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M&CO Legal, Central Park Towers 34th Floor, P.O. Box: 233066, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Areas of practice


PhD of Law (Research) University of East Anglia, UK, 2020

International Diploma in Compliance from International Compliance Association, UK, 2012

Director Certificate exam from UCLA Anderson School of Management, California, 2008

Master Degree in Digital Economy law from Monash University, Australia 2004

LLB of Shari’a and Law (First Class Hons with Distinction) of the United Arab Emirates University, 2001




Summary Profile

Dr. Mahmood Hussain is the Founding Partner at M&CO Legal and has over 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. In his role as a litigator at Dubai Courts, Dr. Mahmood has achieved many favorable judgments in several high-profile cases. Dr. Mahmood through his niche practice of being an arguing Counsel before the Honorable Judges at Dubai Courts has set up a benchmark for effective representation involving complex legal issues.

As an experienced litigant, Dr. Mahmood has successfully settled several money-spinning shareholder disputes. He has also acted in more than 30 International Arbitration proceedings under the ICC, LCIA, ADCCAC, and DIAC rules.

He also played a key role in establishing the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts in his capacity as a member of the Committee that established the DIFC Courts and later as its first Deputy Registrar and participated in the development of various DIFC legislations of DIFC courts. In addition, he also has the right of audience before the DIFC courts.

Dr. Mahmood Hussain has received recognition the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC), where he was awarded as the most rising arbitrator in the region. Most recently, Mahmood was ranked by Chambers & Partners under Dispute Resolution: Domestic and was described by commentators as “He is very user-friendly, responsive and clearly has a weight of experience that he brings to bear on each case”.


Dr. Mahmood is arguably a fast-rising legal expert with extensive experience that cuts across Dispute Resolution and International Commercial Arbitrations, Civil and Commercial Litigation, as well as Corporate Governance. He is a Board Member of ICC-UAE and Vice Chairman of ICC-UAE Commission in Arbitration and ADR and was recently appointed to the prestigious and renowned ICC Commission in Paris on Arbitration and ADR which is a body of ICC responsible for rulemaking and research in the field of International Dispute Resolution.

He has further been accredited as International Arbitrator at DIAC (Dubai International Arbitration Centre) and Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Center. Mahmoud has acted in more than 30 International Arbitration proceedings under the ICC, LCIA, ADCCAC and DIAC rules. He is often appointed as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or chairman of arbitral tribunals in International Arbitration proceedings.

Focus areas

He has a deep understanding as well as vast knowledge on matters that touch on Civil law, Sharia law, and Arbitration. His unmatched expertise in these three key areas makes Dr. Mahmood one of the most sought after lawyers in the region.

Professional membership

United Arab Emirates International Chamber of Commerce (ICC-UAE) – Board Member

United Arab Emirates International Chamber of Commerce (ICC-UAE) – Vice-Chairman of Commission on Arbitration and ADR

Member of ICC Commission in Arbitration and ADR

International Compliance Association (MICA), UK – Fellow

International Compliance Association (MICA), UK – Member