Mohamed Sweify is a bilingual, dual-qualified attorney in civil and common law jurisdictions. For more than a decade, Mohamed has counseled, litigated, arbitrated, and mediated on behalf of his clients on a wide range of complex commercial and financial legal issues, including contract claims, commercial disputes, consumer financial services, lenders-related litigation, and securities brokers’ liability. He has tried cases in state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals, reaching favorable outcomes through resolution and/or settlement. Mohamed has also handled international business disputes with an emphasis on commercial, financial, investment, telecommunication, intellectual property, partnership and shareholder disputes, Islamic law, and construction matters.
In addition, Mohamed serves as an arbitrator and mediator. He has considerable experience with the institutional rules under major arbitral institutions, including the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.
Mohamed is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School.
Prior to joining Hinshaw, Mohamed worked for two small litigation and arbitration firms in New York City and interned at the New York Court of Appeals with the Honorable Judge Jenny Rivera. Before qualifying in New York, Mohamed worked at a top-tier international arbitration law firm in the Middle East. He then joined the Egyptian Prosecution Office, where he handled a wide variety of governmental investigations and financial crimes.
- Chartered Institute of International Arbitrators, Fellow Arbitrator, New York
- International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) Commission on Arbitration and ADR, Delegate of Egypt
- New York State Bar Association
- International Dispute Resolution Committee, Co-Chair, 2021 - 2022
- Dispute Resolution Section, 2021 - 2022
- Task Force on New York Law in International Matters, 2021 – 2022
- New York City Bar Association
- Arbitration Committee, 2021
- International Law Committee, 2021
- Working Group Report on Private International Law Treaties, 2021
- Muslim Bar Association of New York
Honors & Awards
- Named to the "40 Under 40" list by Middle East Policy Council (MEPC), 2021
- Pepperdine University School of Law
- CALI Award in "Ethics of International Arbitration"
- Pepperdine University School of Law
- Represented a regional telecom operator in a $1.3B (USD) arbitration seated in the Middle East involving a breach of the terms of an interconnection agreement against one of the world's largest mobile operators.
- Represented a Middle Eastern regional joint-stock company claimant in two institutional arbitration claims valued at $20M (USD) on breach of contract and breach of shareholders' agreements.
- Advised a foreign investor on a potential investor-state claim against a Middle Eastern country arising out of a denial of justice by national courts on a "call option" for shares granted to the investor.
Panelist, "Third-Party Arbitration Funding," Recent Developments in Arbitration Conference, Center on Civil Justice at NYU School of Law in partnership with the Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law at NYU School of Law and the Center for International Commercial & Investment Arbitration at Columbia Law School, New York, New York, and Virtual, November 12, 2022
- Co-Moderator, "Panel Discussion-Part II: Arbitration, Mediation and Mixed Modes: Ethical Considerations of Switching Hats," Dispute Resolution Section Fall Meeting 2022, New York State Bar Association, New York, New York, October 20, 2022
- Co-Moderator, "Arbitration, Mediation and Mixed Modes: Seeking Workable Solutions Med/Arb -Arb/Med- Theory and Practice Panel Discussion – Part I: The Processes," Dispute Resolution Section Fall Meeting 2022, New York State Bar Association, New York, New York, October 20, 2022
- "Counsels Ethics in International Arbitration," Arbitration Committee of the New York City Bar Association, September 2020
Mohamed has extensively published articles on international arbitration and litigation. Some of his recent publications include:
- "Against Disclosure," Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, July 2022
- "Third Party Arbitration Funding and Islamic Shari’a: Friends Not Foes," Journal of Dispute Resolution, Vol. 22(2), 2022
- "Third-Party Funding in the United States: A Systematic Judicial Analysis," Columbia American Review of International Arbitration, Vol. 32 (2), 2021
- "Domestic Courts' Impact on Arbitral Awards: Pragmatic Reflections on the New York Convention," Journal of Dispute Resolution, 2021
- "Arbitrator Disclosure: In Defense of The Second Circuit Approach," 44 Fordham International Law Journal, 529, 2020
- "Reflections on Diversity of ADR: Insights from the New York Arbitration Week," New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Blog, 2019
- "Denationalizing Counsel Ethics in International Arbitration," World Arbitration and Mediation Review (WAMR), Vol. 12(4), 2018
S.J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2021
LL.M., Pepperdine University, 2015
LL.B., Law, Cairo University, 2009
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York