Wednesday 7 February 2018, Abu Dhabi Global Market Building

E-mail Tel: +44 20 3780 4137


Lara Hammoud

Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Alec Emmerson

Clyde & Co

Alec moved initially into the shipping and insurance legal sector on joining Clyde & Co in 1977, having previously spent five years handling corporate insolvencies. Both these specialties were put to good use when he managed the Hong Kong office from 1984 onwards, handling headline cases such as the Carrian fraud and many "phantom" ship frauds.


Sana Belaid

Senior Counsel, Cisco

Michael Black QC

XXIV Old Buildings

Guillaume Borg

General Counsel, SNC Lavalin

Adrian Cole

King & Spalding

Alain Farhad

Squire Patton Boggs

Ziva Filipic

Managing Counsel, ICC Court

Mahmood Hussain

Mahmood Hussain Law Office

Graham Lovett

Gibson Dunn

Erin Miller Rankin

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Heba Osman

Legal Director, Middle East, Otis

Jennifer Paterson

K&L Gates

Sheila Shadmand

Jones Day


9.00Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Lara Hammoud, Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Alec Emmerson, Clyde & Co

9.45: Session one: Bonds and guarantees

Our distinguished panel will discuss a number of practical examples, including:

- Different types of securities and their purposes
- How to choose the best security for your transaction and considerations during the contract negotiation
- Key issues to consider when drafting clauses relating to securities
- Strategic considerations before calling the security
- Interim measures and other procedural tactics used by guarantors when securities are called
- Common disputes related to bonds and guarantees
- Use of those securities during arbitration proceedings

11:00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: GAR Live Question time – how to appoint an arbitrator

A twist on our usual Tylney Hall format. A panel of distinguished arbitrators and in-house counsel will discuss questions submitted by the audience and moderators. The session will focus on the methods used to appoint an arbitrator, with discussion of the new tools available.

12.15: Session three: A mock arbitration – the dos and don’ts of cross examination

This high speed, interactive session will see advocates and witnesses act out elements of a fictitious arbitration. The panel will address a number of issues frequently encountered in cross examination and provide a critique of the mock session.

One expert and one fact witness will be briefly cross-examined to illustrate some of the do's and don'ts, both of the witnesses and counsel.

13.00: Networking lunch

14.15: Session four: The judges’ panel

A collection of judges, from both offshore jurisdictions and GCC countries, take turns in the hot seat and will answer questions on the relationship between their court and arbitration.

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: Session five: The GAR Live Inquisition – can experts be relied upon? 

In a new format for GAR Live, this session will replicate a US senate committee hearing with a succession of witnesses being ‘grilled' by a panel of GAR Live inquisitors, who are seeking to get to the bottom of a problem.

The panel will explore the role of the expert in international arbitration. How do experts impact proceedings and can they truly be relied upon? Amongst others, topics will include:

- What is the role of experts, both pre-arbitration and during arbitration?
- How does one select an expert?
- How do experts impact the proceedings and the arbitrators’ decision?  
- What are the most effective techniques to make the most of experts?
- Are experts given too much credit? Can they really be relied upon?
- What challenges do experts face?

17.15: Chairs' closing remarks

Lara Hammoud, Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Alec Emmerson, Clyde & Co

17.30: Close of conference


Abu Dhabi Global Market Building, ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE


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