Transnational Arbitration


Perspectives and Crossroads from the East: Shores of the Red Sea

Webinar begins at 7:00 PM CET (6:00 PM BST / 12:00 Noon Houston time)

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This unique panel, part of 'Perspectives and Crossroads from the East’, has the privilege to welcome His Excellency the Deputy Minister of Justice for Arbitration and International Disputes of the Republic of Egypt, who will deliver a public address in Arabic on Egypt’s international arbitration landscape. Join-ing him are strong experts in construction, trade, and energy from leading law firms and strategy boutiques, including a former strategist strongly involved in Saudi Aramco's planning initiatives within the Saudi Vision. Those will explore the novel dispute resolution methods for each of those sub practices in the boiling MENA region. Additionally, the head of the disciplinary council of the Beirut Bar will offer crucial insights and robust recommendations on how arbitrators and counsels should adhere to strong ethical standards amidst those escalating stakes.

Central to the ITA's ambition to extend its reach across the Middle East, this unique series of projects seeks to shift an entirely novel arbitration dialogue, regrouping a broad spectrum of authoritative voices, from government officials and outstanding legal practitioners to seasoned industry figures and trade analysts in a fresh vision to the law.

#YoungITATalks Online is a series of virtual events presented around the world, featuring talks, workshops or interviews that cover a wide range of subjects relating to arbitration. The #YoungITATalks series is designed for education, conversation and sharing knowledge and experiences among young practitioners.

This event is presented tuition-free.

Webinar begins at  7:00 PM CET (6:00 PM BST / 12:00 Noon Houston time)
Duration: 80 to 100 minutes maximum

About the Speakers

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Ibrahim Ati, Moderator - Ibrahim Ati is dual-educated legal professional with training in both civil and common law systems, having passed the New York Bar and graduated with an LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Southern California. Part of Young California Arbitration' steering committee, he is also one of the youngest members on the NY City Bar Association's Arbitration and Professional Discipline Committee. In addition to serving as Vice-Chair in the American Bar Association, Ibrahim Ati aspires to be among the new generation of leading international arbitrators, aiming to infuse the field with fresh perspectives and innovative approaches.

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His Excellency Mr. Moustafa El Bahabety Soofi, Panelist - His Excellency Mr. Moustafa El Bahabety: Deputy Minister of Justice for Arbitration and International Disputes and Head of the Technical Secretariat for both the High Committee for International Arbitration and the Ministerial Committee for Settlement of Investment Contracts Disputes in Egypt. Court member of the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) continuously since 2005. Former member of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) from 2018 to 2023. Previously served as Chief Prosecutor at the Supreme Public Assets Prosecution and Chief Justice at the Court of Appeal.

It is an honour having such an esteemed authority in the field of the international arbitration.

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Ibrahim Shehata, Panelist - Ibrahim Shehata has accumulated more than a decade of experience in the Egyptian market. Shehata started his career with Ibrachy & Dermarkar law firm followed by Sharkawy & Sarhan law firm. He then moved to the US to earn his Master of Laws degree in International Arbitration and Venture Capital from New York University (NYU). Shehata started off his career focusing on corporate law where he successfully advised several multinational companies on doing business in Egypt. Being involved in the Egyptian renewable energy market since 2014, he developed a niche experience which makes him one of the leading lawyers in the field.

Capitalizing on his immense arbitration knowledge, Shehata has assisted clients in navigating success in various high profile arbitral disputes, in particular with cases of construction arbitration. Shehata has also contributed immensely to international literature, and has written the first ever English language treatise on Egyptian arbitration with the prestigious publisher, Kluwer Law International. Further, Shehata has been chosen in 2020 as one of the 50 Most Promising Young Arbitration Practitioners in the African Continent.

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Daniel J. Boyle, Panelist - Daniel J. Boyle is an international strategist, attorney and engineer providing expert legal and business consultancy services to clients across multiple industries worldwide. In his long career, Daniel J. Boyle has personally worked in over 40 countries. His leadership roles include significant positions at engineering giants such as General Electrics and Saudi Aramco, where he contributed to strategy, corporate planning, and managing the transformative office involved in Saudi Vision 2030. He also taught the law in both Saudi Arabia and California, USA.

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Dr. Talal Jaber, Panelist: Dr. Talal Jaber, a renowned MENA arbitrator, legal counsel, and law professor, holds a BA in Law, an LLM in Business Contracts, a Diploma in Anglo-American Law, and a Ph.D. in International Business Law with Honors. He currently serves as a lawyer and managing partner at Jaber Law Firm, one of Leba-non's oldest and most prestigious law firms, established in 1929. In 2019, Dr. Jaber was appointed Head of the Disciplinary Council at the Beirut Bar Association.

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Antonia Birt, Panelist - Antonia is a partner in the Global Commercial Disputes Group of Reed Smith, with over 13 years of experience in the MENA region. She advises on the full cycle of complex, high-value commercial and construction disputes, from settlement negotiations, mediations, and other alternative dispute resolution methods, to formal dispute resolution proceedings and enforcement. She has a strong expertise in commercial arbitration in the MENA region.

Antonia has represented state, national and multinational clients in arbitrations and DIFC court litigations in a variety of industry sectors including oil and gas, energy and water, construction and engineering, project development, distribution, and M&A. She has experience acting under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, ADCCAC, ICDR, and UNCITRAL, with seats in the major arbitral centres as well as various GCC jurisdictions, and subject to numerous governing laws, including those of the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as the laws of England and Wales.

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