As part of its effort to support the local business community, ICC Qatar developed a new programme of action for its Arbitration and ADR Commission and has appointed Squire Patton Boggs’ Doha office managing partner Charbel Maakaron to head the Commission. The presentation of the programme took place on Thursday 26 May 2016 with an introduction on “ICC Arbitration: Understanding the Basics” followed by a Commission meeting.
The ICC Qatar Commission works in close cooperation with the Paris-based ICC International Secretariat drafting and revising the various rules for dispute resolution, including the ICC Rules of Arbitration, the ICC ADR Rules, the ICC Dispute Board Rules, and the ICC Rules for Expertise. The Commission works with regional and international bodies to research the most efficient, cost-effective and up-to-date modes of dispute resolution.
In his role as chairman, H.E. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Jassim Al Thani has played a critical role in promoting ICC Qatar as a bridge between the government and businesses to drive a business friendly environment in the country and act as the voice of international businesses in the local community.
“Our vision at ICC Qatar is to foster the development of trade and investment between Qatar and the international business community by using the unique international chamber of commerce network,” said H.E. Sheikh Khalifa. “A key focus of our work has been to ensure that all businesses operating in Qatar have access to the best possible dispute resolution mechanisms administered in the most efficient manner."
Charbel Maakaron, a partner in the firm’s Global Corporate Practice who became office managing partner in Doha in 2015, has been involved with the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the ICC Qatar for many years, actively promoting Qatar and ICC business initiatives. Last February Mr. Maakaron led Squire Patton Boggs to partner with ICC Qatar to host the International Arbitration Conference on Energy Disputes under the patronage of H.E. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry. Leading several panel discussions at the conference were international dispute resolution experts from the firm, partners Tom Wilson and Ben Holland.
“I am very honoured by this appointment,” commented Charbel Maakaron. “We’ve had the privilege of supporting the ICC Qatar for many years, so the opportunity to lead the Arbitration Commission, at such an exciting time in the country’s development, is a special distinction. My focus will be to work with young Qatari lawyers in my role promoting ICC arbitration in Qatar and to create an even stronger base of experienced Qatari lawyers within the ICC community.”
Squire Patton Boggs is recognized as one of the top international arbitration firms in the world by leading industry journal Global Arbitration Review (GAR) in its 2016 guide.