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International Arbitration 2012


Speaker(s): Adrian W. Winstanley, Edna Sussman, Edward G. Kehoe, Eleonora Coelho, Galina Zukova, George Economou, Harry Liu, Hilary Heilbron QC, John Fellas, Klaus Reichert SC, Lorraine M. Brennan, Luis M. Martinez, Michael S. Goldberg, Minn Naing Oo, Nigel Blackaby, Oliver J. Armas, Professor William W. Park, Stephen Jagusch QC, Tai-Heng Cheng, Wendy Miles QC, William H. Baker, Yasmine Lahlou
Recorded on: Mar. 5, 2012
PLI Program #: 34494

MINN NAING OO

Chief Executive Officer & Registrar, Singapore International Arbitration Centre Minn oversees the operations of SIAC, and heads the legal team, which has charge of the administration of all cases filed with SIAC. In addition, under the International Arbitration Act, he is the statutory authority for the assessment of arbitration costs, and the authenticating authority for arbitration agreements and awards.

Minn graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1996 with an LLB and obtained his LLM from Columbia University in 2001 as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He was called to the Singapore Bar in 1997 and admitted to the New York Bar in 2004.

Minn started his legal career with Drew & Napier in 1997, and later joined Rajah & Tann, where he was engaged in commercial litigation and arbitration practice, specialising in shipping and admiralty matters. He was seconded by Rajah & Tann to the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) in 2002, and in 2004, took up full employment with MTI. He headed the Ministry’s WTO and International Trade Negotiations Division before joining SIAC in 2008.

Minn has been appointed a panelist for WTO Disputes, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as well as the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.


Nigel Blackaby is a partner in our international arbitration group and is head of both our US and our Latin America international arbitration groups.

He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 100 ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, both commercial and investor-state under bilateral investment treaties, with a focus on Latin America.

Nigel has represented states and foreign investors in arbitrations under the auspices of ICSID, the ICC, LCIA, AAA and UNCITRAL, both in English and Spanish. Recent ICSID matters include representing CMS Energy, BG Group plc, National Grid, Total and Suez in claims against Argentina. He is currently acting in 10 treaty arbitrations involving Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay and Venezuela. He also represented Telecom Italia in five parallel arbitrations before the ICC concerning the control of Brasil Telecom.

Nigel is a former President of the IBA Subcommittee on Investment Arbitration, an editor of Arbitration International and a member of the executive of the LCIA Latin America Users' Committee. He is co-author of Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration (5th edn, Oxford, 2009), Guide to ICSID Arbitration (2nd edn, Kluwer, 2010), and International Arbitration in Latin America (Kluwer, 2003). He is an adjunct professor of law at the American University in Washington DC. Nigel speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese and has law degrees from the University of Exeter (UK) and the Université d'Aix-Marseille III (France).


Yasmine Lahlou, a senior associate at Chaffetz Lindsey LLP in Manhattan, has substantial experience in international arbitration and litigation proceedings. Having practiced in Paris for over five years, at Castaldi Mourre & Partners, before joining Clifford Chance in New York in 2005 and then Chaffetz Lindsey in 2009, Yasmine has developed her skills in both the civil and common law systems, enhancing her ability to represent clients in cross-border litigation. Yasmine has acted as a sole and co-arbitrator in ICC and SCC arbitrations.

Yasmine co-authored the applicable law chapter, which appears in International Arbitration in New York (OUP, 2010). Since 2000, Yasmine has co-authored a regular review on conflict of laws published twice a year in French and English, in Revue de Droit des Affaires Internationales/International Business Law Journal (Thomson Reuters Group).

Yasmine attended a graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin Law School and received a Maîtrise en Droit from Paris X - Nanterre University. She was admitted to practice in Paris and is admitted in New York. She is fluent in English, French and Italian.

Yasmine is co-chair of the ABA Section of International Law's Middle East Committee.


Wendy J. Miles, QC is a partner in the firm’s London office and a member of the International Dispute Resolution Group. Her practice focuses on international arbitration and public international law.

Ms. Miles is recognised as one of the market’s foremost lawyers in the fields of arbitration and public international law. With over twenty years of experience, Ms. Miles has conducted arbitrations under all the major institutions, as well as conducting ad hoc arbitrations and undertaking significant public international law cases. She has advised a wide range of multinationals, sovereign states and state entities.

Ms. Miles represents clients across numerous sectors, including energy, natural resources, gaming, manufacturing, financial services, pharmaceutical, licensing, telecommunications, insurance and construction.

Ms. Miles is ranked as a leading international arbitration adviser by Chambers Global (2018) which describes her as “a brilliant lawyer” who is “very sharp.” According to Chambers Europe (2018), “she provides good information and guidance about what the client's choices are and what they should expect.” Chambers UK (2019) also names her in the top band of arbitrators, stating that she is “a fantastic, hands-on partner who is visionary in terms of the final goal.” Previous editions of the guide have described her as “a force in international arbitration.” Benchmark Litigation Europe (2018) recommends Ms. Miles for her international arbitration practice, and for advising on energy and natural resources matters. She is ranked as a leading individual for international arbitration and public international law in The Legal 500 UK (2018). She is further noted for corporate crime and for her construction disputes work. She has been described in the guide as a lawyer who “goes the extra mile” and “willing and able to take on difficult cases.” The guide also states that she is “highly experienced” in public international law. Ms. Miles is named a Thought Leader for Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal which notes her “pragmatic and insightful advice” in major public international law disputes. She was awarded “Best in Commercial Arbitration” in the 2015 and 2016 Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards, and continues to be listed by Expert Guides in its annual Women in Business Law list.

Ms. Miles is a Vice President of the ICC Court of Arbitration and the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. She co-chaired the Task Force on Costs Allocation in Arbitration and currently co-chairs the ICC Task Force on Climate Change Related Disputes. She also remains active on various other professional bodies including the IBA, Stockholm Arbitration Association and FIAA. She is also Co-Chair of the gender diversity initiative Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge (www.arbitrationpledge.com).

Ms. Miles regularly teaches on arbitration and public international law related issues, including as a founding member of the Executive Committee for the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy.

Ms. Miles is admitted to practice in England & Wales, and New Zealand. She became Queen’s Counsel in 2015. As a QC, she is able to act as advocate at all levels of the UK courts.


Adrian Winstanley is the Director General of the LCIA and a member of the LCIA Court and Board.  He fulfils the role of Chief Executive Officer, with day-to-day responsibility for all aspects of the conduct of the business of the LCIA and is the principal point of contact between the institution and its Board and Court.

As Registrar of the LCIA between January 1997 and April 2008, Adrian oversaw the administration of many hundreds of arbitrations, arising from the widest range of international commercial contracts.

He also sits on the Board of the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) in London, which provides comprehensive ADR support services. Adrian is a Vice President of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI), of which he was formerly the Secretary Treasurer between 2000 and 2009.

Adrian has a BSc with first class honours from the London School of Economics, a diploma in law from Westminster University, and is an English solicitor, having been in practice at Clifford Chance before his appointment as Registrar of the LCIA in January 1997.


Edna Sussman, full time independent arbitrator and mediator, is the Distinguished ADR Practitioner in Residence at Fordham Law School. She was formerly a litigation partner at the law firm of White & Case LLP and of counsel at Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP. Ms. Sussman serves as an arbitrator and mediator on commercial disputes, both international and domestic, and has successfully handled numerous complex arbitrations and mediations in many business settings, including matters involving contract interpretation, financing and banking transactions, energy, environment, franchises and distributorships, partnership and joint venture, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, accounting, intellectual property, construction, securities, real estate, pharmaceuticals, aviation, professional liability and bankruptcy.

Ms. Sussman is a member of the arbitration panel of several of the leading dispute resolution institutions including the AAA, ICDR, CPR, ICDR's Energy Arbitrators List, Hong Kong, Singapore, Swiss, Dubai, Vienna and Kuala Lumpur International Arbitration Centres, FINRA, FedArb, CEAC, U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution and is listed as an arbitrator by the ICC, WIPO and the LCIA. As a court certified mediator, Ms. Sussman serves on the mediation panels of the federal, state and bankruptcy courts in New York.  She is certified as a mediator by the International Mediation Institute.

Ms. Sussman serves on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association and trains the new AAA arbitrators. She co-chairs the Arbitration Committees of the American Bar Association's Sections of International Law and of Dispute Resolution and is a member of the Board of Directors of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and serves on the executive committee of the New York Chapter. Ms. Sussman is immediate past Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association and serves as co-editor-in-chief of the New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer. Ms. Sussman was ranked Tier 1 in New York City by U.S. News & World Report 2010 (1 of 7 so ranked) for 2011, selected based on peer reviews as the "Lawyer of the Year 2012" by Best Lawyers for the New York Metro area for mediation, listed in the 2011 first edition of The International Who's Who of Mediation Lawyers, listed annually by SuperLawyers and BestLawyers for ADR and named an Outstanding Woman in Energy Law by Energy Law 360.
 
A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School, Ms. Sussman has lectured and published widely on arbitration, mediation, energy and environmental issues. Her recent publications include Reflections on the Use of Dispositive Motions in Arbitration, NY Dispute Res. L. Spring 2011, Combinations and Permutations of Arbitration and Mediation: Issues and Solutions in ADR in  Business (Kluwer); An International Code of Ethics for Counsel in Arbitration, forthcoming in American Review of International Arbitration; A Multilateral Energy Sector Investment Treaty, Time for a Call for Adoption by all Nations, International Lawyer 2011; Arbitration Agreements and Bankruptcy, NABTalk, 2010. Copies of publications and additional background can be found at www.SussmanADR.com


Edward Kehoe is head of King & Spalding's New York Business Litigation Group and co-head of the firm's International Arbitration Practice. Mr. Kehoe has more than 20 years experience in business arbitration and litigation, with a focus on energy, professional services liability, construction, joint venture, environmental, finance/banking, real estate and insurance. In addition to serving as counsel, Mr. Kehoe sits as an arbitrator and is listed as an arbitrator on the Panel of Neutrals for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. He is a frequent writer and lecturer on international arbitration issues.  Mr. Kehoe is a member of the Board of Editors of Global Arbitration Review and serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.  He holds a bachelors degree in accounting from Lehigh University and a J.D. from St. John's Law School.


Lorraine M. Brennan

As Managing Director, Lorraine Brennan is responsible for the strategy, growth, and development of JAMS International.

A litigation lawyer by training, Lorraine first practised law at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York, then Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, and became a partner in 2006 at Kilpatrick Stockton in New York, where she was also the Director of the International Dispute Resolution Group. She is currently the President of Arbitral Women, a group dedicated to promoting and advancing women in the field of international dispute resolution.

Prior to joining JAMS International, Lorraine was Senior Vice President, Programs and International, of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) in New York. She was previously Director of Arbitration and ADR, North America, ICC International Court of Arbitration, where she acted as the American advisor to the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris.

From 1997-1999, Ms. Brennan served as the Director of Arbitration and Intellectual Property and Legal Counsel at the United States Counsel for International Business (USCIB). She remains one of eight U.S. Members of the NAFTA 2022 Committee on Private Commercial Disputes.

She is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law School and a former Adjunct Professor at Cornell University Law School, and a Visiting Professor at Shantou University Law School in Guangdong, China.

She is an accredited mediator and frequent speaker on international dispute resolution at conferences and seminars throughout the world. 


Mr. Harry Liu is a dispute resolution lawyer specializing in commercial litigation and international arbitration. He has over 20 years of experience representing domestic and international enterprises in financing, corporate issues, tax, investment, intellectual property, real estate and maritime related matters. Mr. Liu is recognized for his experience and skills in handling complicated disputes, and the Shanghai High Court has included a number of his cases in their Case Collection series.
 
Since 2006, he has done a lot of compliance work, including advising the clients on FCPA issues, investigation on compliance matters for clients. Mr. Liu also provides advice to US listed companies with Chinese background and was involved in pretty few independent investigations for these companies. The clients he has represented for the compliance matters include companies in the business sectors of pharmaceutical, medical device, top sport brand, luxury brand, advertisement, IT, petrochemical, bio-diesel, etc.

Mr. Liu has been invited to give presentations to employees on the compliance matters for clients in various industries. He was also invited to be lecturer in workshops or speaker in conferences on various legal topics.


Work Experience
Mr. Liu joined in King & Wood in 2006. Prior to this, he worked as a partner at two prestigious Shanghai law firms. He has also worked at two leading U.S. law firms as a visiting lawyer. Mr. Liu earned his LL.B and J.M. from the Nanjing University and the East China University of Political Science & Law respectively and his LL.M Degree from Columbia University. He is admitted in both China and NY State.


Eleonora Coelho has a Masters in Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution – ADR from Université Paris II - Panthéon Assas and has a Law degree from the University of São Paulo Law School. Eleonora is the founding partner of the law firm Eleonora Coelho Advogados, practicing in the fields of Civil Law, Commercial Law, Litigation and Arbitration. Has acted as lawyer and arbitrator in both domestic and international arbitration cases.

She is a member of the International Bar Association, member and former Vice President of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr); member of the Latin American Committee for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s (ICDR); and member of the Advisory Board of the Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration Chamber of Sao Paulo (CIESP/FIESP). She is currently the General Secretary of the Arbitration Center of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (CAM-CCBC) and part of the list of arbitrators of various arbitral institutions. She was part of the Federal Senate’s Commission of Jurist that drafted the new Brazilian Arbitration Act. She regularly participates in seminars on arbitration in Brazil and abroad, either as fellow or as a speaker and has distinguished articles on Arbitration published in different magazines and newspapers.

Eleonora is fluent in Portuguese, English and French, and has intermediate Italian and Spanish.


Hilary Heilbron QC is a commercial barrister practising from London and mostly now sits as an international arbitrator having accepted approximately 100 appointments relating to very substantial disputes as party nominated arbitrator, institution appointed, sole arbitrator and chair under the ICC, LCIA, SCC, HKIAC, SIAC and ICDR as well as ad hoc. She does however also still act as counsel in international arbitration and commercial litigation, principally arbitral related. She is currently a member of the LCIA Court, the ICC UK Arbitration and ADR Committee, the International Advisory Committee of the ICDR, a member of the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages in International Arbitration and of the IBA-ICCA Joint Task force on Data Protection in International Arbitration Proceedings. Her experience extends over a wide range of contractual disputes, joint ventures, insurance, international trade and banking and various foreign laws.  She has spoken and written widely on international arbitration and cross-border litigation around the world and is the author of “A Practical Guide to International Arbitration in London”. http://www.brickcourt.co.uk/our-people/profile/hilary-heilbron-qc


John Fellas is a partner in the New York office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, and co-chair of the Arbitration Practice and co-chair of the International Practice of that firm.

Mr. Fellas has practiced in both the U.S. and England, and as well as being a member of the New York Bar, he is also a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.  He has served as counsel, and as chair, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator, in arbitrations under the AAA, ICC, LCIA, UNICTRAL, ICDR, SIAC and ad hoc rules.  He also serves on the Mediation Panel of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.  He has also been retained to act as an expert witness on U.S. law in proceedings in other countries.

He has been recognized for his practice in international arbitration by:  Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who Of Business Lawyers; Chambers USA - Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers; Chambers Global; The Best Lawyers In America; Euromoney Expert Guides -- Best of the Best USAChambers Global and Chambers USA  have noted that he is “a wonderful lawyer with very thorough legal knowledge,” and that he is “one of the best--his reputation is phenomenal and deserved.”

He has also been recognized for his practice in commercial litigation by:  Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers; New York Super Lawyers.

He is co-editor of International Commercial Arbitration in New York (Oxford University Press 2d edition 2016).

He received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Durham, England, and both an LL.M. and an S.J.D. from the Harvard Law School.


Michael S. Goldberg is a senior trial partner at Baker Botts, with extensive trial experience in complex commercial and international arbitration matters. He is co-chair of the firm’s international dispute resolution section (international arbitration and litigation).

During his thirty-five years of practice, Mr. Goldberg has served as lead counsel in litigation matters as diverse as antitrust/competition, banking/finance, bankruptcy, commercial, construction, corporate acquisitions, defamation, discrimination, energy, environmental, ERISA, FCPA and other criminal investigations, intellectual property, partnership, premises liability, products liability, qui tam and real estate.

Mr. Goldberg also has served as lead counsel and negotiator in a wide array of transactional matters. He has maintained a reputation of always striving for the best “big picture” result for his clients—whether negotiating with corporations, joint venturers, or governmental entities, acting as chief spokesperson with the media, or dealing with corporate crisis matters.  He served as general counsel for professional sports teams such as the NBA’s Houston Rockets.

Mr. Goldberg’s experience extends to a broad array of international matters involving clients, adversaries, and/or issues in Angola, Armenia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and Yemen.

Mr. Goldberg has served as a council member of the Council of Legal Opportunities (CLEO), an organization that works with minority and low-income students to help them prepare for and attend law school. He is a past chair of Holocaust Museum Houston.  He is an Adjunct Professor of International Arbitration at the University of Texas School of Law.


Ollie Armas is the Managing Partner of the New York office of Hogan Lovells US LLP and a member of its International Arbitration practice. He has an extensive practice representing foreign and domestic clients in arbitrations before the ICSID, ICC, ICDR/AAA, LCIA, and other arbitral tribunals, as well as before U.S. federal and state courts.

Because Ollie is fluent in Spanish (and can understand Portuguese), he routinely counsels clients on matters involving Latin America. He has acted as a legal expert in certain aspects of U.S. law in foreign proceedings (e.g., Mexico and Peru), and has supervised litigation in almost every country in Latin America. Ollie also routinely serves as an arbitrator on commercial disputes.

Mr. Armas is recognized as a leading arbitration practitioner by Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Chambers USA, Global Arbitration Review, the Legal 500, the Latin Lawyer, and other publications and ranking services.

Practices

Litigation and Arbitration

Investigations, White Collar and Fraud

Latin America

Education

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1990

M.P.A., with honors, New York University, Wagner Graduate School of Public Administration, 1987

B.A., with honors, New York University, College of Arts and Sciences, 1986


Stephen Jagusch QC is Global Chair of Quinn Emanuel's International Arbitration Practice.  He specializes in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, having acted as adviser and advocate in dozens of ad hoc and institutional international arbitrations, conducted in many countries around the world, and subject to a wide variety of governing substantive and procedural laws.  A great many of Stephen's cases have been for or against sovereign states or substantial multinational organizations, and he has been lead counsel in many of the world's leading investment treaty cases.

Stephen is recognized as a leading expert in the field of international arbitration and disputes arising under contracts and bilateral or multilateral investment treaties, and is highly ranked by all international and domestic legal publications in international arbitration and public international law.  Leading directories recognize Stephen as a leader in his field and have recently described Stephen as "one of the most impressive advocates around," "a masterful cross-examiner," a "tenacious fighter," the "maestro of strategy," “one of the gurus in the field,” "one of the pre-eminent ICSID arbitration experts in the world," and praise his “finely honed instincts for strategy in advocacy.”

Stephen routinely speaks at leading conferences and seminars, and is widely published on the subject of international arbitration.  He won the inaugural (and subsequent) Client Choice Award for Best Arbitration Lawyer in the UK. Chambers & Partners and Super Lawyers both rate Stephen as one of the leading lawyers in the UK across all fields of practice. Most recently, Stephen was awarded "Best Lawyer in the United Kingdom for International Arbitration" by Best Lawyers. Prior to joining the firm, Stephen was Chair of the Global International Arbitration Practice of Allen & Overy LLP.

Stephen regularly sits as an arbitrator and has sat as Chair, Sole or Co-Arbitrator in dozens of cases around the world.


Tai-Heng Cheng chairs the New York international arbitration practice of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.  He has achieved 9-figure victories in investor-state and commercial arbitrations, worldwide, as well as in US litigation and regulatory investigations. 

Dr. Cheng has over 15 years of experience as an attorney.  He has also served as tribunal chair or co-arbitrator in more than a dozen arbitrations with $8bn. to $5mm. at stake, and is a member of the arbitration panels of arbitration institutions in North America, Europe and Asia.

Dr. Cheng is ranked as one of the top 10 arbitration practitioners in North and South America under 45 by Who’s Who Legal, and has also been recognized in Chambers Global and Chambers USA for international arbitration, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, Benchmark Litigation’s Rising Stars, and Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List.  Who’s Who Legal states that Dr. Cheng “excels in the commercial and investment arbitration spheres due to ‘his strong advocacy skills, understanding of economic issues and astute case strategies.”  Chambers has reported that “the ‘formidable’ Tai-Heng Cheng receives particular praise for his ‘very good negotiating skills’ in the context of arbitral proceedings.”  A Stockholm Chamber of Commerce arbitration tribunal issued an award praising Dr. Cheng’s presentation at the hearing as “a remarkably eloquent and intelligent address . . . with which the arbitrators of course full-heartedly agree in all respects.”  Awards rendered by Dr. Cheng have been confirmed by U.S. District and Appeals courts as well as non-U.S. courts.  A U.S. court has complemented one of Dr. Cheng’s awards as “thorough and well-reasoned.”  

He is an elected fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, the American Law Institute and the Foreign Policy Association, and serves on the boards of several professional and civic associations.  

Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Cheng was a tenured professor of international law in the United States.  U.S. Federal Circuit and District Courts have cited and relied on his scholarship as authoritative.  Dr. Cheng has a J.S.D. and LL.M. degree from Yale Law School and first class honors in law from Oxford University.

Dr. Cheng is bilingual in English and Mandarin.


William (Rusty) Park is Professor of Law at Boston University, teaching in the areas of international tax and finance.  After studies at Yale and Columbia, Park practiced in Paris until returning home to Boston, where he has served as Director of Boston University’s Center for Banking and Financial Law.

Park is President of the London Court of International Arbitration and General Editor of Arbitration International.  Park has held visiting academic appointments in Cambridge, Dijon, Hong Kong, Auckland and Geneva.  A member of the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, the Board (Vorstand/Comité) of the Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage and the Board of the American Arbitration Association, Park served as arbitrator on the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Swiss Bank Accounts and the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims. 

The President of the United States appointed Park to the Panel of Arbitrators for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Dispute. 

Park’s books include Arbitration of International Business Disputes, International Forum Selection, ICC Arbitration (with Craig and Paulsson), International Commercial Arbitration (with Reisman, Craig and Paulsson) and Income Tax Treaty Arbitration (with Tillinghast). 


Dr. Galina Zukova’s practice concentrates on international commercial and investment arbitration. She represents clients, private and state entities alike, in cases conducted in accordance with the rules of the ICC, VIAC, DIS, SCC, UNCITRAL and other rules, pursuant to different procedural and substantive laws in a broad range of fields and sectors. She is a listed arbitrator in several international and national arbitration institutions.

Galina joined BELOT MALAN & ASSOCIES in November 2016 from a major international (arbitration) law firm in Paris, and prior to that she worked as Counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration. At the ICC Court she was in charge of the case management team that handled matters involving parties from Central and Eastern Europe, CIS countries, Turkey and Greece. In that role, she oversaw hundreds of arbitrations and scrutinized hundreds of awards. Galina’s previous work experience includes also a leading Baltic law firm, the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the European Court of Justice and the Latvian European Integration Bureau, where she was in charge of the legal aspects of Latvia’s admission to the European Union.

Galina is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (for Latvia); a Board Member of the Finland Arbitration Institute (FAI); a member of the Arbitration Council of the Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC); a member ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR; a chair of the Arbitrators Nominating Committee of the Russian Arbitration Association; a member of the Editorial Board of the ICC Court Bulletin; a member of the Editorial Board of the International Commercial Arbitration Review (??????? ?????????????? ????????????? ?????????) and a member of ArbitralWomen. In the past she has served as a Chair of the European Chapter of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF).

On academic front, Galina is an Associate Professor at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin (Paris-Saclay) and the Riga Graduate School of Law. She graduated from the European University Institute (PhD), holds LL.M. from the University of Exeter and a Lawyer’s Diploma from the University of Latvia.

Galina is a member of the Latvian and Paris Bars (under the European Directive).

Galina is listed in the following specialised rankings: Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders (2017, 2018 and 2019) and Who’s Who Legal France: Arbitration (2017, 2018, 2019). WWL 2019 ranked her as Number 2 of “Most Highly regarded” future arbitration leaders.  They write: “Galina Zukova at Bélot Malan & Associés is “an excellent and experienced lawyer with a particular focus on CIS-related cases”, according to sources. They note, “She has vast experience in and great knowledge of ICC arbitration proceedings.”” In 2018, ArbitralWomen included Galina in its publication “Women Pioneers in Dispute Resolution”.

Fluent in English, French, Italian, Latvian, Russian and Spanish, Galina also has a working knowledge of German.

Recent and ongoing engagements where Galina acted as arbitrator include

– Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in a UCCI (Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) arbitration seated in Kiev involving a CIS state company and an Eastern European state company related to the transit of gas.

– Sole Arbitrator (appointed jointly by the parties) in a UCCI (Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) arbitration seated in Kiev involving a major Eastern European company and a Western European company related to a construction project in the agricultural sector.

– Sole Arbitrator (appointed jointly by the parties) in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris between a Middle Eastern company and a major Western European company related to a consultancy agreement.

– Sole Arbitrator (appointed by the VIAC) in a VIAC arbitration seated in Vienna between two Western European companies over an international contract for the production and supply of goods.

– President of the Arbitral Tribunal (appointed jointly by the co-arbitrators) in an ICC arbitration seated in Vienna between a Western company and a CIS state company related to the manufacturing and delivery of goods for the construction of a power plant.

– Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in a SCC arbitration seated in Stockholm between a CIS energy state company and a South European company related to the construction of an energy centre (FIDIC).

– Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in a UCCI (Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) arbitration seated in Kiev involving a CIS state company and an Eastern European state company related to the transit of gas.

– Sole Arbitrator in a CAM arbitration seated in Brescia (appointed by the Milan Arbitral Chamber) between a Western European company and a North African company concerning an international sales agreement.

– Sole Arbitrator (appointed jointly by the parties) in a VIAC arbitration seated in Vienna (expedited procedure) involving a major Asian company and an Eastern European state company concerning the modernization of a power plant.

– Emergency Arbitrator (appointed by the ICC) in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris involving large Asian and Latin American companies over a major infrastructure project related to the construction of a bridge.

– Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris between a North African company and a Central African company related to the construction of a tourism complex.

– Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris between a Western European company and a CEE state over a major infrastructure project related to the construction of a bridge (FIDIC).

– Co-arbitrator (appointed by the ICC) in an ICC investment arbitration seated in Paris between a Cypriot investor and a CIS state entity related to a SPA in the agricultural sector.

– Sole Arbitrator (appointed by the ICC) in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris between a Cypriot company and a South Asian company related to an international sale of goods.

– President of the Arbitral Tribunal (appointed by the co-arbitrators) in a DIS case seated in Berlin involving a CIS company and a Central European company related to an international sale of goods.


Luis M. Martinez is Vice President of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, (ICDR) the international division of the American Arbitration Association, (AAA) and is an Honorary President of the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission, (IACAC).

Luis M. Martinez as the Vice President of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution located

in New York serves as an integral part of the ICDR's international strategy team and is responsible for international arbitration and mediation business development for the East Coast of the United States (from Maine to Florida, including Atlanta, Miami and New York City) Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal.

Mr. Martinez in his capacity as President of the IACAC was responsible for the oversight of its network of arbitral centers throughout the Americas and as the only institution that is expressly included in the Inter-American Convention on International Commercial Arbitration conducted numerous arbitration and mediation initiatives aimed at developing the region’s ADR culture.

Mr. Martinez joined the AAA in 1996 as the first attorney hired to staff the newly created ICDR and later served as the ICDR's first director. Mr. Martinez worked as the Vice President responsible for the ICDR's international administrative services and prior to that held the position of a staff attorney for the AAA's Office of the General Counsel before assuming his current position.

Mr. Martinez received a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgian Court College and a Juris Doctor degree from St. John's University School of Law. He has had numerous articles published on international arbitration and has appeared as a speaker in programs throughout the world. Mr.

Martinez is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the State of New Jersey. He is

a dual citizen of Spain and the United States and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.


Klaus Reichert SC is a barrister in practice from Brick Court Chambers in London. He has acted as advocate or arbitrator in over 300 international arbitrations across a wide range of subject matters, applicable laws, institutional rules, and venues. In 2010 he was called to the Inner Bar (“Silk”) in Dublin having undertaken many years of commercial litigation before the Irish Courts. He chaired the Host Committee for the 2008 ICCA Conference in Dublin, and was a founding member of Arbitration Ireland – the Irish Arbitration Association. He played a leading role in the preparation of the Arbitration Act 2010 in Ireland. A member of the Governing Board of ICCA and the Council of the Legal Practice Division of the IBA, he also serves with the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal.