Lead internal counsel in connection with five International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations associated with joint venture agreement disputes related to telecommunication operations in Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Chad and Yemen with claims totaling over US$3 billion. External counsel to the Egyptian Government on the United Nations, Egyptian, Iraqi and other Middle East law aspects of a multi-million dollar arbitration before the United Nations Compensation Commission, and to the Kuwaiti Government in a multi-million dollar construction contract arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce.
Primary external counsel for a range of corporate international transactions (joint venture, agency, franchise and distribution agreements, cross-border financing, mergers and acquisitions) to several Fortune 500 and multi-national companies, including Bechtel, Brown & Root, Cooper Tires, Caltex, Ashland Oil, Martin Marietta, Raytheon, Starbucks, Brown & Williamson Tobacco, Radio Shack, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Abbott Labs and Eli-Lilly.
Vice President, Legal to a multi-billion dollar international mobile communications carrier based in Cairo. Lead counsel for the acquisition and financing of numerous mobile operations licenses and equity interests in the Middle East, North Africa and the Indian subcontinent, totaling approximately US$ 4 billion.
General Counsel to a global satellite telephony service based in Dubai. Responsible for all legal and business development matters of a state of the art global mobile satellite telecommunications business serving the Arab Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.
Regional Counsel to a major tobacco manufacturer based in London. Responsible for the management of all legal matters in the Middle East, Africa & Turkey region of the third largest tobacco company worldwide.
Primary external counsel responsible for all technology and intellectual property development and licensing arrangements to numerous Silicon Valley based technology startups, including Cisco, Oracle, E*Trade, Quote.com, Genentech and Yahoo!
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C.
May 1993 - Juris Doctorate with emphasis in international and intellectual property law.
The University of California, Los Angeles
March 1990 - Certificate in International Business. Graduate level U.S. and international business courses.
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
May 1987 - B.S. Chemical Engineering.
Admitted to the State Bars of California, New York and Illinois.
Member of the Alexandria Human Rights Association (Egypt), 2000 - present.
Fluent in English (spoken, reading and written – fluent).
Fluent in Arabic (spoken and reading – fluent, written – fair).
Proficient in French (spoken and reading – good, written – fair).
Basic understanding of Spanish and Italian.
Georgetown University Outreach Tutoring Program (1991-1993). Harlem N.Y. Tutoring Program (2000) – Intensive Math and Science Tutoring of inner city teenagers.
Board Member of the United Nations Education Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) USA (1996-1998).
Arab American Law Students Association (Founder), Bay Area Arab American Lawyers Forum (Founder), National Council of Arab Americans (Founding Member).
January 2012- present
Japan Tobacco International, London
September 2010 – January 2012 Regional Legal Counsel
DLA Matouk Bassiouny Law Firm, London and Cairo
April 2008 – May 2010 Of Counsel
Telecommunications Practice Group & corporate transactions.
June 2008 – August 2010 Consultant
Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E., Cairo and Paris
July 2000 – October 2007 Vice President, Legal Affairs
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York
February 2000- July 2000 Senior Associate, Trade Practices & Regulatory Law
Hadef Al-Dhahiri & Associates, United Arab Emirates
September 1999 – November 1999 Legal Consultant
Iridium Middle East Corporation, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
April 1998 – August 1999 General Counsel
Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, Palo Alto, California
May 1996- April 1998 Business & Technology Group Associate Attorney
Baker & McKenzie, Chicago, Illinois
June 1993-May 1996 Europe & Middle East Group Associate Attorney
White & Case, Paris, France
Summer 1992 Summer Associate
American Red Cross, Office of the General Counsel, Washington D.C.
June 1991–May 1992 Law Clerk
U.S. Senator Donald W. Riegle (MI), Washington D.C.
Summer 1990 Congressional Aide
Henkel Corporation, Parker + Amchem, Los Angeles, CA
July 1987–May 1990 Chemical Engineer
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