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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
|Curriculum Vitae |
For the past
several years, I have served as an attorney in Jordan and the GCC region
in different capacities, and currently as an inhouse counsel for Majid
Al Futtaim Group. I have established a strong, diversified corporate/commercial
background in regionwide ME and GCC laws, regulations and business practices.
I offer advanced crosscultural communications skills as I am proficient
in the Arabic and English languages.
Legal Counsel May
Majid Al Futtaim Group and
Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, Dubai, UAE
for the boards of directors and chief executive officers covering economic
and legal issues relating to countries where MAF companies had potential
interests to invest, notably covering foreign investments laws, labour
laws and regulations, taxes, companies laws and prohibitions or sanctions
which may hinder the businesses.
Worked on legal
actions of all types filed by and against clients, liaised with external
lawyers for such purpose and gave such lawyers instruction as per the
business requirements of clients.
Prepared and reviewed
a monthly litigation report which included all cases pertaining to the
Group and liaised with external lawyers with regard to the Group’s
files, billed hours and invoices.
Took lead in conference
calls, meetings and negotiations with outside parties along with relevant
line managers for concluding commercial deals.
Worked on the establishment
of companies and subsidiaries including a financial credit card company
regulated by the Department of Economic Development and the Central
Bank a joint venture with two Japanese companies and a subsidiary
of a joint venture in Oman.
the Company Secretary department with regard to board of directors meetings
pertaining to MAF Ventures.
Technology and Leisure & Entertainment:
Reviewed and negotiated
IT agreements with contracting parties such as the agreement with Orange
Business Services UK, to establish a telecommunications hub which connects
the entire Majid Al Futtaim Group of companies in the MENA region
in one telecommunications cloud.
Reviewed and negotiated
consultancy and engineering agreements, service level agreements, software
and hardware purchasing and installation agreements and drafted template
agreements such as hardware purchasing, software licensing, supply agreements
and assisted in drafting the IT department’s business policies.
Finance and Insurance:
Assisted in the negotiations pertaining
to setting up a major credit card issuing business throughout the MENA
region and reviewed the Joint Venture, License, Brand Service and Emblem
Agreements and reviewed the agreements and the daytoday business of
the credit card company.
Reviewed and redrafted
insurance agreements including an insurance distribution agreement with
American Insurance Group AIG and a triparty extended warranty agreement
between MAF Ventures, Carrefour and AIG.
Human Resources and
Drafted and reviewed
employment agreements under UAE/DIFC Laws.
agreements for consultants in the UK, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt
Provided legal opinions
to the Human Resources department with regard to company employees’
rights and obligations under the labor laws of Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.
legal counsels to ensure that the recruitment and employment processes
such as work permits, residency visas were in compliance with local
labor and immigration laws.
InHouse Legal Counsel
Jan – Apr
MAS International Company, Kuwait
Prepared and minuted
General Assembly and Board of Directors Agendas and resolutions
Provided legal assistance
and consultancies with regard to time sharing transactions
Drafted various types
of commercial contracts and company policies
Studied real estate
markets outside of Kuwait and established subsidiaries in Turkey, Egypt,
Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, UAE accordingly.
Junior Lawyer Jan – Jan
International Counsel Bureau,
Drafted and reviewed
commercial contracts including but not limited to real estate development,
insurance, tenancy, time sharing, sale/purchase and shareholders agreements.
various types of work for petroleum, financial and general trading companies:
such as the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation including joint venture negotiations,
establishing subsidiaries and amending articles of association.
Feb – Aug
The Law Firm of Nabil Gharbieh
and Esam Katbeh, Jordan
Worked on numerous
cases in Civil, Commercial, Labor, and Criminal Laws.
University of Western
Graduate Diploma – International Business Law
University of Jordan,
Bachelor of Arts – Law Degree
Member of the
Jordanian Bar Association – Qualified in