Said Hanafi

Partner, Cairo



Said Hanafi is a partner of MHR & Partners in association with White & Case.

He focuses on general corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. Said is also experienced in legal disputes and complex negotiations with government authorities.

Prior to joining the Firm, Said was General Counsel of Orascom Development Holdings (ODH). He has also worked as a Legal Associate at The World Bank Group, as Policy Analyst at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and started his career as a lawyer with a Munich based law firm focusing on the Middle East.

Said also held the position of executive Chairman of Orascom Housing Communities, Egypt's largest private developer of low income housing. He also held positions of Corporate Counsel at Ezz Steel, Vice President for Legal Affairs of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, the Secretary General of the French Chamber of Commerce and Adjunct Professor of business law at the American University in Cairo.

Bars and Courts
Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
Cairo University


Capital Markets

  • Representation of Integrated Diagnostics Holdings plc, a Jersey company listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), in the first technical listing on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) and first dual listing between the LSE and EGX.
  • Representation of Macro Group Pharmaceuticals on its EGP 1.3 billion IPO on the Egyptian Exchange
  • Representation of CI Capital, Renaissance Capital and First Abu Dhabi Bank - Representation of CI Capital, Renaissance Capital and First Abu Dhabi Bank on the c. $140 million 144A/Reg S IPO on the Egyptian Exchange of Taaleem Management Services S.A.E., a leading education platform in Egypt.
  • Representing OTMT Acquisition S.a r.l. (as selling shareholder) in tender offer by B Investments S.A.E over Orascom Financial Holding S.A.E (where OTMT is major shareholder).
  • Advised ADES International Holding Ltd., leading provider of offshore and onshore oil and gas drilling and production services company, on its US$696 million IPO and standard listing on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Jefferies and CI Capital, as bookrunners, in connection with the US$237 million IPO of CI Capital on the Egyptian Stock Exchange.
  • Advised CIRA, the leading private education provider, as issuer in connection with its EGP 1.3 billion IPO of 37% of the share capital on the Egyptian Exchange.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs International, Barclays and Citigroup as Joint Global Coordinators and seven Joint Bookrunners on the offering of US$600 million 5.250% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 and €700 million 3.125% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 by OCI N.V., a leading global producer and distributor of nitrogen products and methanol.
  • Represented ADES International Holding PLC on the issuance of a $325 million high yield bond, 8.625% senior secured notes due 2024.


  • Advised A15 in the sale of a 76% stake in TPAY Mobile, a leading provider in Egypt and the Middle East of direct carrier billing services allowing users to make mobile payments easily, to Helios Investment Partners.
  • Representation of Private Equity Firm BPE Partners and Saudi mogul Abdel Moneim Al-Rashed on their sale of 89% of the share capital of Giza Systems S.A.E., a leading digital transformation enabler and systems integrator across the Middle East and Africa to Solutions by STC, a subsidiary of the Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) at a total equity valuation of US$139 million.
  • Representation of CI Capital Holding for Financial Investments, Egypt's leading diversified financial services and investment group, on the indirect acquisition with a group of co-investors of a 60% interest in Taaleem Management Services Company SAE, a leading higher education platform in Egypt which controls and operates Nahda University in Beni Suef (NUB).
  • Representation of Tokio Marine, one of the leading multinational inusrance companies, in its EGP84.7 million divestment of Tokio Marine Egypt Family Takaful, an Egyptian leading takaful insurance company.
  • Representation of AfricInvest, a leading pan-African mid-cap-focused private equity firm with US$ 1.5 billion of assets under management, in its acquisition of a 40% stake in MSS Holding, the holding company owning Masria Digital Payments - Africa's leading smart card solutions provider
  • Representation the sell side on their divestment from Hayah International Academy S.A.E, the operator of a leading school in East Cairo for c. EGP 560 Million.
  • Representation of Hassan Allam Holding, a leading construction and engineering group headquartered in Cairo, Egypt in its indirect acquisition of a majority interest in Bioworks AG, a global leader in waste water treatment engineering based in Munich, Germany with subsidiaries in the US and Morocco.
  • Representation of ACDC Fund, whose two limited partners are Orascom TMT Investments and Accelero Capital, on the sale of SUPERNAP International, a data centre developer joint venture with Switch, to IPI Partners, a technology-related real estate fund co-sponsored by ICONIQ Capital, LLC and an affiliate of Iron Point Partners, LLC.
  • Advised B Investments Holding in connection with the acquisition of a majority stake in Gourmet Egypt, a leading grocery stores chain in Egypt.
  • Advised Meeting Point, and international tour operator, on the acquisition of a number of hotels across Egypt.
  • Advised Authority on its joint venture with Dubai Ports Authority and advising it on granting usufruct to the joint venture company.

Project Finance

  • Representation of the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), an entity affiliated to the Ministry of Transportation of Egypt, on the €1.886 billion financing for the development of the Cairo Monorail project in Egypt.
  • Representation Schenker Egypt in relation to the PPP Agreement with the Government of Egypt, the structuring of the consortium SPV incorporated between the consortium members as well as the shareholders' agreement entered into between the consortium members in connection with the 6th of October Dry Port Project.
  • Representation of African Export Import Bank in relation to a US$1 billion facility to EGPC.
  • Representation of Bank of Baroda, London Branch as Global Facility Agent acting on the instructions of Lenders (Bank of Baroda, London Branch, Axis Bank, Bank of India, Export-Import Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Hong Kong Branch, State Bank of India, Union Bank of India and Arab African International Bank) on the restructuring of US$ 940 million of TCI Sanmar S.A.E facilities.
  • Representation of Orascom Development Holding in relation to School Development Agreement in OWest.
  • Representation of SOS Holding, as Lender, in connection with an asset-based credit facility involving Oto Analytics, Inc., Womply, Inc. and Insurgent, Inc., as Borrowers.