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M. Taher Helmy

Helmy, Hamza and Partners


Taher Helmy has been with the Firm for over three decades. He is the co-founder and senior partner of the Egyptian law firm Helmy, Hamza & Partners and senior partner of the international law firm Baker McKenzie. He also co- founded the Riyadh office and practiced there for four years. A member of the Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations, he is admitted before the US Federal Court and was the first Arab lawyer to be admitted before the US Supreme Court in 1979. He is admitted before Egypt’s Supreme Court and was admitted to practice in Saudi Arabia in 1979.

He joined Baker McKenzie in May 1975. In 1981, he was elected full partner in Chicago, where he practiced for about nine years. He then practiced in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for four years, in Egypt since 1987, and for the past six years between London and Cairo, handling corporate, banking and commercial matters. He served as a member of Baker McKenzie’s Strategic Planning Committee, Global Policy Committee and EMEA Regional Council. He currently serves on the Gulf Offices Managing Body.

He has also served on the board of directors of a number of leading corporations within and outside Egypt. Over the years, he has authored many articles and given numerous seminars and speeches in the United States, Europe and the Middle East on doing business in the Middle East, and on legislative and economic development in Egypt and the region.

Mr. Helmy is the principal founder and past chairman of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, the first independent, private, non-profit economic Think Tank in Egypt. He is the former president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and former member of the US/Egypt President’s Council. He is the former co-chairman of the US-Egypt Business Leaders Forum and founder and member of the executive board of Egypt’s International Economic Forum. He is a co-founder of the British Egyptian Businessmen Association and a member of the French Chamber of Commerce.

He is a founder and a member of the Board of Trustees of the British Egyptian Foundation for Children in Need. He served on the Board of the Binational Fulbright commission and also served on the board of the Washington based educational organization Amideast. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Nile University in Egypt. He is a founder of the American University in Cairo Legal Masters Program.

Practice Focus

Mr. Helmy focuses on securities, corporate, banking and commercial matters. He has participated in drafting and reviewing numerous Egyptian legislations as well as the US/Egyptian Investment Treaty. He served on the board of trustees of the Government’s Investment Authority and is a member of Egypt’s National Production Council.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Saudi Arabian Bar
  • Egyptian Bar Association


  • Saudi Arabia (1979)
  • U.S. Supreme Court~United States (1979)
  • Egypt (1977)
  • Illinois~United States (1975)


  • St. Louis University (J.D.) (1974)
  • St. Louis University (A.B.) (1971)


  • Arabic
  • English
  • French

Previous Offices

  • Chicago
  • Riyadh