Qatar International Centre for Concilation & Arbitratio (QICCA) at Qatar Chamber is pleased to invite you to attend its seminar titled:
“How Subcontractors can advance their claims against the main Contractor and the Employer”
Date: Tuesday, 17th October 2023
Time: from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Venue: Qatar Chamber – Doha Qatar
Mrs. Virginie Colaiuta,
Partner at LMS Legal LLP and Visiting Fellow at the King’s College London
Mr. Ahmad Ali Al Ansari,
BEng (Hons), MSc, LLM, CCM, FCIOB, FCMI, FAPM, MCIArb
Mrs. Virginie Colaiuta is a partner of the London office of LMS Legal LLP. She acts as counsel, advocate and arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings deriving from construction and energy projects, also based on bilateral or multilateral investment treaties.
Virginie is admitted to practise in England & Wales (Solicitor), in New York, USA (Attorney at Law) and in France (Avocat à la Cour).
She also teaches “Investment treaty arbitration” and “Conflicts of laws” in relation to construction projects at the Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution of King’s College London and is the Vice Chair the International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association.
Virginie is a current member of the Executive Board of the Italian Society of Construction Law.
She is considered a “Thought Leader” by Who’s Who Legal and is recommended as an expert by Legal 500.
- Partner, LMS Legal LLP, London (United Kingdom), March 2018-present
- Visiting Fellow, King’s College London, London (United Kingdom), September 2018- present
- Partner, Brown Rudnick LLP, London (United Kingdom), 2017- 2018
- Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP, London (United Kingdom), 2011- 2017
- Partner and Counsel, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, Paris (France), 2007 -2010
- Of Counsel, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Paris (France), 2005-2007
- Associate, Coudert Brothers LLP, Paris (France), 1999-2005
- Trainee, Rome (Italy), 1997-1999
- Doctorat en Droit (LL.D.)
Law School of the University Panthéon-Assas-Paris II, Paris, France
Doctoral Thesis: “Procedural Public Policy in International Arbitration”
- Master of Laws (LL.M.)
University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., 1997
- Laurea in Giurisprudenza (equivalent to a J.D. degree)
Law School of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy, 1994
England & Wales Law Society (English Solicitor)
New York, NY, USA (Attorney at Law)
Paris, France (Avocat à la Cour)
Visiting Fellow, King’s College London, Construction Law Centre, London, UK. Lectures on “Investment treaty protections in relation to construction projects” and “Conflicts of laws aspects relating to construction projects” 2018-present.
Vice Chair of the International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association 2021-present.
Chair of the Editorial Board of the law magazine “Construction Law International”, a publication of the International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) 2019-2021.
Executive Board Member of the Italian Society of Construction Law 2020- present.
Lecturer, Master of Business Engineering (MBE), International Construction: Practice and Law, University of Stuttgart, Germany, “Defects and Liability under French law”.
Italian (native), French (native), and English (fluent), Spanish (Working Knowledge)
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- “When does a violation of the domestic law of the host state amount to a violation of a public international law principle in determining protection of investors’claims?” in Energy Dispute Resolution: Investment Protection, Transit and the Energy Charter Treaty, Graham Coop (Editor), Juris Publishing, Inc., 2011, p. 3.
- Differences between civil law and common law jurisdictions in the construction sector, in Donald Charrett (Editor) “Global challenges, shared solutions”, Sydney NSW Society of Construction Law (Australia), 2013.
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- “Construction contracts as ‘investments’ for the purposes of investment treaty arbitrations” (with W. L. Craig), in Transnational Construction Arbitration”, Renato Nazzini (Editor), Taylor & Francis, 2017, p.98.
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- Risk relating to ground conditions under French and English law, Construction Law International, Vol. 16, Issue 1, March 2021, p. 28.
Mr. Ahmad Ali Al Ansari
Ahmad has started his working career back to 1984 at Qatar fertilizer Company (QAFCO) progressing over a span of 13 years from a Mechanical Technician to Mechanical Project Engineer. In 1997 Ahmad was appointed as the Lead M&E Project Engineer at Water Projects Department at Ministry of Electricity & Water serving for 4 years within which he became the Acting Head of the Department in 1999. In April 2001 Ahmad moved to Qatar National Olympic Committee as the Program Leader responsible for planning and delivery of some 32 prestigious sport facilities and projects for Doha 2006 Asian Games.
In early 2006 Ahmad was appointed as a Managing Director for a local company, providing multi-disciplinary engineering and construction services, and served for nearly 7 years. Finally, he joined the Public Works Authority in 2013 as the Lead Advisor for Contracts and Project Management supporting some multi-billions infrastructure and building programs, then became the Manager of the Technical & Portfolio Management Office in early 2017, and now works as the Managing Director of Lagoon Qatar for Project Management and Engineering Services.
Ahmad has a University Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master Degree in Project Management in Construction, a Master of Laws in Construction Law & Arbitration, and he is a Chartered Construction Manager as well as a Fellow and Chartered Member of various International Professional Institutions.
Education & Qualifications:
- Master of Science (MSc) in Project Management in Construction – UK
- Master of Laws (LLM) in Construction Law & Arbitration – UK
- B. Eng. (Hons) – Mechanical Engineering – UK
- ISM Certificate & Diploma – Management Studies – UK
- Chartered Construction Manager by UK Engineering Council (CCM)
- Fellow of Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB) – UK
- Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) – UK.
- Fellow of Association for Project Management (FAPM) – UK.
- Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) – UK