Peter Foreman is an English-qualified lawyer, based in Scotland, who has spent much of his career in the offshore oil & gas engineering and construction sector as Legal Director and latterly as Executive Vice President for major contractors. He is currently a consultant working mainly in the offshore energy sectors providing advice and support on contract negotiations and the avoidance of disputes, and their resolution where such efforts are unsuccessful. Peter is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an Accredited Mediator, and co-author of the Scottish Arbitration Handbook. He was formerly the external examiner in arbitration law, among other subjects, for the University of Aberdeen
Mr. Jain is a Director with Secretariat and is based in India and specializes in economic damages and valuation. His primary area of focus is the assessment of quantum, financial, economic and valuation issues in contentious and non-contentious matters. He is recognized as one of the leading expert witnesses in international arbitration, earning recognition in Who’s Who Legal’ s Arbitration 2019, 2020 and 2021 Lists and Thought Leader Arbitration Expert Witness 2021. He is appointed on the Board of Society of Construction Law – Western India Chapter and is a Member of SIAC Users Council. He is also appointed on the Advisory Board of Centre for Arbitration & Research at Maharashtra National Law University. Mr. Jain commenced his professional career with a Big Four accounting firm in New York in 2007 and brings with him more than 14 years of experience in corporate finance, valuation and quantification of damages, claims or losses, as well as the preparation of independent expert reports and rebuttal reports in dispute cases. Specifically, he has worked on more than 25 matters involving domestic and international arbitrations, bilateral investment treaty (BIT) cases and litigations. His experience includes valuation of businesses and equity shares; valuation of IPRs, including intangibles and non-compete agreements; market and economic analysis; research and study for various purposes including dispute resolution; litigation and arbitration support; family settlement; shareholder negotiation; joint venture (entry or exit); merger; acquisition; restructuring; strategic sale & investments; private equity portfolio evaluation as per IPEVC guidelines; and financial reporting purposes. Mr. Jain was awarded with All India Economics Merit Certificate by CBSE in 2001. He is a visiting faculty at several business schools and a speaker at various national and international conferences.
Dr. Shengnan JIA
Dr Shengnan Jia is a partner in Tahota Law Firm, China (2020 Global 100/The American Lawyer and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020) specialising in commercial and maritime disputes. During her practice, she has been involved in some important and complex litigation cases in the Supreme Court of P.R. of China. As an expert witness, she has been invited by international law firms to submit the expert witness opinion on Chinese commercial law in the London Court of International Arbitration. She is a Co-Founding Director of China-Europe Commercial Collaboration Association (CECCA), an expert of advisory panel for China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) as UNCITRAL Observer on Judicial Sale of Ships; a supporting member of London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), UK; an arbitrator of Caspian Arbitration Society (CAS), Geneva; an arbitrator of Hainan International Arbitration Court, China; an expert lawyer in international commercial law nominated by Beijing Lawyer’s Association. She obtained LL.B. in Beijing Union University, her first LL.M. from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, majoring in Civil and Commercial Law and the second Master’s degree from Lund University and World Maritime University in Sweden, studying toward a combined degree in Maritime Law. She was awarded the degree of PhD in Commercial Maritime Law by City, University of London and has taught several foundation courses at the city law school. In addition, she is a professional supervisor in commercial and maritime law at School of Juris Master, China University of Political Science and Law.
César Apollinaire ONDO MVE
César Apollinaire ONDO MVE is the former chairman and the current judge of the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA) of OHADA (Organization for the Harmonization of African Business Law). He served as public prosecutor at the Gabonese Court of Cassation, as president judge at the Gabonese Court of Appeal at Libreville and as consultant of the Vice Prime Minister. He is granted the title of “Knight in the Gabonese National Order of Merit” (Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite Gabonais). He holds his postgraduate degree in Private Law from Université Omar Bongo de Libreville.
Prof. Dr. Filali OSMAN
Filali Osman is Professor of Private Law at Franche-Comté University. He wrote his doctoral thesis on “the general principles of Lex Mercatoria”. He serves as a senior consultant in international trade and has held numerous missions for the European Commission, the World Bank or the United Nations International Business Law Commission in international commercial arbitration, investment law and public partnerships. He has also mentored several Governments on the harmonization of private labor law. He mentores the International Notaries Union (Public-Private Partnership working group). Filali Osman is a regular arbitration and mediation member and is a member of the ICC Arab Arbitration Group working group of the International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Court. He is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) specialist in the Regional Engineering group in the Federation of Local Public Enterprises. He specializes in international business law and is the author of 9 books and around 50 articles. He is the founder of the master’s degree in engineering in a public-private partnership in Sciences Po Lyon, which he managed between 2007-2012, and is currently managing master’s degree in business law from Franche-Comté University. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Arbitration and Mediation (JAM).
Mehmet Öğütçü is an internationally recognised expert on infrastructure, energy, geopolitics finance, and investment, He has more than 30 years of successful track-record in energy business, investment, development, diplomacy, and international organisations, with particular geographic focus on Europe, Turkey, Central Asia, Russia, the Middle East and China. He has a deep knowledge of the oil, gas and renewable energy business along with the value chain. He has deep experience of complex restructuring and special situations, M&A and debt/equity capital markets, as well as in dispute settlement, business development and high-level stakeholder engagement. His professional career has included high-level government, energy business, and public diplomacy engagements as former diplomat (in Ankara, Beijing, Brussels and Paris, 1984-1994), the prime minister’s advisor, International Energy Agency (1994-2000), and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development staffer in Paris (2000-2005), and British Gas (BG) Group senior executive in London (2005-2010). He has been a trusted advisor and non-executive director to many Boards (including inter alia Genel Energy plc, Invensys plc, Trinus Capital, Saudi Crown Holding), IOCs and Governments since 2011. Currently, Mehmet chairs Global Resources Partnership, a UK strategic advisory group in energy, investment and risk management he founded back in 2010. More, he is the Chair of The Bosphorus Energy Club and The London Energy Club, which are exclusive gatherings of the senior executives and leaders in finance, energy and politics across the world. He has also recently been appointed as the chairman of the international advisory board of Middle East Institute, Washington DC. He has demonstrated thought leadership through international TV, newspaper, radio interviews and wealth of books and articles. As part of the London Speakers Bureau, Mehmet has delivered talks in conferences on international energy, investment and geopolitical matters. He speaks Turkish, English, French and conversational Chinese (Mandarin).
Jamsheed Peeroo is an arbitrator, arbitration adviser, and dual-qualified lawyer, who is a member of the Bar Association of England and Wales and Mauritian Bar. His field of study covers various topics such as Legal / Judicial Dispute, International Commercial Litigation, International Investment Arbitration, International Trade, and Finance. He has worked in many different fields including infrastructure, offshore, corporations and trusts, mergers and acquisitions, hotels and tourism, shipping and fishing, insurance, construction, telecom and IT, technology products, renewable energy, and mining. He completed his master’s degree in International Business Law and his doctorate in International Arbitration Law at the Sorbonne Law School. He is currently a member of the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission and Vice Chairman of the MARC Advisory Board. He can speak English and French.
Dr. Harald SIPPEL
Dr. Harald Sippel, MBA is an internationally recognised dispute resolution specialist who currently heads the European Desk of Skrine, one of Malaysia’s most prominent law firms. He has been involved in over 20 energy disputes (electricity, gas, oil, renewables, etc.) and has also been advising on several non-contentious projects in the field of energy. Harald has been acting in over 80 complex commercial and investment arbitrations under the rules of all important arbitral institutions around the world. In over ten years of resolving disputes, he has gained immeasurable experience in arbitral practice and procedure under both the civil and common law systems. Harald also regularly sits as an arbitrator (chair, sole, party-nominated) and is particularly relied upon in “East-West” disputes. In addition to his experience as counsel and arbitrator, Harald was also Head of Legal Services at the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), where he oversaw the administration of approximately 300 arbitrations. This makes him an often-sought specialist on complex procedural matters. Besides his work in the field of arbitration, Harald is also a Specialist Mediator with the Singapore International Mediation Centre. Every year, he teaches five classes on mediation, negotiation and arbitration at the University of Keio in Tokyo, Japan. An Austrian citizen and admitted to the Vienna Bar as Rechtsanwalt and the Malaysian Bar as Foreign Lawyer (as one of only three in the country), Harald speaks German (native language), English, French, Italian and Korean fluently and has basic knowledge of the Scandinavian languages, Mandarin Chinese and Indonesian.
Justice Shamlan AL SAWALEHI
Justice Shamlan Al Sawalehi has more than 25 years of experience in cross border financial and commercial litigation and arbitration within common law, civil law and Sharia’ legal systems . He joined the DIFC Courts in 2010 as Judicial officer then become Small Claims Tribunal Judge before was appointed as the Court of First of Instance Judge in 2013 then he was prompted as the Courts of Appel Judge in 2017, then In 2020 he was appointed as Judge in Charge of the Arbitration Division of the DIFC Courts and the chair of the Courts arbitration Group . Prior to that, he was the founder of Shamlan Law firm where he represented governments and private clients on complex commercial and financial disputes in the MENA region , and before that he served as Director of Strategic Affairs at The Executive Office of UAE Vice President, Prime Minister ,Ruler of Dubai .Prior to that, he served as Law Enforcement Manager of DIFC Regulatory Authority for 3 years, and before that he served as senior Public Prosecutor at Criminal and Civil divisions in Dubai for 5 years wherein he was involved in investigations of high profile commercial and financial crimes and represented the Government departments on several high-value litigation cases before the Dubai Courts. He was appointed as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chairman of many arbitral tribunals seated in MENA region and Europe. He has been selected as chair and member of, arbitration Courts, advisory committees, governing councils and executive committees of arbitration institutions in UAE, Saudi, Oman, Russia, Tel-Aviv and India. He is listed arbitrator with Kuwait and Oman Commercial arbitration centres and the Asian International Arbitration Centre. He holds L.L.M degree from Westminster University in UK, High Diploma in Advanced Legal and Judicial Studies from Dubai judicial institution and L.L.B in Sharia and Law from UAE University.
Yavuz Arik, a seasoned energy consultant with over 25 years of unparalleled expertise, brings to EDAC in-depth know-how in navigating the complexities of the energy sector. As the Senior Partner at Energytools LLC (www.energytoolsllc.com) since 2000, Yavuz has been instrumental in resolving critical disputes, exemplified by his pivotal role in the $24M settlement of Arizona Public Service with the Arizona Public Service Commission. His visionary leadership extends to managing the development of cutting-edge tools, including the Pipeline Pricing Model for the Turkish Natural Gas Pipeline System and the Resource Optimizing Gas Model (ROGM), along with the DREAM System for regulatory document management, and Monte Carlo-based forecasting, resource planning, and portfolio optimization models. Yavuz’s strategic prowess, economic modeling, and risk assessment capabilities make him an indispensable asset for energy companies seeking a seasoned expert to navigate and resolve their disputes with precision. Yavuz is the son of two prolific physics professors, has an avid interest in energy science and technological developments, and has a BA in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University and an MA in Economics from Georgetown University.