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Aasma Khan

Aasma Khan photo chief legal officer | Tameer Holding Investment, United Arab Emirates

‘I thoroughly enjoy all the challenges every day brings and the new and creative ways I learn to manage all the myriad of companies across all these different jurisdictions’, Aasma Khan says. ‘I get to work with fantastic firms, meet many interesting people and face “right out of a TV law drama” situations… almost every …

Adrian Brown

Adrian Brown photo general counsel | Takamul Investment Company, Oman

Australia and New Zealand-qualified Adrian Brown has been government-owned investment company Takamul’s general counsel since its 2008 inception, supporting some extraordinary developments during this period. Designed to drive forward greenfield industrial projects, Takamul spans Oman’s chemicals, metals and minerals sectors. Brown has led a number of strategic projects and is actively involved in management, investment, …

Afshan Akhtar

Afshan Akhtar photo FVP- legal | Arab Banking Corporation (ABC), Bahrain

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba)’s award-winning former general counsel and corporate secretary, Afshan Akhtar was hired to build the company’s legal function from scratch. ‘This was no mean feat considering the size of the business and the multiple jurisdictional, industrial and regulatory exchange issues applicable to it’, Afshan says. ‘In addition, the combination of the economic crisis …

Ahmad Swaiss

Ahmad Swaiss photo legal advisor | Astra Foods, Saudi Arabia

A ‘diligent’ and ‘devoted’ lawyer, Swaiss is valued both inside and outside his organisation, for his legal skills and ‘exceptional’ intrapersonal skills. Heading a small legal team Ahmad Swaiss established the entire function from scratch, at leading global food manufacturer Astra Foods’ Middle Eastern operations, when he arrived in 2013. An increasingly respected voice in …

Ahmed Al Juneidi

Ahmed Al Juneidi photo chief legal officer | Baniyas Investment and Development Company, United Arab Emirates

Heading a ‘nimble’ legal team at Baniyas Sports Club’s majority-owned subsidiary, Ahmed Al Juneidi is known for his successful leadership of major litigation. He has also taken extensive steps to improve processes and standardise documentation. His current position is a change of step, having previously led large, established legal functions at Housing Bank for Trade …

Ahmed Hamidou

Ahmed Hamidou photo manager of legal affairs | VIVA Bahrain, Bahrain

Fluent in English and Arabic, Ahmed Hamidou is a highly experienced telecommunications lawyer. As the third industry competitor to enter a former duopoly in 2010, VIVA has faced a myriad of complex regulatory and business issues. Valued for his proactive and ‘forward-thinking’ approach, Hamidou has liaised directly with the Telecom Regulations Authority (TRA), and drawn …

Albertus Alfridijanta

Albertus Alfridijanta photo general counsel | Qatar Petroleum International (QPI), Qatar

UK and US-qualified Albertus Alfridijanta has extensive oil and gas experience spanning Europe, Asia, America and the Middle East. As general counsel to SOE Qatar Petroleum (QP)’s strategic investment arm, Alfridijanta handles significant global transactions, competing with major international oil companies. Formerly MedcoEnergi’s GC, Alfridijanta’s past successes include his role in the company’s acquisition of …

Alex Ghazi

Alex Ghazi photo chief legal officer | Arabtec Construction, United Arab Emirates

Heading a nine-strong team, Alex Ghazi has drawn praise both from internal and external clients, for the steps he has taken to build and consolidate the company’s existing legal framework. As well as codifying processes and putting comprehensive systems in place, Ghazi says he has ‘tried to strengthen the bond between the business and the …

Ali Khalaf

Ali Khalaf photo general counsel | Evolvence Capital, United Arab Emirates

‘It’s an exciting time to be GC in the UAE’, Ali Khalaf says. ‘The more light shone on the field will only result in better overall performance and tailoring of laws to allow the jurisdiction to compete with its regional and global peers’. Dubai-based conglomerate Evolvence Capital is viewed as a pioneer in its sectors, …

Amin Saad Abdulla

Amin Saad Abdulla photo executive director and general counsel | Al Jazeera Media Network, Qatar

The region’s premier news network, Al Jazeera is at the forefront of a complex and fluid political landscape. As general counsel and executive director, Amin Saad Abdulla plays an integral role in strategic board-level decisions, covering issues across a broad range of jurisdictions. Sources point to his calm and measured approach to major cross-border disputes.

Ammar Alattas

Ammar Alattas photo legal manager | GlaxoSmithKline, Saudi Arabia

Leading a compact team, Ammar Alattas manages GlaxoSmithKline’s Saudi Arabian legal function and supports operations across the region. A former Hammad Al-Mehdar and Co in alliance with Simmons and Simmons LLP lawyer, Ammar Alattas has intricate knowledge of the jurisdiction’s highly regulated pharmaceutical sector. He played an integral role in the separation of Saudi Arabia’s …

Andrew Ackroyd

Andrew Ackroyd photo senior legal counsel | EmiratesLNG, United Arab Emirates

Set to be UAE’s largest regasification terminal, Abu Dhabi-based PPP EmiratesLNG is scheduled for completion in 2018. When he joined the pipeline project in 2013, Ackroyd had a number of changes to contend with, as the entire concept of the project was reworked, requiring ‘quick thinking’ both from both a legal and a strategic perspective. …

Andrew Onley

Andrew Onley photo regional legal counsel and company secretary | Oceaneering International, United Arab Emirates

‘As in-house legal counsel it is also vital to think outside the box and to take on the role of commercial strategist’. Lamprell’s former general counsel, Andrew Onley heads Oceaneering’slegal operations across MENA, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. According to sources, Onley has particularly distinguished himself with his substantial contribution to Oceaneering’s global compliance framework. He …

Andrew Rae

Andrew Rae photo general counsel | Oman Power and Water Procurement (OPWP) Co, Oman

As OPWP’s general counsel, Andrew Rae is setting the wheels in motion for both Oman’s biggest independent water project and its largest power generation project. Heading all legal and compliance support for Oman’s single buyer of all water and power projects, Rae is recognised as one of the region’s leading projects experts. With Oman growing …

Angela Russo

Angela Russo photo general counsel and head of market regulation | NASDAQ Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Combining ‘innovation’ with impeccable commercial and regulatory expertise, Angela Russo has a unique level of involvement in NASDAQ’s business operations. When she joined the international financial exchange in 2011, her immediate task was building a compliance framework sufficiently robust to support its expanding regional activities. Since then, Russo has taken a central role in its …

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