Mohamad Talaat is the managing partner of Baker McKenzie's Cairo office. He is a widely recognized figure in his areas of practice. He is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A by IFLR1000, Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Global. He is referred to as "very well known in the corporate sector for his transactional experience. His broad practice covers M&A matters, tax, Islamic law and project finance" (Chambers Global 2016). Mr. Talaat has commenced his career as Counselor at the Egyptian Council of State from July 1979 through January 1985. He worked in the Chicago office of Baker McKenzie from 1982 through 1983 and in the Riyadh office of Baker McKenzie from 1984 through 1989. He joined the Cairo office of Baker McKenzie in 1989. Mr. Talaat has served for four years as the Head of the Legal Affairs Committee of the American Chambers of Commerce in Egypt.
Mr. Talaat concentrates on mergers & acquisitions, corporate, anti-trust, arbitration, commercial, tax, labor, administrative and Islamic law, capital markets and project finance. His transactional work focuses on initial public offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions and major projects. He regularly acts as the lead lawyer in deals he is involved in. Mr. Talaat has experience advising leading real estate and finance companies execute large, cross-border transactions.
Representative Legal Matters
- Acted as legal counsel for Orasqualia (OCI / Aqualia) on the public-private partnership (PPP) of the waste water treatment plant in Cairo, along with the direct agreement and loan facility, on the first PPP project that has been executed.
- Acted for Majid AlFuttaim Properties Egypt in connection with a project finance transaction in an amount of EGP 3 billion to finance the construction of a mega shopping mall in 6th of October Governorate, with gross leasable area of over 140,000 m2, named Mall of Egypt.
- Acting for the global gold producer Centamin Egypt Limited in connection with a high profile case regarding the the exploitation of the Sokari Gold Mine.
- Acted for Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (ECMS) in the acquisition of Link Dot Net and Link Egypt.
- Acted for The International Company for Security and Services (Falcon Group) S.A.E., a leading security entity, in connection with extending legal advice related to the sale of cash-in-transit business of the company.
- Acted for Amer Group Holding Company S.A.E., a leading real estate entity, as issuers counsel in connection with its initial public offering and offshore/onshore private placement.
- Acted for Juhayna Food Industries, a leading food industry entity, as issuers counsel in connection with its initial public offering and offshore/onshore private placement.
- Acted for Barwa New Cairo for Real Estate Investment SAE in connection with extending legal advice related to the development of real estate in New Cairo.
- Acted for Egyptian leading cement producers on the price fixing allegation before the courts in the first cartel case in Egypt after the issuance of the Egyptian antitrust law in 2005. As a result of this case, the Egyptian antitrust law changed, including raising the fine to EGP20 million instead of EGP10 million.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- The Egyptian Association of International Law
- The Egyptian Association of Economical and Political Studies
- American Bar Association - Associated Member
- Egyptian Bar Association
- American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt - Industry & Trade Committee
- American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt - Legal Affairs Committee
- Egypt (1978)
- Chicago-Kent College of Law (IIT) (1983)
- Cairo University (1978)