Reza Mohtashami KC recently co-authored the chapter on “Confidentiality and Privilege” with Matei Purice of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration, published by JURIS Legal Information.  The book, which is edited by Gordon Blanke, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Nayla Comair-Obeid and Soraya Corm-Bakhos, comprises contributions from leading arbitrators and practitioners in the MENA region.

Reza’s chapter addresses the confidentiality of arbitration proceedings across the MENA region, looking at how arbitration laws across the region and the most commonly used arbitral rules regulate the confidentiality of proceedings and how the issue has been addressed by national courts. The chapter also explores the application of legal privilege in disputes seated in the MENA region and considers the issue in the context of the parties’ disclosure obligations by considering how these matters are regulated in the national laws of MENA countries and in the rules of various international arbitral institutions.

The Guide aims to provide a unique insight into how leading arbitrators in the Middle East and North Africa approach core procedural and substantive law issues in arbitrations seated in the MENA region.

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Reza is a partner in the London office. He has represented clients as counsel and advocate in more than 90 arbitrations conducted under a variety of arbitration rules in many different jurisdictions. Reza has particular expertise in disputes arising in the Middle East with a focus on the telecoms, energy, and infrastructure sectors.  Reza is a trustee of the Bahrain Chamber of Dispute Resolution.  He is a past president of the LCIA Arab Users’ Council and trustee of the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre.

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