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U.S. Law Liaison Services: Bridging the Gap Between U.S. Law and International Audiences

MassPoint is well-positioned to work with U.S.-based and foreign businesses on bridging the gaps between in-house legal, regulatory and compliance capacity and the U.S. legal landscape. MassPoint's Founder and Principal, Hdeel Abdelhady, has over fifteen years of experience working with multinational companies, banks and other entities, including working effectively with diverse legal, compliance and business personnel based in the United States and abroad. In addition, Ms. Abdelhady has fourteen years of experience teaching U.S. law and legal skills to foreign-educated and trained lawyers. Through her combined legal practice and teaching experience, Ms. Abdelhady has an understanding of the challenges faced by non-U.S. lawyers and business professionals in navigating the U.S. legal landscape and how the gaps can be bridged with effective communication, training and other capacity building across organizations.
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Managing Law and Risk in High Risk Markets

MassPoint works with diverse clients entering and operating in high risk markets. MassPoint’s Principal, Hdeel Abdelhady, has extensive experience handling matters in and involving high risk markets that are rule of law deficient or otherwise present legal, political, and other risk…

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Business Ethics, Compliance & Risk

MassPoint works with companies and non-profit organizations to develop and enhance corporate governance and compliance protocols that are customized to the entity’s particular needs, comply with applicable laws and internal rules, and bolster the entity’s reputation and standing. The Firm’s corporate…

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Education, Training & Thought Leadership

MassPoint develops bespoke education and training materials and programs for U.S. and foreign companies, banks and non-profits in the areas of business regulation, compliance and risk. The Firm tailors materials and programs for client size, organizational structure, operating locations, industry, and…

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Islamic Banking, Finance and Philanthropy

Islamic Banking, Finance and Philanthropy Legal and Advisory Services Hdeel Abdelhady has advised banks and other parties on purely Islamic transactions and conforming conventional banking and finance products to Islamic standards, particularly in the trade finance setting. Hdeel has also collaborated with…

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The Value of Integrating News Awareness into Corporate Compliance and Risk Management

The case of Michael Cohen, “personal lawyer” to the U.S. President, continues to yield rich legal, compliance and risk management lessons for a growing group that includes U.S. and foreign companies, banks, lobbyists, government officials, and lawyers. Recent developments in the Cohen matter highlight how news awareness can enhance compliance and risk management for companies and others. Unlike AT&T and Novartis, most companies will not find themselves entangled in headline news of national importance, but enough of them are likely to get caught flat-footed by news about them or their business partners and peers (such as in the same industry, where news of one company’s bad behavior can lead law enforcement authorities to scrutinize peer companies in industry sweeps).
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Decoding Trump on Trade: Links Between Economic/Trade Issues and Military Security

Other of Mr. Trump’s statements, including dating back decades, hint that he views trade as “unfair” when other nations fail to compensate the United States for providing the secure conditions under which they trade and prosper. In 1987, Citizen Trump took out full page ads in three major newspapers criticizing U.S. “foreign defense policy” for its lack of “backbone.” Why, asked Mr. Trump, were foreign nations like Japan “not paying the United States for the human lives and billions of dollars we are losing to protect their interests?” In a 1988 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Mr. Trump wondered why Kuwait, “where the poorest people live like kings,” was not paying the United States “25 percent of what they’re making” from oil sales when “we make it possible for them to sell their oil.”  More recently, to extract trade concessions, the President reminded South Korea of its reliance on the United States for its security.
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U.S.-China Trade and Tech War on Three Fronts

Much of the talk of trade war between the United States and China, and perhaps other countries, has focused on traditional trade measures and counter-measures like tariffs that strike at the core of international trade: most basically, the movement of goods and services across international borders. But there are two additional fronts of a U.S.-China trade war (thus far): intellectual property and the use of U.S. sanctions and other laws to "coerce and deter" economic rivals like China.
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House Bill “Blocks Bailout” of ZTE After Export Ban

On May 17, the House Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a measure to block the Commerce Department from using appropriated funds to alter the export ban (i.e., the “denial order”) that the agency activated against ZTE on April 15, 2018. The ZTE measure was approved as an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 bill funding the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (“Commerce Appropriations Bill”), which was approved by the Appropriations Committee on May 17.
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Hdeel Abdelhady Discussed the Michael Cohen Matter on MSNBC

Hdeel Abdelhady joined MSNBC's Ari Melber on May 9 to discuss developments in the Michael Cohen case, including Michael Avenatti's report purporting to contain details of Cohen's transactions with Novartis, AT&T, Viktor Vekselberg and others. Watch the segment here: MassPoint's Hdeel Abdelhady on The Beat With Ari Melber
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