13 March

Optional Workshops (additional fee applies)

14 March
 8:30 - 9:00

Welcome Address and Introduction to DRBF 
Boyana Milcheva, DRBF Representative for Bulgaria
Yasemin Cetinel, President, DRBF Region 2 Board of Directors
Jeremy Glover, President-elect, DRBF Executive Board of Directors
Ann Russo, Executive Director, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation

 9:00 - 9:45

Top 5 Key Aspects of Dispute Boards That Everybody Must Know

Moderator: Boyana Milcheva, Head of Construction Law, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. Law Firm and DRBF Representative for Bulgaria

Sean Gibbs, CEO, Hanscomb International and DRBF Region 2 Board Member
Roberto Panetta, Founder and Managing Partner, Panetta Law Firm
Gabriel Armanet, Director of Construction Solutions, FTI Consulting

 9:45 - 10:30

Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing the Type of Dispute Board

Moderator: Thierry Linares, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting and DRBF Representative for France

Iain Aitchison, Managing Director, Ankura
Cristina Olariu, Partner, Oglinda&Partners Law Firm, Founder of IUS (Infrastructure United Solutions LTD)
Andrea del Grosso, Private Consultant and DRBF Representative for Italy

10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:45

Top 5 Misconceptions about Advisory Opinions 

Moderator: Giovanni di Folco, President, Techno Engineering & Associates Group and Past President, DRBF Region 2 Board

Blagomir Minov, Senior Legal Counsel, Techno Engineering & Associates
Pablo Laorden, Founder and Managing Partner, Lámbal Abogados and DRBF Representative for Spain
Gerard Monaghan, Consultant and DB Practitioner and DRBF Representative for Ireland
Marco Ruggiero, Market Area Manager, East Europe & Asia, Pini Group

11:45 - 12:30

Top 5 Guidelines for Drafting Position Papers

Moderator: Dimitar Kondev, Associate, White & Case LLP

Oana Soimulescu, Owner, Soimulescu & Partners
Michael Cover, FCIArb Chartered Arbitrator, Mediator, and Adjudicator
Marcus Theil, Manager, CCM Consulting and DRBF Representative for Austria
Arent van Wassenaer, The Faithful Goose b.v. and DRBF Representative for the Netherlands

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:15

Top 5 Tips on How to Make the Most of an Opinion

Moderator: Adriana Spassova, PhD, Partner and Marketing Manager, EQE Control OOD

Cremona Cotovelea, Construction Lawyer, Tecuci & Paltineanu SCPA and DRBF Region 2 Board Member
Henry Musonda, Projects Director, KM Associates 

14:15 - 15:00

Top 5 Aspects Seen Differently by Users & Practitioners

Moderator: Bill Barton, Director, Barton Legal Limited

Assen Alexiev, Arbitrator and Attorney
Geir Frohølm, Konsernadvokat Constro AS and DRBF Representative for Norway
Stefan Weismann, Independent Consultant
Alfonso Pelosi, Athena Consulting

15:00 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 16:45

Top 5 Advantages of and Misconceptions about Dispute Boards

Moderator: Evgeny Smirnov, Associate Director, Policy Advisor, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Lubomir Katchamokov, Vice President, CICA
Giovanni di Folco, President, Techno Engineering & Associates Group and Past President, DRBF Region 2 Board
Valentin Stoica, Vice-President ARACO (Romanian Contractors Association)


16:45 - 17:00 Conclusions of the Day and Overview of Day 1
17:30 - 19:30 Cocktail Reception
15 March

The stage is set: 

The Central & Eastern European Development Bank provided funding for the ambitious trans-alpine motorway project in Illyria. The National Highways Agency entered into a contract with the Cetinel-Tecuci JV for the design and construction of Section C, the key 52km middle section of the highway, which included two interchanges, 5 motorway bridges, 1 railway overpass and 21 motorway culverts. The contract was based on the FIDIC 2017 Yellow Book. The Development Bank insisted on the appointment of a DAAB and made provision for the Highway Agency’s portion of the DAAB’s fees to be treated as a provisional sum.

Join experienced DRBF practitioners who will explain how that DAAB dealt with a number of the typical issues that Disputes Boards of all types have to consider. Each of the five sessions will look at a different aspect of the project, with a particular focus on dispute avoidance. Beginning with the establishment of the DAAB, to the first and subsequent site visits, informal Advisory Opinions, what happened when cracks appeared in two of the bridges, and how the DAAB dealt with a Referral hearing which took place towards the end of the project, the practical aspects and nuance of DB practice will be illuminated.  


9:00 - 9:15

9:15 - 10:15

Morning Coffee 

Opening Introductions

Getting Started with the DAAB

Romano Allione, Engineer and DB Member
Brian Barr, Chartered Civil Engineer and FIDIC Certified Adjudicator
John Papworth, Managing Director, John Papworth Limited

10:15 - 11:15

Site Meetings

Yasemin Cetinel, Founding Partner, Cetinel Law Firm and DRBF Region 2 President
Levent Irmak, MC2 Modern and Past-President of DRBF Region 2
Henry Musonda, Projects Director, KM Associates
Florin Niculescu, DB Practitioner

11:15 - 11:45 Break
11:45 - 12:45

Informal Opinions

Volker Jurowich, DB Practitioner, JuCon International
Lindy Patterson, QC, 39 Essex Chambers
Arent van Wassenauer

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00

Opening the Road

Dick Appuhn, Managing Partner, AL Contract Services
Simon Fegen, Fegen Consulting, and Training Director for DRBF Region 2
Jeremy Glover, Fenwick Elliott

15:00 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 16:30

The Referral

Nigel Grout, DB Practitioner
Leo Grutters, President, C2S Global
Jim Perry, Owner, PS Consulting

16:30 - 17:00 Conclusions: The Way Forward