- Why Egypt?
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- Soliman, Hashish & Partners
This guide is prepared by:
Founding Partner at Soliman, Hashish & Partners
Managing Director and Founder of TELELAWS
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Mohamed Hashish has over 10 years of experience in all areas of Corporate, M&A, Restructuring, Banking & Finance, Telecoms & Media, E-commerce and Public Private Partnership..
Member of the Egyptian Bar Association
- International Trade Law Postgraduate Course, United Nations’ International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization under the auspices of University of Turin (Italy), University of Fribourg (Switzerland), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the World Trade Organization (WTO), International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), Turin, Italy, 2010.
- LL.B, Helwan University, Faculty of Law, Cairo, Egypt, 2004.
Hashish’s relevant experience includes:
M&A and Restructuring:
Handled M&A and restructuring transactions and prepared a large number of legal due diligence reports on leading Egyptian companies working on the fields of banking, financial services, real estates, cement, petroleum, oil refinery, franchise, chemical, steel fabrication, food industries telecoms, soft drinks, yeast and glass manufacturing such as the following transactions:
- Recently advised COCA COLA BOLTING BOTTLING COMPANY with respect to its acquisition of Crush, which is the commercial agent of Schweppes in Egypt;
- Recently advised INFRAMED with respect to an investment in the Egyptian Refinery Company, the value of this transaction Value is USD 100,000,000. It is worth noting that Clifford Chance (Dubai) acted as international legal counsel in this transaction;
- Advised MIDDLE EAST GLASS, a listed company in the Egyptian Stock Exchange, with respect to its acquisition of one of leading glass manufacturing companies “Wadi Glass”;
- Advised ENERGYA POWER & TELECOMS SOLUTIONS on restructuring issues in connection with business in Egypt, Malta and Algeria;
- Advised one of the leading listed pharmaceutical companies in Egypt on restructuring its business in Egypt as well as establishment of a complex structure outside Egypt in Malta and the Netherlands;
- Recently advised AHLI UNITED BANK in Kuwait with respect to its acquisition of one of leading banks in Egypt. It is worth noting that Slaughter & May acted in this transaction as international legal counsel;
- Advised PALM HILLS DEVELOPMENTS, a listed company in the Egyptian Stock Exchange, with respect to restructuring of its business in Egypt;
- Advised EL SEWEDY ELECTRIC with respect to restructuring of its business in Egypt; and
- Assisted in advising PEPSICO with respect to its acquisition of Bati Food Company.
Banking & Finance:
- Advised, amongst other, THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK OF THE UNITED STATES, KOREA EXIMBANK AND KOREA TRADE INSURANCE CORPORATION in connection with a proposed petrochemical project financing transaction with a total value of approx. USD 4,000,000,000 (four billion U.S. Dollars). It is worthy to note that Mayer Brown acts as international legal counsel to said clients;
- advised CIRCLE OIL PLC with respect to a contemplated senior facility of up to USD 100,000,000 to be granted by IFC;
- advised one of the leading Power companies in Egypt with respect to a contemplated facility of USD 6.8 million to be made available by African Exim Bank;
- advised one of the leading hospitals in Egypt with respect to a facility of EGP 99 million made available by Arab African International Bank in Egypt;
- recently advised one of leading hospitals in Egypt with respect to a facility of EGP 197 million made available by Arab African International Bank in Egypt;
- advised CIRCLE OIL PLC with respect to USD 12.5 million facilities made available by Ahli United Bank;
- advised STANDARD BANK SOUTH AFRICA with respect to the facilities made available to non-Egyptian companies and guaranteed by assets held by Egyptian Companies, among other non-Egyptian guarantors, in the amount of approximately USD 64,000,000. It is worthy to note that Norton Rose South Africa acted as international legal counsel to said client;
- advised EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT on the legal framework of granting a governmental authority in Egypt a loan for the purpose of developing the transportation infrastructure in a major Egyptian governorate;
- advised STANDARD BANK PLC with respect to release of security regarding a USD 100,000,000 granted by Standard Bank Plc to a group of companies having a subsidiary in Egypt working on food and agriculture business. It is worthy to note that Jones Day acted as international legal counsel to said client;
- advised, among other two attorneys of Al Kamel, EUROCLEAR BANK with regard to the regulations of securities, transfer of payments, requirements of reporting and disclosure, securities lending and borrowing, collateral regulations;
- advised J.P. MORGAN CHASE BANK N.A in connection with the legal framework of using of its issued credit and debit cards in Egypt;
- advised MORGAN STANLY on short selling rules in Egypt;
- advised EFG HERMES with respect to shareholder loan agreements; and
- advised DRIVE FINANCE with respect to loan agreements.
Telecoms and Media:
- advised CHINA TELECOM (EUROPE) on a confidential transaction;
- advised CMC MAURITIUS on a confidential transaction;
- advised ENERGYA POWER AND TELECOMS SOLUTIONS on various projects in and outside Egypt including Zambia, Tanzania, Morocco and Spain;
- advised E-FINANCE, an investment arm of a number of governmental banks in Egypt, on various projects in and outside Egypt including Iraq;
- recently advised MICROSOFT with respect to (i) the mandatory TV and movie rating system in Egypt; (ii) a license agreement with one of the leading mobile devices manufacturers for using win8 on said devices; and (iii) regulations of data protection and privacy in Egypt;
- advised AT&T with respect to MVNO licensing in Egypt. It is worthy to note that Arnold & Porter acted as international legal counsel to AT&T;
- advised TELECOM ITALIA (SPARKLE) with respect to operation of submarine cable in Egypt;
- advised BRITISH TELECOM with respect to provision of telecoms services in Egypt and end users agreements;
- advised SK C&C concerning its participation in a limited request for proposal for implementing integrated transportation system in Cairo-Alexandria highway;
- advised a number of multinational companies including, inter alia, CHEVRON and KNAUF on setting up their regional website in Egypt;
- advised CHEVRON in connection with installation of local telecommunication network inside its premises for the purpose of doing business in Egypt;
- advised WINDSOR CALL CENTRE on setting up a data center in Egypt;
- advised THE WORLD BANK in connection with providing services of the local and foreign professionals of law and accounting and Telecommunication Services (fixed and mobile services);
- advised MIDDLE EAST BROADCASTING NETWORKS (AL HURRA TV) with respect to operation of its business in Egypt;
- advised one of COVINGTON & BURLING LLP’s clients with respect to change of control regulations of telecommunication license in Egypt;
- advised many international clients concerning the legal framework of using VoIP for commercial purposes in Egypt; and
- advised one of Jones Day’s clients concerning the legal framework of VPN usage in Egypt.
PPP, BOT and BOOT:
- advised, among others, a consortium composited of, amongst others, STRABAG in connection with a Public Private Partnership tender involving the design, financing, construction, operation, maintenance and transfer of ownership at the end of the contract of Rod el Farag Axis. Transaction value: approx. USD 1,000,000,000;
- advised SK C&C in connection with a DBFO tender involving the implementation of an intelligent transportation system in the Cairo-Alexandria-Alamein Highway and transfer of ownership at the end of the contract of Cairo-Alexandria-Alamein Highway. Transaction value: USD 15,000,000; and
- advised AL ADABIYA FOR MARITIME TRADE with respect to implementing a BOT concession for the establishment of a dry bulk terminal and quay at Adabiya Port.
- Advised EGAS with respect to the launch of an Invitation to Bid for importing gas to Egypt. It is worth noting that Mayer Brown acts in this transaction as international legal counsel;
- acting as legal counsel to ANNA LINDA FOUNDATION in Egypt. In this regard, Mohamed recently advised Anna Linda with respect to the conclusion of services level and host agreements with the Egyptian State;
- advised FARSTAD SHIPPING concerning provision of petroleum marine services in Egypt; and
- advised KOREA ELECTRIC POWER CORPORATION on the legal framework of commercial agency in Egypt.