Thursday 16, March 2017 by Nabilah Annuar

DIFC Arbitration Institute appoints new registrar for DIFC-LCIA

The Dubai International Financial Centre Arbitration Institute (DAI) has appointed dispute resolution specialist, Robert Stephen, as the new Registrar of the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre (DIFC-LCIA).

Taking up his appaointment on 1 May 2017, Stephen will replace the current Director and Registrar of the DIFC-LCIA, Mohamed ElGhatit, who has held the post since February 2016.

Commenting on his appointment, Alec Emmerson, Chief Executive of DAI said, “With his extensive international and regional dispute resolution experience, the trustees and I are confident that Robert will be a great asset to the continued development of arbitrations and mediation under DIFC-LCIA Rules. We thank Mohamed for his work over the last 13 months and wish him well on his return to private practise."

Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, Trustee of DAI and Director General of the LCIA, added, “I am delighted that Robert will be joining the DIFC-LCIA and the LCIA "family". His extensive experience in private practise including in the region makes him very qualified for the role and we look forward to working with him."

Audley Sheppard QC, Trustee of DAI and Chairman of the LCIA Board, said, "I am very pleased that someone of Robert's experience and skills is becoming Registrar to continue the very good work that the DIFC-LCIA is doing in assisting parties to resolve their disputes."

From its base in the DIFC, the DIFC-LCIA provides alternative dispute resolution services for those doing business in the Gulf and across the Middle East and for those looking for an arbitration and mediation centre with world class capabilities, situated in a neutral and highly connected jurisdiction.

During his time at Herbert Smith Freehills, Stephen has advised and represented clients on international disputes across a wide range of industry sectors, including the oil and gas, energy and natural resources, construction, real estate, and finance and banking sectors.

Stephen has directed and represented clients in international arbitrations under the DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, LCIA, and SIAC Rules, as well as in ad-hoc proceedings and DIFC and English Commercial Court litigation.

Chair of the UAE Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Member's Group Committee and member of the Global Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Member's Group Committee, Stephen is also a member of the ICC Young Arbitrators' Forum, and the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group.


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