Photo of Mohamed Hafez

Mohamed S. Hafez

Counsel
Helmy, Hamza and Partners

Biography

Mohamed is a counsel within the Cairo office of Baker McKenzie. Mohamed focuses on dispute resolution, real estate and banking & finance. He has been working as a lawyer and legal counsel specializing in contracts, agreements and arbitration matters for 35 years. He has worked for law firms from 1985 to 1990, worked in the legal affairs sector in various banks from 1990 to 2006 and then joined the Firm in 2006.

Practice Focus

Mohamed focuses on various kinds of bank, corporate, investment, communication, civil and commercial disputes cases before the courts and the arbitration disputes thereof, the Penal Code, economic laws and laws concerning financial and economic crimes. He is also experienced in drafting and reviewing a variety of civil, commercial, banking, mortgage and security agreements.

Representative Legal Matters

Dispute resolution

  • Finalized the notarization of 25000 acres land in Toshka. The registration of said land is the very first real estate registration in this area. Our work involved all the legal procedures pertaining to the registration of the land.

  • Represented an international hotel in its lengthy dispute. The dispute is regarding the enforcement of an arbitral award that evolved into a complicated dispute of bankruptcy and bankruptcy by fraud in addition to various cases on placing of assets.

  • Represented Egypt’s Main Fixed Line Telecommunications Company in connection with many disputes regarding interconnection agreements.

  • Represented Abu Soma in several law suits, including appeals reviewed before the Administrative Courts regarding the GAFI Inspection Committee's reports on the Abu Soma Group and appeals and lawsuits regarding capital increase procedures.

Banking

  • Represented major energy companies in relation to commercial and real estate mortgage contracts for EGP 87.5 million and USD 500,000 financed by Egyptian and foreign banks and international supply institutions for the purpose of erecting power stations.

  • Represented a major petrochemical company in connection with a syndicated facility agreement for USD 290,200,000, financed by 12 Egyptian banks to cover the investment costs of the project.

  • Represented a major paint production company in connection with a midterm supply agreement in the amount of EGP 25 million and a supplementary loan in the amount of EGP 25 million through a major Egyptian/Lebanese bank with commercial and real estate mortgages as security to finance its activities.

Project Finance

  • Advised Banque Misr S.A.E on a real-estate development transaction for Arab Company for Projects and Urban Developments S.A.E., to develop constructional projects in residential cities of Al-Rehab and Madinaty with a total of EGP 4 billion.

  • Represented a major ammonia production company in a commercial mortgage agreement in the amount of USD 515 million through a major Egyptian bank to finance, develop, design, establish, test and operate a factory for the production of ammonia with a commercial mortgage as security.

  • Represented a consortium of Egyptian banks with a syndicated facility agreement for EGP 675 million for a major domestic glass company to establish and operate its factory.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Egyptian Bar Association

Admissions

  • Egypt (1985)

Education

  • Cairo University (LL.B.) (1985)

Languages

  • Arabic