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â€¢ A versatile & highly-driven professional offering a rich & diverse in-house experience in corporate legal affairs, client relations, risk avoidance & mitigation, business development, and advocacy in the EPC, Marine & Offshore Engineering, Energy, Heavy Civil and PMCM industries
â€¢ Acknowledged as leader with competency in implementing policy development processes and supporting business with risk exposure reviews for high value transactions. Individually established and standardised major compliance auditing programs for investment, concession and EPC contracts commensurate with US Federal and EU regulations to boost internal compliance and manage third-party risk, generating thus positive cashflow
â€¢ Conceptualising, monitoring and auditing pre-bid, pre-contract and post-award policy and contract closeout implementation procedures for trades, including port infrastructure developers, thus achieving customer validation and building consensus to gain a trusted place in the market
â€¢ Excellent relationship management skills with track record of establishing strong relationships with regulators, government agencies, tax and labour departments, chambers of commerce, the Companyâ€™s Audit and Ethics & Conduct Committee and internal auditors; and maintaining a clear interface with clients (including National Oil Companies, Classification Societies, Energy Traders, Petroleum Product Suppliers, Cross-border SPVs, Container Terminal Operators, Syndicates of Banks, Insurers, and so on), fostering thus enduring and new business alliances
Since Julâ€™21 with Hill International, Inc.., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, as Vice President â€“ Corporate Counsel (EMEA) (Julâ€™13 to Junâ€™21, as International Corporate Counsel at the same organisation)
Key Result Areas:
â€¢ Overseeing corporate governance matters and promptly resolving regulatory concerns, including NYSE, FCPA, UK Bribery Act, SOX Act, and OFAC matters to satisfy quick demands from regulators
â€¢ Working with General Counsel and outside counsel regarding compliance with SEC requirements; participating in regulatory agency investigations and audits to advise company on administration actions, disclosures to the SEC and announcements to the NYSE
â€¢ Consolidating incident reporting to improve leverage of informed legal advice to the Boardâ€™s Audit and Ethics & Conduct Committee; adjudicating on formal complaint procedures
â€¢ Standardising and implementing agents and representativesâ€™ trainings across the EMEA juridictions to ensure compliance with US Federal regulations and NYSE rules; thus promoting transparent contract award procedures and maximising revenues
â€¢ Reviewing the Code of Ethics & Conduct of external suppliers and agents to ensure compliance with the Companyâ€™s referral policies
â€¢ Floating due diligence questionnaires to external suppliers in geographically remote locations to assess FCPA training needs and hedge contract risk
â€¢ Investigating any allegations of non-compliance of laws worldwide including whistleblower internal and external reporting
â€¢ Cultivating strategic partnerships with state licensing agencies to obtain registration approvals for the companyâ€™s subsidiaries and embrace new business opportunities
â€¢ Expertly performing shareholding structuring and leading major cross-border mergers, acquisitions and divestments and identifying regulatory concerns to strategise expansion and profitability in new markets; and ensuring integration of the new entities into the company network
â€¢ Partnering with outside counsel and efficiently managing the application and maintenance of the requisite governmental authorisations and approvals for global operations
â€¢ Assisting Finance Department and auditors with information regarding claims, litigations and other judicial proceedings, investigations and legal spend
â€¢ Improving the internal legal tracking system; presenting and analysing accurate litigation and arbitration data and findings to the Board to ensure proper accounts receivablesâ€™ control is maintained at all times
â€¢ Developing & designing jointly with the HR Department workplace diversity, workplace harassment, global business ethics and FCPA training to educate employees on compliance activities, thus facilitating individual employee accountability
â€¢ Skilfully mentoring the US Safe Harbor Statutes and EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) implementation across the companyâ€™s divisions and ensuring widespread adoption
â€¢ Drafting, reviewing, implementing and supervising compliance with Companyâ€™s global privacy and security policies; overseeing global compliance with privacy laws, selecting and supervising global outside privacy counsel, educating employees on privacy and cyber security, conducting and supervising privacy breach and cybersecurity incident investigations and responding with the SVP of Global IT
â€¢ Generating all requests and confirm compliance and receipt of information pursuant to the US Freedom of Information Act requests
â€¢ Structuring and leading securitisation of loans, equity, and debt offerings, parent company and counter guarantees to keep operations in compliance
â€¢ Leading a comprehensive gamut of in-house company secretary services including preparation of agendas, AGM/ Quarterly/ Extraordinary meetings, MoM; BoD resolutions, book-keeping, proxies, PoAs, share certificates
â€¢ Providing legal support for mobilisation, construction supervision, certification, demobilisation, commissioning and hand over phases in terminal procession and pipeline projects
â€¢ Providing legal support in the performance of pre-investment and economic viability studies for the rehabilitation of construction facilities; performing legal due diligence on technical and financial feasibility studies on EPC infrastructure operations
â€¢ Providing an independent oversight review for tendering packages, procurement routes and performance data for trades, including Designers, Consultants, Contractors, Operators, Material & Equipment Purchasing Analysts, Expeditors, Project Control Analysts, Contract Auditors and Equipment Suppliers
â€¢ Providing claims management and arbitration support; and coordinating debt-recovery and enforcement procedures
Janâ€™10 - Junâ€™13 with Archirodon Group N.V., Cairo, Egypt as MENA Regional Legal Counsel
Key Result Areas:
â€¢ Actively involved in
âˆ˜ Identifying and resolving legal issues in project operations pertaining to oilfield equipment, hydraulic and floating equipment, offshore dredging operations and maintenance support, site remediation, well development, and related marine engineering infrastructure (e.g. pipelines, loading and unloading facilities and onshore terminal, geotechnical and foundation equipment)
âˆ˜ Participating in bidding phases including negotiating and reviewing Shareholdersâ€™, Consortium and JV agreements for container terminal concession projects and implementation of work packages
âˆ˜ Reviewing Non-Disclosure Agreements, Milestone Agreements, Letters of Award, Purchase Orders, Heavy Equipment Leases, High Technology Products Service Agreements, Interim & Final Accounts, Contract Closeouts & Retentions for marine and dredging operations
âˆ˜ Appraising financing documents including term sheets, collateral and term finance facility agreements for shipyard development and extension concessions
âˆ˜ Defining field and support office roles and responsibilities; organising and managing contract implementation processes; chairing meetings and workshops; and maintaining standard work process procedures
âˆ˜ Participating in audits and investigations and monitored effective utilisation of company resources deployed at site
âˆ˜ Floating tenders to shortlisted subcontractors, evaluating shortlisted tenderers, issuing LOIs and reviewing securities
âˆ˜ Efficiently managing and defending claims for EOTs, disruption, force majeure, and equitable adjustment for a variety of onshore and offshore facilities and marine railway projects in the Middle East.
â€¢ Reviewed delay impact analysis, interim progress reports, due diligence exercises, expert witness & technical reports on offshore facility management operations and ensured that appropriate governance is implemented
â€¢ Spearheaded the entire functions including oversight of strategic tendering alliances, teaming agreements and cost planning procedures with leading pipeline contractors, design consultancies, marine equipment vendors, dredger brokers, commissioners and new clients globally
â€¢ Handled and endorsed contractual correspondence to Clients, Joint Venturers, Project Consultants, Suppliers and Subcontractors; commissioned compliance with contract documents and managed regional/ expat labour contracts
â€¢ Effectively prepared quarterly contract and dispute reports and performance appraisals and developed contract compliance reports to procurement teams
â€¢ Managed a broad range of outside counsel and administered locations for Court and international arbitration proceedings
â€¢ Played a key role in managing and training an in-house and project-based team of legal & claims consultants
â€¢ Championed MENA legal operations and functioned closely with regional business divisions for compliance of procurement management procedures with corporate policies and WTO conventions
â€¢ Updated and maintained vendor and standard procurement procedures to ensure that the contract management team maintains quality and flow of service to our O&G public and private sector clients and downstream contractors
â€¢ Designed and instituted a regional claims management division by directing in-house MENA legal support of international and domestic arbitration and ADR proceedings, including but not limited to marine insurance, logistics, tug & tow, charterparty and sales of equipment disputes, to be decentralised from the Netherlands
â€¢ Maximised utilisation of domestic Quantity Surveyors and Contract Engineers to pursue a successful US$200 million non-payment dispute pertaining to a container terminal concession agreement
Hill International N.V.
Hill International provides program, project, and construction management services for clients in a range of sectors undertaking major construction projects across the world. Our services include cost engineering and estimating, quality assurance, inspection, scheduling, risk management, and claims avoidance.
We are the 4th largest project and construction management firm in the U.S., as featured in Building Design + Construction magazine. We are also ranked the 6th largest overall U.S. construction management firm by Engineering News-Record magazine. Our team has participated in over 10,000 project assignments with a total construction value of over $600 billion.
Since 1976, we have developed the experience, expertise, and world-class talent that allows us to offer a deeper perspective on our clientâ€™s projects. We can quickly and accurately identify the potential risks facing a project, and provide recommendations on how to effectively navigate these risks.
We operate in more than 100 offices across 41 countries. Our regional teams have deep, intuitive local knowledge that helps our clients navigate any potential obstacles. We support this expertise with our wider team of internationally recognized experts.
Our focus as a business is project management, which means we are free of any potential design or contracting conflicts of interest. Our sole purpose is protecting our clientsâ€™ needs, managing any potential risks, and delivering projects on time and within budget.
Together, we deliver the infrastructure of change.
Hill is a proud member of the Global Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. family of companies. Learn more about GISI at www.gisi.com.
Vol.16, No. 63, Spring 2023