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Hanscomb CEO speaking at the DRBF Vienna Conference

Posted Fri 17th February 2023

Hanscomb CEO and FIDIC  President’s List Mediator and Adjudicator, Sean Gibbs is speaking at the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation Vienna Conference.

Delay Analysis Workshop (optional): Wednesday, 8 March 2023
Conference: Thursday, 9 – Friday, 10 March 2023
Venue: Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

  • Global Claims – Ground for common sense or an embarrassing issue?
  • Case Studies and exercises on Global Claims
  • Unique issues of Dispute Board application in Central Europe

Projects and claims become more and more challenging in a world of ever-growing complexity. The global claim can be seen as a strategy to reduce the effort for all involved parties, but substantiation and evidence remain crucial points. Different legal systems and different types of contracts raise additional questions beginning from “How can a global claim work?” up to “Can a global claim work at all in the project’s specific situation?” The DRBF Central & Eastern European Conference will offer different perspectives on global claims from notable experts in the field, with a focus on Dispute Boards.


08 March – Wednesday

Optional Intermediate Workshop:
The Basics and not so Basics of Delay Analysis: The Legal and Technical Perspective
12:30 Registration
13:00 – 17:00 Workshop
Trainers: Maria Fisentzou and Giorgiana Tecuci

09 March – Thursday

8:30 9:00 Registration
9:00 9:15 Welcome and Introduction to Dispute Boards and Global Claims

Nicholas Gould, Past President, DRBF Executive Board of Directors
Giovanni Di Folco, President, DRBF Region 2 Board of Directors
Marcus Theil, Conference Chair
Ann Russo, Master of Ceremonies, Executive Director, DRBF

9:15 9:45 Global Claims: Ground for common sense or an embarrassing issue?

Alfonso Pelosi, Athena Consulting
Marco Ruggiero, Pini Group
Jan Bouckaert, Afitac

9:45 10:30 Case Study: Global Claims – Putting Things Together 

Moderator: Florin Niculescu, AB Initio
Ionuţ Şerban, Via Stratus

10:30 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 11:45 Delay and Disruption SCL Protocol – A Useful Tool for Dispute Boards

Moderator: Lindy Patterson, 39 Essex Chambers
Xavier Leynaud, Leynaud & Associés
Paul Taggart, DB Member
Giorgiana Tecuci, Tecuci & Paltineanu

11:45 12:30 Concurrent Delays: The Culprit

Moderator: Giovanni Di Folco, Tecno Engineering
Roberto Panetta, Panetta Law Firm
Violeta Dinu, Tecno Engineering
Nicholas Gould, Past President, DRBF Executive Board of Directors
12:30 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 15:00 Interactive Exercise: The Use and Abuse of Compendium Claims

Moderator: Oana Soimulescu, Soimulescu SCA
Taner Dedezade, Corbett & Co. 
Levent Irmak, MC2Modern
Anca Motoroiu, PORR
Marcello Viglino, WeBuild
15:00 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 16:00 “Death by a Thousand Cuts” – Unravelling a Globally-Pleaded Claim

Moderator: Sean Gibbs, Hanscomb Intercontinental
Ugo Galli, Techno Engineering
Basar Sahin, ICM Consulting Ltd
16:00 17:00 Dispute Boards in German-speaking Europe and the World

Moderator: Marcus Theil, CCM
Sebastian Hök, Dr. Hök, Stieglmeier & Kollegen
Claus Lenz, LDR
Robert Werth, Werth Consult VIAC, ACA, VBI

17:30 19:30 Cocktail Reception Sponsored by CCM
Join Speakers, Delegates, and Guests for canapes and drinks before heading out to dinner on your own.

10 March – Friday

9:00 9:30 DB Practice: Early Warning Signs in Monthly Reports

Moderator: Michael MacGuinness
Giovanni Rigoni, Techno Engineering

9:30 10:30 Apportionment: Can the DB do it, and if so How?

Moderator: Jeremy Glover, Fenwick Elliott
Thierry Linares, FTI Consulting
Cremona Cotovelea, Tecuci Paltineanu SCPA

10:30 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 11:45 Multidisciplinary Views on the Assessment of Costs: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Disruption Claims

Moderator: Sebastian Hök, Dr. Hök, Stieglmeier & Kollegen
Priscilla Karr, FTI, UK
11:45 12:30 Case Study: Salini v Ethiopian Roads Authority (2009) – the perspective of a Contractor on Global Claims

Moderator: Eugenio Zoppis, WeBuild
Gabriel Armanet, FTI Consulting
Taner Dedezade, Corbett & Co

12:30 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 14:00 Case Study: An Infrastructure Project in the Balkans

Marcus Theil, CCM
Stefan Weißmann, Independent Senior Consultant

14:00 15:00 Views of Global Claims: Employers, Contractors, Consultants, and MDBs. 

Moderator: Giovanni Di Folco, Tecno Engineering
Vanja Podhradski, Autoceste, BiH                                                                  
Wolfgang Wiesner, PORR Austria
15:00 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 16:15 Res Judicata and DB Decisions

Moderator: Virginie Colaiuta, LMS Legal
Henry Mbele Musonda
Irina Pongracz, Leboulanger & Associés

16:15 16:45 Cultural Cliches and their Influence on Dispute Board Member Performance

Moderator: Marcus Theil, CCM
Giovanni Di Folco, Techno Engineering
John Papworth, UK
Paul Taggart, DB Member

16:45 17:00 Conclusions and way forward