22nd Global Legal Confex

07 October 2015, Dubai, UAE

Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Beach Side, Dubai Marina, 473828, AE, Nearest Landmark : Atlantis, the Palm


The Legal ConfEx covers a range of topics related to Litigation, Technology, Compliance, Security and Risk Management. They would attract the best of the legal professionals and thought leaders from the industry as well as enlighten the delegates about the latest in this industry.

07 October 2015

Legal ConfEx Agenda (From 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM Gulf Standard Time)
Panel Discussions to be held in Halls A and B


08:30 AM – 08:45 AM

Registration and Informal Networking with Exhibitors


08:45 AM – 10:00 AM

Welcome Address and Keynote Session

Mr. Mark Beer OBE
Chief Executive and Registrar, DIFC Courts, UAE

Topic: Welcome to the Middle East: Top Legal Trends in 2016, Predictions for 2017

Naj Bueno
Director, Millnet Limited, UK

Topic: 10 Tips: Planning and Implementation for eDiscovery.


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking Tea and Informal Networking with Exhibitors



Hall A

Hall B

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Panel Discussion
Litigation Finance and Investment and Legal Global Solutions

Global economic market forces have propelled the rise of litigation funding; it is a significant development in civil litigation today. Litigation can be expensive and risky. It can also help mitigate the costs and risks involved in pursuing or defending a claim, thereby increasing the access to justice.

  • Need for litigation funding
  • The Attorney-Client-Funder Relationship
  • Key provisions for litigation funding
  • Need for regulation of litigation funding
  • Effects on Class Action Practice and Management
  • Business, Legal and Ethical Issues in Litigation Funding
  • Future of Litigation Funding in the Middle East

11:05 AM – 11:35 AM
Panel Discussion
IP Litigation Around the World : Use of Information Technology

  • Patents, trademarks and copyrights
  • Trends and strategies
  • Staffing
  • Technology
  • Cost management tools and techniques
  • Support services
  • Role of law firms in managing multi-jurisdictional litigations




10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Panel Discussion
A View from the Top: Compliance and the C-Suite

This interactive session of CEOs, Board Directors, Compliance Officers and General Counsel will examine how government investigations and high-stakes litigation are viewed from the role of leadership, the corporate board and legal teams.

  • Compliance trends and strategies
  • High-stakes compliance enforcement actions
  • Managing compliance costs
  • Role of the Compliance Officer, Board Directors and in-house legal teams
  • Role of external service providers, including law firms


11:05 AM – 11:35 AM
Panel Discussion
Contracts Management and Compliance

Audit committees of boards at public companies are asking for contract audits. General Counsels need to work with Board of Directors and Senior Management to assess and manage contracting practices in a way that decreases organizational risk and contributes to the company’s revenue by making commercial processes more efficient.

  • Determining the total value of all obligations contained in active agreements
  • Determining the overall risk level across all contracts
  • Evaluating Contract Review Cycle
  • Designing and implementing a Contract Management Program
  • Partnering with sophisticatedly managed service providers

11:40 AM – 12:25 PM
Panel Discussion
Alternatives to Litigation: Managing Disputes in Growing Markets

Litigation is time consuming and an expensive method of resolving a dispute.It’s wise to look for alternatives to litigation to prevent or at least minimize the burden of full litigation. Learn about arbitration as an alternative to litigation in resolving disputes.

  • Effective dispute resolution and arbitration: When and how to respond?
  • Future of international arbitration
  • Rescinding conventional wisdom: Is arbitration actually better?
  • Role of General Counsel in controlling costs and managing timelines: A guide to early case management


11:40 AM – 12:25 PM
Panel Discussion
How Will Patent Litigation Look in Five Years?

  • Changing patent systems in US and Europe
  • Compare/contrast of USPTO and
  • The internet of things and standard-essential patents (SEPs)
  • Patent licensing disputes
  • The unitary patent and Unified Patent Court reforms





12:25 PM – 01:20 PM

Lunch and Informal Networking with Exhibitors
“A Small Thank You Note by Mr.Yousef Hussein Al‐Sahlawi, Founding Partner of Al Sahlawi Group Advocates & Legal Consultants”.


01:20 PM – 02:05 PM
Panel Discussion
Latest Trends in Litigation Management

  • Role of the litigation department
  • Case management strategies
  • ‘Pains’ for litigation department heads
  • Establishing accountability
  • Implications for the legal profession
  • Managing conflict of interest
  • Enhancing bargaining power
  • Cases and examples from the Middle East





02:05 PM – 02:50 PM
Master Class*
Anti-Corruption Boot Camp

As anti-corruption enforcement continues to mature around the world, In-house counsel must stay abreast of the latest regulatory developments to minimize legal, financial and reputational risk.

This session provides the tools necessary to avoid investigations, remain compliant and monitor third-party conduct. A panel of anti-corruption professionals, ethics and compliance executives and government officials will cover :

  • Latest on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • OECD Anti-Bribery Convention
  • UAE Ratificationof the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)
  • Pending legislations in high risk markets
  • Data privacy protections
  • Audit and accounting perspectives
  • How to develop a Global Compliance Program
  • Anti-corruption compliance best practices

01:20 PM – 02:05 PM
Panel Discussion
Doing More with Less: Controlling Costs While Enhancing Efficiencies

Today’s legal departments must learn to do more with less and find innovative ways in which they can operate more efficiently, reduce costs, improve quality and maintain workloads all at the same time. This session will discuss a number of ways in which General Counsels have successfully improved legal department efficiencies without sacrificing quality of work product.

  • Trends and strategies
  • Staffing
  • Budgeting
  • Technology
  • Cost management tools
  • Role of outsourcing
  • Support services
  • Role of law firms
  • Alternative fee arrangements

02:05 PM – 02:50 PM

Panel Discussion
Creating an Anti-Fraud Culture in your Organization

With more organizations losing annual revenue and damaging public reputation due to fraud issues, the need for strong anti-fraud assessment is warranted. General Counsels need to consider, institute and improve measures to detect, deter and prevent fraud.

This session will explain how to :

  • Identify, assess and manage fraud risks
  • Develop fraud risk management policies and procedures
  • Promote fraud awareness throughout the organization
  • Develop a system of internal controls to address the entity’s fraud risks
  • Address and respond to any identified instances of fraud
  • Examples from the real estate and financial sectors in the Middle East



02:55 PM – 03:35 PM
Panel Discussion
Cross-Border M&A Transactions and the Role of IP and Technology

A great number of M&A transactions are being driven by IP-related decisions involving a wide range of IP assets. Today, when conducting IP due diligence, companies must take into account a number of factors while delivering M&A transactions such as the purpose of a portfolio, whether it will be used for defensive or offensive means, for cost savings or clearing a path and others and ways through which technology can be of help in supporting these transactions.



03:40 PM – 04:20 PM
Master Class*
Insights into International Arbitration

International arbitration is rapidly emerging as a preferred method for resolving cross-border commercial disputes. New arbitration centers are being established around the world and the legal industry is adapting to the changing global landscape of international arbitration.

This program will provide valuable insights involving the practice of international arbitration and its value in resolving a wide range of cross-border disputes.

  • Why arbitration?
  • Advantages, drawbacks and pitfalls of arbitration
  • Industries and regions on the front lines of international business deals
  • Developing a Dispute Resolution Policy
  • Drafting contractual provisions for dispute resolution
  • Best practices in anticipating and preparing for cross-border commercial and intellectual property disputes
  • Dispute management on mega Middle East projects: The Qatar Railways experience

02:55 PM – 03:35 PM
Panel Discussion
Compliance in the Digital Age: Cyber Security and Privacy

The potential for misuse of sensitive personal information has triggered legislative and regulatory action worldwide. Learn best practices for adopting sound privacy practices, ensuring regulatory and legal compliance, and protecting your competitive advantage

  • Understanding your organization’s legal obligations and threats
  • How to engage senior management in developing a privacy approach
  • How to develop a method for measuring success
  • Ensuring your employees are well-informed and understand company privacy policies
  • Consistent and adequate program oversight

03:40 PM – 04:20 PM
Panel Discussion
Why is Risk Management Getting So Much Attention

Globalization and increased regulatory compliance are primary drivers of risk. Market volatility, political and economic shifts, employees and electronic communications all present risk exposure in most industries. There is also heightened government scrutiny involving fraud, espionage and cyber-crime.

In light of these dynamics, new forms of coordination are required to be effective in today’s global operating models. Learn what this means for in-house counsel and how they can help in the process of managing risks.





04:25 PM – 05:10 PM
Master Class*
High-Profile Enforcement Actions and Government Investigations

Large-scale and cross-border regulatory enforcements are on the rise. These often ‘bet-the-company’ cases require a different type of analysis of risk and reward beyond day-to-day commercial litigation. They are complicated and many times involve multiple parties and complex discovery. As lawsuits grow more costly and more complex, companies have begun to reassess their compliance programs and implement new tools and processes that can reduce litigation-related risks.

  • Large-scale and cross-border litigations and government investigations
  • Risk and reward ratio analysis
  • Complex discovery process
  • Compliance and management
  • Tools and technology to manage such litigations

04:25 PM – 05:10 PM
Panel Discussion
Understanding the Regulatory Landscape

In compliance risk assessment, a company evaluates risk factors regarding compliance with state, federal and even foreign laws and regulations. Add to this the numerous policies, procedures, ethical standards, contracts and obligations; and the General Counsels need a comprehensive plan for risk management.

Attend this session to learn the latest updates on laws and regulations in the Middle East that may affect your business. Panelists will offer advice on how to track and assess the potential risks and challenges these rules present.



05:45 PM Onwards

Cocktail Reception (By Invitation Only)


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