Taher Helmy

Taher S. Helmy

Senior Counsel
Helmy, Hamza and Partners

Biography

Taher Helmy has been with the Firm for well over three decades. He is the Co-founder and senior counsel of the Egyptian Law Firm Helmy, Hamza & Partners - Member Firm of Baker & McKenzie International. He is a member of the Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations, is admitted before the Federal Court of the US 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 the Global Firm of Baker McKenzie in May 1975. In 1981, he was elected full partner in Chicago. He practiced with Baker McKenzie’s head office in Chicago for approximately nine years, 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 co-founded the offices of Baker McKenzie in Riyadh and Cairo. He served as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Global Policy Committee, the EMEA Regional Council of Baker McKenzie and the Gulf Offices Managing Body.

He 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.

He 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.

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.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, the first independent, private, non-profit economic Think Tank in Egypt - Principal founder and past chairman
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt - Former president
  • US/Egypt President’s Council - Former member
  • US-Egypt Business Leaders Forum - Former co-chairman
  • Egypt’s International Economic Forum - Member of the executive board
  • British Egyptian Businessmen Association - Co-founder
  • French Chamber of Commerce - Member
  • British Egyptian Foundation for Children in Need - Founder and a member of the board of trustees
  • Board of the Binational Fulbright - Served on the board
  • Egypt's Economic Forum - Founder and a member of the executive board
  • Amideast (Washington based educational organization) - Served on the board
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Saudi Arabian Bar
  • Egyptian Bar Association

Corporate Responsibility

  • A former board member in “End Human Trafficking Now” which is a Swiss-based independent international non-profit association that fights human trafficking worldwide.

  • Taher also provides continuous support for a number of charity originations in UK for example: (i) “Chain of Hope” which is based in London and provide medical help to children worldwide (this organization provides probono open heard surgeries for children in the developing countries. Chain of Hope also provides medical training and medical supplies to hospitals in developing countries relating to heart surgeries); (ii) “Al Fanar” which is based in London as well. It helps the poor people in the developing world particularly Egypt; and (iii) “Lyla Nsouli Foundation” a charity based in London that fights children cancer.

  • He also helped drafting and reviewing laws and regulations on probono basis in his personal capacity or in his capacity as a member of different business organization.

Admissions

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

Education

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

Languages

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French