Mai Elshaarawy is an Egyptian qualified lawyer admitted before the Egyptian Bar Association. She joined I&P as a Senior Associate in January 2014 from the Cairo office Trowers & Hamlins LLP, an English law firm.
Mai has broad experience in the corporate and commercial fields, in particular negotiating and drafting civil and commercial contracts, including inter alia, commercial agencies, and distributorships. She regularly advises on the establishment of corporate vehicles in Egypt such as joint stock and limited liability companies, branches and representative offices. Also, Mai regularly advises clients in respect of employment matters, real-estate, IP and telecommunications regulations in Egypt.
Mai has acted for Tahrir Alley Technology Park in relation to leasing of the AUC Greek Campus located in downtown Cairo in particular she carried out the legal due diligence. Also, she assisted in relation to drafting and negotiating the master agreement and supporting documents including a template lease agreement in both English and Arabic.
She has extensive experience of advising on mergers and acquisitions, including privatisations, asset and stock sales, and mandatory tender offers. Specific experience includes advising Actis LLP, a leading private equity investor in emerging markets with a growing portfolio of investments in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and US$ 4.8 billion funds under management, in respect of a US$ 102 million investment in Edita Food Industries, the largest independent snack foods business in Egypt and North Africa.
Mai is also experienced in capital markets law and regularly provides advice to listed companies. She has also assisted in relation to the establishment of funds and, in particular, she was a member of the team acting for EFG-Hermes in relation to the establishment of its Egyptian private ownership fund "InfraEgypt". This was the first private ownership fund in Egypt.
Mai has experience of working on with PPP infrastructure projects and, in particular, she was a member of the team advising the Ministry of Finance in conjunction with Ernst & Young, with respect to the design, construction, finance and operation of a wastewater treatment plant to be established in the 6th October Governorate.
Furthermore, Mai has experience in assisting on arbitrations as she was member of the legal team acting in significant arbitration cases heard before Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and the International Chamber of Commerce.
Languages: Arabic and English
2007 Cairo University, LLB
2010 Diploma in Criminal Law, Cairo University
2011 LL.M. International and Comparative Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law