Reza Mohtashami QC, a partner in the London office of Three Crowns, will be a guest speaker for a discussion on “Post-COVID: The Future of International Arbitration.” The webinar, hosted through the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and geared towards the Middle East, will take place on Thursday, 25 June 2020, at 4:00 pm SGT (GMT +8).

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COVID-19 has upended businesses and transactions and transformed the way international arbitration is practised.  Mohtashami and a panel of leading international arbitration practitioners from the Middle East, Singapore, and the United Kingdom will examine the following key questions and more.

  • Is the use of virtual hearings in international arbitration here to stay?
  • Do existing arbitral rules and national arbitration legislation permit virtual hearings?
  • Has COVID-19 created a catalyst to make the arbitral process cheaper, more efficient, and more flexible for users?
  • Is there going to be an increase in arbitration disputes from certain industries in the wake of COVID-19?
  • Will there be legal challenges filed in response to virtual hearings and how successful will they be?


Mohtashami has represented clients as counsel and advocate in more than 80 arbitrations conducted under a variety of arbitration rules in many different jurisdictions. He has particular expertise in disputes arising in emerging markets.

Mohtashami is a qualified English solicitor-advocate and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in recognition of his advocacy skills in 2018.  He is as an officer of the IBA Arbitration Committee, trustee of the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre, member of the board of trustees of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, and an editorial board member of the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin and Global Arbitration Review.


Three Crowns is a firm committed to excellence in international arbitration and international law.  Founded by practice leaders with decades of experience across many different international firms, it is widely regarded as an industry leader.  Its clients—including Fortune 10 companies and sovereign states—entrust the firm with their most important arbitrations.

During this challenging time, the Three Crowns team across the globe is here to listen to the issues you are facing and provide advice surrounding arbitration and disputes, whether directly related to COVID-19 or otherwise. Please do not hesitate to reach out to talk through ways we can help.

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