General Counsel Services

We stand ready to support your executive or in-house legal teams with overseeing, identifying and resolving legal issues in all departments as well as corporate governance and business policy.

What we offer

Strategic, Risk Management and Legal Advice

Advisory services to founders, shareholders, the board and C-suite executives:

  • Expansions, acquisitions, restructurings and downsizing decisions

  • Enterprise risk management exercises

  • Financings

  • Corporate governance and maintenance

  • Relationships with brand-owners and distributors

  • Founder and shareholder rights

  • Directors and officers rights, duties, obligations and liabilities

Day-to-Day Overflow Support and Legal Advisory

Advisory services to management and in-house legal teams in regards to day-to-day matters:

  • Contract reviews and red flag reports

  • Contract drafting and negotiations

  • Drafting template contracts and documents

  • Advising on laws and establishing or updating related business policies/processes

  • Organizing or participating in tenders and RFPs

  • IP protection

  • Privacy and confidentiality

Dispute Resolution Management

Advisory services relating to pre-dispute and dispute strategy and counseling and oversight of regional and local litigation counsel:

  • Debt recovery and collections

  • Breaches of contract

  • Shareholder disputes

  • Labor and employment

  • IP infringement

  • Unfair competition

  • Breaches of privacy and confidentiality

In-House Team Operations Advisory and Support

Advisory services relating to productivity/efficiency, legal technology, internal marketing and reporting, and setting up external law firm panels:

  • Legal department strategy and formation

  • Setting objectives and SLAs and tracking performance

  • Standardizing internal reporting

  • Marketing and communicating performance internally

  • Identifying, acquiring and implementing time saving technologies

  • Organizational design and resource optimization

  • Spend analytics and management

  • Performance benchmarking and metrics

  • Legal service delivery

Ethics and Compliance Advisory and Support

We have assembled a strong team of practitioners with unparalleled international in-house experience that can provide you with pragmatic advice and support in regards to the following areas across a variety of industries:

  • Corporate governance and compliance department strategy and formation

  • Setting objectives and SLAs and tracking performance

  • Standardizing internal reporting

  • Marketing and communicating performance internally

  • Identifying, acquiring and implementing time saving technologies

  • Organizational design and resource optimization

  • Spend analytics and management

  • Performance benchmarking and metrics

  • Anti-bribery and anti-corruption

  • Trade sanctions and export control

  • Conducting risk assessments, corporate investigations and compliance audits

  • Compliance reviews in the context of M&A

  • Anti-money laundering

    Our team includes: 
    Osman Aboubakr
    Tamer Nassar
    Faraz Siddiqui
    Jay Seymour of Pacific E Compliance who comes with decades of experience as the Subject Matter Expert for Trade Compliance with BP plc

Training

Tailoring and delivering training on the law and ethics and compliance matters to lawyers and non-lawyers and interpersonal and communication skills to lawyers:

  • Contract formation, interpretation and management

  • Precedent contracts and business policies

  • Challenging interpersonal situations using role play and real play methods

  • Shareholder, director and founder concerns

  • Regulatory frameworks and compliance

  • Current or new laws pertinent to the client’s business

Transactional Services

We advise on all types of commercial transactions and provide all types of related legal services from simple red-flag review of vendor and customer contracts, to M&A due diligence, to drafting, negotiating and executing complex cross-border transactions from term sheet through to definitive agreements, and successfully and efficiently close deals within cost and time budgets.

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Industry Expertise

We offer unparalleled access to top-tier advisers skilled in interfacing with C-suite corporate executives and high-level government officials, leading senior level ‘high stakes’ negotiations, structuring innovative deals, managing disputes and drafting, rolling out and monitoring compliance programs in a myriad of industries.

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