Ex-Primus counsel takes up ADB legal role

Primus Telecommunications’ former European general counsel Ashraf Mohammed has resurfaced at the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Mohammed, who left Primus last December after being made redundant (The Lawyer, 15 December 2004) is joining ADB’s 25-strong legal function as a counsel. He will be starting his new role, based in the Philippines, on Wednesday 1 December.

In his new job Mohammed will be primarily responsible for government borrowings in the South Asia region. He will also be assisting ADB in its plans to restructure internally as the bank continues to bolster its in-house legal function. Mohammed will report to the bank’s general counsel Arthur Mitchell.

The ADB, which lent over $5bn (£2.66bn) to Asian governments in 2003, has relationships with a number of law firms, including Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance.

Mohammed joined Primus four and a half years ago from Campbell Hooper. He was made redundant after the company completed a restructure, resulting in the abolition of its in-house legal function.

“Since I left Primus I’ve been actively looking for senior in-house positions in the UK but found the market still very disappointing,” commented Mohammed.