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Monique M. O'Donoghue

Of Counsel
+971.4.427.2729
Fax +971.4.447.5225

Monique O’Donoghue is of counsel in the firm’s Dubai office. Ms. O’Donoghue’s practice focuses on government enforcement matters, internal investigations, and litigation and dispute resolution. Ms. O’Donoghue has conducted internal investigations into allegations of fraud, corruption, and violations of US sanctions, and represented companies and individuals in criminal cartel investigations before the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. O’Donoghue counsels clients regarding compliance and has advised international and local UAE companies on compliance issues arising under the anti-corruption laws, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), and the sanctions laws enforced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (”OFAC”). In connection with this work, Ms. O’Donoghue has conducted anti-corruption due diligence on foreign agents and business partners in the UAE. Ms. O’Donoghue also has developed tailored anti-corruption policies and procedures for companies across a range of industries and geographies and conducted anti-corruption and sanctions training.

Ms. O’Donoghue has extensive experience in U.S. civil litigation and advises and represents UAE-based and international clients in commercial disputes in a number of dispute resolution forums, including the ICC.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. O’Donoghue was a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. and London offices of a U.S. law firm.

Ms. O’Donoghue clerked for the Honorable Barbara S. Jones, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2006-2007).

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Practical Considerations for Third Party Due Diligence,” American Conference Institute’s 7th Middle East Summit on Anti-Corruption, March 2016
  • Presenter, “FCPA Emerging Trends and Developing Guidance: Who is a Foreign Official?” K&L Gates Event, Dubai, UAE, February 2015
  • Presenter, “Case Studies on Recent High-Profile Investigations: How They Will Affect Business Dealings in the Middle East,” American Conference Institute’s 6th Middle East Summit on Anti-Corruption, February 2015
  • Presenter, “Doing Business in the Middle East: A Focus on UAE Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Finance Regulations, US Trade Restrictions, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” Webinar June 2014
Government Enforcement Matters and Internal Investigations
  • Conducted an internal investigation regarding potential violations of US sanctions against Iran.
  • Conducted internal investigations for companies in the life sciences and consumer products industries in connection with potential violations of the FCPA.
  • In relation to an employment dispute, conducted internal investigation into incidents that allegedly occurred at a consulate.
  • Represented an executive in a price-fixing investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Represented an international company in a criminal antitrust investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Represented an executive in an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Compliance & Advisory
  • Developed tailored anti-corruption policies and procedures for an oil & gas major and a leading national oil company.
  • Advising companies in various industries regarding compliance with US trade sanctions and export controls.
  • Counseling on FCPA compliance issues for a variety of clients in different industries, including a national oil company and a multinational company specializing in transportation systems.
  • Conducted anti-corruption due diligence on foreign agents and business partners in the UAE.
  • Conducted anti-corruption training for employees and business partners in Saudi Arabia and Mexico.
  • Conducted training for a UAE-based company regarding compliance with US sanctions.
Arbitration
  • Representing a manufacturing company in ICC arbitration in connection with a construction dispute.
  • Representing the owner of the largest refinery in Libya in ICC arbitration in connection with disputes with its crude oil supplier and breaches of a Feedstock Supply Agreement.
  • Represented an international defense contractor in DIFC-LCIA arbitration in relation to a construction dispute with a former EPC contractor.
  • Advising a UAE company with respect to a potential ICC arbitration concerning a put and call option agreement.
  • Advising a UAE company with respect to a potential DIAC arbitration in relation to a financial services agreement.
Civil Litigation
  • Represented an international electronics company in a licensing dispute.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in a series of Hatch-Waxman patent litigations relating to a drug for ulcerative colitis.