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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.
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.
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.
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.
While Egypt is widely regarded as the most popular country in the region in terms of media and advertising, the market oscillates between polarised views causing widespread tension.
The past year is characterised by tentative operational activity as the authorities blocked access to more than 48 news sites.
According to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, the 48 news sites are among 496 websites blocked by the Sisi regime as of February 2018.
Commenting on the situation, Najia Bounaim, Amnesty International’s North Africa Campaigns Director, said: “The latest clampdown on digital media is further evidence of Egypt’s age-old police state tactics in motion. Even in the darkest days of the repressive Mubarak era the authorities didn’t cut off access to all independent news sites.”
With digital advances, Egypt is home to 26.3 million smartphone users and is one of the largest telecommunication markets in North Africa.
The country was also among the first in the region to launch 3G mobile services, making digital media a driver of media growth.
In related developments, the National Electoral Authority (NEA) issued rules for the 2018 Presidential Elections held in March.
The NEA states that all candidates should be treated equally in coverage time and, while media can cover the election, the NEA would take necessary measures if rules are breached.
Over the past year all forms of media came under the supervision of the Supreme Council for the Regulation of the Media, which was established under legislation affecting press and media, and implemented in December 2016.
Ranking and editorials
Eldib & Co
Helmy, Hamza and Partners
NAL & Partners
Al Kamel Law
Ibrachy & Demerkar
Shalakany Law Office
Kosheri, Rashed & Riad
RANKING AND EDITORIALS