Ghada El Ehwany

Counsel
Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla
Dubai – Registered Legal Consultant

Biography

Ghada El Ehwany is a counsel in Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla's UAE Corporate practice. Based in Dubai since 2013 and as Knowledge Manager of the UAE offices since 2014, Ghada was formerly a senior associate at Baker McKenzie’s Cairo office, Helmy, Hamza & Partners, for many years.

Ghada is recognized in her field in Chambers (Egypt). She is active across a wide range of financing transactions, and was part of a team advising IFC on the financing of an expansion for Galaxy Chemicals Egypt. Ranked as "Up and Coming" in Banking & Finance and "Associates to Watch," She is also recognized by clients and peers alike for her negotiation skills and dedication to client service.

Practice Focus

Ghada practices in corporate, commercial and labor matters with a specific focus on mergers and acquisitions, compliance, investigations and dispute resolution matters. She develops and delivers Continuing Legal Practice Development training courses accredited by the Dubai Legal Affairs Department on a wide range of UAE legal issues and legislative developments.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised a defense contractor on post-contractual obligations in the UAE.
  • Advised a crowdfunding start-up on setting up a financially regulated entity in the DIFC.
  • Advised a major multinationals operating in the Middle East on the impact of the Qatar diplomatic crisis and how to adapt their business operations to comply with the embargo on Qatar.
  • Advised an FMCG client in relation to the first competition filing in the UAE in relation to an acquisition in the UAE.
  • Acted as advisor for a leading pharmaceuticals company in relation to its acquisition of a local pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the UAE.
  • Acted as local counsel for lenders in the financing of the Egyptian Refining Company Project related to a hydro-cracking complex in Egypt with an estimated value of USD 2 billion.
  • Acted as Egyptian local counsel for lenders in the financing of various oil concessions operations in Egypt including Kuwait Energy, Circle Oil, Melrose and Sea Dragon.
  • Acted as counsel for Commercial International Bank Egypt (CIB), Ahli United Bank (Egypt) S.A.E (AUBE), and International Finance Corporation (IFC) in connection with financing the establishment of a greenfield plant in Ain El Sokhna, Egypt, for producing 1,200 tons per day of polyethylene terephthalate with a total investment cost of USD 204.900 million by the Egyptian Indian Polyester Company.
  • Acted as sponsors' local counsel for Egyptian Agrium Nitrogen Products Company SAE (EAgrium) in connection with development of its USD 1.4 billion petrochemical complex.
  • Acted as lender's local counsel in respect of the financing of approximately USD 700 million methanol project carried out by the Egyptian Methanex Methanol Company SAE.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Egyptian Bar Association - Member

Admissions

  • Egypt (2000)

Education

  • University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) (LLB Business Law) (2000)
  • Cairo University (BA) (2000)

Languages

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French