ICC / DRBF Regional Conference: Practical Issues in Construction Dispute Resolution and Dispute Avoidance

Sofia, Bulgaria, • English

ICC and DRBF join forces to provide insights by some of the best experts in construction disputes.


The event will focus on the practicalities in thethe various stages of a construction dispute and will include a seminar on Dispute Boards and a mock construction dispute. Speakers will share their experience on different mechanisms and techniques for dispute resolution and dispute avoidance.

Who should attend?

Any practitioner involved in international construction contracts and disputes: engineers, contractors, in-house lawyers from construction companies, arbitrators, counsel, mediators, experts, contract managers, contracting authorities in procurement


Day 1 – 27 September

09:00-10:30Workshops, Part 1

Workshop A: Dispute Boards (Intermediate Level) – Serdica Conference Room

Workshop B: Delay and Disruption in construction claims (introductory level) – Rila Conference Room

10:30-11:00Coffee Break
11:00-13:00Workshops, Part 2

Workshop A: Dispute Boards (Intermediate Level) – Serdica Conference Room

Workshop B: Delay and Disruption in construction claims (introductory level) – Rila Conference Room

14:30-14:45Welcome Address
14:45-15:05Key Note Speech
15:05-16:00Session 1 ICC Point of View

The ICC Court point of view on appointment of arbitrators, scrutiny of the awards, and bifurcation of cases

16:00-16:30Coffee Break
16:30-17:30Session 2 Arbitration Trends in Central and Eastern Europe
17:30-17:45Summary, Q&A
18:30-21:00Cocktail at KVADRAT 500 Art Gallery with classical music and curated walk through two of the gallery’s halls

Day 2 – 28 September

08:30-09:00Morning Coffee
09:00-10:30Session 3 Dispute avoidance/adjudication under the FIDIC 2017 Edition

DAAB and dispute resolution clauses under the new FIDIC rules

Challenge of DAAB before ICC under the new FIDIC rules

10:30-11:00Coffee Break
11:00-12:30Session 4 Enforcement of DAB decisions and arbitral awards in the CEE region
14:00-16:00Session 5 A Real-Life Mock Case

Construction Dispute Resolution – A Journey through Three Stages

A step by step enactment from a party‘s dissatisfaction with a Dispute Board decision to ICC arbitration appointment and beyond. This will include the role of ICC; timescales for Notices of Dissatisfaction; emergency arbitrator process and much more

16:00-16:30Summary, Q&A, Close of Conference


Assen AlexievPartner, Sabev & Partners Law Firm, Sofia
Metodi BaykushevSecretary General ICC Bulgaria, Managing Partner at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. Law Firm, Sofia
Charles Blamire-BrownPartner, Pinsent Masons LLP, London
Anthony AlbertiniPartner, Clyde & Co, London
Simon FegenDirector at Leach Group, Bath, United Kingdom, Chartered Surveyor (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), Fellow of the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa), Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a CEDR Accredited Mediator
Maria FisentzouDelay Expert, Forensic Delay Analyst
Levent IrmakFounder & Managing Director of MC² MODERN CONSTRUCTION CONSULTING, Istanbul; President of DRBF Region-2 Board of Directors

MSc. Civil Engineer

Maciej JamkaManaging Partner, K&L Gates Jamka Sp.k.
Dr. Moritz KellerPartner, Clifford Chance Deutschland LLP
Ulrich KopetzkiCounsel of the Eastern European team, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Crenguta LeauaManaging Partner at LDDP – LEAUA DAMCALI DEACONU PAUNESCU, Bucharest, Assoc. Prof. Dr. with the Academy of Economic Studies and Visiting Associate Professor Dr. with the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest, Vice-President of the Romanian Society of Construction Law
Boyana MilchevaDRBF Country Representative, Bulgaria

Partner at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. Law Firm, Sofia

Miloš Olík, Ph.D., LLM, FCIArbPartner, ROWAN LEGAL, Czech Republic; Chairman of the Council of Arbitrators of Football Association of the Czech Republic
Lindy Patterson Q.C.Queen’s Counsel, Chair of the domestic arbitral appointment sub-committee of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, President-Elect of the Dispute Resolution Board Federation (DRBF), Region 2, Adjudicator with TeCSA and RICS, Member of LCIA Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
Dimitar SmilenovICC Court Member, Attorney-at-law, Arbitrator
Adriana SpassovaPartner and Managing Director of EQE Control, company of ABS Group, Sofia

DRBF Region 2, Member of Board of Directors

Cosmin VasileRegional ICC YAF Representative for Romania, Managing Partner, Zamfirescu Racoti & Partners, Bucharest
Eugenio ZoppisSalini Impregilo S.p.A., Milano

Project Manager of Gibe III site in Ethiopia

Dr. Sarwono HardjomuljadiDRBF Region 2, Member of Board of Directors
Lisa BeisteinerPartner, zeiler.partners, Austria
Sebastian MahrPartner, PHH Prochaska Havranek Rechtsanwälte, Austria

Logistical notes

Sofia Hotel Balkan
pl. “Sveta Nedelya” 5, 1000 Sofia Center
Sofia, Bulgaria

Cocktail venue
KVADRAT 500 National Art Gallery
1, 19th February St., St Alexander Nevsky Sq., 1000 Sofia Center
Sofia, Bulgaria

Travel and accommodation
Travel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fee. ICC Bulgaria has negotiated preferential room rates with the Sofia Hotel Balkan. The complete information will be sent upon registration enabling participants to make their reservations directly.

Sponsorship opportunities

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Registration in English

Registration in Bulgarian

For more information, please contact

  • Metodi Baykushev
  • +359 2 421 4201
  • Secretary General ICC Bulgaria, Managing Partner at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. Law Firm, Sofia
  • Ann Russo
  • +1-980-265-2367
  • Executive Director at DRBF
  • Elena Ivanova
  • +359 2 421 4201
  • Marketing coordinator

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