Joseph Chedrawe Joins V&E’s Dispute Resolution Practice in Dubai
Vinson & Elkins continues to expand its Middle East disputes presence with the addition of Joseph Chedrawe as counsel in the firm’s Dubai office.
comes to V&E from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he represented
multinational corporations, governments and private clients across multiple
industries in commercial arbitrations, with a focus on construction and
engineering and commercial disputes. He joins V&E partner Amir
Ghaffari, who transferred to Dubai in March to lead the firm’s
growing International Dispute Resolution practice in the region.
“Dubai is a
major center of disputes emanating from the energy and construction and
engineering sectors, which in turn is driving the demand for legal services in
the Middle East,” said James
Loftis, head of V&E’s global International Dispute Resolution
practice. “Joseph is an outstanding lawyer with significant experience handling
these types of complex disputes in the region. We are pleased to welcome him to
V&E’s IDR practice.”
acted as counsel in more than 20 international construction and commercial
disputes under many of the major arbitral institutions, as well as in ad-hoc
proceedings. His particular experience includes disputes relating to power and
water facilities, government service contracts, public-private
partnerships, housing developments, telecommunications, mergers and
acquisitions, joint ventures and oil and gas production.
notable representations, Chedrawe has advised a Japanese and South Korean
engineering and construction consortium in an arbitration regarding a
multibillion dollar fertilizer complex in North Africa. He has also advised
government entities in the Gulf on several matters, including disputes relating
to a multibillion dollar independent water and power plant, the termination of
a waste management contract and the construction of a major housing project.
appeared several times as an advocate in litigation and arbitration
proceedings. He is an advocate of the Dubai International Financial Centre
courts and has sat as a party-appointed and sole arbitrator. Before settling in
the Middle East, Chedrawe worked in Canada, South Africa and the United
Kingdom, where he was a lecturer in law at the University of Oxford.
“This is an
exciting time in the region, with a number of strategic developments being
implemented in both the public and private sectors,” Chedrawe said. “As a
leading global firm, V&E handles some of the most important disputes
globally and in the Middle East. I am thrilled to be joining such an impressive
team of international dispute resolution practitioners.”
V&E’s International Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practice is
among the world’s best, receiving international recognition in Chambers
& Partners (2017), Legal 500 (2017) and as a member of the Global
Arbitration Review 100 (2017). The firm has represented clients in the
energy, infrastructure development and construction, technology/intellectual
property, insurance, banking and pharmaceuticals sectors in more than 60
countries, in virtually every common arbitral venue, and under all major
international and regional rules systems.