Ashraf El Motei

Ashraf El Motei is our exclusively recommended International Arbitration expert in the United Arab Emirates on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ashraf directly using the contact details listed above.

Ashraf is the founder of Motei & Associates.

He began his career as a Public Prosecutor in Cairo, Egypt in 1990. Two years later, he commenced his private practice as an Associate with Baker & McKenzie – Cairo, Los Angeles and Dallas offices. In 1997, he moved to Dubai to act as in-house Counsel for Majid Al Futtaim, one of the leading drivers of economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa.

Two years later, he was appointed as Regional Counsel by the Swiss multinational, Nestlé S.A. In 2002, Motei & Associates was born.

Ashraf leads the dispute resolution practice at M&A. He advises clients on complex civil, commercial and corporate litigation including contracts disputes, joint ventures, shareholders disputes, business crimes, construction, professional negligence, agency and employment disputes. Ashraf has over two decades recognised expertise in real estate disputes and has represented buyers in over numerous cases including sale and purchase disputes, delayed handover, discrepancy in saleable area, cancelled projects, landlord and tenant disputes.

Ashraf has also a recognised expertise in international arbitration.

He has represented clients in numerous arbitration cases under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, The London Court of International Arbitration, Dubai International Financial Centre, and Dubai International Arbitration Centre.

He advises on all aspects of the arbitral process throughout the enforcement procedures of arbitral awards, either local or worldwide. He has also served as arbitrator and co-arbitrator in numerous proceedings institutional and Ad hoc cases.

Richard Smellie

Richard Smellie is our exclusively recommended International Arbitration expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Richard directly using the contact details listed above.

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Richard is widely experienced in the resolution of disputes in the construction, energy and infrastructure sectors, both internationally and in the United Kingdom, having successfully led the resolution of numerous substantial disputes. Richard comes recommended as “A key figure” in dispute resolution in The Legal 500 guide, and Chambers and Partners UK describes Richard as “everything you would need in a solicitor” and a “very effective operator”, whilst his clients praise him as being “dogged in achieving our aims”; “excellent legal counsel in terms of presenting his analysis and conclusions and the options available to the clients” and “very quick to pick up on the key issues in a dispute”. According to The Who’s Who Legal Construction Guide Richard is “first class”.

Richard has considerable experience of a range of standard and bespoke project documentation, including both standard and bespoke forms used regularly in construction, energy and infrastructure projects. Richard’s experience ranges from projects procured using complex turnkey/design and build project documentation with layered EPC arrangements and contracts for the operation and maintenance of facilities, to complex PFI arrangements, innovative alliance agreements (and subsidiary documentation), and standard form contracts including the FIDIC, NEC, ICE and JCT forms.

Richard Smellie is also experienced in oil and gas operations agreements, “take or pay” hydrocarbon sale and purchase agreements, and government/developer project agreements (including intergovernmental agreements, “host government” agreements and related project documentation).

Firm Overview:

Fenwick Elliott is the UK’s largest law firm specialising in construction and energy law.

We advise on every aspect of the construction process from inception through building to completion and operation. We understand construction and energy projects: how they are managed; where problems occur; and the underlying commercial imperatives. We use this insight to add value to transactions and resolve disputes for clients in the UK and around the world.

Our expertise covers procurement strategies, contract documentation, project advice, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution. We provide strategic guidance to forestall potential problems throughout a project. With lawyers who are specialists in their field, we deliver prompt, reliable and pragmatic legal advice, including guidance on:

  • Project support
  • Procurement strategies
  • Contract documents
  • Commercial issues
  • Dispute avoidance
  • Dispute resolution and litigation

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Meredith Craven

Meredith Craven is our exclusively recommended International Arbitration expert in Texas on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Meredith directly using the contact details listed above.

Texas is a state in the South Central region of the United States. At 268,596 square miles, and with more than 29.1 million residents in 2020, it is the second-largest U.S. state by both area and population.

Meredith is an associate in the International Arbitration Practice Group in Houston. She represents international corporations, state entities and foreign sovereigns in commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings in a wide range of industries, including energy, oil and gas, and other commodities. She has represented clients in international arbitrations brought under the UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICC, AAA/ICDR, and HKIAC rules. Meredith has also represented private and state-owned companies in enforcement and set-aside actions in New York courts.

Meredith is active in pro bono matters and is involved in the Firm’s representation of impoverished debtors suing the City of Ferguson, Missouri.

Meredith Craven currently serves as a Regional Representative for the International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum.

Firm Overview:

Supporting our clients around the globe

White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world.

As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients.

In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our experience in multiple jurisdictions.

We work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.

Eric Weil

Eric Weil is our exclusively recommended International Arbitration expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Eric directly using the contact details listed above.

Having handled high-profiled, complex litigation matters on behalf of large global corporations, Eric offers quality and reactivity across a wide array of disputes: high-stakes breach of contract, unfair competition, product liability, fraud, corporate post-acquisition litigation.

Eric’s comprehensive service, track record, tailor-made approach makes him a go to choice for companies faced with complex litigation. He also has extensive experience in white collar crime involving a wide variety of cases such as deceptive labelling of pharmaceutical products, misappropriation of trade secrets, forgery, misuse of corporate assets, hindrance to the rights of employees’ representatives or discrimination.

Eric’s top trial skills are also key for international arbitration: enhanced knowledge of international arbitration law and procedure, expertise across a broad range of industries and substantive areas of law and the ability to work fluently in English, French and German.

The combination of skills, expertise, and experience, together with a multi-cultural approach, has enabled his team to obtain outstanding results for our clients.

Always bearing in mind his clients’ business objectives and economic goals, Eric is praised as a collaborative partner who offers high-level guidance in mergers and acquisitions, be it at a national level or cross-border. His background as both litigator and employment law specialist makes him a key player not only at the due diligence stage to spot potential risks, but more importantly at the negotiation level, when negotiating the specifics of the purchase agreement.

When faced with the sensitive issues frequently surrounding employment matters, companies look to Eric for his experience in providing sophisticated and practical advice, including designing a negotiation strategy with worker’s representatives and Unions. Eric’s multidisciplinary approach enables him to offer creative advice taking into account all aspects of a given situation.

Eric has dealt with the full spectrum of employment issues, such as large scale reductions in force, executive compensation, severance and employment agreements, restrictive covenants and trade secret litigation as well as issues arising from mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructuring and bankruptcies.

Julie Bédard

Julie Bédard is our exclusively recommended International Arbitration expert in Brazil on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Julie directly using the contact details listed above.

Julie is head of Skadden’s International Arbitration Group for the Americas. She concentrates her practice on complex international litigation and arbitration and also advises companies and boards in internal investigations and regulatory matters.

Julie represents clients in federal and state courts in the United States and has served as counsel in international arbitration proceedings held under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

She regularly advises clients on protecting their global investments under international treaties and provides strategic advice on drafting dispute resolution clauses in international commercial contracts.

Trained in both civil and common law, she is experienced in conflict of laws and represents clients in connection with litigation and arbitration proceedings throughout the world, raising disputes on governing law, jurisdiction, the enforcement of arbitration agreements, extraterritorial discovery and international judgment enforcement.

Julie regularly advises and assists management and supervisory boards in corporate governance, internal investigations and United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters. Under the auspices of the corporate investigations practice, she has assisted with internal investigations and related corporate governance advice, including remedial measures and the implementation of corporate compliance programs.

Julie also regularly acts as arbitrator. Among other cases, she has acted as sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration concerning a distribution agreement involving a United States company and a Peruvian company, and she was appointed in another ICC arbitration involving a manufacturing contract dispute between a United States company and a Chinese company.

She also was appointed in LCIA arbitrations and as a sole arbitrator in an UNCITRAL arbitration involving development agreements between a United States company and a Spanish company.

Lorraine Brennan

Lorraine Brennan is our exclusively recommended International Arbitration expert in New York on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Lorraine directly using the contact details listed above.

Lorraine is an accomplished national and international dispute resolution professional.

She is recognised and respected for her broad range of professional experience involving complex commercial litigation, domestic and international arbitration and mediation, and her service as a distinguished global member of law school faculties from the United States to China. Ms. Brennan was selected to the 2017 Experts Guide for Commercial Arbitration.

Lorraine is a highly sought-after speaker and frequent lecturer on complex commercial dispute resolution.

She maintains leadership roles in multiple organisations, including ArbitralWomen, the International and Dispute Resolution Sections of the American Bar Association and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

Lorraine  is one of only eight members appointed by the United States State Department to serve on the NAFTA 2022 Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes. She is proficient in French and has a working knowledge in Spanish.

Lorraine Brennan serves as an adjunct Professor teaching International Commercial Arbitration at the Georgetown University Law Centre, and taught International Business Transactions at Cornell Law School and Shantou Law School, Guangdong, China.