British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre Announces New Registrar, Hana Doumal

PRESS RELEASE: British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre Announces New Registrar, Hana Doumal

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands (Feb. 1, 2021) -- The British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre (BVI IAC), an independent not-for-profit institution serving the demands for dispute resolution in the international business community, today announced the appointment of Hana Doumal as Registrar. She replaces João Vilhena Valério, who served as Registrar from the founding of the BVI Centre in 2016 until January 2021.   

Ms. Doumal has a distinguished career, having served in the arbitration sector at leading international firms and arbitral institutions in Hong Kong, Washington, D.C. and Paris.

“The BVI International Arbitration Centre is pleased to welcome Hana Doumal as Registrar, as we affirm our role in maintaining a quality legal framework and a stable political environment as a British Overseas Territory. Ms. Doumal’s experience in commercial arbitration and investor-State arbitration, both in private practice and at arbitral institutions, is invaluable. She will play a key role as our arbitration activity continues to increase and we meet the new challenges of virtual proceedings with our state-of-the-art technology and systems. As a citizen of France and Morocco, she embodies the BVI International Arbitration Centre’s commitment to cultural and gender diversity,” said François Lassalle, Chief Executive Officer.

Ms. Doumal joins the BVI IAC from Pinsent Masons in Hong Kong, where she was a Registered Foreign Lawyer and Senior Practice Development Lawyer in the International Arbitration/Construction Advisory & Dispute practice. She previously worked as a Registered Foreign Lawyer and International Arbitration Professional Support Lawyer in the Hong Kong Dispute Resolution team of King & Wood Mallesons, also in Hong Kong, and before that, as Counsel at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. Her experience also includes an externship at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington, D.C. In Paris, she was an associate in the International Litigation and Arbitration practice of Foley Hoag, a trainee lawyer at Allen & Overy, and an intern at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Ms. Doumal received her Master of Laws in International Legal Studies from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and her Master of Laws in Arbitration and International Business Law, with honors, from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. At the University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne, she received both her Master of Laws in Comparative Law and Arab Countries Law and her Maîtrise in International Law. Ms. Doumal received her Bachelor of Laws from the University Complutense of Madrid, with honors, after studying at the University of Rouen.

“I am excited to join the BVI International Arbitration Centre, where my experiences in Hong Kong, Washington, D.C. and Paris will enable me to incorporate global perspectives as I lead the Secretariat of this modern and dynamic institution. I look forward to working with my new colleagues and the Board members to promote international arbitration in the BVI,” said Ms. Doumal.

Ms. Doumal is admitted to the Paris bar and in Hong Kong as a Registered Foreign Lawyer. She works in French, English and Spanish, and she also speaks Moroccan Arabic.

Ms. Doumal will report to Mr. Lassalle.

“The BVI IAC extends its deepest appreciation to our outgoing Registrar, João Vilhena Valério. His tireless efforts have contributed enormously to the success of the Centre. We wish him well as he enters private practice with his new firm, arbitration studio -” said Mr. Lassalle.

About the British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre

The BVI IAC was established to meet the rapidly evolving dispute resolution needs of arbitration users worldwide. The Centre meets the demands of the international business community for a neutral, impartial, efficient and reliable dispute resolution institution in the Caribbean, Latin America and at the cross-roads of the Americas. The BVI offers a quality legal framework and a stable political environment as a British Overseas Territory Party to the New York Convention. Users of the BVI IAC arbitration clause benefit from arbitration-friendly legislations that improve ease of business and support. The BVI IAC Panel includes arbitrators from over 40 countries, speaking more than 20 languages, and is one of the most gender-diverse panels in the world. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and the flexibility to meet the unique requirements of any virtual arbitration, BVI IAC offers world-class facilities for conducting arbitral hearings. For more information, please visit

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