Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) has won the Hawkamah Bank Corporate Governance Award 2012. The Award was presented by Dr. Nasser Saidi, Executive Director of Hawkamah, at the Banker Middle East Industry Awards on 12th June 2012 held at the Emirates Towers in Dubai.

The award, presented on behalf of the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance, aims to recognise, support and encourage superior governance practices in the banking sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The award was open to all Arab Banks in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia and showcases banks that excel in corporate governance practices, and have moved beyond the legal and regulatory requirements imposed by their respective jurisdictions.

The award process consisted of an initial questionnaire application process which assessed corporate governance practices against five focus areas; commitment to good corporate governance, structure and functioning of the board of directors, control environment and processes, disclosure and transparency and shareholders rights.

The judging panel, which consisted of independent international corporate governance experts, then conducted an initial review of all questionnaire applications creating a short-list of the top ten regional banks. Senior management from the ten shortlisted banks were invited to attend one-to-one interviews with the judging panel and from these interviews the winner was selected.

Simon Copleston, General Counsel & Board Secretary at ADCB receiving the award

Simon Copleston, General Counsel & Board Secretary at ADCB, commented: “Receiving the Hawkamah Bank Corporate Governance Award 2012 is an honor for ADCB and we are delighted to have been again as a regional leader in governance. Whilst we are proud to establish, as well as challenge, the benchmark for standards in our industry, we are also committed to working with our clients, peers and partners to improve governance standards generally across the region. Whilst good governance processes are important, it is not possible to achieve high levels of governance without leadership and commitment from the Chairman, the Chief Executive, the Board, and the senior management, all of whom made this award possible.”

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Michael Byrne

Before joining SME Advisor as an Assistant Editor in 2010 I obtained a Bachelors Civil Law Degree (Hons) from the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, in 2005. I worked as a trainee lawyer in Dublin, Ireland, specialising in defence litigation and criminal law before obtaining a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Cardiff in 2009. At present I am the Editor of SME Advisor Middle East, which is a publication within the CPI Business Group. You can follow me on twitter: @mikey_byrne or @SMEadvisorME. Also, you can join me on Linkedin (Mike Byrne) or at (SME Advisor).