25 - 28 November 2019


Atousa Mahmoudpour Head of Iran Desk, Corporate, Company Commercial, Eversheds Sutherland

Atousa is the head of Eversheds Sutherland’s Iran practice group based in Dubai. Her practice focuses on corporate and commercial law, compliance, structuring and restructuring, in-bound and out-bound investments, covering the Iranian and other emerging markets in the region. Atousa has extensive experience on sanctions-related compliances, international business development and structuring within the scope of emerging markets, mainly active in oil and gas, clean energy, and construction sectors. More specifically she has been involved in many different EPC projects both in private and public sectors.

Atousa has years of Iranian law experience, part of which she spent in Tehran. She has been advising clients interested in entering Iran’s emerging market with international compliance, due diligence, sanctions-related matters, and the Iranian rules and regulations including steps towards demonstrating a presence in Iran, whether physical or contractual, and the necessary protections needed to be established successfully. She has also assisted Iranian entities both in public and private sectors with international legal advice, and negotiations on different transactions.

Atousa is one of the very few specialized lawyers within the region to assist large international corporations in both oil and gas and clean energy sectors to wind down their construction projects in Iran after May 2018’s announcement that the US will re-impose certain sanctions against the country. She has single-handedly managed to renegotiate many multi-million EUR EPC contracts during the process and she continues to provide legal advice for such companies.

Atousa is a regular speaker at conferences related to topics such as construction, energy, clean energy and presents to clients on the same. She also actively publishes articles on emerging markets. Her most recent involvements:

  • Expert speaker at British Water’s delegation in 2018 Water & Waste delegation in London;
  • Expert speaker at the Natural Oil and Lubricant conference in Dubai (2015-present);
  • Exert speaker at the EU members annual meeting in Tehran (2015-present);
  • Expert speaker at the International Conference in Information Systems in Dubai;
  • Co-author and editor of “Two Years Plus after JCPOA”, published by Eversheds Sutherland

Atousa is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association. She is fluent in English, French and Farsi.

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