Luka Kristovic Blazevic

Partner, Riyadh

Biography

Overview

Luka Kristovic Blazevic is a partner who is seconded to The Law Office of Megren M. Al-Shaalan, with which White & Case practices in cooperation in Saudi Arabia. Luka specializes in international commercial arbitration, with a particular focus on complex international construction disputes. He has experience of arbitral proceedings conducted under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) 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.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Paris Bar
Education
LLM
New York University School of Law
LLM
DESS
Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas
LLM
DEA
Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas
Maîtrise in International Law
Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas
LLB and DEUG
Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas
Languages
English
French
Bosnian
Croatian
Serbian

Experience

Acting for the contractor in an infrastructure project in an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of various metro lines in Saudi Arabia.

Representing a Middle East Government in connection with multiple arbitrations involving the construction of an airport and related infrastructures in the Middle East.

Representing a client in high-stakes multi-billion Euros dispute in the nuclear industry involving multiple proceedings in several fora.

Advising an employer in respect of claims management and a potential arbitration in relation to a refinery project in Saudi Arabia.

Advising an employer in respect of claims and contractual remedies in relation to a mining project in Saudi Arabia.

Representation of a joint venture of European contractors in an LCIA arbitration arising out of a dispute relating to IT equipment supplied pursuant to a BOT contract for a new airport.

Representation of a joint venture between European and Asian contractors in an ICC arbitration arising out of disputes relating to the construction of a new rail project in Asia.

Representation of a majority owner in a joint venture mobile telecommunications company in a dispute arising out of the threatened enforced divestment of its majority interest by its joint venture partner, the telecommunications arm of a Central European government.

Representation of an Asian company in a potential ICC arbitration with claims ranging from US$100 million to US$300 million arising out of a dispute over the construction of a cement plant in the Middle East.

Representation of a North African company in a potential ICC arbitration arising out of a dispute with a European group over the alleged mismanagement of a hotel in North Africa.

Representation of a party in an SEC investigation into bribery and corruption issues relating to a multibillion-dollar joint venture project in Africa.

Representation in connection with a US$15 million arbitration under the rules of a Central European arbitral institution arising out of the construction of a hotel in Central Europe.

Speaking Engagements

Speaker at various conferences. Recent engagements include:

"UAE Arbitration Trends: Arbitration Agreements and Interim Measures", Dubai Arbitration Week, Dubai, UAE, 2021

"How to navigate interim measures in international arbitration", ICC Institute Training, 2020

"Musical Chairs: How to Choose the Perfect Seat", Legal 500 Middle East Disputes Summit, 2019

"Managing Delay Claims in Large Construction Projects", ICC Conference – Dubai Arbitration Week, Dubai, UAE, 2017

"Interim Measures in International Arbitration: The Interplay of Arbitral Tribunals and State Courts", IX Belgrade Arbitration Conference, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017

"How Best to Resolve LNG Price Reviews?", 2016: ICC International Arbitration Conference on Energy Disputes, Doha, Qatar

"Introduction to FIDIC and the FIDIC Forms of Contract", 2015: 4th International Conference on International Sales Law and International Commercial Arbitration, Minsk, Belarus

"Joinder and Consolidation," VII Belgrade Arbitration Conference, Belgrade, Serbia, 2015

"Multi-Party Issues in Construction Arbitration," 21st Croatian Arbitration Days, Zagreb, Croatia, 2013

"Decisions of the Arbitral Tribunal," Slovenian Arbitration Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2013 

"Document Production under the IBA Rules," V Belgrade Arbitration Conference, Belgrade, Serbia, 2013

Publications

Recent publications include:

"UAE Arbitration Trends: Arbitration Agreements and Interim Measures", Dubai Arbitration Week, Dubai, UAE, 2021

"Saudi Supreme Court clarifies COVID-19 effects on contractual arrangements", July 2021

"Litigation in Saudi Arabia: Recently Launched E-Litigation Services Expedite Resolution of Disputes" August 2020

"Mediation in Saudi Arabia: ratification of the Singapore Convention on Mediation and the SCCA Emergency Mediation Program", June 2020

"The New Enforcement Regime: a further step in the right direction", March 2019

Awards and Recognition

Who's Who Legal as Future Leaders - Arbitration 2019 and 2020 (Saudi Arabia)

"Luka Kristovic-Blazevic is especially notable for construction-related international arbitration" - Chambers Global, Saudi Arabia, 2020