Omar Shteiwi, Chief Legal Officer, Abdul Latif Jameel
As a critical member of a business’ executive team, a Chief Legal Officer helps organizations navigate the complex legal landscape, minimize risks, protect assets, and ensure legal compliance, all while contributing to the overall success and strategic direction of the company. Acting as strategic partners, aligning legal considerations with the company's objectives and collaborating across departments, the role of a Chief Legal Officer is pivotal in shaping a company's trajectory, creating policies, negotiating contracts, handling disputes, and staying ahead of legal trends. Having pursued a law degree from the University of Jordan in 1993. Omar Shteiwi, assumed the position of Chief Legal Officer with Abdul Latif Jameel in 2W014, where he continues to contribute his expertise and leadership to shape the organization's legal landscape. Let’s hear more from him in this below interaction.
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CEO Insights Asia in this issue presents a list of ‘Top 10 Chief Legal Officers In UAE - 2023' who have leveraged their extensive industry expertise and experience in offering effective skills to the market. The following list has been prepared after being closely scrutinized by a distinguished panel of judges including CXOs, analysts and our editorial board. We recognize their valuable contribution to the ever expanding and competitive market and their ability to sustain themselves and emerge as top contestants through their reliable knowledge.
|Cregor Janssen ,Head of Legal and Board Secretary
|An adaptive leader with expertise in corporate law, commodity trading, finance, risk management, retail, management, communication and corporate governance
|Fatih O ,Head of Legal
|An experienced legal counsel working in the energy industry, skilled in international law, competition law, labor law, legal research, legal writing and litigation
|Girish Viswanathan ,Head of Legal
|Al Boom Marine
|A dynamic leader with over 20 years of experience spanning 20+ jurisdictions and expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, company law, commercial contract negotiation and more
|Ignacio de Isasa Munoz ,Head of legal
|Kitare Multi-Family Office
|A transactional lawyer with more than 8 years of experience working in tier-one law firms for major financial institutions
|Omar Shteiwi ,Chief Legal Officer
|Abdul Latif Jameel
|A visionary leader with 28 years of experience in the legal field, specializing in effective planning, trajectory, creating policies, negotiating contracts and more
|Parastoo Karimi ,Head of Legal and Compliance
|A legal leader working closely with various company sectors, including sales and contracts team on xml and supplier agreements, skilled in negotiation, management and risk management
|Ruth Liew ,Vice President Legal
|An accomplished legal professional with extensive experience of around a decade working in a broad range of legal issues, proficient in project development, managing litigation and more
|Saeed Alnajar ,Legal Counsel
|Fugro Middle East FZE
|A skilled legal professional, specializing in skilled in navigating the market gabs and issues, building a strong-tight business relationship with the clients, and the overall internal management of the business-unit and the team
|Sahem Abdelhaq ,Head of Legal & Compliance
|A legal professional with extensive experience to provide strategic legal counsel and ensure organizational compliance with laws and regulations, skilled in mitigating legal risks and more
|Valeria Tryfonova ,Deputy Head of Legal
|A legal professional with more than 10 years of law practice in both private and public sectors, specializing on commercial, financing, land, real estate, corporate and more