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International Arbitration 2021

Speaker(s): Adriana Uson, Alexander G. Fessas, Arif Hyder Ali, Bernard Hanotiau, Claudia Salomon, Dr. Kabir A.N. Duggal, Dr. Katherine Simpson, Eleonora Coelho, Emma Lindsay, Hagit Muriel Elul, Harry Matovu, John Fellas, Louis Flannery, Luke A. Sobota, Nancy M. Thevenin, Prof. Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Roula Harfouche, Samaa A. Haridi, Sir William Blair, Stephanie Cohen, Thomas M. Ventrone, Todd Weiler
Recorded on: Jun. 22, 2021
PLI Program #: 306115

Emma Lindsay is counsel at Bryan Cave and leads the firm's international arbitration team in New York. She represents corporate, sovereign and individual clients in numerous jurisdictions, under various applicable laws and across a wide range of industries, including energy, infrastructure, insurance, pharmaceuticals, tourism, hospitality and financial services. Ms. Lindsay acts as counsel in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under the major arbitration rules and ad hoc. She also appears in U.S. federal and state courts in international litigation matters. Her experience spans disputes involving the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She regularly advises clients in connection with transactional matters, including risk mitigation in investment strategies and the drafting of dispute resolution clauses in international contracts. In addition to her work as counsel, Ms. Lindsay sits as an arbitrator.

Her engagements have included representing a former officer of a leading German car manufacturer in U.S. federal court litigation and appellate proceedings; defending a Latin American state in two international investment treaty arbitrations and a companion ICC arbitration stemming from privatization of the country’s electricity sector; and advising an Asian state on territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea. As part of her international practice, Ms. Lindsay represents and advises states, corporations, individuals, international organizations and non-governmental organizations on public international law matters including the negotiation, interpretation and application of treaties, sovereignty over territory, land and maritime boundaries, state immunity, international investment law and international human rights law.

Ms. Lindsay received her B.A. Jurisprudence with honors from Oxford University, where she was awarded Balliol College’s Paton Prize. She received her LL.M. in international legal studies from New York University School of Law, where she was a graduate editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics. Ms. Lindsay served as a law clerk at the International Court of Justice to former President of the Court Judge Shi Jiuyong of China and to Judge Pieter H. Kooijmans of The Netherlands.

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.

Dr. Katherine Simpson, FCIArb. is an independent arbitrator based in Michigan (Simpson Dispute Resolution) and London, United Kingdom (33 Bedford Row Chambers).  She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has taught International Commercial Arbitration and Legal Writing at the University of Michigan Law School, where she is presently an Academic Affiliate leading research on international investment disputes (IID / ISDS).  Dr. Simpson’s case management skills were earned through more than a decade of service as Tribunal Secretary in cases chaired by standard-setting arbitrators, including Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel, Prof. William W. Park, and Ms. Edna Sussman. 

Dr. Simpson has served in high value disputes involving multinational companies and governments (including IID / ISDS), as well as in lower value disputes involving sole proprietorships and consumers.  She has experience in dispute resolution in the construction and engineering, pharmaceutical, financial services, energy, telecommunications, tourism, and shipping industries.  She also has experience in disputes related to public-private partnerships, patent licensing, and even human rights.  She has served as an expert on EU Law.

Dr. Simpson is a member of the Maryland and New Jersey Bars.  She earned her doctorate (Dr. iur.) in international law and banking, and her LL.M. in international business law (in German) from University of Cologne.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a Master’s in European Studies (covering legal, economic, and political aspects of European Integration) from the University of Bonn.  Dr. Simpson also has a dual Bachelor’s / Master’s Degree in political science from Ohio University.

Dr. Simpson can be reached at

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.

Samaa A. Haridi is a partner in the International Arbitration Group of Hogan Lovells.         Ms. Haridi has significant experience representing corporations and financial institutions from various parts of the world, and has represented parties in proceedings under the arbitration rules of all the major arbitral institutions.  Ms. Haridi also frequently sits as an arbitrator in international disputes.

Ms. Haridi has been ranked by clients and peers in Chambers USA and Chambers Global for International Arbitration. She has been singled out by clients for her “brilliant,” “no-nonsense and impressive” approach, and regularly handles commercial and investor-state arbitrations involving the Middle East. Sources also acknowledge her as being "hard-working and very entrepreneurial," as well as a "unique practitioner with unique skills" who delivers “clear and intelligent arguments.”  She is also recognized by The Legal 500, and by Who’s Who Legal: Lawyers — Arbitration.

She is currently serving as an officer in a number of arbitral organizations, including as chair of the Investment Arbitration Subcommittee of the International Bar Association and co-chair of the Workstream on Arbitration of Islamic Finance Disputes of the ICC Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration.  Samaa also is a frequent speaker at conferences around the globe.

Born in Switzerland, Ms. Haridi grew up in Belgium, Egypt, Morocco, and France.  She holds a  Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies in Private International Law and International Business Transactions from the University of Paris I (Sorbonne); and an LL.M. in Comparative Law from the University Of San Diego School Of Law, where she was a Sorbonne Scholar.

Ms. Haridi is a member of the bars of New York, California, and England & Wales.

She is fluent in French and Arabic and is also conversant in Spanish.

Arif Hyder Ali has nearly 30 years of experience in international law, including public international law, investor-state arbitration, international commercial arbitration, and Internet governance-related disputes. He has served as lead trial counsel and arbitrator in arbitrations under all of the major arbitral rule regimes, including DIAC, the ICC, ICDR, ICSID, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL, and participated as counsel in disputes before various international courts and tribunals, including the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, the United Nations Compensation Commission, and the International Court of Justice. Mr. Ali has argued and arbitrated disputes under the laws of a number of civil and common law jurisdictions, as well as Shari’a law.

Mr. Ali has worked as a senior lawyer in two international organizations: from 1993 to 1996, he was a section chief at the United Nations Compensation Commission, a subsidiary organ of the United Nations Security Council; and from 2000 to 2001, he served as senior counsel at the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center; and he has also held positions at leading academic institutions (Georgetown University Law Centre, University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Mineral Law and Policy) as an adjunct law professor.


New York University School of Law, J.D., (Vanderbilt Medal), 1990; Columbia University, B. A. in Political Science (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), 1986.


Mr. Ali regularly publishes his academic work in English and in Spanish. He is the lead author of the International Arbitration Rulebook (Kluwer 2019), a well-known textbook in the field of international arbitration. He has a new book on Investment Protection in the Banking and Finance Industry which will be published by Kluwer in 2021. 

Selected Honors and Awards:

In 2001, Mr. Ali was decorated by the King of Bahrain with the Order of Bahrain (II) for his role in Bahrain’s successful representation before the International Court of Justice (Maritime Delimitation and Territorial Questions between Qatar and Bahrain (Qatar v. Bahrain)). He has also been recognized as a leading international lawyer by numerous ranking directories and industry publications.

Other Information:

Licensed to practice in New York and the District of Columbia in the United States; Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales; Fellow, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; speaks English, Spanish, French, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali.

As Head (Americas) of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Adriana oversees SIAC’s activities in North and South America. She has broad experience as an arbitration practitioner, having served as arbitrator, international arbitration lawyer, and Counsel in the SIAC Secretariat.

Adriana first joined SIAC as Counsel, during which time she administered over two hundred cases under the SIAC Rules and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, with a particular focus on disputes involving States, State-controlled entities, and intergovernmental organisations. She was involved in the drafting of the SIAC Rules 2016, SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules 2017, and the SIAC Practice Notes on third party funding. She was also a key contributor in the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) working group that published the SIArb Guidelines on Party-Representative Ethics.

Prior to rejoining SIAC, Adriana was a disputes lawyer at a leading international law firm in Singapore, where she advised and represented clients in international commercial and ICSID arbitrations.

Adriana is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. She is also an active member of the Young SIAC Committee (YSIAC) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore) Young Members Group.

Bernard Hanotiau is a member of the Brussels and Paris Bars. In 2001, he established a boutique law firm in Brussels concentrating on international arbitration and litigation.

Since 1978, Bernard Hanotiau has been actively involved in international arbitration as party-appointed arbitrator, chairman, sole arbitrator, counsel and expert in more than 500 international arbitration cases (commercial and investment) in all parts of the world, in all sectors of industry.

Mr Hanotiau is a member of the panel of arbitrators of, or receives appointments as arbitrator by, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC, Paris), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), ICSID, the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Russian Arbitration Association, DIAC (Dubai), SIAC (Singapore), TRAC (Teheran), HKIAC (Hong Kong), CIETAC (Beijing), BAC (Beijing), the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association, KLRCA (Kuala Lumpur), KCAB (Seoul), the BVI International Arbitration Center, the Permanent Court of International Arbitration (PCA, The Hague), WIPO (Geneva), Cepani (Belgium), the Nederlands Arbitrage Instituut (NAI), the Swiss Chambers of Commerce, the Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC), VCCA (Vilnius), the Lima Centro de Arbitraje, the Danish Institute of Arbitration, the Cairo Center of Arbitration, the French Arbitration Association, the French-German Chamber of Commerce (Paris), IATA (Geneva), CAS (Lausanne). He is also frequently appointed as arbitrator in Uncitral and other ad hoc arbitration cases.

Mr Hanotiau has a PhD from Louvain University and an LLM from Columbia University (1973). He is a member of the ICCA Advisory Board and of the Council of the ICC Institute and a member of the ICC International Arbitration Commission. He is also a former vice-president of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration (Dallas), a former vice-president of Cepani (Belgian Arbitration Center) and of the LCIA Court and a former member of the Board of the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC). He is a member of the Board of the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC), of the Board of Advisors of the Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC) and a member of the Procedure Committee of the Singapore Chamber Of Maritime Arbitrators (SCMA), as well as a member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre International Advisory Board (HKIAC) and the Seoul IDRC International Advisory Board. He is also a member of the International Arbitration Club (London) and has served as chairman of the Club of International Arbitrators (Milan). He is a member of the board of editors of the Journal of International Arbitration, the Journal of International Dispute Settlement, the International Business Law Journal (Paris), The World Arbitration and Mediation Review and the Revista de Arbitragem e Mediação (Brazil) and past co-chair of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association. He is the author of Complex Arbitrations: Multi-party, Multi-contract & Multi-issue, Kluwer, The Hague, 2006, deuxième édition 2020 and of more than 120 articles, most of them relating to international commercial law and arbitration, and he frequently lectures on this topic.

In March 2011, Mr. Hanotiau received the GAR “Arbitrator of the Year” award. In April 2016, he also received the Who’s Who Legal “Lawyer of the Year” for Arbitration award.

Claudia Salomon is an independent arbitrator, specializing in international, investor–state and complex commercial disputes. She is widely recognized as one of the leading arbitration practitioners of her generation.

Ms. Salomon has experience as arbitrator and counsel in some of the most complex, high value and significant disputes. Her cases span a broad range of industry sectors including construction, energy and natural resources (oil and gas, hydroelectric, solar, wind farm), financial services, hospitality, life sciences, technology, and telecommunications. She is particularly adept at multi–party, multi–contract claims involving complex financial agreements, post–M&A disputes and intellectual property rights.

Ms. Salomon has been recommended for election as President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, effective July 1, 2021, putting her on the path to becoming the first woman President of the ICC Court in its almost 100–year history.

Ms. Salomon is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is a sought after speaker and writer on international arbitration and is the co–editor of Choice of Venue in International Arbitration, published by Oxford University Press.

Ms. Salomon is a member of the New York Bar and a solicitor in England and Wales. She graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, and Brandeis University, summa cum laude with honors. She also studied at Somerville College, Oxford University.

Dr. Kabir Duggal is an attorney in Arnold and Porter's New York office focusing on international investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law matters, serving both as counsel and arbitrator.  The total value of the disputes he has been involved in exceeds 80 billion dollars.  He also acts as a Consultant for the United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) on the creation of a novel “Investment Support Program” (which was shortlisted by Global Arbitration Review for the category of “Best Developments” for 2018).  He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Investment Support Program.   He has also conducted training and capacity-building sessions for several Governments including Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, India, Philippines among others on public international law and dispute resolution matters. He also serves on the Federal Republic of Somalia’s New York Convention Task Force as well as the WTO Negotiating Team (International Board).  

Dr. Duggal has published several articles and books and is regularly invited to speak at conferences globally. He is the Managing Editor for Columbia Law School’s “The American Review of International Arbitration” and is an editor for hosted by Oxford University Press. He has co-authored a book entitled "Evidence in Investment Arbitration" published by Oxford University Press and “Principles of Evidence in Public International Law as applied by Investor-State Tribunals" by Brill Publishing. He has received the Burton "Law360 Distinguish Legal Writing Award” for his scholarly writings. His writings have been cited by arbitral tribunals and by the Supreme Court of Switzerland. He also serves as an Associate Editor for "ICSID Review" and also serves on its Peer Review Board and is also an Associate Editor for Brill-Nijhoff’s “Perspectives in International Investment Law and Arbitration.”  He is also a co-chair of the Juris Conference on Investment Treaty Arbitration. He is a Fellow at Columbia Center on Sustainable Development. He has been awarded the “2018 Academic Prize” by the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI) and is listed in Leiden University’s “2019 Hall of Fame.” 

Dr. Duggal has been awarded the inaugural "Diversity Fellowship" by the American Bar Association, Section of International Law. He is the American Arbitration Association's "Higginbotham Fellow." Dr. Duggal sits on the Advisory Committee for Government Law College’s Arbitration Cell, Mumbai, the Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association (HIALSA), and Georgetown’s International Investment Law Center (IILC). In 2018, Dr. Duggal was elected a Fellow of the U.K.'s Royal Society of Arts, in recognition of his contributions to international law.  He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the California International Arbitration Council, Inc. (CIAC) and also serves on its Academic Council. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Boston International Arbitration Council (BIAC).

Dr. Duggal is a graduate of the University of Mumbai (University Medal), University of Oxford (DHL-Times of India Scholar) and NYU School of Law (Hauser Global Scholar) and Leiden Law School (2018 Academic Prize by CEPANI). He is currently pursuing an SJD Degree at Harvard Law School.


Eleonora Coelho obtained her law degree from the University of São Paulo (USP) and obtained her master’s degree in Civil law, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods from the Paris II – Panthéon-Assas University. She acts as arbitrator and attorney in several national and international arbitration proceedings. Ms. Coelho is member of the body of arbitrators of many Arbitration and Mediation Chambers in Brazil. She was also part of the commission of attorneys responsible for the reform of the Arbitration Act which originated Law 13.129/15 and has published several articles on arbitration, as well as ministered classes and lectures regarding the subject.

Giacomo Rojas Elgueta is a founding partner of D|R Arbitration & Litigation and an Associate Professor of Private Law at the University of Roma Tre Law School, where he teaches Private Law and Economic Analysis of Law. He is also licensed as Full Professor of Comparative Law. He is Co-director of the Certificate in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration and currently serves as Co-editor of the ICCA project Does a Right to a Physical Hearing Exist in International Arbitration?.

Prof. Rojas Elgueta is actively involved in commercial and investment arbitration as counsel, expert witness and arbitrator. He has acted as sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in various arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc and under the rules of the ICC and the Milan Chamber of Arbitration with seat in different countries including Italy and Switzerland. He has been appointed by the Italian Republic as expert witness in three investment arbitration proceedings under the rules of ICSID and SCC, and he has acted as expert on Italian law before U.S. state and federal courts. He is admitted to the Rome, Italy (2004) and New York Bar (2010). He is Co-chair of the Focus Group on Construction Arbitration of the Italian Association for Arbitration and past Co-chair of ArbIt (Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR). His arbitration practice was recognized by Who’s Who Legal in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Prof. Rojas Elgueta earned both his law degree (2001, summa cum laude) and his doctoral degree in Italian and European Civil Law (2005) from Roma Tre University. In the academic year 2003/2004 and for the fall semester of 2006, he was a Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School. In 2008 he received an LLM with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where in 2014 he also earned an SJD degree (Doctor of Juridical Science).

In addition to several articles in Italian and international law reviews, Prof. Rojas Elgueta is the author of three books on “The Economic Foundation of Debtor-Creditor Relations” (2017), “Contract Freedom and the Limitations on Debtor Liability” (2012) and “Regulation of Insurance Proceeds and Marital Property Law” (2007). He has further co-edited four volumes on a variety of topics. In 2008, he was selected as an advisor to the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, and in 2010 as a member of the editorial staff of the Comparative Law Review. In 2012 he served as a member of the Drafting Committee (established by the Ministry of Justice) of the new Italian Consumer Bankruptcy Law.

Harry Matovu is a noted advocate and Queen’s Counsel practising at the English Bar.  He is named in The Lawyer ‘Hot 100’ List for 2021 and he was nominated as Silk (QC) of the Year for International Arbitration in the Legal 500 Awards 2020.  He was also recognised in the Powerlist 2021 as one of the most influential Black professionals in the UK.

Harry Matovu has a wide-ranging and high-profile commercial practice, both domestically and abroad, including energy and natural resources, public international law, private international law and cross-border disputes, civil fraud, finance, insurance/reinsurance and international arbitration.  He is in demand both as leading counsel and as a top-ranked arbitrator in major international disputes.

International commercial arbitration is a significant part of Harry Matovu’s practice.  He has a substantial international arbitration practice, acting both as counsel and as arbitrator (party appointments and appointments as presiding arbitrator) under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ARIAS and AFSA Rules, as well as ad hoc references.  Harry is a member of the ICC and the LCIA, a member of the Court of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC), a member of the International Panel of Arbitrators of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA) and a member of the panel of arbitrators of the London Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation (LCAM).  He has recently been appointed as arbitrator/presiding arbitrator in a wide range of disputes, including claims concerning the control of a leading energy conglomerate in Africa, a major telecoms dispute in Tanzania, the sale of a significant energy interest in Gabon and large infrastructure projects in Zambia and Mozambique. He is top-rated (Band 1) by Chambers & Partners as an international arbitrator.

As well as acting as arbitrator and appearing as Leading Counsel in major arbitrations, Harry is instructed as Leading Counsel in court claims to enforce arbitration agreements and awards in major oil and gas, natural resources, finance infrastructure and insurance/reinsurance disputes arising from jurisdictions across the globe, including the UK, USA, CIS and Africa.

Harry Matovu is a leading Silk for Africa-related disputes, and he has been awarded the Africa’s 30 Arbitration Powerlist 2020 Award by the Africa Arbitration Academy.

His banking and fraud work is wide-ranging in scope, subject-matter and jurisdictions.  He is "strong on cross-border jurisdictional issues" (The Legal 500), and he has expertise in AIFMD matters and passporting issues in relation to offshore funds, and also in investment funds and complex financial products.

"An advocate that you stop and listen to as he really commands the courtroom." "He is a really classy performer", "consistently first-rate" (Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500).

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.

Louis specialises in arbitration and litigation with a particular emphasis on fraud and conflict of law issues. He is a regular speaker on arbitration and civil fraud at conferences all over the world.

Louis has extensive experience of international commercial arbitration under the major institutional rules (LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, SCC, etc) as well as substantial High Court litigation in England. He was named as a leading international arbitration practitioner in "Who's Who Legal: Arbitration Lawyers 2018" and is recognised as a leading individual in commercial arbitration by Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and Global Arbitration Review.

As a practising solicitor advocate, he has undertaken advocacy before international tribunals and courts, including the High Court and Court of Appeal. Louis has acted or advised in relation to commercial disputes for over 30 years and has been involved in many reported decisions in England.

Louis became a QC (Queen's Counsel) in 2018, one of only a few international arbitration solicitor practitioners to achieve that distinction. He is also co-author of Merkin and Flannery on the Arbitration Act 1996, the leading authority on the English Arbitration Act, and which has already been cited with approval in two Court of Appeal cases since its publication in January 2020.

Luke Sobota is a founding partner of Three Crowns and is based in the firm’s Washington, DC office.  His practice is dedicated to commercial, investor-state, and inter-state arbitration, and he has extensive experience in the energy, financial, and technology sectors.  Luke is also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard University. He is co-author of General Principles of Law and International Due Process (Oxford 2017) and of the second edition of Judge Stephen Schwebel’s International Arbitration: Three Salient Problems (Cambridge 2020).

Nancy M. Thevenin is an international arbitrator and mediator based in New York City. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an adjunct professor of the International Commercial Arbitration course at St. John's University School of Law, a past chair of the New York State Bar Association’s International Section, and a Member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators on behalf of the Republic of Haiti.

Ms. Thevenin also serves as a general counsel for the United States Council for International Business (USCIB/ICC USA), the U.S. national committee to the ICC International Court of Arbitration© and manages its Arbitration & ADR Committee, which, inter alia, provides assistance in the nomination of U.S. arbitrators, makes referrals to parties seeking arbitration practitioners and arbitrators, and serves as a resource for the U.S. business community about the ICC’s dispute resolution services. Aside from general corporate counsel duties, Ms. Thevenin also manages requests for USCIB to participate in amicus brief filings on issues of relevance to USCIB’s membership.

Ms. Thevenin advises on arbitrations, mediation strategy, dispute boards, expertise proceedings, ad hoc cases and use of emergency arbitrator procedures. Her experience includes arbitrations under various institutional rules, including the ICC, ICDR, and ICSID and advising on early resolution of matters that would otherwise become formal disputes.  Ms. Thevenin’s experience includes handling disputes for multinational companies and governments in the construction and engineering, financial services, commercial real estate and aviation industries, often involving issues concerning mergers and acquisition, sales, distribution, licensing, technology transfer and leasing agreements.

A graduate of Cornell University and Tulane Law School, Ms. Thevenin started her practice as an international litigation and arbitration practitioner in Miami, Florida, then served as deputy director of arbitration and ADR for North America for the ICC International Court of Arbitration in New York, and thereafter, she was a special counsel in and global coordinator of Baker & McKenzie’s International Arbitration Practice Group. Ms. Thevenin works in English, Spanish, French and Haitian Creole.


Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is Chair of the Private International Law Department (Cairo University); Dean of the Africa Arbitration Academy; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Member of the ICCA Governing Board; Founding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Construction and Energy (Zulficar & Partners Law Firm); Member of the MIAC Advisory Board; LACIAC Court Member; CIMAC Court Member; Member of the CRCICA Advisory Committee; Member of the CIArb’s Board of Trustees; Member of the International Council on Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR)’s Governing Board; and Vice Chair, IBA Arab Regional Forum; Member of the SIAC African Users’ Council’s Committee; former Vice Chair of the Academic Forum for Investor-State Dispute Settlement (2018-2020); former Court Member of the LCIA (2014-2019); former President of LCIA’s Arab Users’ Council (2016-2018); former Vice President of the IBA Arbitration Committee (2015-2018); former President of the Egypt Branch, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2018); former Member of the CIArb’s Board of Management (2018); former Chair of the CIArb’s Technology Sub-Committee (2012–2014); former Member of the CIArb’s Practice and Standards Committee (2012 – 2018); former Committee Member of the IBA Investment Arbitration Sub-Committee (2016–2017); President of the Advisory Board of the American Bar Association – Rule of Law Initiative in Egypt; Chair of the International Expert Advisory Committee of the Permanent Forum of China Construction Law – China. Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab served as ‘Arbitrator’,Counsel’ and ‘Legal Expert’ in more than 220 cases involving African, Asian, Canadian, European, Middle Eastern and US parties. He features in I-ARB AFRICA’s 100 leading African practitioners, was selected the African Personality by Africa Arbitration in June 2018, and by the LACIAC in May 2019..He received the LAW Magazine 2017 Best Legal Practitioner Award, the 2018 ASA International Arbitration Advocacy Prize, the 2019 AYA Hall-of-Fame African Arbitrator Award, the 2020 Client Choice International Award, and in 2021, he was selected amongst the 500 honorees of the 2021 Lawdragon Global Litigation 500 Lawyers Guide. Most recently, Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab was selected to feature amongst the top (64) world leading arbitration practitioners as part of the GAR/WWL Global Legal Elite in Arbitration, and he regularly features in leading directories. Chambers Global (2021) say: “Peers regard Mohamed Abdel Wahab as “an absolute star in arbitration.”, “He is very charismatic and engaging - the way he speaks shows the deep knowledge he has.”  Clients also praise the way in which “he is always on top of the work and has an excellent knowledge of the market and the law.” Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (2021) says: “Outstanding engagement and pleasant to work with”, “He is a top-tier thought leader and in a league of his own and “a very well-prepared and exceptional arbitrator”. WWL: Arbitration (2020) says he is “a leader in the space”. The Legal500 (2019) states he is ‘one of the best in the world’. He was nominated four times in (2013), (2014), (2018) and (2019) for the Global Arbitration Review Award for the Best Arbitration Lecture/Speech. Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab was also nominated in (2020) for the GAR COVID-19 Pandemic Response Award. He sits on the editorial board and advisory committees of several law journals and has held visiting posts in universities in Egypt, the UK and the USA. He teaches international law, international investment and commercial arbitration, conflict of laws and comparative law, and he delivered lectures on hot topics in ISDS in several countries including: Austria, Bahrain, Canada, Egypt, France, Jordan, Mauritius, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, Rwanda, and Uzbekistan. Prof. Abdel Wahab is widely published on private and public international law, international investment and commercial arbitration, conflict of laws, construction law, oil & gas, Islamic and project finance, African and Arab laws, Islamic Shari’a, and online dispute resolution. He featured in proceedings governed by Angolan, Bahraini, Egyptian, English, French, Iraqi, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Libyan, Moroccan, New York, Nigerian, Omani, Pakistani, Qatari, Saudi, Spanish, Swiss, Syrian, Italian, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistani laws, as well as the general principles of law.

Roula Harfouche is a Partner with HKA in London.  She specialises in the assessment of damages and complex valuation issues in litigation and international arbitration contexts. She is experienced in matters involving breaches of contract, investment treaty claims, transaction-related disputes and intellectual property infringements. She has been valuing companies, listed and unlisted securities, and intellectual property rights in commercial and contentious contexts since 2000, and has provided valuation or damages assessment services in more than 80 disputes.

Roula is recognised as a leading expert witness by Who's Who Legal in the Thought Leaders Global Elite list, in Arbitration, for the quantum of damages and in forensic accounting. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and a member of the Valuation and Forensic Groups of the ICAEW  as well as a member of the Society of Share and Business Valuers.

Roula has testified in both English and French and has worked on matters  before the UK High Court, the UK Family Division, the Patents Court, the French Commercial Court and the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), and in mediation. Her vast international arbitration experience spans numerous forums including the LCIA, ICC, SCC, HKIAC, PCA, Cairo Regional Center For International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), SCIA, and ICSID, and under the UNCITRAL rules.

Roula has supported clients across a diverse range of sectors including telecoms, professional services, utilities, energy, industrial, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and transport.

Roula has contributed to numerous publications on dispute resolution and expert matters and is a regular speaker regarding valuations, damages and the role of experts across the international arbitration arena.

Roula joined HKA in January 2021.  Prior to this, she worked as a damages and contentious valuation expert at Accuracy, FTI Consulting and Ernst & Young.  Roula was formerly a member of the forensic accounting group at Clifford Chance, an equity analyst at Morgan Stanley, and a member of the economic and financial consulting division of Arthur Andersen.

Sir William (Bill) Blair is a former High Court Judge in England and Wales who was Judge in Charge of London’s Commercial Court and a judge of the Financial List.  Before going on the bench, he practised at the English Bar specialising in the law of banking and finance and appearing in many high profile cases, becoming a Queen’s Counsel in 1994, and Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association between 2003 and 2005.

On retiring from the bench, Bill joined 3VB Chambers, a leading set of barristers’ chambers in London, from where he practices as an international arbitrator.  He has had LCIA, ICC and ICSID appointments both as Chair and party-appointed arbitrator. He is a member of the LCIA, and is listed on the Panel of Arbitrators of the Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC) and the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA). He is also a CEDR qualified mediator.

Bill was the first President of the Board of Appeal of European Supervisory Authorities (a European Union body) from 2012-19.  He is a member of London’s Financial Markets Law Committee, and chairs the Monetary Law Committee of the International Law Association.  He is a judge of the Qatar International Court and Chair of the Regulatory Tribunal of the Qatar Financial Centre, and has sat as a Deputy Judge of the High Court of the Hong Kong SAR. He is a member of the Steering Group of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts, and a member of the International Commercial Expert Committee of the Supreme People’s Court of China.

In the academic field Bill is Professor of Financial Law and Ethics at Queen Mary University of London and writes and lectures extensively on financial law topics.  He is visiting Professor at various Universities, and expert adviser to Oxford University’s OBOR Institute (dealing with socio-legal issues arising from China's belt and road initiative).  He chairs the Enforcement Decision Making Committee of the Bank of England, which is the UK’s central bank.  He is a member of the Ethics Committee of start-up funder Digital Catapult.



Todd Weiler is an independent arbitrator who specializes in foreign investment, international trade, and transnational business disputes.

As a pioneer in the field of investment treaty arbitration, Dr Weiler has amassed over two decades of experience serving as co-counsel, testifying expert, consulting expert, and arbitrator in many dozens of disputes involving international economic law. He possesses a particular depth of experience in ICSID- and UNCITRAL-based arbitrations, involving a wide array of countries and a diverse range of economic sectors.

Dr Weiler’s name has appeared on the Who's Who Legal list of leading international arbitration lawyers since 2007 and his sole practice has been included on the Global Arbitration Review’s list of the world’s leading specialist international arbitration firms, the GAR 100, since 2011.

Called to the bar of Ontario in 1999, Dr Weiler received an Honours B.A. in political science (Waterloo), a M.A. in public policy and a LL.B. (Western Ontario), a LL.M. in international trade law (Ottawa), and a LL.M. and S.J.D. in international investment law from the University of Michigan. Prior to his call to the bar, Dr. Weiler held various policy positions within the Government of Canada and served as a law clerk at the Federal Court of Canada.

In addition to his acclaimed 2013 monograph, The Interpretation of International Investment Law: Equality, Discrimination and Minimum Standards of Treatment in Historical Context, Dr Weiler has also edited sixteen books and authored many dozens of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of international investment law and arbitration. He shared in the co-founding of important institutions such as Oxford University Press’, the Society of International Economic Law and has served as the founding co-chair of the Juris Conference on International Investment Law and Arbitration, hosted annually in Washington DC since 2006.

Looking to transition into the role of arbitrator, Dr Weiler recently decided to stop accepting new appointments as counsel, although he maintains a vibrant consulting practice. 



Tom Ventrone is responsible for the management and oversight of the administration and management of all international arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution cases filed within the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), a division of the American Arbitration Association (AAA). This includes the direct supervision of a multi-lingual team, comprised primarily of attorneys, including those from foreign jurisdictions, who are trained to provide quality and high-value case management services to parties, counsel and arbitrators/mediators who participate in the process. The ICDR presently manages nearly 1,000 cases annually involving parties from over 100 different countries. His responsibility includes daily interaction with his team, the ICDR roster of arbitrators, and the most prominent members of the international arbitration community. In addition to his role as the manager of the Centre activities, Tom maintains a prominent position as a member of the ICDR management team, working with fellow vice presidents and senior management to develop, refine, and promote the outreach, educational and service missions of the ICDR along with development of offerings for both the ICDR and the AAA. He also serves as a staff facilitator for the ICDR Arbitrator Symposium training sessions and is a trained mediator.

Prior to joining the ICDR Tom served as the Vice President of the AAA’s New Jersey State Insurance Case Management Center where he led a team that managed Insurance, Commercial, Construction, Employment and Labor arbitration caseloads.

Mr. Ventrone spent many years serving the public in the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey. He served as the manager of several departments within the Essex County (Newark, New Jersey) Family Court, including the oversight and management of several Complimentary Dispute Resolution (Court-annexed) programs such as the Family Mediation Program and Child Support/Domestic Violence Hearing Officer Program. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar, Dispute Resolution Section and also served as a state-certified mediator.


Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY, J.D., June 1993                           

Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, B.A., May 1988

Stephanie Cohen is a Canadian arbitrator of international and domestic commercial disputes, based in New York City.  She is dually admitted to practice law in New York and Ontario, Canada.

Stephanie has nearly 20 years of experience handling complex commercial disputes.  Since 2012, she has practiced exclusively as an arbitrator, serving as tribunal chair, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, and emergency arbitrator in matters governed by the ICC, ICDR, AAA, UNICTRAL, and Society of Maritime Arbitrators rules.  Previously, Stephanie was Counsel in the international arbitration and commercial litigation practice groups at White & Case LLP in New York. 

Stephanie serves on arbitrator rosters for the ICDR and AAA and has conducted training for the AAA’s new arbitrators since 2019.  She is also a CPR Distinguished Neutral as well as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Chair of its New York Branch.  In addition, she is a member of the ICDR’s Publications Committee, the ICCA-CPR-NYC Bar Association Working Group on Cybersecurity in International Arbitration, and the ICC Commission, for which she is Chair of the Working Group on Use of Information Technology in International Arbitration.