Counsel, Arbitrator



Alain Zahlan de Cayetti is professional arbitrator and strategic consultant. Attorney-at-law, former member of the Bar of Paris for more than 25 years and of the Bar of Luxembourg, Alain specializes in international arbitration and mediation and in international corporate and transactional matters.

His expertise encompasses, in particular, international trade and finance, corporate and tax restructuring, FinTech and cryptocurrencies, intellectual property, cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He has an extensive experience in sports law and is a registered arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport and with many other international arbitration centers, operating in both common and civil laws.

Alain is regularly invited as panelist and has published several papers on international alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and on the recognition and enforcement of international arbitral awards. He is a regular lecturer at Sorbonne University (Abu Dhabi) and Paris-Saclay University (France).

Alain speaks and works in English, French, Arabic and Spanish.

Panels and lectures

  • Lecturer – 5th Moscow Legal Forum, 4-7 April 2018
  • Lecturer – Master in law, Mergers & Acquisitions, University of Evry, Paris Saclay (France) (ADR, Roadmap of M&A)
  • Lecturer – Master in law, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi - International Business Law and Diplomacy (ADR between States, International Financial Law) and Business in the Middle East
  • Lecturer – Negotiation techniques (Harvard Method) and initiation to Neuro-linguistic programming
  • Lecturer at the conference on Challenges in Sport Law – University of Moscow, Kutafin (Moscow – April 2018)
  • Lecturer at the conference on Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies – Future Challenges, University of Moscow, Kutafin (Moscow – April 2018)
  • Panel member - IG Forum looks to crypto’s growth (IG Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Growth), Dubai, 23rd April 2018
  • April 2015: Lecturer in the Marrakesh seminar organised by the Union Internationale des Avocats on Recognition and Enforcement of International Awards under the New York Convention
  • October 2014: panel member and trainer at the ICC PIDA - Recognition and Enforcement of International Awards under the New York Convention.


  • Is Bitcoin Losing its Bite? (23 June 2018 - Khaleej Times)
  • What you need to know about Cryptocurrencies in the UAE (9 April 2018 - Khaleej Times)
  • What you need to know about VAT in the UAE (4 Oct 2017 – Forbes Middle East)
  • La Cybercriminalité au Quotidien (Le Petit Journal de Dubai – 1 March 2017)
  • A propos de fraude fiscale (Le Petit Journal de Dubai – 9 January 2017)
  • ENTREPRENDRE AUX EMIRATS - Nul n’est censé ignorer la loi,, 29 November 2016
  • Co-author of the Report on Competition in the UAE, officially presented to the French Ambassador in the UAE (2015)
  • Sport regulations - Taekwondo Choc magazine (2005-2007)