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Zulficar & Partners Law Firm

Work Department

Founding Partner and Chair of Executive Committee


Chairperson EFG Hermes Holding, SAE (Non-executive) (2008 – to date)

Chairperson, Egyptian Microfinance Federation (2015 – to date)

Expert Member, Board of Directors, Central Bank of Egypt (2003-2011)

VP of the Constitutional Committee of 50 of the 2014 Constitution

VP & Member, UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee (2008-2013)

Member, National Council for Human Rights, Egypt (Sept.2013 to date)

Chairperson, Women’s Health Improvement Association, Cairo

Founder and Chairperson, Al Tadamun Microfinance Foundation

Chairperson, EFG Foundation for Social Development (2006 – to date)

Chairperson, External Gender Consultative Group, World Bank, Washington DC (2000 – 2006)

Member, National Council for Women (2000 – 2006)


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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She founded and chairs Al Tadamun Microfinance Foundation, focused on economic empowerment of poor women and ranked as one of the best 100 MFI’s by CGAP. She has also been elected Chairperson of the first Egyptian Microfinance Federation since 2015; she also chairs the Women’s Health Improvement Association in Cairo, as well as the EFG Hermes Foundation for Social Development.  She has been elected an expert member and Deputy Chairperson of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee from 2008 till September 2013, Chairperson of the World Bank’s External Gender Consultative Group from 2000 to 2006 and served as a member of the National Council for Human Rights in Egypt from 2004 until June 2012.  Currently she has been reappointed to the Council as of September 2013.


Ms. Zulficar obtained her political science and law degrees from Cairo University and Mansoura University and an honorary doctorate degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Zurich. She has also received many local, regional and international awards, including la Legion d’Honneur from the President of France in 2008 and the IFLR Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. In 2019, she has been listed by Forbes Middle East as among the 100 most influential business women in the Middle East and the only Egyptian in the Top 25.

Lawyer Rankings

Egypt > Banking and finance

(Hall of Fame)

Mona ZulficarZulficar & Partners Law Firm

The 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.