Riding the Fintech wave: An interview with Atik Ahmed, Head of Legal at TradeIX

Riding the Fintech wave: An interview with Atik Ahmed, Head of Legal at TradeIX

Sophie Gould, In-house network relationship manager at LexisNexis spoke to current Advisory Board Member of the LexisNexis and Radius Law Flying Solo Forum, Atik Ahmed about the challenges and opportunities of working in the Fintech sector and what he values most about being a Board Member on this unique peer forum for sole counsel and those working in small in-house legal departments.

 Hi Atik, Tell us a bit about yourself?

I'm the Head of Legal at TradeIX.

We operate one of the world’s first blockchain-enabled trade finance platforms. The best way to describe our organisation is as a ‘Network of Networks’ for global trade finance. It aims to provide a connected and secure platform infrastructure for banks, asset managers, B2B networks and value-added service providers.

 I’m responsible for the day-to-day management of the TradeIX Legal Team. In my role, I also oversee the delivery of all legal services to the company, development of legal strategy, legal budgets, driving legal operational improvements and the focused delivery of high-value, strategic, complex contracts for the business.

 Alongside a real passion for working in-house, I’m a Council Member for the London Football Association (LFA), a School Governor for Harris Academy Morden & Merton, I also enjoy CrossFit and spending quality time with my 1-year old daughter.

 What are the biggest opportunities in your role?

The growth of TradeIX, and more widely the FinTech sector itself.

 When I first joined TradeIX, it had just been through a seed round funding, and I was the 11th person in the company. We're now 100+ people globally across four different office locations, with a product

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About the author:

Louisa leads marketing for the in-house legal community at LexisNexis. She joined the dedicated in-house team at LexisNexis four years ago and has a passion for driving and facilitating initiatives which are customer-focused at their heart. Her vision is to support in-house counsel succeed in their fast-evolving role based on deep insight, data analysis and best practice gathered across the in-house community.

Prior to her in-house focused role, Louisa led the marketing for the bar and mid-market private practice sectors as well as product marketing lead for LexisPSL - LexisNexis' cloud based, practical guidance and legal research software solution.

She brings 20 years' marketing experience both client and agency side, specialising in B2B marketing in the Legal, TMT (Telco, Media and Technology) and Financial Services industries. In both South Africa, Europe and the UK.

Louisa is also an active member on the LexisNexis Gender Equality Matters (GEM) steering committee and is involved with the Families at LexisNexis Group which brings together, supports and lobbies for change those with an interest in balancing the challenges of work and family.