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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Arabophone Africa

Our Arabophone North Africa practice provides legal advice across Egypt, Libya and Sudan. 

Our dedicated Arabophone North Africa Group is based in our offices in the Middle East and consists of lawyers fluent in English, Arabic and French.

Genuine on-the-ground experience in Egypt

Our team is well versed in the Egyptian business landscape having advised both local Egyptian clients as well as international clients on their interests in Egypt. Our solid track record across a wide range of sectors and specialisms, combined with our excellent relationships with leading Egyptian law firms, sees us appointed on the most complex and innovative deals in the country.

We have relevant experience in Egypt in a variety of industries (banking, energy and natural resources, infrastructure, private equity, telecoms) and across a full range of legal services (from project finance to capital markets, lending, Islamic Finance, private equity and corporate/M&A, dispute resolution).

As part our African Counsel Initiative, we maintain robust, close relations with the most prominent Egyptian law firms, ensuring that our clients benefit from the best Egyptian law advice for a particular matter, combined with our own local experience and international expertise.

 

Our core areas of focus across Arabophone North Africa

Projects

Our experience includes advising:

Dispute Resolution

Our experience includes:

  • Representing a Kuwaiti investor in an ICSID claim for breaches of BIT arising out of a unilateral increase in gas price and cancellation of free zone license (resulting in tax increase) by the Egyptian Government.
  • Advising on the dispute resolution structure and enforcement issues in the US$1.4 billion purchase of an Egyptian fertiliser plant

 

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Directory and client comments

  • "Clifford Chance is one of the most often seen international firms in Egypt."
    Clifford Chance […] is particularly noted for its expertise in renewables, with experience representing project sponsors in major wind and solar projects. The firm is also experienced in assisting with petrochemical and infrastructure projects.
    Chambers Global – Projects & Energy – Egypt (Expertise based abroad), 2022
  • Clifford Chance is a formidable international law firm with a longstanding commitment to Egypt. […] strength in a broad variety of corporate transactions, including M&A mandates, capital markets matters and strategic joint ventures.
    Chambers Global – Corporate/M&A – Egypt (Expertise based abroad), 2022
  • "They are very knowledgeable – there is no question they can’t answer."
    Chambers Global – Projects & Energy – Egypt (Expertise based abroad), 2021

Awards

  • Renewables Middle East and Africa Deal of the Year for 2019 – West Bakr onshore wind farm, Egypt – Infrastructure Investor Awards
  • Global Multilateral Deal of the Year 2017 – Phase 2 FiT program, Egypt – PFI Awards
  • Telecom Deal of the Year 2016 – Etisalat Misr Syndicated Facility, Egypt – IJ Global Awards
  • Infrastructure and Project Finance Deal of the Year for 2015 – Egyptian EGP1.8 billion Islamic financing for Al Sharkeya Sugar Manufacturing – Islamic Finance News Awards
  • North Africa Consumer Deal of the Year for 2014 – Actis' US$102 million acquisition of a 30% stake in Edita Food industries – Private Equity Africa Awards

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