Souhayel TAYEB

En résumé

• Broad legal background with more than 12 years’ experience in banking, capital markets and real estate laws in Tunisia, France and UAE. More than 5 years in the derivatives markets,
• Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, with excellent oral and written communication proficiency in English, French and Arabic. Italian language under perfection,
• Strong writing, reporting and planning skills, with demonstrated research, analysis and evaluation ability, strong commercial acumen,
• Highly flexible, able to work under pressure, take initiatives, make decisions and work to meet deadlines, work well independently as well as in cross-functional teams,
• Extensive computer skills with good knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office Suits.

Mes compétences :


  • Commercial Bank of Dubai - Head of Legal Services

    2013 - maintenant
  • Mashreq Bank Dubai - UAE - Legal Manager - Vice President

    2012 - 2013 - Management of two lawyers dedicated to loan and finance security documentation
    - Entry point for the front office within the Treasury and Capital for plain vanilla as well as structured transactions such as IRS, FX Swaps, Cross Currency Swaps, Total Return Swap, Leveraged CDS, CLNs, Secured Notes etc and related cross-border security packages.
    - Reviewing and drafting a wide range of documentation relating to corporate and banking business such as those related to facility agreements, finance security documents and commercial arrangements including but not limited Syndicated Facility Agreements, Credit Facility Agreements, Term Loan Agreements, Overdraft Facility Agreements, Pledge and Mortgage Agreements, different Services Agreements, Escrow Trust Account Agreements, Deeds of Charge over Accounts, Joint Venture Agreements, Shareholders Agreements, MoUs, Custody Agreements, Derivatives documentation (ISDA, CSA, GMRA), Guarantees, Account Pledge and Assignment Agreement, Assignment of Contract Proceeds, Leasing Agreements
    - Developing and updating the bank’s standard documentation as well as guidelines,
    - Setting up the Bank’s standard documentation and guidelines related to derivatives and repo transactions after a deep audit covering the existing derivatives documentation entered into by the bank,
    - Setting up the legal documentation for the marketing of structured products to high net worth individuals (Investment Master Agreement, different product agreements, Term sheets, final confirmations) in compliance with the UAE Central Bank rules.
    - Supervising and liaising with external counsels within and outside the UAE on various and complex structured international transactions as well as litigation (other than recovery cases)
    - Assessing and evaluating the legal framework of external jurisdictions where the bank has business presence (NY, London, Hong Kong, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Egypt).
    - Reviewing and drafting a wide range of Shariah Compliant documents such as Master Islamic Murabaha Agreement, Musharaka and Dminishing Musharaka, Sukuk Finance products, Ijara products, Commodity Murabaha products
    - Reviewing and drafting some Islamic treasury and capital markets products : Master Agreement for Islamic Derivatives Transactions covering FX Options products, Commodity Hedging products, Master Agreement for structured Wa’ad Transactions, Profit Rate Swaps, Islamic Overnight Wakala with financial institutions based in NY
    - Reviewing and drafting a variety of agreements related to the Asset Management business such as Distribution Agreements in different GCC jurisdictions, Investment Management Agreements following investment mandates received from different clients (Pension funds, SWFs, Corporates), Discretionary Account Agreements,
  • BNP Paribas - Corporate and Investment Banking - Derivatives Lawyer

    2007 - 2012 - Negotiating and drafting a variety of derivatives and repo Master Agreements : with various counterparties in the emerging markets i.e Africa, Maghreb, Turkey and Eastern Europe (Corporates, banks, Asset Managers, Insurance companies, Pension funds, regions….)
    - Handling negotiation of ISDA Master Agreements related to Commodities.
    - Handling legal opinions with local law firms related to the enforceability of ISDA Master Agreements under emerging jurisdictions.
    - Participating in meetings with Credit, Business, Compliance and Operational Risk departments.
    - Checking ancillary documents and Credit Support documents
    - Instructing local law firms in different jurisdictions as per Brokerage and Custody agreements
    - Updating Master Agreements negotiation procedures and guidelines
    - Following developments in Islamic Derivatives Documentation (ISDA/IIFM Tahawwut greement)
    - Following regulatory developments (G20, EU Commission, ISDA ..)
  • TESEI SA - Legal Adviser

    2006 - 2007 - Handling two Real Estates projects in Popular Republic of China (Huizhou) and Kingdom of Morocco (Tangier) (different legal studies on Moroccan and Chinese laws)
    - Creation of the Real Estate Investment Fund dedicted to these projects based in Luxembourg.
    - Monitoring the creation of the Real Estate Asset Management company based in Luxembourg, Drafting of multiple agreements.
    - Handling Real Estate investment projects in France.
  • Different companies - Paris - Legal Adviser

    2004 - 2006 - Legal writer freelance journalist : Editions Lexbase
    - Legal adviser : Editions Juridiques Lamy -
    - Legal adviser during the IPO Electricité de France (EDF) : Employees Saving Scheme
    - Legal adviser– Transport and Freight–
  • UBCI Groupe BNP Paribas Tunisie - Legal Adviser

    2001 - 2003 - Furnishing advices on all legal issues, domestic and international, arising in the course of the bank’s work.
    - Assisting the bank departments in formulating and implementing bank’s policies
    - Advising different entities and central departments on different legal issues
  • Financial Markets Authority - Tunisia - Legal Adviser

    2000 - 2001 - Handling files related to the foreign investments in Tunisia to be submitted to the High Committee for Foreign Investments,
    - Furnishing advices on all legal issues related to financial markets,
    - Investigator under oath


  • Ecole Du Barreau

    Paris 2008 - 2009 CAPA

    CAPA 2009
  • Faculté Des Sciences Juridiques, Politiques Et Sociales (Tunis)

    Tunis 1998 - 2000 Master
  • Faculté De Droit Et Des Sciences Politiques Université De Tunis I (Tunis)

    Tunis 1994 - 1998 Maîtrise en Droit Privé

    Maîtrise en Droit Privé


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