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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.

In recent years Mahmoud has:

  • Served as senior legal officer for TECOM Investments Free Zone advising on compliance, corporate governance, legislative policy, dispute management and risk management.
  • Advised the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre on compliance, corporate governance, sanctions, risk management, legislative policy and dispute management.
  • Advised on Shari'a issues pertaining to hospitality.
  • Advised on Shari'a issues pertaining to trusts and foundations.
  • Advised on Islamic economy development.
  • Advised on the drafting of the Dubai law on trusts and foundations.
  • Advised on the drafting of the UAE arbitration law.
  • Advised on the drafting of the UAE companies law.
  • Advised a European government on recovery of USD 2 billion in the UAE;
  • Advised international and regional information and communication technology companies regarding issues pertaining to risk management, contracts, compliance and dispute resolution;
  • Advised clients on regional laws on anti-money laundry, combating corruption, sanctions and countering terrorism;
  • Advised clients on the structuring and governance of family business;

Sample publications

  • Economic costs of banking fraud, Banker Middle East, November 2015.
  • Qatar Anti Money Laundry Regime, March 2015, Lexis Nexis.
  • UAE Anti Money Laundry Regime, January 2015, Lexis Nexis.
  • 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.


Licence en droit - Cairo University.

Maitrise en droit – Cairo University.

LL.M – International and Comparative Law. - American University in Cairo.

Certificate in DIFC Rules and Regulations - DIFC Courts' Academy.


Listed arbitrator, Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.

Listed arbitrator, London Court of International Arbitration.

Listed arbitrator, Dubai International Arbitration Centre.

The Arab Republic of Egypt.

The emirate of Dubai.

Dubai International Financial Centre.

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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.

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