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Mahmoud Selim

Mahmoud Selim

Regional Head of Compliance and Investigations Dispute Resolution

Mahmoud is a Dispute Resolution Partner with Matouk Bassiouny and Regional Head of the Investigations, Financial Crime and Compliance team. Mahmoud brings in a wealth of almost two decades of post-qualification experience. Prior to joining Matouk Bassiouny, Mahmoud was a Legal Director in Risk Advisory Services at Pinsent Masons. Mahmoud is also a former investigations magistrate and senior public prosecutor and was a member of the Technical Bureau and International Cooperation Division of the Egyptian Attorney General.

Mahmoud spent years as a member of the Egyptian judiciary, focusing on investigating financial crime, combating corruption, cyber security, GDPR, politically exposed persons, fraud, cross-border crime, Anti-Money Laundry, Sharia compliance, international judicial cooperation and the illicit acquisition of artefacts, fine art and monuments. On numerous occasions, Mahmoud represented the Egyptian Government in bilateral and multilateral judicial cooperation matters as well as the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime.

Mahmoud is admitted to practice law in Egypt, Dubai, the Dubai International Financial Centre and the Abu Dhabi Global Markets. He regularly appears on regional television and radio as a commentator on legal developments in the Arab World, and is also a frequent speaker on the laws and regulations of the Middle East.

He is one of a minority of Arab legal practitioners who can conduct their work fluently in both Arabic and English. Mahmoud also speaks French

Mahmoud is regularly called upon to give expert evidence on local law in international proceedings.

Practice Focus

Mahmoud focuses his practice on commercial dispute resolution, compliance, corporate governance, GDPR, cyber security, regulatory enforcement proceedings, sanctions, investigations, private wealth, Islamic Law, family businesses and arts and culture law. Mahmoud regularly:

  1. advises clients on issues pertaining to art production, provenance, curating, art collections, trusts and foundations, intellectual property, publications, art finance, art import and export and commercial agreements in relation to art and culture and dispute resolution in relation to art;
  2. advises clients in relation to compliance, corporate governance, GDPR, cyber security, sanctions, regulatory enforcement proceedings and investigations;
  3. provides training to clients on areas pertaining to compliance, corporate governance, sanctions, investigations, cyber security, GDPR and arts and culture law; and represents clients in the DIFC Courts.

Select Recent Experience

  • Mahmoud was lead counsel for the claimant in the NMS shareholders’ dispute. The value of the claim exceeded $1 billion.
  • Mahmoud was lead counsel for the Dubai Islamic Bank seeking legal remedies in Dubai courts towards recovery of $1 billion in a fraud claim.
  • Mahmoud was lead counsel for Deyaar seeking legal remedies in Dubai courts towards recovery of $100 million in a fraud claim.
  • Mahmoud was lead counsel for Mizin seeking legal remedies in Dubai Courts towards recovery of $20 million in a fraud claim.
  • Mahmoud advised the Danish tax authorities in relation to a claim exceeding $2 billion.
  • Mahmoud advised a Singaporean based business in relation to a claim in Abu Dhabi Courts exceeding $50 million.
  • Mahmoud advised Zurich Insurance in relation to sanctions enforcement in Dubai.
  • Mahmoud advised a UK based service provider- and its DIFC subsidiary- in relation to regulatory enforcement proceedings in the value of $250 million on the back of investigations involving the former Malaysian prime minister.
  • Mahmoud served as chairman of the arbitral tribunal in the DIAC arbitration case number: 179/201 1.
  • Mahmoud served as co-arbitrator in the DIAC arbitration number: 60/2013.
  • Mahmoud served as sole arbitrator in the DIAC arbitrations number: 72/2012.
  • Mahmoud served as sole arbitrator in the DIAC arbitrations number: 96/2012.
  • Mahmoud served as sole arbitrator in the DIAC arbitrations number: 235/2012.
  • Mahmoud served as sole arbitrator in the DIAC arbitrations number: 12/2013.
  • Mahmoud served as sole arbitrator in the DIAC arbitrations number: 63/2013.
  • Mahmoud acted as lead counsel in the ICC arbitrations number: 17071 NRO.
  • Mahmoud acted as lead counsel in the ICC arbitrations number: 20583/ZF.
  • Mahmoud acted as lead counsel in the ICC arbitrations number: 24156/TO.
  • Mahmoud acted as lead counsel in the DFC-I-CIA arbitration number DL 17091.
  • Mahmoud acted as lead counsel in the DIAC arbitrations number: 102/2014.
  • Mahmoud acted as lead counsel in the DIAC arbitrations number: 99/2015.
  • Mahmoud acted as lead counsel in the DIAC arbitrations number: 120/2015.
  • Mahmoud acted as lead counsel in the DIAC arbitrations number: 140/2015.
  • Mahmoud acted as lead counsel in the DIAC arbitrations number: 150/2015.
  • Mahmoud acted as lead counsel in the DIAC arbitrations number: 151/2015.
  • Mahmoud acted as lead counsel in the DIAC arbitrations number: 154/2015.
  • Mahmoud acted as lead counsel in the DIAC arbitrations number: 4/2016.
  • Mahmoud acted as lead counsel in the DIAC arbitrations number: 66/2016.
  • Mahmoud acted as lead counsel in the DIAC arbitrations number: 73/2016.
  • Mahmoud was lead counsel for National Holding for investigations in Dubai.
  • Mahmoud advised regional central banks on anti-money laundering, countering terrorism, sanctions and compliance issues.
  • Mahmoud advised Abu Dhabi Investment House in relation to compliance and corporate governance Issues.
  • Mahmoud was lead counsel for Bilfinger Infrastructure Mannheim GmbH in a $120 million claim against the Government of the State of Qatar in Doha courts.
  • Mahmoud was lead counsel for Bilfinger Infrastructure Mannheim GmbH in fraud investigations in Doha.
  • Mahmoud was lead counsel for the Italian fashion brand Valentino in relation to its operations in Dubai and management of a distributorship dispute.
  • Mahmoud advised Al Fahim Group in relation to its joint venture dispute with Schlumberger
  • Mahmoud advised Al Fahim Group in relation to its agency dispute with BOSCH
  • Mahmoud advised GEMS Education on compliance and corporate governance issues.
  • Mahmoud advised Crescent Petroleum in relation to enforcement of a Swiss arbitral award in the UAE.
  • Mahmoud advised Crescent Petroleum in relation to their dispute in Sharjah courts with Oman Oil and the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority.
  • Mahmoud advised Amanat PJSC in relation to compliance and corporate governance issues.
  • Mahmoud advised the Zams Group in relation to their dispute with Al Maya Supermarkets.
  • Mahmoud advised Apotheca Cosmetics in relation to their agency dispute in Dubai.
  • Mahmoud advised Doha Festival City in relation to Sharia compliance issues in Qatar.
  • Mahmoud was lead counsel for Kellog’s in a breach of contract claim in the Royal Court of Justice in London.
  • Mahmoud advised IFA Resorts in relation to its regional retail and hospitality operations.
  • Mahmoud was lead counsel for Honeywell in their agency dispute in Abu Dhabi.
  • Mahmoud advised the University of Birmingham on compliance issues in relation to their operations in the UAE.
  • Mahmoud advised the American University in Sharjah on compliance issues in relation to their operations in the UAE.
  • Mahmoud was lead counsel for the claimant in the shareholders’ dispute for the Roberto’s restaurant in the DFC.
  • Mahmoud was acting chief legal officer for TE COM Investments advising on commercial, operational, compliance and corporate governance issues, as well as; legislative policy, dispute and risk management.
  • Mahmoud advised the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre on compliance and corporate governance issues.
  • Mahmoud advised Dr. Michael Formenius in relation to the acquisition by Al Masa Investments of 75% of the Dr. Michael’s Dental Clinic business.
  • Mahmoud represented Dr. Michael Formenius in a shareholders dispute in international arbitration.
  • Mahmoud advised Green Coast Enterprises on succession planning, private wealth, Sharia compliance and group restructuring.

Publications

  • Economic sanctions in the UAE, upcoming article.
  • Art collecting in the Arab Middle East, upcoming article.
  • Guide on Qatar anti-corruption system, November 2016, Lexis Nexis.
  • Guide on Qatari construction law system, November 2016, Lexis Nexis.
  • Guide on recognition and enforcement of foreign court orders and foreign arbitral awards in the UAE, September 2016, Lexis Nexis.
  • Letters of Intent, Lexis Nexis, April 2016.
  • Judicial review in the UAE, Thomson Reuters, December 2015.
  • UAE federal supreme court’s original jurisdiction over persons, Thomson Reuters, November 2015.
  • UAE state security courts’ original jurisdiction over subject matter, Thomson Reuters, November 2015.
  • Economic costs of banking fraud Banker Middle East, November 2015.
  • Financial significance of rule of law and efficient dispute resolution, Financier Worldwide Magazine, October 2015.
  • Qatar Anti Money Laundry Regime, March 2015, Lexis Nexis.
  • UAE Anti Money Laundry Regime, January 2015, Lexis Nexis.
  • UAE Employers: visa cancellations, waivers and the ongoing risks to employers, Lexis Nexis, October 2014.
  • Achieving sustainable economic growth Lexis Nexis, August 2014.
  • Recovery of legal costs under UAE laws and regulations, Lexis Nexis, September 2014.
  • Efficient recovery of debt under UAE laws and regulations, Lexis Nexis, October 2014.
  • Neo-paganism; Encountering the revivalist Islamic ideology, Article, American Conference Institute Blog, New York University, July 2013.
  • Corporate governance and global economic development trends, Law Update, Al Tamimi & Co. March 2013.
  • Combating corruption as a tool of economic development; the dynamics of an intriguing relationship, research paper, 4th annual global anti-corruption summit,
  • American Conference Institute – New York University, February 2013.
  • Conflict of Laws concerns with Mixed International Arbitration and the impact thereof on the economic development of Egypt, PhD thesis, Centre of Commercial Law Studies, School of Law, Queen Marry College, University of London, September 2007.

Education

PhD – University of London, Queen Mary College.
On Hold

Certificate in DIFC Rules and Regulations – DIFC courts’ Academy
2011

American University in Cairo, Egypt: International & Comparative Law: L.L.M.
2006

Cairo University, Egypt: LL.B.
2002

Awards

  • Chevening Scholar.
  • In-House Community Asian-MENA Counsel Firm of The Year 2015 Awards, Most Responsive International Firm of the Year;
  • In-House Community Asian-MENA Counsel Firm of The Year 2015 Awards, Honorable Mention, Litigation and Dispute Resolution;
  • Merits Award, The Higher Committee of HRH Sheikh/ Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Initiatives for Legal Excellence, April 2013;
  • Merits Award, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, March 2010;
  • British Chevening Scholarship (PhD in Law – University of London), Foreign and Common Wealth Office, United Kingdom, 2007 – 2008;
  • The late Dr. Ibrahim Shehata (Harvard Scholar and General Counsel to the World Bank) LL.M Admissions Scholarship, American University in Cairo, Fall 2004;
  • Graduate Assistantship Award, American University in Cairo, Spring 2005; 8) Egyptian Society of Criminal Sciences, award, 1999, Cairo University;
  • Chancellor Adel Bourhan Nour, prize., 1999, Cairo University;
  • Dean Ali Badawi, prize, 1999, Cairo University;
  • Zaki Hashim, award, 1999, 2002, Cairo University;
  • Sheikh Abd Al-Wahhab Khallaf, prize, 2002, Cairo University;
  • Muhammad Zaki Abd Al-Bar,prize, 2002, Cairo University;
  • Soa’ad Al-Sharkawy, award, 2002, Cairo University;
  • Fo’ad Abd Al-Mune’im Ryyad, award, 2002, Cairo University;
  • Chancellor Muhammad Semidah Abd AlSammad, prize, 2000, Cairo University;
  • Ezz Edin Abd Allah, award, 2002, Cairo University;
  • Suliman Ettamawi award, 2002, Cairo University;
  • Sheikh Ali Al-Khafif, award, 2002, Cairo University;
  • Muhammad Zaki Al-Bardisi,prize, 2002, Cairo University;
  • Fo’ad Abd El-Mune’im Ryyad presented by Dr. Ihab Ismael,award, 2002, Cairo University;
  • Cairo University, Law School, for overall placement, 2000, Cairo University.

Language

Arabic

English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Egyptian Bar Association – Member
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Member
  • International Association of Defence Counsel – Member
  • Luxembourg Art Law and Art & Finance Association – Associate Member
  • Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists – Certified Specialist
  • Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration – Listed arbitrator
  • London Court of International Arbitration – Listed arbitrator
  • Dubai International Arbitration Centre – Listed arbitrator
  • The Emirate of Dubai