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14th November 2018 - Dubai International Arbitration Centre honours top-performing arbitrators and strategic partners

Dubai, UAE: Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), an initiative of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, recently honoured top-performing arbitrators, law firms, and strategic partners for their outstanding performance and valuable contribution to the growth of Dubai’s international arbitration practices.

During a special ceremony held at Dubai Chamber’s premises, awards were presented to 18 winners covering several categories. Mr Karim Nassif, Partner, LPA-CGR Avocats; Mr Yasser El Hawary, Managing Partner, Al Hefeiti Advocates and Legal Consultants; and Dr Reyadh El Kabban, Managing Director Al Kabban & Associates; received the award in the Best Sole Arbitrators category.

Mr Alain Farhad, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs; Mr Adrian Cole, Partner, King & Spalding; and Dr Hussam Al Talhuni, Legal Advisor, Ministry of Finance; were honoured in the category of Best Chairperson of the Arbitral Tribunal.

Award winners in the Co-arbitrators category were Mr Ali Al Aidarous, Managing Partner, Al Aidarous Advocates and Legal Consultants; Mr Victor Leginsky, Independent Chartered Arbitrator, Arbitralis ADR Brokerage LLC; and Mr Ahmed Ibrahim Partner, Fenwick Elliott.

Receiving the award in the Best Young Arbitrators category were Ms Celine Kanakri, Senior Counsel, Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla; Ms Aarta Alkarimi, Partner Chrysalis LLP; and Ms Laila El Shentenawi, Senior Associate, Al Tamimi & Company.

Ms Sally Kotb, Associate, Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla; Mr Mahmood Hussain, Founding Partner, Mahmood Hussain Law Firm; and Dr Talal Jaber, Managing Partner, Jaber Law Firm, were presented with the award in the Promising Arbitrators category. In addition, Norton Rose Fulbright; Al Tamimi & Company; and Clyde & Co. were recognised in the Best Law Firms category.

Dr. Habib Al Mulla, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and Chairman of Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla thanked DIAC’s strategic partners for their dedication, contribution and support in the development of arbitration practices in the UAE. He stressed the significance of the Dubai Arbitration Awards as the awards play an important role in fostering best international practices and improving arbitration processes, which have a positive impact on the business community.

For his part, Dr Tarek Riad, the Chairman of DIAC Executive Committee, explained that the Dubai Arbitration Awards fall in line with DIAC’s efforts to enhance its support to the business community and improve ease of doing business in Dubai, adding that the awarded companies and individuals have raised the bar for arbitration practices in the region.

The Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the largest arbitration centre in the Middle East, provides local and international business communities with commercial arbitration services. DIAC was initially established by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1994 as the Centre for Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration.

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