Intigral team bags “Legal Team of the Year award” at Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards 2012

Intigral, the end-to-end solution provider of digital media content services to regional telecommunication operators, saw its internal legal team bag the appelation of “Legal Team of the Year” at the Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards 2012. The awards, hosted by Legal Week (organizers of The British Legal Awards) and the Corporate Counsel Middle East Group (CCME), were held at the Westin Dubia Mina Seyahi on May 17th 2012 to celebrate legal excellence in the Middle East.

The event was co-hosted by Richard Dean, presenter of “Business Tonight” on the Dubai Eye103.8 radio station, in the company of Elias Hayek, President of the Corporate Counsel Middle East Group and Vice President, Legal, EAME division, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Elias also chaired the judging panel, which was made up of senior in-house lawyers and other respected legal and business figures in the Middle East.

The “Legal Team of the Year” category saw judges look for evidence of legal expertise, innovation, project management skills, client satisfaction, and in particular, teamwork. Entries were judged based on how well legal teams exemplified collective performance across the full spectrum of in-house legal responsbilities related to financial, customer, operational and human resource functions. Intigral’s team was adjudicated as best meeting all criteria, with judges’ feedback indicating that strong feedback as the deciding factor in clinching the award.

“We are very proud of having won the ‘Legal Team of the Year’ Award for year 2012. It hasn’t been an easy journey, given the broad range of functions and diversity of services that we have had to deal with, but it has certainly been rewarding and fulfilling. We have a strong and passionate team that is focused on Intigral’s business needs across the entire spectrum of operations, and it was our cohesiveness, teamwork and drive that gave us the win” said Dr. Ismaeel Makdisi, General Counsel and VP- Corporate Affairs, Intigral.

Other legal teams shortlisted for the Award incuded DP World, Marriott Hotels, Msheireb Properties, Qinvest, and Yahoo. The category was open to legal teams and individual lawyers based in the Middle East and operating in the TMT sector.

“Our TMT telecommunications and media technology focus has allowed our legal team to gain experience across a broad spectrum of business operations. Our legal team’s expertise is a core strategic asset for Intigral, and it gives us great satisfaction to see this recognized at the Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards 2012,’’ said Mr. Karim Daoud, CEO, Intigral.

Other categories in the Corporate Counsel Awards Middle East 2012 included the Corporate Counsel Middle East Group Achievement Award, General Counsel of the Year, Legal Department of the Year, Legal Team of the Year, and In-house Lawyer of the Year.

About Intigral
Established in 2009, Intigral is an end-to-end solution provider focused on delivering digital media content services to regional telecommunication operators offering a one-stop shop for the region’s operators, easing their transition into the digital media space.
As a joint venture between Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and All Asia Networks (ASTRO), Intigral’s aim is to enhance the digital experience of consumers irrespective of their access channels, be it mobile, IPTV or web.
Intigral’s approach to digital media content focuses on integration, information and intelligence. The company has a fact-based understanding of consumer segments and content genres as well as an understanding of their clients and their market requirements.

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