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Helmy, Hamza and Partners works in association with Baker & McKenzie, providing clients with access to a global network. The team is regularly involved in advertising and unfair trading litigation. Other areas of specialisation include data protection, e-commerce and regulation. Co-founder Taher Helmy manages the practice, working closely with Mohamad B. Talaat on sector-related corporate and commercial matters.
Ibrachy & Demerkar’s position as international advisor to the Egyptian Radio and Television Union and legal counsel of the Egyptian Satellite Company, Nilesat, has put the firm at the forefront of media production, broadcast and transmission activity in Egypt. The team also assists with intellectual property protection, exploitation and licensing.
Independent firm Matouk Bassiouny works with multinationals, corporations and government entities on all legal aspects of business ventures in Egypt. The team has a cross-border focus on commercial aspects. Co-founding partner F. John Matouk manages the dispute resolution and commercial groups.
Shalakany is recognised throughout the region as a leading practice. The firm focuses on intellectual property matters connected with the media and entertainment sectors. Lawyers litigate in unfair competition and infringement cases, advise on copyright and software protection and draft licensing agreements. The team also works closely with government agencies and legislators.
Focus at Al Kamel Law Office is on media and telecommunications. The firm’s work includes advice on acquiring and exploiting intellectual property, rights enforcement and dispute resolution. Lawyers also advise on the acquisition and transfer of shares in media enterprises.
Full service firm Kosheri, Rashed & Riad advises on intellectual property and telecommunications. The firm’s client base includes Yves Saint Laurent and Time Warner. Ahmed Sadek EL-Kosheri works closely with Samia Sadek Rashed on corporate, commercial and regulatory matters.
Internet, marketing and telecommunications are the core areas of practice at Marghany Advocates. Led by Amir Marghany, the team represents clients including Google, Microsoft, YouTube and Vodafone. Intellectual property and dispute resolution are also among the firm’s focus areas.
Legislators in Egypt passed the country's first Data Privacy Law in February 2020, starting the year with legal protection for online personal data.
The legislation is largely modeled on Europe’s GDPR and “aims to keep pace with the current international standard for the protection of personal data”, according to its preamble.
The law will introduce strict requirements, and prohibits the collection, processing or distribution of personal data without permission, except in specific cases.
In other developments, Vodafone agreed to sell its 55 per cent share in Egyptian unit to Saudi Telecom for USD2.4 billion.
Commenting on the deal, Saudi Telecom Chief Executive Nasser al-Nasser said: “Vodafone Egypt is the leading player in the Egyptian mobile market
In the past year, Egypt also saw the launch of the country’s first video-streaming app Watch iT, which became available in May 2019.
Commenting on the launch, Ahmed Adel, a Telecoms Research Manager at Beltone Financial, said: “Watch iT is a new experience in the Egyptian market and fully justified in terms of both its functional and financial aspects, but it faces many challenges.”
Competition is said to be among the main challenges in the age of international streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon.
Eldib & Co
Helmy, Hamza and Partners
NAL & Partners
Ibrachy & Demerkar
Al Kamel Law
Kosheri, Rashed & Riad
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