Jalal El Ahdab
Hicham Zegrary Secretary General of Casablanca International Mediation & Arbitration Centre (CIMAC) is the recipient of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (Paris, Robert Badinter class 2010) and Holds a Master of Public Affairs from Paris Dauphine University and prepares a PhD thesis on arbitration. In November 2010, he joined Casablanca Finance City Authority as head of Legal Affairs and since January 2012 he has been its Director of Operations & Institutional Affairs. He has been Secretary General of Casablanca International Mediation & Arbitration Centre since March 2016. Mr Zegrary began his professional career in February 2002 in Microsoft North Africa as Legal Counsel in Intellectual Property Department. In October 2004, he joined the General Inspection of Finance related to the Minister of Economy & Finances which is in charge of auditing projects funded by international financial organizations and auditing management of state-owned companies and departmental corporations. Mr. Zegrary is the chairman of the organizing committee of the Casablanca Arbitration Days. He is member of the ENA Alumni Association, member of ICCA and member of Association Droit et Commerce.
Jacob Grierson represents clients from numerous countries in a broad range of international arbitrations, including disputes arising out of the oil and gas, construction, pharmaceutical, telecom and internet industries. Jacob has represented clients in matters involving joint venture disputes, post-merger and acquisition disputes, licensing disputes and distribution and franchising disputes, among others. He has handled arbitrations in all of the major places of arbitration, although predominantly in London and Paris.
Jacob has extensive experience in arbitrations under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), as well as in investment arbitrations, including those under the rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and in ad hoc arbitrations. Additionally, Jacob is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)-qualified mediator, with a focus on helping clients achieve amicable settlements of disputes either before or during arbitrations. He has also acted as sole arbitrator, president and co-arbitrator in a number of ICC arbitrations in London and in Paris.
Jalal El Ahdab
Jalal El Ahdab (Jil Ahdab)‘s practice covers international business law, notably with the Arab world and Europe, and more specifically in the field of international litigation and foreign investments. He has strong expertise in managing international disputes and particularly arbitrations: shareholders and securities suits, class actions, breach of negotiations, bank guarantees … The type of business disputes his practice includes relates to the trade in various types of commodities, telecom markets, port concessions, the construction industry… It also involves the following geographical areas: Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. He possesses a large knowledge of institutional rules, including ICSID, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, VIAC, DIAC, CRCICA and CAS Rules.
He acts both as a counsel and as an arbitrator (sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chairman).
He is a regular speaker at numerous international arbitration conferences and author of numerous articles on the same subject. He is co-author of Arbitration with the Arab Countries (Kluwer, 2011). He is also managing editor of the International Journal of Arab Arbitration, available on www.kluwerarbitration.com and www.intljaa.com. He will also release in 2018 a book on Arbitration Law in France, with Professor Daniel Mainguy (LexisNexis). Finally, he is a lecturer in arbitration law at the Versailles University and at HEC Business School.
Jil Ahdab holds a doctorate in law from Paris I – Sorbonne (2003) and also graduated from Sciences Po Paris (Political Sciences & International Finance) in 1998, the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Business & Management) in 1995 and Columbia Law School (LLM) in 2002.
After working for ten years within an international law firm (Orrick Rambaud Martel) where he was made counsel back in 2010, he joined Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent as a partner in 2012. He is admitted to practice in Paris (France), Beirut (Lebanon) and New York (USA) and speaks equally French, English and Arabic.
Jil Ahdab is member of the ICC (French and Lebanese Committees). He is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, of the Arbitration Commission and of the Institute of World Business Law. He is a former Member of the ICC Task Force on “the Revision of the ICC Rules of Arbitration”, on “Production of Electronic Documents in Arbitration”, on “Arbitration Involving States or State Entities”; of the ICC Working Group on “Decisions on Costs” and current member of the ICC Task Force on Emergency arbitrator Proceedings. He is also a member of the IBA (co-chair of the Mediation Committee; Arbitration Committee; Official co-translator into Arabic of the 2010 IBA Rules on Evidence). He has also adhered to the US ABA and AAA/ICDR (he sits in its International Panel of Arbitrators), the French CFA, the Swiss ASA, the Belgian CEPANI, the UK LCIA and CIArb (which he chairs the Paris Chapter of), the Sport CAS (arbitrator appointed by Lebanon) and to the Singaporean SIAC. Jil Ahdab is also Lebanon’s Representative at the UNCITRAL.
Jil Ahdab has won the 2005 Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award for the best thesis: « The Arbitration Clause and the Non-Signatories » (unpublished yet) and was recognized as a “world leading arbitration expert” by the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration 2012.
Ilham is part of Hogan Lovells’ International Arbitration Group based out of Dubai. Ilham holds law degrees from both common and civil law jurisdictions: she is a graduate of the Universite Catholique de Louvain and of SOAS, University of London. Before joining Hogan Lovells in December 2016, Ilham worked in-house within the legal department (Middle East/Africa) of a major international corporation and then in the disputes department of a German-UK law firm based out of Dubai. Over the years, Ilham has demonstrated a keen interest for the development of arbitration and the Rule of Law in Africa and has assisted a number of African Governments with the creation or improvement of their arbitration and trade legal frameworks. She was appointed in 2016 as Member of the International Arbitration Taskforce for the Federal Government of Somalia and was recently chosen to be part of Somalia’s Negotiating Team for its Accession to the WTO. Ilham is also Head Coordinator of the IGAD-CCD Task Force for the creation of the Djibouti International Arbitration Centre (DJIAC). Ilham keeps strong ties with her motherland – Morocco – where she is a Lecturer in Introduction to International Litigation and Arbitration (Universite Internationale de Casablanca) and where she was also appointed as Head Coordinator by the Board of the Casablanca International Mediation and Arbitration Centre (CIMAC).
Mireya BERTEAU is the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Europe and Asia of International law firm McDermott Will & Emery, based in the Paris office.
With almost 20 years of experience in world class, B2B, consulting and law firms, Mireya has in-depth experience with both hands-on marketing as well as marketing and brand management, public relations strategy, printing and web content.
She is a renowned expert on event management and high-level corporate communication, acting for multiple complex projects for global organizations and international associations around the world.
Thomas Granier is an associate at McDermott Will & Emery in Paris, France. He focuses his practice on international arbitration and arbitration-related litigation. He has developed a strong experience in disputes relating to construction, new technologies, IT, energy, joint-ventures and commodities. Thomas has acted as counsel in a number of commercial and investment arbitrations under the rules of various institutions such as the ICC, the LCIA, the HKIAC, the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and ad hoc arbitrations. In addition, Thomas has acted as Sole Arbitrator under the ICC Rules and the rules of arbitration of Delos Dispute Resolution.
Prior to joining McDermott Will & Emery, Thomas served as counsel in the case management team at the secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris dealing mainly with cases from Africa, the Middle East and France. He previously served as deputy counsel for the case management team dealing mainly with cases from Germany, Switzerland and Austria. At the ICC, Thomas supervised more than 300 arbitrations and reviewed a number of arbitration awards.
Laurent Lévy has extensive experience in corporate disputes, mainly in the areas of oil, gas, air & space and finance industries.
He is a Council member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, a member of the Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage and of the Milan Club of Arbitrators. He is also a former Vice-President of the ICC Court of International Arbitration and a former member and Vice-President of the London Court of International Arbitration.
Since 2007 he has been a visiting professor at the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London.
He has handled more than 250 arbitration proceedings, mostly as an arbitrator, under various rules such as the ICC, ICSID and LCIA Rules, in numerous jurisdictions worldwide.