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ABB Industries

Over the last few years the legal team at ABB has grown more closely aligned with the business in terms of becoming simpler, more flexible, accessible and streamlined. Examples of this include implementing a new online system for booking orders and closing agreements that complement the company’s worldwide move into digital. In addition, the team …

Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ)

The ALJ legal team possesses a number of notable personalities within its legal department that account for the major success it has had in supporting the varied business interests of ALJ. Chief legal officer Waleed Abkam has been with the company since May 2015, prior to which he was director of legal affairs for Mobily …

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), the owner and operator of the largest exhibition venue in the Middle East, employs a small but highly efficient legal team to oversee its exponential growth. By way of example, the value of ADNEC’s direct and indirect contribution to the economy of Abu Dhabi increased by over 26% in …

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (AD Ports)

AD Ports has moved into an extremely exciting new chapter in its history recently, securing a position on the “Belt and Road” developmental initiative by the Chinese government to focus on trade and connectivity across Eurasia, being the only Middle Eastern entity officially to do so. AD Ports’ general counsel Emil Pellicer explains that the …

Action Group Holdings (AGH)

AGH’s 17-person legal team oversees a multi-billion dollar operation encompassing around 30 subsidiaries and sister companies worldwide. AGH is a diversified family owned global conglomerate based in Kuwait, focusing on international investments, real estate, oil and gas, infrastructure and civil projects, hotels and hospitality, and consultancy services on government tenders and contracts. To help it …

ACWA Holding

The recently consolidated ACWA Holding legal function possesses multiple competencies that allow it to meet the demanding requirements of ACWA’s varied infrastructure development portfolio. The company deals in many sectors, including aviation, industrial gases, district cooling, power and water, and has even recently moved into the education sector. The very capable Ned Othman is the …

adidas emerging markets

Led by GC Powerlist 2017-featured lawyer Mona Hussein, the adidas in-house legal team in Dubai successfully deals with high volume of work over multiple jurisdictions within the MENA region. Despite having a very lean team for such a demanding set of responsibilities, the team works closely in a hands-on manner with the legal teams in …

ADNOC Group

Led by Salem Al Darei, the ADNOC Group legal team is staffed with the level of highly talented individuals one would expect of the UAE’s largest company, which is a multi-billion dollar revenue concern. Alongside Al Darei, senior legal counsel Mann El Aydi, formerly general counsel and company secretary for Abu Dhabi National Hotels, came …

Aggreko

Aggreko’s business model of providing interim power solutions is much in demand in the Middle East, but provides unique challenges for its legal department to overcome. As well as providing temporary power for countries which lack the capacity themselves, it also provides power for events as needed; this means a large amount of work is …

Airbus Africa and Middle East

Airbus’ legal team for Africa and Middle East came into existence only recently, when the company decided to create dedicated teams for each region. At present the company employs a legal department of four lawyers supported by a network of business compliance representatives in the company’s smaller local offices. The team’s remit is vast as …

Al Dahra Holding

Coming in for praise from nominating sources on the back of excellent performances on a number of transactions, the Al Dahra Holding legal function is compact but consistently excels in its handling of the company’s supply chain management, transactional support and other matters. One of the most prominent agribusiness-focused holding companies in the Middle East, …

Al Habtoor Group

One of the foremost conglomerates in the Gulf with holdings in the hospitality, automotive, car leasing, real estate, education and publishing sectors, Al Habtoor Group’s diverse portfolio provides a wealth of challenges for its highly accomplished legal team to take on. The highly experienced Hadi El Kadi, an in-house veteran with over 20 years’ experience …

Al Rajhi Bank

Boasting an impressive first quarter year-on-year profit increase for 2018, Saudi Arabia’s largest bank Al Rajhi has been performing well on the back of both sound investments and the support of an excellent legal team that is among the best in its sector in the Gulf. The team has gone through an important change recently, …

Al Tayer Group

Active in the automotive, retail, industrial and investment sectors, Al Tayer Group has featured prominently in the Middle East business landscape for decades, and currently has a presence in 12 countries in the region. Having to support the company in such a variety of sectors across this number of jurisdictions means the lawyers within its …

Al Tayyar Travel Group

Already one of the most notable travel companies in the region, Al Tayyar Travel Group has entered into a number of strategic partnerships with other businesses and has undergone a major expansion of its infrastructure as part of a dramatic increase in activity linked to its role in the Vision 2030 project by the Saudi …

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