Frederic Akiki

Associate, Abu Dhabi

Biography

Overview

Frederic Akiki is an associate in White & Case's Dispute Resolution and Construction and Engineering groups based in Abu Dhabi. He advises owners and contractors on the resolution of disputes arising out of complex international construction and engineering projects, with a particular focus on projects in the Middle East. Frederic also has experience of non-contentious work relating to the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects in the Middle East.

Frederic joined White & Case as a Trainee Solicitor in 2016, gaining experience in the Firm's Construction and Engineering, Intellectual Property, and Private Equity practice areas. Frederic also spent six months working in the Firm's Tokyo office with the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group.

Bars and Courts
Solicitor of England and Wales
Education
LPC
BPP Law School
GDL
BPP Law School
MSc
Contemporary Chinese Studies
University of Oxford
BA
German and Russian
University College London
Languages
English
Arabic
German
Russian

Experience

Representing a Middle Eastern government against the engineer relating to the construction of a new international airport in the country.

Representing a Middle Eastern government against a contractor in a US$500 million ICC arbitration in connection with the civil works package, including a new runway and upgrade of the existing runway, as part of the construction of a new international airport.

Representing a Middle Eastern sovereign government in an ICC arbitration concerning the enabling works relating to a major transport infrastructure project. The amount in dispute was approximately US$140 million. The contract was based on the FIDIC Red Book.

Representing a contractor in an ICC arbitration with the employer concerning the construction of a breakwater in Iraq. The amount in dispute was approximately US$300 million. The contract was based on the FIDIC Yellow Book.

Defending a sovereign State in ad hoc arbitrations against main contractors for various packages in relation to the construction of a major expressway in the Middle East.

Advising the Owner in a construction dispute related to the development of a mixed-use development in the Middle East.