Mostafa Lotayef

Mostafa Lotayef

Helmy, Hamza and Partners


Mostafa Lotayef is a counsel at Helmy, Hamza & Partners, Baker McKenzie Cairo. He has more than 10 years of experience focusing on various forms of banking and finance, including project finance, real estate finance, leveraged loan facilities, acquisition finance, and debt capital markets. Mostafa has gained extensive experience in drafting facility agreements, security documents and other finance documents for various debt finance structures, and has successfully counselled project sponsors and finance parties on energy and infrastructure projects.

Practice Focus

Mostafa's practice focuses on banking, finance and energy, mining, and infrastructure projects. Lately, he has been leading the office's efforts in the fintech sector, which include mobile banking, digital payments, BNPL services, and other cutting-edge financial technologies.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised Tanfeez for Real Estate Investment and Urban Development (Al Baraka Capital Subsidiary) in connection with purchasing real-estate assets from the Arab Company for Projects and Urban Developments (a Talaat Mostafa Group Subsidiary) and concluding Development, Operation and Investment agreements on said real-estate assets with the Arab Company for Projects and Urban Developments as the Operating Company.

  • Advised lenders, with SMBC Bank International plc as documentation agent and with MUFG Bank, Ltd. as facility agent, on a USD 400 million Japan International Cooperation Agency-supported covered facilities agreement to African Export-Import Bank. The purpose of the facilities is to (i) to support development of vaccine, medical and health infrastructure including equipment; (ii) to strengthen Africa's vaccine and health/medical equipment logistics capacity; and (iii) to support Afreximbank's pandemic financing programme ("PATIMFA") in highly impacted sectors and to assist a post Covid-19 recovery in the Africa region.

  • Represented African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in connection with a USD 150 million revolving facility agreement made between El Sewedy Electric S.A.E as borrower and Afreximbank. The loan will be used to meet the firm's various business purposes.

  • Represented Banque Misr in a USD 100 million facility agreement between El Sewedy Electric S.A.E as borrower and Banque Misr as lender to finance expansion plans in Africa.

  • Advised Edita food Industries as a borrower in relation to a USD 20 million seven-year, medium-term facility from International Finance Corporation.

  • Advised Egyptian Centers for Real Estate Development in connection with financing through a real estate portfolio transaction.

  • Acted as an Egyptian counsel in connection with extending a term loan financing of USD 100 million to Middle East Glass Manufacturing Company and other group members operating three glass factories in Egypt. The finance is used to refinance the group's existing indebtedness and support the capital expenditure of the group.

  • Advised Marakez Al Sokhna for Real Estate Projects S.A.E, a subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian conglomerate and largest mall developer and operator in the region — Fawaz AlHokair Group — on its EGP 1.5 billion facility from a consortium of five banks to develop Phase I of the Mall of Kattameya, located in Kattameya, Cairo-Sokhna Road.

  • Advised the term loan finance parties in connection with extending a financing of more than USD 3.2 billion to finance a greenfield refinery owned and operated by the Egyptian Refining Company (Takrir) S.A.E. in Mostord, Egypt.

  • Advised African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) on its USD 170 million facility agreement to Egypt-based conglomerate Orascom Investment Holding (OIH) to assist the company expand its pan-African activities in pursuit of its short and medium-term expansion strategy.

  • Advised Rawasy, a new real estate joint venture established by the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) and Banque Misr, in connection with acquiring real estate assets in Talaat Moustafa Group’s (TMG) Madinaty compound for a purchase price of approximately EGP 9 billion.

Professional Honors

  • "Up and Coming" by Chambers Global 2023 in Banking and Finance

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Egyptian Bar Association


  • Egypt (2009)


  • Indiana University School of Law (LLM) (2011)
  • Alexandria University (LLB) (2009)


  • Arabic
  • English