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Mona Zulficar – IFLR1000

2019

As a founding partner and Chairperson, Mona Zulficar overseas the performance and business development of Zulficar and Partners Law Firm, a leading law firm in Egypt. A practicing attorney for more than thirty-five years, she is a specialist in major restructuring, project finance and M&A transactions and has been consistently ranked by international legal directories as the leading and eminent Egyptian lawyer in banking, finance and M & A. 

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Mona Zulficar – IFLR1000

2018

As a founding partner and Chairperson, Mona Zulficar overseas the performance and business development of Zulficar and Partners Law Firm, a leading law firm in Egypt. A practicing attorney for more than thirty-five years, she is a specialist in major restructuring, project finance and M&A transactions and has been consistently ranked by international legal directories as the leading and eminent Egyptian lawyer in banking, finance and M & A. 

Please visit http://www.zulficarpartners.com/people/mona-zulficar/ for full bio

To Whom: Mona Zulficar

Zulficar & Partners – IFLR1000

2018

Zulficar & Partners is an international corporate law and arbitration practice firm based in the Nile City Building in the heart of Cairo, Egypt.  It mainly specializes in Arbitration and ADR, Banking, Capital Market procedures and transactions, Competition law, Construction law and practice, IT law, Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Project Finance, Real Estate, Telecommunications law and practice, and Tourism and Leisure. The Firm offers a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art legal services to a diverse array of commercial, industrial, and financial clients both in Egypt and internationally. Formally established in June 2009, the Firm has nine partners and more than 60 associates and is continuously expanding to cater for the ever-increasing demand for its leading and high quality services.

As a market leader, and drawing on the unparalleled expertise of its partners and associates, the Firm brings to the legal market a blend of exceptional individual skills as well as more than 35 years of legal experience. The Firm prides itself as having star quality partners and associates possessing recognized track records in establishing precedents and introducing innovative solutions and structures through creative and proactive problem solving approaches. The Firm aspires and pledges to provide its clients with top quality legal services to serve and enhance their business needs. Possessing a culture of rich values of professional ethics and social responsibility, the Firm continuously offers cutting edge spot on advice that distinguishes it and makes a difference for its Clients. 

The Firm is currently growing at an accelerated pace and has already established itself as a market leader and precedent maker. The Firm is regularly ranked as the top tier practice in various practice areas in notable directories including: Chambers & Partners, Global Arbitration Review (GAR), Legal 500, IFLR and IFLR 1000. In 2015 and 2016, the Firm is the only Egyptian firm featuring amongst the GAR 100 Guide to leading international arbitration firms.

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm is proud to have advised the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) on the second round of the Feed-in-Tariff Solar Program in Benban, which received the Thomson Reuters Project Finance International Award for “Global Multilateral Deal of the Year” in a ceremony held in London on the evening of Wednesday, February 7th 2018.

The Program has been praised by Thomson Reuters for its major success after securing financial closure for 30 solar projects having an aggregate installed capacity of over 1600 Mw.

The Program is considered both an Egyptian and an international success story.

For Egypt, the Program launches the first successful major solar park in the country, reviving hope in sustainable and renewable energy future, and with over 2.2 Billion USD of financing, the Program is considered the largest Foreign Direct Investment in Egypt in recent years.

Internationally, the Program promises to be the largest solar park in the world upon construction, making it a landmark in the global fight against climate change.

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm was invested in the Program with EETC shortly after its inception and was engaged in its different phases. Zulficar & Partners’ contribution helped restore faith in the Program during the sensitive time following the disappointment brought by the loss of financing of the first round, and has ensured the successful completion of negotiations with the International Financial Institutions providing project finance and the timely financial closure of the second round.

The Program owes its success to both EETC and the international financing institutions, particularly, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), whose active engagement and great interest in the Program immensely helped the negotiation for the second round to close successfully.

The Global Award for Multilateral Deal of the Year is a prestigious award granted by Thomson Reuters to the most remarkable project finance transactions, and therefore crowns the success of the Program and its participants.

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm continues to support public and private entities in their efforts to invest in green energy and sustainable development, which constitute one of its core values as an Egyptian law firm and a responsible citizen.

Zulficar & Partners – IFLR1000

2019

Zulficar & Partners is an international corporate law and arbitration practice firm based in the Nile City Building in the heart of Cairo, Egypt.  It mainly specializes in Arbitration and ADR, Banking, Capital Market procedures and transactions, Competition law, Construction law and practice, IT law, Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Project Finance, Real Estate, Telecommunications law and practice, and Tourism and Leisure. The Firm offers a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art legal services to a diverse array of commercial, industrial, and financial clients both in Egypt and internationally. Formally established in June 2009, the Firm has nine partners and more than 60 associates and is continuously expanding to cater for the ever-increasing demand for its leading and high quality services.

As a market leader, and drawing on the unparalleled expertise of its partners and associates, the Firm brings to the legal market a blend of exceptional individual skills as well as more than 35 years of legal experience. The Firm prides itself as having star quality partners and associates possessing recognized track records in establishing precedents and introducing innovative solutions and structures through creative and proactive problem solving approaches. The Firm aspires and pledges to provide its clients with top quality legal services to serve and enhance their business needs. Possessing a culture of rich values of professional ethics and social responsibility, the Firm continuously offers cutting edge spot on advice that distinguishes it and makes a difference for its Clients. 

The Firm is currently growing at an accelerated pace and has already established itself as a market leader and precedent maker. The Firm is regularly ranked as the top tier practice in various practice areas in notable directories including: Chambers & Partners, Global Arbitration Review (GAR), Legal 500, IFLR and IFLR 1000. In 2015 and 2016, the Firm is the only Egyptian firm featuring amongst the GAR 100 Guide to leading international arbitration firms.

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm is proud to have advised the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) on the second round of the Feed-in-Tariff Solar Program in Benban, which received the Thomson Reuters Project Finance International Award for “Global Multilateral Deal of the Year” in a ceremony held in London on the evening of Wednesday, February 7th 2018.

The Program has been praised by Thomson Reuters for its major success after securing financial closure for 30 solar projects having an aggregate installed capacity of over 1600 Mw.

The Program is considered both an Egyptian and an international success story.

For Egypt, the Program launches the first successful major solar park in the country, reviving hope in sustainable and renewable energy future, and with over 2.2 Billion USD of financing, the Program is considered the largest Foreign Direct Investment in Egypt in recent years.

Internationally, the Program promises to be the largest solar park in the world upon construction, making it a landmark in the global fight against climate change.

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm was invested in the Program with EETC shortly after its inception and was engaged in its different phases. Zulficar & Partners’ contribution helped restore faith in the Program during the sensitive time following the disappointment brought by the loss of financing of the first round, and has ensured the successful completion of negotiations with the International Financial Institutions providing project finance and the timely financial closure of the second round.

The Program owes its success to both EETC and the international financing institutions, particularly, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), whose active engagement and great interest in the Program immensely helped the negotiation for the second round to close successfully.

The Global Award for Multilateral Deal of the Year is a prestigious award granted by Thomson Reuters to the most remarkable project finance transactions, and therefore crowns the success of the Program and its participants.

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm continues to support public and private entities in their efforts to invest in green energy and sustainable development, which constitute one of its core values as an Egyptian law firm and a responsible citizen.

Mohamed S.Abdel Wahab -Chambers & Partners

2019

Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is recognized as a world leading international arbitration practitioner, and leading expert on Egyptian and Arab Laws, Islamic Shari’a, and online dispute resolution. He holds over fifty-five prizes for academic achievement, and is regularly published in learned international journals on issues of private international law, international commercial and investment arbitration, and project finance. Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab regularly speaks at national and international conferences on International Commercial & Investment Arbitration, Telecommunications Law(s), Construction Law and Practice, Oil & Gas, Project Finance, Online Dispute Resolution, and Private International Law

Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab’s expertise in cross border multi- jurisdictional and highly complex transactions and disputes is broad and he has acted and served in proceedings governed by Bahraini, Egyptian, English, French, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Libyan, Moroccan, New York, Omani, Pakistani, Qatari, Saudi, Spanish, Swiss, Syrian, Italian and United Arab Emirates law(s), as well as the general principles of law.

Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is listed on the rosters of many arbitral institutions including the ADCCAC, BCDR-AAA, CRCICA, DIAC, KLRCA and CIETAC, and has served as ‘Sole Arbitrator’, ‘Presiding Arbitrator’, ‘Co-Arbitrator’, and ‘Counsel’ in more than 175 cases, involving parties from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the United States. Throughout his appointments as arbitrator or counsel, Abdel Wahab has acted in multi-hundred million dollars cases in the telecommunications, construction, oil and gas, investment, hotel management, transport, insurance, and financial sectors.

Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab appeared in cases under the auspices of the AAA, CRCICA, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, ICSID, JCAA, LCIA, LMAA, SCC, SIAC, as well as ad hoc UNCITRAL proceedings. He has also acted in mega disputes involving State and State-owned entities from different countries, and has handled disputes governed by Egyptian, English, French, New York, Swiss, Italian, Spanish, United Arab Emirates, Saudi, Bahraini, Kuwaiti, Libyan, and Omani law(s), as well as the general principles of law.

Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab’s impressive Clients’ list includes (representative list): Archirodon, Amer Group, Apache Corporation, Arab Contractors, Bawabet Al Kuwait, Bechtel, Besix, British American Tobacco, CEMEX, Ciment Français, CITADEL, Credit Agricole, Dragon Oil, Egyptian Fertilizers Company, Egyptian Kuwaiti Holding, Enka, International Chamber of Commerce, Link dot Net, Methanex Corporation, Nile Douma Holding, Orascom Construction Industries, Orange, Orascom Telecommunications, Philip Morris, Promomedia, QSOFT, Shelf Drilling, SODIC, Suez Canal Containers Terminal, TAQA Arabia, Titan Cement, TOTAL,and others.

Professional Memberships

Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris.

Member of the Court of Arbitration, LCIA, London.

President, LCIA Arab Users’ Council (May 2016 – June 2018).

Vice Chair, IBA Arbitration Committee.

Member of the Advisory Committee, Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), Egypt.

Member of the ICDR/AAA International Advisory Committee.

Member of the SIAC African User’s Council.

Member of the Court of Arbitration, Casablanca International Mediation and Arbitration Centre (CIMAC).

Member of the Advisory Council – Africa Arbitration Blog.

Ambassador of International Forum of Professional Mediators (FIMEP).

Committee Member of the IBA Investment Arbitration Sub-Committee (2016-17).

Committee Officer of the IBA Arab Regional Forum.

President of the Advisory Board of the American Bar Association – Rule of Law Initiative in Egypt.

President, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Egypt Branch.

Member of the CIArb’s Board of Management.

Chair of the CIArb’s Technology Committee.

Member of the CIArb’s Practice and Standards Committee.

Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (“CEDR”) Accredited Mediator.

The Mediation and Conciliation Network (“MCN”) Accredited Arbitrator.

Co-Director, CIArb’s Diploma on Islamic Banking, Finance, and Arbitration in cooperation with INCEIF, Malaysia (September 2015)

Member of the Board of Advisors, Arbitrator Intelligence.

International Expert Member of the Sixth Working Group of the Permanent Forum of China Construction Law – China.

Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA).

Career

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Cairo, Egypt (since June 2009)

Founding Partner, and Head of the Firm’s International Arbitration, Oil & Gas, Construction and Project Finance Groups.

UNCITRAL (December 2012 & July 2013)

Expert Consultant, Group Meeting on ODR, Vienna

United Nations, New York, USA (2014 – 2015)

Independent Consultant, Mediation Services, Office of Ombudsman Services, UN.

Information Technology Industry Development Authority (ITIDA), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Egypt (2005-2012)

Senior Legal Counselor, International Contracts & Projects.

Mahmoud Shaltout – Chambers & Partners

2019

Mr. Shaltout practices complex litigation in civil, commercial, administrative disputes, as well as specialised litigation in insurance, intellectual property, real estate, tax and environment before Egyptian ordinary, economic, and Conseil d’Etat (administrative) courts. He represents clients in different proceedings before judiciary, experts of the Egyptian ministry of justice, ministerial committees on settlement of investment disputes, public funds authorities, and tax committees. Mr. Shaltout acts as counsel for, and prosecutes proceedings on behalf of clients in a wide range of industrial and commercial sectors, including leading local and international banks, FMCGs, real estate developers, and companies in the oil & gas, petrochemicals, cement, tobacco, glass and power generation industries.

Professional Memberships

Mr. Shaltout is a member of the Egyptian Bar Association, licensed before the Egyptian Court of Cassation, the Supreme Administrative Court, and the High Constitutional Court.

Career

Mr. Shaltout is a Founding Partner and Head of Litigation Zulficar & Partners Law Firm from 2009 to date. He has about 20 years’ litigation experience with a proven track record of successful litigation in hundreds of court cases, significant contributions to major arbitration cases, dispute settlements and land mark mergers and acquisitions in Egypt.

Anwar Zeidan – Chambers & Partners

2019

Anwar Zeidan is a founding partner and head of the Firm’s Capital Market Department. He specializes in several legal areas, which mainly include: capital market transactions, M&A, investment banking, taxes and employment.

He has extensive experience in conducting legal due diligence and legal audits involving public and private Egyptian companies and banks.

Mr. Zeidan is a leading expert in matters related to the Capital Markets and advises clients on tender offers, rights issue, swaps and IPOs, stock exchange rules and disclosure requirements. He is recognized as the leading Egyptian expert in the Employees Stock Option Plans in Egypt (ESOP) setting the models for the market.

Mr. Zeidan was recently one of the leading partners and an active member of the M&A team handling major transactions in Egypt.

Professional Memberships

Egyptian Bar Association, American Chamber of Commerce

Career

Founding Partner and Head of Capital Markets from June 2009 to date, Partner in Shalakny Law Office from 2007 to 2009, Associate and Senior Associate in Shalakany Law Office from 1998 to 2007.

To Whom: Anwar Zeidan

Ingy Badawy – Chambers & Partners

2019

Dr. Badawy is a Founding Partner and Head of Zulficar and Partners’ Mergers and Acquisitions Group and a member of the Firm’s Arbitration Group.

Her main practice areas are M&A, Restructuring, Capital Market Transactions and Arbitration.

Dr. Badawy is recognized for her exceptional skills in drafting and negotiations of all contracts necessary in any M & A transaction, particularly share purchase agreements, shareholders agreements, management agreements, escrow agreements, as well as merger and restructuring agreements. Dr. Badawy has also played a key role in major initial public offerings and private equity funding transactions handled by the Firm.

Dr. Badawy also provides Egyptian and multinational clients with valuable general corporate advice as well as specific advice relating to Environmental Law matters.

Professional Memberships

Egyptian Bar Association and American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt

Career

Dr. Badawy has been a practicing lawyer since 1994. Before cofounding Zulficar and Partners Law Firm in 2009, Dr. Badawy was a partner at Shalakany Law Office.

Personal

Dr. Badawy has a BSC of Law ,Cairo University. a Master’s Degree from the Institute of International Business Law, Cairo University, a Master’s degree (D.E.S.S) Litigation and Arbitration from University of Paris II Assas and a Ph.D in International Arbitration, University of Paris I Sorbonne.

Dr. Badawy’s working languages are Arabic, English and French.

To Whom: Ingy Badawy

Ashraf Ihab – Chambers & Partners

2019

Ashraf Ihab is a founding partner and deputy chair of the Executive Committee of Zulficar and Partners Law Firm. A practicing attorney for more than 30 years, he is specialized in banking and finance. He drafted, negotiated and concluded numerous syndication and credit facility agreements and assisted major banks in the preparation of banking standard forms as well as Islamic finance agreements. Moreover, he handled transactions pertaining to securitization and issuance of bonds and provided legal advice to banks, financial institutions and industries on financial leasing, mortgage finance and micro-finance.

Professional Memberships

Egyptian Bar Association, International Bar Association and American Chamber of Commerce, Egypt

Career

Founding Partner, Deputy Chair of the Executive Committee and

Head of Banking and Finance Group, Zulficar and Partners Law Firm, June 2009 to date; Senior Partner, Member of Executive Committee and Head of Contracts and Advisory Group, Shalakany Law Office from 2006 until May 2009. General Counsel, Mashreq Bank, Dubai, 2005-2006. Partner and Senior Partner, Member of Executive Committee and Head of Banking and Capital Market Group, Shalakany Law Office from 1994 until 2005. Associate and Senior Associate, Shalakany Law Office, from 1985 to 1994.

To Whom: Ashraf Ihab

Mona Zulficar – Chambers & Partners

2019

As a founding partner and chair of the Executive Committee, Mona Zulficar oversees the operations of the Firm’s six specialized departments assisting clients in various practice areas. A practicing attorney for more than 30 years, she is a specialist in major financial, industrial, and commercial transactions and has negotiated, drafted, and concluded all the major contracts required by some of the most important joint venture businesses in Egypt. Involved in major credit, project finance, restructuring of companies, as well as M&A transactions, she is particularly recognized for handling ground breaking and precedent transactions. These include the first Egyptian three BOOT Power Plants in 1998 and 2002, the first GSM Telecom Concession to MobiNil in 1998, the first commercial aircraft mortgage financing for Egyptair in 1989, the first GDR issue and listing on the LSE for CIB in 1996, the first leverage buyout of Helwan Cement Company on behalf of ASEC Cement in 2005, the first subordinated bond issuance for MobiNil (currently Orange Egypt) in 2005, the first PPP for Orasqualia related to the Cairo Wastewater Project in 2010, the first demerger of Orascom Telecom (OT) in 2012, the first dual listing for Orascom Construction on NASDAQ Dubai and the EGX in March 2015, the first sale of retail business for Citibank in 2015, the first major Repo Transaction based on GMRA for a group of international banks with the CBE in 2016, and the first successful FIT Program for the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company in October 2017, to establish the largest solar park in a single site in the world of 1600 MGW upon construction in Benban, Aswan.

Professional Memberships

Member of the Egyptian Bar Association, 1981 to date.

Member of the International Bar Association.

Member of the Central Bank of Egypt/National Council for Women Steering Committee on Financial Inclusion, 2017.

Member of Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA) Advisory Committee on Microfinance, 2017.

Member of National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) Committee for the Protection of Users’ Rights, 2017.

Vice President, Commission of 50, which drafted the Egyptian Constitution of 2014.

Vice Chairperson and Member, UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, 2008 – 2013.

Member, Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Egypt, 2003 – 2011.

Member, Council of Advisers of the World Bank for Middle East & North Africa Region 2000-2006.

Career

Founding Partner and Chairperson of the Executive Committee, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, June 2009 to date;

Partner and Senior Partner at Shalakany Law Office from 1978 until May 2009.

Chairperson (Non-executive), Board of Directors, EFG Hermes Holding, SAE 2008-2017.

She has played and continues to play a key role in developing and drafting new economic legislation as adviser and member of national drafting committees on important laws, such as the Investment Law, the Telecom Law, the Companies and Capital Market Laws, the Special Economic Zones Law and the Banking Law. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Egypt, she was directly involved in the ambitious institutional and regulatory reform program of the banking sector during the period 2003-2011.

Complementing her professional activities with a commitment to community activism, she has been an active advocate for human rights and women’s rights in Egypt and internationally.

Elected in September 2015 chairperson of the first Egyptian Microfinance Federation, as she founded and chairs Al Tadamun Microfinance Foundation providing micro-credit to poor women since 2000 and Women’s Health Improvement Association in Cairo since 1990.

Among many other awards, in 2009, she received la legion d’honneur from the President of France for her significant professional role in concluding landmark commercial and financial transactions between Egypt and France and for her achievements in the field of human rights. She also received in 2010 an honorary Ph.D. from the Faculty of Law, University of Zurich for her achievements, particularly regarding women’s rights.

To Whom: Mona Zulficar

Zulficar & Partners – Chambers & Partners

2019

Zulficar & Partners is an international corporate law and arbitration practice firm based in the Nile City Building in the heart of Cairo, Egypt. It mainly specialises in banking and project finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital market procedures and transactions, oil and gas, IT, anti-trust, litigation and international arbitration. The firm offers a comprehensive range of legal services to a diverse array of commercial, industrial, and financial clients both in Egypt and internationally. Established in June 2009, the firm has nine partners and more than 45 associates.

Drawing on the unparalleled expertise of its partners and associates, the firm brings to the legal market a blend of exceptional individual skills as well as more than 35 years of legal experience. The firm prides itself as having star quality partners and associates possessing recognized track records in establishing precedents and introducing innovative products, structures and solutions to the Egyptian market through their creative and proactive problem solving approach. Zulficar & Partners aspires and pledges to provide its clients with top quality legal services to serve and enhance their business needs. Together with a strong culture of professional ethics and corporate social responsibility, these have always been the firm’s trademark seal that distinguish it and make a difference for its clients.

Zulficar & Partners provides a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art legal services for its wide variety of international and domestic corporate and governmental clients as well as other entities, such as non-profit organisations. It is currently growing at an accelerated pace and has already established itself as a market leader and precedent maker. The firm is regularly ranked as a top tier in various practice areas, and its partners are regularly ranked as top tier leading lawyers, notably under Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and Chamber and Partners.

Moreover, Zulficar & Partners, having the privilege of being involved in drafting new laws and taking part in national drafting committees formed by the competent ministers or authorities, utilises its experience in dealing with legal problems facing investors to promote solutions through legislative changes. The firm also provides its clients, from time to time, with legal updates that may be relevant to their field of interest.

In 2017, IFLR ranked the firm as Tier 1 in banking, capital markets, M&A and project finance, and acknowledged Mona Zulficar, Ashraf Ihab, Anwar Zeidan and Dr. Ingy Badawy as Leading Lawyers. Similarly, Legal 500 ranked the firm as Tier 1 in banking and finance, corporate, M&A and dispute resolution, naming Ashraf Ihab, Anwar Zeidan and Dr. Ingy Badawy as Leading Individuals. Recommended lawyers by Legal 500 include Mona Zulficar in banking and finance; while Chambers and Partners ranked the firm as a Band 1 in dispute resolution and in banking and finance and Band 2 in corporate, M&A. Chambers and Partners ranked Mona Zulficar as the only “Eminent Practitioner” in banking and finance in Egypt as well as an “Eminent Practitioner” in corporate M&A, Prof Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab as the only “Star Individual” in arbitration in Egypt and ranked Mr. Mahmoud Shaltout as Band 2 in dispute resolution.

 Main Areas of Practice:
Zulficar & Partners has been ranked by Chambers and Partners Global Guide in the following:
■ Banking & Finance
■ Corporate/M&A
■ Dispute Resolution

Mona Zulficar and Chambers & Partners

2016

Egypt, Banking & Finance
Band 1

Mona Zulficar maintains an eminent reputation amongst market observers and is described by clients as “highly knowledgeable and skilful – she can always find solutions.” She is known for her adept negotiations and her expertise on the Egyptian banking system.

Egypt, Corporate/M&A
Band 1

Mona Zulficar was described by one source as “fantastic and unique in her ability to help clients navigate through the banking and capital markets maze.” She is often called upon to advise on market-leading transactions.

 

Practice Areas: BANKING, M & A
To Whom: Mona Zulficar

Ashraf Ihab and Chambers & Patners

2016

Egypt, Banking & Finance
Band 3

Head of practice Ashraf Ihab is described as a “very reasonable adviser who is very protective of his clients.” He is a finance specialist with noted expertise in structuring complex credit facilities.

Practice Areas: BANKING
To Whom: Ashraf Ihab

Mahmoud Shaltout and Chambers & Partners

2016

Egypt, Dispute Resolution
Band 2

Mahmoud Shaltout is described as being “among the best litigators working in the local courts in Egypt.” He heads the firm’s litigation practice and specialises in IP and commercial law.

Practice Areas: LITIGATION

Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab and Chambers & Partners

2016

Egypt, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration
Star Individuals

According to one source, Mohamed Abdel Wahab is “very knowledgeable, extremely responsive and he really does make the jurisdiction more approachable for clients.” A noted arbitration specialist, he has significant experience advising on telecommunications and construction disputes.

Practice Areas: ARBITRATION

Chambers Global Rankings – Egypt

2015

Banking & Finance – Egypt

“What the team is known for Best known for representing lenders in some of Egypt’s largest transactions, including major syndicated loans. Clients include international banks and some of Egypt’s biggest domestic banks.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“Always my first choice: they are quick and responsive.”

“There is harmony – I like their approach, which is as one firm.”

Work highlights Acted for Banque Misr as a lender on the refinancing of a EGP2.26 billion syndicated loan.

Represented HSBC as a lender in the refinancing of a syndicated loan of EGP670 million to Beni Suef Cement.”

Significant clients Banque Misr, Arab African International Bank, National Bank of Egypt, HSBC.”

Corporate/M&A – Egypt

“What the team is known for Significant strengths in M&A and capital markets, with notable expertise in the real estate and energy sectors. The key lawyers attract tremendous respect, not only for commercial law, but for their experience working with regulatory bodies and on constitutional issues.Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“They gave us decisive and knowledgeable advice and did everything possible to make the deal succeed.””Hard-working and creative.”Work highlights Acted for Altimo on its mandatory tender offer to purchase Orascom Telecom Holding for USD1.8 billion.”

Dispute Resolution – Egypt

“What the team is known for Has considerable strength in arbitration, and its litigation practice is also well known in the market. Praised for its expertise in handling high-value disputes. Has experience in the telecommunications and construction sectors, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“They all work extremely well as a team.”

Work highlights Represented Mobinil in an arbitration concerning a USD1.65 billion dispute with Telecom Egypt over an interconnection agreement.

Acted for SODIC as the claimant on a USD217 million arbitration concerning a construction joint venture.

Significant clients SCCT, OCI, Cemex, BAT, Crédit Agricole.”

Zulficar & Partners Selected Firm in GAR 100

2015

Zulficar & Partners Selected Firm in GAR 100

Zulficar & Partners Top Tier Firm in IFLR1000

2015

“Zulficar & Partners holds its Tier 1 position across the board and remains one of the most prestigious law firms in Egypt under founding partner Mona Zulficar, a doyen of the market. The other key partners are Firas El Samad, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Ashraf Ihab, Ingy Badawy and Anwar Zeidan.

Examples of work include advising private equity firm Abraaj Group on its E£202 million (€22 million) acquisition of Cairo Medical Center, a company listed on the Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX). The deal was structured as a mandatory tender offer on up to 100% of the company’s shares and completed in July 2014.

In an equity capital markets case, the firm acted for EGX-listed real estate developer SODIC on its E£1 billion capital increase. The office also represented SODIC in a high value litigation and arbitration.

In a high value financing, the team represented The Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (MobiNil) on an E£815 million two-tranche syndicated medium term loan facility to finance the repayment of bonds due in January 2015 and to fund capital, operating and corporate expenditure. The lenders included the National Bank of Egypt, the Industrial Development and Workers Bank, the Egyptian Gulf Bank and Blom Bank Egypt.”

Zulficar & Partners Top Tier Firm in The LEGAL 500

2015

“Within Banking and finance, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm is a first tier firm, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm provides ‘solid, practical advice and a strategic approach’. Highlights included advising Mobinil as borrower of an E£815m syndicated loan. Ashraf Ihab heads the banking practice and founding partner Mona Zulficar ‘demonstrates again and again that she is an exceptional business lawyer and negotiator’.

Within Corporate and M&A, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm is a first tier firm, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm ‘ticks all the boxes in terms of response times, industry knowledge, business acumen and value for money’. ‘Very thorough and experienced’ M&A lead partner Ingy Badawy and head of capital markets Anwar Zeidan, who is ‘a good negotiator’, advised private equity firm Abraaj Group on the E£202m acquisition of Cairo Medical Centre. Mona Zulficar and Firas El Samad ‘have the respect of the business community’.

Within Dispute resolution, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm is a first tier firm, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm is ‘the best firm in Cairo for international disputes’. Mohamed Abdel Wahab is ‘one of the brightest of his generation, a strong thinker and excellent advocate who knows arbitration inside out’. He acted as local counsel alongside Clifford Chance to assist Bawabet Al Kuwait in a $750m ICSID arbitration case.

Within Telecoms, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm is a second tier firm, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm provides ‘excellent, practical advice’. It is longstanding counsel to Egypt’s leading mobile network operator Mobinil, as well as IBM and Microsoft. Managing partner Firas El Samad is highly recommended.”

Within Legal market overview Leading individuals

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