H.Karim & Associates - Legal Services

Resume Mr. Hossameldin Abdelkarim

Founder of H. Karim & Associates

Mr. Hossameldin Abdelkarim, founder of H. Karim & Associates, has a diverse range of legal exposure. He is licensed to practice in the State of New York and the District of Columbia as well as in Egypt.

Before he moved from Egypt to work in the USA, Mr. Abdelkarim’s practice focuses on banking and finance, although his experience also extends to the fields of securities’ market regulations, mergers and acquisitions, private equities and securities litigation. He developed this expertise through his time as General Legal Counsel for HSBC Bank Egypt and as Legal Consultant to the Chairman of the Egyptian Regulator of the Capital Market (Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority) In addition, while serving at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, he obtained considerable regional experience pertinent to these areas.

With HSBC, Mr. Abdelkarim was responsible for the Litigation Department, Retail Banking and Wealth Management Department as well as the Commercial and Global Banking Department. In addition, the Legal Function had oversight over the Securities Brokerage arm of the Bank which is a wholly owned subsidiary. Supervising 14 lawyers, he was responsible for reviewing the litigation docket of the Bank and deciding customers' cases to be settled and cases to be litigated. His duties also included close monitoring of the Human Resources Function whereby he had direct involvement in internal labor controversies, investigations and cases. He served as the special Legal Advisor for the Bank's Mutual Fund and was responsible for its governance and regulatory aspects. He was a member of the Bank's Executive Committee, Risk Management Forums and the Board of Directors Risk Committee and the Audit Committee locally in Egypt. On the MENA level, He was member of the Legal Risk Committee and the Regional Legal Executive Committee.

The extensive experience Mr. Hossameldin possesses is built on a dedication to education and a strong academic foundation. He was especially prodigious in his early educational years, obtaining two BAs from Cairo University: one in Economics and Political Science and the other in Law, in 1992 and 1997 respectively.

In May 2002, he graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where he studied US Securities and Financial Regulations.

Fulbright Award
He is a holder of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board & The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of The United Stated Department of State Award Date: 2002.

Role with HSBC
His last stop before moving to the private practice in the USA was at the world-wide bank chain, HSBC, put him in the position to head their legal department from April 2014 to December 2017. His responsibilities there included providing legal advice on banking issues related to Egyptian law and participating in local/regional committees and business management meetings (i.e. the Executive Committee, Risk Management Committee, Board Audit Committee, Board Risk Committee, Regional Legal Risk Committee, Regional Legal Executive Committee, and Money Market Fund Supervisory Committee).

FINRA Arbitrator
Mr. Abdelkarim is listed on FINRA Roster of Non-public Arbitrators since December 2018.

  • Arbitration Trainings
    • FINRA Trainings:
      • Understanding the Prehearing Stage
      • New Online Civility Training
      • Duty to Disclose online mini-course
      • Discovery Training
      • Suspicious Activities and Anti-Money Laundering
      • Motion to Dismiss Training
      • Explained Decision Training
      • New Chairperson Training
      • Online Basic Panel Training
      • Expungement
    • Other:
      • Arbitration Training at the International Court of Commercial Arbitration - ICC Paris.
  • Board Directorship:
    • He is currently an Independent Board Member on the Board of Directors of the Industrial Engineering Company for Construction and Development (ICON), which is a publicly listed company on the Egyptian Stock Exchange.

Our Clients!

Acrow Misr
Icon Construction and Development
Genesis Pharma

H. Karim & Associates have developed a refined knowledge and profound understanding of the essential support which start-ups; entrepreneurs and investors contemplate to expand and diversify their portfolios across borders.

ACROW MISR, a company actively traded and listed on the Egyptian Exchange. With offices and branches in KSA, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, U.A.E. Africa and Europe, the company is one of the leading companies in the field of formwork and scaffolding supplies in Gulf, MENA region, and Europe, providing the best in class customer experience. We have advised the company on issues related to general trade, corporate restructuring and corporate governance.

A leading consultancy firm offering specialized Engineering, Industrial and Project Management consultancy and advisory services. Capitalizing on their profound expertise, outstanding clients and know how, they provide solutions and strategic planning for their ambitious client eager to grow and collaborate with them to achieve a mutual success story.

ICON Egypt, an actively traded company listed on the Egyptian Exchange. ICON Egypt is a leading company in the manufacturing of end to end- manufacturing of its corrugated sheets and accessories, sandwich panels, steel purlins, guard rails. The company provides and operates projects of buildings and units manufactured from structures applied by using its own famous ICON sandwich panels and corrugated galvanized steel sheets. These units come in portable items: Caravan units and fixed ones; as well as it Prefabricated units. We are advising the company in several projects and joint ventures relating to acquiring new products and know how. We have also advised the company in regards to corporate matters, restructuring and capital market law issues.

A new comer to the field of Pharmaceuticals with great ambitions and prospects of growth. We have advised the shareholders in the acquistiion of an existing pharmaceutical entity. We are also advising on gereral trade, licensing, branding and general corporate and tax law.

H.Karim and Associates Fields of Practice

U.S. Immigration Law

Our Firm advises clients applying for visas, and/or adjusting their status under the different Categories of Immigration - Employment, Family, or Asylum.

We have assisted wide range of individual clients; families and corporate clients in determining their appropriate immigration path and/or work visa.

The Firm has managed to reverse USCIS Immigration Decisions before the Appeals Administrative Office AAO.

  • In Re: 7839684 Appeal of Nebraska Service Center Decision (Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker – Extraordinary Ability) MAR 4, 2020.

Securities Arbitration

We represent clients in proceedings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA).

We also act as arbitrators. Mr. Hossameldin Abdelkarim has been listed on the Non-public Roster of Arbitrators of the FINRA and the CRCICA.

  • Sole Arbitrator: CRCICA
    • In Re: Case No. 1178/2017 “Customer Case in Egypt” involving:
      • Churning allegations and Elderly Abuse.
    • Amount claimed approximately US$ 5 Million.

Banking and Finance

Building on the expertise our Founder, who, for four years, was the General Legal Counsel for HSBC Bank in Egypt representing clients in banking transactions, syndications, project financing, and other major corporate and commercial banking transactions. We are provide legal advice and support to our clients, be it bank or financial institutions, in retail banking and other specifically designed banking products and structures. We are proud to provide assistance and support on regulatory and financial crime compliance issues for our clients.

  • On October 2018, acting as the local counsel, we closed the Egypt Part of the Shelf Drilling financing through a $900 Million in Senior Unsecured 8.25% Coupon Notes Offerings; and a $225 Million First Lien Corporate Revolver arranged by RBC Europe Limited and ING Bank N.V.

General Corporate

Our firm assists clients in setting-up various legal forms of corporate entities in the USA nationwide and in Egypt. We provide legal advice and support to companies, and their management teams, on issues related to the day-to-day running of their businesses as well as advising on strategic corporate policies and decisions.

We provide general legal advice on Federal and State Employment matters. We also assist US Tax Exempt NGOs and other local and international non-profit organizations in obtaining their 501(c)(3) tax status.

Let's Work Together!


We are honored to uphold the New York State’s Rules of Professional Responsibility and ABA Code of Conduct. We are bound by the promise to treat our clients fairly. We apply end-to-end best practice processes to maintain client confidentiality and proper and timely communication with our clients. Our objective is to enable and assist our clients in making informed legal decision.

We provide a wide range of legal services in the USA. Our edge stems from the diverse expertise, client base and willingness to partner with our stakeholders. Our commitment to entrepreneurs and new comers includes assistance in the setup and operation of businesses, corporate governance and legal risk management, paving the way to successful ventures in the USA.

H. Karim & Associates provide sound legal advice in a challenging legal environment. We focus on raising capital, finding suitable and reliable partnerships and guide our clients to maintain sustainable business plans. Our consultancy extends to clients interacting with government and non-government entities.