Firm profile submitted by Zulficar & Partners
Founding Partner & Chair of Executive Committee: Mona Zulficar
Managing Partners: Dr Firas El Samad
Number of partners: 9
Number of lawyers: more than 51
Languages: Arabic, English
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 specialises in banking and project finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital market procedures and transactions, oil and 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 45 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. Zulficar & Partners 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.
Zulficar & Partners 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 organisations. 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 and 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, utilises 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. Chambers and Partners ranked Mona Zulficar as the only “Eminent Practitioner” in banking and finance in Egypt as well as an “Eminent Practitioner” in corporate M&A, 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.