Investment Arbitration and Energy Projects in the UAE and beyond
ICC UAE & CIArb UAE Joint Event

Location: Dubai Chamber of Commerce
Date: Tuesday, 18th October 2022, 8:30 AM
Event Type: Conference
Language: English







    Description:

    ICC UAE and The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) UAE Branch are jointly organizing a unique event on Investment Arbitration and Energy Projects in the UAE (and beyond) which will be held on 18th October 2022 at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce. The event will highlight international challenges in investment arbitration, particularly in relation to energy projects, and also aims to provide international arbitration perspectives on sustainability related disputes. The event will offer a line-up of top-class speakers, topical discussions, and relevant news, and also an excellent opportunity to network.


    WHO SHOULD ATTEND


    The event is a must to attend for:

    • Practicing lawyers and experts
    • Corporate counsel
    • Arbitrators, Mediators and other neutrals
    • Academics
    • Professionals interested in and/or involved in investment arbitration in the region (and beyond)


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    Programme

    08.30 – 09.00 Registration
    09.00 – 09.10 Welcome Remarks

    Dr. Hassan Arab
    Chairman, ICC UAE
    Partner, Regional Head of Dispute Resolution - Arbitration & Litigation, Al Tamimi & Company
    09.10 – 09.20 Keynote Remarks
    Sponsor
    09.20 – 10.20 Panel Discussion: International Challenges in Investment Arbitration

    • Investment into new energy projects, JV Agreements, how to finance these;
    • Disputes between JV partners, defaults etc
    • Disputes with banks/ financial institutions
    • Investor-state disputes 
    • Treaties. ICSID. ECT 1994. Discuss treaties signed by UAE  
    • Landmark cases

    Moderator:

    Olena Shyrokova
    Vice Chair, ICC UAE Commission on Trade & Investment
    Head of Corporate Department, Araa Group Advocates & Legal Consultant

    Panelists:

    Anne Hoffmann
    Independent Arbitrator

    Dr Hakeem Seriki
    Consultant, Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP

    Soraya Corm-Bakhos
    Counsel, Watson Farley & Williams LLP

    Yacine Francis
    Partner, Allen & Overy LLP

    10.20 – 10.25 Q & A
    10.25 – 10.55 Networking Break
    10.55 – 11.55 Panel Discussion: Sustainability Disputes - International Arbitration Perspectives.

    • Cancellation of major Oil & Gas Projects (following COP 26 agreement).
    • New energy projects – examples such as offshore windfarms, hydrogen and others
    • new infrastructure projects to replace old infra thereby catering for the new ‘green’ energy projects;
    • legal framework in developed v developing jurisdictions and how that can lead to disputes;
    • Dispute resolution options (FIDIC perspective?)
    • Link to ICC DABs? Enforcement of DAB decisions etc.

    Moderator:

    Robert Sliwinski
    Chair, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UAE
    Counsel at Al Suwaidi & Company

    Panelists:

    Beau McLaren
    Partner, Simmons & Simmons

    Benjamin Highfield
    Partner, HKA

    Cheryl Cairns
    Partner, Trowers & Hamlins LLP

    11.55 – 12.00 Q & A
    12.00 Closing

    Speakers

    Anne Hoffmann
    Independent Arbitrator
    Beau McLaren
    Partner, Simmons & Simmons
    Benjamin Highfield
    Partner, HKA

    Benjamin is a Partner & Regional CEO in Asia Pacific with 20 years’ experience in engineering, claims and arbitration. Benjamin is regularly quoted in the industry press and advises clients on commercial and contractual matters as well as claims management and dispute resolution.

    Benjamin is a chartered civil engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

    “…Mr Highfield is one of the few experts round the world who can lead complex negotiations with Governmental organizations that deliver major settlements for EPC majors….”

    Cheryl Cairns
    Partner, Trowers & Hamlins LLP

    Cheryl Cairns is a partner in Trowers and Hamlins' International Construction Team and has been based in the region since 2007, working across the firm's Middle East offices, which include the UAE, Bahrain and Oman.

    Cheryl advises clients on all aspects of engineering and construction infrastructure disputes including amicable settlement assistance, drafting settlement agreements, mediation, dispute adjudication boards and arbitration proceedings conducted under various arbitration rules as well as being regularly appointed to sit as an arbitrator. Cheryl also holds a Masters Degree in Construction Law and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

    Dr Hakeem Seriki
    Consultant, Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP

    Dr Hakeem Seriki is a qualified solicitor and consultant in the London office of Steptoe & Johnson.

    Dr Seriki represents clients on a wide area of dispute resolution matters with particular emphasis on international arbitration and litigation. He has advised clients in arbitrations conducted under the auspices of various institutions such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Clients have included major oil & gas companies, telecoms companies, state governments and agencies. Dr Seriki has authored and published a number of articles in leading international and commercial arbitration journals. Dr Seriki also sits as an arbitrator and is an Associate Professor of Commercial Law at University of East Anglia.

    Dr. Hassan Arab
    Chairman, ICC UAE

    Partner, Regional Head of Dispute Resolution - Arbitration & Litigation, Al Tamimi & Company

    Dr Hassan Arab is a leading dispute resolution expert in the UAE and wider Middle East with full rights of audience before all UAE courts. He regularly sits as an arbitrator and has extensive experience in providing expert opinions on the UAE laws before arbitration tribunals and foreign courts. He has spent his career building one of the strongest litigation teams in the Middle East which Legal 500 has recognised as “having a great reputation for local court work with a number of really good practitioners”. Chambers Global has commended Dr Arab as a “real winner who gives excellent advice and solutions” and has been recognised as a highly recommended leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution Eminent Practitioner in the UAE.

    Dr Arab is the Chair of Steering Committee of the ICC - UAE Commission on Arbitration & ADR; Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Member of Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) Board of Trustees; Member of the DIFC Court User’s Committee; Member of the Advisory Council Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC); Member of The Future Arbitration Court of the Casablanca International Mediation & Arbitration Centre (CIMAC); and member of Board Advisor of Delos Dispute Resolution.
    Dr Arab has authored several articles and publications on arbitration and dispute resolution, including books on the Civil Procedures Law, A Guide to Arbitration in the UAE, Summaries of UAE Courts’ Decisions on Arbitration (Vol.1 & 2). In addition, he has lectured extensively on various topics, which include arbitration, dispute resolution, enforcement of judgments, Specialized Court and Committees in UAE.

    Olena Shyrokova
    Vice Chair, ICC UAE Commission on Trade & Investment
    Head of Corporate Department, Araa Group Advocates & Legal Consultant

    Olena Shyrokova is a licensed attorney. She has done Bachelor and Master in Law in Taras Shevchenko National University (is ranked 1st in Ukraine) and LLM Law in distinction from the University of Middlesex. She has 8 years of experience in Corporate and Contract Law including 4 years in the United Arab Emirates. She is the author of several articles on different subjects including "Pylyp Orlyk's Constitution is the first constitutional and legal memorial of Ukrainian law", "Autonomous Republic of Crimea as a territorial autonomy". She has been mostly involved in arbitration and corporate matters. She holds extensive knowledge in Corporate and Contract Law.

    Olena Shyrokova has been elected the Vice Chairman of ICC UAE Commission on Trade & Investment in 2022.

    Currently, she is the Head of Corporate Department at Araa Group Advocates & Legal Consultancy and the Head of Legal Affairs / Board Member at the Ukrainian Business Council.

    Robert Sliwinski
    Chair, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UAE
    Counsel at Al Suwaidi & Company

    Robert is a Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator, Mediator and Dispute Board Member with 35+ years’ experience of the construction and engineering industries, having initially qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, and is able to provide a unique view of the worldwide ADR arena today.

    Robert is associated with Alsuwaidi & Company (Advocates and Legal Consultants) based in Dubai, acting as independent legal Counsel representing clients in both domestic and international disputes.

    Through ArbDB Chambers in London Robert acts as Arbitrator, Mediator, Adjudicator and Dispute Board Member. He has been involved in wide range of commercial and contractual disputes within the fields of construction, civil engineering, process plant, etc as well as general commercial disputes.

    Robert is the current Chair of the UAE branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and works hard to promote all forms of ARD in the region.

    Soraya Corm-Bakhos
    Counsel, Watson Farley & Williams LLP

    Soraya Corm-Bakhos is an experienced disputes lawyer and arbitration practitioner with almost 20 years’ experience, including over 13 years in the UAE. Prior to joining Watson Farley & Williams (Middle East) LLP as Counsel, she practiced in the Dispute Resolution teams of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla and DWF (Middle East) LLP.

    Before coming to the UAE in 2008, she practised in Paris in the law firm of J.P. Karsenty & Associés where she gained extensive experience advising on all types of civil, commercial and corporate transactions and representing clients before the French Courts in a variety of commercial disputes.

    Soraya has wide-ranging experience in all types of international commercial arbitrations, having acted as advising counsel under major institutional arbitration rules (including ICC, LCIA, SCC, former DIFC-LCIA, CRCICA and DIAC) and ad hoc in arbitrations seated in Europe and the Middle East in relation to a wide variety of industry sectors, including real estate/construction, oil & gas and banking and finance.

    Soraya is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and regularly sits as arbitrator (sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chair) in arbitrations mainly related to real estate, construction, sale and purchase disputes and commercial disputes.

    Soraya is fluent in English and French and has good knowledge of Arabic. She has authored numerous publications on middle eastern arbitration related topics.

    Yacine Francis
    Partner, Allen & Overy LLP


    Logistical Notes


    Date: 18th October 2022

    Start Time: 08:30 AU (UAE TIME)

    Venue: 13th Floor, Dubai Chamber of Commerce


    Registration


    The event is free of charge. However, registration is compulsory.

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