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.
Mr. Yasser Hashem was ranked by IFLR1000 as “Market Leader” in 2021 and 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. In 2021, the LEGAL 500 ranked Mr. Hashem as “Leading individual” in technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) and his name figures in the “Hall of Fame” in the Commercial, Corporate and M&A practice. In 2019 and 2020, the LEGAL 500 ranked him as “Leading Individual” in: 1) Banking & Finance; 2) Commercial, Corporate and M&A; and 3) TMT. In 2018, he ranked as “Leading Individual” in the Banking & Finance practice and the Commercial, Corporate and M&A practice and was recommended in TMT. He had been ranked as “Leading Individual” in Banking & Finance; Commercial, Corporate and M&A; and Telecoms in 2016 and 2017. His name figures in the LEGAL 500’s “Hall of Fame” for the Tenth consecutive year (the most recent being in 2021). Mr. Yasser Hashem was ranked by Chambers and Partners Global as “Eminent Practitioner” in the practices of Banking & Finance and Corporate/M&A (2021 and 2020) and in the practice Capital Markets in 2021, in addition to ranking as “Eminent Practitioner” in Banking & Finance and “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
"He listens, assigns the right team of lawyers, responds on time and is professional. He is also knowledgeable and experienced". IFLR1000, Client Feedback, 2021
"Yasser Hashem is commended for his long-standing experience and garners strong praise for his in-depth knowledge of transactional matters. Observers describe him as an “extremely experienced lawyer,” with one source highlighting his ability to advise on any type of corporate issue". Chambers and Partners - Corporate and M&A, 2021
"Yasser Hashem has a considerable standing in the Egyptian market, and continues to receive praise for his “expert knowledge and longstanding experience.” He is frequently engaged to advise on high-profile IPOs, representing clients hailing from industry sectors as diverse as real estate and energy". Chambers and Partners Global Reviews – Capital Markets, 2021
"Yasser Hashem continues to play a key role in the firm's growth. His longstanding experience covers the full gamut of M&A, capital markets and banking and finance transactions. Peers acknowledge him as a "very strong name in the market". Chambers and Partners Global Reviews (Banking and Finance), 2021
"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 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