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Zulficar & Partners Law Firm

Banking and finance Tier 1

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm has 'a superb finance practice that leads the market'. Mona Zulficar is 'highly respected for the most complex work'. She advised an international bank syndicate on a $1.36bn repurchase agreement. Ashraf Ihab, who handled an EGP150m bridge facility for Banque Misr, is also recommended.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

At Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, head of M&A Ingy Badawy is regarded as one of the leading deal makers in Egypt. Her department regularly handles high-value M&A deals for clients such as Abraaj Group. Head of capital markets Anwar Zeidan and competition partner Firas El Samad are also recommended.

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm has 'a superb international arbitration practice and leads the Egyptian market', according to one client who describes Mohamed Abdel Wahab as 'an arbitration expert with a global reputation', who is 'one of the best in the world'. Orange, Goldman Sachs and Qsoft are among his clients.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm is known for its prominence in high-profile litigation and practice head  Mahmoud Shaltout has extensive experience in commercial and civil matters including IP, tax and banking disputes. He acted for Qsoft in a Court of Appeal case to annul an $11m arbitral award.

The firm: 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 Banking and Project Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Market Procedures and Transactions, Oil & 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 52 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. The firm 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.

The firm 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 organizations. 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 & 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, utilizes 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, ranking Mona Zulficar as the only “Eminent Practitioner” in Banking & Finance in Egypt as well as an “Eminent Practitioner” in Corporate M & A and 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.

Areas of practice

Members of the firm have handled throughout their long years of experience incorporation and/or corporate advice on a regular basis for major corporate clients, including, for example, General Motors Egypt, Orange, Egyptian Kuwaiti Holding Company (EKH), Commercial International Bank (CIB), EFG Hermes Holding Company, Credit Agricole Egypt, Philip Morris Egypt, Egyptian Glass Company (a Guardian Industries subsidiary), Suez Cement Group, Taqa Arabia, Citadel Capital, Amoun Holding Marakez and SODIC.

Similarly, members of the firm have handled almost all of Egypt’s major mergers and acquisitions during the last three decades, on behalf of buyers and sellers, and, in some cases, as transaction counsel.

The members of the firm have also handled and successfully closed many tender offers, voluntary and mandatory, and have established precedents, particularly in cases of privatisations, acquisition agreements and exceptions to mandatory tender offer rules.

Members of the firm are continuously involved in almost all of Egypt’s equity and debt capital-raising transactions.

Further, the members of the firm are recognised for their leadership position in the area of banking, credit and project finance. During the last three decades, partners of the firm have drafted the standard loan and project finance agreements consistently used by the banks in the market, and have handled almost all the major banking and project finance transactions for billions of Egyptian pounds and billions of US dollars, including the project finance for the first three BOOT power plants for Intergen and EDF, the first commercial aircraft financing for Egyptair, project finance for Egyptian Fertilizers Company, Helwan Fertilizers, Alex Fertilizers, Egyptian Cement Company, Orange, acquisition finance for Orascom Telecom, Citadel Capital, OCI and many others.

Finally, members of the firm have handled mega multi-million dollar disputes before arbitral tribunals, both in ad hoc and institutional proceedings, pertaining to complex investment and commercial matters. The firm has prosecuted proceedings under the auspices of major institutional rules, including the ICSID, ICC, SIAC, LCIA, CRCICA and the PCA. Similarly, partners of the firm have handled major litigation, particularly in the fields of banking, taxes, antitrust, intellectual property, capital markets, before the various courts and have successfully resolved amicably major disputes through their unparalleled mediation skills.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration and ADR
Agency and distribution
Antitrust, competition and trade
Banking, credit and corporate finance
Construction and real estate
Employment, social security and benefits
General corporate
Mergers and acquisitions
Hospitality and tourism
Information technology and telecommunications
Intellectual property
Oil and gas
Project finance and public private partnership
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Anwar Zeidan  photo Mr Anwar Zeidan
Mr Mahmoud Shaltout  photo Mr Mahmoud Shaltout
Dr Ingy Badawy  photo Dr Ingy Badawy
Dr Firas El Sammad  photo Dr Firas El Sammad
Dr Mohamed S Abdel Wahab  photo Dr Mohamed S Abdel Wahab
Ms Mona Zulficar  photo Ms Mona Zulficar
Mr Ashraf Ihab  photo Mr Ashraf Ihab