Zulficar & Partners is an international corporate law and arbitration firm based in the Nile City Building in the heart of Cairo, Egypt. It mainly specialises in arbitration; banking and project finance; construction; M&A; capital markets; oil and gas; IT and telecoms; competition; labour and employment; tourism and leisure; and litigation. 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 now has 11 partners and more than 65 lawyers, 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 lawyers, the firm brings to the legal market a blend of exceptional individual and collective skills, as well as more than 35 years of legal experience. The firm prides itself as having star-quality lawyers with recognised track record in establishing precedents; winning arbitration and litigation cases; and introducing innovative products, solutions and structures to the Egyptian market through their creative and proactive problem-solving approach. The firm provides its clients with top-quality legal services that cater for their business needs. Possessing a culture steeped in rich values of professional ethics and social responsibility, the firm continuously offers cutting-edge, spot-on advice that distinguishes it from its peers in the market, and makes a difference for its clients.
The firm provides a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art legal services for a wide variety of international and domestic clients. It is currently growing at an accelerated pace, and has already established itself as a market leader and precedent-maker across all sectors and disciplines. It is regularly ranked as a top-tier firm in various practice areas, and its partners are regularly ranked as top-tier lawyers in world-leading directories, including GAR, The Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Chambers Global.
The firm is founded on the achievements, track record and expertise of its members, and is now perceived as one of the best in the MENA region with a global outreach and international expertise. The firm prides itself in offering cost-effective and time-efficient services, facilitated through leadership and teamwork. The firm has a specialised follow-up department to ensure its clients are given timely responses.
The firm offers comprehensive and impressive bespoke services to a diverse portfolio of national and international commercial, investment, industrial and financial clients, as well as states and state-owned entities. Since 2015, it has featured annually in the GAR 100 guide to the world’s top arbitration firms.
The firm is regularly ranked as a top-tier dispute resolution and arbitration practice, 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.
Since 2015, Chambers has ranked the firm in band one for its banking and finance chapter, and its dispute resolution: arbitration chapter; named Mona Zulficar as a “star individual” for banking and finance, and a band-one lawyer for corporate and M&A; and named Professor Dr Abdel Wahab as a “star individual” in dispute resolution: arbitration, and a band-one lawyer in dispute resolution.
Also since 2015, IFLR has ranked the firm in the top tier for banking, capital markets, M&A and project finance, and recognised Mona Zulficar, Ashraf Ihab and Dr Ingy Badawy as “leading lawyers”.In 2016, the firm won the IFLR Middle East Award for M&A Deal of the Year, for its work advising Citibank on the sale of its consumer and retail business to Commercial International Bank.
The Legal 500 has, since 2015, ranked the firm in the top tier for dispute resolution, banking and finance, corporate, and M&A.It has named several of the firm’s experts as leading lawyers, including Ashraf Ihab in banking and telecoms; Dr Ingy Badawy and Anwar Zeidan in corporate/M&A; Dr Firas El Samad in telecoms and corporate/M&A; Prof Dr Mohamed S Abdel Wahab in dispute resolution; and Mona Zulficar in banking, corporate M&A and telecommunications.
In 2017, the firm won the GAR Award for “Mediterranean or North African international arbitration practice that impressed in the last year” at the 2017 GAR Awards (held on 29 March in Milan).
In 2018, the firm won the Thomson Reuters Award for PFI Global Multilateral Project Finance Deal of the Year, for having advised the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company in connection with Egypt’s solar programme in Benban. The internationally acclaimed programme secured financial closure for 31 solar projects, with an aggregate installed capacity of approximately 1600 MW and a total FDI of $2.2 billion, making it the largest solar park in the world upon completion at the end of 2019.
In 2018, Mona Zulficar was the first woman globally and the first Egyptian to be awarded the IFLR Lifetime Achievement Award, at the IFLR Middle East Awards ceremony (held at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai in October 2018).
In 2019, the firm won the National Law Firm of the Year Award for Egypt, as the most innovative law firm of the year, at the IFLR Middle East Awards (held at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai on 16 October). This award recognized the innovative structures and solutions adopted in banking, M & A and capital market transactions as well as in litigation and arbitration cases successfully closed or settled.
It also won the Chambers Award for Egypt’s Leading Dispute Resolution Practice at the 2019 Chambers Middle East Awards (held at the Conrad Hotel in Dubai on 13 November). This was in recognition of the firm’s stellar record of international arbitration cases across the globe and its established track record of winning cases under the laws of many jurisdictions, including – but not limited to – Egypt, England and Wales, France, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the UAE.
In 2020, Chambers & Partners ranked the Firm as Band 1 (exclusive) in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and Litigation and in Banking and Finance, naming Mona Zulficar as an Eminent Practitioner in Banking and Finance and in Corporate and M&A, Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab as the Star Individual in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and Mahmoud Shaltout as Band 1 in Dispute Resolution: Litigation.
Similarly, IFLR 1000 ranked 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, and Mariam El Masry as a Rising Star. 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. While Youssef Al Saman was mentioned as Next generation partner in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration.
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