Sheila L.Shadmand

Partner-in-Charge Middle East/Africa Region and Partner-in-Charge Saudi Arabia and Dubai Offices

Dubai + 971.4.709.8408

Sheila Shadmand is one of the only U.S.-qualified lawyers resident in Dubai who has defended clients before the DOJ and SEC and has full rights of audience in the DIFC Courts. Over her 20 years of practice, she has represented several of the Firm's largest clients in complex commercial litigation, arbitration, and investigative matters. She is Partner-in-Charge of the Middle East/Africa Region, Partner-in-Charge of the Saudi Arabia and Dubai offices, and leads the Firm's Global Disputes and International Investigations practices in the Middle East.

Sheila has served as counsel or arbitrator in numerous high-value ICC, LCIA, and DIAC arbitrations and as an advocate in the DIFC Courts. She was lead counsel in International Electro-Mechanical v. Al Fattan, which set the often-cited pro-arbitration foundational precedent in the DIFC Courts. In addition, Sheila counsels multinational companies on compliance with FCPA, anti-money laundering, anti-boycott, and sanctions laws and defends companies facing enforcement by U.S. agencies, including the DOJ, SEC, and OFAC. She has led and defended investigations into such matters in more than 30 countries throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia (MEASA) region.

Sheila is recognized as a leading disputes and investigations lawyer for several years running in Chambers, The Legal 500, and The Best Lawyers in the UAE. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and a number of other news-related broadcasts and print media in connection with her work. Sheila is a member of the DIFC Courts Users Committee Rules Subcommittee, the DIFC Academy of Law, and is a member of an advisory board of the Dubai Judicial Institute.



  • ETS arbitrates breach of contract claim in LCIAJones Day acted as lead counsel for Educational Testing Service ("ETS"), a leading educational services provider, in a breach of contract claim related to provision of services and materials in Oman.
  • Toys “R” Us enters India market through retail licensing arrangement with Tablez & ToysJones Day advised Toys "R" Us, Inc.("TRU"), the largest global retailer of toys and juvenile products, in connection with its entry into the India market through a retail licensing arrangement with Tablez & Toys Pvt. Ltd. (“Tablez”), an Indian affiliate of the Abu Dhabi-based Lulu Group, an Indian affiliate of the Abu Dhabi-based retail chain Lulu Group.
  • Peaked Hill Partners completes equity injection with Arc InternationalJones Day represented Peaked Hill Partners LLC ("PHP") in connection with an equity injection from an investor group led by PHP in Arc International, a producer of glass tableware, completing the group's recapitalization, and providing funds for the modernization of their main production site in Arques, France, funding of a Social Plan linked to the restructuring plan, and various growth initiatives.
  • DSP Merrill Lynch and several other placement agents complete INR 30.0 billion qualified institutions placement by Idea Cellular LimitedJones Day represented DSP Merrill Lynch Limited, Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited, Morgan Stanley India Company Private Limited, Standard Chartered Securities (India) Limited, and Axis Capital Limited in connection with the INR 30.0 billion (US$515 million) of Equity Shares in a qualified institutions placement by Idea Cellular Limited, the third largest mobile telecommunications operator in India.
  • Major construction company defends against ICC arbitration concerning gas pipeline in QatarJones Day is acting for a major construction company in an ICC arbitration brought by a subcontractor in relation to additional works performed on a gas pipeline in Qatar.
  • Middle Eastern media conglomerate seeks advice on OFAC issues across the MENA RegionJones Day provided advice regarding the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations to a major Middle Eastern media conglomerate with respect to the dissemination of information into several MENA countries, and also provided OFAC, FCPA, UKBA, anti-money laundering and anti-boycott regulatory compliance training to the company's in-house legal team.
  • Global industrial services company seeks advice on FCPA issues in Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaJones Day provided counsel to a worldwide industrial services and engineered solutions company with respect to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act (UKBA) issues in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including advising on the development of the company's existing internal compliance controls and the creation and implementation of supplemental anticorruption compliance program components.
  • Chair of Arbitral Tribunal in DIAC arbitrationServed 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.
  • Khalilifamilienstiftung (Khalili Family Trust) seeks advice in multijurisdictional dispute with art collectorJones Day advised the Khalilifamilienstiftung (Khalili Family Trust), a prestigious Liechtenstein-based trust, which is heavily involved in the art world, in relation to a multijurisdictional dispute.
  • ATC resolves action against Wood Group resulting from failure of submersible water pumps in Saudi ArabiaJones Day represented A. Abunayyan Trading Company (ATC) in claims against Wood Group ESP stemming from the failure of submersible water pumps installed in water production projects in Saudi Arabia.
  • National Security Archive and White House reach agreement for restoration of millions of missing Bush White House emailsOn behalf of the National Security Archive, Jones Day filed a Complaint in September 2007 in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking orders to restore millions of emails deleted from White House servers during the Bush Administration.
  • Asylum is granted for Iranian familyJones Day represented a 48-year old Iranian woman who fled to the United States seeking asylum from political persecution she endured at the hands of the Iranian government.
  • Standard Bank enforces security against Kuwaiti debtorJones Day is advising Standard Bank on its enforcement strategy and its implementation against a Kuwaiti debtor in Kuwait under a non-performing financial instrument.
  • FCPA monitor appointed pursuant to DOJ settlementPeter Romatowski, supported by a team of Jones Day attorneys, serves as the FCPA monitor selected by the company and approved by the Deputy Attorney General pursuant to a $30 million settlement and deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ and SEC to resolve an investigation of payments to government officials in Africa and South America.
  • XM receives antitrust clearance for $13 billion merger with SIRIUSJones Day obtained antitrust clearance after a lengthy investigation by the Department of Justice on behalf of XM Satellite Radio Holdings in connection with its $13 billion merger with SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
  • SCCI resolves FCA casesJones Day represented Spectrum Comprehensive Care Inc. (SCCI), a long-term care hospital system, in two False Claims Act cases -- one brought by the Department of Justice and the second brought by five qui tam relators regarding a physician financial relationships and billing procedures.
  • SABMiller wins antitrust approval for MillerCoors joint ventureJones Day successfully represented SABMiller, plc as U.S. antitrust counsel in connection with the combination of SABMiller's U.S. and Puerto Rico beer operations with those of Molson Coors Brewing Company to form MillerCoors, the second largest beer company in the United States.
  • Industrial energy company conducts internal investigation of potential FCPA violations in China and creates anticorruption compliance programJones Day represented an industrial energy company before the Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the Securities Exchange Commission ("SEC") with respect to the voluntary disclosure of allegedly improper payments made to government officials in China.
  • MAN Roland is largest private creditor in Tri-Press chapter 11 caseJones Day represented MAN Roland Inc. as largest private creditor in Tri-Press' chapter 11 case.
  • AlliedSignal and Breed Technologies settle multi-million dollar accounting fraud litigation in FloridaJones Day represented Breed Technologies first, then AlliedSignal Recovery Trust, as plaintiff in a fraud action filed in Florida's Tenth Judicial Circuit Court in Polk County, Florida.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • November 30, 2018
      35th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: What Every Company Should Know about Newfound Risk Factors Practices Act
    • February 7, 2018
      3rd Annual GAR Live Abu Dhabi
    • November 29-December 2, 2016
      33rd International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
    • November 29 - December 2, 2016
      33rd International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
    • November 17, 2016
      3rd Annual GAR Live Event
    • May 16, 2016
      Academy & Finance - A New Trend: Fiscal Solidarity Between Client and the Bank/Advisors Who are Condemned to Pay the Evaded Taxes
    • April 20, 2016
      The Mandatory Code of Conduct for Legal Practitioners in the DIFC Courts
    • April 15, 2016
      PwC Global Economic Crime Survey 2016
    • March 21-22, 2016
      7th Annual Middle East Summit on Compliance Anti-Corruption & Financial Crime
    • March 14-18, 2016
      PBI Training of Prosecutors in Kenya
    • November 8-11, 2015
      SuperReturn Middle East 2015: Too Hot To Touch - Anti-Bribery & Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Can You Still Get Things Done?
    • October 26, 2015
      DIFC Academy of Law: Lecture on Disputing Jurisdiction
    • October 25, 2015
      International Sanctions Regimes - Business Risks & Opportunities
    • September 16, 2015
      ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty - How will the potential lifting of Iran's sanctions play out for Middle East investors, financiers and businesses?
    • April 27, 2015
      AMEERG Meeting in Dubai – The Rise of the Whistleblower in the Middle East and Africa
    • April 14, 2015
      Global Disputes Seminar - Saving Time and Costs: A Roundtable Discussion On The New ICC Rules and Alternative Arbitration Rules in The MENA Region
    • April 13, 2015
      DIFC Academy of Law: Lecture on Disputing Jurisdiction
    • March 31, 2015
      Sustainable Development: The UN Global Compact Principle 10 - Anti-Corruption, Annual Investment Meeting
    • March 18, 2015
      The Rise of the Whistleblower in the Middle East & Africa, BEERG/AMEERG Conference
    • May 15, 2014
      European Labor & Employment Conference 2014: Managing Today’s Employment Relationships Across Europe
    • May 6, 2014
      The Continuing Expansion of Health Care Enforcement by U.S. and International Authorities: Key Developments and Implications for the Future
    • November 16, 2013
      Advocacy Trainer, DIFC Courts Academy
    • October 16, 2013
      Navigating Global Risk
    • February 2013
      ACI's 4th Middle East Summit on Anti-Corruption
    • November 2012
      International Arbitration and ADR China Conference, Middle East Disputes
    • October 2012
      2012 Legal Congress: Law & Regulation in the Middle East, Complying with Economic Sanctions in the Middle East
    • Fall 2011
      IBA Conference, Dubai, Presentation: Litigation in the Middle East and the Islamic World
    • April 2010
      UIA Conference in Damascus, The Enforcement (or Challenge) of Arbitral Awards presented to the Syrian Bar Association and UIA Conference Delegates
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