Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date: 16 - 17 Feb 2020
Event Type: Conference
Language: English


    This annual conference is a “must attend” for arbitration professionals who want to keep up to date on the latest arbitration developments in the MENA region.

    Taking place on 17 February 2020, this conference will offer a line-up of top-class speakers, topical discussions and relevant news, but also an excellent opportunity to network.

    The ICC Institute Advanced Level Training “Catch me if (and while) you can: How to navigate interim measures in International Arbitration Amicable Settlement of disputes” will take place on 16 February 2020.

    Who should attend?

    • Practising lawyers
    • Corporate counsel
    • Arbitrators
    • Mediators
    • Judges
    • Business professionals and academics coming from or doing business in the MENA region

    Conference Programme

    Training - Sunday 16 February 2020

    ICC Institute Advanced Level Training “Catch me if (and while) you can: How to Navigate Interim Measures in International Arbitration”

    08.30 – 09.00 Welcome coffee 
    09.00 – 09.15

    Welcoming address, presentation of the ICC Institute, introduction and presentation of the mock cases

    • Carmen Nunez-Lagos, Founding Partner & International Arbitrator, Nunez-Lagos Arbitration, France
    • Roland Ziadé, Partner, Linklaters, France
    09.15 – 10.00

    Strategic considerations and procedures: When, how and to whom to request interim measures?

    -Concept: must be temporary
    -Powers of the ICC arbitral tribunals
    -Role of the lex arbitri
    -When can/should request for interim measures be made?
    -To whom can/should interim measures be requested: emergency arbitrator, arbitral tribunal, national courts (concurrent jurisdiction)
    -ICC procedure and statistics: Art. 28 ICC Rules
    -Specific measures: security for costs, escrow accounts, stop payment orders relating to first demand back guarantees, and counter-guarantees
    • Sara Koleilat-Aranjo, Senior Associate, Al Tamimi & Company, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    • Asli Yilmaz, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
    10.00 – 10.45 Mock Case 
    10.45– 11.00 Coffee break 
    11.00– 11.45

    Practical considerations: The counsel’s perspective

    -Burden of proof
    -Types of measures that can be requested: a very broad range, but with limitations
    -Ex-parte requests
    -Discovery requests before national courts in aid of international arbitration (e.g., 28 USC 1782 requests)
    -Most common defenses against requests for interim measures

    • Luka Kristovic Blazevic, Partner, White & Case LLP, Saudi Arabia
    • Roland Ziadé
    11.45 – 12.30 Mock Case 
    12.30 – 14.00 Lunch 
    14.00 – 14.45

    Practical considerations: The arbitrator’s perspective

    -Asymmetric information with the parties (especially at the outset of the case)
    -Urgency and due process (can an arbitrator award ex parte measures?)
    -Risks: prejudgment, awarding or denying measures may have a permanent effect or (e.g., where one of the parties risks liquidation, where assets may disappear, etc.)
    -Can/should arbitrators take a more active role (e.g., escrow accounts managed by tribunals; order counter-security)

    • Richard Harding QC, Barrister and Arbitrator, Keating Chambers, United Kingdom
    • Carmen Nunez Lagos
    14.45 – 15.30 Q&A 
    15.30 – 15.45 Coffee break 
    15.45 – 16.30

    Compliance, enforcement and other issues arising after interim measures are ordered/awarded

    -“Order” v. “Award” of interim measures
    -Enforcement considerations: what can the parties do?
    -What can arbitrators do faced with a party’s refusal to comply with interim measures?
    -Relevance of civil v. common law jurisdictions

    • Akram Abu El-Huda (MCIArb), General Counsel & Director of Compliance, CICON, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    16.30 – 17.15 Q&A 
    17.15 – 17.30

    Concluding remarks

    • Carmen Nunez-Lagos, Founding Partner & International Arbitrator, Nunez-Lagos Arbitration, France
    • Roland Ziadé, Partner, Linklaters, France

    Conference - Monday 17 February 2020

    8th ICC MENA Conference on International Arbitration




    Welcome address

    • Hassan Arab, Partner, Dispute Resolution, Al Tamimi & Co, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Member of the Steering Committee, President of the ICC UAE Arbitration Commission

    09:10 – 09:25

    Keynote address

    • Alexis Mourre, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

    09:25 – 09:50

    Opening keynote speech: The quest for cosmopolitan arbitration in the MENA region: Where do we stand now?

    • Karim A. Youssef, J.S.D., Managing Partner, Head of International Arbitration & International Law, Youssef & Partners, Cairo, Egypt

    09:50  10:50

    Recent developments and best practices in construction arbitration in the MENA

    Recent political and resulting economic challenges in the region have increased the volatility of the construction sector. Consequently, the number and complexity of disputes in this sector is increasing and is further compounded by significant cases of restructuring and bankruptcy. On this first panel, eminent speakers will address topical issues resulting from the evolution and the growing sophistication of the construction dispute resolution sector in the region, including:

    -Claims management – users’ and arbitrators’ perspectives on best practices on termination, works suspension and taking over certificates

    -Conditions Precedent under FIDIC: How sacred are they in the Middle East?

    -The insurance angle: Design exclusions, LEG exclusions and issues of limitation etc.

    -Performance bonds in construction contracts (conditional or an unconditional “on - demand” bond)

    -The role of third-party funding in the Middle East

    • Richard Harding QC, Barrister and arbitrator, Keating Chambers, United Kingdom
    • Yasemin Cetinel, Founding Partner, Cetinel Law Firm, Turkey
    • Nada Sader, Partner, Derains & Gharavi International, Lebanon

    Chaired by:

    • Živa Filipič, Managing Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

    10:50  11:15


    11:15 – 11:35

    Coffee Break

    11:35 12:35

    A civil/common law judicial roundtable on the review and enforcement of arbitral awards

    This roundtable will feature eminent judges form various MENA jurisdictions (Dubai Courts, DIFC Courts, Lebanon and Egypt) who will share with the audience insightful updates around the major recent developments in international arbitration in their respective jurisdictions. During this round table the following topical issues will be covered:  

    -Res judicata

    -Awarding interest awards

    -Enforcement of interim measures

    -Annulment and enforcement of awards

    -The case law of Dubai-DIFC Joint Judicial Tribunal

    • Shamlan Al Sawalehi, Court of Appeal Judge, DIFC Courts, United Arab Emirates
    • Zalfa El Hassan, Judge, Lebanon 
    • Nabil Omran, Deputy Chief Justice, Court of Cassation, Egypt

    Chaired by:

    • Georges Affaki, Partner, Avocat à la Cour, AFFAKI, France; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

    12:35 13:00


    13:00 – 14:30



    Arbitrating M&A disputes in the MENA

    This first afternoon panel will discuss the efficiency of the existing approaches in addressing the substantive and procedural issues frequently encountered in MENA seated arbitrations, and possible new solutions. It will explore different areas of M&A disputes including:

    -Post-closing and purchase price adjustment disputes: expert determination vs arbitration, interim measures/parallel proceedings; locked-box mechanism, net asset price adjustment vs earn-out price adjustment as an earnings based price adjustment mechanism;

    -Indemnity disputes : Time bar and other recurring questions in indemnity claims

    -Breach of warranty: The lack of standardized set of representations and warranties

    • Demet Kaşarcıoğlu, Senior Associate, Esin Attorney Partnership, Turkey
    • Marwan Sakr, Member of the Beirut and Paris Bars, admitted before the DIFC Courts, Chartered Arbitrator; Partner, SAAS Lawyers, Lebanon
    • George Traub, Managing Partner, Lumina Capital Advisers, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    • Omar Zizi, Lawyer, Member of the Paris Bar, Allen & Overy, Morocco

                 Chaired by:

    • Dany Khayat, Partner, Head of Litigation and International Arbitration, Mayer Brown, France

    15:15 15:45


    15:45 – 16:15

    Coffee Break

    16:15 – 17:00

    A different way of resolving complex disputes in MENA: the use of ADR mechanisms

    In this closing session, a distinguished panel of arbitrators, mediators, dispute board members, users of ADR services, as well as a representative of the ICC International Centre for ADR will share their experience and insights on the use of ADR in resolving complex commercial and infrastructure disputes in the MENA region, around the following topics: 

    -The importance of multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses:

    • How to draft efficient multi-tiered clauses and avoid having pathological clauses
    • Non-complying with pre-arbitral steps: how does the ICC Court and arbitrators deal with objections?

    -Mediation and Conciliation help the parties settling or better understanding complex disputes:

    • Multi-contract and multiparty cases: dealing with the complexity of the relations between the parties

    -Expertise and Dispute Boards are useful tools for preventing and resolving construction disputes:

    • The preventive and decision-making role of standing Dispute Boards in construction projects
    • The use of Experts in construction projects
    • Pierrick Le Goff, Partner, De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, France; Affiliate Professor, Sciences Po Law School, Paris
    • Diana Paraguacuto-Mahéo, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP, France
    • Lindy Patterson QC, Arbitrator and Adjudicator, 39 Essex Chambers, United Kingdom

    Chaired by:

    Alya Ladjimi, Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR, Paris

    17:00 – 17:30


    17:30 – 17:50

    Closing Speech: Climate change challenges in international arbitration

    • Risteard de Paor, Partner and Head of International Environmental Disputes, Dentons, Spain

    17:50 – 18:00

    Concluding remarks

    • Sami Houerbi, Director for Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East & Africa, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Abu Dhabi/Tunis


    Cocktail Reception       

    Conference Speakers

    Akram Abu El-Huda (MCIArb)

    General Counsel & Director of Compliance, CICON, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Richard Harding QC

    Barrister and Arbitrator, Keating Chambers, United Kingdom

    Sara Koleilat-Aranjo

    Senior Associate, Al Tamimi & Company, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Luka Kristovic Blazevic

    Partner, White & Case LLP, Saudi Arabia

    Carmen Nunez-Lagos

    Founding Partner & International Arbitrator, Nunez-Lagos Arbitration, France; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

    Asli Yilmaz

    Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

    Roland Ziade

    Partner, Linklaters LLP, France

    Logistical Notes


    Park Hyatt Hotel, Dubai Creek Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Registration fees

    8th ICC MENA Conference only (17 February 2020)

    Early bird until 10 January 2020: €489
    ICC Members: €569.60 (To benefit from the ICC Member rate please contact your National Committee to get the discount code)
    Non-members: €712

    ICC Institute Training only (16 February 2020)

    Early-bird until 10 January 2020: €515
    ICC Members: €599.20 (To benefit from the ICC Member rate please contact your National Committee to get the discount code)
    Non-members: €749

    Discount package: ICC Institute Training (16 February 2020) and 8th ICC MENA Conference (17 February 2020)

    Early-bird until 10 January 2020: €836
    ICC Members: €973.60 (To benefit from the ICC Member rate please contact your National Committee to get the discount code)
    Non-members: €1217

    *5% VAT will be applied.

    Special discounts

    Group rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for four.

    In-house Counsel, full time Academics and Government representatives may benefit from a 30% discount.

    Please contact us for more details.

    ICC Members: please contact your National Committee to receive the discount code to access the member rate (20% reduction).

    Travel and accommodation

    Travel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations.

    ICC UAE has however secured a room block at the Park Hyatt hotel with preferential rates. A link will be sent upon registration allowing participants to make their reservations directly.


    Visa applications for entry into the UAE can take several weeks to process. If travellers from your country of citizenship require a visa to enter the UAE we highly recommend that you begin the visa application process well in advance.

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    ICC Training and Conferences is eligible for CLE credit under New York ‘s approved jurisdiction procedures and is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and is an accredited CPD provider by the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. CLPD points from the State Bar of Dubai will be applied for in due course.

    Cancellation policy

    50% of the registration fees will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 17 January 2020. Cancellations after this date are not refundable. Updated registration information will be required. Please be informed that any formation of cancellation will incur a cancellation fee of €5 + 2.75% of the registration fee which must be covered by the participant. Please note that ICC UAE reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC UAE will not, however, be held responsible for any related expenses incurred by the participant.


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