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.

20 Apr 2017

As I’m sure most of you have heard by now, a few weeks ago, Amazon acquired Souq.com 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...

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...

Did you know that 5,000 people from around the globe are flying into Cairo this weekend, all of them eagerly looking for investment opportunities? We are talking about professional investors ready to write cheques to invest in Egyptian businesses that could potentially create hundreds of thousands of jobs. There’s only one catch though — the opportunities they are looking for are st...

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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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