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  1. Facing the future
    1. Ukrainian Gas Transmission System unbundling
    2. ALPLA expands its global plastic recycling capabilities
    3. Selling the Merkur offshore wind farm
    4. Advising on a EUR 1.1bn Bulgarian gas pipeline procurement
    5. The green economy: identifying primary risks and key opportunities
    6. Solving global challenges
  2. Navigating a changing world
    1. Data and risk: challenges in an uncertain world
    2. CMS advises on major East Africa paint transaction
    3. Commerz Real lands the largest deal in its history
    4. Helping Teyliom Hospitality’s expansion in Central and West Africa
    5. Shaping the new normal
    6. Working through the COVID-19 lockdown
  3. Harnessing technology
    1. Technology: a unifying force
    2. Online gambling grows as Gamesys is sold to JPJ Group
    3. CMS advises on first ever European real estate transaction using blockchain
    4. CymbiQ Group on expansion course
    5. CMS helps Korean investors acquire prime real estate assets
    6. Lupl delivers transformative open industry platform for legal matters
    7. MultiChoice separates from Naspers and lists on JSE
    8. CMS advises on ‘Train Maya’ rail project
    9. Smart living: creating a framework for disruption and innovation
    10. CMS helps the BBC launch the streaming service BritBox in the UK
  4. Managing risk
    1. The true cost of ESG
    2. CMS advises Blackstone on its investment in Carrix
    3. CMS advises Zentiva on its acquisition of Alvogen
    4. ST Pharm establishes new medical testing and analysis business line
    5. Colgate-Palmolive acquires premium anti-ageing skin care brand
  5. Inside CMS
    1. CMS Academy adds participants through digital learning
  6. CSR and Diversity & Inclusion
    1. Diversity and Inclusion at CMS UK
    2. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF): CMS Charity Partner
  7. Interviews
    1. Interview with Gabriela Staber
    2. Interview with Sophie Marquet
    3. Interview with Courtney Rothery
    4. Interview with María González Gordon
    5. Interview with Mariel Dimsey
    6. Interview with Nedžida Salihović-Whalen
    7. Interview with Annemieke Hazelhoff
    8. Interview with Michelle Barclay
    9. Interview with Gerlind Wisskirchen

Interview with Courtney Rothery

Courtney Rothery
Courtney Rothery
Legal Director
T +971 4 374 2820

What was the most interesting cross-border, cross-discipline project that you were involved in?

I am often involved in arbitrations where the seat of the arbitration is different to the country in which the project is located and/or the governing law of the dispute. I was involved in an ICC arbitration relating to a large project in Saudi Arabia that involved a contract which was subject to English law. It was particularly interesting because a lot of the issues in the dispute ultimately related to the socio-economic factors that influence the construction industry in Saudi Arabia and are similar in the wider Gulf region.

Which person would you most like to connect with today or in history?

It’s hard to pick just one person but right now I would really like to meet Jacinda Ardern. She seems to be very likeable, a brilliant communicator and an impressive leader. She seems like the type of person you could have an easy conversation with and learn a lot from.

FaceTime or face-to-face?

Always face-to-face, if possible. But in the current world we live in, Zoom and phone calls are the only option. So much of our communication is through our body language and voice intonation which makes seeing and speaking to clients essential for proper communication. I’m often conscious of the fact that sending emails with legal and contractual advice can come across as mechanical and unlikeable. But apart from anything else, being able to meet someone in person, or at least see someone’s face, is just a far more engaging experience.