Senior Associate
  Cairo, Egypt
+202 2269 0881

Doctor of Philosophy in Law [Ph.D.], King’s College London, University of London, 2011.

Master of Laws [LL.M.], May 23, 2004, The George Washington University Law School, 2004 (Thomas Buergenthal Fellow).

Masters in Private Law and Intellectual Property Laws, Faculty of Law, Cairo University (graduated as the highest-ranking Masters’ candidate, class 2002 &2003).

Bachelor of Law [LL.B], Faculty of Law, English Section, Cairo University (with distinguished honors as the 1st highest-ranking LLB candidate, class 2001).


Heba’s practice focuses on M&A, competition, insurance, oil & gas, intellectual property, and general commercial. She also has experience in dispute settlement, arbitration, and employment law issues. She joined Sharkawy & Sarhan in 2012.

Prior to joining Sharkawy & Sarhan, Heba interned at Rouse & Co. International, where she advised various multinational clients on a number of intellectual property issues in the MENA region. She also assisted in carrying out administrative enforcement and anti-counterfeiting services, and assisted in domain name recovery for the well-known trademark of a first class search engine company in Morocco.

Between 2005 and 2006, Heba worked as a legal researcher in Egypt’s Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC), assisting on reviewing the legal framework for BOT projects. Between 2004 and 2005, Heba worked as a legal and regulatory research assistant in Telecommunications Management Group (TMG) Inc. in USA. Her work included advising TMG’s clients on copyright, trademark registration issues as well as assisting with advising on telecommunications laws and public policy in a number of countries including Jordan, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Cape Verde, UK, Greece, and Jordan.

Between 2002 and 2004, Heba worked in Raslan Law Office as an associate, where her work focused on assisting in arbitration, cases, patent registration, and consultations on various constitutional and administrative matters in Kuwait and Bahrain.

Heba’s experience includes:

Capital Markets and M&A

  • Advising Adeptio AD Investments SPC Ltd., the group led by Emaar Properties PJSC Chairman Mohamed Alabbar, on its $2.36 billion acquisition of Middle East fast-food operator Kuwait Food Co. (Americana). The work included performing a full-form due diligence exercise and report on the Egyptian part of Americana Group.
  • Advising General Electric Co. (with Slaughter and May) on the Egyptian Law aspects of its global acquisition of Alstom SA‘s power business, with an estimated value of USD 9.5 billion.
  • Advising a major global insurance services company on its bid to acquire an Egyptian insurance company. Our work included conducting a full due diligence on the target, advising on all regulatory aspects and negotiating the transaction documents.
  • Advising Viterra (now GlencoreInternational plc) on the sale of its entire stake in two Egyptian companies. Our work included advising on and negotiating the Egyptian law aspects of the share the transaction agreements and undertaking the transfer of shares procedures.
  • Advising Societe Générale on the sale of its entire stake in its listed Egyptian Subsidiary National Societe Générale Bank (“NSGB”) to Qatar National Bank. The value of the transaction amounted to USD 1.97 billion. Our role included advising on and negotiating the Egyptian law aspects of the share and purchase agreement, conducting vendor due diligence and supervising the legal due diligence process, and advising on the mandatory purchase offer requirements under the Capital Market Law.
  • Advising a multinational company on the sale of its entire stake in an Egyptian port terminal operating company.
  • Advising Nestle S.A. and Nestle Egypt S.A.E. on the acquisition of Pfizer Nutrition business including drafting of the local assets sale and purchase documentation, advising on the regulatory requirements, collection of CPs and undertaking the local procedures for the transfer of assets.
  • Advising CFAO on the sale of its entire stake in an Egyptian company.

Oil & Gas

  • Advising DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG as its external legal counsel on its oil and gas business in Egypt including advising on several legal matters pertaining to the operating companies under its concessions and on gas sales agreements.



  • Advising several high profile multinational companies on competition related aspects under Egyptian Competition Law.


  • Advising several multinational insurance companies on several aspects of the Egyptian insurance law including providing insurance and reinsurance services, registration with EFSA for non-Egyptian re-insurers and captive insurance.

General Corporate and Commercial

  • Advising several clients including TUI, Neovia, Monsanto, Dell, Huntsman, Amgen, and Nomac on general corporate and commercial law issues.


  • Advising Nestle on several employment matters including outsourcing employees and employees’ pension funds.

Dispute Settlement and Arbitration

  • Advising and representing (with the litigation team) a multinational oil & gas company in a property related dispute.
  • Advising and successfully representing (with Allen & Overy) six foreign exporters of polypropylene (“PP”) in the safeguard investigations on PP imports to Egypt after the Egyptian authority has imposed provisional safeguard duties until completing its investigations. This was the first time the investigating authority issues a detailed report recommending the termination of a trade remedy investigation without the imposition of any definitive measures.
  • Advising and representing (with the litigation team) a multinational company in a dispute regarding fraud misdemeanor.

Publications & Speaking Engagements:

  • “The Balance of Copyright in Comparative Perspectives-Country Reports: Egypt,” The XVIIIth International Congress of Comparative Law, (Washington, D.C, (2010) (coauthor).
  • “Shari’a and the Protection of Intellectual Property: The Example of Egypt,” IDEA, (2007).


Very responsive and extremely quick.
Clients’ evaluations 2014