Global law firm Clyde & Co has established a collaborative office in Cairo, Egypt. The new firm Barakat Maher & Partners Advocates & Legal Consultants, will operate in association with Clyde & Co.
The Cairo office will offer services in relation to capital markets, corporate and M&A, commercial, commercial disputes and international arbitration, employment, finance, regulatory, and restructuring. The personnel in Cairo have expertise in consulting clients in the education, energy and natural resources, healthcare, hospitality, infrastructure, insurance and reinsurance, marine, professional practices, retail and consumer, and trade and commodities areas.
Managing partner Mohamed Barakat (pictured), who joined Clyde & Co in December 2022, will be heading the newly affiliated office. Barakat is a US-trained attorney with over 17 years of practice in the United States (Chicago and Washington, DC) and the Middle East (Egypt and Saudi Arabia). Sherif Ali Maher, partner at Barakat, Maher & Partners Advocates & Legal Consultants, is also part of the associated firm. He joined Clyde & Co in 2013 and specializes in contentious commercial matters with a lot of international experience.
Additionally, Mostafa Elsakaa and Sameh Dahroug, both Egyptian-certified attorneys with more than 15 years of knowledge assisting local, regional, and global companies in Egypt, are partners at the associated firm.
Matthew Kelsall, CEO, Clyde & Co, comments: “Egypt has always been a significant gateway between the Middle East and Africa and a centre of trade and commercial activity in the region. The new association gives us an opportunity to provide clients with access to and support within this market and the North Africa region more broadly. We look forward to working with Mohamed and the team to maximise the potential this opening provides.”
Sara Khoja, chair of Clyde & Co’s MEA Board, says: “The new Cairo office strengthens Clyde & Co’s offering for domestic, regional and international businesses operating in Egypt and beyond. Our growth is closely aligned with our clients to ensure we can meet their needs as they navigate their own expansion across the region.”
Mohamed Barakat, partner at Clyde & Co and Managing Partner, Barakat, Maher & Partners Advocates & Legal Consultants, adds: “Egypt is the second largest Arab economy and has one of the most developed and diversified economies. This represents a huge opportunity for us, as part of Clyde & Co’s global network, to represent an increasing number of clients who are doing business across the Middle East and Africa.”
This Cairo associated office is the most recent move in Clyde & Co’s ongoing global expansion. More recently, the firm opened in Milan, Italy; Bangkok, Thailand; and Santiago, Chile. In 2022, the firm opened in Calgary, Canada, while in 2021 there were offices opened in Vancouver, Canada, and Phoenix, Las Vegas and Denver in the United States.