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UAE Corporate Counsel: David Nicholson

David Nicholson, General counsel, Nakheel.The company behind some of the UAE's iconic structures, Nakheel, which translates from the Arabic as "palm trees", was founded in 2003.

UAE Corporate Counsel: Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright, Managing director, legal, Dubai International Capital LLC.With around US$13 billion of assets under management, Dubai International Capital LLC's focus on a mix of emerging markets transactions, public and private equity from its Dubai base is paying dividends in the region's fast-growing market.

Illinois Corporate Counsel: Susan Lichtenstein

Corporate vice president and general counsel, Baxter International IncBaxter International began in 1931 when two Iowa physicians, Dr Ralph Falk and Dr Donald Baxter, launched the Don Baxter Intravenous Products Company, distributing the first commercially manufactured intravenous solutions to Midwest hospitals.

Singapore Corporate Counsel: Sharon Craggs

Sharon Craggs

Head, Group Legal and Compliance DBS BankDBS Bank was established in 1968 as a development financing institution and is now a full-service bank with the largest network of branches in Singapore and further branch networks in Hong Kong, Indonesia, China and India. It is a specialist in banking in Asia, and is active in the corporate, retail and investment fields. It is also one of Singapore’s main sources of medium and long-term financing. DBS also has international branches or representative offices in countries such as Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, the US and the Middle East. DBS Bank is held by DBS Group Holdings Ltd, one of the largest companies in terms of market capitalisation on the Singapore Exchange.

California Corporate Counsel: Javade Chaudhri

Executive vice president and general counsel (Also serving as chief environmental officer) Sempra EnergySempra Energy was created in 1998 through a merger of the parent companies of two long-established and highly respected private sector utilities. Sempra is a Fortune 500 energy services company based in San Diego, serving the largest customer base of any energy utility in the United States and with approximately 14,000 employees worldwide. The Sempra Energy companies develop energy infrastructure, operate utilities and provide related products and services to more than 29 million consumers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America and Asia. In 2006 Sempra produced revenues of nearly $12 billion.

Texas Corporate Counsel: Michael Nichols

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Sysco CorporationSysco is based in Houston and provides food and related products and services to approximately 390,000 restaurants, health care and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers. Sysco’s operations, supported by 47,500 associates, are located throughout the United States and Canada and include broadline companies, specialty produce and custom-cut meat operations, Asian cuisine foodservice distributors, hotel supply operations, and chain restaurant distribution subsidiaries that serve both domestic and international locations.

Florida Corporate Counsel: David Vetter

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, Tech Data CorporationTech Data Corporation was founded in 1974 and began expanding rapidly in 1983, developing its target markets and redirecting its efforts toward servicing microcomputer resellers as a wholesale distributor. The company has emerged as a leading global provider of IT products, logistics management and other value-added services. Based in Clearwater, Florida, Tech Data and its subsidiaries operate in 26 fulfilment centres in the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. With more than 90,000 customers in over 100 countries, Tech Data generated $21.4 billion in sales for its fiscal year ended 31 January 2007.

Illinois Corporate Counsel: Cameron Findlay

Executive vice president and general counsel, Aon CorporationFounded in 1919 and headquartered in Chicago, Aon Corporation is one of the world’s largest providers of insurance brokerage, risk management and human capital consulting, with 46,000 employees working in 500 offices in 120 countries. In the past 20 years, acquisition and internal development have catapulted Aon to its current position of market dominance, beginning in 1982 with the acquisition of the merged entity comprising Ryan Insurance Group and Combined International, followed by Hudig Langeveldt, Rollins Burdick Hunter, Miller Mason & Dickenson and Alexander & Alexander (among others). 

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