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Setting the scene: The role of GCs in identifying disputes risks (and how to avoid them)

Some of the region’s leading GCs give their thoughts on how to spot, manage and communicate disputes risks with a range of stakeholders, from transactional colleagues to members of the c-suite.

Musical chairs: How to choose the perfect seat

The growing popularity of arbitration in the Middle East has seen a slew of new rules, laws and centres across the region. In this panel we survey the sometimes baffling range of options and ask what the key considerations are for GCs and counsel when it comes to choosing a seat.

Not paying the piper (but still calling the tune) – K&L Gates

Encouraged by arbitration centres and increasingly demanded by users, third-party funding (TPF) is on the rise. We look at TPF in the region and ask how GCs and counsel can use TPF to reduce the financial risk of disputes, manage balance sheets and generate revenue.

Cost effective arbitration

Faced with spiralling disputes costs, the search is on for quicker, cheaper and more efficient ways to resolve disputes. This panel will share practical tips from some of the region’s leading disputes counsel on how costs can be brought under control.

Without prejudice: Confidentiality and privilege in the GCC

At a time when the benefits of international arbitration have seemed to be dwindling, confidentiality and privilege have stood out as lasting advantages offered to users. Our panel explores the status of its shining virtues in Middle East-seated cases and asks what end-users would like to see change.

Arbitrating shareholder disputes

In this panel we look at the obstacles and traps to avoid when managing shareholder disputes in the Middle East – from formulating strategy to triggering formal proceedings, we map the ideal route to a satisfactory outcome.