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Jalal El Ahdab (Jil Ahdab) is a partner at Bird & Bird, in the dispute resolution group in Paris. He is the head of the arbitration department in France and member of the dispute resolution practice in the UAE, where he offers clients his long-standing and cross-border expertise in managing international disputes and arbitrations, especially in international business law, notably in Europe, Africa and the MENA region, focusing on international disputes and foreign investments.
Jalal acts as counsel, arbitrator and expert in various sectors, such as telecommunications, ports, airports, construction, life sciences, sports and more.
Jalal is a former member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC (2015–2021). He is also vice chair of the European branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and co-chair of the IBA Arab Regional Forum.
Jalal is qualified to practise in Beirut, Paris and New York, and is equally fluent in Arabic, English and French. A book on arbitration law in France, written jointly with Professor Daniel Mainguy, is due to be published by LexisNexis in August 2021.
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