Is it just me, or has this year gone by really quickly? The clichest of clichés, I know, but it really does seem like an eventful year.

The Egyptian government have a lot to learn about population crisis management. China's one child policy is a good place to start.

16 Jul 2017

Over the weekend, I woke up nice and early in anticipation of a much needed day trip away from the maddening crowd. My first stop was at a gas station

I was as surprised – correction, shocked – as everyone else last Thursday when the central bank of Egypt announced yet another raise of benchmark interest rates by 200 basis points for the second time in a matter of months. My initial reaction was one of deep concern. How could they do this, again?

As we were all fixated on the clearing, cleaning and gentrification of our streets last week in preparation for the much anticipated arrival of Pope Francis, another more inconspicuous but no less miraculous event was taking place. A mystical story of rebirth. The return of a legend. Enter, stage right the man himself, the father of the modern Egyptian economy – Talaat Pasha Harb.  


20 Apr 2017

As I’m sure most of you have heard by now, a few weeks ago, Amazon acquired for over USD 650 million. That makes the acquisition the largest technology M&A deal in the region and, by all measures, a landmark transaction that will be talked about for many years to come. But the region has witnessed much bigger deals in other sectors, so what makes this one special and why do...

17 Mar 2017

In Egypt, we like to keep things simple – the second we have an economic slump, we know we need to attract investment and that, ladies and gentlemen, means we need a new investment law. Who doesn’t like a new investment law? It just makes sense.

In the 1970s, Sadat wanted to liberalize the economy and to kick-start a shift from a more socialist command economy to a hybrid capitalist...

When we think of revolutions, we think of protests and a common calling by the masses to radically change things or to replace the political regime altogether. But revolutions can happen in the business world as well and the roaring 1980s saw extreme turbulence on Main Street and Wall Street that had a profound impact on the way we do things that have lasted until this very day.

On M...

17 Feb 2017

The taxman is knocking on the door yet again, so whether you like it or not, you best be ready for the Tobin Tax.

For the uninitiated, a Tobin tax, a phrase first coined by Nobel Laureate economist James Tobin in the 1970s, is a tax levied on transactions in connection with different types of financial securities.

One of the Egypt IMF loan conditions, as part of the overarching econom...

Imagine waking up one morning to the news that the government has announced that, overnight, all of your cash is illegal and that you, and everybody else, will need to go to the bank and exchange your cash for new notes. Not only that, but if the government suspects that the cash was sourced illicitly, you will be slapped with a one-off extortionate level of tax.

I suspect your heart...

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Aly El Shalakany


is a Senior Partner at Shalakany, a corporate law firm in Egypt, which he joined from Linklaters in London. Aly is a noted specialist in finance, projects and mergers and acquisitions. Aly is also the Chairman of the Cairo Angels, one of the leading angel investment groups in the Middle East and Africa.


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