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Date(s) - 21 Nov 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Rosewood Abu Dhabi


Online Registration

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Please complete the registration form below and an acknowledgment will be sent to you by email. Each workshop will be hosted by a private practice law firm or a professional service provider. Places are strictly limited. If the event is full, your name will be placed on a waitlist.

Note: Registration for the In-House Congress is not open to private practice lawyers and non-co-hosting recruiters, due diligence companies and consultancies.

Event Agenda

08.30 – 09.00 Registration
09.00 – 10.40 Welcome Remarks by Patrick Dransfield, Publishing Director Asian-mena Counsel and Co-Director, In-House Community

Opening speech by Abu Dhabi Global Market

An India Update by Mohit Saraf, Senior Partner, L&L Partners

In-House Lawyering – Resource Strategy and Technology

A panel discussion moderated by Evangelos Apostolou, In House Practice Group, EMEA and APAC, Major, Lindsey & Africa; with Lena El-Malak, Attorney, Microsoft Gulf; Maheen Pfeffer, Associate General Counsel, New York University Abu Dhabi; Yasmine Afifi, Corporate Counsel Legal, Cisco Systems, Inc.; Mark J. Gilligan, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (MEA) LLP

followed by Women in Law: Women in In-House: a discussion regarding mentorship and meaningful careers

A panel discussion moderated by Evangelos Apostolou; with Lena El-Malak, Microsoft Gulf; Maheen Pfeffer, New York University Abu Dhabi; Yasmine Afifi, Cisco Systems, Inc.; Danielle Lobo, Counsel,
Afridi & Angell; Dina Mahdi, Partner – Corporate, Commercial and Government Regulatory, Hadef & Partners; Rajwah Al Kuhaymi, Senior Associate, Winston & Strawn LLP

10.40 – 11.00 Networking Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.10


Practice Area Workshop – Session A

  • ADGM, Leading with Innovation – Abu Dhabi Global Market
  • SCA’s Contribution to the Development of the UAE Financial Market; Legal Capacity to Enter into and Sign Arbitration Agreements – Hadef & Partners
12.10 – 13.10 Lunch
13.10 14.20


Practice Area Workshop – Session B

  • Blockchain – An Interconnected Legal Framework for an Interconnected System; The Pivotal Role of the UAE Legal System as a Model for Other Jurisdictions; A Comparative Study of Blockchain Friendly Jurisdictions – Galadari Advocates and Legal Consultants
  • UAE Labour Law – Challenges and Practical Considerations – Afridi & Angell
14.2014.40 Networking Coffee Break
14.40 – 15.50


Panel Discussion

A New Dawn for UAE Corporate Law? How the Changes in Corporate and Licensing Regulation May Affect You

A panel discussion moderated by Anders Nilsson, Bird & Bird

15.50 – 16.00 Closing speech by Abu Dhabi Global Market and Prize Draw



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