Dania El Samad

Partner - Banking & Finance

Dania El Samad has been building up her banking and project finance experience since 2007. She has been promoted to Partner in the Firm’s Banking & Project Finance Department in January 2020.

She specializes in banking and project finance and has experience in acting for governmental and corporate entities, lenders, borrowers and multinational clients.

Dania El Samad is experienced and has worked on a broad range of transactions relating to the development, acquisition, disposal and financing of infrastructure projects.

Dania El Samad has over 16 years of experience in Egypt, and is recognized as an expert on banking and finance transactions, including drafting and negotiating finance documents, loan agreements and security documents, such as pledges, mortgages and corporate guarantees.

She also assisted in major projects’ finance and syndicated lending transactions, on behalf of leading real estate developing companies, banking and financial institutions and other local and international clients and has recently acted on behalf of project companies in the renewable energy projects under the FiT program and related project financing.

In addition, Dania El Samad has provided multiple legal opinions on Cross-Border banking activities, Repo and Derivatives transactions under GMRA and ISDA Agreements, Global Depository Receipts and Global Depositary Notes for international financial institutions and banks.

In 2023, Ms. El Samad was called ‘Key Lawyer’ to the Banking and Finance Practice by the Legal500 2023 EMEA Rankings.

Dania El Samad advises multiple local and international banking clients such as National Bank of Egypt, Banque Misr, Citibank, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Bank of New York Mellon, Arab African International Bank, JP Morgan, Nova Scotia Bank, Commerzbank and ICBC Standard Bank.

Dania El Samad obtained her License en Droit (LL.B in Law) in 1996 and her Maîtrise en Droit in 1997 from the Faculty of Law, Lebanese University. Her working languages are Arabic, English and French. El Samad obtained her master’s II in International and European Business Law from IDAI, Paris 1 Sorbonne in 2014.