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Jones Day
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: compliance and investigations Tier 1

A 'disputes powerhouse', Jones Day fields a 'formidable' investigations team with experienced practitioners proficient in local and US laws and regulations and capable of handling multi-jurisdictional issues. The group has a strong track record advising clients on FCPA and US sanctions and export control issues, regularly defending a variety of global players against allegations brought by US governmental agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice and Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. The 'very practical and knowledgeable' Sheila Shadmand, who acts for clients from a range of sectors including retail, technology, and telecoms and has strength handling sanctions compliance and investigatory issues, heads the team. Heather Martin has 'thousands of hours of experience on her feet in court' and is also able to draw in previous in-house counsel experience, which makes her well-positioned to handle regulatory enforcement mandates, with a particular emphasis on white-collar criminal law.

Practice head(s):

Sheila Shadmand

Other key lawyers:


‘A good team, heavily engaged in the market and experienced.’

‘Sheila Shadmand is a pleasure to work with. Very practical and knowledgeable.’

‘Jones Day is known for being a disputes powerhouse, and its Dubai compliance and investigations team is formidable.’

‘Because they have significant courts expertise, as well as experience both cooperating and being adversarial to the US Department of Justice and other notable enforcement agencies, they apply a singularly strategic mindset to every task and decision. This approach stands in contrast to other firms whose investigations lawyers do not have a strong enforcement or trial background.’

‘Heather Martin has thousands of hours of experience on her feet in court in significant white collar criminal matters, and is the only such private practice lawyer in the region in that regard. Layered upon that is her in-house experience, which enables her to approach regulatory and compliance issues with a view to all of the strategic and commercial implications. She has wide range when interviewing witnesses, and strong leadership skills that enable her to oversee an efficient and effective team. Unique is an overused term, but the combination of skills and experience that Heather offers is truly unique.’

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 3

Jones Day‘s team covers a wide spectrum of high-stakes litigation and arbitration proceedings, with strong work in construction, infrastructure, energy, life sciences and the financial services sectors. The group has a strong track record before the DIFC and has also been involved in a number of consequential investigations – an area which is a real strength for team head Sheila Shadmand. Pierre Heitzmann is chiefly recognised for his skill in global arbitration and has been active in a number of large-scale energy and construction cases across the Middle East and of counsel Heather Martin is primarily focused on litigation and regulatory issues. Philip Devenish is a key figure for a number of financial institutions and financial services providers, and ably handles politically sensitive disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sheila Shadmand

Other key lawyers:

Pierre Heitzmann; Heather Martin; Philip Devenish; Jodie Martyndale-Howard


‘Boutique in size in this market, but with very strong senior disputes and investigations professionals. Market-focused, creative, and world class experience.’

‘Phil Devenish is a clever, accomplished, strategic, and pragmatic, and a genuine expert in his field.’

‘The Disputes team is exceptionally available and engaged.’

‘Sheila Shadmand is one of, if not the, best attorneys I’ve worked with in the Middle East. She is very knowledgeable, level-headed, and engaged. ’

‘The team has extensive experience and works efficiently to deliver excellent results. They are proactive and offer various strategies to achieve the most advantageous outcome for their clients. Additionally, they have an extensive network and strong relationships with individuals who can provide support for cases related to their areas of expertise.’

‘Pierre Heitzmann, has contributed immensely to the case and helped us secure a winning position. Pierre has an extensive personal network of individuals with expertise in different disciplines, which enables him to get effective consultations when needed.’

‘Jodie Martyndale-Howard is an enthusiastic and hard-working associate.’

Key clients


MedImpact Healthcare Systems, Inc.

Windoor AS

Mr. Abed El Jaouni

Gold Pool JV Ltd.

The firm: Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,400 lawyers in 40 offices across five continents. The firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

Jones Day is an institutional partner for clients who seek counsel that seeks to understand them and their needs; that communicates with clients about their needs and the different tactics available for addressing those needs; that works seamlessly and impressively across offices and practices and with the client; that provides talent and expertise across subject areas and geographies; and that brings commitment and courage to the relationship and its engagements. We are formidable because every partner and every client has the entire global institution at their command and is a high priority of the Firm as a whole. We are true partners, with each other and, even more importantly, with our clients.

Regions of practice
Europe and Middle East:
Jones Day provides a significant presence in Europe that offers clients more than 575 lawyers from its European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, and Paris. The firm’s lawyers counsel clients in administrative and public law, banking and finance, capital markets, competition law and regulatory, derivatives, market infrastructures, dispute resolution, and investigations.

In the Middle East, the Firm’s Dubai-based lawyers have accumulated significant experience in most of the region’s key industries and jurisdictions, advising on mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions, projects and infrastructure, commercial transactions, real estate and construction matters, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution.

United States: Surveys repeatedly list Jones Day as one of the most frequently engaged law firms by U.S. corporations for both transactional and disputes matters, and among the leaders in client service. Jones Day’s more than 1,500 lawyers across its 18 U.S. offices collaborate to serve clients across practices and geographies on all major matters that span time-honored practices (antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and government regulation) to more recently established and expanded areas (cybersecurity, life sciences, energy, and technology) that specifically address the contemporary challenges of an increasingly complex global business and legal environment.

Asia-Pacific: Jones Day has committed substantial resources and capacity to serve each of Asia’s distinct markets, including China, Japan, Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia. Spread throughout ten offices in the region, the Firm’s more than 180 lawyers represent clients in practice areas including antitrust, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, energy, global disputes, intellectual property, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and several others.

The majority of Jones Day’s Asia-based lawyers are admitted to practice local law in their home jurisdictions. Most have practiced in more than one country, enabling Jones Day’s Asia team to render multijurisdictional legal services. Jones Day has been granted a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license (QFLP) in Singapore.

Latin America: Jones Day is one of the leading global law firms serving the Latin American region through its offices in Mexico City and São Paulo, along with attorneys based in key business and legal centers such as New York, Houston, Dallas, Miami, and Madrid. Jones Day’s Latin American experience extends to mergers and acquisitions, investigations and anti-corruption, projects and infrastructure, banking and finance, energy, dispute resolution, business restructuring, private equity and capital markets.

Managing partner: Gregory M. Shumaker
Europe and Middle East offices: Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris
US offices: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh,
San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C.
Asia-Pacific offices: Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo
Latin America offices: Mexico City, São Paulo

Main areas of practice:

  • Antitrust and competition law
  • Business and tort litigation
  • Business restructuring and reorganization
  • Cybersecurity, privacy and data protection
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Energy
  • Financial markets
  • Global disputes
  • Government regulation
  • Health care and life sciences
  • Insurance recovery
  • Intellectual property
  • Investigations and white-collar defense
  • Issues and appeals
  • Labor and employment
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Securities litigation and SEC enforcement
  • State Attorney General enforcement, investigations and litigation
  • Tax
  • Technology
Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Gregory M. Shumaker