Taher Helmy is the senior partner and co-founder of the Egyptian Law Firm Helmy, Hamza & Partners (Baker & McKenzie). He is a member Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations, and was the first Arab lawyer to be admitted before the US Supreme Court. After practicing with Baker & McKenzie’s head office in Chicago for nine years, he moved on to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he co-founded the offices of Baker & McKenzie. In 1986, Helmy became a co-founder of Baker & McKenzie’s office in Cairo, handling corporate, banking and commercial matters. He served as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and is currently a member of the Global Policy Committee of Baker & McKenzie, the European Regional Council and the Global.
A strong proponent of political and economic reforms in Egypt at a very early date, Dr. Helmy took key roles in a number of international business associations. He is the principal Founder and former Chairman of the Egyptian Centre for Economic Studies, the first independent, private, non-profit economic think tank in Egypt. He is also the former President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, a founder and board member of the British Business Association and former member of the U.S.-Egypt President’s Council. He is the former co-chairman of the U.S-Egypt Business Leaders Forum and founder and member of the executive board of Egypt’s International Economic Forum. He is a co-founder of the British Egyptian Businessmen Association and a member of the French Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Helmy has participated in various committees reviewing the proposed U.S./Egyptian Investment Treaty and other Egyptian legislation.
Dr. Helmy has been engaged in numerous educational initiatives and supports a number of international Universities. He is a founder of the A.U.C Legal Masters Program, and n the past, has served on the Board of the Binational Fulbright commission and was a key participant in the Clarke Initiative at Cornell University Law School. Taher Helmy currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Nile University in Egypt. In addition, he is a member of the board of Washington based educational organization Amideast, a leading educational organisation working in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa.
Over the years, he has authored many articles and gave numerous seminars and speeches in the United States, Europe and the Middle East on doing business in the Middle East, and on legislative and economic development in Egypt and the region.