Qatar & MENA: 6th Annual International Arbitration Virtual Summit

  • Qatar Local Time (GMT+3)
    February 24, 2021
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This event will be conducted in English and according to Qatar Local Time (GMT +3)

The Qatar & MENA: 6th Annual International Arbitration Virtual Summit will be held in Doha on 24 February 2021, from 9am to 12pm (Qatar local time – GMT+3).  

The conference will be joined by a group of international and local experts to share their wealth of expertise and experience covering hot topics on Qatar arbitration and international arbitration which are affecting more and more companies throughout the world due to pandemic.

This event is complimentary for inhouse/corporate counsel, offering delegates the latest news to aide them in protecting their companies and keeping abreast of updates.  QICDRC will also present the latest updates in Qatar covering International Arbitration and will be joined by the leading law firms from the region and internationally.

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Christopher Grout, Opening Address
Registrar, Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre
Christopher has occupied the role of Registrar at the QICDRC since 2012. As Registrar, he is head of the Registry that services both the Qatar International Court and the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Tribunal. The Qatar International Court (established in law as the QFC Civil and Commercial Court) has jurisdiction over civil and commercial disputes which relate to those institutions, authorities and other entities established or conducting business in the QFC. In addition, since 2017, the Court has additional responsibilities where it is nominated as the Competent Court for arbitrations seated in Qatar pursuant to the provisions of Law No 2 of 2017 issuing the Law of Arbitration in Civil and Commercial Matters. Christopher is responsible for the case management of cases that come before the Court and Tribunal and will, where necessary, conduct costs assessments following the conclusion of cases. Where required, Christopher will provide procedural directions in relation to cases and, along with his team, will be available to assist parties with any queries they may have. Christopher is a qualified barrister of England and Wales and is an Associate Member at 15 New Bridge Street (London), the Chambers of Martin Rutherford QC, having been called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 2007. Christopher’s main specialism is in the field of crime, particularly criminal defence. In 2019, Christopher was appointed a Deputy District Judge (England & Wales) assigned to the South Eastern Circui.
Jay Alexander, Moderator — 1st Grand Panel
Partner of International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice, Baker Botts
Jay Alexander, a senior trial partner, leads Baker Botts’ International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice. With more than 30 years of experience resolving international disputes, Chambers reports, that he “has the intellect and the personal qualities that anyone would wish for in a counsel” (2019) and is “a compelling communicator in all environments” (2019), “one of the best international litigators” (2018). Mr. Alexander has acted as advocate or arbitrator in disputes throughout the world. He has served as lead counsel in numerous arbitrations seated in the Middle East (Doha), Europe, North America and Asia, including some of the world’s highest value arbitrations. Recent matters have arisen in the LNG, construction, oil, telecommunications and technology sectors. Collectively, Mr. Alexander has handled many multi-billion dollar arbitrations, with total amounts in dispute exceeded US$ 125 billion. Throughout his career, Mr. Alexander has helped his clients with international disputes arising out of many jurisdictions, including Qatar, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Libya, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela.
Sarah Malik, Moderator — 2nd Grand Panel
CEO and International Disputes Counsel, SOL International Ltd
Sarah Malik is an experienced and well-regarded lawyer whose 20-year career to date has spanned internationally. Prior to founding SOL International Ltd in the UAE in August 2018, she practiced as a Barrister at a leading set of Chambers in London, worked as employed Counsel at a leading UK law firm and headed the Advocacy and Investigations team of an International law firm in Dubai. She is a member of the SIAC Users Council in the Middle East and is appointed on the Lagos Panel of Arbitration Neutrals. Sarah is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and accepts appointments to sit as an arbitrator. Sarah undertakes international commercial arbitrations as Counsel (DIAC, ADCCAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC) and practices commercial litigation in the DIFC and ADGM Courts. In addition to practice, she is a visiting lecturer at Middlesex University Dubai in International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration. Sarah is often invited to speak at conferences within UAE and internationally and has participated in numerous successful arbitration events in Dubai and overseas.
Jonathan Blaney
Counsel, K&L Gates
Jonathan Blaney is a counsel with K&L Gates. His practice encompasses complex construction, energy and infrastructure work with a particular focus on dispute resolution and international arbitration. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Jonathan worked at a number of leading law firms advising clients in respect of matters in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia.
Ayush Agarwala
Partner, Krishnamurthy & Co.
Ayush heads the disputes practice in the Mumbai office of the firm. Prior to joining K Law, Ayush was associated with some of the largest firms in India, AZB & Partners and Khaitan & Co. Ayush has advised several corporate power houses and multinational companies, both domestic and international spanning various industries and sectors. He has extensive experience in sectors including shareholder disputes, infrastructure, insurance, petrochemicals, debt and equity financing, telecom, hospitality, manufacturing, information technology and consumer. Ayush has advised and acted in various matters which led to landmark judgments being passed by courts in India. Notably, Ayush was a part of the matter which laid down the law on: whether the issue of fraud can be arbitrated upon in Indian law; and the jurisdiction of courts for passing interim orders during enforcement of foreign awards in India.
Dr. Dania Fahs
Deputy Director, International Chamber of Commerce - MENA Representative Office
Dania is a lawyer specialized in transactional commercial law, holds a Phd in Contractual law (France). She joined Al Tamimi Law Firm ― Dubai, in 2014, Corporate Commercial Practice. Dania was a senior legal counsel with Oracle Corp and a Former lecturer ― Business Law at American University of Beirut. She holds a PhD from University of Montpellier ― France and an Executive EMBA Insead 2018.
Dr. Ehab Maher Elsonbaty
Senior Legal Counsel, Head of Corporate Governance and Government Affairs, Qatar Investment Authority
Dr. Ehab Maher Elsonbaty is the Senior Legal Counsel, Head of Corporate Governance and Government Affairs in Qatar Investment Authority since Feb.2014, where he is also Member of the Management Investment Committee, the National Asset Management Committee, the New Product and process Working Group, the Crisis & Disaster Management Committee, and the Electronic and Physical Documents Working Group . Before this he served for almost 6 years as a Senior Legal Advisor to the Office of H.R.H. the Amir of the State of Qatar and a Member of the Council of Ministers Permanent Committee for legislative Affairs in addition to many other legal & policy committees. Previously her served in the Egyptian Public Prosecution and Juduicay for more than 15 years, where his last position was a Judge in Cairo’s Court of Appeal. He is admitted to the Bar and a certified and practising arbitrator and mediator. Dr. Elsonbaty holds two Masters and PhD degrees. He writes and lectures on cyber laws, litigation & ADRs and private international law in various universities and research institutes. He has provided consultancies to the ITU, UNODC, UNECA, Council of Europe, UNCTAD, UNESCO, Arab League, and ARADO. Dr. Elsonbaty speaks Arabic, English, Italian and French. His areas of specialization are: Commercial Transactions (M&A, Corporate), (ADRs), Corporate Governance and Compliance, Private Interntional law, Cyber.

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Complimentary Registration
for in-house / general counsel only

Please note: Complimentary is only application to in-house / general counsel from non law / non consulting firm.  If your company is not application, payment will be required. Limited to 2 complimentary seat per company, based on first-come first-served basis


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