FIRE Middle East 2024

In-Person on the 10th -12th  November 2024

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai

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Agenda

'Women in FIRE' Afternoon Tea
5.00pm

Women in FIRE connects women in litigation or whose practice encompasses or touches upon Fraud, Contentious Insolvency, Asset Recovery and International Enforcement. 

Pre-Event Networking Welcome Party 4th Floor - ikandy ultralounge (by the pool)
7.00pm

Meet your fellow attendees and connect with the intrepid business travellers.

 

Registration & Welcome Refreshments
9.00am

Chairs' Opening Remarks
9.40am

Colin Diss, Partner
Grant Thornton

Sarah Malik, CEO & Founder
SOL International (ADGM)

New World...New Normal... Government Policy & Regulation
9.50am

David Young, Managing Director
Oxford Analytica

Shades of Fraud in the Region: What is the Work and where is it coming from?
10.30am

Ali Al Rashdi, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution
S & A Law Firm (Oman)

Iain Jones, Associate Managing Director
Kroll (Dubai)

Max Davis , Legal Director
Charles Russell Speechlys (Dubai)

Rupert Reed KC, Barrister
Serle Court

Refreshment Break
11.10am

Metaverse Litigation - The New Age of Disputes in the Virtual World
11.30am

Nicolle Lafosse, Partner
Lafosse Law (USA)

Dr. Paresh Kathrani, Independent Strategic Consultant
Legal Technology & Innovation Institute

Nicola Rayment, Head of Tech & Consultant Counsel
SOL International (Dubai)

Paul Key KC, Barrister
Essex Court Chambers

Bringing & Pursuing Claims over Crypto & Digital Assets
12.10pm

Kerem Alev, Senior Associate
Bait Al Qanoon (Oman)

Zoe O’Sullivan KC, Barrister
Serle Court

David Welford, Partner
Ogier

Aija Lejniece , Counsel & Arbitrator
Independent

Lunch
12.50pm

Afternoon Chairs

Ghazanfar Shah, Senior Managing Director
K2 Integrity

David Welford, Partner
Ogier

Understanding the Obligations & Duties of a Crypto Exchange
2.00pm

Ali Khan, Legal Consultant / Web3 & DeFi Lead
AS Legal Consultants (Dubai)

Prateek Bagaria, Partner
Singularity Legal (India, UAE & Singapore)

Laura Voda, Partner
Fichte & Co (Dubai)

Funding, Acquisition & Strategies with NPL Portfolios
2.50pm

Prashan Patel, Partner
Grant Thornton (London)

Marijn Flinterman, Senior Investment Manager, Head of DARP
Omni Bridgeway

Keith Hutchison, Partner
Clyde & Co (Dubai)

Berkay Oncel , Head of MENAT Investments
SC Lowy

Refreshment Break
3.30pm

Unpacking Investigations & Investigators
3.50pm

Monaf Hatam, Associate Director
Control Risks (UAE)

Laura Shingler, Legal Director
DLA Piper (Dubai)

Robert Capper , Senior Managing Director
Ankura

View from the Judges Bench
4.30pm

Justice Ricardo Villas Bôas Cueva, Judge
Superior Court of Justice of Brazil

Justice Michael Black, Court of Appeal Judge & Judge in Charge of Digital Economy Court (DEC)
DIFC Courts

His Honour Judge Pelling KC, Judge in Charge
London Circuit Commercial Court

Chairs' Summary & Close of Day 1
5.20pm

Networking Drinks Reception 4th Floor - ikandy ultralounge (by the pool)
5.30pm

Conference Dinner Ground Floor - Dunes Restaurant
7.30pm

Hosted by:

Morning Refreshments
9.00am

Chairs' Welcome Back
9.30am

Walid Azzam, Partner
Hadef & Partners (Dubai)

Bushra Ahmed, Barrister, Head of Dispute Resolution & Partner
KBH (Dubai)

Enforcing Judgements in the UAE and the Middle East
9.40am

Dr. Ahmad Alkhamees, Managing Partner
Harasani & Alkhamees Law Firm (Saudi Arabia)

Rebecca Copley, Partner
Eversheds Sutherland (Dubai)

DK Singh, Managing Partner
KBH (Dubai)

Mohammed Al Dahbashi, Managing Partner
ADG Legal (Dubai)

Georgina Munnik, Senior Associate
Charles Russell Speechlys (Bahrain)

Enforcing UAE and Middle East Judgments Internationally
10.20am

Daniel Hall, Managing Director
Burford Capital

Peter Smith, Legal Director
Charles Russell Speechlys (Dubai)

Luke Petith, Partner
Walkers (Dubai)

Benedict Tompkins, Barrister
Essex Court Chambers

Refreshment Break
11.00am

Use of Communication in a Legal Strategy and Asset Recovery
11.20am

  • Publicising the issue
  • Understanding and preparing for counter communications to derail an asset recovery process.
  • Developing strategies to exert pressure in the right place  - Often not the obvious one.
  • Ensuring that the pursuit of assets is not knocked off track by losing support for it
  • Dealing with the "I feel like a fool" syndrome.
  • Supporting the process
  • Enforcing orders.

Stuart Leach, Founder
Stuart Leach Associates

Ajay Wiltshire , Managing Director
Saffery ME Limited

Noor Kadhim, Founder and Principal
Kadhims

Assessing the Interaction between Law, Technology & Asset Recovery
12.00pm

  • Technology developments and how it will assist investigatory techniques
  • Practical interplay between legal remedies and asset recovery strategies
  • Development of law (- is it keeping up with technology?)

Antonia Birt, Partner
Reed Smith (Dubai)

Christian Nel, Head of Fintech / Blockchain Practice Group
Mena Legal (Dubai)

Dominic Ayliffe, Associate Managing Director
Kroll (Dubai)

Henrique Forssell, Founding partner
Duarte Forssell Advogados (Brazil)

Lunch
12.40pm

Afternoon Chairs

Colin Diss, Partner
Grant Thornton

Evasion, facilitation and circumvention of sanctions: route maps for companies and professional firms
2.00pm

  • The next phase of Russia Sanctions and focus on professional enablers
  • Secondary sanctions and extra – territoriality
  • Circumvention provisions in US, EU and UK – similarities and differences
  • Evasion as opposed to circumvention – a regulator’s view
  • Trends in enforcement and the future.

Michael Potts, Partner
PCB Byrne

Tomislav Šunjka, Founder & Principal
ŠunjkaLaw (Serbia)

Peter Gray, Partner
ADG Legal (Dubai, UAE)

Tom Sullivan, Attorney
Marks & Sokolov

New Insolvency Regimes in the Middle East and the Key Differences with the West
2.40pm

Luke Harrison , Partner
Keidan Harrison

Marc Kish, Partner, Global Head of Dispute Resolution
Ogier (Cayman)

Ali Al Shamlawi, Partner & Head of Dispute Resolution Bahrain
KBH (Bahrain)

Maria Mulla , Barrister
Maitland Chambers

Afternoon Refreshment Break
3.20pm

Understanding Major Legislative Reform in Dubai of Digital Assets, Smart Contracts and Secured Transactions
3.40pm

Jacques Visser, Chief Legal Officer
DIFC (Dubai)

Katherine Nixon, Senior Vice President, Legal
DIFC (Dubai)

Andrew Spink KC, Barrister
Outer Temple Chambers

Nicolas Stallworthy KC, Barrister
Outer Temple Chambers

Justina Stewart, Barrister
Outer Temple Chambers

David Russell KC, Barrister
Outer Temple Chambers

FIRE & Arbitration: Anti-suits in the DIFC and beyond
4.20pm

Charlotte Bijlani, Partner & Head of Middle East
Watson Farley & Williams (Dubai)

John Rogerson, Partner
White & Case

Seema Bono, Partner
Pinsent Masons (Dubai)

Najib Hage-Chahine, Managing Partner
Hage-Chahine (Lebanon)

Michael Radcliffe, Partner
Grant Thornton

Chairs' Summary & Close of Event
5.00pm

5.00pm
'Women in FIRE' Afternoon Tea

Women in FIRE connects women in litigation or whose practice encompasses or touches upon Fraud, Contentious Insolvency, Asset Recovery and International Enforcement. 

7.00pm
Pre-Event Networking Welcome Party 4th Floor - ikandy ultralounge (by the pool)

Meet your fellow attendees and connect with the intrepid business travellers.

 

9.00am
Registration & Welcome Refreshments
9.40am
Chairs' Opening Remarks
Colin Diss - Partner - Grant Thornton
Sarah Malik - CEO & Founder - SOL International (ADGM)
9.50am
New World...New Normal... Government Policy & Regulation
David Young - Managing Director - Oxford Analytica
10.30am
Shades of Fraud in the Region: What is the Work and where is it coming from?
Ali Al Rashdi - Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution - S & A Law Firm (Oman)
Iain Jones - Associate Managing Director - Kroll (Dubai)
Max Davis - Legal Director - Charles Russell Speechlys (Dubai)
Rupert Reed KC - Barrister - Serle Court
11.10am
Refreshment Break
11.30am
Metaverse Litigation - The New Age of Disputes in the Virtual World
Nicolle Lafosse - Partner - Lafosse Law (USA)
Dr. Paresh Kathrani - Independent Strategic Consultant - Legal Technology & Innovation Institute
Nicola Rayment - Head of Tech & Consultant Counsel - SOL International (Dubai)
Paul Key KC - Barrister - Essex Court Chambers
12.10pm
Bringing & Pursuing Claims over Crypto & Digital Assets
Kerem Alev - Senior Associate - Bait Al Qanoon (Oman)
Zoe O’Sullivan KC - Barrister - Serle Court
David Welford - Partner - Ogier
Aija Lejniece - Counsel & Arbitrator - Independent
12.50pm
Lunch
Afternoon Chairs
Ghazanfar Shah - Senior Managing Director - K2 Integrity
David Welford - Partner - Ogier
2.00pm
Understanding the Obligations & Duties of a Crypto Exchange
Ali Khan - Legal Consultant / Web3 & DeFi Lead - AS Legal Consultants (Dubai)
Prateek Bagaria - Partner - Singularity Legal (India, UAE & Singapore)
Laura Voda - Partner - Fichte & Co (Dubai)
2.50pm
Funding, Acquisition & Strategies with NPL Portfolios
Prashan Patel - Partner - Grant Thornton (London)
Marijn Flinterman - Senior Investment Manager, Head of DARP - Omni Bridgeway
Keith Hutchison - Partner - Clyde & Co (Dubai)
Berkay Oncel - Head of MENAT Investments - SC Lowy
3.30pm
Refreshment Break
3.50pm
Unpacking Investigations & Investigators
Monaf Hatam - Associate Director - Control Risks (UAE)
Laura Shingler - Legal Director - DLA Piper (Dubai)
Robert Capper - Senior Managing Director - Ankura
4.30pm
View from the Judges Bench
Justice Ricardo Villas Bôas Cueva - Judge - Superior Court of Justice of Brazil
Justice Michael Black - Court of Appeal Judge & Judge in Charge of Digital Economy Court (DEC) - DIFC Courts
His Honour Judge Pelling KC - Judge in Charge - London Circuit Commercial Court
5.20pm
Chairs' Summary & Close of Day 1
5.30pm
Networking Drinks Reception 4th Floor - ikandy ultralounge (by the pool)
7.30pm
Conference Dinner Ground Floor - Dunes Restaurant

Hosted by:

9.00am
Morning Refreshments
9.30am
Chairs' Welcome Back
Walid Azzam - Partner - Hadef & Partners (Dubai)
Bushra Ahmed - Barrister, Head of Dispute Resolution & Partner - KBH (Dubai)
9.40am
Enforcing Judgements in the UAE and the Middle East
Dr. Ahmad Alkhamees - Managing Partner - Harasani & Alkhamees Law Firm (Saudi Arabia)
Rebecca Copley - Partner - Eversheds Sutherland (Dubai)
DK Singh - Managing Partner - KBH (Dubai)
Mohammed Al Dahbashi - Managing Partner - ADG Legal (Dubai)
Georgina Munnik - Senior Associate - Charles Russell Speechlys (Bahrain)
10.20am
Enforcing UAE and Middle East Judgments Internationally
Daniel Hall - Managing Director - Burford Capital
Peter Smith - Legal Director - Charles Russell Speechlys (Dubai)
Luke Petith - Partner - Walkers (Dubai)
Benedict Tompkins - Barrister - Essex Court Chambers
11.00am
Refreshment Break
11.20am
Use of Communication in a Legal Strategy and Asset Recovery
  • Publicising the issue
  • Understanding and preparing for counter communications to derail an asset recovery process.
  • Developing strategies to exert pressure in the right place  - Often not the obvious one.
  • Ensuring that the pursuit of assets is not knocked off track by losing support for it
  • Dealing with the "I feel like a fool" syndrome.
  • Supporting the process
  • Enforcing orders.
Stuart Leach - Founder - Stuart Leach Associates
Ajay Wiltshire - Managing Director - Saffery ME Limited
Noor Kadhim - Founder and Principal - Kadhims
12.00pm
Assessing the Interaction between Law, Technology & Asset Recovery
  • Technology developments and how it will assist investigatory techniques
  • Practical interplay between legal remedies and asset recovery strategies
  • Development of law (- is it keeping up with technology?)
Antonia Birt - Partner - Reed Smith (Dubai)
Christian Nel - Head of Fintech / Blockchain Practice Group - Mena Legal (Dubai)
Dominic Ayliffe - Associate Managing Director - Kroll (Dubai)
Henrique Forssell - Founding partner - Duarte Forssell Advogados (Brazil)
12.40pm
Lunch
Afternoon Chairs
Colin Diss - Partner - Grant Thornton
2.00pm
Evasion, facilitation and circumvention of sanctions: route maps for companies and professional firms
  • The next phase of Russia Sanctions and focus on professional enablers
  • Secondary sanctions and extra – territoriality
  • Circumvention provisions in US, EU and UK – similarities and differences
  • Evasion as opposed to circumvention – a regulator’s view
  • Trends in enforcement and the future.
Michael Potts - Partner - PCB Byrne
Tomislav Šunjka - Founder & Principal - ŠunjkaLaw (Serbia)
Peter Gray - Partner - ADG Legal (Dubai, UAE)
Tom Sullivan - Attorney - Marks & Sokolov
2.40pm
New Insolvency Regimes in the Middle East and the Key Differences with the West
Luke Harrison - Partner - Keidan Harrison
Marc Kish - Partner, Global Head of Dispute Resolution - Ogier (Cayman)
Ali Al Shamlawi - Partner & Head of Dispute Resolution Bahrain - KBH (Bahrain)
Maria Mulla - Barrister - Maitland Chambers
3.20pm
Afternoon Refreshment Break
3.40pm
Understanding Major Legislative Reform in Dubai of Digital Assets, Smart Contracts and Secured Transactions
Jacques Visser - Chief Legal Officer - DIFC (Dubai)
Katherine Nixon - Senior Vice President, Legal - DIFC (Dubai)
Andrew Spink KC - Barrister - Outer Temple Chambers
Nicolas Stallworthy KC - Barrister - Outer Temple Chambers
Justina Stewart - Barrister - Outer Temple Chambers
David Russell KC - Barrister - Outer Temple Chambers
4.20pm
FIRE & Arbitration: Anti-suits in the DIFC and beyond
Charlotte Bijlani - Partner & Head of Middle East - Watson Farley & Williams (Dubai)
John Rogerson - Partner - White & Case
Seema Bono - Partner - Pinsent Masons (Dubai)
Najib Hage-Chahine - Managing Partner - Hage-Chahine (Lebanon)
Michael Radcliffe - Partner - Grant Thornton
5.00pm
Chairs' Summary & Close of Event

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