial legal services through over 100 fee-earners and 170 employees – all advocates of professional excellence and integrity in their representation of ZH&P’s clients. The Firm comprises a unique constellation of highly qualified partners and associates as well as a fresh generation of lawyers dually-qualified in Egypt and other jurisdictions. The combined experience of the Firm’s members exceeds 1164 years.

ZH&P has an outstanding track-record in advising on highly complex transactions in the different areas of practice and business sectors such as:

Banking & Finance l Capital Markets (IPOs, Bonds, Securitizations) l Competition & Anti-Trust l Compliance l Corporate & Commercial l Corporate Restructuring l Dispute Resolution (Arbitration & Litigation) l Distribution and Agency l Education l Employment & Labour Law l Energy & Renewables l Engineering & Construction l Franchise l Hospitality & Tourism l Insurance l Intellectual Property l International Foreign Investment l Mergers & Acquisitions l Mining l Oil & Gas l Projects & Infrastructure l Real Estate l Start Ups l Taxation l Telecommunications, Media, and Technology (TMT)

“It (ZH&P) has very high knowledge, is professional with adequate and quick responses.”  IFLR1000 Reviews (Client Feedback) – 2019

“It (ZH&P) has a good understanding of project finance structures, what the lenders are looking for, and a thorough knowledge of the regulatory framework in Egypt.”  IFLR1000 Reviews (Client Feedback) – 2019

"Zaki Hashem is a very well established firm that shows agility in today's changing market." IFLR1000 Reviews (Client Feedback) - Restructuring and Insolvency, 2019

“Clients are extremely positive in their feedback on the firm, one, from an international law firm, says: ‘Zaki Hashem is a safe pair of hands in a difficult jurisdiction. They helped not only with the legal issues, but with navigating a difficult political and regulatory environment””.  IFLR1000 (Client Feedback), 2018

“We have used them on a number of major power financings in Egypt and they were helpful and adept.  They knew the law and the local political scene well and were very well-connected. Very positive overall”.  IFLR1000 (Client Feedback), 2018

“In general ZH&P performed well as expected. They are responsive and usually show good understanding of the legal frame work in Egypt and how it affects PPP/BOO projects”.  IFLR1000 (Client Feedback), 2018

"International standards, structured work, professional network”.  IFLR 1000 (Client Feedback), 2018

“Strong market presence, dedicated team members. Well connected and familiar with all regulators”.  IFLR1000 (Client Feedback), 2018 

”Another client, this time from a pharmaceutical company, says: ‘We are happy with the firm, we have a great relationship and find them to be very professional and proactive. They have a deep understanding of the issues related to our business in Egypt””.  IFLR1000 Reviews, 2017

  • 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


Ms. Ragia Omran, Of Counsel in charge of Finance (and International Debt Capital Markets)

Mr. Sameh Kamal, Partner in charge of Projects & Project Finance

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Special Egyptian Counsel to the Dealers and Joint Lead Managers in the Establishment, two Updates, and eight 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 - 2019).
  • Legal Advisor to the Egyptian Securitization Company’s 7th securitization bond issuance for EGP 1 Billion (backed up by the portfolio of the Corporate Leasing Company Egypt S.A.E. (CORPLEASE)) (2017).  Also advised CORPLEASE in its 6th Securitization Bond Issuance in 2016 (EGP 1.1 Billion), in its 5th Securitization Bond Issuance in 2015 (EGP 802 Million), and in its securitization of EGP 867.6 Million bonds in relation to 190 financial lease agreements for cars, machinery equipment, real estate buildings and land plots in 2014.
  • Advising Canal Sugar Company S.A.E. on a Multicurrency Bridge Facilities Agreement (USD 100,000,000 and EGP 1,200,000,000).
  • Advising BNP Paribas in the Amendment of the EUR 98,497,331 Financing of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company’s Sammanoud and Abo El Matamir Electricity Substations.


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

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Advising El Sewedy Electric Company in the joint venture with The Arab Contractors Company regarding Tanzania’s Rufiji Hydropower Project for USD 3 Billion.
  • Advising Mondi Industrial Bags B.V. in its Euro 24 million Acquisition of the National Paper Products Company S.A.E. and in its Euro 13.6 Million Acquisition of Suez Bags Company S.A.E. 
  • Advising Ray Lab in its USD 70 Billion acquisition of Meta Med.
  • Advising Hewlett Packard in its USD 1.05 Billion acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd’s Printer Business.
  • Advising the Arab Cotton Ginning Company on its split process into two companies with the same shareholders and same amount of shares (Horizontal Split).


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

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Advising the Engineering Company for the Petroleum & Process Industries (ENPPI) in its Contemplated Initial Public Offering.
  • Advising Alexandria Container and Cargo Handling Company S.A.E. on the anticipated Follow-On Offering on EGX for USD 300 Million.
  • Advising El Pharonia Real Estate Investment on the Anticipated Acquisition of 90% of Raya Holding for Financial Investments S.A.E. through Mandatory Tender Offer for EGP 470 Million.
  • Advising Raya Holding in its ca. EGP 1.071 billion Capital Increase.
  • Advising the shareholders of Zahran Group for Households S.A.E. in the joint venture with SEB Internationale.


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

Recent transactional highlights:

  • 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. (2008 – to date).


Dr. Mohammed Gomaa, Senior Partner and Head of the Projects & Infrastructure Department and the Arbitration Department 

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Representing the African Union before the International Court Of Justice in the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius.
  • Representing an educational institution in a dispute with a service provider requesting the termination of a contract.
  • Representing a service provider in a dispute regarding Loyalty Points Management Agreement. 


Mr. Youssef Abou Zeid, Senior Partner and Head of the Litigation Department 

Recent transactional highlights:

  • 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.
  • Representing Total Marketing Egypt in the case filed by a petroleum pipelines company.


Dr. Mohammed Gomaa, Senior Partner and Head of the Projects & Infrastructure Department and the Arbitration Department 

Recent transactional highlights:

  • 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 China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. in the Central Business District Project of the New Capital of Egypt.
  • Advising Majid Al Futtaim Group in its Cooperation with the Government of Egypt towards the Establishment of 100 Carrefour Retail Shopping Malls.


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

Recent transactional highlights:

Advising on three mega projects exceeding the value of US$ 1 Billion, namely:

  • 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.


Recent transactional highlights:

  • 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 

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Representing the majority of international hotel chains in Egypt in the defense against multiple claims by hotel employees.
  • Negotiating and concluding a collective labour agreement between Hilton Waterfalls Resort Sharm El Sheikh and its employees.


Mr. Shaaban Gaballah, Senior Partner 

Recent transactional highlights:

  • 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.

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  • Pharm and life sciences
  • Real estate
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