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Ahmed M. Elmokadem (profile)

Amr El-Bayoumi (profile)

Refaat Aboul Assaad (profile)

With an astute sense of our clients' ongoing business needs, Esquire ILA lawyers advise at all stages of investment, from inception through dissolution. Headed by former Vice President of Legal and General Counsel to two leading telecommunications corporations, our Global Transactions team is particularly experience with technology, media, and telecom ventures, as well as a broad range of transactions spanning the commercial spectrum.

With fully integrated offices in California, New York, and Cairo, Egypt, we advise on transactions within the United States and Egypt, as well as cross-border transactions involving North America and the Middle East. We are likewise well experienced in dealings involving Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Our transactional experience includes: broadcasting; corporate transactions; defense; energy; finance; franchising; hospitality; intellectual property; international trade; investment banking and management; manufacturing and distribution; media; mergers and acquisitions; private aviation; property and real estate; retail; technology; telecom; tourism; and venture capital.

The scope of our expertise is not limited to deal negotiations and contract drafting, but extends to the formulation of intricate, yet manageable, corporate structures and investment vehicles so as to protect our clients' assets and minimize their exposure to risk. As we aim at maintaining long standing client relationships, we develop and oversee the implementation of optimum strategies compliant with best business practices, as well as ensure compliance with governing rules and regulations. In complex cross-border situations, this may entail assignments as broad as training on anti-corruption and money laundering regulations, sanctions and embargoes restrictions, and armament and security controls for high-tech ventures, to more common regulations such as labor, securities, disclosure, zoning, an health laws.

A non-exhaustive list of our lawyer's business transactions experience includes:

* Lead counsel to a Cairo based mobile telecommunications operator on the acquisition and financing of numerous mobile operations licenses and equity interests in the Middle East, North Africa and Indian Subcontinent, totaling approximately US$4 billion.

* Primary external counsel responsible for all technology and intellectual property development and licensing arrangements to numerous Silicon Valley based technology startups, including Cisco, Oracle, E*Trade,, Genentech and Yahoo!.

* Primary external counsel for a range of international corporate transactions including joint ventures, agency, franchise and distribution agreements, cross-border financing, mergers and acquisitions, to several Fortune 500 and multi-national companies including Bechtel, Brown & Root, Cooper Tires, Caltex, Ashland Oil, Martin Marietta, Raytheon, Starbucks, Brown & Williamson Tobacco, Radio Shack, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Abbot Labs, and Eli-Lilly.

* Lead counsel to a leading Egyptian manufacturing, real estate, and media conglomerate in a broad range of international and domestic commercial transactions.

* Lead counsel to a leading entreprenuer in the financing and startup of a foreign language IPTV platform operating throughout North America, as well as on the acquisition of foreign language television content broadcasting rights.

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