Americas Regional Conference Programme

Day 1:

Day one of the conference will look at how FIDIC contracts are being used across the region and hear from leading industry experts on the latest developments with FIDIC’s contracts suite. Delegates will also hear about the use the FIDIC Silver Book for EPC contracts and the Emerald Book for underground work. 

A certificate of attendance will be provided to each conference participant which may be used for CPD verification in your local region.

To view further information and speakers, click on each session title below.

Monday, May 16, 2022
4:00 PM - 4:10 PM (CEST)

Opening remarks:

  • Catherine Karakatsanis, FIDIC Vice President and FIDIC Board liaison to FIDIC Contracts Committee
Catherine Karakatsanis
4:10 PM - 4:25 PM (CEST)

Keynote Address:

  • Christopher Seppala, FIDIC Legal Advisor, White & Case LLP 
Christopher Seppälä
4:25 PM - 4:30 PM (CEST)
 
 
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM (CEST)

Leading industry experts, including members from the FIDIC contracts committee, will talk about the benefits of using international standard forms of contract, will provide an update on FIDIC contracts committee pipeline and present latest FIDIC publications. 

  • Benefits of using international standard form contracts vs bespoke contracts  
  • Presentation of FIDIC Green Book 2021
  • FIDIC Consultancy agreements 

Moderator: Peter Collie, member, FIDIC Contracts Committee

Adriana Spassova James Perry Peter Collie
5:45 PM - 6:00 PM (CEST)
 
 
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM (CEST)

Breakout sessions (parallel)

The panel would discuss trends, similarities and differences in the level and type of evidence required for the successful determination of claims arising on construction projects across the region. 

Moderator: Emma Schaafsma, Partner, CMS

Emma Schaafsma Brian Wood Jeff Ottesen Seán Hollywood

Breakout sessions (parallel)

Speakers will explain how FIDIC’s innovative Emerald Book contract for underground work deals with complex technical projects. The difficulty in predicting ground behaviour and foreseeable conditions implies an inherent uncertainty in underground construction, which gives rise to unique contractual risks regarding construction practicability, time and cost. The Emerald Book addresses many of these issues and offers a way forward for contracting on such projects.

Moderator: Zoltán Záhonyi, Past Chair, FIDIC Contracts committee; Z & Partners Consulting Engineers Ltd

Matthias Neuenschwander Tesfaalem Gebreiyesus Pravin Karki Zoltan Zahonyi

Breakout sessions (parallel)

This session will take an overview of the 2017 Second Edition of the FIDIC Silver Book which maintains the principles of risk sharing established in the 1999 edition, while seeking to build on the substantial experience gained from its use over the past 18 years. Speakers will discuss some of the key changes in this Second Edition including the greater detail and clarity on the requirements for notices and other communications, provisions to address Employers’ and Contractors’ claims treated equally and separated from disputes, mechanisms for dispute avoidance and the detailed provisions for quality management and verification of contractor’s contractual compliance. 

Moderator: Júlio César Bueno, Partner, Pinheiro Neto Advogados 

Júlio César Bueno Alex Wagemann Joseph Moore
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM (CEST)

In order to request a meeting with a fellow attendee, please use the registrant directory under your registration to request a meeting. Please note meetings can be approved or denied by the recipient and you will be informed, you will also be able to see your schedule here.

In case you have any questions or concerns requesting meetings, please contact us at events@fidic.org.

 
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Berlin, Bern [Change Time Zone]

Day 2:

Day two of the conference will hear from clients on their experiences of working with FIDIC forms on IFI-funded contracts and also from legal and contractual experts who will consider the contractual aspects and implications of working with FIDIC contracts in the region.  

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
4:00 PM - 4:05 PM (CEST)

Opening remarks: 

  • Charles Kim, Legal Counsel, ACEC, USA
Charles Kim
4:05 PM - 5:20 PM (CEST)

Speakers will look at FIDIC Suite of Contracts 1999 and 2017 Editions and how they are used on various projects across the world, including the projects funded by IFIs. Principal drafter of the 2017 update will highlight the changes and updates between two editions and enable delegates to learn about and understand the similarities and new provisions applicable to these FIDIC standard forms of contracts. Speakers will also highlight the role of the dispute boards. 

Moderator: Siobhan Fahey, Chartered Engineer and Chartered Arbitrator; FIDIC Contracts committee
 

Júlio César Bueno Siobhan Fahey Peter Collie
5:20 PM - 5:25 PM (CEST)
 
 
5:25 PM - 6:40 PM (CEST)

Legal and contractual experts will consider the contractual aspects and implications of working with FIDIC contracts in the region, with a particular focus on projects in the Caribbean and elsewhere. 

  • Navigating through FIDIC Contracts during difficult times – impacts of exceptional events and the parties’ entitlements 
  • Contract administration and the role of the Engineer 
  • Managing claims and avoiding disputes under FIDIC contracts
  • Procurement and supply chain issues post pandemic

Moderator: Karen Gough, Barrister, Attorney at Law, Chartered Arbitrator 39 Essex Chambers – Caribbean projects

Karen Gough Honourable Derrick McKoy Donna-Mae Cedeno Christopher Malcolm
6:40 PM - 6:45 PM (CEST)

Closing remarks: 

  • Daduna Kokhreidze, General Counsel, FIDIC
Daduna Kokhreidze
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM (CEST)

In order to request a meeting with a fellow attendee, please use the registrant directory under your registration to request a meeting. Please note meetings can be approved or denied by the recipient and you will be informed, you will also be able to see your schedule here.

In case you have any questions or concerns requesting meetings, please contact us at events@fidic.org.

 
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Berlin, Bern [Change Time Zone]

Exclusive MDB session available to all registrants of the FIDIC Regional Contract Users' Conference

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (CEST)

Global supply chains supporting the rise of renewable energy and energy storage include mining and processing of minerals that are often linked to forced labour.  To support forced labour risk mitigation, companies need to strengthen related procurement processes by including forced labour bidder declarations, qualification requirements and strengthened contractual provision in procurement. As a key recent example, the World Bank has enhanced its Standard Procurement Documents to require its borrowers to strengthen procurements involving solar panels/solar components. The panel will discuss the issues arising in the renewable energy supply chain and ongoing industry efforts to mitigate those risks, and protect the workers globally supporting the energy transition. 

Moderator: Dr Nelson Ogunshakin, CEO, FIDIC

Enzo de Laurentiis Husni Madi Tim De Meyer Nelson Ogunshakin Daduna Kokhreidze Philip Napier-Moore
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Berlin, Bern [Change Time Zone]

Keynote speaker

Full Name
Mr. Christopher Seppälä
Job Title
FIDIC Legal Advisor
Company
White & Case LLP
Speaker Bio
Christopher Seppälä is Partner of Counsel in the International Arbitration Group of White & Case LLP, Paris. He is the Legal Advisor to the FIDIC Contracts Committee, former Vice-President Emeritus of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and was Legal Advisor (and Member) of FIDIC's Update Task Group which prepared the three FIDIC conditions of contract for major works (the "Red", "Yellow" and "Silver" Books), published in 1999.
He is a member of the New York and Paris Bars and holds a BA from Harvard University and a JD from Columbia Law School.
Christopher Seppälä

Speakers