Tuesday 5 February 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE


Global Arbitration Review are delighted to host this one-day event on Tuesday, 5 February 2019

E-mail Tel: +44 20 3780 4137

2018 Programme

9.00Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Lara Hammoud, Arbitrator, Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Alec Emmerson, Independent Arbitrator

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

Erin Miller Rankin, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Sana Belaid, Senior Counsel, Cisco
Adrian Cole, King & Spalding
Amani Khalifa, Khalifa Associates
Heather Nevin, Clyde & Co

11.00: Coffee break

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

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

Alec Emmerson, Independent Arbitrator

Guillaume Borg, Director, Legal Affairs, Middle East & North Africa, SNC-Lavalin
Jennifer Paterson, K&L Gates
Mahmoud Hussain, MHLF
Živa Filipič, Managing Counsel, ICC Court

12.15: Session three: A mock arbitration – the do's 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.

Karim Nassif, LPA-CGR

Nabeel Ikram, Hogan Lovells
Sheila Shadmand, Jones Day
Alain Farhad, Squire Patton Boggs
Michael Saulsbury, Secretariat International

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.

Graham Lovett, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Lara Hammoud, Arbitrator, Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Justice Zalfa El Hassan, Lebanese Courts
Justice William Stone SBS QC, ADGM Courts
Justice Lai Siu Chiu, Supreme Court of Singapore

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?

Alex Bevan, Shearman & Sterling (lead inquisitor)
Heba Osman, Legal Director, Middle East, Otis
Michael Black QC, XXIV Old Buildings

Bob Broxson, BDO
Dyfan Owen, Ashurst
Nadine Debbas Achkar, Attorney and Arbitrator
Michael Cover, ArbDB Chambers

17.15: Chairs' closing remarks

Lara Hammoud, Arbitrator, Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Alec Emmerson, Independent Arbitrator

17.30 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Further information

For further information or sponsorship opportunities, please call +44 203 780 4137 or email events@globalarbitrationreview.com


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