Mostafa M.Abdelkarim


Dubai + 971.4.709.8411

Mostafa Abdelkarim represents and advises clients in international arbitration, cross-border litigation, and white collar defense and investigations.

Mostafa has represented clients in international arbitration and litigation across a wide range of industries and sectors, including energy, financial services, real estate, hospitality, food and beverage, technology, transportation, construction, and insurance. He has represented clients under the rules of major arbitral institutions, as well as in litigation in various jurisdictions in the United States and internationally. In addition, Mostafa has prepared settlement agreements and advised clients on settlement negotiations.

Mostafa also counsels clients in white collar defense, investigations, and compliance matters, including government-led enforcement actions, internal corporate investigations, and internal compliance program development. He has conducted data collection, witness interviews, risk assessments, and compliance training. He has advised clients on compliance matters arising from numerous jurisdictions across the world, including in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.

Prior to being based in Dubai, Mostafa practiced for several years in Washington, D.C. at an international law firm, where he represented and advised clients in commercial disputes, white collar investigations, and regulatory compliance matters.

Mostafa is a member of several bar and professional associations, including the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and the American Society of International Law.


The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

Represented a U.S. energy corporation in AAA arbitration and U.S. litigation arising from an insurance coverage dispute.

Represented a U.S. state in U.S. litigation concerning natural resource damages.

Represented a U.S. international finance firm in U.S. litigation involving claims of tortious interference in business.

Represented foreign nationals in U.S. federal multidistrict litigation involving claims of human trafficking, fraudulent misrepresentation, and breach of contract.

Advised an African holding company on implications of initiating U.S. litigation relating to a distributor agreement with a U.S. partner.

Represented a third-party entity with respect to a case prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

Represented a U.S. scientific organization in an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into suspected Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations in Africa.

Represented a U.S. information technology company in a U.S. federal investigation into its security practices.

Conducted an internal investigation into corporate security breaches on behalf of a U.S. steel producer and advised on reforming corporate security policies.

Conducted an internal investigation into exports to Africa and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on behalf of a U.S. automaker.

Advised a U.S. technology company on telecommunications regulations and related criminal laws in the GCC.

Drafted on behalf of a GCC state investment authority regulations relating to governance, import controls, ports, work permitting, and real estate development.

Advised an African phosphate mining company on enhancing trade and investment through a U.S. free trade agreement and related tariff classifications.

Advised a U.S. international law organization on counseling governments and civil society groups in the Middle East and Africa on creating or enhancing legal and regulatory regimes, including with respect to tribunal practices, political party formation, elections, anticorruption, consumer protection, and class actions.

Advised international journalists challenging criminal defamation, sedition, and false news laws in sub-Saharan Africa.

Additional Publications

  • January 2019
    "Maximising Protection of UAE Investments in Africa," Emirates Law, Coauthor

Publications Prior to Jones Day

April 10, 2015

"World Investors Eye Egypt's Future," National Law Review, Coauthor

November 19, 2014

"Corruption and conflict: By the numbers," The FCPA Blog

November 12, 2014

"Fighting Corruption to Achieve Security," National Law Review

September 30, 2014

"Africa Sees Opportunities in Islamic Finance," National Law Review

May 23, 2014

"Tunisia's Path to Post-Revolution Elections," National Law Review

February 2011

"Revising Egypt's Constitution: A Contribution to the Constitutional Amendment Debate," 52 Harvard International Law Journal 182, Coauthor

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