At the crossroads between Asia and Africa, Egypt is a significant regional and global economic hub and represents a strategic avenue for development for a number of private and public players. Indeed, in 2017 Egypt became the top destination for foreign investment in Africa. Gide wishes to be more actively involved in the development of French and international firms in this country, and to assist Egyptian companies in their international transactions, both in an advisory and litigation capacity.
Particularly active in the Middle East for nearly 30 years now, especially via its offices in Paris, London, Istanbul, Tehran and its north African hub (Algiers, Casablanca and Tunis offices), the firm has been working in Egypt for some time. It has extensive experience in investments, acquisitions, commercial contracts and international arbitration cases, projects (finance & infrastructure), compliance, as well as competition law.
Gide Cairo is headed by Baudouin de Moucheron, Gide partner since 1992, founder of the firm's Istanbul office and Senior Partner from 2012 to 2017. The team in Cairo comprises mainly lawyers of Egyptian origin, working in Arabic, English, French and German.
Stéphane Puel, Gide Managing Partner, indicates: "After opening our office in Iran in 2017, this new establishment in the MENA region is a strong sign of our presence in emerging countries. We are convinced that our long-standing integration in the region and the close relationships we have forged with local authorities represent solid assets for the development of our clients in Egypt".
Baudouin de Moucheron, partner in charge of Gide Cairo, adds: "I am very pleased that Gide has entrusted me with this task. The Egyptian market is very buoyant, and opening this office will enable us to fully support those companies looking to develop there. In order to assist them, we are setting up a local team of Egyptian lawyers, drawn from among the most talented of their generation".