UAE-based legal start-up, Oryx Consultants (‘Oryx’), is making waves in the legal industry with its alternative approach to accessing legal advice and services. Having facilitated transactions worth over USD1.25 billion in the first half of 2023, Oryx has recorded impressive year-on-year growth and served more than 40 clients since July 2022. In response to this remarkable success, the firm has strategically expanded its team, welcoming two senior consultants, Lulwa Mutawi and Gregory Nicolas, to augment its unique service model and cater to its growing and diverse clientele base across multiple geographies.
Lulwa Mutawi brings a wealth of corporate and commercial experience to Oryx, with a background in leading high-level commercial negotiations and providing strategic advice to executive management and boards. Her expertise has been honed through her roles as Founder and Managing Director at Smarter Legal Services, General Counsel at Gulf Coca-Cola Beverages (GCCB), Associate General Counsel at Kimberly-Clark, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Musanada as well as Legal Counsel at PepsiCo, covering the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia.
Gregory Nicolas, renowned for his extensive legal and governance expertise in the Luxembourg banking and asset management sector, further strengthens Oryx’s capabilities. His impressive track record includes positions such as Non-executive Director and Independent Advisor at Idoine Governance, Executive Director and Conducting Officer at FundRock Group, Deputy Head of Legal at Casa4Funds as well as legal counsel at Royal Bank of Scotland. With a comprehensive understanding of fund lifecycles, investment strategies, asset management, distribution, corporate governance, and regulatory issues, Nicolas will play a vital role in fortifying Oryx’s offering in the Luxembourg funds space.
Reflecting on these strategic appointments, Natalie Boyd, Co-Founder of Oryx, added, “Our decision to welcome Gregory and Lulwa to the Oryx platform is a testament to our innovative business model that seamlessly responds to market needs, as well as to the company’s accelerating growth. The traction Oryx’s model has garnered in a short time span warrants added resources, and these consultants bring additional skill sets at senior level to augment our existing capabilities. Their existing client bases can also now access a broader range of services through our platform, solidifying our unique position in the market.”
Oryx has made its mark in multiple markets, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, the US, UK, and Europe. With a focus on the financial services sector, private entities, sovereign and family offices, Oryx continues to lead in transactions across the GCC, Africa, and Eastern Europe.