Deputy General Counsel
ABU DHABI ISLAMIC BANK, ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – LEGAL DEPARTMENT
JUL 2011 – Till Date
The role started with Heading the Legal Services related to the Asset Recovery Management Unit, which is dealing with the huge- high risk and need- to closely monitored corporate accounts, and then became the head of litigation for the Bank, and recently been appointed as a deputy for the Global Head & General Counsel, assisting in the day- to – day management of the Legal Department, among other assignments, involved in:
Assisting in providing leadershidp an development to the Legal team to ensure that the department has a clear understanding of its functions as well as its performance and service delivery requirements.
Undertake coaching, training and mentoring of the employees at the junior levels.
Initiate a clear strategic plan for the consistency of delivery of those services to the business, namely, the ones related to the most complex and sophisticated problematic accounts.
Manage the legal restructuring and execution of transactions from various industries autonomously.
Develop and implement transactional legal standards to ensure a comprehensive approach to transactions.
Coordinate the involvement of external legal counsel for all transactions.
Build and maintain relationships with external legal counsel developing a panel of preferred advisors.
Ensure that the internal and external resources of the Legal Team are aligned and organized to most effectively meet the short-term and long-term needs of the business.
Lead and co-ordinate the legal services provided to the organization: choosing and managing outside counsel, establishing procedures for evaluating the quality and cost services of outside counsel.
Advised and closely involved within the team responsible for restructuring 2 of the most complex litigation in UAE and Abu Dhabi.
Heading the project of updating/enhancing the legal corporate lending Documentation.
Provide internal Legal training within the Bank training team.