With a century of experience since its establishment in 1912, the firm has achieved a record of success and growth that today makes it the longest-established firm and one of the leading law firms in Egypt and the Middle East. The firm provides first-rate quality legal services to a broad base of multinational, regional and premium local clients through its offices in Cairo and Alexandria.

The firm is consistently ranked as a top-tier firm across almost all practice areas by the internationally recognized legal ranking organizations.

The firm strives to provide personalized and efficient quality services across a broad spectrum of practice, including anti-dumping and trade disputes, antitrust and competition, arbitration, aviation, banking and financial institutions, capital markets, corporate, commercial, agency and distribution, intellectual property, insurance, labour and employment, litigation, manufacturing, mergers and acquisitions, oil and gas, privatization, projects and construction, real estate, tax, telecommunications and information technology, and tourism, hotels, travel and services.

The firm has been involved for decades in some of the most significant transactions taking place in the region, including many of the major mergers and acquisitions executed in Egypt on behalf of buyers, sellers and in certain cases, as transaction counsel. The firm’s tourism group participated in drafting and/or reviewing, amending and negotiating numerous hotel management and related agreements in Egypt, whether acting on behalf of owners or management companies.

The firm prides itself on having a very high success rate in both its litigation and arbitration work. The firm obtained favorable judgments in a number of important litigation cases.

Shalakany represents both domestic and international corporations from a broad spectrum of industries. The firm is a ‘full-service’ law firm that offers a broad range of legal services to its clients. The firm’s client base includes leading international, US and UK corporations, financial institutions, trade associations and foundations with an interest in cross-border operations. A significant portion of the firm’s clientele is represented by non-Egyptian corporations and institutions requiring advice on a full range of legal issues related to their operations or international transactions within the Egyptian and UAE jurisdictions.

Shalakany Law Office is the exclusive member firm for Egypt of Lex Mundi, and its client database includes multinational, international and national clients.

Our History

Shalakany was founded in 1912 by Abdelfatah El Shalakany, a prominent lawyer who reached the pinnacle of his career when he was elected as the head of the Egyptian Bar Association in 1950. Abdelfatah’s two sons, Ahmed El Shalakany and Aly El Shalakany followed in his footsteps and successfully took over the practice in the 1950s. After Ahmed El Shalakany’s tragic passing at an early age in the mid 1970s, Aly El Shalakany assumed the sole custodianship of the firm.

Shalakany was founded in 1912 by Abdelfatah El Shalakany

A prominent lawyer who reached the pinnacle of his career when he was elected as the head of the Egyptian Bar Association.

Abdelfatah’s two sons, Ahmed El Shalakany and Aly El Shalakany followed in his footsteps and successfully took over the practice.

With the advent of the “open door” policy and the rapid rise of the role of the private sector in the economy under President Anwar El Sadat in the 1970s, the firm, under Aly El Shalakany’s leadership and vision, was able to seize the opportunity by leveraging its expertise and expanding exponentially to become one of the largest corporate law firms in Egypt and the Middle-East. In the ensuing decades, the firm continued to go from strength to strength and was actively involved in the majority of all leading corporate transactions taking place in the region.

The first partnership meeting between the cofounder Aly Sr., Ihab Mostaf, Saleh Hafez and M. Morsi

Shalakany moved to the current premises in Marashly.

Shalakany was selected as the exclusive member of Lex Mundi in Egypt till now.

Khaled Aly El Shalakany was nominated as Managing Partner of Shalakany Law Office.

At the start of 2006, Aly El Shalakany’s son, Dr. Khaled El Shalakany, took over the reins and has successfully lead Shalakany and continued the firm’s legacy until the present day.

Aly ElShalakany Sr. passed away at the age of 84.

Shalakany was selected as the exclusive member of Meritas in Egypt.


Shalakany is the exclusive member firm in Egypt for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide.

As part of the Lex Mundi global network, we can provide our clients with preferred access to more than 21,000 lawyers around the world – all from a single point of contact.

Individually, each Lex Mundi member firm is a leader in its local market. Collectively, Lex Mundi firms provide global legal resources with unmatched depth and breadth. Working with other Lex Mundi firms, we are able to seamlessly handle our clients’ most challenging cross-border transactions and disputes.

Values & Culture

Through the experience, expertise and dedication of its lawyers and staff, the Firm provides bespoke top-quality legal services for its clients.

Each client receives the personal attention of a partner who, as the designated client manager, is responsible for ensuring that all work for the client is handled in a professional and timely manner by the specialized experts within the Firm.

The success of the Firm’s clients is a measure of the Firm’s own success. To assist its clients, the Firm strives to understand their business objectives. The Firm’s ultimate aim is for clients to consider the Firm as their trusted counsel and an extension of their team.

Commitment to our clients

Understanding the clients’ needs and providing practical and expedient solutions through a partner-led service.

Commitment to our staff

Providing a dedicated platform to support our lawyers and staff to realize their full potential through extensive training and development programs.

Commitment to our community

We firmly believe that being a part of a community requires active contribution to its welfare, wellbeing, and sustainability.