DIFC Academy in partnership with LexisNexis Middle East invites you to the awarding ceremony and launch of The Laws of the DIFC, Volume 1 (Reissue) and Volume 4 (New) followed by a series of 2 live webinar lectures to be presented by Commentaries authors.
Session 1- DIFC Insolvency, Security and Netting Laws
DIFC Insolvency Law
Partner, Simmons & Simmons
Peter is a restructuring and special situations partner advising on all aspects of rescues and re-constructions. He has extensive experience in insolvency and corporate re-construction law, both contentious and non-contentious.
He has acted for a broad range of clients, including banks, insolvency practitioners, debtors and creditors. Recently an increased proportion of his work has been advising directors of financially distressed companies.
Peter has been ranked as a leading practitioner by Chambers every year since 2003.
Partner, Baker Botts
Philip Punwar is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution group at Baker Botts LLP. He has been an Advocate of the DIFC Courts since June 2006. During the course of his practice, Philip has represented the first Claimant to succeed at trial before the DIFC Court of First Instance, obtained the first Freezing Order issued by the Courts and appeared in the first ever appeal to the DIFC Court of Appeal. In 2014 he was the first Supervising Legal Representative appointed by the Courts and in 2015 he oversaw the execution of the Court of First Instance’s first Search Order.
Philip is author of “The Rules of the DIFC Courts with Commentary and Materials” (Sweet & Maxwell, 2011) and of the DIFC Academy of Law’s Commentaries on the DIFC’s Contract Law, Implied and Unfair Terms Law and Electronic Transactions Law (LexisNexis, 2017). He was a member of the DIFC Courts Users' Committee from 2006 - 2009 and from 2011 - 2013. From 2009 – 2015, Philip was Chairman of the DIFC Courts Code of Conduct Drafting Sub-Committee, and from 2013 – 2015 he was Chairman of the DIFC Courts Education Sub-Committee. From 2013 – 2015, Philip was Director of the DIFC Courts Advocacy Training Programme. He has been a member of the DIFC Courts Rules Sub-Committee/Committee since 2009.
Senior Associate, Baker Botts
Dustin's practice focuses on commercial litigation and international arbitration, particularly in the energy sector. Drawing on his economics and accounting background, he often works with clients and experts regarding damages modeling and other financial aspects of litigation.
Prior to law school, Dustin worked for several years in Russia and Central Asia in the freight forwarding industry providing logistics services to the energy and mining sectors. Dustin is proficient in written and spoken Russian. Dustin then entered public accounting, where he worked on audit and tax engagements for clients as varied as securities broker-dealers, construction contractors and heavy equipment lessors. He also has experience in industry accounting in the oilfield services sector. Dustin continues to maintain a license as a Certified Public Accountant.
DIFC Security Law
Partner, Al Tamimi
Mark Brown is a Partner in the Banking and Finance practice in Abu Dhabi.
Mark is a specialist banking and finance lawyer with significant experience advising financial institutions with respect to transactional lending, product development, customer insolvency and legislative change. Mark’s experience also extends to assisting corporate borrowers from a range of industries, debt capital markets transactions and advising on UAE projects.
DIFC Netting Law
Consultant, Clifford Chance
Habib Motani is a leading international financial markets lawyer, with particular expertise in relation to derivatives, securities lending, repo, netting and collateral and clearing and settlement systems.
He specialises in OTC and securitised derivatives, structured capital markets products including derivative linked retail and wholesale structured products, investment banking sales and trading advisory work, Islamic derivatives, securities lending and repos, netting and collateral and their regulatory capital treatment and in the infrastructure aspects of the financial markets, such as payment and settlement systems, clearing systems, prime brokerage and custody.
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