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 Maurice J.M. Kuitems, Managing General Counsel at Fluor Corporation, and its Vice-Chair is Isabelle Robinet Muguet, Vice President, General Counsel, International Legal Affairs, at Orange S.A. 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, Shell, Swiss Re and Wärtsilä Corporation.
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 (available in the Resources Sidebar). The EAB also organizes regular events throughout Europe, such as the European Congress on Business Dispute Management it organized at the offices of Mastercard in London on March 28, 2017.