Areas of Expertise
We believe that Administrative Law is the “other side of the coin” when it comes to providing legal services to international clients. All interactions with Egyptian government authorities, including the regulatory bodies involve Administrative Law principles coming into play. Orders to de-list stocks from trading, issuance of licenses to operate in a specific activity, granting a concession to run an airport, or declaring a bidder qualified to participate in a bidding for a government owned company are all but
examples of administrative decrees and contracts all governed by Administrative Law.
The Administrative Law domain is one of the characteristics of the Egyptian legal system whereas Egypt maintains a two-jurisdiction judiciary consisting of the ordinary courts and
the administrative courts (the State’s Counsel). Unlike the case with ordinary courts, the State’s Counsel does not rely on a codified law but rather on judicial precedents, administrative custom, general principles of equity in its own context.
Capital Markets &
Our clients include some of largest stock brokerage firms in Egypt whom we assist in carrying out their businesses on issues including regulatory compliance and dispute resolution.
We have also carried out a number of public offerings (Initial and Secondary), including global depository arrangements as well as private placement arrangements.
An area of practice that is relatively new to the Egyptian market introduced only in 2005 with the promulgation of Egypt’s first law on the Protection of Competition and Prevention of Monopolistic Practices. Our Competition Law practice has been one of the
leaders in this area as we have advised a number of clients in various sectors including industrial companies, contractors, suppliers and traders.
We are active in all aspects of Competition Law including litigation, representing clients in negotiations with the regulator, merger control compliance, developing compliance manuals and strategies and conducting anti-trust audits.
Construction & Real Estate
Our dedication to covering all the needs of our clients has resulted in our recent cooperation with one of Egypt's most renowned construction management and claims offices. We now possess the edge of legal and technical expertise, which together would guarantee the maximum benefit for our clients in all phases of their projects. Our clients include some of Egypt's largest real estate development groups, hotel chains, agricultural
developers, construction companies and resorts.
Copyrights, Arts & Entertainment
Our practice is at the heart of the arts and entertainment business. Our clients include Egypt’s largest media group whom we advise on all aspects of their business spanning from Egypt’s first privately owned radio stations, cinema production and distribution companies and several publishing houses.
Corporate Law & Business Establishment
We provide advice and diversified services in the Corporate Law domain and advise clients on aspects pertaining to the rights and obligations relating to their shareholding in Egyptian companies, corporate restructuring, and tax optimization as well as setting up the road maps for complying with corporate governance requirements.
We assist our clients in setting up business entities in Egypt with a specific attention to their intended business field so as to provide them with the optimum solution. We are experienced in setting up companies operating in regulated sectors such as insurance, banking and e-signature certification.
Our services also include assisting in listing and de-listing stocks amending by-laws and implementing employee stock option plans.
Our renowned dispute resolution practice, recommended by a number of independent researchers, includes litigation, arbitration, mediation and simple face to face effective
Government & Regulatory Relations
A key requirement to all investors in Egypt is to be able to navigate and deal with various government agencies for numerous reasons. We have developed and maintained many
excellent relations with various government bodies and regulators which include, without limitation, the National Telecommunication Regulatory Agency, the Industrial Development Authority, the Egyptian Competition Authority, the Egyptian Financial Services Authority, and the General Authority for Free Zones and Investment as well as others.
After the January 25th Revolution we have been very active in settling a number of key disputes between investors and the Egyptian Council of Ministers.
Intellectual Property & Licensing
For a number of our clients such as media and pharmaceutical companies, their Intellectual Property represents their most valuable asset. We guide our clients and represent them in all aspects of managing and maintaining their intellectual property
portfolio whether conducting their activity by themselves or through licensing framework including franchise operations.
Mergers, Acquisitions & Joint Ventures
One of the most dynamic aspects of today's legal practice; we take pride in the number, complexity and quality of deals we have achieved for our clients in this respect. Our recent landmark deals include advising on the Egyptian law side of a multi-jurisdiction, cross-border sale of equity in the Arab World's largest media group. We have also advised on a first of a kind three party shareholders' agreement in light of the recent investment by one of the most progressive glass industry groups from Turkey in Egypt's largest float glass project. In 2016, Marghany has acted for Alstom Holdings in the largest equity sale of the year in which Alstom sold its power generation business to GE.
Oil, Gas & Natural Resources
Our practice advises a number of players in the energy sector including upstream and downstream Oil & Gas operations. In our capacity as legal advisors for the concession holders, we have helped structure and implement the first two concessions ever to be granted for the exploration and exploitation of precious metals in Egypt.
Our experience in this industry goes beyond the mere intellectual property aspects given the heavily regulated nature of this market in Egypt. We have successfully represented and advised a large number of pharmaceutical companies on aspects including mandatory pricing, toll manufacturing, third-party marketing and distribution, exclusive marketing rights and their enforcement.
Telecommunications & Information Technology
We take special pride in our telecommunication practice currently headed by Amir Marghany who, throughout his career, gained the confidence of many key players in the sector. We have advised and represented a number of telecommunication service
providers (operators, ISPs, VARs, VAS providers, data and financial clearinghouses) in regulatory and inter-operator issues; those include licensing, interconnection agreements and relating disputes, end-user disputes, content sharing. We also represent a number of contractors operating in the field of establishing telecom networks’ infrastructure.