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 financing arrangements. 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.

While General Counsel of ODH, Said put together and managed a team of 30 lawyers across 6 different jurisdictions and advised on most operational aspects of the Group. He was also the executive Chairman of Orascom Housing Communities, Egypt's largest private developer of low income housing. He is currently the Vice President for Legal Affairs of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, the Secretary General of the French Chamber of Commerce and an Adjunct Professor of business law at the American University in Cairo.    

Bars and Courts
The Egyptian Bar Association
Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
Cairo University


Jordan Projects & Tourism Development*
Advised the leading real estate and tourism developer in Aqaba, Jordan on the restructuring of its real estate assets, acquisition of three hotels within Aqaba, and the commercialization of its stuff housing.

Salalah Beach Integrated Touristic Complex*
Negotiated with the Government of the Sultanate of Oman the development agreement of the largest integrated tourism complex in Salalah. Overseen all legal aspects of the project until the development of its first 2 phases consisting of four hotels, a marina, commercial spaces and residential apartments.

Lustica Bay Tourism Development*
Negotiated a development agreement with the Government of Montenegro for the largest mixed use touristic resort in Montenegro.

Andermatt Swiss Alps*
Negotiated on behalf of ODH the negotiations with a leading hotel operator managing the flagship hotel in the luxury Swiss resort.

Danone SA*
Represented Danone SA in its acquisition of Olait Dairy Production S.A.E. in Egypt.

IPO of Orascom Hotels & Development*
Managed the legal process on behalf of the issuer for the IPO of Orascom Hotels Development on the Egyptian Stock Exchange.

FTI Holding and RTK*
Represented the Sawiris Family office in the acquisition of a 30% stake in the FTI Holding Group, one of Germany’s leading tour operators, and 75% in RTK Touristik GmbH, the largest network of vacation sales outlets in continental Europe with 7000 outlets across four countries.

*Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case.


PPPs in Egypt, The International Construction Law Review, Part 4, October 2010

Contractors Liability under the Civil Codes of Algeria, Egypt, Qatar, and the UAE, The International Construction Law Review, Volume 24, Part 2, April 2008

Egypt Chapter in the Arbitration and Mediation in the Southern Mediterranean Countries, De Palo and Trever Eds, Kluwer, 2007, co-author