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Specialist Guide to the
Global Leaders in Media Law Practice
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.
Shalakany Law Office 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.
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.
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.
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.
Egypt’s new laws governing media may pose a threat to the country’s long-standing position as an influential industry leader.
From television and film productions, supplied to much of the Arab-speaking world, to widely-read newspapers, Egypt has been a strong force in
a media market that will now be subject to
A new law, approved by the government on 26 December 2016, will see the creation of a media council with powers to fine or suspend publications and broadcasters.
Members of the new Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media will be chosen by Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and will have the authority to grant or revoke licenses for foreign media. Critics describe the new law as a blow to pluralism and press freedom.
In its 2016 report, Reporters Without Borders noted that since the 2011 revolution, ‘successive governments have tried to control the media and have not hesitated to impose measures restricting journalists' freedom’.
Egypt, however, maintains an authoritative position in the media and entertainment industry with most of the leading Arab pay-television networks located at Media Production City in Cairo.
Mobile platforms have also become increasingly significant with 30.1 million Egyptians recorded
as online users by 2016, according to Internet
Ranking and editorials
ELDIB & Co
Helmy, Hamza and Partners
Shalakany Law Office
Al Kamel Law
Ibrachy & Demerkar
NAL & Partners
Kosheri, Rashed & Riad
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