In 2006, Jim Wright, Ahmed El Sharkawy and Karim Sarhan established Sharkawy & Sarhan. Their extensive experience and different backgrounds combined to create a firm set up to provide high quality…
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  • Advising (with Allen & Overy) BNP Paribas S.A. on all matters related to the sale of its entire stake in its Egyptian Bank BNP Paribas S.A.E. to Emirates NBD PJSC in the USD 500 million worth transaction.
  • Advising (with Allen & Overy) Société Générale on the sale of its entire stake in its listed Egyptian Subsidiary National Société Générale Bank (“NSGB”) to Qatar National Bank. The value of the transaction amounted to USD 1.97 billion for the stake of Société Générale which represents 77.17% of the shares of NSGB.
  • Advising (with Allen & Overy) Shell on the Egyptian aspects of restructuring of its downstream business in Africa
  • Advising (with the IFC) the PPP Unit in the Ministry of Finance on the New Cairo Water and Wastewater Treatment PPP Projects, the latter being the only PPP project in recent Egyptian history to reach financial close.
  • Advising Altimo on launching a $3.7 billion mandatory tender offer for purchasing an Egyptian listed company (Orascom Telecom Holding) having Global Depository Receipts listed on the LSX.

““The firm has advised on a slew of cutting edge finance deals, including Egypt’s largest private equity and sharia compliant financings. With a focus on projects and finance, Sharkawy & Sarhan is noted for the quality of its general corporate work, being the trusted referral partner of many London City law firms, including Allen & Overy LLP and Clifford Chance.””
“The firm has been focusing on the big-ticket transactions as a matter of strategy.”
Client in IFLR1000, 2014 edition
“Sharkawy & Sarhan has been on the ascendency in the market of the past years and despite the unpredictable conditions has maintained a strong reputation.”
Client in IFLR1000, 2014 edition
“Sharkawy & Sarhan remains one with a prominent presence and is respected by its competitors as a solid practice with quality lawyers.”
Client in IFLR1000, 2011 edition
“Very good at coming up with ideas on how to get what we wanted.”
Client in IFLR1000, 2013 edition
“Very responsive indeed… including on Fridays which is the start of the weekend in Egypt. [The] team is dedicated and with enough depth to cover intensive demands from clients.”
Client for corporate and capital markets advice to IFLR1000, 2014 edition

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