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
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.
Ayse Lowe joined Bench Walk Advisors in 2018 and is a Director and Head of European Origination, based in London. She has an outstanding reputation in the litigation funding industry, where she originates, underwrites, and monitors funding in various litigation sectors including international and commercial arbitration, insolvency, class actions and global litigation matters as well as law firm and corporate portfolio arrangements and defense funding. Prior to joining Bench Walk Advisors, Ayse worked as a Technical Manager in Arthur J Gallagher’s dispute resolution team where she worked with international law firms and litigation funders around the world to deliver funding and insurance solutions. She has seven years senior technical underwriting experience with a global funder based in London, where she reviewed over 400 cases a year. Ayse has been instrumental in the drafting of rules on third-party funding for both UNCITRAL and ICSID and is recognised as a ‘Thought Leader: Third-Party Funding’ by Who’s Who Legal. She won ‘Leading Dispute Resolution Expert’ at the Lawyer Monthly Awards 2020 as well as “The Best Litigation Funder in the UK” at the Finance Monthly Awards 2021 and speaks regularly at key industry conferences including GAR, Legal 500 GC Summit and EFILA Annual Conference. She has published various articles on litigation funding. Ayse was awarded the Turkish National State Scholarship to study Turkish Law at Başkent University, where she won various academic prizes and graduated third in her year group. She studied English Law at Nottingham Law School where she graduated with distinction and she holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and is a Chartered Insurer.
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.