Keystone Law Middle East LLP has appointed ex-Head of Equities at First Abu Dhabi Bank, Saleem Khokhar, as Chief Operating Officer.

Saleem’s role and responsibilities include supporting the firm’s strategic growth across the Middle East, operational innovation and excellence and strategy implementation.

Originally qualifying as a chartered accountant, Saleem has extensive global banking, finance, accountancy and asset management experience. He has over 20 years of hands-on general management experience where he has taken several companies from start-up to fully functioning businesses. He possesses strong management, regulatory, analytical and client-facing skills forged by practical experience in fund management, telecom mergers and acquisitions and a Chartered Accountancy qualification from a best in class accountancy firm.

Before joining Keystone, Saleem was the former Head of Equities for First Abu Dhabi Bank and worked in London for the flagship Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund ADIA.

Waseem Khokhar said “We are delighted to welcome Saleem to Keystone and are excited to work with him to continue our growth trajectory across the region. He brings with him a wealth of experience and industry knowledge from his previous financial services and management roles. His appointment is a great addition to the management team here at Keystone.”