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Date: Tue 30 Apr 2024 Time: 8.15am - 2.45pm Venue: Riyadh Marriott Hotel King Saud Road, Al Wazarat District, الرياض, الرياض 11464

The Legal 500 is proud to announce the inaugural GC Summit Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on April 30th. The luxurious Riyadh Marriott Hotel on King Saud Road will host this pivotal legal gathering, tailored exclusively for esteemed in-house professionals.
Sponsored by leading firms from Saudi Arabia and the broader region, this event is set to shine as a beacon of legal excellence. Dive into a wealth of practical insights from distinguished speakers at the GC Summit Saudi Arabia 2024, designed to address the unique needs of GCs and senior in-house counsel.
Don’t miss the chance to be part of this essential conference.


8.15am – 9.00am Registration and breakfast

9.00am – 9.15am Opening Remarks

9.15am – 10.00am Unlocking Opportunities: Navigating Foreign Investment and Establishing Companies in Saudi Arabia

This panel will focus on the dynamic landscape of foreign investment in Saudi Arabia, delving into setting up companies and Regional Headquarters (RHQ). We will explore:

  • Foreign Investment: The strategic framework for economic diversification in Saudi Arabia and its implications for foreign investors.
  • Legal and Regulatory Landscape: The essential laws and regulations that govern foreign investment and the establishment of business entities,
  • Setting Up Regional Headquarters (RHQ): The benefits, criteria, and procedural steps for foreign investors aiming to establish an RHQ in Saudi Arabia.
  • Navigating Business Practices: A look at the local business culture, and operational nuances crucial for foreign investors to understand

10.00am – 10.25am Fireside Chat

10.25am – 10.40am Coffee Break

10.40am – 11.25am Harmony Amidst Complexity: Innovations in Dispute Resolution for Saudi Arabia’s Future

Join us for a dynamic panel session on the future of dispute resolution and project management, featuring insights from Monckton Chambers. Explore the evolving landscape of dispute resolution as projects progress towards completion, both locally and across borders. Gain invaluable perspectives on how mega-projects will operate in Saudi Arabia post Vision 2030, and the implications for dispute resolution.

Discover the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as Saudi Arabia undergoes transformative changes in its business environment. Learn how business relationships will evolve and the pivotal role that in-house counsel will play in shaping the future of dispute resolution. From introversion to extroversion, delve into the shifting dynamics of dispute resolution and the crucial role of in-house counsel in propelling Saudi Arabia’s business vision forward.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain actionable insights and strategies for navigating the future of dispute resolution in the evolving landscape of project management, both locally and globally. Join us and be part of the conversation shaping the future of business in Saudi Arabia.

  • Ewan West (Moderator), KC, Monckton Chambers
  • Greg Pipe, barrister, Monckton Chambers
  • Drew Holiner, barrister, Monckton chambers
  • Emad Salameh, partner & head of Riyadh Office, Al Tamimi & Company

11.25am – 12.10pm The Pivotal Role of General Counsel in Crisis Management

Join us for a dynamic panel discussion delving into the pivotal role of General Counsel (GC) in crisis management. Today’s GCs are more than just legal advisors; they’re strategic navigators, ethical compasses, and crisis quarterbacks, steering organizations through turbulent waters with finesse.
In this session, we’ll explore the multifaceted responsibilities of GCs in crisis situations, from strategic counsel and risk mitigation to crisis coordination and stakeholder communication. Moreover, we’ll dissect how GCs are adapting to technological innovations, legal dynamics, and changing societal norms, shaping the future landscape of corporate governance and ethics.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from seasoned experts and discover the indispensable value of GCs in safeguarding organizational integrity amidst uncertainty.

  • Martin Creek, partner, Z&Co
  • Sarah Gonem, partner, Z&Co

12.10pm – 12.25pm Coffee Break

12.25pm – 12.50pm Fireside Chat

12.50pm – 1.35pm Panel 4

1.35pm – 1.45pm Closing Remarks

1.45pm – 2.45pm Lunch and Networking 


Ewan West, KC, Monckton chambers

Ewan West has a high-profile practice spanning all kinds of commercial disputes, with particular expertise and experience in the field of Government contracting, acting for both private companies and public bodies. Prior to coming to the English Bar he was a senior civil servant in the UK Department for Transport. As well as dealing with the full run of matters relating to contractual formation and performance, his practice also covers the areas of public procurement, competition, state subsidy and trade disputes, including under the new post-Brexit regime. He also acts for and against regulatory bodies, including regulators in the utilities sector, as well as providing a full range of related advisory services. He holds an MBA from Cranfield University and is CEDR-accredited mediator.

Greg Pipe, barrister, Monckton chambers

Gregory Pipe is a very experienced commercial barrister. He has successfully litigated a full spectrum of technology disputes in the civil and military fields including international telecomms, power generation stations, oil refineries, chemical manufacturing, formula 1 motor racing technology, computer systems, steel structures, dams, aircraft and submarines. He has extensive experience in large joint ventures and developments. He has a particular interest in share sales and high value asset sales which have included football clubs, hotels and blue-chip items including the most valuable (at the time) car in the world and the ownership of Bluebird K&, the world-famous record-breaking water speed record breaking boat. His practice covers frauds, contract disputes, company disputes and director and shareholder disputes claims in these areas and generally.

Drew Holiner, barrister, Monckton chambers

Drew specialises in commercial dispute resolution and is admitted to practise in Russia, the UK (England and the Territory of the Virgin Islands), the DIFC (Dubai) the United States (California) and Ireland.

Drew is regularly instructed to act as counsel or arbitrator in commercial disputes, and in particular those involving application of the laws of Russia and other associate or member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (‘CIS States’) or which otherwise have a close connection to those countries. He has experience in arbitrations conducted under HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICAC (Russia) rules.

Drew has over 20 years of specialist experience acting or advising in matters applying the laws of Russia and other CIS States. He regularly acts as an expert advisor or witness in legal proceedings on matters of Russia law and the laws of other CIS States, including most recently in respect of the laws of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Ukraine. Drew is fully fluent in both English and Russian and is equally comfortable working in either language.

Martin Creek, partner, Z&Co

Martin is Head of Z&Co’s transactions practice and has been based with the firm in Riyadh since 2013. His experience prior to joining Z&Co. includes working in the corporate department at Slaughter and May in London. Martin has considerable experience of advising clients on a wide range of matters including M&A, joint ventures, foreign investments, projects, bank financings and capital markets.

Martin received his law degree from the University of Oxford, BA in Jurisprudence and is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales.

Emad Salameh, partner & head of Riyadh Office, Al Tamimi & Company

Sarah Gonem, partner, Z&Co

Sarah Gonem is a Partner at Z&Co., with her core practice in commercial dispute-resolution. She leads the team in managing complex disputes in a range of adjudication settings, including the Commercial and General Courts, arbitration, and Judicial Committees for tax, securities and banking disputes.

Sarah is currently ranked as a Leading Individual by the Legal500, and has been ranked in her individual capacity since the 2020 edition, which reported that Sarah is “excellent” and “has a particular talent for facilitating progress in cross-border cases”.

She has also been ranked in Chambers Global since 2021, which stated “Sarah Gonem has an increasingly substantial presence in the market and is noted by commentators for being “good at combining Western and Arabic legal expertise in a very effective manner.” She is well placed to advise on significant claims for both multinational companies and major Saudi players. Clients also comment that she provides “very strong and detailed advice.”

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