Joke Aliu is a Partner in Aluko & Oyebode and is in charge of the firm’s Abuja office.
Her experience cuts across both dispute resolution and corporate practice areas. She advises and represents several multinational and local companies, non-profit organisations and individuals across various sectors including oil and gas, mining, power, aviation and infrastructure.
She obtained her law degree from the University of Ibadan, a Masters in Law (LLM) from University of Pennsylvania Law School, U.S.A and a certificate in Law and Business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is licensed to practice Law in Nigeria and New York.
She is a member of the Nigerian Bar, the New York Bar and a Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Joke is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria Branch, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators Nigeria and a Fellow of Nigeria Leadership Initiative (FNLI). She represents clients in domestic and regional courts, and in arbitration proceedings.
|Thomas Snider is a Partner in Al Tamimi & Co. and the firm’s Head of Arbitration based in the Dubai office. He is experienced in international commercial arbitration, international investment disputes, state-to-state arbitration, and foreign sovereign immunity issues. His experience covers a wide range of industries, sectors, and types of disputes, including oil-and-gas, construction, hospitality, telecommunications, automobile manufacturing, shareholder disputes, and joint-venture disputes.
Tom is a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). He also sits as an arbitrator and is on the Roster of Arbitrators of the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations; the Panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Court of Arbitration; the Panel of International Arbitrators of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board; and the List of Arbitrators of the Georgian International Arbitration Centre (Tbilisi).
From 2001 to 2009, Tom was a member of the legal team representing the Ethiopian Government before the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, an international arbitral tribunal that adjudicated claims for loss, damage and injury arising during an international armed conflict. In this context, he worked as a resident attorney in Addis Ababa for three years.
Tom frequently writes on topics involving international law and dispute resolution. Prior to relocating to Dubai, he was a professorial lecturer in law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. Tom has been recognised multiple times in Who’s Who Legal’s Future Leaders – Arbitration, a listing of the world’s leading international arbitration practitioners under the age of 45.
Mr. Yemi Candide-Johnson, SAN is the President of the Lagos Court of Arbitration and the Senior Partner at Strachan Partners – a leading commercial law firm based in Lagos with substantial practice across the Country. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 1984 and was conferred to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in September 2003.
He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of England. He is also an approved tutor and examiner for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK. He is an honorary fellow at the Centre for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria and a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitration Association.
Mr. Candide-Johnson is an author of several scholarly papers in the public sphere, which includes, ‘Commercial Arbitration Law and International Practice in Nigeria’- a text he co-authored with Mr. Olasupo Shasore, SAN.
He is a member of several associations which include: the Panel of Neutrals for the Lagos State Multi-Door Court House, Lagos, and the Nigerian Communications Commission Panel of Neutrals, among others. He is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law.
Sophie Nappert is a dual-qualified lawyer in Canada and in the UK. She is an arbitrator in independent practice, based in Gray’s Inn, London, specialising in international disputes, notably in energy, infrastructure, natural resources and cross-border investment. Before becoming a full-time arbitrator, she was Head of International Arbitration at a global law firm.
Ms Nappert is trained and has practised in both civil law and common law jurisdictions. She is the peer-nominated Moderator of OGEMID, the online discussion forum on current issues of international investment law, economic law and arbitration. She is ranked in Global Arbitration Review’s Top 30 List of Female Arbitrators Worldwide and is commended as a “leading light” in the field by Who’s Who Legal.
Ms Nappert has great interest in the impact of legal tech in arbitration and successfully completed the University of Oxford Saïd Business School Programme on Blockchain Strategy in 2019.
Ms Nappert`s 2018 Proskauer Lecture on International Arbitration, entitled Disruption Is The New Black: Practical Thoughts For Keeping International Arbitration On Trend, is nominated for Best Speech at the Global Arbitration Review Awards 2019, a prize which Ms Nappert was the first female speaker to win in 2016 for her address at the inaugural Annual Lecture of EFILA, the European Federation of Investment Law and Arbitration, Escaping From Freedom? The Dilemma of an Improved ISDS Mechanism.
She is the author of a Commentary on the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules: A Practitioner’s Guide (Juris, 2012). She is a guest lecturer at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and McGill University Faculty of Law. She created the Nappert Prize in International Arbitration, open to young scholars and practitioners worldwide, and administered under the auspices of McGill University.
Hafez R Virjee is the President and a co-Founder of Delos Dispute Resolution, an award-winning international arbitration institution. In his private practice, Mr Virjee serves mainly as arbitrator and counsel, with experience of the major rules of arbitration. His matters have spanned the range of private equity firms, tech start-ups, industrial concerns, listed companies, State entities and treaty organisations, and he has acted in disputes across a wide range of sectors and relationships, including shareholder agreements, joint-ventures, agency, M&A, telecommunications, tech, energy, pharmaceutical, construction and military. Mr Virjee practises as a solicitor of England & Wales on an independent basis, after having spent ten years at international law firms in Paris, London and Dubai. He is the Co-Editor of the Delos Guide to Arbitration Places (GAP). He holds law degrees from the University of Cambridge (M.A.), the Université Paris II – Panthéon-Assas (Maîtrise) and the University of California – Berkeley (LL.M.), and is listed among the Future Leaders of Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal.
Mr. Damilola Salawu is a Partner with the Oil and Gas Practice of the Firm. He is also the Head of the Firm’s Emerging Areas Practice in Technology, Commerce, Maritime and Mining. He recently received the Managing Partner’s Prize for the Best Performing Counsel in the Firm for two consecutive years and was a nominee in 2010 in the Young Lawyer of the Year category in the ESQ Legal Awards. Damilola advises on a wide range of finance matters across several sectors including corporate & project finance and security arrangements. He is particularly familiar with financing the development of infrastructure projects and has advised on the development of pipelines, hospitals, petroleum assets, jetties among others. He is a member of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (UK).
Sandra Oyewole is a Partner in Olajide Oyewole LLP and has been in practice for over 26 years. She leads the Intellectual Property & Technology practice and co-leads the Employment & Global Mobility practice of the firm.
Sandra provides legal services on a multitude of issues in various sectors and industries. She has guided the growth of the Firm’s practices in advertising, brand protection, employment and global mobility, entertainment, estate planning, hospitality, information technology, intellectual property, media and broadcasting and sports.
With her intellectual property background Sandra has helped to establish the firm’s technology practice. She has in depth knowledge and experience in Nigeria’s creative and innovative industries, regularly structuring deals and providing legal, business and regulatory advice.
Sandra started her career in 1993 with the Chambers of the Late Chief Rotimi Williams SAN where she made regular appearances at all levels of the judicial system. She handled a myriad of disputes, made a number of court appearances and drafted a multitude of court processes and commercial contracts.
She is often invited to speak at seminars and workshops in and outside Nigeria on matters pertaining to chain of title, intellectual property, Nigeria’s creative industry and digital technology. Sandra is committed to the creation of structure within the creative and innovative industries and this includes the strengthening of Nigeria’s anti-piracy and intellectual property laws and policies.
Mrs. Funmi Iyayi
Funmi Iyayi is the Managing Director of LACIAC.
Funmi is a legal practitioner licensed to practise in Ghana and Nigeria. She worked in the law firm of Aluko & Oyebode as a litigator and arbitration practitioner for several years, where she represented clients in arbitration proceedings as well as functioned as the secretary to arbitral tribunals. Thereafter she served as in-house Counsel in one of Nigeria’s leading real estate development companies, a role she held for two years before joining the Lagos Court of Arbitration as the General Counsel. Funmi transitioned to the role of Managing Director of LACIAC in January 2019.
As a member of various arbitration institutions both international and regional she is actively involved in the promotion of arbitration across Africa and is a regular speaker at conferences. Funmi is desirous of seeing the growth and development of the use of institutional arbitration in Nigeria and on a larger scale across the Region.
Funmi’s published works include: “Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards under Ghana’s new Alternative Dispute Resolution Act” Arbitration Journal, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK and “A case for Mediating Monetary Claims Disputes” Daily Guide, Ghana.
LAURA ALAKIJA is the Deputy Managing Partner at Primera Africa Legal – an Alfa International Member firm and an award winning fully serviced law firm in Nigeria, with offices in Lagos and Abuja, where she leads the Corporate/Commercial Transactions Group.
With over 10 years’ cognate experience as a commercial transactions lawyer with superior negotiation, documentation and risk management skills, Laura Alakija leads a team that advises clients extensively in the area of commercial and corporate transactions, risk and dispute management, Arbitration and ADR. Laura has a special and instinctive aptitude for deal structuring in complex commercial transactions. Recently, her work has involved navigating pre-dispute negotiations and providing lucid dispute management advice. Laura’s key practice areas include Energy and Natural Resources, ICT Law, Hospitality and Arbitration and ADR.
Laura Alakija received her legal education at University of Jos, Nigeria (LL.B) and University of Derby, United Kingdom (LL.M.). She is an avid researcher and a frequent speaker at conferences in the field of commercial transactions and Arbitration. She was recently appointed by the International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC-YAF) as the Representative for Africa, Middle East and Turkey.
Laura Alakija is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), the International Chamber of Commerce’ Young Arbitrators’ Forum (ICC-YAF), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Young Members Group (YMG), the International Council for Commercial Arbitration’s network for young practitioners (Young ICCA) and the Association of Professional Negotiators and Mediators (APNM). She is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), NBA Section on Business Law (NBASBL), NBASBL Committee on Travel, Tourism and Hospitality and the NBASBL Committee on Energy, Natural Resources and Environment.
Mrs. Shola Oshodi-John, MPPM, ChMC, FCArb
Mrs. Shola Oshodi-John is the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators and Editor of the Journal of Arbitration. She worked with Rodot Group/HEWS Foundation as the Corporate Services Executive/Vice President, where she served as the Head, Human Resource, Company Secretary/Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating Officer respectively.
She had served as Legal Adviser for Primlaks Group of Companies and Programme Officer at international and national not-for-profit organizations, like Global Rights, Civil Liberties Organization, and Ford Foundation, Graduate School of Public International Affairs (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, as Administrative and Graduate Assistants respectively. She had her legal practice in the Law Firm of Adeyemi Oluwole & Co.
Mr. Adeyemi Akisanya obtained the LL.B, with honours, from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1976 and an LL.M, in 1979, from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in July, 1977 and enrolled as a Notary Public in October 2011.
He has worked with the Oyo State (of Nigeria) Ministry of Justice, (1977-1978); the law firm of Odujinrin and Adefulu, in Lagos, Nigeria, (1979-1980); the law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell, in New York, USA, (1980-1981) and the Law Department of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (“MPNU”), an ExxonMobil subsidiary, (1981-2002). He retired voluntarily from MPNU in March 2002, after over twenty years of service in various capacities, including Senior Counsel, International Transactions Counsel, Company Secretary and Acting General Counsel.
‘Yemi Akisanya is presently engaged in private law practice as Principal of Adeyemi-Akisanya Associates, a highly skilled, service oriented “boutique” law firm with specialized expertise in: Energy, Natural Resources & Power (Transactions, Projects & Financing); Dispute Resolution Advisory & Practice (Mediation, Mediation Advocacy & Conflict Management); Corporate Governance; Joint Ventures and other Commercial Transactions; Ethical Laws (US FCPA, UK Bribery Act, etc.); Estates & Wills; and Properties (Documentation, Due Diligence, Title Rectification & Perfection), as its core areas of practice.
‘Yemi has a special focus on marginal field operations, legal support and advisory to indigenous E & P operators and oil service companies, local content development and the resolution of disputes through Mediation and Mediation Advocacy. He is generally recognized for the depth of his experience in the Energy (Oil and Gas) Sector and has advised government, as well as public and private companies and individuals on a full range of international corporate and commercial matters within the sector, including taxation, statutory & regulatory compliance, project development, new business venture structuring and development, joint ventures and other kinds of business transactions and arrangements.
‘Yemi Akisanya is a CEDR Accredited Mediator; a member of the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates, UK (“SCMA”); a SCMA Certified Mediation Advocacy Trainer; and, member and advisory board member of SCMA Nigeria. Apart from his private practice in Mediation and Mediation Advocate, he is on the Panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Multi Door Court House (“LMDC”). He is also a member of the Dispute Resolution Panel of the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (“NERC”). He has had great success and recognition as a credible mediator, mediation advocate, negotiator, bridge builder and peacemaker.
‘Yemi is a regular speaker and facilitator at conferences, seminars and workshops in the foregoing areas, especially in the area of Alternate Dispute Resolution, with a special focus on Mediation and Mediation Advocacy.
His memberships include: member, Nigerian Bar Association [Section on Business Law]; member, International Bar Association [Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law]; member, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators; member, the Advisory Board of the Institute for Energy Law; member, the Petroleum Club, Nigeria; member, LSE Lawyers’ Alumni Group; member, International Institute for Petroleum Energy Law and Policy, Nigeria; Life Fellow, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation; and a member, Trustee and the Honorary Secretary, of the Musical Society of Nigeria. Yemi is also an ordained Pastor and Minister of the Word.
Fola Alade Esq., ASCMA (UK) is a Commercial and Dispute resolution lawyer based in Lagos. He is the Founder/ Principal Partner at FOTEFA PARTNERS LP, a full- service commercial law firm in Nigeria. The law firm offers a wide range of expert legal services to a highly diversified and global client base. Prior to running his law firm, he worked with Abdullahi Ibrahim & Co, a top tier law firm with the highest number of Senior Advocates in Nigeria.
Fola Alade is a Certified Mediation Advocate with the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (U.K), a trained Mediator on the Panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC), Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA) and Lagos Chamber of Commerce and International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC), a trained Negotiator from the Lagos Business School (LBS), a Certified Emotional Intelligence Specialist with another certification in Hypnotherapy and Neurological Redesign Course, a Facilitator and a Certified Trainer(International Award in Delivering Training[IADT] UK) with the London Professional Training Centre.
A member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the Section on Business Law (SBL), Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA) and a Partner member with the NCMG International (Negotiation and Conflict Management Group International), Fola Alade runs an active social media page (Facebook page: @dmediationlawyeristng, Instagram: @dmediationlawyerist and twitter: @mediationlawng) where he enlightens the populace on legal issues majorly surrounding mediation.
He is the Founder/Principal of Fotefa Mediation Academy, a bespoke Mediation Training Academy where he trains on the business and practice of Mediation. He is also the Executive Director of the Incorporated Trustees of Attorney-Mediators Association (ATMA), a Consultant to the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (SCMA Nigeria) and also the Senior Consultant to Betaworka Cosmopolitan Partners Limited,a fully registered career services and training Development Company where he trains on Workplace Conflict and Emotional Intelligence.
Fola Alade boasts of several local and international certifications and trainings among which include but are not limited to a Certificate in Emotional Intelligence, a Certificate in Mediation Advocacy from the Standard Conference of Mediation Advocates, United Kingdom, A Certificate in International Award in Delivering Training from the London Professional Training Centre and a Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Neurological Redesign.
He has published and presented several articles across different cities in Nigeria among which include:
- Ways to Use Effective Communication in Dispute Resolution.
- Victim-Offender Mediation
- Mediation: An Effective Dispute Resolution Tool for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises
- The Future of Dispute Resolution Is Mediation
- Top 5 Ways to Establish A Career in Mediation
- The Concept of Co-Mediation: The Number of Mediators That Can Constitute a Mediation
- The Synergy of Emotional Intelligence and Dispute Resolution in Handling Workplace Conflict.
- Mediation Advocacy as A Stream of Income
- Downsides of Mediation
A passionate Advocate of Mediation and a lover of parties and life, he is married with two kids.
Mrs. Morenike Obi-Farinde works in general commercial and common law. Morenike’s practise area centres on commercial law. She handles large, paper-heavy, litigation, arbitrations, mediations. She has experience in work involving some jurisdictions. and the tactical and strategic issues which arise in the conduct of such litigation.
She is an expert in commercial property transactions.
She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and sits as an arbitrator. Morenike is also on the panel of neutrals at the Lagos Multidoor Court House and as a CEDR accredited mediator, successfully mediated several matters.
She is a compliance and documentation expert in respect of corporate bodies at the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria as well as providing company secretarial services. She has also been appointed as a liquidator.
She is also an avid speaker and undertakes several conferences and conducts training sessions in various types of ADR. She is a faculty member of the JUSTICE FOR ALL (J4A DFID) programme of the British council aimed at increasing access to Mediation and legal services to poor people in Lagos State.
She currently sits as a member of the Governing Council of the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) in Lagos State. She is also a Notary public appointed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Josephine Akinwunmi (Mrs) is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators(UK), a CEDR(UK) Accredited Mediator, a certified SCMA Mediation Advocacy trainer, a legal practitioner who holds two degrees from the University of Lagos and a licenced Human Resources Practitioner.
Mrs Akinwunmi belongs to a number of professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (UK), the International Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria (National Commission on Arbitration and ADR), the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (where she serves on the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Committee) and the Nigerian Bar Association.
She is the Principal Partner of Josephine Akinwunmi & Co, a firm of Legal Practitioners in Lagos, specializing in Corporate Practice and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Josephine Akinwunmi is on the Panel of Neutrals and a faculty member of the Lagos Multidoor Court House, and her passion for mediation has seen her involved in a number of cases, most of which have been successfully handled and resolved. She is also a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Court of Arbitration.
She was a member of the two committees that successfully launched the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris 2012 Rules of Arbitration in Nigeria and the Mediation Rules in Nigeria in 2014.
Mrs Akinwunmi is known for her high sense of commitment, diligence and integrity, and is also a Notary Public for Nigeria
Mrs. Beverley Agbakoba-Onyejianya is a Regulatory and Compliance professional with over 10 years of working experience in the Banking and Capital Markets sectors in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. She has previously acted as a registered compliance officer with the Nigerian Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). Her broad experience in compliance covers Capital Markets, Brokerage, Fund Management, Sports & Leisure and Food & Beverage manufacturing and distribution. She is a well-regarded professional in her industry, and has played an active role in a number of regulatory and market development initiatives and committees in Nigeria. She has also written published articles on Compliance and AML in Nigeria. Beverley is an accredited mediator of the Lagos Multi Door Courthouse. She is called to the English and Nigerian Bar. She also has international certification in Investment Compliance and training in Capital Markets Development and Regulation.
Beverley is also a member of the Sport Law practice group of the firm. She is a sport enthusiast and manages a junior football league team.
Catriona Paterson, Of Counsel at Omnia Strategy
• Of Counsel at Omnia Strategy focusing on international arbitration and public international law. • Qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales. • Catriona has advised and worked on complex and high stakes commercial and investment arbitrations under ICSID, ICSID Additional Facility, UNCITRAL, ICC and LCIA rules.
Recent Select Investor-State Arbitration
• Representing the Republic of Montenegro in an ICSID arbitration relating to financial instruments (Addiko Bank AG v. Montenegro, ICISD Case No. ARB/17/35) • Representing Claimants from a Gulf State in pending OIC arbitration proceedings against a Central Asian State (UNCITRAL) (Confidential matter) • Representing a Balkan State in a bilateral investment treaty dispute relating to an agricultural business (UNCITRAL) (Confidential matter) • Represented Strabag SE in an ICSID additional facility arbitration against Libya arising out of the State’s treatment of the Claimant’s road and infrastructure construction contracts before, during and after the 2011 Revolution (Strabag SE v. Libya, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/15/1) • Represented an Indorama Group company in an ICSID arbitration against Egypt concerning the State’s conduct during and after the Arab Spring (Indorama International Finance Limited v. Egypt, ICSID Case No. ARB/11/32) • Represented Macedonia in an ICSID arbitration concerning trust banking operations (Guardian Fiduciary Trust Ltd v. Macedonia, ICSID Case No. ARB/12/31) • Represented Macedonia in ICSID arbitration concerning a food manufacturing enterprise (Swisslion DOO Skopje v. Macedonia, ICSID Case No. ARB/09/16) • Represented the Ukraine in an Energy Charter Treaty arbitration at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce • Represented the Claimant in an ICSID arbitration brought against Turkey under a bilateral investment treaty and the Energy Charter Treaty relating to a contract for a gas-fired power plant (Alapli Elektrik B.V. v. Turkey, ICSID Case No. ARB/08/13) • Represented the Claimant in an ICSID arbitration brought against the Republic of Georgia relating to a road construction contract (Karmer Marble Tourism Construction Industry & Commerce v. Georgia, ICSID Case No. ARB/08/19)
Other experience advising on bilateral and multilateral investment treaties
• Advised the Investment Committee of the OECD on the bilateral investment treaty programmes of Russia, China, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong • Advised numerous private sector investors on the structuring of their investments to gain the protections of bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, including investments into Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Iran, Venezuela, Indonesia, and others • Advised an international charity on key issues in investment treaty disputes, with a particular focus on the State’s right to regulate
Other Legal Experience
• Eleven years’ experience in international arbitration and public international law at Latham & Watkins. • Prior to private practice, was a Consultant to the Investment Division at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and worked at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. • Has published numerous articles on international investment law and investor-State dispute settlement • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
• University College London (LL.M) • University of Glasgow (LL.B with French) (Hons)
Olaleye Adebiyi is the Country Managing Partner of Andersen Tax in Nigeria. He is a renowned tax expert with about 30 years’ experience in tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, advisory, and compliance transactions. He has worked closely with various tax authorities in Nigeria.
As a leading tax expert, Olaleye has handled various portfolios and advised numerous clients on tax issues, laws and regulations and has won landmark cases involving novel and complex tax issues. Olaleye has also acted as a Tax Expert Witness in various arbitration proceedings.
Olaleye is the current Chairman of the Taxation Committee of the Section of Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association.
He has also written many articles in law journals and regularly speaks at various tax seminars and conferences. He often features as a tax commentator in national newspapers. He supervised the translation and published the Personal Income Tax Act of Nigeria in four native languages in a bid to to create more awareness about the law to individuals who may not understand or read English.
Olaleye is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ghana Bar Association, International Bar Association and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.
Dr. Mohamed Hafez, Counsel and Legal Advisor to the Director of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), has joined CRCICA after assuming position of Partner and Head of Arbitration at TMS Law Firm (based in Cairo) and before that as a Senior Associate in the arbitration department at Zaki Hashem and Partners Law Firm (based in Cairo). With over a decade of arbitration focused experience, Dr. Hafez has served as Counsel in multiple number of arbitration cases, including ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, specializing in Corporate, Construction, Investment, Hotel Management, Oil & Gas, Maritime and Shipping and Telecommunications disputes. Dr. Hafez also handled several executions and annulment cases of arbitral awards in Egypt. Dr. Hafez has sat as arbitrator in several ad hoc and institutional arbitration cases.
Dr. Hafez achieved his LL.B from the English Section of Cairo University’s Faculty of Law and his LL.M. from Queenmary, University of London, with a specialization in Commercial Corporate Law and International Commercial Arbitration. Furthermore, he received his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Law, University of Basel in Switzerland, for his doctoral thesis entitled “Modern Contract and Sales Law in the Middle Eastern and Arab Countries, a Comparative Study”.
Dr. Hafez is registered in the Lawyer’s Bar Association in Egypt and is enlisted as Arbitrator in CRCICA’s Arbitrator’s list. He is fluent in Arabic and English, along with a fair command of French and German.