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25 January 20243 minute read

Global crossroads: Navigating risks and opportunities in the intersection of Asian and African trade routes

Middle East Disputes & Regulatory Client Conference

25 January 2024, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Join us at the Middle East Disputes & Regulatory Client Conference where you will hear from leading experts across three regions on how best to navigate the many opportunities and corresponding risk that follow from the significant surge of deal flow from Asia and Africa through the Middle East.

For those who are exploring the vast potential of conducting business in these three thriving regions, we shall delve into the key points that demand your attention. From navigating the intricacies of diverse cultures and regulatory frameworks to seizing upon the burgeoning sectors and emerging markets, this conference promises to be a unmissable convergence of expertise and experience.

As one of the largest integrated firms globally, our team of risk and regulatory experts, alongside industry speakers, will provide you with invaluable insights to help you maximise the value derived from your operations across these continents.

This event provides an unparalleled opportunity to forge new partnerships, glean new understanding, and pave the way for a prosperous and sustainable future in the Asian, African, and Middle Eastern trade landscape.



13:15 – Registration


14:00 – Welcome and introduction

Andrew Mackenzie provides a comprehensive overview into what you can expect from the conference.


14:10 – Economic Horizons: Navigating Deal Flow in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East

Christopher Napoli, Partner and Head of Middle East from Hakluyt will present an economic overview of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, providing insights into how these regions will strategically navigate the surge in deal flow.


14:30 – Risk and opportunities of doing business in Africa

Bola Tinubu will engage in an insightful interview with Dr Souley Amadou, General Counsel & Director, African Development Bank Group. Gain valuable insights into the risks and opportunities linked to conducting business in Africa, equipping you with the knowledge necessary to navigate challenges effectively and capitalise on emerging opportunities.


15:15 – Networking break and refreshments


15:30 – Risk and opportunities of doing business in Asia

Suzannah Newboult and Satpal Gobindpuri delve into the intricacies of conducting business in Asia. Drawing from decades of experience in assisting companies in achieving their strategic goals, they aim to provide valuable insights into the risks and opportunities associated with business in the Asian landscape.


16:15 – Panel discussion: Exploring Middle East, Africa and Asia trade routes with legal experts

Join us for an insightful panel discussion as legal experts unravel the complexities of trade routes in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia with a dedicated focus on crucial topics such as Corporate M&A, KSA, IP, and Sanctions. Gain valuable insights into the legal dimensions of cross-regional commerce in these key areas during this informative session.

Moderator: George Vlavianos
Panelists: Saba Al Sultani, Ramsey Jurdi, Tim Sunar


17:00 – Drinks reception and client networking


19:00 – End of conference



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