Founding Partner of Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Non-Executive Chair of EFG Hermes
Mona Salahuddin Zulficar is Non-Executive Chair of Egyptian Financial Group-Hermes Holding Co. – EFG Hermes and Founding Partner of Zulficar & Partners Law Firm.
As a Founding Partner and Chair of the Executive Committee, Zulficar oversees the operations of the Zulficar & Partners’ six departments; specialized in assisting clients in various practice areas.
A practicing attorney for more than 30 years, Zulficar is a specialist in major financial, industrial, and commercial transactions and has negotiated, drafted, and concluded all the major contracts required by some of the most important joint venture businesses in Egypt.
Zulficar involved in major restructuring of companies, M&A transactions, and was particularly recognized for handling ground breaking and precedent transactions, such as the largest transaction in the history of the Middle East relating to the sale of Orascom Building Materials Holding SAE to Lafarge, for approximately $13 billion in addition to $2 billion of assumed debt. Most recently, she led the team responsible for the first successful PPP Project in Egypt.
She has played and continues to play a key role in drafting new legislation and developing existing economic legislations as an Adviser to the various governmental entities and as Member of the national drafting committees on many important laws, such as the new Telecom Law, the new Capital Market Regulations, the new Special Economic Zones Law and the new Banking Law regulations.
Furthermore, Zulficar has also been appointed as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Egypt and is directly involved in the ambitious Egyptian institutional and regulatory reform program of the banking and finance sector.
Complementing her professional activities with a commitment to community activism, Zulficar has been an active advocate for human rights and women’s rights in Egypt and internationally. She has been elected Member and Vice Chair of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee and she is also a member of the National Council for Human Rights in Egypt. In 2009, she received La Légion d’Honneur from France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy for her significant professional role in concluding landmark commercial and financial transactions between Egypt and France and for her achievements in the field of human rights.
Zulficar obtained her Political Science and Law degrees from Cairo University and Mansoura University and an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Zurich. Her working languages are Arabic, English, and French.
In December 1994, Zulficar was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Global young leaders of the 21st Century. She also received CEWLA Award for her unique role in the issue of equal right to divorce law (Khul) by Law No. 1/2000, in 2003 and UNDP Award on the occasion of celebrating International Women’s Day in Cairo, 1995.
Zulficar also received Cairo Governor Award 2000 for defending women’s rights, in addition to the Awards of Assiut Governor and the President of Assiut University, in 1999 and 2000 for her key role in establishing the Cancer Hospital in Assiut University.