Mr. Yasser Hashem, is the Managing Partner of ZH&P. The legal skills he has extended to mega mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions in Egypt and to the inception of the private provisions of telecom services - and the promulgation of its laws - has placed him as a valued veteran of the legal practice in Egypt. Combining a wide range of extensive legal knowledge with honed networking and interpersonal skills, Mr. Hashem protects and furthers the interest of over 100 local and international clients.
With a special focus on the practice of Corporate Law, Mr. Hashem has supported the privatization programme of public sector entities in Egypt through hundreds of restructurings, incorporations of foreign and domestic companies and through advising foreign and local investors on the most efficient vehicles and structures for implementing their investments in Egypt.
He reliably represented acquirers in the most important tender offers and M&A transactions in Egypt and led the largest four multibillion US dollars M&A transactions that took place in Egypt post January 2011. Additionally, he oversaw the largest number of initial public offerings during the last decade for clients such as MTI Group, Orascom Construction Limited, Juhayna, Palm Hills Development, Maridive & Oil Services, GB Auto, Arafa Group, Talaat Mostafa Group.
In the telecommunication sector, he advised on the most significant telecommunications licenses and M&A transactions in Egypt. The legal services he extended to this sector include supporting the acquisition and mandatory tender offers of telecommunication companies and guiding bidding consortia through the majority of mobile and fixed wireless license bids. His legal skills were also extended to the drafting and negotiation of all major telecom licenses including public payphones, mobile cellular networks, private data networks, satellite and marine fiber optic cabling, etc. Furthermore, he led the team advising Orange in its successful ca. US$ 3 billion 100% acquisition of Mobinil - the largest post January 2011 acquisition transactions in the telecommunication sector. Mr. Hashem’s expertise in the sector has led to his appointment by Ministerial Decree as Member of the New Telecommunications Act Drafting Committee.
In 2019, the LEGAL 500 ranked Mr. Hashem as “Leading Individual” in the practices of 1) Banking and Finance; 2) Commercial, Corporate and M&A; and 3) Technology, Media, and Telecommunications. In 2018, he was ranked by the LEGAL 500 as “Leading Individual” in the Banking and Finance practice and the Commercial, Corporate and M&A practice and was recommended in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications. He had been ranked as “Leading Individual” in Banking and Finance; Commercial, Corporate and M&A; and Telecoms for the years 2016 and 2017. His name figures in the LEGAL 500’s “Hall of Fame” for having achieved rankings for eight consecutive years (the latest being in 2019). Mr. Hashem was also ranked by IFLR1000 as “Highly Regarded Leading Lawyer” in the Capital Markets, Banking and M&A practices for the years 2018, 2019, and 2020 and as “Leading Lawyer” in the Financial and Corporate Practice for the years 2016 and 2017. He was ranked by Chambers and Partners Global as “Eminent Practitioner” in the practices of Banking and Finance and Corporate/M&A (2020) and as “Eminent Practitioner” in Banking and Finance and as “Band 1” Lawyer in the Corporate / M&A practice (2019). He had been ranked as “Band 1” Lawyer in Corporate / M&A (2017 and 2018) and as “Band 1” Lawyer in Banking & Finance (2018). His initial ranking by Chambers and Partners dates back to the year 2000.
Mr. Hashem received the LL.B. from Cairo University in 1989 and was admitted before the Egyptian Court of Cassation in 2007. He is a member of the Egyptian Society of International Law and the Licensing Executive Society. He is fluent in Arabic, English, and German.
"The 'rainmaker' Yasser Hashem is highly regarded by a range of sources, who point to him as 'an authority in the market.' He has a distinguished history advising on complex restructuring mandates and M&A deals". Chambers and Partners Global Reviews (Corporate/M&A), 2017
"Managing partner Yasser Hashem is "very well recognised" in the Egyptian market. He is noted for his many years' experience acting for multinational clients and his considerable know-how when it comes to privatisations and IPOs." Chambers and Partners Global Reviews (Corporate/M&A), 2020
"Yasser Hashem continues to oversee the growth of the firm in his position as managing partner. He has a wealth of experience in transactional matters, covering all aspects of M&A, capital markets and banking and finance." Chambers and Partners Global Reviews (Banking & Finance), 2020
" 'Veteran lawyer' Yasser Hashem is acclaimed by the Egyptian market for his strong and broad corporate practice. His experience ranges from contract negotiations to IPOs and multibillion-dollar M&A transactions. He has particular experience in telecoms transactions and is agreed to be a "very good" adviser". Chambers and Partners Global Reviews (Corporate/M&A), 2019
"Clients applaud managing partner Yasser Hashem as a 'first-class lawyer' and 'definitely a leader in the market.' Sources go on to say: 'He's very understated, but very effective in terms of devising and implementing a practical solution.' He remains active across the M&A space and has significant experience in both regulatory and transactional matters". Chambers and Partners Global Reviews (Corporate/M&A), 2018
"Yasser Hashem is widely recognized for his professionalism". IFLR1000 Reviews (Financial and Corporate), 2017