Former Nomura general counsel lands at The Varkey Group

Nomura International’s former European general counsel has resurfaced at Dubai-based private education company The Varkey Group.

David Mee, who left the Japanese investment bank in early 2003, will join the company as group general counsel in July.

Mee quit Nomura after ten years following a shake-up of the bank’s legal department, resulting in the transactional legal department reporting directly to the head of risk management David Benson.

Mee was eventually replaced at Nomura, after a year-long search, by Linklaters’ former head of America’s Terence Kyle.

The Varkey Group, which trades as Global Education Management Systems (GEMS) in the UK, is owned by Middle Eastern entrepreneur Sunny Varkey. The company is attempting to establish a global network of affordable fee-paying schools, which will be run in partnership with the local state sector.

The company has a small legal department based in Dubai, which farms out work to Allen & Overy. In the UK, GEMS outsources work to Hammonds.