Barclays’ Amal Moussa Wins Shine Recognition Award

Amal Moussa – BBE Head of Legal – was awarded the Barclays Group Shine Recognition Award during the Legal Open Forum on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012.

The Shine Recognition Awards are held on a biannual basis to recognise colleagues across Barclays worldwide who stand out and demonstrate outstanding achievements.

The scheme honours individuals and teams across Barclays legal departments who exhibit Behaviours, which fall under 4 categories: Be commercial, Be influential, Be strategic and Be collegial. These Behaviours establish a consistent set of standards for the entire legal team to aspire to.   Additionally, they enable the legal function strategy, which aims to improve Barclays’ combination of legal expertise and its commercial edge to ultimately deliver quality for stakeholders and customers.

Award nominees are selected across Barclays Group employees, from which the winners are then chosen by a judging panel, which includes members of the Barclays Group legal operating committee.
The award came in recognition of Amal’s exceptional efforts in managing the local Legal team and the Legal risks and issues that arose during Egypt’s civil up rise in the most efficient manner, quoting from the nomination statement by the judging panel:

“Few of us have experienced managing a Legal team and Legal risk in a bank in a country going through a political revolution. The legal and regulatory environment has been turned upside down by the revolution. Amal, the Head of Legal in Egypt, is the only one amongst us who is fluent in English and Arabic and dual qualified and experienced in English and Egyptian law. She has managed the legal aspects entire crisis in the most self-sufficient way, carrying her local management and board with her on all key issues, and assisting  colleagues from across the globe struggling to understand the intricate position on the ground.  Collegial, Influential, Commercial.”

Amal joined Barclays Bank Egypt as Head of Legal more than three years ago. During this time, she has managed the Legal department with full responsibility for managing the legal risks of the Bank as well as managing the Board of Directors’ governance framework. Amal also sits as a member of the Bank’s executive committee for Egypt. Amal is a dual qualified lawyer, registered as a solicitor at the Law Society of England & Wales and at the Egyptian Bar Association. She has extensive experience in private practice between London and Cairo with Trowers & Hamlins LLP, where she advised on various banking acquisitions including advising on the successful acquisition of the Bank of Alexandria by Sanpaolo ImI, the submission of a joint bid by the CBK consortium for the Acquisition of Al Watany Bank of Egypt and the bid preparation and due diligence exercise conducted by SAMBA in connection with the privatization of Banque du Caire. This is in addition to her experience with loan facilities and syndications, capital markets transactions, establishment of investment funds and drafting the suite of documentation, as well as mortgage finance and factoring.

Amal holds a BA in Law and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies and an LLM in Banking and Finance Law from the London School of Economics.

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