Mostafa M.Abdelkarim


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Mostafa Abdelkarim represents and advises clients in international arbitration, cross-border litigation, anticorruption investigations, and regulatory compliance matters.

Mostafa has represented clients in international arbitration and litigation relating to a number of sectors and industries, including energy, oil and gas, financial services, real estate, 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 anticorruption investigations and regulatory 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 on behalf of clients. He has advised clients on compliance with laws and regulations across a number of jurisdictions, including in the United States, the Middle East, and Africa.

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 an international finance firm in litigation involving claims of tortious interference in business.

Represented an entity in an investigation by the United States Department of Justice into suspected violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in the Middle East.

Advised an energy corporation in an arbitration and litigation arising from an insurance coverage dispute.

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

Represented the Audit Committee of the board of directors of a Fortune 500 company in its internal investigation of corporate security breaches and advised on reforming corporate security policies as well.

Advised a conglomerate in an internal investigation concerning exports to the Middle East and North Africa.

Represented a government contractor in a federal investigation into its security practices.

Advised a company in the Middle East on the implications of initiating litigation in the United States in connection with a commercial dispute.

Advised a multinational corporation on criminal laws and procedures in the Middle East.

Advised the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and the Economic Cities Authority (ECA) on reforming laws and regulations relating to governance, import controls, ports, work permitting, and real estate development.

Advised entities on preparing service agreements with government and corporate entities in the Middle East and North Africa.

Advised a company in an internal investigation concerning exports and international trade.

Advised on the preparation and execution of a power of attorney for the purpose of selling real estate in the Middle East.

Counseled a multinational company in the Maghreb region of North Africa on ways to promote and enhance trade and investment through a free trade agreement and tariff classifications.

Advised an international law organization on counseling governments and civil society groups in the Middle East and North Africa on constitution drafting, tribunal practices, political party formation, election laws, anticorruption mechanisms, consumer protection laws, and class action frameworks.

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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