We are delighted to announce our Middle East IFLR1000 Women Leaders for 2022. The fifth edition is the most comprehensive yet, featuring around 1000 lawyers globally, a 33% increase from the number of lawyers recognized last year. It is a privilege to be able recognise the work of all the outstanding women.

IFLR1000 Women Leaders is an elite ranking category reserved for the most prominent women lawyers across the world working in the areas of law IFLR1000 researches. This is an exclusive group of lawyers with outstanding reputations within their markets who either have expertise and experience of working on complex deals, or who have risen to hold leadership roles with their firms or their practices. For some individuals, both these things are true.  

Please use the map above to see all Women Leaders across jurisdictions.  

If you have questions about the research process, please contact Chynna Lewis: chynna.lewis@iflr1000.com 

If you would like to discuss how we can help you promote you or your firm's achievements, please contact Emily Kyriacou: emily.kyriacou@delinian.com  

Research methodology  

IFLR1000's research teams in Hong Kong, London, New York and Sofia collectively analyse thousands of research submissions, conduct thousands of interviews with law firm partners, and survey tens of thousands of clients to determine IFLR1000's Women Leaders. 

Each year Women Leaders uses the previous submission cycle's data for the research. Women Leaders 2022 will be based primarily on submissions made in 2021.  

Women Leaders 2022

Below you will find profiles of our featured Women Leaders from the region.

Interviews with high-profile, inspirational women practitioners and analysis pieces covering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.


Lamyaa Gadelhak

Helmy, Hamza and Partners - Member firm of Baker & McKenzie International


Co-head of Helmy Hamza & Partners’ Banking & Project Practice Group, Lamyaa Gadelhak has gained a strong reputation in the market for her work in both real estate finance and project financing matters, where she works on multibillion dollar financings. She also has worked to expand the firm’s expertise throughout Africa, serving on the Baker McKenzie Africa Initiative Steering Committee.


Fatima Alhasan

Baker & McKenzie Limited


Baker McKenzie partner Fatima Alhasan has developed a strong presence in her market by leading a plethora of deals across corporate, Islamic and project financing as well as restructurings. One of her many notable recent deals includes SAR$4.357 billion real estate financing for a mixed-use development in Mecca.


Ingy Badawy

Zulficar & Partners


Ingy Badawy is a founding partner and head of the corporate M&A practice at Zulficar & Partners. She has garnered a stellar reputation among the market and her clients through her work leading on many of the largest acquisitions in the country. In large part because of her work, she is a founding partner of a Tier 1 firm in Egypt.


Mariam Fahmy



Shalakany partner Mariam Fahmy is well regarded by her clients for her outstanding work in banking and project finance. She frequently leads high value, billion-dollar financings and is able to effectively represent both borrowers and lenders.