Agenda Highlights


Theme: The Changing face of Global Corporate Litigation"

Day 1 | Wednesday | January 09, 2019

8:30 AM - 09:30 AM REGISTRATION AND MORNING REFRESHMENT
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM   WELCOME NOTE


Nick Rowles-Davies, Executive Vice Chairman, LCM Finance





9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Session 1: Modernization of Law Firm Models and Impact on Litigation

Many top-tier law firms are still working on an age-old model. The old model is impacting the efficiency of the law firms. Because of this, the clients are under-served, and top-tier lawyers are dissatisfied. There is a better way, modernize them. The modern model should benefit everyone including the clients and attorneys.  In this session, we will see how this modernization impacts the litigation scenarios.


Moderator: Ernest Ojukwu, Partner, Ofy-Lawyers, Nigeria
Speakers: 
  1. Nick Rowles-Davies, Executive Vice Chairman, LCM Finance
  2. Ahmad Saleh, Partner & Head of Patents & Designs at Al Tamimi & Company, UAE
  3. Ghassan El Daye, Partner & Head of Arabic Litigation, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, UAE
    10:45 AM - 11:15 AM                                                                  NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK




    11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    Session 2: The Changing Landscape of Legal-tech in the Growing Markets

    Technology is affecting every aspect of our lives. It is altering every industry, though the degree of change and rate of change varies. Law is no exception to this trend. Blockchain, Globalization and Documentation Automation are few examples of trends in 2018. The technology trends will affect the legal profession for years to come. We will discuss what we can expect in 2019.


    Moderator:
      Humayoon Khan, Advocate High Court Peshawar & Member KP-Bar Council, Pakistan
    Speakers:
    1. Tarek Nakkach, Legal Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, UAE
    2. Oluwaseun Ajasa, Managing Partner, Abraham, Thompsons & Co, Nigeria

    3. Muna Farid, Director, Hatch Consulting FZE, UAE

    4. Suzanna Kalendzhian, Co-Founder & CEO, Legal Advice Middle East, UAE

     12:15 PM - 12:30 PM GROUP PHOTO SESSION
     12:30 PM - 1:30 PM NETWORKING LUNCH
    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM  Session 3: Scope & Growth of Litigation Finance in the Middle East & Asian Regions

    Asian & Middle Eastern (“AME”) based corporates face enormous challenges. Liquidity conditions fluctuate all the time. How will we navigate in these uncertain times and prosper from the market-driven opportunities? We are going to discuss what are the prospects of litigation finance in the Middle East & Asian Regions.


    Moderator: Suzanna Kalendzhian, Co-Founder & CEO, Legal Advice Middle East, UAE
    Speakers:
    1. Michelle I. Taylor, Associate General Counsel, The Department Of The Air Force General Counsel, USA
    2. Rami Suliman AbudaqqaDirector, International Islamic Centre for Reconciliation and Arbitration, UAE
    3. Bushra Ahmed, Partner, KBH Kanuun, UAE
    4. DK Singh, Managing Partner, KBH Kanuun, UAE
    2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

    Session 4: Compliance & Risk in the Digital Age: Cyber Security, Privacy and Data Protection

    In this digital era, the cybersecurity, privacy and data protection emerge as an important issue. We saw some significant changes in privacy and data protection in 2018. The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has impacted almost every organization. Attend this session to understand the latest risks and compliance requirements in the digital age.


    Moderator:
     Okan Gündüz, Founding Partner and Owner, Unsal Gunduz Attorneys at Law, Turkey
    Speakers:
    1. Yasmine Afifi, Legal Counsel, Cisco, UAE
    2. Lady Hilda Van der Tuin, Dutch Lawyer, H. van der Tuin Consultancy B.V, Netherlands
    3. Maryam Krystyna Nechaeva, Legal Consultant, MBH Advocates & Legal Consultants, UAE
    4. Taha Sharaf, Legal Counsel, Mahmood Hussain Advocates & Legal Consultancy, UAE
      3:45 PM - 4:00 PM  NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK


      4:00 PM - 5:15 PM Session 5: Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Pros & Cons

      Over the past decade, Alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) has gained momentum as an alternative to litigation. All major corporations enable ADR in every contract. There are many forms of ADR including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. All the methods have pros and cons. These should be a part of a company's legal strategy. Let us see what experts have to say in this session.

      Moderator: Michelle I. Taylor, Associate General Counsel, The Department Of The Air Force General Counsel, USA

      Speakers:

      1. John Lowe, International Arbitrator and Mediator, Lowe Arbitration, USA                                                              Title: Selecting the Dispute Resolution Clause: Factors In-House Counsel Should Consider
      2. Sarah Malik, International Disputes Counsel, SOL International Ltd, UAE
      3. Kimbeng T. Tah, Senior State Counsel, Attorney General's Chambers & Ministry of Justice of The Gambia, Gambia
      4. Ziad Salloum, Partner, Salloum & Partners LLC, UAE



      Day 2 | Thursday | January 10, 2019

      09:30 AM - 10:30 AM  Session 6: Better Decision Making through Analysis of Litigation Risk

      In this session, we will try to answer important questions in Litigation Risk Analysis:
      How do we evaluate Litigation Risks using Data Analysis?
      What are the Limitations?
      What are the hidden perils and possibilities?
      What are the latest technologies that can help?
      Is Litigation Risk Evaluation just an analytical science or it can be art?


      Moderator:
       Oluwaseun Ajasa, Managing Partner, Abraham, Thompsons & Co, Nigeria
      Speakers:
      1. Craig Shepherd, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, UAE
      2. Andrew Kirk, Senior Legal Advisor, Petrofac, UAE
      3. Jonathan Brown, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, UAE
      10:30 AM - 10:45 AM                                                                  NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
      10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Session 7: Enforcement Issues That Arise In Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

      This session will discuss the practical examples of enforcement proceedings. The experts will share the strategic tips for everyone on how to best position themselves from the outset to secure payment of their claim at the end of the day. This session is equally valuable for in-house counsels as well as outside counsels.

      Moderator: Andrew Kirk, Senior Legal Counsel, Petrofac, UAE
      Speakers:
      1. Oluwaseun Ajasa, Managing Partner, Abraham, Thompsons & Co, Nigeria
      2. Olanipekun Orewale, Partner, ǼLEX, Nigeria
      3. Shehab Mamdouh, Senior Associate, Fichte & Co, UAE
      4. Gordon Blanke, Partner, International Commercial & Investment Arbitration, UAE
         11:45 PM - 12:45 PM

        Session 8: The in-House Perspective of Litigation

        Ever wonder what goes into the mind of in-house counsel while litigating? O yes, you might understand if you work with any in-house counsel. What if there is something keen-witted? Let's delve into this session to understand what actually is the in-house perspective.Moderator: Dr. Omar S I Abasheikh, Barrister, Paragon Chambers, London, England & Senior Legal Advisor, Yas Holding L.L.C., UAE

        Speakers:
        1. Karim Elhelaly, Legal Director, Oracle, UAE
        2. Robert Lewsley, Senior Group Legal Counsel, Standard Chartered Bank, UAE
        3. Michelle I. Taylor, Associate General Counsel, The Department Of The Air Force General Counsel, USA

        12:30 PM - 1:30 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

        1:30 PM - 2:45 PM 
        Session 9: The Pressing Questions on Mediation & Arbitration

        A good mediation or arbitration would start with several questions. The questions list will include all basic and complicated questions. Nevertheless, the question is who defines that a basic question is not a complicated question? Depending upon the situation a basic question such as "Should we mediate or arbitrate?" might have a complex answer. Let's see what experts have to say.


        Moderator: Robert Lewsley, Senior Group Legal Counsel, Standard Chartered Bank, UAE
        Speakers: 
        1. Lady Hilda Van der Tuin, Dutch lawyer, H. van der Tuin Consultancy B.V, Netherlands
        2. Richard Power, Partner, Clyde & Co LLP, UK
        3. Dr. Omar S I AbasheikhBarrister, Paragon Chambers, London, England & Senior Legal Advisor, Yas Holding L.L.C., UAE
        4. Ziad Salloum, Partner, Salloum & Partners LLC, UAE
        2:45 PM - 3:00 PM  CLOSING NOTES


        John Lowe, International Arbitrator and Mediator, Lowe Arbitration, USA


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