Omar S. Bassiouny

Matouk Bassiouny - Egypt

Founding Partner – Dubai Office and Head of Corporate and M&A

Cairo

+202 2796 2042 (ext. 191)

Highly regarded

Arabic
English
French


Bar admissions:

Egypt

Jurisdictions:

Egypt

Practice areas:

M&A


“Omar Bassiouny is a very strong lawyer and always available.”

“Omar is extremely responsive and has a long standing depth of experience in heavy hitting corporate matters in Egypt. He clearly understands the Egyptian market and can give advice not only on legal matters, but commercially on how to achieve a given result based on his ability to navigate the market. This ensures that no matter what the question is, I know I will get the answer which will best serve us and that I will get that answer efficiently.” 

Omar S. Bassiouny is the Founding Partner of Matouk Bassiouny. He is consistently ranked in top tiers and bands by legal periodicals in the areas of corporate law and mergers and acquisitions for his considerable expertise in setting-up joint ventures and new projects in Egypt, as well as ensuring compliance with local laws and corporate governance. 

Omar is also Matouk Bassiouny Dubai’s office Managing Partner, where he manages the firm’s offerings in the lines of corporate and M&A work.

Omar is also recognized for his negotiations skills and business sense.

Practice Focus

Omar focuses on all corporate matters including M&A, public takeovers, restructuring and cross-borders transactions. In addition to corporate, Omar has significant experience on all aspects of investing and doing business in Egypt.

  • Representation of Mubadala Petroleum as local counsel in connection with the acquisition of 10 percent stake in the Shorouk concession in Egypt’s Zohr gas field. The instructions included providing legal advices conducting legal due diligence on the Egyptian entities and review the transaction documentation. Transaction value: USD 934 million (closed in March 2018).
  • Representation of Hassan Allam Holding in their acquisition of 60% of the shares of Power Generation Engineering and Services Company S.A.E. being the largest consultancy firm in the region the field of power generation. The instructions included providing legal advices conducting legal due diligence and review the transaction documentation. The transaction value: EGP 420 million (closed in March 2018).
  • Representation of Cairo 3A in connection with the public takeover of the National Company for Maize Products (NCMP). Transaction value EGP 1.47 Billion (closed December 2017).
  • Representation of Maersk Drilling in divestment of its stake in the Egyptian Drilling Company - with market share of 68% - to the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) in an all-cash transaction valued at USD 100 Million. (Closed December 2017).
  • Representation of Neptune Energy Group as local counsel (transaction internationally led by Freshfields Bruckhaus Derigner) in the acquisition of Engie E&P. Significant business acquired by Neptune includes operations in the North Sea of Norway. Matter value: USD 3.9 billion (closed in October 2017).
  • Representation of Canada-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Amoun Pharmaceutical S.A.E. The instructions included transaction structuring, legal due diligence and drafting the transaction documentation. Transaction value: USD 800 Million plus deferred payment.
  • Representation of Abraaj Group in connection with the acquisition of a majority stake in Tiba Educational Group. The instructions included transaction structuring, legal due diligence and drafting the transaction documentation. Transaction value: USD 100 Million plus deferred payment.
  • Representation of AXA Insurance in connection with the acquisition of Commercial International Life S.A.E. The instructions included transaction structuring, legal due diligence and drafting the transaction documentation. Transaction value: EGP 763 Million.

  • Capital markets: Equity
  • Financial restructuring
  • Financial services regulatory
  • Hedge funds
  • Investment funds
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Private equity funds
  • Restructuring and insolvency

  • Banking
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Financial services
  • Food and beverage
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Insurance
  • Investment management
  • Pharma and life sciences

  • Egyptian Bar Association – Member
  • American Chamber of Commerce – Member
  • Egyptian Malaysian Business Council –    Member
  • Egyptian Private Equity Association – Member
  • British Egyptian Business Association – Member   
  • Egyptian Junior Business   Association – Member

  • Licence en Droit, Faculty of Law, Cairo University (1999)
  • Bachelors of Art, Public and International Law, American University Cairo (1998)