Sheila L.Shadmand

Partner-in-Charge Middle East & Africa Region

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Sheila Shadmand is a U.S. lawyer resident in Dubai. She represents large multinational companies in investigative matters and complex commercial litigation and arbitration. She is Partner-in-Charge of the Middle East & Africa and leads the Firm's Global Disputes and International Investigations practices in the region.

Sheila leads investigations and counsels multinational companies on compliance with anti-corruption/bribery (FCPA), anti-money laundering, sanctions, and anti-boycott laws and defends companies facing enforcement by U.S. agencies, including the DOJ, SEC, and OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control). She has led and defended investigations in more than 35 countries throughout the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region. In addition, Sheila has served as counsel or arbitrator in numerous high-value ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, and DIAC arbitrations and as an advocate with full rights of audience 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.

Sheila is recognized as a leading disputes and investigations lawyer for several years running in Chambers, The Legal 500, Who's Who, the Global Arbitration Review (GAR), the Global Investigations Review (GIR), 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 Rules Committee, the DIFC Academy, and has served as a member of an advisory board of the Dubai Judicial Institute.



  • Emirati contractor disputes termination of contract in Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaJones Day advised an Emirati contractor in a dispute before the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA) and the Saudi Courts arising out of an alleged wrongful termination of certain design and build works for the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh.
  • MedImpact wins summary judgment in trade secret case over misuse of its pharmacy benefit management technologyJones Day successfully represented MedImpact Healthcare Systems in this international trade secret litigation against IQVIA arising out of a joint venture relationship.
  • Global contracting company conducts internal FCPA investigation in Middle EastJones Day conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a global contracting company into potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") violations arising from a government contract to build/expand a sewage treatment facility in the Middle East.
  • International industrial chemicals company conducts internal investigation into alleged improper paymentsOn behalf of an international industrial chemicals company, Jones Day conducted an internal investigation into alleged improper payments related to the company's India operations.
  • 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.
  • Executives and employees of U.S.-based medical center in UAE receive regulatory and compliance trainingJones Day provided U.S. regulatory and compliance training to a U.S.-based non-profit academic medical center for its executives and employees practicing in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • 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.
  • 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 services provider conducts internal investigation relating to the importation of materials from Saudi ArabiaJones Day conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a global health services provider regarding issues raised with respect to payments made by one of its agents for the importation of certain materials in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Financial services company conducts internal investigation into potential FCPA violationsJones Day assisted a financial services company in conducting an internal investigation into potential FCPA violations.
  • Middle East telecommunications provider obtains advice relating to U.S. sanctions regulationsJones Day advised a major Middle East telecommunications provider on U.S. sanctions regulations.
  • Fortune 500 automotive supplier conducts internal investigation relating to alleged improper payments in UAE, Nigeria, and GhanaJones Day conducted an internal investigation for a global Fortune 500 automotive supplier into allegations of improper payments by a distributor in UAE, Nigeria, and Ghana.
  • 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.
  • Sheila Shadmand serves as co-arbitrator in DIAC construction arbitrationJones Day partner Sheila Shadmand acted as co-arbitrator in a dispute over the design and construction of a school campus in Dubai, UAE.
  • Global health care provider obtains U.S. regulatory compliance assistance relating to new business operations in Saudi ArabiaJones Day assisted a global health care provider in setting up its U.S. regulatory compliance policies, procedures, and controls for its new business operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • U.S. oil and gas consulting company obtains advice relating to U.S. compliance regulationsJones Day advised a U.S. oil and gas consulting company with branches in the UAE regarding compliance with and reporting obligations under U.S. anti-boycott, anti-corruption, and sanctions regulations.
  • Global technology company conducts internal investigation in Algeria and TunisiaJones Day conducted an internal investigation for a global technology company with respect to whistleblower allegations involving activities in Algeria and Tunisia.
  • UAE marine services company defends FBI inquiryJones Day defended a UAE marine services company in an FBI inquiry related to a sanctions investigation of a Dubai, UAE entity.
    • May 28, 2024
      DIFC Academy of Law - Lecture on Disputing Jurisdiction
    • April 19, 2024
      Arabic Women in Law – Panelist for Access to the Legal Profession
    • April 17, 2024
      Panelist on Fraud Risks in 2024 in the UAE panel - Legal Plus 9th Annual UAE Summit
    • March 6, 2024
      ADGM Resolve – Panelist on AML, CFT and Sanctions
    • January 31, 2024
      Co-Chair of GIR Annual Investigations Meeting Dubai
    • November 15, 2023
      Panelist on The Resolution of Energy Disputes at Times of Dynamic Geopolitical Changes
    • March 7, 2023
      Panelist on Developments in U.S. Law at IBA Conference
    • March 6, 2023
      Panelist on AML and Sanctions at RESOLVE Abu Dhabi 2023
    • March 14, 2022
      Panelist for MENA Arbitration - Institutions, Trends, and the Future at the Second Annual Tel Aviv Arbitration Week in Israel
    • March 10, 2022
      Panelist for Investment Decisions and Crisis Readiness: Accounting for Past and Future ESG Problems
    • March 9, 2022
      Panelist for International Arbitration Year in Review 2021 - Jones Day webinar
    • March 8, 2022
      DIFC Academy of Law - Lecture on Disputing Jurisdiction
    • February 9, 2022
      GAR Live: Abu Dhabi – panel presenter for "The UAE Federal Arbitration Act – Now We Are Three"
    • September 13, 2020
      The Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department International Law DayConducting Arbitration and Court Hearings Virtually
    • 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