Fulfilling secondment requests for larger corporate clients, including banks, can put a real strain on a firm’s associate resources and, despite the obvious relationship benefits, are often difficult to price effectively. NexaConnex currently has 3 financial services lawyers on 6-month (with flex to extend) secondments with ENBD’s in-house legal team. This has taken secondment pressure off our law firm clients while still providing the bank’s General Counsel with certainty, the right skill sets and reassurance regarding quality control.
ENBD engages NexaConnex directly. The contracting entity is Nexa Law Limited, our SRA regulated entity.
Each individual lawyer also has to enter into a Secondment NDA, an Acceptable Use Agreement and make a Secondee Declaration relating to confidentiality and adherence to bank policies.
NexaConnex lawyers are provided with ENBD laptops and work directly within the bank in-house team.
Each NexaConnex lawyer has a direct reporting line within the ENBD legal team.
ENBD assumes all liability for the legal advice that is provided by the NexaConnex lawyers to the bank as the internal client.
NexaConnex and ENBD agree a monthly rate for each lawyer prior to the start of their secondment term.
NexaConnex bills the bank monthly in advance.
“They are agile, responsive and great value for money, and, most importantly, think like business-people, not just academic lawyers.”
Simon Copleston, Group General Counsel, Emirates NBD Bank
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Abby is a senior lawyer with over 12 years’ experience, she specialises in intellectual property matters.
Having trained at the highly regarded IP firm, Bird & Bird, she moved to the IP team at Osborne Clarke. Abby obtained a first class honours degree in biochemistry which led her to initially focus on advising clients in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors, but she has significant experience across a number of industries, including digital media and telecommunications.
Andrew Elishahoff qualified as UK Lawyer in 1996. He has over 20 years’ experience working as a lawyer at major global corporations.
Andrew is an expert on advising on commercial agreements and data protection for regulated or unregulated and private or public companies. Andrew has broad sector experience and a expertise in technology, telecoms, health, energy and financial services. He has also been involved in significant international cross border M&A and other corporate activity from the client side.
Aneil is a solicitor with almost 20 years’ experience in financial services, providing support and advice to a wide range of financial institutions including banks, asset managers and hedge funds.
Aneil has particular expertise in negotiating trading documentation and commercial agreements with a view to protecting firms against counterparty default and market risks. On the regulatory side, Aneil prepares bespoke compliance programmes, manuals and internal books and records, and advises on supervisory processes such as responding to requests from regulators and submitting regulatory filings and notifications.