What We Do

What We Do

Practices & Industries

As part of its African practice, the firm provides transactional and disputes services across French speaking and sub-Saharan Africa. We advised our clients about doing business in Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Benin and Nigeria, among other African countries. The firm also recently advised a client in relation to the sanctions and the termination of the economic embargo on Sudan.

Region-specific highlights:

  • The firm’s disputes team advised one of the leading construction groups in the Middle East in pre-dispute proceedings arising from the construction of a national project in the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire.
  • The firm is involved in investment treaty claims under institutional rules brought against a French-speaking African State.
  • The firm advised a major regional construction company in claims against the Ministry of Transportation of an African state in relation to the construction of the state’s iconic bridge.
  • The firm’s team advised one of its clients in relation to structuring and adversarial matters regarding the acquisition of a major stake in an electric power plant in Ethiopia.

 

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Our work highlights in the key airports and airlines industry include:

  • Advising a major middle eastern airline in relation to a cluster of enforcement and annulment proceedings before Egyptian and UK courts.
  • Advising on legal and regulatory issues in an airport dispute arising from the construction works of an airport terminal in a Middle Eastern State.

 

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We are regional leaders in the international dispute resolution market. We are involved in some of the largest commercial and investment treaty arbitration claims in the Middle East and Africa.

We act as counsel or arbitrators

  • before major arbitration institutions, including the ICC, DIAC, ICSID, CRCICA, IICRA, and PCA
  • in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules, and before special tribunals and dispute resolution boards

 

We also represent our clients in international arbitration proceedings under a wide range of national arbitration laws and seats, including Cairo, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Geneva, Paris, London, New York and Rome.

Commercial arbitration

We have one of the greatest shares in the Egyptian market for commercial arbitration and dispute resolution and, unquestionably, the greatest share in the market for large and high-profile cases. The firm is either lead or sole counsel in some of the largest commercial claims in the Middle East and, virtually, in every single large claim in Egypt.

Investment treaty arbitration

We have unique experience in public international law and investment treaty arbitration. The firm taps into the pool of truly international cases and clients, and we single-handedly manage major investment treaty claims.

 

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Our experience in the banking & finance sector includes representing major regional banks and financial institutions in a wide range of litigation and adversarial matters.

Industry-specific highlights:

  • We represent one of Egypt’s leading banks in a cluster of arbitration-related litigations, enforcement and annulment proceedings before Egyptian courts.
  • We represent a major Egyptian bank in high-profile litigation before the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC).

 

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Youssef & Partners represents Egyptian and foreign investors in the cement and steel sector in some of the country’s largest claims, adversarial and regulatory issues. We currently act as counsel for investors in Egypt’s largest cement claim.

Industry-specific highlights:

  • We represent a leading cement group in investment treaty claims in relation to cement licenses and the cement market in Egypt. (Cementos La Union S.A. and Aridos Jativa S.L.U. v. Arab Republic of Egypt, ICSID Case No. ARB/13/29)
  • We represent one of the largest heavy industry listed corporations in Egypt in major regulatory litigation before the Council of State.

 

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As part of our experience in construction and development matters, the firm was involved in renowned and unique city planning and master development projects.

Our specific experience highlights include:

  • The firm was involved in claims exceeding USD 450 million in disputes arising from a unique mega-project involving land reclamation in seawater.
  • The firm’s team and members of the firm were involved in a number of disputes arising from construction works conducted in the Palm Jumeirah projects.
  • The firm’s team gives strategic and transactional advice concerning the contractual network underlying the establishment of Egypt’s new capital.

 

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We are market leaders in construction, real estate and development matters. We represent our clients in numerous significant disputes and construction claims. We understand the intricacies and technicalities of the construction business and have the strike-force teams that are required to handle major documentation and claims.

Our track record in litigating construction and development disputes involves:

  • general construction works
  • EM and MEP works
  • Underground works and tunnels
  • Highways and bridges
  • Airports and seaports
  • Residential complexes
  • touristic developments
  • water treatment and waste treatment plants
  • solar energy and wind turbines projects
  • cement plants
  • hotel renovations
  • oil refineries

 

We also service our construction clients and developers in relation to all kinds of real estate issues and disputes before Egyptian courts and commercial tribunals.

 

Industry-specific highlights:

  • We represent one of our construction clients in arbitration claims under a subcontract for MEP works, relating to one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in Egypt. The claims, mounted over 10 years (the extended life of the project) involve a state-owned enterprise as an adverse party.
  • We are counsel to investors in the field of real estate and touristic development in major commercial claims in what has become to be known as the “Steam Boilers” case. The dispute relates to the judicial unwinding of the Privatization Program of Egypt, which was implemented in the mid-1990s, and other Mubarak-era transactions in the aftermath of the 2011 revolution.
  • We represent a leading construction company in claims against a state agency concerning works performed in one of the largest residential development projects in Egypt, involving highly technical issues and complex quantum issues.
  • We advised a number of the firm’s clients in relation to the decision of the Central Bank of Egypt to float the Egyptian Pound and related price adjustment issues.
  • The firm advised a major regional construction company in claims against the Ministry of Transportation of an African State in relation to the construction of the state’s iconic bridge.

 

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As part of our work in dealerships and distribution, the firm advises its clients in transactional, regulatory and adversarial matters arising from:

  • Car dealerships
  • Brand commercial agencies
  • Supply, distribution and franchise agreements

 

Specific Expertise Includes:

  • We advised one of our clients in relation to the termination of a car dealership long term agreement and potential exposure to damage claims and claims for sunken costs before Egyptian courts.
  • We represented one of the main Egyptian distributors in the field of medical robotics and medical technology in an international dispute against a Swiss entity, concerning the termination of a distribution agreement governed by Swiss law.

 

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The firm has ample experience handling energy & renewable energy matters.

Industry-specific experience:

  • The firm’s team advised one of its clients in relation to structuring and adversarial matters regarding the acquisition of a major stake in an electric power plant in Ethiopia.
  • The firm’s team advises a Middle Eastern solar technology company in relation to the company’s expansion plans.
  • We advised the renewable energy state agency of a Middle Eastern state in relation to settlement discussions concerning operational issues in one of the Middle East’s largest wind farms.

 

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Our arbitration and litigation team played a leading role in major disputes arising from the Arab Spring in Egypt and in other regional hotspots since 2011. The firm’s involvement procured significant victories and high-profile settlements in some of Egypt’s, and the region’s, most significant government contract claims. The challenges of Arab Spring claims required devising creative solutions and many of the firm’s victories for its client include groundbreaking decisions. The firm’s transactional team also represented investors in the negotiations and drafting of important infrastructure agreements with Governments or government entities.

Industry & practice-specific highlights:

  • We are counsel to investors in major commercial claims in what has become to be known as the “Steam Boilers” case. The dispute relates to the judicial unwinding of the Privatization Program of Egypt, which was implemented in the mid-1990s, and other Mubarak-era transactions in the aftermath of the 2011 revolution.
  • The firm’s team advised Egyptian investors in relation to the unwinding of the privatization of the former Egyptian paper company.
  • We represent a global behemoth in waste management in complex commercial claims arising from a major city-wide comprehensive waste management contract with a Middle Eastern state.
  • We represent a consortium of some of the largest companies in the sea port industry in relation to the termination of a long-term concession with a government entity for the build-operate-transfer of a new container terminal in one of the Middle East’s largest and busiest ports.
  • We represent a leading construction company in claims against a state agency concerning works performed in one of the largest residential development projects in Egypt.
  • We advise a major government-owned Middle Eastern airline in relation to a cluster of enforcement and annulment proceedings before Egypt and UK courts.
  • Karim A. Youssef testified on issues of Egyptian law in the context of a multi-billion-dollar arbitration claim between a global group in the field of the supply of natural gas and a Middle Eastern state.
  • The firm’s team gives strategic and transactional advice concerning the contractual network underlying the establishment of Egypt’s new capital.

 

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Youssef & Partners provides tailor-made services for our high-worth individuals across an array of practice areas. We understand those individuals require integrated, highly strategic and universal approaches to their interests, beyond those offered by the traditional “private client” firm, so we strive to use our international resources and strong regional networks to provide comprehensive, effective and strategic advice to our clients. We provide counsel on structuring and restructuring deals, highly confidential family business disputes, accumulation management, transfer and protection of personal wealth, and high-level planning.

Highlights of Experience:

  • The firm’s litigation team secured the lifting of unlawful travel ban measures and an asset freeze issued against a high-profile individual and his family in context of a complex cluster of litigations.
  • The firm’s litigation team was able to secure the setting aside of two criminal judgments involving long-term prison sentences rendered in absentia against an investor. The dismissal ended a long-standing related commercial dispute.

 

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Our team has acted for both hotel owners and multinational hotel corporations in a number of high-profile hotel management disputes and regulatory issues. We also represent regional tourism groups and tourism operators in litigations before Egyptian courts and in local and international arbitral proceedings. The firm gives advice to its on specific aspects of hotel management deals.

Industry-specific highlights:

  • The firm’s arbitration team represented the owner of one of Cairo’s landmark hotels in a major and widely publicized hotel management dispute in Egypt – one of the country’s highest profile disputes of the kind.
  • We represent a regional tourism group in litigations before Egyptian courts in relation to its activities in Egypt.

 

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We work throughout the MENA region and Africa on matters concerning infrastructure, transport & road networks projects, of all kinds. Our work includes advice, transactions, and complex international disputes.

Industry-specific highlights:

  • The firm advised a major regional construction company in claims against the Ministry of Transportation of an African State in relation to the construction of the state’s iconic bridge.
  • We represent the world’s largest waste management company in complex commercial claims arising from a major, city-wide comprehensive waste management contract with a Middle Eastern state.
  • The firm’s team is involved in transactional advice concerning the contractual network underlying the establishment of Egypt’s new capital.

 

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Youssef & Partners’ reputation for winning cases is illustrated by our litigation track record.

The firm’s team has won our clients court claims and assisted in enforcing arbitral awards in amounts totaling more than EGP 650 million.

Our approach to litigation departs from classic formal approaches and focuses on superior strategy, cost-effective solutions and getting favorable results in record time.

Our extensive experience in complex and high-value cases ensures that our clients – from a range of industries, and involved in a variety of types of disputes – can rest easy in the knowledge that some of the finest litigators are working toward their objectives.

We exercise our litigation expertise in the following types of claims:

  • Civil and commercial litigation
  • Administrative courts litigation
  • White collar criminal litigation & investigations
  • Real estate disputes
  • Dispute settlement committees claims
  • Regulatory disputes (and related administrative claims)
  • Bankruptcy claims
  • Labor disputes
  • Social insurance disputes
  • Tax disputes
  • Multi-jurisdiction or multi-court disputes
  • Intellectual property disputes
    • Trademark disputes
    • Disputes concerning registration of IP rights
  • Post-Award & enforcement proceedings
    • Enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards
    • Domestic enforcement of awards
    • Forced execution proceedings
    • Nullification and challenge to arbitral awards

 

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We advise our leading logistics, supply chain management and warehousing clients in relation to their operations in the Middle East. The industry is notorious for its complex national and international regulations, so we assist our clients in achieving their objectives in their target growth markets within that complexity.

Industry-specific highlights:

  • We advised the shareholders in a major global player in supply chain management in relation to complex litigation before Egyptian courts.
  • Karim A. Youssef was retained as legal expert in proceedings concerning a major logistics dispute in one of Egypt’s main eastern seaports between an Egyptian billionaire and one of the World’s largest port management and terminal operator companies.
  • We advise a warehousing operator in relation to regulatory and transactional issues in Egypt.

 

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The firm is renowned for its high-profile work in the field of media and entertainment. The firm represented and continues to represent broadcasting channels in disputes pertaining to broadcasting rights and with senior staff. We also advise producers on their relationships with TV channels. The arbitration team’s involvement in major industry disputes produced victories that had lasting repercussions on the television broadcasting market in the region.

Industry-specific highlights:

  • The firm’s arbitration team is associated with securing a EGP 100 million award for the CBC Channel in its famous dispute with TV satirist Bassem Youssef. The award was the first of its kind in the Egyptian market.
  • We advised a regional production company in contractual and adversarial matters relating to its relationship with a major Arab TV station. The firm’s involvement in pre-dispute negotiations secured a settlement in favor of the production company and the resumption of work.

 

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Youssef & Partners services some of the industry’s global mining corporations in relation to their activities in Egypt.

The firm’s industry-specific experience includes advising a fortune 500 company in relation to the regulatory framework of gold mining in a Middle Eastern state, and changes to that regime.

 

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Oil & gas is fundamental to business and economy in Egypt and the Middle East, and Youssef & Partners has handled matters involving players in the industry.

Industry-specific highlights:

  • The firm was involved in major commercial claims concerning the sale and delivery of oil with a value exceeding USD 350 million and involving a Middle Eastern oil behemoth and a Middle Eastern sovereign fund.
  • We represent a major oil and gas corporation in nine-digit arbitration claims related to payments and damages arising from three major oil concessions located in the Middle East.
  • Karim A. Youssef testified on issues of Egyptian law in the context of a multi-billion-dollar arbitration claim between a global group in the field of the supply of natural gas and a Middle Eastern state.
  • We advise one of our heavy industry clients in relation to long term gas supply agreements with government state entities.

 

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Our experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries involves acting in matters as varied as pharmaceutical regulation (and changes to it), medical equipment distribution, and even medical robotics and cutting-edge medical technology. We have provided pioneering transactional and regulatory advice in a one-of-a-kind biotechnology project in Egypt.

Industry-specific highlights:

  • We represented one of the firm’s clients in Swiss-based arbitration proceedings in a dispute relating to the worldwide distribution network of patented robotic surgery equipment.
  • The firm advised a pharmaceutical company operating in Egypt in relation to fundamental regulatory changes in the market.
  • The firm advises an aquaponics pioneer in the Middle East with respect to transactional and regulatory matters.

 

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We have specialized expertise in the complexities surrounding ports, seaports and marine and inland terminal disputes of all kinds. We exercise our specialized expertise across the board of practice areas, spanning the transactional, pre-dispute and dispute aspects. The firm has been involved as counsel in some of the largest disputes arising from seaport and terminal concessions, BOTs and PPPs in the Middle East and Africa.

Industry-specific highlights:

  • We are counsel for global players in the seaport, construction, supply chain management and container terminal management business in claims against a state entity in relation to the termination of a 40-year concession concerning the BOT of a major seaport container terminal in a Middle Eastern state, with a value exceeding USD 2.2 billion.
  • Karim A. Youssef was retained as legal expert in a dispute concerning a major dispute in one of Egypt’s main eastern seaports between an Egyptian billionaire and one of the world’s largest port management and terminal operator companies.

 

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Youssef & Partners has leading experience in guiding companies, both Egyptian and multinational, through structuring, restructuring, and conversion processes. We have assisted and continue to assist our local, regional, and international clients in meeting the challenges that the region poses. We have also acted and continue to act in significant arbitration and litigation proceedings arising from restructuring, exiting partners, and shareholding and participation agreements.

We apply our superior strategy planning and our wealth of knowledge in disputes handling to craft seamless and effective solutions for corporate transactions of all kinds.

For more information about our services please connect with us at business@youssef.law.

 

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As robotics and future technologies become more and more significant elements of business in the region, the firm has kept abreast of relevant issues, and the challenges that arise from regulatory regimes that are yet to catch up. We handle transactional and adversarial matters concerning contracts, licensing and distribution.

Our industry-specific highlights include:

  • We represented one of the main Egyptian distributors in the field of medical robotics and medical technology in an international dispute against a Swiss entity, concerning the termination of a distribution agreement governed by Swiss law.
  • We advised a global leader in transport technologies in relation to issues concerning automatic ticketing system implementation in the nation-wide metro system of a Middle Eastern state.
  • We represented a multinational corporation specializing in radar systems in pre-dispute issues surrounding the radar system upgrade in a major regional airport.

 

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The firm provides counsel to cable, mobile and network providers in disputes and transactions, covering issues as varied as constitution agreements, market regulation, and investment protection.

Industry-specific highlights:

  • We represent the former shareholders of a mobile phone company in arbitration proceedings arising out of the acquisition transaction that gave rise to one of Egypt’s three mobile operators.
  • We advised a major network cable company on foreign shareholders rights and pre-dispute negotiations in relation to regulatory issues of the Egyptian market.

 

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Our industry-specific textiles & paper experience includes:

  • The firm’s team advised Egyptian investors in relation to the unwinding of the privatization of the former Egyptian paper company.
  • The firm advised a textile manufacturer in Egypt in relation to restructuring and expansion plans in the Middle East.

 

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