It’s 10pm local time in Abu Dhabi. I’m at this moment, still exchanging emails with my boss, the Group General Counsel. It has been about 17 hours since I started the day working on this contract we’re chasing here. I don’t recall any other time I’ve pushed harder than when I worked on the Maxis refinancing and listing deal in Malaysia, back in circa 2002/2003. I could not have imagined working like this again, nearly a couple of decades hence.

Whatever the outcome, this has been an experience to savour.