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Ibtissem Lassoued

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Al Tamimi & Company

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Financial Crime


Partner, Regional Financial Crime Department


Ibtissem Lassoued is a Partner in the Regional Financial Crime Department at Al Tamimi & Company. She graduated from the Sorbonne University (Paris) and joined Al Tamimi & Company in 2007 from the legal department of the French Group Vivendi, where she conducted primarily US litigation (e.g. class actions, Securities and Exchange Commission (‘SEC’) and Department Of Justice (‘DOJ’) investigations and ICSID arbitrations.

Ibtissem has extensive experience advising a variety of clientele on a spectrum of white collar crime matters which have spanned the globe. This includes complex corporate fraud, tracing, freezing and recovery of assets, anti-money laundering, anti-terrorism, extradition (acting both for States submitting extradition requests and individuals who are subject of a request) and mutual judicial cooperation, including issues relating to foreign judgments and Interpol notices.

Furthermore, she advises clients on international economic sanctions, boycott regulations, embezzlement, fraud and corruption, including advising multinational companies, global banks and international firms, and assisting with multijurisdictional investigations where the applicability of foreign regulations needs to be considered (e.g. the anti-corruption laws such as the US FCPA and the UK Bribery Act).

Ibtissem has been ranked in Chambers Global 2016 in Band 1 and was commended by sources as "extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with." She has a wealth of experience advising corporate entities and high net worth individuals on asset tracing and a range of white-collar criminal issues.

Ibtissem is currently the Middle East Regional Officer for the International Bar Association (IBA)’s Anti-Corruption Committee.


English, French, Arabic


Sorbonne University (Paris, France) 2000

Master Degree in Commercial Law

DEA Tax Law

United Arab Emirates

Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

Al Tamimi & Company is 'highly sophisticated in its field of practice - the DIFC and onshore litgiation teams work well together with the focus on the client's ultimate goals at all times'. Rita Jaballah is 'highly responsive, handling client expectations well and with the talent to explain complicated matters in simple terms' - she handles high-profile DIFC cases, including representing Dusty Tourani and Duzty LLC in a case against Tourani's former stepfather concerning an alleged loan to set up the eponymous restaurant in the DIFC, raising questions of the presumption of advancement (a presumption that transfers of money or assets between spouses, and from parents to their children are gifts). Senior associate Peter Smith, who is qualified as an English barrister, is also notable. Khalid Al Hamrani and Ibtissem Lassoued contribute financial crime expertise. Thomas Snider, who heads the firm's arbitration team, handles international arbitrations, including investor-state disputes and matters crossing into Africa. Senior partner Essam Al Tamimi is also involved in international arbitrations, including DIFC-LCIA and ICC arbitrations.

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