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Mohammad Rwashdeh

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Mohammad Rwashdeh is counsel in the dispute resolution team of the firm’s Dubai office, based in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Mr. Rwashdeh regularly advises and represents both UAE-based and international clients in a wide range of commercial, intellectual property, civil and criminal disputes.

Mr. Rwashdeh has full rights of audience before the Courts of Jordan. He is also licensed as a legal consultant by the Dubai Department of Legal Affairs and works closely with local counsel in respect of litigation pending before the UAE Courts.

Mr. Rwashdeh has been instructed as lawyer and counsel in a broad range of contested and uncontested matters, including complex commercial contracts, corporate, anti-corruption, intellectual property, construction, real estate, sharia law, education and training, insurance and employment disputes. Mr. Rwashdeh has experience in enforcing local UAE judgments and arbitration awards overseas, as well as enforcing international and foreign judgments and arbitration awards in the UAE. In addition, Mr. Rwashdeh has experience in legislation, policy, compliance, investigations and due diligence matters.

Professional Background

Before joining K&L Gates, Mr. Rwashdeh served as General Counsel for an investment group owned by the largest higher education institution in the UAE. He managed the legal department, provided legal advice to the board of directors and drafted and reviewed policies, procedures, and other legal documentation.

Prior to that, he worked as an attorney at law and senior legal counsel in law firms in Dubai and Jordan. Mr. Rwashdeh has also been the Head of Legal, State Attorney of the Public Security Directorate - Ministry of Internal Affairs in Jordan. He also headed the Intellectual Property Rights Protection Department in Jordan.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member of Jordanian Bar Association
  • Member of Arab Society for Intellectual Property Association
  • Member of International Intellectual Law Association
  • Representing a US oil and gas pipeline company in Dubai civil court proceeding arising out of a supply agreement dispute.
  • Representing a prominent UAE real estate and development company in Dubai, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain civil court proceedings arising out of share purchase agreements.
  • Representing prominent UAE construction companies in Dubai civil court proceedings arising out of construction contracts and subcontracts.
  • Advising a UAE company regarding purchasing and assignment of intellectual property rights from Indian company (Including trademarks. Copyright, Computer Programmes, Domain Names, Patent and et alia).
  • Advising and representing a USA client regarding estate and inheritance before Dubai civil courts.
  • Advising a UAE company in a dispute before the UAE Federal Court regarding the termination of a distribution agreement.
  • Advising an Indian steel company regarding a dispute with UAE companies arising out of unpaid invoices and in respect of Insolvency Law.
  • Advising and representing many well-known trademark and copyright owners in Jordanian and UAE civil court actions and related criminal proceedings arising out of infringements of intellectual property rights.
  • Advising and representing an international organization in an employment dispute in Jordan, which was favorably resolved prior to litigation.
  • Representing and advising companies in relation to multiple employment disputes.
  • Defending a UAE company against concurrent claims asserted in two Ras Al Khaimah civil court actions, a Ras Al Khaimah criminal court action, and a DIFC-LCIA arbitration, in respect of allegations of fraud concerning the quality of processed tobacco, claims for unpaid invoices and losses arising from the procurement of raw materials.
  • Representing UAE construction companies in UAE civil court proceedings in respect to disputes with project owners and developers.Advising a Dubai-based hotel operator regarding the termination of a hotel management agreement resulting from material breaches, which was favourably resolved prior to arbitration.
  • Advising and representing a UAE entity in a Fujairah civil court action and related criminal proceedings arising out of an unlawful administrative decision taken by the Fujairah Municipality.
  • Advising and representing a US company in a Dubai civil court action and related criminal proceedings arising out of a loan agreement dispute.
  • Advising an international organization regarding termination of a custody agreement in connection to electronic devices and software.
  • Advising a US company regarding termination of a distribution agreement in Iraq.
  • Conducting anti-corruption due diligence on foreign agents and business partners in the UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
  • Advising international and local UAE companies on compliance issues arising under applicable anti-corruption laws.
  • Advising a German company regarding intellectual property issues and termination of franchise agreements in Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt.
  • Reviewing and advising a Qatari Authority regarding drafting and amending its Law and Regulations.
  • Advising an international company on the UAE RoHS regulations.
  • Advising and representing a UAE airline company on redrafting its association documents and regarding various corporate matters.
  • Advising a UAE technology company regarding Joint Venture, corporate, intellectual property , assignment of computer programmes and licensing matters