Professional Experience in UAE

ADIB

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. Professional Achievements:
  • 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.
  • FAB

    Group Chief Legal Counsel

    First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

    JAN 2003 – FAB 2011

    Develop and maintain the organization’s legal framework:

  • Provide leadership and 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, which would be well understood by the Team.
  • Oversee the creation and maintenance of legal entities created for business or transactional purposes.
  • Provide research, factual information, counsel and guidance on transactional legal issues to various departments across the organization.

    Provide legal counsel in the structuring and execution of transactions:

  • Manage the legal structuring and execution of transactions from various industries autonomously.
  • Develop and implement transactional legal standards to ensure a comprehensive approach to transactions.
  • Evaluate and provide quality legal advice at the highest level on all matters associated with current operations, both as they relate to regional international legal matters and more broadly.
  • Advise on both the business and legal implications of significant strategic initiatives, including possible acquisitions, joint ventures and major commercial contracts.
  • Advise on a broad range of legal matters beyond corporate and commercial to include, inter alias, financing, compliance, intellectual property, employment, environmental issues and project management matters arising out of any current or future litigation.
  • Advise on the legal implications of wide-ranging transactions in a number of emerging markets.
  • Manage the overall legal risk position by ensuring that contracts reflect best practices, build an appropriate framework of processes, and associated documentation to measure risk.
  • Support the investment team in evaluating potential deals, developing strategy, examining business and legal issues, exploring potential local partnerships, developing business plans and private placement memoranda.
  • Work closely with the investment team in overseeing the investment process, conducting due diligence, structuring and negotiating investment terms. Coordinate the creation of special purpose vehicles being used for the transactions.

    Coordinate external legal support:

  • 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.
  • Professional Achievements:

  • Heading the team responsible for updating the legal corporate lending Documentation and advised in many legal issues such as Term loans, corporate and individual Guarantees.
  • Advised and closely involved in most of the huge syndications in UAE and GCC countries syndications and risk participation arrangements i.e. DOLPHIN ENERGY LIMITED
  • Syndication of US $. 1.4 Billion, Al Ghosaibi Group, Umm Al Nar power generators…etc…
  • Acting as the head of IPO (Initial Public Offerings) center during the IPO’s booming, in First Gulf Bank being the participant bank in most of the IPO’s and being the lead bank in some IPO’s like Serous Real Estate Co. ( AED 2.5 Billion) and “Due”, Tamweel , DFM, DP, Al Dar Properties etc.
  • Setting up the Group of companies, such as but not limited to the Real estate arm of the Bank “Green Emirates Properties – a US$ 150 Million), Aseel Islamic Finance – US$ 150 Million, Mismak Properties (US$ 350 Million), besides some other subsidiaries of the Bank.
  • Closely involved in preparing the Documentation of Aircraft Financing Credit Facility.
  • Closely sat up our subsidiaries and branches in different legal jurisdiction i.e. Libya, Algeria, Qatar, and Singapore.