Hdeel Abdelhady | Long Biography

Hdeel Abdelhady
Principal
habdelhady@masspointpllc.com
+ 1 202 630 2512

Hdeel Abdelhady brings to the table a unique skill set and perspective, both products of cross-practice experience; large firm, independent, and overseas practice experience; and, proven ability to engage effectively with clients, client personnel, and colleagues across geographic, industry, cultural, and hierarchical lines. Hdeel is and has consistently been committed to building and maintaining productive client relationships, and has been noted by clients and colleagues for her commercial awareness, dynamism, and “affinity for clients.”

Since entering private practice in 2002, Hdeel has skillfully balanced banking/finance, investment, and compliance matters, most of which have been international in scope, involving the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Europe. Her banking experience includes compliance (AML, anti-corruption, sanctions, and risk control) and transactional matters, both as outside counsel and in-house secondment counsel to a U.S.-based bank in Washington, D.C. and a London-based bank in Dubai. Her investment work includes advisory and investor-state dispute matters involving emerging markets. In compliance, she has drafted compliance programs, conducted due diligence, and provided personnel training on anti-corruption/FCPA compliance.

With transactional, disputes, and compliance experience involving multiple jurisdictions and party types, Hdeel understands how transactions are put together and how they fall apart. She is well-positioned to identify and address legal and compliance risk and execute tailored solutions for diverse clients.

Prior to founding MassPoint, Hdeel practiced law with two major international law firms. She began her career as an associate and then senior associate with Fulbright & Jaworski in Washington, D.C., where she was a member of the International and Corporate, Business, and Banking groups and worked entrepreneurially across practices and offices of the firm. Hdeel joined a former colleague at DLA Piper in Dubai in Dubai, where she was a Senior Legal Consultant (i.e., senior associate) in the firm’s Global and Middle East Banking and Finance Groups, often serving as lead counsel and primary client relationship attorney to banks and other entities on financing transactions and regulatory compliance matters.

At MassPoint, Hdeel has handled transactional, compliance, and investment matters on behalf of banks, sovereign-affiliated entities, and non-profit organizations. During and after the “Arab Spring,” Hdeel worked extensively on rule of law issues, including providing advice to a representative of a foreign government on investment climate stabilization, illicit asset recovery, and anti-corruption. Locally, Hdeel has worked with diverse groups on strategies to increase foreign investment in the DC Metro Area and served on the Board of Directors of a Washington, D.C.-based, Gates Foundation-backed non-profit organization.

Since 2004, Hdeel has been an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School, from which she earned her JD and currently teaches American legal skills for international LL.M. candidates and a course in Transactional Islamic Law.

Hdeel has presented and published on banking, compliance, food and agriculture investment, and rule of law topics, and has collaborated on programs and publications with, among others, the Dubai International Financial Centre, the World Bank, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the American Bar Association. She currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Middle East Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law and as the Section of International Law’s liaison to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

With well-rounded experience, and unconstrained by limiting practice area thinking, Hdeel offers clients and colleagues the global mindset and legal skills needed to manage complexity in an interconnected and rapidly changing world.

  • District of Columbia
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • State of Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Current Appointments 

  • Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University Law School (courses in Transactional Islamic Law and American legal skills)
  • Co-Chair, Middle East Committee, American Bar Association Section of International Law
  • Liaison to the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts, American Bar Association Section of International Law (2017-2018)
  • Liaison to The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), American Bar Association Section of International Law
  • Board Member, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative Middle East and North Africa Council

Recent Honors 

  • Recognized for Corporate: M&A and Governance, Who’s Who Legal 2016 (client and peer research-based listing of world’s leading  Mergers & Acquisitions and Governance lawyers).

Recently Concluded Appointments 

  • Liaison to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), American Bar Association Section of International Law
  • Member, World Bank Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes Task Force
  • Former Co-Chair, ABA Islamic Finance Committee; Former Vice-Chair, ABA Africa Committee

JD, The George Washington University Law School (2002)

Activities and Awards

  • Member, Moot Court Executive Board
  • Chairwoman, Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
  • “Best Overall Competitor” and “Best Oralist” awards, Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court competition
  • Class of 2002 Clinics Volunteer Service Award (Immigration Clinic)
  • President, Street Law Student Association
  • Law Clerk, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
  • Judicial Intern, Superior Court of the District of Columbia

BA; Political Science, History (Middle East and Africa), University of Pittsburgh (1997) 

  • Hdeel Abdelhady was re-appointed as the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s Liaison to UNCITRAL.
Publications, Presentations, Initiatives
U.S. Post-Election 2016 Law, Policy, and Regulation
Anti-Money Laundering, Sanctions, Anti-Corruption, Business Conduct
  • Corporate Governance and Accountability in sub-Saharan Africa, Moderator, The George Washington University Law School Institute for International Corporate Governance and Accountability, Washington, D.C., October 2004.
International Investment/Food, Agriculture, Water
  • Global food security: A ticking timebomb for the Islamic World (quoted in), Islamic Finance News 2014.
  • Investor-State Dispute Prevention: Egypt, Presentation for the International Finance Corporation, the Egyptian Ministry of Justice, and the Egyptian General Authority for Investment, Washington, D.C. 2013.
  • Montgomery County Today: Changing Community and Transformative Opportunity, Co-organizer and speaker (program on health sector growth) 2012.
  • Islamic Finance as a Mechanism for Bolstering Food Security in the Middle East: Food Security Waqf, Eighth International Conference on Islamic Economics and Finance, Doha, Qatar 2011.
  • Middle East Economic Outlook, Interview with Chief Economist of the DIFC, Interviewer, ABA Islamic Finance Committee Podcast, DIFC (Dubai), UAE 2010.
  • China-Africa Trade and Investment: Is it a Two-Way Street?, Program Writer and Chair, Washington, D.C., 2007.
  • Foreign Direct Investment and Investment Dispute Settlement, International Dispute Resolution for the Washington, D.C. Diplomatic Community, Washington, D.C., June 2006.
  • Investment Risks in International Oil and Gas Contracts, Conference on Managing Risk in International Oil and Gas Contracts (under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum), Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, Cairo, Egypt, May 2006; Conference on Managing Risk in International Oil and Gas Contracts (under the auspices of the Libyan National Oil Company), Tripoli, Libya, May 2006.
Islamic Banking, Finance, and Waqf
  • Effective Insolvency Regimes for Islamic Financial Institutions, Speaker and Session Co-Chair, Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development, World Bank, Washington, D.C., 2012.
  • Islamic Finance as a Mechanism for Bolstering Food Security in the Middle East: Food Security Waqf, Eighth International Conference on Islamic Economics and Finance, Doha, Qatar, 2011.
  • Taking Stock and Moving Forward: The State of Islamic Finance and Prospects for the Future, Program Writer, Chair, and White Paper Editor, Joint ABA-Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance (DIFC) Conference, Dubai, 2010.
  • Through the Eye of the Credit Storm: A Comparative Look at Islamic and Conventional Finance, Risks and Rewards, Program Organizer, Chair, and Moderator, ABA Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C. 2009.
  • Legal and Business Trends in Islamic Finance, Program Writer, Organizer, and Moderator, American Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Teleconference, 2008.
International Law/Rule of Law/"Arab Spring"/Misc.
  • The CISG in Foreign Legal Systems (or not), Speaker, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law – Georgetown Law Global Sales Law Conference: The CISG at 35: Challenges Today, Washington, D.C., January 2o15.
  • Pillars of a Modern and Democratic Egyptian Constitution, Egypt Revolution Conference, Washington, D.C., October 21, 2011.
  • Partners for Change: Realizing the Potential of Arab Women in the Private and Public Sectors, Arab International Women’s Forum, World Bank, Washington, D.C., June 2008.
  • The Impact of Islam in the Constitution of Iraq, Public International Law & Policy Group Roundtable Series on Next Steps for Implementing the Iraq Constitution, Washington, D.C., January 2006.
  • The Impact of Islam in the Constitution of Iraq, Public International Law & Policy Group Roundtable Series on Next Steps for Implementing the Iraq Constitution, Washington, D.C., January 2006.
  • Issues in Federalism: Negotiation Simulation on the Formation of Regions in Iraq, Public International Law & Policy Group Roundtable Series on Next Steps for Implementing the Iraq Constitution, Washington, D.C., January 2006.