Mostafa M.Abdelkarim


Dubai + 971.4.709.8411

Mostafa Abdelkarim represents clients in international arbitration and cross-border litigation. He has acted for clients in high-stakes commercial disputes across a wide range of industries and sectors.

Mostafa has represented clients under the rules of major arbitral institutions and in ad hoc arbitrations, as well as in litigation in the United States and internationally. He also has advised on conducting settlement negotiations and preparing settlement agreements.

In addition to handling commercial disputes, Mostafa has counseled clients in white collar investigations and compliance matters, including government-led enforcement actions, internal corporate investigations, and compliance program development. He has advised clients on compliance matters arising from jurisdictions around the world.

Prior to being based in Dubai, Mostafa practiced for several years in Washington, D.C. He represented and advised clients in U.S. federal and state litigation, as well as in government and internal investigations.

Mostafa maintains an active pro bono practice. As part of Jones Day's initiative to assist refugees, he served on secondment to a U.S. humanitarian organization in Greece that provides legal services to refugees from the Middle East and Africa. He also has coached law students in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and served as a judge at collegiate mock trial competitions in the United States.

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.


  • Medical products manufacturer obtains advice on UAE employment lawsJones Day advised a medical products manufacturer on UAE employment laws and related settlement negotiations.
  • Medical device company conducts internal FCPA investigation in TurkeyJones Day conducted an internal investigation for a medical devices and therapies company with respect to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") allegations raised regarding its bidding and tender procedures in Turkey.
  • Multinational manufacturer seeks advice on UAE employment lawsJones Day advised a computer manufacturer on UAE employment laws and related settlement negotiations.
  • Sheila Shadmand serves as Chair of Tribunal in DIAC construction/property disputeJones Day partner Sheila Shadmand served as Chair of the Tribunal in a Dubai International Arbitration Centre ("DIAC") construction/property dispute between multiple private investor claimants and a real estate development and leasing company defendant comprising inter alia breach of contract, delayed completion, and force majeure determinations.
  • Creditor brings DIFC action relating to liquidator's rejection of proof of debtJones Day represented a creditor in a claim before the Dubai International Financial Centre's ("DIFC") Court of First Instance concerning the liquidator's rejection of a proof of debt.
  • Global health care company obtains advice regarding labor and health care laws in Saudi ArabiaJones Day counseled a health care company with respect to labor and health care laws and regulations in Saudi Arabia.
  • 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

    Speaking Engagements

    • 2016-2020
      Biannual presentation to US undergraduate and graduate students regarding business and law in the Middle East.
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