Ms. Hamza Bassey is Group General Counsel at Atlas Mara, a position she took up after almost two decades representing a host of multi-national corporate entities in compliance and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining Atlas Mara, she was partner in the New York office of Wall Street firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed where she was chair of firm’s Africa Practice Group and member of its Executive Committee. She represented the Trustee of liquidation of Lehman Brothers Inc., the largest broker-dealer liquidation in the United States where she led to the recovery and return of billions of dollars to Lehman Brothers customers. She garnered many awards for her work from African, US and international media, has been profiled by Forbes Africa and CNN’s African Voices, as a top African Lawyer. She obtained her law degrees from the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria and Havard Law School in the United States.