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Heavy hangs the crown – modern arbitration and the price of success

The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London, UK


Legal Business’s International Arbitration Summit returns for its fourth year on 7 November, at The Brewery in central London.

The one-day summit brings together more than 150 top practitioners and influential general counsel to discuss the key trends in one of the most strategic practice areas in global law.

For more information contact:

Lee Cashman

John Jennings

Ben Ebdon


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In association with

K&L Gates

(Drinks reception sponsor)

The programme:

Challenges to the Legitimacy of International Arbitration – bribery and corruption, cyber security threat and challenges to ISDS

As commercial arbitration goes mainstream, it attracts more critics. Arbitrator disclosures, multiple appointments, and increasing demands for transparency – has its emergence as a lucrative cottage industry eroded its credibility? We ask how the arbitration community should respond and also probe how threats to data can be managed.

  • Stephen Jagusch, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan;
  • Ian Meredith, K&L Gates (moderator);
  • Kathleen Paisley, Ambos NGBO;
  • Neil Stewart, Hewlett Packard Enterprise;
  • Sarah Vasani, Addleshaw Goddard;

Innovation in international arbitration – a nice idea in theory

This panel explores questions related to innovation. Has arbitration kept pace with the way modern businesses operate? Will new ways of storing and analysing data increase the time and cost of hearings? What role should funders be playing, and what pricing models should clients look for?

  • Anneliese Day, Fountain Court;
  • Greg Falkof, Eversheds Sutherland (moderator);
  • Shamir Khimji, Unipec;
  • Charlotte Stetzel, DNV GL;
  • David Brynmor Thomas, 39 Essex Chambers;

The BIT between the teeth – Achmea’s legacy

The recent CJEU ruling Slovak Republic v Achmea has left many in the arbitration community asking if the end of bilateral investment treaty (BIT) arbitration is in sight. We look at the changing nature of treaty arbitration and ask what lessons can be drawn.

  • Markus Burgstaller, Hogan Lovells;
  • George Burn, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner;
  • Charlie Lightfoot, Jenner & Block (moderator).

Confidentiality and Privilege… and Latin America

Are confidentiality and legal privilege imbedded into the international arbitration process? What are the issues that come up with developments such as third party funding and in-house counsel? The panel will discuss these issues in the context of Latin American parties, seat of arbitrations and the civil vs common law perspectives.

  • Luiz Aboim, White & Case;
  • Leandro Caputo, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi;
  • Lucia Elizalde-Bulanti, Dechert;
  • Richard Little, Eversheds Sutherland;
  • Frederico Singarajah, Hardwicke (moderator).

The case for case management – what practitioners can and should be doing to deliver more efficiency and cost savings for their clients

With increasingly sophisticated case management software, virtual proceedings and digitally-presented advocacy, this panel asks whether international arbitration can remain untouched by technological change. Using real-world examples of case management systems, the panel will explore the pros and cons of technology in international arbitration.

  • Taryn Auchecorne, Opus 2;
  • George Burn, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner;
  • David Murphy, Smith & Williamson
  • Sophie Nappert, 3VB (moderator);
  • John O'Donoghue, Herbert Smith Freehills;
  • Jeffrey Sullivan, Gibson Dunn.
Fireside chat with Sarah Grimmer

Drawing on her deep experience of advising Chinese and East Asian client, King & Wood Mallesons’ Meg Utterback speaks to Sarah Grimmer, Secretary-General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), about the centre’s new rules and its growing significance in the global disputes market.

  • Sarah Grimmer, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre;
  • Meg Utterback, King & Wood Mallesons (moderator).

Go east – The rise and rise of Asian dispute centres

With case volumes flat-lining across major European institutions, the inexorable rise of Asia-based hearings has seen a number of the industry’s top practitioners migrate to the region. Does Asia represent the new centre of gravity for global arbitration?

  • Sarah Grimmer, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (moderator);
  • James MacKinnon, Burford Capital;
  • Sherina Petit, Norton Rose;
  • Shanna Svensson, Shell;
  • Meg Utterbank, King & Wood Mallesons.

The new New York Convention – does cross-border arbitration need a fresh start?

The infrastructure supporting arbitration, including the New York Convention, was designed for a world where it was not so widely used. The global framework is now creaking under the weight of cases. This discussion explores whether international arbitration needs a fresh start.

  • David Goldberg, White & Case;
  • Nicholas Peacock, Herbert Smith Freehills;
  • Robert Volterra, Volterra Fietta (moderator).

Past, Present and Future: Lessons from a 30-year career

Ken Beale of Boies Schiller Flexner hosts Gary Born of WilmerHale, one the world's preeminent authorities on international commercial arbitration, to ask him about the lessons learned from a 30-year career and share thoughts on the past, present and future of international arbitration, highlighting the key issues that will shape the market in the coming years.

  • Kenneth Beale, Boies Schiller Flexner (moderator);
  • David Goldberg, White & Case;

Calling the tune – the end user’s perspective

Reflecting on the day’s discussions, this panel sees leading GCs give their take on the key issues facing companies in arbitration and outline what advisers need to learn from clients.

  • Stephen Agyei, AECOM;
  • Amanda Andreazza, Baker Hughes, a GE company;
  • Shamir Khimji, Unipec;
  • Andrew Savage, Watson Farley & Williams (moderator);
  • Neil Stewart, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Shanna Svensson, Shell.