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Ahmed Mokdad is an associate in the firm's compliance and investigations practice in Africa. As a seasoned investigative specialist with deep experience representing clients across various sectors, he regularly assists clients across the continent navigate and mitigate a broad spectrum of regulatory and compliance risks and challenges.

Adding to his on the ground investigative, regulatory and compliance advisory experience, Mr. Mokdad has also extensively advised on litigious matters and financial transactions. Mr. Mokdad has been involved in several high profile litigious matters and international arbitrations relating to, amongst others, tax disputes and exchange control violations, corporate and commercial disputes, public procurement and white collar crime. He regularly performs risk and compliance program assessments, third-party risk due diligence, advising on pre-acquisition diligence and post-acquisition integration.

Having prior experience advising both international banks and financial institutions, as well as multinational corporations on large-scale financial transactions, a range of anti-money laundering, counter terrorism financing and anti-corruption related issues, Mr. Mokdad is well placed to assist clients across various sectors understand the continually widening range of regulatory compliance and corporate governance risks.

Internal Investigations 

  • Internal investigation on behalf of a multinational auditing firm relating to allegations of fraud, corruption and procurement irregularities consequent to work carried in the public sector. 
  • Internal investigation for a multinational locomotive manufacturer in connection with the South African Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. 
  • Internal investigation for British American Tobacco South Africa in relation to a cross-jurisdictional internal investigation, involving amongst other regulators, the UK Serious Fraud Office, into allegations of corruption, corporate espionage, fraud and money laundering.
  • Internal investigation for a Kenyan micro-lender following on a report by a whistleblower in regard to potential money-laundering. 
  • Internal investigation for South African based subsidiary of Japanese listed entity into allegations of fraud, corruption and procurement irregularities.  The advice related to, among others, legislated reporting obligations, initiation of criminal and institution of civil proceedings for the recovery of assets.
  • Advising a multi-national bank in a contentious cross-border internal investigation into allegations relating to the violation of exchange control regulations and unlawful externalization of funds.
  • Internal investigation for a South African state owned entity in relation to suspicions of procurement irregularities.
  • Internal investigation for multinational consulting firm regarding allegations of corruption and procurement irregularity.  
  • Internal investigation on behalf of a quasi-state owned South African entity relating to suspicions of fruitless and wasteful expenditure and corruption. 
  • Internal investigation for a consulting and audit firm in regard to a major contract procured from a South African state owned enterprise, following media enquiries and reports concerning the matter. 
  • Advising a multinational consulting and audit firm on the conduct of an internal investigation in regard to bribery and corruption allegations made out against certain partners within of one of its African group entities.  The matter carries particular geographical significance due to the importance of the state owned enterprises involved, and the United States Department of Justice acting as a regulator. 
  • Internal investigation for a South African major public entity in regard to irregularities and maladministration in the award of a tender.  The advice related to, among others, legislated reporting obligations, unwinding the tender process without challenge, disciplinary proceedings and corporate governance.
  • Advised a bank with a large southern African presence on an internal investigation into procurement related irregularities and provided advice emanating from the investigation findings.

Compliance Advisory Matters

  • Assisting a major financial institution in East Africa with a review of its sanctions, AML and counter-terrorist financing compliance regime.
  • Advising a U.S. publicly listed company on third-party diligence.
  • Compliance counsel in a large-scale M&A transaction in the mining sector. 
  • Anti-corruption, sanctions, AML compliance advice and training for a broad range of clients across various sectors.
  • Development of control processes and protocols for interactions with police and other South Africa government enforcement agencies in relation to search and seizure operations.
  • Assisting a French manufacturing company with an anti-corruption program review and enhancement project.
  • Advising a Kenyan micro-lender in relation to regulatory compliance protocols and enhancement of its corporate governance structures.
  • Advising a multi-national tobacco manufacturer in regard to regulatory compliance and its anti-illicit tobacco trade initiatives.

Dispute Resolution

  • Acting for a JSE listed company, Sebata Holdings Limited and its various subsidiaries, across a broad spectrum of litigious matters.
  • Advising a South African and a Mauritian entity in number of inter-related litigious matters before the South African High Court and the High Court of Tanzania (Commercial Division), including the enforcement of arbitral awards made under the rules of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.
  • Acting on behalf of a Netherlands based multinational communications company in arbitral proceeding as well litigation before the South African High Court.
  • Successfully overturning large asset restraint orders in the UK and Guernsey. 
  • Acting for Dave King, a prominent figure in South African business, in high profile tax disputes with the South African Receiver of Revenue (“SARS”) where the quantum involved is in excess of ZAR2.8 billion.
  • Assisted is successfully reaching a favorable settlement for Dave King with SARS, ending 13 years of protracted litigation between him and SARS.
  • Successfully securing an acquittal for Dave King during 2012 in a complex commercial criminal trial wherein the State sought to prosecute Dave King on numerous charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering. This trial commonly known as "King 2" was the first commercial criminal trial of its proportion to proceed before a South African court.
  • Assisted in acting on behalf of Dave King in the commercial criminal prosecution commonly known as "King 1" and successfully securing a settlement with the State during 2013.
  • Involvement in litigious matters brought against Dave King by the South African Reserve Bank relating to alleged violations of Exchange Control Regulations and reaching a favorable settlement with the regulator.

Transactional

  • A telecommunications company, as borrower in a trade finance transaction.
  • A multi-national bank on the application of South African regulation on its day-to-day operations.
  • Legal opinions relating to South African regulation and its application to global acquisition finance and the South African financial services sector.
  • A multi-national bank in the implementation of a debt guarantor/SPV structure in respect of a syndicated finance facility in a principal amount of ZAR3.5 billion made available to a South African incorporated borrower - for the purpose of funding the acquisition by it of commodities utilised by it in its day-to-day operations.
  • Advising a multi-national bank in respect of the implementation and applicability of parallel debt structures in South Africa (regarding financing made available to a South African incorporated borrower).
  • A multi-national bank on the effect of a debt restructure on existing South African law governed security arrangements.
  • Preparing a suite of master documents to be used by a trade financier in respect of its day-to-day funding arrangements.
  • Advice in relation to a syndicated financing facility made available to a South African listed entity in the principal amount of USD280 million.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Law Society of South Africa

Previous Experience

  • Senior Associate in the Risk, Investigations and Compliance practice group at an international law firm.
  • Top 100 Most Influential Young South Africans, Law and Governance category
    • Avance Media
    • 2019