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International Arbitration 2019

Speaker(s): Alexander G. Fessas, Ank Santens, Charles C. Adams, Jr., Chiann Bao, Dana MacGrath, David Roney, Eduardo Zuleta, Eric A. Schwartz, Galina Zukova, Hagit Muriel Elul, Hilary Heilbron QC, Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, John Fellas, Krystal Lee, Laurence Shore, Lucila (Luli) I.M. Hemmingsen, Luis M. Martinez, Mark McNeill, Michael Young QC, Michelangelo Cicogna, Monique Sasson, Professor Jack J. Coe, Jr., Rekha Rangachari, Esq., Wendy Miles QC, Wesley Pang
Recorded on: Jun. 10, 2019
PLI Program #: 250670

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 (

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.

Alexander G. Fessas is the Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Director of the ICC Dispute Resolution Services.

As Secretary General, he is responsible for the operational management and coordination of the ICC Court’s Secretariat and other dispute resolution services in Paris, Hong Kong, New York, Sao Paolo and Singapore.

He joined the Secretariat in late 2011 and held consecutive positions in three case management teams, of which two as counsel. Prior to his appointment as Secretary General, he was the Secretariat’s Managing Counsel over a three-year term.

He read law at the University of Athens, Greece having specialized in international commercial transactions and conflict of laws.

Prior to joining the ICC Court, he practised as counsel out of Athens where he established a sole practice in 2008. He was previously an associate at an Athens-based law firm. During the same period, he was also the editor-in-chief of the Revue hellénique de droit international.

He is admitted to the Athens Bar and speaks English, French and Greek.

Charles C. Adams, Jr., is the former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Finland (2015-2017) and Global Head of Orrick's International Arbitration Practice Group, based in Geneva.

Charles' experience spans four decades at the highest levels of international dispute resolution, in more than 300 international arbitration proceedings as counsel and chairman or party-arbitrator in arbitral fora all over the world.

Charles also has 10 years’ membership on the Board of Trustees of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).

Representative Engagements

Among cases which are of public record:

  • Charles led the successful enforcement of a $100 million award secured on behalf of the Eurotrain Consortium (Siemens and Alstom) against the Taiwan High-Speed Rail Consortium.
  • Charles also chaired the arbitral tribunal in the matter of Telenor v. Alfa Group, involving a dispute over control of the Board of Directors of Vimpelcom (Ukraine).
  • Charles represented the Republic of Poland as lead counsel in the damages phase of a BIT arbitration against Eureko BV.


  • Several articles on issues in international arbitration, including “The State of Arbitration” in The Global Arbitration Review, March 13, 2012.


  • Top-tier ranked for five consecutive years (2010-2015) for international arbitration in Switzerland in both Chambers’ and The Legal 500.


Chiann Bao is an independent arbitrator and a member of Arbitration Chambers in Hong Kong and London.

As a New York-qualified Mandarin speaking attorney, Ms. Bao has spent almost fifteen years working in international arbitration in London, New York and Hong Kong.  In private practice, Ms. Bao focused on complex international arbitration and litigation, acting as counsel or arbitrator for corporates and state-owned enterprises in a range of disputes in sectors including technology, shareholder and joint venture disputes, finance, joint venture, real estate, construction, and general contractual disputes.  She advised clients on all aspects of the arbitral process under the major arbitral rules, including UNCITRAL, ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, and CIETAC. 

From 2010 to 2016, Ms. Bao served as Secretary-General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, where she managed hundreds of arbitrations before tribunals in Asia, with a specific focus in China.  During her tenure, HKIAC was recognized as the most frequently used arbitral institution outside of Europe, most improved institution and ranked as the third best arbitral institution worldwide by the 2015 International Arbitration Survey, conducted by Queen Mary University of London.  Ms. Bao was instrumental in overseeing key initiatives such as the revision of the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules, the establishment of the tribunal secretary accreditation program, and the opening of the HKIAC Seoul and Shanghai offices.

Ms. Bao currently serves as Vice President of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration and is a member of the ICC Belt and Road Commission. 

Ms. Bao regularly speaks and writes on the topic of international arbitration and is a co-author to "A Guide to the HKIAC Rules," published by Oxford University Press.  She is a frequent lecturer and taught at the University of Hong Kong as an adjunct professor from 2014-2016.


Eric A. Schwartz is an American and French international arbitration lawyer. Based in New York, he now practices independently as an international arbitrator and as an arbitrator member of Fountain Court Chambers in London. Until December 2016, Eric was a partner in the international arbitration practice group of King & Spalding in New York and Paris. Earlier in his career, he was a Paris-based partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and, from 1992-1996, he served as Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, of which he was subsequently a member and a Vice-President from 2006-2015.  

Over the course of four decades of legal practice, Eric has acted as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings in all of the principal European arbitration venues, as well as in Africa, Asia and North America.  He has particular expertise in relation to disputes concerning large infrastructure projects, investment treaties and complex cross-border transactions in the energy, IP/IT and pharmaceutical sectors.

Although Eric is especially well known for his ICC arbitration experience, he has also acted in arbitrations under the rules of the AAA/ICDR, CIETAC, the European Development Fund, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, the LCIA, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and the Vienna International Arbitration Centre, in addition to ICSID and UNCITRAL.  He has experience of disputes under many different legal systems, including notably those of France, England, Switzerland, the United States and multiple jurisdictions across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Eric is the author of dozens of articles on international arbitration practice as well as the co-author (with Yves Derains) of A Guide to the ICC Rules of Arbitration (Kluwer, 2nd ed. 2005) and the editor of several other books, including (with B. Hanotiau) Multiparty Arbitration (ICC 2010) and Class and Group Actions in Arbitration (ICC 2016).

Eric was educated at Dartmouth College (B.A. 1973) and Yale University (J.D. 1976).  He was admitted to the California Bar in 1976 and the Paris Bar (of which he is now an emeritus member) in 1992.

Hagit Muriel Elul is Co-Chair of Hughes Hubbard's International Arbitration practice group and is a New York-based partner.  She practices in the area of high-stakes business disputes involving energy, pharmaceutical, intellectual property, construction and professional services. Her clients are based globally in Europe, Asia and Latin America among other places.

Her experience handling billion-dollar-plus commercial disputes has earned her recognition in multiple publications as a leading practitioner of international arbitration and dispute resolution including Legal 500, Who’s Who International Arbitration World’s Leading Women in Business Law, Latin Lawyer 250, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, and Global Arbitration Review.

Hagit sits as an arbitrator regularly and frequently writes and lectures on topics related to international arbitration and litigation.  She is chair of the Arbitration Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) and an Executive Board Member of the New York International Arbitration Center.

After graduating cum laude from Columbia Law School, Hagit clerked for the United States District Court.

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”.

Jack J. Coe, Jr. is Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the LL.M program in International Commercial Arbitration at Pepperdine Law School. An Elected Member of the ALI, Coe has served as an Associate Reporter on the ALI Restatement of International Commercial Arbitration, and as member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Group on Private International Law. Jack Coe’s practical arbitration experience began at Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, where he was a Legal Assistant for two years, working principally on oil cases and dual national claims. He has since arbitrated under several rule formulae, including those of the AAA (ICDR), ICC and UNCITRAL, both as a party–appointed and institutionally designated arbitrator. Coe also consults with parties in commercial and investor-state arbitrations, and has submitted expert opinions on international law matters to U.S. federal courts, foreign courts and investor-state arbitral tribunals.

Coe’s studies in private international law are reflected in an LL.M. in International Business Legal Studies, from Exeter University (where he was a Rotary Interna- tional Fellow), the Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

Coe is recurrently listed in Who’s Who: Arbitration (Global Arbitration Review), and has published dozens of essays addressing practical aspects of international commercial dispute resolution. He is a member of the California bar.

Krystal Lee is an associate in the international arbitration team at Stephenson Harwood LLP in London.  She has experience in international arbitration and arbitration-related litigation involving construction and M&A disputes, having spent time in the London, Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore offices of Stephenson Harwood in the course of her training and as an associate.

She has been involved in a number of cases at the UK Supreme Court, having advised the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in resisting the enforcement of an arbitral award and, in particular before the Supreme Court, the question of the provision of security when a stay has been ordered by the court pending a full trial.  She is currently assisting in CIArb’s intervention as amicus curiae in the Halliburton v Chubb appeal at the Supreme Court on the question of the test for arbitrator bias pursuant to section 24 of the Arbitration Act 1996.

She also regularly assists with matters involving the Far East, having advised PT First Media at the Hong Kong Court of Appeal in resisting the enforcement of five SIAC awards as well as a Korean consortium in a multi-hundred million dollar LCIA arbitration relating to a nuclear power plant project in the Middle East.

Prior to qualification in the UK and joining Stephenson Harwood, Krystal studied at SciencesPo Law School in Paris and was an intern at WilmerHale LLP.

She is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese and French, and speaks Korean at an intermediate level.

Laurence Shore is a partner in BonelliErede’s Milan office. He leads the firm’s International Arbitration Focus Team.  Laurence previously practiced law in New York City, London, and Washington, D.C., has been counsel in many international cases, and also sits as an arbitrator. He is a member of the New York, Virginia, and District of Columbia Bars, and is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.  Laurence’s law degree is from Emory University; he earned a Ph.D. in History from Johns Hopkins University.

Laurence has taught international commercial arbitration courses at NYU Law School and the Washington College of Law, American University.  His publications on arbitration issues include (as a co-author), “International Investment Arbitration: Substantive Principles” (OUP, second edition, 2017), a leading text on treaty arbitration.

Lucila I. M. Hemmingsen is a partner in the international arbitration practice of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She is dual-qualified in civil law and common law and her practice focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration, and public international law matters, with a particular emphasis in Latin America. 

Lucila advises and represents domestic and foreign companies in commercial arbitrations, as well as foreign governments and investors in investment-treaty arbitrations, conducted in English, Spanish and Portuguese, under civil and common law. Lucila also handles post-arbitration proceedings before local courts world-wide. Lucila has handled disputes governed by various substantive laws and conducted under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, AAA/ICDR, SCC, NAI, ICSID and UNCITRAL. Her experience runs a broad gamut of industries, including infrastructure and construction, mining, oil & gas, retail, finance and investments, real estate and international trade.

Before joining Kirkland & Ellis, Lucila practiced in the international arbitration department of other international firms in New York. Lucila also practiced in the White Collar litigation departments of those firms, and has been involved in various cross-border internal investigations.

Lucila graduated from Law School in Buenos Aires and began her career in the litigation and international arbitration department of Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal. Throughout her several years of practice in Buenos Aires, she represented clients in institutional and hoc arbitrations and in a variety of industries, including construction, real estate, and oil & gas.

Lucila also maintains an active pro bono practice, including matters involving public international law and human rights law. Among other pro bono matters, Lucila has represented clients in matters under the Hague Convention on Child Abduction and proceedings before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. Her most recent pro-bono work includes representing a Paralympian that was unlawfully removed from Team USA. Lucila was recognized as a “USOC Woman Warrior” for this representation by The Committee to Restore Integrity to the U.S. Olympic Committee (Team Integrity), a group formed to compel the USOC to protect athletes’ right that includes Olympians such as Greg Louganis and Martina Navratilova. She now also serves in the Steering Committee of Team Integrity.

Lucila is also deeply involved in a number of diversity and women empowerment initiatives and organizations. She currently manages the international Mentoring Program for Women in International Law of the American Society of International Law.

Mark McNeill is a partner in the International Arbitration practice of Shearman & Sterling and heads the firm’s practice in London.

For over two decades, he has acted as an advocate representing companies, individuals and States in numerous commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, including in matters involving intellectual property, technology, nuclear construction, pharmaceuticals, business combinations, oil & gas, taxation, mining, insurance and reinsurance. He also serves as an arbitrator and lectures on international investment arbitration at Sciences Po Law School in Paris. He is admitted to practice in New York, Paris (Avocat à la Cour) and England & Whales (Solicitor-Advocate).

Before joining Shearman & Sterling, Mark was an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, where he represented the United States in investor-State arbitrations under the investment chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and advised on the drafting of investment treaties. 

Legal 500 notes that "Mark McNeill is absolutely top class, both in his strategic and subject matter advice, but also in his written work and advocacy". Chambers Global mentions that Mark "receives consistently positive feedback". In particular, clients have praised his advocacy skills, stating that he is "very sharp", "uses just the right tone and words" and is "very talented".  Who’s Who Legal notes that he is “an outstanding attorney” who is regularly engaged in high-stakes IP, technology and oil and gas disputes. He impresses peers with “his extensive experience in investment and commercial arbitration”.

Michael Young QC is a Partner specialising in international arbitration. He is one of the leading practitioners globally, joining Quinn Emanuel from Allen & Overy (where he was Global Co-Head of their arbitration practice). He is a first-class law graduate of both Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and acts as a Vice-President of the ICC Court of Arbitration. He has advised and represented clients in countless arbitrations throughout the world, both ad hoc and under each of the major institutional rules.

Although experienced across all industry and market sectors, he has a specific focus on energy, manufacturing and infrastructure disputes. Those disputes have arisen worldwide, but with a particular focus on Africa (both North and Sub-Saharan), the U.S., Asia and the Middle East.  He is a leading advocate – regularly arguing cases before arbitral tribunals and experts – and has been on the Executive Committee of the Federation for International Arbitration Advocacy since its inception (where he has taught advocacy classes around the world).

Michael sits frequently as an arbitrator himself.  He has also written and spoken widely on arbitration issues, as well as teaching at the Faculty of Law at Sciences Po in Paris and at the University of London LLM arbitration programme. 

The leading directories have described him as an “outstanding” lawyer; having “the wit of a master, [who] knows ICC rules inside out, and never loses’; “a brilliant lawyer, demonstrating excellent leadership and strategic ability”; “he has perfect mastery of the rules of arbitration and procedure, as well as a spectacular ability to resolve cases”; “one of the country’s premier advocates”.

Michelangelo Cicogna is a partner in De Berti Jacchia Law Firm's Milan office. His practice over the last 25 years has mainly focused on arbitration and ADR.

As counsel, Michelangelo has acted in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, mainly under the rules of the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, the Milan Chamber of Arbitration, A.I.A., Vienna International Arbitration Center, the Madrid Arbitration Court, the Chamber of Arbitration of Bucharest and MKAS, handling numerous complex arbitrations including multiparty disputes and parallel proceedings.

As arbitrator, he has served as chairman, sole arbitrator or co-arbitrator in a number of arbitrations under the ICC rules, the Milan rules and the UNCITRAL rules as well as in ad hoc arbitrations.

His arbitral work predominantly relates to construction or infrastructure projects, insurance coverage issues, IT and telecoms, joint ventures and consortia and general commercial matters.

He also regularly serves as mediator in international and domestic mediations.

Michelangelo has written extensively on mediation and arbitration matters and is the co-author of one of the most widely used reference books for ADR practitioners in Italy. He frequently speaks at conferences on international arbitration and ADR.

He is a member of the ICC commission on arbitration, Chair of the IBA Subcommittee on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, former president of the AIJA international arbitration commission and vice chair of the international arbitration committee of the American Bar Association's section of international law. He is co-founder and co-chair of ArbIt, the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR. He is recognized by his peers in the Who’s Who of International Commercial Arbitration as one of the leading Italian practitioners.

Michelangelo was educated at the Catholic University of Milan. He teaches Advocacy in International Arbitration at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan.

He has been working at the Milan Chamber of Arbitration from 1997 to 1999 acting as counsel in both domestic and international arbitration and mediation cases.

He is fluent in Italian, English and French and speaks some Spanish.

Monique Sasson has twenty-five years of experience in analyzing cross-border disputes.  She graduated in law from LUISS (Rome), with honors, and began her career as an associate at Studio Legale Chiomenti in Rome.  Monique later moved to Herbert Smith-London, where she was an associate in the international disputes group.  She holds a Ph.D. in public international law from Cambridge University and an LLM from Queen Mary University, London.  Monique served as an expert witness on investment law in CEAC v. Montenegro (ICSID Case No. ARB/14/8).  The second edition of her book, Substantive Law in Investment Arbitration, was published in 2017 (Kluwer Law).  Monique is currently of counsel at Macchi di Cellere Gangemi, Milan.

Wesley Pang is Managing Counsel of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.  He was formerly a Senior Associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP where he worked in the firm’s New York office, from 2008-2010, as a member of the Litigation Group, and as a member of the International Arbitration Group in Paris and London from 2010-2017. His practice focused on cross-border litigation and government regulatory investigations, as well as commercial and investor-State arbitrations, in which he advised and represented private and sovereign clients. He holds a JD from Columbia University School of Law, as well as an LLB and BSc from King’s College London.  He is admitted to practice law in New York.

He has served as a Co-Vice Chair of the International Investment & Development Committee of the ABA Section of International Law (2016-2017). In 2019, he was invited to join the International Advisory Board of the Journal of International Law of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization.

Ank Santens is a partner in White & Case’s International Arbitration practice, based in New York. She serves as counsel or arbitrator in commercial, investment, and construction arbitrations around the world, under all major international arbitration rules (ICC, ICDR/AAA, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL) as well as under ad hoc and regional rules. These arbitrations span various industries, including energy, infrastructure/construction, insurance, telecommunications, metals/mining, maritime, pharmaceutical, financial services, and consumer goods. She has also advised sovereign clients on disputes involving oil and gas concessions, border issues, and land reform. Ms. Santens regularly advises on the drafting of dispute resolution clauses in international contracts. She practiced in White & Case’s Paris office from 2004 to 2006 and started her career in the legal department of a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey.

Ank is a trusted legal advisor and “a spectacular arbitration practitioner” who is “extremely smart and very impressive” (Who’s Who Legal). Her success has been recognized with high rankings in leading legal directories, including Chambers, Euromoney, Legal 500, and Global Arbitration Review. Described as “exceptionally good” and “terrific to deal with” by Chambers USA, Ank has been named a thought leader by Who’s Who Legal: Global Elite Thought Leaders – Arbitration 2019, one of the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” by Who’s Who Legal’s Future Leaders in Arbitration 2017, and “Best in Commercial Arbitration” by Euromoney at its Americas Women in Business Law Awards in June 2016 (having been shortlisted for the award in 2015, 2017 and 2018).

Ank also holds a number of noteworthy leadership positions, including Board Member of two arbitral institutions (International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) and Delos) and Executive Committee Member of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA) and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA). Ank is a CPR Distinguished Neutral, features on the IEL Energy Arbitrators List, and is a member of the arbitrator panels of the ICDR, the Câmara de Conciliação, Mediação e Arbitragem CIESP/FIESP (São Paulo) and the Lagos Court of Arbitration (Nigeria). Ank regularly speaks and writes on international arbitration and served on the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third Party Funding that recently produced the ICCA Queen Mary Task Force Report on Third Party Funding in International Arbitration, a reference work on the topic.

Ank speak Spanish, French and Dutch, and holds law degrees with honors from Columbia University and the University of Leuven (Belgium).

David Roney has more than 25 years of experience as an advocate in a broad range of complex international disputes around the world.  According Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, clients report that David “‘provides that edge you are looking for at the top of the arbitration market; he is brilliant regarding commercially sensitive proceedings.’”

David has acted as counsel before international arbitral tribunals in commercial and investment disputes involving many different sectors and activities, including construction, infrastructure and energy projects, technology co-development agreements, intellectual property licensing, sports and entertainment broadcasting arrangements, manufacturing agreements, distribution and sales contracts, share purchase and asset purchase transactions, international joint ventures, sponsorship arrangements and sports. He has represented a diverse group of clients before many of the major international arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and the Swiss Chambers of Commerce (Swiss Rules). These disputes have involved a host of different applicable laws and places of arbitration ranging from London to Stockholm to Hong Kong.

Recent representative cases include:

  • Acting for global sports and entertainment broadcaster, beIN Corporation, in a US$1 billion investment arbitration against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for unlawfully forcing the Qatar-headquartered broadcaster out of the local market and supporting a notorious broadcasting pirate known as beoutQ.
  • Successfully representing Atomstroyexport JSC, one of the world’s largest nuclear energy companies in obtaining and securing payment of a €600 million arbitral award in an ICC arbitration relating to the cancellation of a nuclear power plant project. For this victory, Sidley received the 2017 American Lawyer Global Award for “Global Dispute of the Year: Commercial Arbitration (Europe).”
  • Securing complete victory for a European equipment manufacturer in an ICC arbitration by defeating an Iranian company’s claim for a mandatory injunction compelling our client to continue supplying goods and services in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran.
  • Successfully representing a major European semiconductor company in an ICC arbitration relating to a US$143 million purchase price dispute arising out of the wind-up of a semiconductor joint venture.
  • Securing a favorable settlement for an Asian corporate group of US$30 million ICC arbitration relating to the termination of an EPC contract for the construction of a cement facility.
  • Acting for a CIS aluminum company in securing a US$275 million award and successfully defending against over US$800 million in counterclaims in a complex Swiss Rules arbitration against an important State-owned entity in Central Asia.
  • Prior to Sidley, acting for the estate-in-bankruptcy of a multinational group in securing an arbitral award of more than US$100 million under a debt restructuring contract relating to the construction of an industrial plant in the Middle East.

In addition, David has served as presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations under the ICC Rules, the LCIA Rules, the SCC Rules, the Swiss Rules and in ad hoc arbitration, including under the UNCITRAL Rules.

David features prominently in the international arbitration rankings of the leading bar publications, such as Chambers, The Legal 500, Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 100, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers. According to Chambers Europe 2019, clients describe David as "highly experienced and an excellent strategist", while Who’s Who Legal 2019 has ranked him as a “Thought Leader” for Arbitration. According to Chambers Global 2018, sources describe David as “straightforward and brilliant.” Chambers Global 2017 reports that: “David Roney is experienced in commercial and investment arbitrations. Sources remark that ‘he is calm and has total control of all details of the case,’ with others adding that he provides ‘excellent advocacy.’”  According to Who’s Who Legal Switzerland 2016, “David Roney is lauded by clients for his ‘detailed preparation’ of cases and ‘hands-on’ approach.”  According to Chambers Global 2016, “Peers describe David Roney as ‘highly capable and likeable.’” Who’s Who Legal Switzerland 2014 noted that the “highly accomplished” David Roney is praised for his “broad range of expertise” and “profound understanding” of complex areas of law.  In reporting by Chambers Global 2013, “sources recommend David Roney as arbitration counsel: ‘He’s straight to the point in discussions and always follows up quickly’ and his skill in cross-examination is also singled out for praise.”

David is Co-Founder and President of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA). In that capacity, he has provided training in the examination and cross-examination of fact and expert witnesses to hundreds of international arbitration practitioners around the world.

Recently, David led Sidley’s pro-bono engagement with the USAID/Mongolia Business Plus Initiative to support the Mongolian Ministry of Justice in the development of a new state-of-the-art arbitration law adopted by the Parliament of Mongolia in early 2017. He was awarded the Mongolian Minister of Justice’s Medal of Office for his contribution to this important law reform project.

David is also a Formula One Co-Opted Judge of the FIA - Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile International Court of Appeal, a Member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution, Co-Chair of the ICC Commission Arbitration Task Force on “National Rules of Procedure for Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards pursuant to the New York Convention of 1958,” a Member of the Users Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, a Member of the ICC National Committee for Canada and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada International Arbitration Legislation Project. He is also Adjunct Faculty Member at the prestigious Geneva MIDS – LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement offered by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, where he leads workshops on written and oral advocacy for international arbitration.  He speaks and publishes regularly on international arbitration topics. 

David is fluent in English and French.

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.

Jackie van Haersolte-van Hof became Director General of the LCIA on 1 July 2014. Previously, she practised as a counsel and arbitrator in The Hague, at her GAR 100 boutique HaersolteHof.

She set up HaersolteHof in 2008 after three years as of counsel in the international arbitration group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Amsterdam. She was previously with Amsterdam firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek from 2000 to 2004, and before that Loeff Claeys Verbeke in Rotterdam, which she joined on her qualification in 1992.

She has sat as arbitrator in cases under the ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules, as well as those of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI). She has also arbitrated cases at the Royal Dutch Grain and Feed Trade Association and the Institute of Transport and Maritime Arbitration, both based in the Netherlands. She is on the ICSID roster of arbitrators and has sat on an ad hoc annulment committee.

She was also involved in setting up the arbitral process for the Claims Resolution Tribunal in Zurich, which analysed claims from Holocaust survivors over dormant accounts in Swiss banks.

She is a member of GAR’s editorial board.

Her 1992 PhD thesis on the application of the UNCITRAL rules by Iran-US Claims Tribunal was one of the first books to be published on the subject.

John Fellas is an full-time arbitrator at Fellas Arbitration and an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, teaching international commercial arbitration. He can be reached at

Until December 2020, John was a partner and co-chair of the International Arbitration group at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York, where he practiced for over 30 years. He has acted as counsel and has served as co-arbitrator, chair or sole arbitrator in arbitrations all over the world, under all the major arbitration rules, and across a range of sectors.  John is recognized as a leading international arbitrator by all the major legal directories including Chambers USA where he is ranked as “one of the best—his reputation is phenomenal and deserved.” In 2019, he was recognized as the Best Lawyer in New York for International Arbitration – Commercial by Best Lawyers. In 2020, he was identified as one of the “Global Elite Thought Leaders” in Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal, which noted that the “eminent” John Fellas is “an excellent arbitrator.”

John has practiced in both the US and the UK, and, in addition to being a member of the New York Bar, he is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (non-practising). He received a B.A. (Hons.) in law from the University of Durham, and both an LL.M. and an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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.

Rekha Rangachari is the Executive Director of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC).  Founded in 2013, NYIAC is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes and enhances the conduct of international arbitration in New York, offers educational programming, and operates world-class hearing facilities for rent in Midtown Manhattan.

Rekha is actively engaged with the arbitration community at the city, state, national, and global levels.  At the New York state and city levels, Rekha serves as Member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Dispute Resolution Section’s Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the International Disputes Resolution Committee, and Member of the NYSBA Planning Committee for the Judith Kaye Moot Court Competition; Member of the NYSBA International Section's Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the International Contracts and Commercial Law Committee; and Member of the New York City Bar's Women in the Legal Profession Standing Committee and Affiliate Member of the Arbitration Committee.  Rekha is also Board Member of the New York Coalition of Women’s Initiatives and of the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York.  At the national level, at the American Society of International Law (ASIL), Rekha is Co-Chair of the Private International Law Interest Group (PILIG), and at the American Bar Association, Rekha is Member of the Executive Committee of the Section of Dispute Resolution and Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Committee.  On the global level, Rekha is Member of ArbitralWomen and its Marketing Committee.  Rekha also maintains an active connection to academics as Associate Editor of the Juris Investment Arbitration Conference Volumes, Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School, and Peer Review Board Member of the American Review of International Arbitration (ARIA) at Columbia Law School.

Dana MacGrath is an Investment Manager and Legal Counsel at Bentham IMF, responsible for leading the company’s investments in international arbitration matters and contributing to its commercial litigation funding efforts. She joined Bentham in 2019 from Sidley Austin LLP, where she was a partner focusing on international arbitration and commercial litigation.

Dana’s ability to structure funding deals that address the special needs of parties engaging in or representing clients in international disputes is informed by having conducted numerous arbitrations before the leading international arbitration institutions and ad hoc arbitral tribunals and by serving as an arbitrator herself. Dana was recognized as a leading practitioner of international arbitration in various directories, including Chambers USA and Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration.

Dana is the current president of the Board of Directors of ArbitralWomen, an international non-profit organization that promotes women and diversity in international dispute resolution. She is on the Council of the American Arbitration Association-International Dispute Resolution Centre (AAA-ICDR) and co-chair of the AAA’s Large Complex Case Committee.  She is the immediate former Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (September 2015-June 2018) and served as co-chair of the CPR Institute Arbitration Rules Revision Committee (2017-2019) that revised both CPR’s ad hoc (non-administered) and administered arbitration rules.

Dana is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches a seminar on international commercial arbitration and coaches the Brooklyn Vis Moot team. Dana earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. cum laude, from Middlebury College.


Eduardo Zuleta has been chair, co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and counsel in international commercial arbitrations under ICC, UNCITRAL and ICDR Rules in matters involving private and State parties and related to construction, oil & gas, infrastructure, utilities, distribution, contracts for decontamination, commercial contracts in general and project finance.

Mr. Zuleta has in several investment arbitrations under ICSID – including arbitrations and annulment committees- and under UNCITRAL and ICC Rules involving States and investors from the Americas, Europe and Asia, including, inter alia, cases under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Mr. Zuleta presently serves as Vice President of the ICC Court of Arbitration, was appointed in 2011 to the ICSID panel of arbitrators by the Chairman of the ICSID Administrative Council and was subsequently appointed as member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators in 2018 by the Republic of Colombia. Mr. Zuleta is past co-Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the IBA where he co-led the discussion and drafting of the IBA Guidelines on Conflict of Interest and the IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration. He is the President of the Latin American Arbitration Association and of the Governing Board of ICCA, and was a member of the court of arbitration of the LCIA.

Mr. Zuleta is Adjunt Professor at Georgetown Law School where he teaches International Arbitration in Latin America and has been invited to speak at several law schools and institutions worldwide. He has written extensively on investment and commercial arbitration, including a book co-edited with Prof. Guido Tawil on the New York Convention on occasion of its 50th anniversary.