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, resolve and bring creative solutions to commercial disputes more efficiently and cost effectively, and to preserve and enhance commercial relations. Most recently, the EAB released the European Mediation & ADR Guide (available in the Resources Sidebar). The EAB also organized a European Congress on Business Dispute Management at the offices of Mastercard in London on March 28, 2017.
CPR carries out its mission in Europe with the help of its European Advisory Board, 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: DuPont, Shell Group, BP, Fluor Corporation, Orange, Capgemini, Deutsche Bank, Akzo Nobel, HP, Koncar, ENI, Mastercard, Wärtsilä Corporation, amd Swiss Re.
The EAB provides strategic direction to CPR’s activities in the region and works on a number of initiatives of interest to corporations in Europe. For these purposes, the EAB develops resources, shares knowledge and best practices, networks with respect to matters of general interest, obtains and provides education and training, participates in other joint initiatives and activities, and seeks strategic alliances with other institutions and organizations.