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Zulficar & Partners Law Firm Offices
NILE CITY BUILDING, SOUTH TOWER, 8TH FLOOR
2005 A CORNICH EL NIL
RAMLET BEAULAC, CAIRO 11221
Zulficar & Partners Law Firm > The Legal 500 Rankings
Egypt > Banking and finance Tier 1The banking group at Zulficar & Partners Law Firm handles a broad range of banking and finance matters for prominent international and domestic banks, financial institutions and corporate and government clients. Syndicated loan agreements, credit facility agreements and regulation are particular areas of expertise for the team. Founding partner Mona Zulficar is a specialist in major restructuring, project finance and M&A transactions, meanwhile Ashraf Ihab acts as head of the banking and finance group, handling security documents, syndicated loans and credit facility agreements. Dania El Samad is another major name, specialising in project finance.
Mona Zulficar; Ashraf Ihab
Other key lawyers:
Dania El Samad; Nour Eldin Al-Senawy; Lamia Marei
Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait – Egypt
Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait K.S.C.P
Arab African International Bank
Arab Banking Corporation
African Export-Import Bank
Cairo Investment for Real Estate Development
Canal Sugar Company
Central Bank of Egypt
Commercial International Bank
Credit Agricole Egypt
Egyptian Mud Engineering & Chemicals Co.
Egyptian Methanex Methanol Company, SAE
MUFG Securities EMEA plc.
National Bank of Egypt
National Bank of Kuwait
National Bank of Oman
National Automotive Company
Powertek (Formerly Tanjong)
Societe Generale Bank
Suez Canal Bank
The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development
The United Bank
The Bank of New York Mellon
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
- Advised MUFG Securities EMEA plc., The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) on the refinancing of (6) renewable solar energy projects located in Aswan, Egypt, through Green Bond Issuance.
- Advised Arab Investment Bank SAE and Arab African International Bank, SAE in the Syndicated Medium Term Facility Agreement in Three Tranches in the amount of USD 76.5 Million and EGP 266 Million and EGP 276 Million to Proger Egypt for Engineering and Management S.A.E.
- Advised Canal Sugar Company S.A.E as the Egyptian legal counsel in the Multicurrency Facilities Agreement for an amount of up to EGP7.457.000.000 for the purpose of financing up to 60% of the Investment Costs of construction and operation of an integrated agro-processing project which includes beet sugar mill and a large scale firm for assorted crop cultivation in West Al Menya Governorate.
Ingy Badawy; Anwar Zeidan
Other key lawyers:
Mona Zulficar; Firas El Samad
‘The team at Zulficar & Partners is diverse and very capable.’
‘Ms. Mona Zulficar is an eminent partner and Anwar Zeidan and Ingy Badawy are both very highly qualified.’
‘The level of service is outstanding’
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
Fawry for Banking Technology and Electronic Payment
Cairo for Investment & Real Estate Development
Sovereign Fund of Egypt
Cleopatra Hospitals Group
Camel Flour Mills-Moatabar Group
Marakez For Real Estate Investment S.A.E
Namaa for Development and Real Estate Investment S.A.E
- Advised Coca-Cola HBC Holdings BV in its acquisition of approximately 94.7% of Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt S.A.E. for a combined purchase price of USD 427 million.
- Advised both the Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE) and EFG Hermes Holding S.A.E in their landmark transaction of acquiring 76% of the Arab Investment Bank for a total amount of EGP 3.8 billion.
- Advised the Arab Banking Corporation (Bank ABC) in its acquisition from Blom Bank, SAL of its entire shareholding stake amounting to 99.4% in Blom Bank Egypt, in a deal worth EGP 6.7 billion.
Mohamed Abdel Wahab
‘Mohamed Abdel Wahab – very prepared arbitrator; deep experience in international arbitration; very thoughtful in his comments; collegial; engaged; insightful and sharp questions.’
‘Mohamed Abdel Wahab: Highly respected, very experienced arbitrator, exhibiting highest standard of integrity and ethics.’
‘Well-trained lawyers with remarkable high skills and capabilities. The firm uses the state of the art technology in serving its clients.’
‘Mohamed Salah Abdel Wahab is an outstanding arbitration practitioner.’
‘By far, this is the best arbitration law firm in Egypt and the Middle East. Led by one of the most talented arbitration practitioners worldwide, Mohamed Salah Abdel Wahad, the arbitration team groups rigorous female and made lawyers who combine knowledge and expertise. Female lawyers are well represented in this practice and many have senior positions in the team.’
‘Mohamed Abdel Wahab is one of the brightest lawyers in the MENA. His pleasant and approachable personality adds to his extraordinary analytical skills and legal culture.’
‘The firm has an extensive knowledge in Middle Eastern legislation. Team members understands both civil law and common law. The team is extremely capable and highly professional.’
‘PMohamed Abdel Wahab is a very highly regarded professional and a leading international arbitrator. He is also one of the rare academician in the region who understands the applicable law notably sharia law in international arbitration. He has the quality of being knowledgeable in several system of laws: common law, civil law and sharia law. He definitely stands out in the pool of arbitrators notably in the MENA region.’
APM Terminals (Suez Canal Container Terminal)
Bawabet Al Kuwait Holding Co.
Egyptian Fertilizers Company (EFC)/ Orascom Construction Industries (OCI)
Nile Douma Holding
Sixth October Development and Investment Company S.A.E. (SODIC)
Cheiron Zaafarana Petroleum Company Limited
- Acted as legal expert on Bahraini law in an ICC arbitration case against Majid Al Futtaim Properties LLC (formerly known as MAF INVESTMENTS LLC) in relation to a shareholders agreement. The case was governed by Bahraini law.
- Acted as legal expert on Saudi law for Air Products (the Defendant), a world-leading industrial gases company, in a litigation dispute before the US Court brought by minority shareholders in a Saudi based company. The case was governed by Saudi law.
- Represented THE ARAB CONTRACTORS in a CRCICA dispute against an Iraqi individual and shareholder in the Iraqi Arab Contractors Company in relation to a founder’s agreement.
Egypt > Energy Tier 2Zulficar & Partners Law Firm‘s international arbitration team represents prominent clients in the energy sector in the prosecution of complex international commercial and investment arbitration disputes, particularly within the oil and gas sector. The team is regularly engaged on drafting upstream and downstream concessions, as well as joint ventures, supply and services agreements and takeover disputes. Mohamed Abdel Wahab leads the practice as an expert in international arbitration within the oil and gas sector.
Mohamed Abdel Wahab
Other key lawyers:
Youssef Al Saman; Moustafa Alameldin
Advanced Energy Systems “ADES”
Bawabet Al Kuwait Holding “BKH”
Egyptian Fertilizers Company “EFC”
New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA)
Zulficar & Partners Law Firm > Firm Profile
Zulficar& Partners is a premier international arbitration and corporate law firm based in the heart of Cairo, Egypt, providing a comprehensive range of legal services, to a diverse array of clients, both in Egypt and internationally.
Since its establishment in 2009, the Firm has been providing a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art legal services to a diverse portfolio of national and international commercial, investment, industrial and financial clients, as well as state and state-owned entities. Zulficar& Partners has established itself as a legal market leader regionally and a a precedent maker across all sectors and disciplines, with a clear track record of success, being well known for its innovative, strategic and result- oriented.
Zulficar& Partners leads the market with five- star quality groups of 16 partners and more than 65 senior associates, associates and counsels. The Firm was founded by seven Founding Partners, where Ms. Mona Zulficar serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee.
The Firm is regularly ranked as a first-tier dispute resolution and arbitration practice and regularly features as a leading dispute resolutions and and arbitration firm in leading directories. It is the only Egyptian Firm that featured for no less than nine consecutive years in the GAR100 guide to the world’s top arbitration firms since 2015.
In 2023, Zulficar& Partners was top- ranked by Chambers Global Guide 2023, in Banking& Finance Capital Markets, Corporate/ M&A, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and Litigation (Egypt), naming Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Founding Partner and Head of the International Arbitration, Construction and Oil& GAs Groups, as “one of the best- known arbitration lawyers un Egypt” and Mr. Mahmoud Shaltout, Founding Partner and Head of the Litigation Group as “Smart, good on his feel and very engaged” and naming Ms. Mona Zulficar “The guru of banking law” and Mr. Anwar Zeidan, Founding Partner and Head of the Capital Market and Procedures Groups , as “One of the best in capital markets” and Mariam El Masry, Partner at the M& A Group as “A very Strong Lawyer“.
The IFLR1000 ranks Zulficar& Partners as TIER1 in Banking, M& A, Project Finance and Capital Markets, Debt& Equity, and acknowledged Ms. Mona Zulficar, Ashraf Ihab, Dr. Ingy Badawy and Anwar Zeidan as Highly Regarded Lawyers, Dr. Firas El Samad, Founding& Managing Partner and Head of Competition& Technology Groups, as a Notable Practitioner, and Partners, Mariam El Masry and Rana Al Nahal as Rising Stars.
Zulficar & Partners is a premier arbitration and corporate law firm based in the heart of Cairo, Egypt, providing a comprehensive range of legal services, to a diverse array of clients, both in Egypt and internationally.
Since its establishment in 2009, the firm has been providing a comprehensive and bespoke range of state-of-the-art legal services to a diverse portfolio of national and international commercial, investment, industrial and financial clients, as well as state and state-owned entities.
Zulficar& Partners Firm has established itself as a legal market leader regionally and a precedent-maker across all sectors and disciplines, with a clear track record of success; being well known for its innovative, strategic, and result-oriented techniques and services.
The Firm leads the market with five-star quality groups of 16 partners and more than 65 senior associates, associates, and counsels, specializing in Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Construction, Corporate/ M&As, Energy, and Litigation.
Zulficar& Partners was founded by seven Founding Partners. Ms. Mona Zulficar serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee. She is an attorney for more than 40 years, with a specialization in major restructuring projects finance, and M&A transactions, and a commitment to community activism and advocacy for human rights and women’s rights in Egypt and internationally since 1985. Ms. Zulficar has received many local, regional, and international awards, in addition to being listed by Forbes Middle East as one of the 50 most powerful businesswomen in the region for the last four consecutive years.
The Firm is well known for its award-winning and world-class Arbitration Group, founded and headed by Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab, the Arbitration Group is available and able to conduct international arbitral proceedings in diverse jurisdictions, under various laws, and in different languages to the highest standards of efficiency and professionalism, and is regularly instructed to represent corporations, investors and governmental entities from across the globe in arbitral proceedings under major institutional rules including the AAA, ADCCAC, CRCICA, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, ICSID, JCAA, LCIA, LMAA, SCC, and SIAC, as well as ad-hoc proceedings governed by the UNCITRAL rules and/or diverse national laws.
Zulficar and Partner’s solid Arbitration Group is founded on a combination of knowledge, expertise, creativity, and strategic dispute management. We pride ourselves as market leaders in the world of arbitration, where we regularly prosecute cases under major institutional rules and in ad-hoc proceedings.
Zulficar and Partner’s Banking& Finance Group is founded on the achievements track records and expertise of its members. Headed by Founding Partner, Mr. Ashraf Ihab, the Banking& Finance
Group distinguishes itself by its strict observance of a set of uncompromising values and principles that mark its identity and professional culture. The Group provides a comprehensive range of legal services for a wide variety of renowned international and regional banks, financial institutions, corporate and governmental clients as well as other entities.
The Firm’s Litigation Group has extensive experience with the procedural and substantive laws in Egypt. Headed by Founding Partner Mr. Mahmoud Shaltout, our Litigation group has the expertise and required skills to represent local and international clients in all complex domestic claims, multi-jurisdictional litigation, IP & competition law practice. The Group also has an extensive well known Taxation litigation practice, further to the extensive experience handling privatization disputes.
Zulficar and Partner’s Corporate/ M&A Group is handled by two main groups within the Firm: The Mergers and Acquisition Group headed by Founding Partner Dr. Ingy Badawy and the Capital Markets and Procedural Group, headed by Founding Partner Mr. Anwar Zeidan. Founding and Managing Partner Dr. Firas El Samad is a prominent and active member of the Merger& Acquisitions Group, in addition to being the Head of the Competition Law and IT group. Ms. Mona Zulficar also provides the group with valuable support when required.
The Firm’s M&A Group is recognized and signaled for establishing precedents and introducing innovative products, structures, and solutions to the Egyptian market through its creative and proactive problem-solving approaches. The Group has represented and continues to represent clients in major domestic as well as cross-border transactions, restructuring and acquisition, joint ventures, IPOs, and private equality funding transactions in various sectors, including healthcare, banking and finance, education, electronics, E- Payment Solutions, renewable energy, oil and gas, real estate, consumer goods, and other diverse industrial sectors.
Zulficar& Partner’s Capital Markets Group is the market leader in Egypt, with extensive and significant hands-on experience in all Capital Market transactions. Headed by Founding Partner Mr. Anwar Zeidan, the Group is not only known for its in-depth- knowledge of the regulatory framework but is also proactively helping to shape regulations through its constant interaction with the regulators. Recently the Group assisted in the preparation of the first SPAC regulations. The group has been involved in most of the landmark successful tender offers and IPOs executed in Egypt during the last ten years.
The Firm is regularly ranked as a first-tier dispute resolution and arbitration practice and regularly features as a leading dispute resolution and arbitration firm in leading directories. Partners and lawyers of the Arbitration Group are regularly published on intricate and hot topics of dispute resolution and are regularly invited to speak at international dispute resolution fora and events. The Firm is the only
Egyptian Firm that featured for no less than nine consecutive years in the GAR 100 guide to the world’s top arbitration firms since 2015.
The IFLR1000 ranks the Firm as Tier 1 in Banking, M&A, Project Finance and Capital Markets; Debt& Equity, and acknowledged Mona Zulficar, Ashraf Ihab, Dr. Ingy Badawy, and Anwar Zeidan as Highly Regarded Lawyers, Dr. Firas El Samad as a Notable Practitioner,
Mariam El Masry and Rana Al Nahal as Rising Stars.
In 2023, the Firm was top-ranked by Chambers Global Guide 2023, in Banking& Finance Capital Markets, Corporate/ M&A, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, and Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Egypt), naming Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab as “One of the best- known arbitration lawyers in Egypt”, and Mahmoud Shaltout as “Smart, good on his feet and very engaged.”, and naming Ms. Mona Zulficar “The guru of banking law”, and Mr. Anwar Zeidan as “ One of the best in capital markets”, and Mariam El Masry as “A very strong lawyer”.
In 2022, the Firm won Merger Control Law Firm of the Year in Egypt by the global law annual awards for the work done by Dr. Firas El Samad in this area and the WWL said “Mohamed Abdel Wahab is an all-time great of construction arbitration”.
Furthermore, the Legal 500 ranked the Firm as Top Tier in Banking and Finance, Commercial Corporate and M&A, and Dispute Resolution Arbitration and Litigation, naming Mona Zulficar, Ashraf Ihab, Anwar Zeidan, Dr. Ingy Badawy, Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, and Mahmoud Shaltout as Leading Individuals. Partner Youssef AL Saman was mentioned as a Next- generation partner in Dispute Resolution Arbitration. Dr. Ingy Badawy was also named in the IFLR100 Women Leaders of 2022 for her continuous achievements.
In 2021, Chambers & Partners ranked the Firm as Band 1 in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and Litigation and in Banking and Finance, naming Mona Zulficar as “One of the best banking and finance lawyers in the country” Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab “An absolute star in arbitration”, and Mahmoud Shaltout as Band 1 in Dispute Resolution: Litigation, stating that he is “Regarded by interviewees as an ‘Exceptional Lawyer’” Band 1 in Capital Markets naming Anwar Zeidan “A leading figure in Egyptian capital markets”, and Ashraf Ihab is noted for “His in-depth knowledge of bond issuances and securitizations”.