Firms in the spotlight: Zulficar & Partners Law Firm

Zulficar & Partners is an international arbitration and corporate law firm based in the Nile City Building in the heart of Cairo, Egypt. It mainly specializes in arbitration; banking and project finance; construction; M&A; capital markets; energy; IT and telecoms; competition; labor; tourism and leisure; and litigation. The Firm offers a comprehensive range of legal services to a diverse array of clients, both in Egypt and internationally.

The Firm provides 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 states and state-owned entities. It is well-known for its innovative, strategic and result-oriented techniques and services. The Firm has already established itself as a market leader and precedent-maker across all sectors and disciplines, with a clear track record of success. It is regularly ranked as a top-tier firm in all practice areas, and its partners and lawyers are regularly ranked as top-tier in world-leading directories, including GAR, Legal 500, IFLR, and Chambers Global.

The Firm is regularly ranked as a top-tier dispute resolution and arbitration practice and is the only Egyptian Firm that featured for no less than seven consecutive years in the GAR 100 guide to the world’s top arbitration firms since 2015, with star practitioners such as Professor Dr. Mohamed S Abdel Wahab, who heads the firm’s arbitration group; and Mahmoud Shaltout, who heads the firm’s litigation group. The IFLR 1000 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. 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. Youssef Al Saman was mentioned as a Next-generation partner in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration. Dr. Ingy Badawy was also named in the IFLR1000 Women Leaders of 2022 for her continuous achievement.

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”. In 2022, WWL says “Mohamed Abdel Wahab is an all-time great of construction arbitration”. 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.

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