Jones Day names Sheila Shadmand Partner-in-Charge of Dubai Office

28 Jan, 2013

Jones Day has announced that Sheila Shadmand has been named Partner-in-Charge of the Dubai Office. Ms. Shadmand succeeds Arman Galledari, who has become the head of Jones Day’s new Projects & Infrastructure Practice.


Ms. Shadmand began her career at Jones Day in 1997 and relocated from the Firm’s Washington Office to assist in launching the Dubai Office, serving as the office’s Administrative Partner since its opening. She represents major multinational companies in a diverse range of complex commercial disputes and regulatory compliance issues around the world. In the disputes area, Ms. Shadmand represents both Middle Eastern clients in complex disputes abroad and major international companies in disputes before courts and arbitral bodies in the UAE and throughout the Middle East. She has led the Firm’s Global Disputes Practice in the Middle East and currently serves on the DIFC Courts’ Users Committee. Ms. Shadmand also maintains an active counseling practice, advising international companies on the FCPA, UAE anti-money laundering regulations, U.S. and EU sanctions programs, and other regulatory issues unique to international business. She has successfully led and defended internal investigations on behalf of clients before various regulatory agencies in the U.S., and she is experienced in counseling management and the implementation of corporate compliance programs with respect to such investigations.


“Sheila has distinguished herself as a leader in both the Dubai Office and in the Firm’s Global Disputes Practice in the Middle East,” said Mary Ellen Powers, Europe and Middle East Partner-In-Charge for Jones Day. “Her representation of clients on matters that help to advance the Rule of Law in a region with a quickly maturing justice system gives her the ideal foundation to continue Arman’s good work, and lead our continued growth in Dubai and the Middle East.”


Widely known for her leading role in the “White House Emails” lawsuit, which was successful in preserving and restoring more than 22 million missing emails that had been deleted from White House servers during the Bush Administration, Ms. Shadmand was recently successful in obtaining a landmark ruling in the DIFC Courts on behalf of Al Fattan Properties that has been widely hailed as providing a much needed pro-arbitration foundation for parties with disputes in the Middle East. Some of Ms. Shadmand’s other recent representations include: serving as Chair of the Tribunal in a DIAC construction/property dispute; representing the Respondent/Counter-Claimant in a USD 80 million ICC arbitration involving a gas pipeline project under Qatar law; and leading FCPA internal investigations in India, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Egypt. Over her 15 years of practice, she has represented a number of the Firm’s Fortune 500 clients, including Bridgestone, The Cleveland Clinic, General Motors, Goodrich (formerly B.F. Goodrich), Nextel, Procter & Gamble, Total, Washington Group International, and Wendy’s.


Ms. Shadmand earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia, and her B.A. from Mary Washington College.


Jones Day opened its Dubai Office in 2009 and three offices in Saudi Arabia in 2011. Jones Day lawyers across the Middle East have substantial international experience in mergers and acquisitions; capital markets; private equity; energy; banking and finance; real estate; construction; anti-corruption, sanctions, and anti-money laundering counseling and investigations; and litigation and arbitration. Located in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the Dubai Office is strategically positioned to efficiently serve the needs of Jones Day’s Middle Eastern clients with international operations and activities, as well as its global clients with inbound Gulf Region matters and investments.

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