Al Kamel Law Office is one of only 4 independent firms that it ranks in all the practice areas it covers. Read full editorial
Al Kamel Law Office Is one of only 4 firms, and 3 independent firms, recommended in the top 2 tiers of all categories. Its editorial says:“Al Kamel enters the second tier in all three categories this year, after recommendations from its peers and clients. "It is a very competent firm," said a rival. "It has worked on some real big transactions over the year and has proven itself in the market." Read full editorial
Legal 500 identifies Al Kamel Law Office as one of Egypt's 4 leading firms and recommends it in 8 out of 9 practice areas. Read full editorial
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Al Kamel Law Office is one of the 3 highest ranked firms in Egypt and the firm is individually recommended in Corporate M&A; Competition & Anti-Trust and Dispute Resolution.
Al Kamel Law Office is one of only 4 independent firms that it ranks in all the practice areas it covers, including Corporate M&A, Banking & Finance and Dispute Resolution.
- For Corporate M&A: "Kamel Law Office has cultivated a broad reputation as "one of the top - rated practices. The 40 "high - calibre" lawyers are active in hotels, oil and gas and aircraft law, providing "pragmatic, down-to-earth advice." The key figure is Mohamed Kamel, one of the most recognisable lawyers at the Egyptian Bar. His son, Rasheed Kamel, enjoys growing international experience. Global clients include Microsoft and Credit Agricole Indosuez. Already a superb arbitration outfit."
- For Banking & Finance: "The Firm: In an ever more competitive market, Al Kamel has picked up an increasing amount of work for local companies, while retaining its base of high profile clients. The workload has grown especially in the areas of private equity and finance. Clients have been particularly impressed with the team's work on cross-border transactions, praising it for "providing an excellent service on difficult issues and instilling complete confidence." The Lawyers: Mohamed Kamel has for many years been "a capable and solid presence" at the firm. He led the team in advising a consortium of local and international banks on granting a loan facility to the sponsors of a USDI1.8 billion LNG project. Under his tutelage, his son Rasheed Kamel has been heavily involved in recent deals. His enthusiasm, together with a "quick and helpful attitude," wins him much praise and has raised his profile. Clients/Work Highlights: As well as working on a USD45 Million aircraft financing, the team has represented such important clients as EFG-Hermes Private Equity and Morgan Stanley."
- For Dispute Resolution: "The Firm: Continuing its high-quality litigation and arbitration work, Al Kamel Law Office also represents high profile clients in the areas of aviation and IP rights. Regularly instructed by a number of international firms to address aspects of dispute resolution in Egypt, the outfit enjoys a solid profile in the field. The Lawyers: Mohammed Kamel is lauded as an important figure in arbitration. Rasheed Kamel benefits from increase exposure to this field and has been recognised as a promising attorney with a bright future.
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"Al Kamel enters the second tier in all three categories this year, after recommendations froms its peers and clients. 'It is a very competent firm,' said a rival. 'It has worked on some real big transactions over the year and has proven itself in the market.'
Clients were also complimentary: "The firm is very good; the lawyers are top quality in relation to the emerging markets and I would recommend Mohamed Kamel, Tamim Foda and Rasheed Kamel," said one, adding: "They are an effective team of lawyers."
Rasheed Kamel was repeatedly singled out for praise, with one client describing him as a "skilful lawyer and an ideal team player".
The firm was retained to act as the legal counsel to Etisalat Misr in its E£10 billion (€1.29 billion) long-term refinancing for its existing bridge facility. It also advised ABN Amro in its €111 million mixed credit facility to the National Bank of Egypt and guaranteed by the Central Bank of Egypt, as part of the Zafarana wind energy project.
Private equity is beginning to make more of an impact in Egypt and Al Kamel has been actively involved in this new development. It advised EFG Private Equity and other shareholders in repect to the $50 million alliance between Galva Metal and Kadneel Steel.
It continued working for Johnson & Johnson in its global acquisition of some of the products from Pfizer in Egypt in 2006. Another significant deal it worked on was Saint - Gobain Weber's acquisition of a controlling stake in a paint and chemical company. It advised the same client in a joint venture with a float glass production line in Egypt.
Al Kamel acted also as legal counsel for the Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa in its acquisition of an Egyptian company in the Gulf of Suez.
With Indian and Chinese companies showing interest in Egypt, Al Kamel gained a few clients from these countries as well. For example, it acted for China Shipping in its $40 million investment in the Damietta International Ports Co for the construction of a container terminal in Damietta.
Among its other instructions from east Asia, the firm acted for South Asian Petrochem, an Indian company, with respect to a polyethylene terephtalate resin project in Egypt. Another Indian company it advised was Essar Group, with respect to its Egyptian oil refinery. Finally, it was consulted by Philip Morris in relation to the tobacco company's operations in Egypt.”
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- Banking and finance: "Lead partners Mohoud Wahba, Mohamed Kamel, Tamin Foda and Rasheed Kamel are the core of Al Kamel Law Office's well -regarded banking team. In addition to undertaking a range of sophisticated banking work, the firm is among few with genuine aviation finance expertise. Of note in the latter sector, the firm advised, alongside White & Case, the EBRD on a US$45m financing which involved entities in Egypt, France, Russia, China and the Cayman Islands.”
- Corporate and M&A: "Al Kamel advises a wide range of multinationals, including Procter & Gamble, Xerox and Microsoft on general commercial matters, including specialist areas like labour law (under Moustafa Moustafa) and tax. Recent M&A activity by the firm includes advising the Juhayna Group, a dairy products manufacturer on the acquisition of a competitor, and advising French cement manufacturer, Vicat on a €22m shareholding in Sinai Cement.”
- Dispute Resolution Dr Mohamed Kamel of Al Kamel Law Office sits as an arbitrator and also leads an impressive commercial practice. At the same firm, Abu Hosny handles litigation before the courts in matters which include representing Boeing in proceedings relating the crash of of Egypt Air Flight 990 in 1999. The firm has also acted for the Northrop Grumman Corporation first on a mediation and then on an arbitration with an Egyptian company owned by the government. Other matters include acting for Agypetco Oil and Gas in the Egyptian court and also at an ICC arbitration in Paris.”
- Oil & Gas: "The Al Kamel Law Office has significant oil and gas client base and advises on a wide range of issues. Recent matters include acting as local counsel to the European Investment Bank (EIB) and a syndication of international and local banks on a loan facility to the sponsors of an LNG project in Egypt. The firm also advised Gaz de France International on the negotiation of a concession with the Egyptian government.”
- Projects and Infrastructure: "Al Kamel is frequently involved in major projects. Currently these include acting as local counsel to the EIB plus a syndicate of domestic and international banks as sponsors of a US$1.8bn LNG project. The firm also recently advised Electricité de France on a BOOT project with the Egyptian government. Other clients include the Alstom group, which the firm is advising in relation to electrical power stations in Egypt.”
- Shipping: "Al Kamel Law Office has a dedicated shipping office in Alexandria. In addition to pure shipping work, the firm also advises on ship and aircraft finance. Particular matters the office has handled recently include advising Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as local counsel on a construction contract for a vessel for the Suez Canal Authority. The firm is also advising the EBRD on a US$45m aircraft financing transaction.“