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                                            Agenda Highlights

Theme: The Changing face of Global Corporate Litigation"

Day 1 | Wednesday | January 09, 2019

Welcome & Opening Address:

9:30 AM - 10:30 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: TBA
  1. Nick Rowels-Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Chancery Capital, United Kingdom 
  2. Ahmad Saleh, Partner & Head of Patents & Designs at Al Tamimi & Company, United Arab Emirates
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM                                                                  NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

11:00 AM - 12:00 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.


  1. Tarek Nakkach, Legal Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, UAE
1:00 PM : 2:00 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.

  1. Michelle I. Taylor, Associate General Counsel, The Department Of The Air Force General Counsel, USA
    2:00 PM - 3:00 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.

    1. Yasmine Afifi, Legal Counsel, Cisco, UAE
    2. Sarah Malik, CEO, SOL International Ltd, UAE
    3. Lady Hilda Van der Tuin, Dutch lawyer, H. van der Tuin Consultancy B.V, Netherlands
  1. 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
      3:30 PM - 4:30 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.

      1. John Lowe, International Arbitrator and Mediator, Lowe Arbitration, USA
        Title: Selecting the Dispute Resolution Clause: Factors In-House Counsel Should ConsiderMatthew Sava, 
      2. Matthew Sava, Head of Litigation, Reid & Wise LLC, USA
      3. Sarah Malik, International Disputes Counsel, SOL International Ltd, UAE

      Day 2 | Thursday | January 10, 2019

      9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
      Session 6: Worldwide Merger & Acquisition - A Review

      According to Reuters, the global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) had their strongest start ever in the first quarter of 2018, totaling $1.2 trillion in value. Also, the dealmakers said that now is a good time as ever to pursue transformative mergers. Let us analyze the past and see what the prospects for the global M&A are.

        10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  Session 7: 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?


        1. Craig Shepherd, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, UAE
        2. Andrew Kirk, Senior Legal Advisor, Petrofac, UAE
        11:00 AM - 11:30 AM                                                                  NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
        11:30 PM - 12:30 PM Session 8: 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.

        1. Rami Ahmed, Legal Adviser, SAS Real Estate, UAE
        2. Olanipekun Orewale, Partner, ǼLEX, Nigeria
        3. Hussein Magdy Masry, Legal Counsel, Al Ghurair, UAE
        4. Shehab Mamdouh, Senior Associate, Fichte & Co, UAE
          12:30 PM - 1:30 PM NETWORKING LUNCH
          1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

          Session 9: 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.


          1.Karim Elhelaly, Legal Director, Oracle, UAE

            2:30 PM - 3:00 PM NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

            3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
            Session 10: 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.

            1. Thomas F. Margiotti, Attorney, ADR Answers, USA
              Title: Should we Mediate?
            2. Lady Hilda Van der Tuin, Dutch lawyer, H. van der Tuin Consultancy B.V, Netherlands

            4:00 PM - 4:15 PM  CLOSING NOTES

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