Hdeel Abdelhady







Hdeel Abdelhady
Founder & Principal

Hdeel Abdelhady brings to the table a unique skill set and perspective, the products of U.S. and foreign practice experienced with large firms and in independent practice. Noted for her “affinity for clients,” Hdeel is committed to building and maintaining productive client relationships.

Since entering private practice in 2002, Hdeel has handled 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.

At MassPoint, Hdeel handles 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.

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.

“Hdeel Abdelhady’s standard of work and attention to detail are excellent, resulting in consistent output of very high quality.”

-Senior In-House Counsel, Global Bank

“Hdeel Abdelhady developed a good working relationship with the team in a short period of time which resulted in an open dialogue and free flow of ideas.”

-Senior In-House Counsel, Global Bank

“Hdeel Abdelhady displays an obvious affinity for her clients.”

-Senior In-House Counsel, Global Bank

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

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) 

Current Appointments 

  • Senior Advisor, 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
  • 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
  • Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University Law School

Recent Honors 

  • MassPoint PLLC, Corporate Law Firm of the Year, USA 2017, Finance Monthly Global Awards
  • Nominated, Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2017.
  • 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

Publications and Speaking Engagements