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Kirsten O'Connell

Partner

Dubai

Kirsten OConnell
Kirsten O'Connell

Partner

Dubai

Kirsten is a partner in the International Arbitration Group with experience in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations in common and civil law jurisdictions. She has expertise in commercial disputes across a range of different industries, including the construction, energy, telecommunications, automotive, technology and defence sectors. She is also experienced in investor-state disputes, having acted on behalf of host States in ICSID proceedings, and having advised both States and investors in connection with potential claims.

“Kirsten O'Connell impresses sources with her ‘exemplary’ case management skills and ‘ability to assimilate huge amounts of complex information’.” 
WHO’S WHO LEGAL – 2018 (FUTURE LEADERS)

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Publications: 28 March 2022

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Office

Dubai

Allen & Overy LLP
11th Floor, Burj Daman Building, Al Mustaqbal Street, Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai
PO Box 506678

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Qualifications

Academic

Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, May 2004

Smith College, Northampton, MA

Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, with High Departmental Honors in Philosophy, May 1997

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