Siemens' Head of Industry Litigation Joins CPR’s European Executive Board
September 9, 2014
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New York, N.Y., September 10, 2014 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) is pleased to announce that Felix Weinacht is joining its European Executive Board (EEB). Felix Weinacht is Head of Industry Litigation at Siemens AG in Munich, Germany, where he oversees all types of significant litigation, arbitration and ADR proceedings involving the Siemens group of companies on a world-wide basis. Before joining Siemens, he practiced international litigation and arbitration in the New York offices of White & Case LLP and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.
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.
In an effort to continue to efficiently serve the needs of its members in Europe, CPR recently created the EEB and will soon announce the launch of a European Action Committee (EAC). CPR seeks to be, through its EEB and its EAC, a leading independent resource in Europe helping businesses and their legal advisers, whether in-house or external counsel, resolve and bring creative solutions to complex commercial disputes more efficiently and cost effectively and preserve/enhance commercial relations.
“Driving alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Europe is a key CPR objective. We are excited about our ever growing presence in Europe with the constitution of the European Executive Board of CPR (EEB). The EEB, comprised of representatives from major corporations and law firms, was formed two years ago to promote the increased use of ADR across Europe. This is just the beginning. CPR, in collaboration with its European members, will be an increasingly present advocate for ADR in the months ahead,” stated Noah Hanft, President & CEO of CPR.
The EEB provides strategic direction to CPR’s activities in the region and will work closely with the EAC on a number of initiatives of interest to corporations in Europe. The EEB is composed of a total of 15 members: 10 senior in-house counsels from major corporations based throughout Europe and five leading European ADR practitioners. It is chaired by Jean-Claude Najar of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, formerly with GE, and Co-Chaired by Maurice J. H. Kuitems of Fluor Corporation. The EAC will be composed of 15 senior in-house counsel and 15 law firm practitioners from all over Europe.
CPR is the only independent non-profit organization whose mission is to help global business and their lawyers resolve complex commercial disputes more cost effectively and efficiently. For over 30 years, the legal community has trusted CPR to deliver superior arbitrators and mediators and innovative solutions to business conflict. CPR’s membership comprises an elite group of ADR trailblazers, including executives and legal counsel from the world’s most successful companies and global law firms, government liaisons, retired judges, highly experienced neutrals, and leading academics. For more information, please visit www.cpradr.org.
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