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Mahmoud is an Arab advocate called to the Egyptian bar in 2002.

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

Mahmoud is a former investigations magistrate, and is admitted to practise law in Egypt, Dubai and the Dubai International Financial Centre.

As an attorney, Mahmoud advises local, regional and international clients in matters relating to legislative drafting, investigations, corporate governance, employment, dispute management, conflict of laws, fraud, combating corruption, sanctions, asset tracing, compliance, risk management, regulatory enforcement proceedings, extradition and international judicial cooperation.

Mahmoud is a listed arbitrator with the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, The London Court of International Arbitration, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Mahmoud is a member of the steering committee of STEP (Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners) in the Arab World.

Mahmoud had been appointed in several institutional arbitrations as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chairman of arbitral tribunal.

Mahmoud regularly appears on regional television and on the radio as a commentator on legal developments in the Arab World. Mahmoud is also frequently invited as a keynote speaker on the laws and regulations of the Middle East.

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Amine Antari is a Managing Director in Kroll’s Intelligence and Investigations practice and Head of the Dubai office covering the Middle East. Amine has extensive experience working with multinational companies, financial institutions, and consulting firms in the Middle East, North Africa and North America. He has particular expertise in investigations and internal audit, with a strong knowledge of international regulatory requirements (e.g., UK Bribery Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) as well as obligations with monitorship and debarments. Over his career, Amine has assisted diverse financial institutions, governmental agencies, development organizations, manufacturing and engineering companies with their fraud and corruption investigations, fraud and corruption risk assessments and internal audit initiatives.

Prior to joining Kroll, Amine was Head of Compliance Investigations at SNC-Lavalin, a global infrastructure, engineering, and construction company. He joined the firm in 2011 to establish the Investigation department in its Montreal office within the Internal Audit function.

Amine is an author and has also spoken at a number of global conferences. He also involved in providing trainings in interview techniques and investigations at Legal Week and at DIFC Academy of Law.