10th ICC MENA Conference on International Arbitration

16-17 May 2022

Dubai English & Arabic with simultaneous interpretation CLE/MCLE/CLPD/CNB credits/hours available

ICC’s annual MENA conference is taking place in person on 16-17 May 2022!

An ICC Institute Advanced Level Training on Dispute Boards will take place on 16 May 2022. More information will follow shortly.

Who should attend?

  • Practicing lawyers
  • Arbitrators, mediators
  • Corporate counsel
  • Academic
  • Professionals interested in and/or involved in international arbitration in the Middle East

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Testimonial



“It is the major event in the global arbitration calendar. This conference coincides with Dubai’s recent positive push to become a leading global arbitration centre. We are proud to support this event as the platinum sponsor.”


Ali AlAidarous

Founding and Managing Partner
ALAIDAROUS Advocates and Legal Consultants

16 May: Training
17 May: Conference

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ICC Institute Advanced Level Training on Dispute Boards

The training will take place in English and in Arabic

*All times are Gulf Standard Time

A Dispute Board (DB) is a method commonly used in complex engineering and construction projects. It involves an independent committee established by the parties to the construction contract and are, usually, in place from the commencement of the project.

Our one-day DB training is an intensive program designed to equip participants with the skills and expertise they need to enhance dispute avoidance and become familiar with the Dispute Adjudication Board (DAB) process, so that they can confidently act as a dispute board member and advise or represent their clients establishing the DB and manage ongoing operations for maximum effectiveness.

The training will start with an introductory overview of the origins of the DB process. It will include interactive exercises and business case for their use on projects centered around construction issues.

The training will also address topics such as decision writing and challenges of organizing virtual site visits and hearings.

08.30 – 09.00

Welcome coffee

09.00 – 09.15

Introduction: Learning objectives

  • David Brown, Partner, Clyde & Co, France; Emeritus Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law; FIDIC President's List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators
  • Cecilia Misu, CMSQUARE GmbH, Germany; Member, Standing Committee, ICC International Centre for ADR

09.15 – 09.45

General presentation on Dispute Boards and Q&A

-Present the key steps for third party dispute resolution

-Dispute Resolution policies and procedures before the appointment of a DB. Dispute Resolution strategies, assessment of past experiences with ADR, incorporation of DB provisions, type of DB (recommendation/ resolution; ad-hoc/permanent)

-Presenting key aspects of ICC DB Rules and the role of the ICC ADR Centre: appointing DB members, deciding on challenges of DB members, fixing the DB members’ fees, acting as depositary of the funds, and reviewing the decisions of DAB and CDB

-DAB agreement and DAB activities: Data availability, transfer and security, virtual site visits, platform (for data transfer)

  • Adrian Cole, Independent Arbitrator, Mediator and Adjudicator, United Arab Emirates
  • Alya Ladjimi, Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR, Paris
  • Aisha Nadar, Senior Consultant, Procurement Management and Dispute Resolution, Advokatfirman Runeland, Sweden

09.45 – 10.05

Dispute Avoidance

-From disagreement to dispute

-How to prevent disputes

-Practical examples

  • Cecilia Misu

10.05 – 10.20

Q&A

10.20 – 10.30

Presentation of the Mock Case on Dispute Avoidance

  • Cecilia Misu

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00

Working Groups on Dispute Avoidance

12.00 – 12.45

Plenary session: debate and simulation

12.45 – 14.05

Lunch

14.05 – 14.35

Formal Dispute Boards procedure in case of disputes

-Key steps for third party dispute resolution

-Virtual hearings, platform (for data transfer as well as for the hearings)

-Differences in cases of ad-hoc/permanent DB (f.i. claims prepared by project members vs. claims prepared by lawyers and Experts)

-Witness of fact (written statements?)

-Evidence of damages incurred

-Post hearings statements

  • Helena Chen, Senior Partner, Chen & Chang, Attorneys-at-Law, Taiwan
  • Husni Madi, Vice Chair, FIDIC Contracts Committee; CEO, Shura Construction Management

14.35 – 14.45

Q&A

14.45 – 15.05

Presentation of the Mock Case on Dispute Boards procedure

  • David Brown

15.05 – 15.35

Coffee break

15.35 – 16.35

Working Groups on Dispute Boards procedure

16.35 – 17.20

Plenary session: debate and simulation

17.20 – 17.40

Enforcement of Dispute Boards conclusions – Presentation

  • David Brown

17.40 – 17.50

Q&A

17.50 – 18.00

Concluding remarks

  • David Brown
  • Cecilia Misu

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International Arbitration in MENA: Navigating the Latest Developments

*All times are Gulf Standard Time

09.00 - 09.05

Welcome address

  • Dania Fahs, Director, MENA, International Court of Arbitration, Abu Dhabi
  • Fatima Balfaqeeh, Vice Chair, ICC UAE Arbitration & ADR Commission; Managing Director, RKAH Legal Consultancy, UAE

09.05 – 09.15

Opening remarks

  • Alexander G. Fessas, Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

09.15 - 09.45

Fireside Chat - Thinking MENA future economies: The digital transition and the emergence of new sources of capital

  • Nayla Comair Obeid, Founding Partner, Obeid& Partners, Lebanon/France/UAE; Professor of Law; Chartered Arbitrator; Member, ICC Executive Board; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Fadi Ghandour, Executive Chairman, Wamda Capital; Co-Founder, Aramex, United Arab Emirates
  • Claudia Salomon, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

09.45 – 11.15

A tour d’horizon on the latest trends in international arbitration MENA

- The law applicable to the arbitration agreement: The reignited debate and what take-aways from the Kabaji case?
- Performance bonds, at the centre of construction disputes in the aftermath of the pandemic
- Arbitrator’s duty of disclosure: The Haliburton vs Chubb case – what learnings can be drawn and anticipated for the MENA jurisdictions?
- Remedies: The treatment of non-compensatory damages in MENA seated international arbitrations (Punitive damages/liquidated damages/ declaratory relief).
  • Girgis Abd El-Shahid, Managing Partner, Shahid Law Firm, Egypt; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • David Hume, Counsel, Shearman & Sterling, United Arab Emirates
  • Nicholas Tse, Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Alem & Associates, United Arab Emirates

Chaired by:

  • Philippa Charles, Partner and Head of the International Arbitration department, Stewarts, United Kingdom

11.15 – 11.45

Networking break

11.45 – 12.45

Walking the thin line: Jurisdiction and admissibility

- A matter of jurisdiction or admissibility? Where to draw the line and practical consequences

- The intricate question of multi-tier clauses and pre-arbitral steps:

>Mandatory nature and admissibility threshold: A review of the relevant case law in the region

>The multi-tier dispute resolution process in FIDIC construction agreements: Insights from practitioners

- The arbitrator’s approach:

> For an efficient administration of the proceedings: To bifurcate or not to bifurcate?

> Staying the proceedings: an option available for the arbitrator in MENA jurisdictions?

  • Nadine Debbas Achkar, Independent Arbitrator, United Arab Emirates
  • Mark Demitry, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Abu Dhabi
  • Georges Vlavianos, Partner, DLA Piper, Qatar

Chaired by

  • Floriane Lavaud, Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton, United States

12.45 - 13.15

Q & A Session

13.15 - 14.45

Networking lunch

14.45 -15.45

Calibrating the compass: The arbitrator’s authority to revise the contract

- The legal basis and limits for the arbitrator’s power to revise the contract

- Parameters at play: The arbitration agreement and the underlying agreement / Lex arbitri / Lex causae

- Civil law vs common law approach

- Contractual adjustment mechanisms: Hardship clauses and price revision clauses in long term energy contracts

  • Degĕr Boden, Founding Partner, Boden Law, Turkey
  • Sara Koleilat-Aranjo, Partner, Al Tamimi & Co, United Arab Emirates
  • Reza Mohtashami QC, Partner, Three Crowns LLP, United Kingdom

Chaired by

  • Amal Bouchenkaki, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, United States

15.45 - 16.15

Q & A Session

16.15 - 16.45

Networking break

16.45 - 17.45

A hidden ADR gem: Slowly embracing expert determination for resolving disputes

As an alternate dispute resolution mechanism, expert determination is increasingly gaining in popularity. However, despite its fundamental advantages (speed, autonomy and finality) this tool is not being deployed in practice to its fullest potential.

This panel will discuss:

- How expertise determination can be suited to resolve a broad range of disputes whether of financial nature (related to valuation e.g in shareholders agreements) or of highly technical nature.

- In the absence of a default statutory framework, parties are invited to exercise extra care in the drafting of their contractual provisions

- The best practices required for the conduct of this procedure in the best interests of all stakeholders.

  • Fréderic Gillion, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP, Singapore
  • Victoria Orlowski, Of Counsel, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, United States; President, Standing Committee, ICC International Centre for ADR
  • Lara Hammoud, Senior Legal Counsel, ADNOC, United Arab Emirates; Arbitrator

Chaired by

  • Alya Ladjimi, Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR, Paris

17.45 - 18.15

Q & A Session

18.15 - 18.30

Closing remarks

  • Dania Fahs, Director, MENA, International Court of Arbitration, Abu Dhabi

18.30

End of Conference Reception kindly sponsored by Al-Aidarous

We thank our 10th ICC MENA Conference Programme Committee

Hassan Arab

Partner, Regional Head of Dispute Resolution, Chairman, Al Tamini & Company, International Chamber of Commerce - UAE Commission on Arbitration & ADR, United Arab Emirates

Yasemin Çetinel

Founding Partner, Çetinel Law Firm, Turkey

Joseph Chedrawe

Vice Chair, Disputes – Europe, Middle East and Africa, Covington & Burling LLP , United Arab Emirates

Dania Fahs

Director, ICC MENA Representative Office, United Arab Emirates

Samaa Haridi

Partner, Global Disputes Group, King & Spalding, United States

Nada Sader

Partner, Derains & Gharavi International, Lebanon

Conference

Girgis Abd El-Shahid

Managing Partner, Shahid Law Firm, Egypt; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Fatima Balfaqeeh

Vice Chair, ICC UAE Arbitration & ADR Commission; Managing Director, RKAH Legal Consultancy, UAE

Degĕr Boden

Founding Partner, Boden Law, Turkey

Amal Bouchenaki

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, United States

Philippa Charles

Partner and Head of the International Arbitration department, Stewarts, United Kingdom

Nayla Comair Obeid

Founding Partner, Obeid & Partners, Lebanon/France/UAE; Professor of Law; Chartered Arbitrator; Member, ICC Executive Board; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Nadine Debbas Achkar

Independent Arbitrator, United Arab Emirates

Mark Demitry

Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Abu Dhabi

Dania Fahs

Director, MENA, International Court of Arbitration, Abu Dhabi

Alexander G. Fessas

Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Fadi Ghandour

Executive Chairman, Wamda Capital, United Arab Emirates; Co-Founder, Aramex, United Arab Emirates

Frédéric Gillion

Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP, Singapore

Lara Hammoud

Senior Legal Counsel, ADNOC, United Arab Emirates; Arbitrator; Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration

David Hume

Counsel, Shearman & Sterling, United Arab Emirates

Sara Koleilat-Aranjo

Partner, Al Tamimi & Co, United Arab Emirates; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Alya Ladjimi

Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR, Paris

Floriane Lavaud

Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton, United States

Reza Mohtashami QC

Partner, Three Crowns LLP, United Kingdom

Victoria Orlowski

Of Counsel, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, United States; President, Standing Committee, ICC International Centre for ADR

Claudia Salomon

President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Nicholas Tse

Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Alem & Associates, UAE

Georges Vlavianos

Partner, DLA Piper, Qatar

Training

David Brown Partner, Clyde & Co, France; Emeritus Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law; FIDIC President's List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators
Helena Chen Senior Partner, Chen & Chang, Attorneys-at-Law, Taiwan, Republic of China
Adrian Cole Independent Arbitrator, Mediator and Adjudicator, United Arab Emirates
Alya Ladjimi Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR, Paris
Husni Madi Vice Chair, FIDIC Contracts Committee, Jordan; Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Shura Construction Management
Cecilia Misu CMSQUARE GmbH, Germany; Member, Standing Committee, ICC International Centre for ADR
Aisha Nadar Senior Consultant, Advokatfirman Runeland AB, Sweden; Member, Standing Committee, ICC International Centre for ADR
Date and venue

Date of the training: 16 May 2022

Date of the conference: 16-17 May 2022

Venue: Park Hyatt Hotel, Dubai Creek, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Registration fee

10th ICC MENA Conference: €712

ICC Institute Training: €749

Package: Training and Conference: €1217

*5% VAT will be applied

**ICC members receive a 20% reduction on all above rates when using the NC discount codes.

Special discounts

Group rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for four.
In-house Counsel and Government representatives may attend the conference free of charge and may benefit from a 30% discount to the ICC Institute Training. Please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org for more details.
ICC Members: To benefit from the ICC Member rate please contact your National Committee to get the discount code.

Travel and accommodation

Travel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. ICC UAE has however secured a room block at the Park Hyatt Hotel with preferential rates. A link will be sent upon registration allowing participants to make their reservations directly.

ICC Sanitary Protocol for 10th MENA conference

The safety and wellbeing of participants in ICC events is a fundamental concern of the organisation. Registration and participation in an in-person ICC event requires that you adhere to health and safety measures implemented by the organisers and that you agree to comply with those measures at all times. Those measures may vary depending on local health and safety considerations including government regulations and guidelines, and rules governing the venue.

Participants at ICC events accept the risk of change of health and safety obligations and its impact on measures implemented by organisers which may include: showing a valid health pass, social distancing, use of tracing devices, wearing masks, temperature measurement, use of hydro-alcoholic gel, limiting number of participants and restricting their physical gathering, holding the meeting virtually, limiting catering services.

By registering and attending the 10th ICC MENA conference you will be required to wear a mask in the indoor areas of the hotel to follow the local regulations.

Make sure to take note of the travel restrictions in place: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advisory | Dubai Tourism

Working language

English & Arabic with simultaneous interpretation

Cancellation policy

50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 15 April 2022. Cancellations after this date are not refundable.

Please be informed that any form of cancellation will incur a cancellation fee of 3.10% of the registration fee which must be covered by the participant.

Subject to agreement from ICC Global Events prior to the event, the registration may be transferred to another person from the same company or organization at no extra charge. Updated registration information will be required.

Please note that ICC reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.

Credits and hours

Ahead of this event, applications have been sent for:

CLE credit under New York’s approved jurisdiction procedures.

CLPD points from the State Bar of Dubai.

CNB approval from the French Bar.

Further, ICC Global Events is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

Please note that ICC Global Events cannot guarantee that these applications will be accepted. Applications are often approved or rejected at very short notice before the event.

If you have any questions please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org.

Disclaimer The photos and audiovisual recordings taken at this meeting/event may be used and published by ICC, its subsidiaries or affiliates, for information or promotional purposes in printed materials or online including on ICC websites and social media. Participation in the meeting/event implies agreement to such use of photos or audiovisual recordings in which the participant may appear unless ICC receives written notification to the contrary.

Sponsoring this event is an excellent opportunity for your firm to connect with the ICC network and to raise brand awareness in the MENA region.

Tailor-made packages are available to suit your firm’s needs. For more information contact sponsorship@iccwbo.org.

SPONSOR BENEFITS

PLATINUM 

€20,000 HT

GOLD 

€15,000 HT 

SILVER 

€10,000 HT 

BRONZE 

€7,000 HT 

BRANDING 

€4,000 HT

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Private meeting room reserved for 1 hour (as available) x x . . .
Sponsor a lunch
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Company video to be played during session breaks** x x x . .
Opportunity to provide lanyards OR notebooks & pens OR delegate bags OR mobile charging stations* 
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