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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.
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.
Egypt has held its position for decades as a regional leader in media industry actively but 2018 represented a shift in government focus that made media law a topic of controversy.
The country has been known as the Hollywood of the Middle East, as the capital of the Arab film world, but now contends with a different fame after passing a law that allows the state to regulate social media.
Parliament passed a law that gives the authorities broad powers to prosecute media outlets for ‘posting fake news’.
It treats social media accounts with more than 5,000 followers as media outlets, making
Twitter and Facebook users subject to scrutiny
Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa programme coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, commented on the vague
wording of the law, which he believes allows the authorities to control the media through weak interprets of breaches.
“That power of interpretation has been a constant powerful legal and executive tool that was used to justify excessive aggressive and exceptional measures to go after journalists”, he told Reuters.
The government will be able to regulate and block social media accounts that publish fake news or incitement to break the law.
The move has been described by critics as one that will boost the ability of President Sisi’s regime to curb free speech and consolidate its power over the media.
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