Director – Legal (Commercial) Jobs in UAE at Abu Dhabi Global Market

Title: Director – Legal (Commercial)

Company: Abu Dhabi Global Market

Location: UAE

United Arab Emirates


The Registration Authority (RA) is responsible for the registration, incorporation and licensing of legal entities in ADGM. The RA’s principal functions include the incorporation of companies and commercial licensing of ADGM establishments.

Ensuring the Legal team is effectively and efficiently providing the RA with timely high quality, consistent legal advisory services for the RA to achieve its objectives and those of the ADGM including:

Assigning work to self and other Legal team members;
Peer reviewing important advice;
Maintaining the legal advice database;
Managing large legal projects.
Managing external legal resources;

Assisting in the management of all litigation for the RA including all administrative proceedings and court actions;
Developing and proposing any policy or legal changes for the RA, including the preparation of draft regulations and rules needed for the effective registration and regulation of commercial business (that is, non-financial services businesses) in the ADGM;
Assisting in managing the legislative drafting process for both improvements to the current RA legislative framework and any new legislative initiatives as well as any other associated legislation and legal instruments where relevant to the RA and the ADGM;
Managing the public consultation process with respect to legislative changes proposed by the RA;
In conjunction with the Policy team, considering and where appropriate responding to policy queries from internal and external stakeholders;
Undertaking a regular review of the international registration legislative landscape and propose any relevant proposals for improvement for consideration by the RA;
Managing relationships with external stakeholders, including international regulators, market participants and any other relevant stakeholders;
Monitoring and seeking to improve the internal processes and procedures of the Legal team.
Managing administrative duties such as HR matters for direct reports.


Creates an environment where team members consistently drive to improve performance
Manages team with full accountability for achieving overall agreed objectives
Manages by effectively empowering team members
Takes responsibility for mentoring high potential and most critical talent in their career progression
Reviews performance of team and addresses performance issues quickly through clear decisions

Information Security related

Understand, adapt, adhere and practice responsibilities or controls as per ADGM Information Security policy and as per best practices explained in the induction and awareness sessions.
Confidentiality, Integrity and availability of the ADGM Information shall be maintained at all times i.e. within as well as outside ADGM.


At least a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in law.

Work Experience

12-14 years of experience in a commercial legal function.
Excellent skills, knowledge and experience in legal and policy matters pertaining to the registration, incorporation and licensing of legal entities.
Excellent leadership and management skills.
Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills, along with the ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with others at all levels of ADGM authorities.
Excellent negotiating skills.
Ability to establish and maintain excellent relationships within the FSRA’s legal department and with other ADGM authorities.
Ability to work independently with little or no supervision.
Fluency in business English.


Specialist knowledge in registration, licensing processes and post-registration processes and procedures.
Company secretariat exposure.
Admitted as a barrister or solicitor in a well-recognised common law jurisdiction and the ability to obtain a practicing certificate.

Job Identification 27
Job Category Senior Management
Posting Date 05/13/2022, 01:16 AM
Apply Before 05/31/2022, 08:15 AM
Job Schedule Full time

Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, AE

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