Nora Hathout is a junior associate in our Cairo office
Tell us about your career path.
I was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, where I lived until I moved to Cairo to attend the Sorbonne University to complete my master’s degree in international business law. After graduating, I began my career as in-house counsel for Unilever Mashreq, where I worked for two years and gained valuable skills in legal project management. In the autumn of 2019, my career took an important turn: I became a junior associate at Bahaa-Eldin Law Office in cooperation with BonelliErede, based in Cairo.
As a corporate lawyer, I deal with agreements relating to investment law, company law and data privacy, to name a few. The learning curve as a BonelliErede new joiner was significant and encouraged me to really push myself to meet expectations and achieve goals. This gave me the opportunity to grow professionally and to put the knowledge and expertise I had gained as an in-house lawyer into practice.
What attracted you to BonelliErede?
Right from the start, it was apparent that I’d joined a firm overflowing with exceptional legal skills. The Cairo team is made up of a lot of young lawyers keen to work together to achieve common goals: we live and breathe teamwork every single day!
In my first year, I travelled with the team to our Milan headquarters for the annual office party – my first time in Italy! While there, I finally got the chance to meet my colleagues from the Africa team in person – our meetings had mostly been remote up to that point, given that team members are based in Cairo, Dubai and Milan. The opportunity to work with people from many different cultures and backgrounds is what makes working at BonelliErede so special, as it enables me to use my own international background to further our team’s objectives.
What do you like to do in your free time?
My hobbies include sports and fitness coaching. Getting exercise is a great way for me to recharge after a day’s work, whereas coaching others has a dual advantage: it gives my (fitness) clients the opportunity to grow and improve while at the same time enabling me to better understand how to approach my own daily challenges.
Life in Cairo is quite fast paced: it’s a busy city with lots of energy, traffic and hustle and bustle, which at times can feel overwhelming. That’s why I jump at every opportunity to get out of the city and head to Ras Sudr – a seaside town known for adventure sports – to enjoy my other hobby, kitesurfing. It might be a three-and-a-half-hour drive, but with its pristine beaches along the Red Sea – and just the right amount of wind to lift me into the air – Ras Sudr is absolutely worth it! It’s those moments when I’m chasing the wind and suspended in air that I feel most connected to nature – and I find it’s the most effective way for me to recharge for the upcoming week.