Mona Zulficar sets first for Egypt, women at IFLR MENA awards 2018; Sharkawy & Sarhan named Egypt firm of the year
** #7 IFLR MENA awards 2018: Mona Zulficar wins lifetime achievement; Sharkawy & Sarhan Egyptian law firm of the year: The International Financial Law Review (IFLR) held its Middle East 2018 awards in Dubai last Wednesday. Mona Zulficar, the founding partner of Zulficar & Partners, became both the first Egyptian and the first woman to win IFLR’s lifetime achievement award, recognizing a storied career that has so far spanned more than 30 years. Zulficar was recognized her role in multiple market firsts, including the first public-private partnership (PPP) contract in Egypt and Egypt’s first leveraged buyout. The selection committee also nodded to her role in Egypt’s largest M&A to date — the USD 13 bn sale of Orascom’s building materials arm to Lafarge. Sharkawy & Sarhan won Egypt law firm of the year and was twice nominated for transaction of the year for two project finance transactions: the ACWA Power Scatec Solar feed-in-tariff solar projects. You can read the IFLR handout on Zulficar here and Sharkawy & Sarhan’s announcement here.