Nasdaq Dubai names next general counsel

Nasdaq Dubai has appointed Angela Russo to the role of general counsel and acting head of market regulation.


Russo, who joined Nasdaq Dubai earlier this year, will focus on enhancing the exchange’s regulatory framework and activities in line with international standards as it prepares for further regional equity listings and an expanding range of products.

The Australian-trained commercial and corporate lawyer previously worked at investment group Legatum, where she had served as senior vice president – legal and also as a director at its head office in Dubai since 2007.

Russo also worked at Australian firm Freehills from 2001 to 2006, advising Australian companies on corporate, regulatory and contentious matters. From 2006 to 2007 she worked as an associate at Dubai-based firm Afridi & Angell, where she advised on corporate, regulatory and transactional issues.

Commenting on her new appointment, Russo said in a statement: “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to lead the legal and regulatory functions at Nasdaq Dubai during a key period in its development. The exchange is committed to providing the ideal framework for both issuers and investors to benefit from capital markets growth.”

Nasdaq Dubai chief executive Jeff Singer added: “Angela’s skills will enable her to play a critical role in our development as the international exchange serving the region. Her corporate and regulatory experience, together with her understanding of the Middle East business environment, will underpin our innovation and expansion.”