Powerlist Members

3M

Producer of a vast portfolio of products ranging from car wax to healthcare and industrial products, US-based multinational 3M has diverse and complex operations across the Middle East and North Africa. When Walid Sowaidan, 3M’s general counsel for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA), joined the company in 2007 he was the …

ABB Industries

As one of the leading power and automation engineering companies, ABB provides solutions for secure, energy-efficient transmission and distribution of electricity. Among operations in roughly 100 countries worldwide, ABB manufactures a range of power and automation products in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to serve rising local demand for increased electrical infrastructure. …

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

The legal team of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), one of the most prominent commercial and investment banks in the Gulf region, has been instrumental in growing the bank’s operational functions and brand image. Led by Simon Copleston, the legal function has won a number of awards and received warm praise from nominators who commented …

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC)

The government-owned Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has a portfolio that includes well known venues such as Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ExCeL London, Al Ain Convention Centre and Capital Gate, a 160m leaning tower of commercial and hotel space. The legal department at ADNEC, headed by Simon Price, maintains strong relations with regulators …

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC)

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), a developer and manager of 11 commercial, logistics, community and leisure ports, has a team of five lawyers, led by general counsel Emil Pellicer, to assist it with the continued development of its operations. The team is integral to both the legal and the commercial security of the import and …

Action Group Holdings

Kuwait-based holding company Action Group Holdings has specific interests in the MENA region and Australia, Europe and the United States. The company has a diverse profile covering investment, consultancy, real estate, oil and gas, infrastructure, construction and logistics and hospitality and serviced offices. Such breadth calls for a flexible and diversified legal team, traits which …

ACWA Power International

Founded in 2008 to take advantage of Saudi Arabia’s newly liberalised water and power utilities market, Riyadh-based ACWA Power has since expanded to become a key provider of power generation and desalination services in the wider MENA region. The legal team is led by former Allen & Overy projects specialist associate Teegan Lindsay, who now …

Advanced Petrochemical Company

The Advanced Petrochemical Company started commercial operations in 2008 and is now among the most technologically advanced petrochemicals operations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Operating with a small support team and with the assistance of a specialised taskforce team, senior legal adviser Elnitaifa Ahmed Kurmino has been at the forefront of …

Aggreko

The Aggreko legal team has recently undergone a restructure and reorganisation. The changes made have been primarily aimed at improving processes company-wide, and included the legal team deepening their involvement with compliance and governance issues, among other areas. The restructure has also encouraged an increase in the visibility and accountability of other business units, improving …

Air Arabia

Although Air Arabia is one of the largest low-cost carriers in the Middle East and North Africa, it manages its operations with only four dedicated legal staff. Comprised of lawyers without an initial background in the aviation section, the team has grown into a position where it is now able handle 60% of the workload …

Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space finds itself operating in a classic counter-cyclical environment where increased geopolitical tensions are contributing to military sales while the fall in oil prices puts a drag on other customer spending. Led by Raed Al-Saadouni, the legal team has helped the company respond rapidly to this environment by securing payment through letters …

Al Faisal Holding

Al Faisal Holding, a leading private company that has had significant input into the development of the Qatari economy, now has over 120 companies that operate under its umbrella from a range of sectors. The legal team has introduced a departmental overhaul by implementing new systems and processes, leading nominators to commend them on improving …

Al Khalij Commercial Bank

Operating in a region heavily depend on oil, Al Khalij, dubbed the next generation bank of Qatar, has been supported through market challenges by the legal team’s work on a number of novel and legally complex matters. The team has supported the bank’s requirements for long-term funding by initiating a Cayman Island special purpose vehicle …

Al-Jazeera Media Network

One of the most recognisable global names from the Middle East business world, Al- Jazeera Media Network owns a broad portfolio of media products, including television channels and online editorial products. It is perhaps their rolling news coverage, however, that is most associated with the Al Jazeera name, and indeed this segment of their business …

Aldar Properties – UAE

Aldar Properties, a leading regional developer, investor and manager of real estate, has a legal function that is recognised for its many strengths. The team is led by Brett Scrymgeour and, according to one nominator, is a group of ‘accomplished lawyers who are savvy, commercially-aware and technically excellent; they are one of the leading teams …

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