Haroon Cheema

Executive In Residence - New York, NY

Haroon Cheema

Executive In Residence - New York, NY

(718) 690-3567

Haroon is a seasoned executive, international business expert, and U.S. lawyer with nearly two decades of experience, most recently with the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC), a sovereign wealth fund in the United Arab Emirates. Throughout his career, Haroon has used his deep understanding of law, finance, and the international business environment to improve returns and reduce risk for the companies he has represented.

When he joined ADIC, Haroon transformed the function he headed from a simple manager of compliance obligations to a value-adding business partner that improved ADIC's investment strategies and returns. Haroon initiated internal oversight of certain pre-investment due diligence for all investing departments, working closely with them on creating efficient operating structures and accurate financial models, meeting with representatives from potential targets, and reviewing investment contracts. He then worked with the
investing departments to monitor their investments? performance and compliance, and to shape exit strategies.

Also at ADIC, Haroon proposed and executed a subsidiary reorganization and intercompany transfers of investments, leading a team of legal and finance professionals, both colleagues and external advisors. These projects generated value sufficient to materially improve the ADIC's overall profitability. In addition, he represented the ADIC in discussions with government agencies on policy and reform.

Before joining ADIC, Haroon was a lawyer with Merck & Co., Inc., where he oversaw certain structural and operational planning, audit, and compliance matters in a number of emerging markets. He also led a team charged with updating policies, contracts, and systems to comply with new regulations governing intercompany transactions.

Earlier in his career, Haroon was a lawyer for Halliburton Company in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, responsible for a variety of legal and financial matters in many countries in Central Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East. Haroon began his career with PwC, advising clients on reorganizations, acquisitions, and
establishing holding companies.

Haroon has a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy, cum laude, from Williams College. He is admitted to the Bars of the States of New York and New Jersey, and to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

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