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David Slim advises clients on disputes and regulatory investigations matters in and around the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. He assists multinational corporations and financial institutions on a range of cross-border commercial litigation and arbitration matters, regulatory proceedings, internal investigations, and crisis management issues. He has advised clients in a variety of industries including in the commercial, construction, banking, and pharmaceutical sectors.

David has represented clients under major arbitration rules, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) rules, with seats in Paris, London, Tokyo, and Dubai. He also has conducted internal investigations and compliance audits to mitigate white collar offenses, money laundering, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions, and attendant reputational risk for numerous banks and multinational companies operating in various sectors and industries. In addition, David has assisted financial institutions in designing and implementing robust compliance procedures, retail conduct practices, risk mitigation strategies, and screening solutions in response to U.S. financial policy and international sanctions regimes.

David's experience prior to joining Jones Day includes many achievements. While working for an international law firm in Washington, D.C., he successfully contributed to overturning high-value judgments in U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) claims and setting new standards in the domain; conducted an internal investigation into alleged provision of material support by a foreign government to terrorists under the ATA, obtained evidence to the contrary, and successfully argued for summary judgment; and conducted privileged internal investigations for Levantine banks and assisted with subsequent OFAC Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) delisting petitions/requests for reconsideration.


  • Telecommunications company arbitrates shareholder disputes relating to ownership of affiliated companyJones Day is representing a telecommunications company in five parallel arbitration proceedings relating to shareholder disputes connected with the ownership of an affiliated company in the Middle East.
  • Oil and petrochemical company seeks advice on compliance with U.S. anti-boycott regulationsJones Day is assisting an oil and petrochemical company with respect to anti-boycott training and advice, including conducting multiple training programs across the company's business units.
  • Pharmaceutical company defends ICC arbitration relating to licensing agreementJones Day is representing a multinational, pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration arising from a dispute over the term of a license agreement and when royalty payment obligations ceased.
  • Middle-East construction company assists in enforcement of first demand bank guaranteeJones Day assisted a major Middle-East construction company in emergency court proceedings for the enforcement of a first demand bank guarantee issued by a leading Italian bank in favor of the key contractor.