Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Middle East: 2nd International Arbitration Summit

  • Riyadh local time
     November 7, 2024
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This will be conducted in English and according to Riyadh local time. 

With the success of our ingural KSA event in 2023, Legal Plus will be back in Riyahd for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Middle East: 2nd International Arbitration Summit ion Thursday 7 November 2024 at Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh. 

The event will bring together a group of arbitration expertise to share their knowledge and give tips to on arbitration and lookout for 2025. Through presentations and discussions, you will be able to interact with speakers and fellow legal professionals to enhance and update your knowledge.   It will be an excellent opportunity to ask questions to legal household names in the region, network and create business opportunities, meet & greet and make some new friends!

Registration is now open.  Contact us today or view the latest flyer for registration and program details. Download

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Gary Born, Keynote Speaker
Chair of International Arbitration Practice Group, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Gary Born is Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and the world’s pre-eminent authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation. He has served as counsel in over 675 arbitrations, including several of the largest arbitrations in ICC and ad hoc history, and has sat as arbitrator in more than 250 institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. Mr. Born has published a number of leading works on international arbitration, international litigation and other forms of dispute resolution. He is the author of International Commercial Arbitration (Third Edition, Kluwer 2020), the leading treatise in the field, which has received the American Society of International Law’s Certificate of Merit for High Technical Craftsmanship and OGEMID’s Book of the Year award for 2009. He is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland and Tsinghua University, Beijing, and teaches regularly at law schools in Europe, Asia and North and South America. Mr. Born is a former President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Court of Arbitration, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), a member of the International Arbitration Committee of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), a member of the Global Advisory Board of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC), and a member of the Jerusalem Arbitration Center’s Court of Arbitration. Among many accolades, Mr. Born has received the Global Arbitration Review inaugural “Advocate of the Year” award, the Client Choice award for “Best International Arbitration Practitioner” and the Best Lawyers “London Arbitration Lawyer of the Year” award. He is one of only two practitioners in London and globally to achieve “starred” status for international arbitration in the Chambers guides. In 2018 Chambers recognized him for his “Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession,” describing him as the world’s foremost authority on international arbitration and litigation, “in a class of his own” and “revered around the world for his work on international commercial and investor arbitration.” Mr. Born is also the author of “The File,” a best-selling spy thriller.
Reshma Oogorah, Moderator — 2nd Grand Panel
Independent Arbitrator
Reshma Oogorah is an international arbitrator and legal counsel with over a decade of experience in high-value and complex commercial disputes. She focusses on the construction, technology and energy sectors, and has represented clients in both common and civil law jurisdictions. She has sat as Sole and Presiding arbitrator and acted as counsel in adhoc arbitrations, and under most major arbitration rules. Prior to setting up her arbitration and legal practice, Niyom Legal, Reshma spent time working with leading law firms in the United Arab Emirates, Mauritius, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, and with a top London Barrister’s chambers. Throughout her career, Reshma has advised and represented clients in transactions and disputes worth up to US$25 billion. Reshma is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), an elected committee member and Public Relations Officer of the CIArb UAE Branch, and General Editor of the Branch’s quarterly newsletter.
Dr. Qaisar H Metawea
Managing Partner, Dr. Qaisar H Metawea Law Firm
Dr. Qaisar Metawea is a Saudi lawyer and the managing partner of Dr. Qaisar H Metawea Law Firm, a full-service law firm established in Saudi Arabia with a commitment to providing and implementing complete innovative legal solutions to satisfy their diverse clients. Dr. Qaisar has practiced as a Saudi attorney for over nineteen years. He is also a licensed attorney by the Saudi Ministry of Justice. Apart from his professional excellence, Dr. Qaisar has received an S.J.D. degree in International Trade Law, L.L.M. degree in International Intellectual Property Law from Indiana University, School of Law, U.S.A. Also, Dr. Qaisar completed an L.L.M. degree in Business Law - International Trade Law at Case Western Reserve University, School of Law, U.S.A and an L.L.B. degree at King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Qaisar has wide-ranging in-depth experience in legal opinions, legal drafting, negotiating business transactions, company structuring, litigation, completing registrations in various sectors and obtaining licenses. Dr. Qaisar also has extensive experience working closely with executive governmental authorities in policy drafting and review. In addition to Dr. Qaisar’s professional practice, Dr. Qaisar was a pat-time associate law professor at Dar Al-Hekmah University, teaching corporate law and intellectual property law courses. He is a founding member of the Saudi Bar Association. He writes legal columns for prominent local newspapers, including Okaz and Arab News.
Sarah Gonem
Partner, Z&Co.
Sarah Gonem is a Partner at Z&Co., with her core practice in commercial litigation. Sarah joined Z&Co. in 2014 from the London office of an international law firm and is a UK-qualified lawyer. In the litigation department, she works closely in the overall project management of complex commercial matters, including supporting in scrutinising the structure and justification of each argument. As a result of Sarah’s international experience and bilingual language skills, she acts as an essential conduit between the local Sharia and judicial context and international best practices in the management of complex commercial issues and 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 the 2021 edition, which states “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.”.
Tim Yimin Liu
Partner, Global Law Office
Mr. Yimin Liu, Tim, FCIArb, focuses on cross-border legal practices, his cases are from the jurisdictions such as the USA, China, the UK, the UAE (DIFC and ADGM), the KSA, Qatar, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Kazakhstan, ASEAN, India, Australia, and New Zealand, etc. Tim is empaneled as arbitrator and mediator of SCCA and DIAC. As counsel, Tim works on the matters such as China domestic litigation and arbitration, cross border litigation, international commercial arbitration and mediation, judicial reviewing of arbitral awards (recognition and enforcement, setting aside, and refusal of recognition and enforcement). Tim was also involved in cross border bankruptcy and assets recovery in foreign jurisdictions. Currently Tim works with Global Law Office of China (GLO) as partner in Shanghai. Before that, Tim worked with Accenture as in-house Legal Director for complex digital and data deals, and with other leading international law firms such as Morrison & Foerster, Clifford Chance, Nixon Peabody LLP, and Heller Ehrman LLP, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. Tim worked in NYC, Chicago, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Joshua Coleman-Pecha
Senior Associate, HFW
Joshua Coleman-Pecha is a senior international construction, infrastructure and technology dispute specialist working in the MENA region. He advises on construction and technology projects from inception to completion. Joshua is a qualified solicitor advocate, meaning he has rights of audience in the courts of England & Wales, and is a PRINCE 2 qualified project manager. Joshua advises on all aspects of complex dispute avoidance and resolution. He has represented several clients in billion-dollar disputes before a variety of arbitral institutions including ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, DIAC, and SCCA. He has experience handling disputes under the governing laws of England & Wales, the UAE, Saudi, and Qatar. Joshua’s recent significant work includes advising in relation to oil and gas processing facilities, drilling contracts (onshore and offshore), a water desalinisation plant, a battery energy storage park, the MENA region’s largest metro system, and a major railroad and metro project in the UAE and Saudi respectively. Joshua has experience of projects across the region having handled disputes in, for example, the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Turkey. His clients include international oil & gas companies, refining and petrochemical companies, EPC contractors, oil & gas service companies, EPC employers, and international technology providers. Finally, he acts in a hybrid role as general counsel to a billion dollar pharmaceutical company based in the UAE. Joshua was recently recognized as a ‘Key Lawyer’ in Oil, Gas and Natural Resources by Legal 500 2024. He is also a member of various construction industry associations and a contributing member of the Legal Funding Journal.

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