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Date(s) - 06 Dec 2023
8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Grand Hyatt Dubai


The 16th Annual Dubai In-House Community Congress 2023 will bring together leading in-house lawyers, CEOs, company directors, and compliance professionals from Dubai’s private and public sectors. This event will feature workshops and presentations conducted by leading experts and lawyers.

Please note that the congress is free to attend for in-house counsel and compliance professionals, C-suite company directors and other buyers of legal services.

To register, please email us at We have limited seats available.



6 December 2023 
Registration starts at 8:30 am


Grand Hyatt Dubai
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Day Plan
8:30 am – 9:00 am


9:00 am – 9:05 am

Opening Remarks by Rahul Prakash, In-House Community

9:05 am -10:10 am

Panel Discussion: Optimal Performance of the in-house legal department within the organization

Moderated by Sadiq Jafar, Managing Partner at Hadef & Partners
Vera Kolesnik, General Counsel and Compliance Officer, Nestle MENA
Anthony Bates, Head of Legal & Government Relations Emerging Markets, Adidas
Vinodh Kumar, Head of Legal GCC, Aster DM Healthcare
David Bligh-Smith, General Counsel, Al Shaya Group

10:10 am – 10:30 am

Morning networking & refreshment break

10:30 am – 11:40 am

Session A – Main ballroom
UAE Corporate Tax: Things to keep in mind as In-house counsel by Theunis Claasen, Head of Tax at  Hadef & Partners

Session B – Break out room
Key regulatory updates with respect to the laws of Cayman Island  by Philip Ireland (Partner), Oliver Simpson (Of Counsel), and David Garvin (Associate) from Maples Group, including:

  • Beneficial Ownership – Oliver Simpson
  • Economic Substance – Oliver Simpson
  • CIMA Rules on Corporate Governance – Philip Ireland/David Garvin
  • Looking to the Future – Philip Ireland/David Garvin
11:40 am – 11:50 am

Short break before returning to the main ballroom

11:50 am – 1:00 pm

Dispute Resolution: 10 things every in-house lawyer should know by Walid Azzam and Mohammed Al Dhaheri, Partners at Hadef & Partners

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch break

2:00 pm – 3:10 pm

Legally Risky: Understanding the latest trends in relation to legal risks and compliance for in-house counsel by Rima Mrad and Nadim Bardawil, Partners at BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates, including:

  • Digital Legal Risks: Data breaches, data privacy and cyber security laws
  • Anti-Money Laundering: AML regulations in the UAE, due diligence and penalties for non-compliance
  • Anti-Terrorism and the UAE Sanctions Regime: Ensuring compliance with UAE imposed sanctions
3:10 pm – 3:20 pm

The key legal mistakes to avoid while investing in India by Vishal Gandhi, Founder of Gandhi & Associates
3:20 pm – 3:40 pm

Afternoon networking & refreshment break

3:40 pm – 4:50 pm

Navigating the UAE courts procedure – creditors and debtors perspective by Mohamed EIGhatit and Dr. Mohamed Ramadan, Partners at OGH Legal

This panel discusses the latest developments in the UAE Courts and maps out the processes and tactics for creditors and debtors when pursuing claims in the local legal systems in 2023 and beyond. Join us to access practice case management tips, as well as real life examples of key learnings and precedents. We are going “back-to-basics”, taking into account the latest legal developments and updates which have modernised the UAE legal landscape today.

This session will cover the following topics:

  • The New Civil Procedure Law
  • The UAE Bankruptcy Law – legal developments & trends in its application since 2016
  • The role of Judge vs Court Expert: law and practice, how to prepare your claim/defence
  • Enforcement of arbitral awards
  • Litigation strategies, costs and timing considerations
  • The law in practice: case study examples
4:50 pm – 6:00 pm

Data Privacy Workshop by Raka Roy, Partner at Galadari, including:

  • Global AI Landscape
  • Implications for Data Privacy
  • Analysis of real-world cases concerning AI and Data protection
  • UAE’s stand on Data protection laws and AI developments
  • The way forward- perspectives, strategies, and recommendations.
6:00 pm

Closing remarks


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