Helmy, Hamza & Partners (Baker McKenzie) is one of the oldest established international law firms in the Egyptian legal market. Practicing in Egypt since 1986, the firm is committed to helping clients succeed in Egypt, the Middle East and around the world. We offer clients a cohesive blend of rich local knowledge and broad global experience. We have sophisticated legal capabilities in key areas — including mergers & acquisitions, banking & finance, capital markets and project finance — and extensive experience in structuring, financing and managing multijurisdictional deals. The firm currently employs approximately 45 lawyers who can effectively handle all kinds of transactions and documentation, whether in English or Arabic.
Baker McKenzie help their clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. We solve complex legal problems across borders and practice areas. Our unique culture, developed over 65 years, enables our 13,000 people to understand local markets and navigate multiple jurisdictions, working together as trusted colleagues and friends to instill confidence in our clients.
Rankings & Awards
We were awarded the IFLR Middle East Award: Egypt Law Firm of the Year six times. Recently, we were awarded IFLR Middle East Equity Deal of the Year Award 2017, Project Finance Magazine Awards "Global Multilateral Deal of the Year 2017 and Euromoney Trade Finance Journal Deal of the Year Award 2017.
IFLR 1000 ranked us in Tier 1 for banking, capital markets, M&A and project finance for the years (2009-2018).
Chambers Global has ranked us in Tier 1 for the years (2009-2018) in banking & finance and mergers & acquisitions.
Legal 500 – Europe, Middle East and Africa has ranked us in the top tier in banking & finance, commercial, corporate and M&A, litigation, projects & infrastructure, energy and telecommunications throughout (2009-2018).
What others say
("Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie International) is ‘very well established in the market and has a strong and loyal client base"). Legal 500 EMEA - Banking & Finance, 2018.
("Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie International) stands out for its ‘high standards and in-depth knowledge"). Legal 500 EMEA - Corporate /M&A, 2018.
("Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)’s team provides ‘excellent levels of service and is without question one of Egypt’s premier firms"). Legal 500 EMEA - Employment, 2018.
("Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) advises several leading Egyptian telecoms companies, as well as international technology businesses"). Legal 500 EMEA - Telecoms, 2018.
("Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) excels in the enforcement of IP rights"). Legal 500 EMEA - Intellectual Property, 2018.
(“Excellent practice in various areas - Top quality and responsive”) – IFLR1000 2018.
(“Their finance practice is certainly a jewel in the crown.”) Chambers Global - Banking & Finance, 2017.
(“They are very professional.”) Chambers Global - Corporate/M&A, 2017.
(“The ‘knowledgeable and diligent lawyers’ at Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie International) provide ‘a highly qualified service.”) Legal 500 EMEA - Banking & Finance, 2017.
(“The team at Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie International) gives ‘clear and practical’ advice, which it combines with the ability to draw on the firm’s global network in cross-border deals.”) Legal 500- Corporate and M&A, 2017.
(‘At Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie International), the advice is always on-point and useful.”) Legal 500 EMEA - Dispute Resolution, 2017.
(”Understands what clients and the government require”.) and telecommunications (“Clients are ‘extremely satisfied with the level of service’ from Helmy, Hamza & Partners (Baker McKenzie)” Legal 500 - projects and infrastructure Client review. (”far superior to other firms’, according to one client”.) Legal 500 EMEA- Projects & Infrastructure, 2017
Meeting your needs
Antitrust & Competition
We help secure approvals for mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and can coordinate timely and successful applications for clearance transactions across multiple jurisdictions. We can assist in responding to simultaneous dawn raids and cartel investigations, and help develop business policies compliant with antitrust rules worldwide.
Banking & Finance
We advise sponsors and companies, private equity funds, banks and other financial institutions on project finance, trade finance, real estate finance, acquisition finance, general corporate finance, aircraft and other asset-based finance, as well as Islamic financing transactions.
Considered among the most experienced capital markets teams in Egypt, we have assisted issuers and underwriters in numerous capital market transactions, including IPOs and secondary and takeover bids.
We have assisted the Egyptian Ministry of Finance in issuing most of its sovereign bonds. We also have extensive experience in acting for the issuers and underwriters in commercial bonds.
Commercial Law Investments
We help draft various cooperation agreements, including those for consortium and joint manufacturing, R&D and industrial engineering, service contracts and sub-contracts. Our lawyers also advise on leasehold rights and assist in negotiating commercial leases.
Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
We provide a whole range of corporate law advice, including the formation and structure of corporate entities, public and private mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and strategic alliances, corporate counseling and governance, pre-transaction restructuring, including multinational spin-offs or separation of a division, line of business or other assets into a separate corporate structure, post acquisition integration and post divestiture reorganisation.
Our litigators are seasoned in domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration involving a broad range of industries, services and jurisdictions. Working closely with other practice groups, we develop compliance initiatives and other techniques that help minimise litigation risk.
We advise and assist with employment contracts, noncompetition agreements, stock options, profit-sharing and stock issues, restructuring and collective redundancies, outsourcing, dismissals and reduced working time agreements, employee transfers, site closure and relocations, including applying for resident and work permits for expatriates.
Information, Technology & Communications
We advise on data protection, electronic signatures, e-commerce issues, and relevant intellectual property matters.
Our lawyers have significant experience handling both contentious and non-contentious IP matters. We represent clients in IP-related litigation proceedings, and advise on contract documentation, registration and enforcement of IP rights.
Active in the drafting of local industry laws, our lawyers routinely advise clients on prospective developments in the pharmaceutical and healthcare market. We also act in litigation proceedings involving defective products, IP issues and commercial disputes, among others.
Energy, Mining, and Infrastructure
We advise on all aspects of all project phases, from due diligence and contract review to high level project finance work.
We have significant experience advising master developers, sub-developers, investment funds and Islamic banks on large-scale mixed-use tourism projects, as well as commercial, retail and residential developments.
With direct access to more than 650 tax lawyers, economists and advisers in 37 countries who are in touch with changing laws, practices and dispute resolution techniques, we can help design, implement and defend tax strategies for international operations and transactions.