The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) based McNair Chambers, which finds Doha’s growing stature as the hub for arbitration, has strengthened its international arbitration team by inducting eminent personalities in the legal jurisprudence from across the globe.
Arifin bin Zakaria (the Former chief justice of Malaysia), Zachary Calo (a US attorney and Professor of Law at Hamad bin Khalifa University Qatar), and Ali Abu Sedra (an expert in the commercial laws of the Middle East and North Africa region) have joined the international arbitration team.
McNair Chambers was established in 2008 in the QFC and its lawyers based in Qatar and London specialise in international law, commercial litigation, international arbitration and regulatory matters.
"Over the past decade we have acted for many Qatari State entities as well as commercial parties in international arbitration matters. In addition, we have advised or represented parties within the GCC or Gulf Co-operation Council, Africa, Central Asia and Far East on high value and complex commercial and arbitration disputes," McNair Chambers Head Khawar Qureshi said, welcoming the new members in the international arbitration team.
Calo, whose area of specialisation is arbitration and sports law, said McNair intends to assist in strengthening the existing and excellent capacity for sports law dispute resolution in Qatar. This assumes significance, given the fact that Qatar will host the FIFA Cup in 2022 and the Asian Games in 2030.
Qureshi recently said Qatar, which has excellent hearing facilities, has the potential to become a hub for international arbitration for which Doha should contemplate establishing an institutional framework within its international court and dispute resolution centre (QICDRC).