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Luka Kristovic-Blazevic

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Luka Kristovic-Blazevic is a partner who specializes in international commercial arbitration, with a particular focus on complex international construction disputes, and is the head of the Middle East International Arbitration practice. He has experience of arbitral proceedings conducted under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), as well as ad hoc. Luka has advised clients from a number of cultural and geographic backgrounds, and has worked on disputes involving both common and civil laws as well as Shariah. From 2019-2020, Luka has been recognised by Who’s Who Legal as a "Future Leader – Arbitration” in Saudi Arabia and has been cited as “especially notable for construction-related international arbitration” by Chambers Global (Saudi Arabia). Luka is a guest lecturer at Prince Sultan University in Riyadh, where he lectures on dispute resolution and construction law, and also acts as arbitrator.

In brief Unilateral jurisdiction clauses, commonly known as asymmetric jurisdiction agreements, are common in certain international commercial agreements, in particular in the context of international banking practice. These clauses permit one party to select the jurisdiction and forum for dispute resolution in respect of any claims it may have against the other party under the agreement, whilst not affording the counterparty with the same flexibility. In the case of Lara Basem Musa Khoury v Mashreq…

In brief In a landmark judgment issued on 6 September 2023 in (1) Sandra Holding Ltd (2) Nuri Musaed Al Saleh (together the “Respondents”) v. (1) Fawzi Musaed Al Saleh (2) Ahmed Fawzi Al Saleh (3) Yasmine Fawzi Al Saleh (4) Farah El Merabi (together the “Appellants”) [2023] DIFC CA 003 (the “Judgment”), the DIFC Court of Appeal (CA) has overturned a Worldwide Freezing Order (WFO) issued by the Court of First Instance on the…