CPR’s European presence dates from the early 1990s, when a group of corporate and legal leaders from Europe was convened to form the CPR European Advisory Committee. Under the leadership of Hans Peter Frick, former General Counsel of Nestlé, the group organized the First European Congress on ADR in 2004, followed by four annual conferences around Europe. The European Advisory Committee worked on a number of other initiatives including: building CPR’s Panel of Neutrals in Europe; advising the European Commission on its Directive on Mediation and its Code of Ethics for Mediators; and drafting the CPR Reinsurance Industry Protocol.
Today, CPR continues to serve as a leading independent resource in Europe helping businesses and their legal advisers, whether in-house or external counsel, prevent and resolve commercial disputes more efficiently and cost effectively.
CPR carries out its mission in Europe with the help of its European Advisory Board (EAB), a body composed of CPR member representatives based throughout Europe. The Chair of the EAB is Isabelle Robinet-Muguet, Vice President, General Counsel, International Legal Affairs, at Orange S.A, and its Vice-Chair is Alexander Oddy, Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills. Within the EAB, representatives from leading European law firms work collaboratively with senior representatives from the following corporations: Akzo Nobel, Amgen, Anheuser-Busch InBev, BP, Capgemini, Deutsche Bank, DuPont, Fluor Corporation, GE Power, HP, Koncar, Mastercard, Orange, PMI, Shell, Swiss Re, Wärtsilä Corporation, and others.
The EAB provides strategic direction to CPR’s activities in the region and works on a number of initiatives of interest to corporations and law firms in Europe. The EAB develops resources, shares knowledge and best practices, and networks with respect to dispute prevention and resolution. The EAB recently released the European Mediation & ADR Guide. The EAB also organizes regular events throughout Europe, such as the 2017 European Congress on Business Dispute Management it held at the offices of Mastercard in London on March 28, 2017, the 2018 European Congress on Business Dispute Management hosted by SwissRe in London on May 31, 2018, the 2019 European Conference hosted by SwissRe in London on May 15, 2019, the 2020 CPR European Conference, hosted virtually by Arbitration Place on September 15 and 16, 2020, and the European Advisory Board Meeting in Paris on June 28 and 29, 2022.
NOTE: The blog of the CPR Institute, CPR Speaks, features articles from "The European View," offering valuable insights and perspectives from the EAB.