Mohamed El Far

Mohamed ElFar

Counsel
Helmy, Hamza and Partners

Biography

Mohamed is a Counsel within the Cairo office of Baker McKenzie. He firstly joined in 2014 as a senior associate and meanwhile working with Cairo office, he managed to move to the Firm - London's office for six months where he worked at the EU, Competition & Trade Department starting from April 2015 till September 2015, mainly on investigations and merger filings. Mohamed worked as well on several occasions at the Egyptian Competition. He has wide experience in the development and implementation of competition law compliance programmes for multinational companies in a wide range of industry sectors.

He handles cartels, abuse of dominance, compliance, price fixing, market division. Besides competition matters, Mohamed has worked extensively on trade disputes related to customs, dumping and safeguards measure. Mohamed has experience too in providing compliance training sessions to clients including training on anti-bribery, compliance, dawn raid and unfair competition issues. He also provides assistance in mergers and acquisitions transactions to ensure compliance with competition laws. Mohamed is a master holder from Queen Mary University of London, year 2008 and used to work as Doctor of philosophy, competition law for three years at Queen Mary University of London.

Practice Focus

Mohamed focuses on antitrust and competition, international commercial and trade and compliance and investigation.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented a German multinational automotive corporation in an internal investigation related to potential violations to the Egyptian Competition Law and other Egyptian Laws.

  • Represented a major for an American multinational technology company in connection with investigations by Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA).

  • Represented nine medical products suppliers (10 defendants), before the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) in the settlement of a heart valves and oxides bid-rigging cartel case.

  • Represented an American multinational technology company in connection with a competition case, our client was accused of, while being in a dominant position, it refused to supply its services to a customer. This could have been a violation under the Egyptian Competition Law which is punishable by a fine of an amount up to EGP 300 million.

  • Advised the world's leading provider of dialysis products and services on competition law matters in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Sudan.

  • Advised a leading global healthcare company with respect to reviewing and assessing of a competition law manual.

  • Acted for an Egyptian automotive company with respect to filing a competition complaint to the Egyptian Competition Authority.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Egyptian Bar Association - (2004 - 2006, 2008)
  • ECA Committee Drafting the Egyptian Merger Control Regime (2016)
  • ECA Committee Drafting the Dominance and Abuse of Dominance Guidelines (2016)

Admissions

  • Egypt (2008)

Education

  • Queen Mary, University of London (PhD - Thesis: "Assessing the Enforcement of the Egyptian Competition Regime" ) (2012)
  • Stockholm University (LL.M. European Union Law, Law Faculty) (2008)
  • American University in Cairo (LL.M. International and Comparative Law, Law Faculty) (2006)
  • Cairo University (LL.B. Law Faculty, English Department) (2004)

Languages

  • Arabic
  • English

Presentations

  • Presenter, "The Enforcement of Competition Law in Member Countries of Agadir Agreement," Egyptian Competition Authority Workshop, November 2017

 

Publications

  • Author, "The Egyptian Competition Law", Kluwer International, 2016

  • Author, "Case Note: Providing an Alternative Reading of the Facts of QSoft & Bassem Youssef v. Future Group, Cairo Court of Appeal, global competition litigation review," Issue 2, 2016

  • Author, "Enforcement Policy of the Egyptian Competition Regime: Refusal to Deal," pp. 108 - 113, Issue 3, Vol. 37, European competition law review, 2016

  • Author, "Binding Nature of Administrative Decisions in Damages Actions under the Egyptian Competition Regime," Global Competition Litigation Review, pp. 126 - 133, Issue 3, 2015

  • Author, "Challenging Anticompetitive Governmental Decisions under the Egyptian Competition Regime," European Competition Law Review, pp. 526 - 532, Issue 12, Vol. 36, 2015