Mohamed Agamy

Mohamed Mostafa Agamy is the Founder and Managing Partner of Links & Gains Law firm. Agamy is a bilingual lawyer and driven professional legal consultant; with a proven track record over 15 years of leading successfully international legal transactions. Agamy has a diverse business area of expertise across North Africa and the Middle East.

Prior to establishing Links & Gains, he was responsible as Regional Counsel at General Electric, and before that, Agamy was the Head of Legal at BG (Shell) & Petronas LNG Downstream JV. He leads successfully negotiating & closing key settlement agreements to preserve and enhance shareholders value and resolving complex disputes competently. He is Demonstrating professionally with legal analysis and reasoning across legal statuary of regions and monitor disputes before Egypt Courts, CRCICCA, ICC, Dubai courts and England & Wales Courts.

Agamy is certified for “Contract Laws” from Harvard University; edX 2018, and has LL.M, in International Legal and Commercial Transactions; 2012 “AASTM accredited by University of HUDDERSFIELD, UK” with thesis “Arbitration Role for settling Oil & Gas Disputes”.

Mohamed was appointed as an expert Cross border Associate “CBA’ exclusively for Egypt, particularly in M&As, corporate transactions, commercial litigation, advisory on due diligence with exposure awareness for high-rank legal issues of Oil & Gas and Energy sector, with indefinite expertise in Aviation, Shipping, Logistics and taxation as well. Please read more of the credentials and track records as herein below:

CREDENTIALS

Aviation

  • Successfully negotiated and advised for deed of settlements on behalf of one of the Gulf Airlines, and stock release within 6 airports’ warehouses and a fleet of aircraft (Air Bus 320) with total amount USD 30 Million.
  • Provide legal opinions on the renewal of the Aircraft leases Agreements, and supervised the claims and disputes regarding the operations and charter contracts with a Mega Switzerland Co.,
  • Drafted purchase agreements for Kuwaiti chartered airline and Cargo Airline Co. and represent both entities with the Civil Aviation Authority in Egypt.
  • Advised clients for Aircraft Purchase Agreements for private aircraft with total amount USD 8,000,000.
  • Liaise with our UK Lawyers to act on a compensation lawsuit with amount USD 80,000,000 before England & Wales Courts and supported with all key documentation and the strategic defence/ pleading and other evidence that supports the case.
  • Represents local Airlines in litigation cases before the Egyptian courts including Employment, civil and commercial lawsuits.

Oil & Gas Power Renewables Energy

  • Advised General Electric for the nuclear power Project Plant of “Dabaa” in Egypt, and the EPC liabilities with GE Power with a deal value as published USD 700 Million, and honoured a recognition as an excellent deal negotiator for the nuclear liability.
  • Contributed in the due diligence necessities of the merge and acquisition of Shell “Egypt” over British Gas within their affiliates LNG in the West Delta Deep Marine, Egypt.
  • Advised Idku Liquefied Natural Gas for the process of securities release for assets with about over USD 2 billion, and reviewed all the facilities agreements and termination notes.
  • Advised Egyptian LNG Co. for the mitigation plan of highly impact tax due to government cancellation of a private free zone (GAFI) of amount EGP 270 million per year.
  • Represented ORJ (Petrochemical, SUEZ) in a number of litigation lawsuits and dispute resolution and retained on the shareholder accounts of value more than USD 2.3 Mil.

Corporate, M&A’s and Taxation

  • Represented GE in reclaiming the VAT taxation for the EPC contracts in regards to EGYPT Electricity emergency plan, and successfully retained EGP 189 Million with a settlement negotiation with the Ministry of Finance.
  • Advised ELBEHERA Liquefied Natural Gas for the stamp duty that was deducted from a Bank in Egypt, with approx. amount USD 480k, and succeeded to reclaim it with a wise negotiation with the bank and the Tax Authority.
  • Advised LOTUS HOTELS AND RESORTS in negotiations for ST Agreements and M&A of about USD 30 Million.
  • Advised the British University in Egypt for Turnkey Construction contracts with a total amount of USD 7 Million.

Firm Description

Links & Gains is an independent specialized law firm, based in Cairo, Egypt, that linked to diverse international association with lawyers and advisors across the globe. Our core areas of expertise are commercially oriented with a deep focus on our clients’ needs and achievements when we provide our legal services. We are consistent in the standard of excellence that we bring to our clients.

Our diverse understanding of business and extensive industry experience has positioned us to offer a wide range of specialized services that would consider the real gains to our clients.

Values

What keeps us different is that; we fully appreciate our clients’ necessities of being driven by time-deadlines and urgency. We, in turn, strive to deliver top professional services to our client base. We pride ourselves on cementing long-term relationships with the primary focus on client success.

Our goal is to provide our clients with the best legal solutions, the competitive edge, representation available and at a reasonable cost. Thus, we are proud of the high legal conduct and ethical standards that have been established by our firm policy and the tradition of excellence that we work to maintain.

Hire your Counsel

We recently thought about a unique service that provides the “Outsourcing Counsel” This special service as “Outsourcing Basis” for our clients who don’t have legal department or at least in-house lawyer, whereby as lead example, we provide on-going legal counsel to be hired solely for your company account, and to support your routine legal matters and daily practices.

Companies that have their own legal departments may use only “General Counsel Services” as a temporary or permanent extension of their in-house legal team to handle spikes in work or outsource certain legal tasks at a cost-efficient rate.

Responsibility

At Links & Gains, we seek to provide top legal services based on the highest code of conduct, values and professional standards and we take our responsibilities to our clients, our people, our suppliers and the communities in which we do business seriously. We are proud of our culture of responsibility which strives to govern how we work, how we interact with clients and the local government, and how we participate in our local community.

We have great anticipation towards improving the legal community and always support new bar registered lawyers with full awareness and understanding the distinct challenges that could create as well as we seek the best future for the society.

This responsibility motivates us to build up a real model of an independent law firm with a multi-cultural spirit and smartly tailored advantages to suit all our team with diversity and with zero tolerant discrimination.

 

Dr. Tarek Riad

Leaders in Law endorses Dr. Tarek Riad as our exclusively recommended Dispute Resolution Law expert in Egypt. If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Riad please use the contact information provided above.

Admitted to Bar, 1980, Egypt; 1985, New York.

Education and Positions
  • Trainee, Crocker National Bank – London Branch (June – November 1976);
  • Trainee, Wells Fargo Bank – San Fransisco (June – November 1977);
  • Cairo University (LL.B., 1980);
  • Harvard University Law School (LL.M., 1982; S.J.D., 1985).
  • Member of Council of State , 1981.  Lecturer in Private International Law, Cairo University Law School, Beni Suef Branch, 1982 – 1988;
  • Associate, Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison (New York), 1983 – 1984.
  • Special Legal Counsel to the Speaker of the Egyptian People’s Assembly (1994 – 2001).
  • Member of the Egyptian Government Legislative Committee of the Ministry of Economy (1997-2000).
  • Member of the Ministry of Economy’s Egyptian Government Committee in charge of reforming the legal regime of the Capital Market (1997-2000);
  • Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the Centre René-Jean Dupuy pour le Droit et le Développement of Senghor University (Université Internationale de Langue Française au Service du Développement Africain, Alexandria – Egypt (1999 – 2003);
  • Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrations (London).
  • Registered as Arbitrator and Panelist in the special Roster of the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization.
  • Member of a legislative Committee of the Ministry of Justice responsible for amending the Investment Law (2003).
  • Member of the Economic Committee of the Supreme Policy Council and Chairman of the two subcommittees responsible for drafting the Companies Law and the Economic Courts Law (2002-2005).
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the ICC World Business Law Institution (2005 to present).
  • Professor of Commercial and Business Law and head of the Business Law Department at the German University in Cairo (2003 to present).
  • Managing Partner, Tarek Riad – Legal Consultants and Attorneys at Law, the successor of Kosheri, Rashed and Riad – Legal Consultants and Attorneys at Law, (1990 to date)
Memberships:
  • The Bar Association of Egypt
  • American Bar Association
  • American Arbitration Association
  • American Society of International Law
  • Egyptian Society of International Law
  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London).
Languages:
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French.

 

Ragy Soliman

Leaders in Law endorses Ragy Soliman as our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Egypt. If you wish to get in touch with Ragy, please use the contact information provided above.

Ragy Soliman is the Managing Partner of ADSERO- Ragy Soliman & Partners and heads the M&A and Capital Markets Practice Group. Ragy has over 20 years of experience in the legal and telecom field. He served on several boards of London, New York, Egyptian, Milan and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges listed entities among other non-public entities in various jurisdictions.

Ragy holds an unparalleled track record in legal, strategic, operational and financial management. With experience which includes senior management positions at both holding and operating companies’ levels. Experience in managing businesses in multiple geographies with a focus on value creation; strategic and operational efficiencies; and sourcing, structuring and executing large M&A transactions across several geographical regions. Mr. Soliman played a pivotal role in the merger of major telecom companies for a total consideration of $25.7 billion to create the world’s sixthlargest telecommunications carrier.

Languages

Arabic and English

Memberships

Egyptian Bar Association.
American Chamber of Commerce.
Italian Chameber of Commerce.

Education

2000 – LLM International Business Law London Metropolitan University.
1997 –  LLB Cairo University

Mohamed Abdelgawad

Leaders in Law endorses Mohamed Abdelgawad as our exclusively recommended TMT Law expert in Egypt. If you wish to get in touch with Mohamed, please use the contact information provided above.

Mohamed is a Co-Founding partner at Adsero – Ragy Soliman & Partners. He leads the firm’s corporate and commercial practice. Mohamed has diversified experience in multiple legal disciplines including corporate M&A, projects and finance, dispute resolution as well as general corporate and commercial legal services.

Mohamed has broad expertise in general corporate and commercial matters including contracts law, regulatory and compliance matters, services agreements, licensing and IP, franchising, employment and anti-bribery matters.

Mohamed has developed a market lead in TMT and life sciences sectors with several landmark transactions and a solid base of strategic clients. Mohamed regularly advises the majority of big technology and telecommunications companies on a variety of legal matters including cyber security data protection, fintech and electronic signature.

Mohamed is identified as a market expert in the life sciences sector. He has advised on the Egyptian aspects of the majority of global transactions that took place in the pharmaceutical industry in the past decade.

Languages

Arabic and English.

Memberships

Egyptian Bar Association.
American Chamber of Commerce.
British Egyptian Business Association.
German Arab Chamber Of Industry & Commerce.

Education

PhD Candidate at Cairo University Law School.
2010 – Master of Laws (LLM), Cairo University.
2008 – Bachelor of Law (LLB), Cairo University.

Mona Zulficar

As a founding partner and chair of the Executive Committee, Ms. Mona Zulficar oversees the operations of the Firm’s six departments; specialized in assisting our clients in various practice areas. A practicing attorney for more than 30 years, she 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. Involved in major restructuring of companies, M&A transactions, and is 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 USD13 billion in addition to USD2 billion of assumed debt, and most recently, she lead 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 legislation as 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. She 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, she has been an active advocate for human rights and women’s rights in Egypt and internationally. She has recently 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 legion d’honneur from the President of France 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.

Ms. 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.

Mona Zulficar

As a founding partner and chair of the Executive Committee, Ms. Mona Zulficar oversees the operations of the Firm’s six departments; specialized in assisting our clients in various practice areas. A practicing attorney for more than 30 years, she 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. Involved in major restructuring of companies, M&A transactions, and is 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 USD13 billion in addition to USD2 billion of assumed debt, and most recently, she lead 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 legislation as 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. She 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, she has been an active advocate for human rights and women’s rights in Egypt and internationally. She has recently 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 legion d’honneur from the President of France 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.

Ms. 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.

Maher Milad Iskander

Leaders in Law endorses Maher Iskander as our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Egypt. If you wish to get in touch with Maher please use the contact information provided above.

Managing Partner – Lawyer

Maher Iskander is the founder and Managing Partner of the firm, and has over 30 years of practical experience in commercial and corporate law both with providing legal consultations and representing SME’s, large corporations and multi-national companies operating in a variety of sectors.

Maher is capable of representing clients before all levels of the court including the Egyptian Higher Courts in economic disputes, as well as corporate governance related litigation, for example, shareholder disputes, disputes on public take-over bids and squeeze-out procedures, joint-venture disputes, and matters involving a merger and acquisition/sale,  commercial contract or unfair competition.

In addition to the above, Maher represents clients in matters concerning white-collar crimes affecting corporate activity such as bribery, corruption and embezzlement, information technology crimes, commercial fraud and illegitimate competition.

Maher is also a strong negotiator with banks to reduce the burden of debt in cases of insolvency, with the purpose of corporate restructuring.

Maher is also has a strong background in relation to legal services in the field of mergers & acquisitions, IPO, due-diligence and corporate transactions.

Maher’s years of experience have solidified his position as one of Egypt’s most aggressive litigators, and this in turn has allowed him to gain innumerable successes for his clients.

Maher is an active member of the American,  Canadian and German Chambers of Commerce in Egypt.

Education:

  • Cairo University, Bachelors Degree (Law)
  • Cairo University, Postgraduate Diploma (Criminal Science)
  • Cairo University, Postgraduate Diploma (Public Law)

Affiliations:

  • Egyptian Bar Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce
  • British Egyptian Business Association
  • German Chamber of Commerce

Firm Description

Andersen Egypt

Our law firm is one of the oldest firms in Cairo, Egypt, having been established in 1986 under the name of Maher Milad Iskander & Co.

Hani Sarie-Eldin

Dr. Sarie-Eldin has 21 years of local and international experience in Business Law, including Commercial Law, Capital Markets, Privatization, Corporate Finance, Project Finance, Corporate Restructures and Acquisitions. He advises on major transactions taking place in Egypt, and in the Middle East and North Africa region related to the above mentioned areas.

Moreover, he was involved in drafting various vital Egyptian Laws and Regulations such as the Egyptian Banking Law, Concession Draft Law, Antitrust Law, Consumer Protection Law, Takeover Regulation, Mutual Fund & Private Equity Regulation, Price Manipulation & Insider Trading Regulation, and Corporate Governance rules for listed companies on the stock exchange, in addition to advising various governments in the region on legal reforms including the United Arab Emirates, Libya, and Sudan.

In his capacity as Chairman of the Egyptian Market Authority, Dr. Sarie-Eldin led the regulatory capital market reform process in Egypt. Dr. Sarie-Eldin also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Egypt, and was a member of its monetary policy, and investment committees, and the Trustee Council of the General Authority of Investment and Free Zones. Dr. Sarie-Eldin was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Bank of Alexandria from 2002-2005. This Board undertook the responsibility of restructuring and developing the bank, which eventually led to its privatization as the first privatized public bank in Egypt. Dr. Sarie-Eldin is currently a member of the Board of Directors of various Egyptian corporations and Banks. His wide practical experience is also supplemented by immense academic research. Dr Sarie-Eldin has attained an Excellency Academic Award for his research in legal sciences from Cairo University in 2002.