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Date: 1 May 2019

Venue: Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, (Mandarin Ballroom 1), Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai

Registration and Breakfast: 8:15am -8:45am

Time: 8:45am-6:00pm followed by networking reception


Headline sponsor

Winston & Strawn

In association with

White & CaseK&L Gates Charles Russell Speechlys
Atkins Chambers4 Stone BuildingsKing & Wood Mallesons



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)

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.

The evolving jurisdiction of the DIFC Courts - Contempt of Court, Addition of Parties and Judicial Review

This panel will consider litigation in the DIFC courts, beyond the court’s supervision of arbitration. Emphasising practical examples and drawing on the experiences of GCs and counsel, the session will provide a “how to” guide for those approaching litigation in Dubai.


Speakers include

  • Dr. Raed Al-Saadouni, Airbus Group (Saudi Arabia)
  • Dalia Al Sayeh, Honeywell (UAE)
  • James Anderson, DAMAC Properties (UAE)
  • Narguiz Birk-Petersen, Shire (UAE)
  • Hassan Bouadar, FedEx and TNT Express (UAE)
  • Ben Bruton, Winston & Strawn (UAE)
  • Andrew Clutterbuck QC, 4 Stone Buildings (UK)
  • Steve D’Amore, Winston & Strawn (USA)
  • Sai Dandekar, Shapoorji Pallonji International (UAE)
  • Steffen Feike, Bombardier (UAE)
  • Patrick Gearon, Charles Russell Speechlys (Bahrain)
  • Helen Graham, Dutco (UAE)
  • Thomas Högfors, ABB (UAE)
  • James Howells QC, Atkin Chambers (UK)
  • Mark Hultum, Deutsche Bank (UAE)
  • Keith Hutton, Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Saudi Arabia)
  • Ahmad Zaky Ismail, SASREF (Saudi Arabia)
  • Yasser Abo Ismail, Schindler (UAE)
  • Shaun Johnson, Acwa Holding (Saudi Arabia)
  • Jeffrey Kessler, Winston & Strawn (USA)
  • Elnitaifa Ahmed Kurmino, Advanced Petrochemical Company (Saudi Arabia)
  • Santiago Lucero, Alghanim Industries (Kuwait)
  • Dr. Zaid Mahayni, SEDCO Holding (Saudi Arabia)
  • Tarek Nakkach, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (UAE)
  • Mohammed Noaman, GE Power & Water (Saudi Arabia)
  • Amna Al Owais, DIFC Courts (UAE)
  • Gregor Pannike, Easa Saleh Al-Gurg (ESAG) Group (UAE)
  • Jennifer Paterson, K&L Gates (UAE)
  • Sandra Redding, Dragon Oil (UAE)
  • Andrew Rose, 4 Stone Buildings (UK)
  • Nick Sharratt, Winston & Strawn (UAE)
  • Jonathan Sutcliffe, K&L Gates (UAE)
  • Tim Taylor QC, King & Wood Mallesons (UAE)
  • Iryna Telychko, Etihad Rail DB (UAE)
  • Michael Turrini, White & Case (UAE)
  • Marthinus Vermeulen, OiLSERV (UAE)
  • Chris Wilcock, Samsung C&T Corporation (UAE)
  • Sean Yates, China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East (CSCEC ME) (UAE)