FIDIC strengthens contracts committee with three new key appointments

15 Apr 2019

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Legal and contracts experts join influential FIDIC committee overseeing development of international construction contract documents.

International engineering federation FIDIC (the International Federation of Consulting Engineers) has strengthened its influential contracts committee with the appointment of three new members.

The three are international construction arbitrator and deputy general counsel for Jacobs Engineering Group, Deryl Earsom (USA); civil engineer and managing director of Neuenschwander Consulting Engineers, Matthias Neuenschwander (Switzerland) and Adam Bialachowski (Poland), CEO of Vintage Consulting.

FIDIC’s contracts committee recommends to the FIDIC board which conditions of contract and related documents should be prepared or updated by the federation. The eight-strong international committee also works closely with FIDIC staff to establish task groups to monitor the committee’s work and review documents to ensure that they take account of the latest industry developments. Members of the committee also liaise with organisations interested in the FIDIC Rainbow suites Conditions of Contract.

Commenting on the three new committee members, FIDIC chief executive Nelson Ogunshakin said: “I’m delighted that we have attracted three leading global legal, contractual and engineering experts to sit on the FIDIC contracts committee. They will bring their considerable knowledge and experience to the committee’s work in drafting, producing and regulating the renowned FIDIC contract suites of construction and professional agreements and I look forward to working with them over the coming months and years.”

FIDIC contracts committee chair Zoltán Záhonyi commented: “A number of experts with related backgrounds are very keen to become a member of this flagship FIDIC committee and I’m delighted that we have attracted such highly qualified and experienced individuals applying to join FIDIC’s contracts team and assist our work. The selected new members will help to ensure that our contracts remain the go-to documentation for international funding organisations, clients and other procurers of construction and engineering consultancy services and I can hardly wait to start working with them.”

The full membership of the committee comprises Zoltán Záhonyi (Hungary), Kaj Möller (Sweden), Siobhan Fahey (Ireland), Des Barry (Ireland), Vincent Leloup (France), Deryl Earsom (USA), Matthias Neuenschwander (Switzerland) and Adam Bialachowski (Poland). Aisha Nadar, FIDIC board member from Sweden, will be the board liaison person responsible for the contracts committee. Nadar will be seconded for this role by FIDIC board member Liu Luobing from China.

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