Hdeel Abdelhady Appointed ABA Liaison to Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (DIFC Courts)

-April 4, 2017- Hdeel Abdelhady has been appointed to serve as the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law's Liaison to the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (DIFC Courts). Ms. Abdelhady, who is MassPoint's Founder and Principal, has lived and worked in Dubai and previously worked in the DIFC and collaborated with DIFC entities. Ms. Abdelhady Read More ...

An “America First” Electronics Ban?

March 28, 2017 Getting to “America First” Recent Administration Actions Suggest That U.S. Laws Might Be Blurred and Leveraged to Advance “Nationalist” Trade Objectives (excerpted from a recent MassPoint publication) Related: #ElectronicsBan Timeline  Two Trump Administration actions taken this month suggest that U.S. laws and legal authority might be leveraged in unconventional ways to advance trade Read More ...

Identifying UAE “Foreign Officials” for Anti-Corruption Compliance Purposes

  Companies and other organizations doing business in the UAE or with enterprises owned in part by a UAE Government party at any level (e.g., the federal/union government or a government of one of the country's constituent emirates (e.g., Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras al Khaimah), or entities owned in part by any of them, should Read More ...

Senate Bill to Combat ISIS Targets “Jurisdictions of Terrorism Financing Concern”

On February 13, 2017, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced in the Senate the “Stop Terrorist Operational Resources and Money Act” (the “STORM Act”). The purpose of the STORM Act is to “establish a designation for jurisdictions permissive to terrorism financing, to build the capacity of partner nations to investigate, prosecute, and hold accountable terrorist financiers, Read More …

Trump’s Foreign Policy May Further Strain Foreign Correspondent Banking (Derisking)

Download PDF Foreign correspondent banking relationships (FCBRs) have come under strain in recent years as major global and regional banks have de-risked from FCBRs that have posed (or have been perceived to pose) more legal risk and administrative costs than commercial benefits. The de-risking trend and its resulting diminishment of access to legitimate financial services by individual Read More ...