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International Arbitration 2017

Speaker(s): Audley Sheppard QC, Claudia Salomon, David Arias, Eleonora Coelho, Emma Lindsay, Flávia Bittar, Grant Hanessian, Haig Oghigian, Hon. John G. Koeltl, John Fellas, John V.H. Pierce, Julie Arnth Jørgensen, Laurence Shore, Marike Paulsson, Matthew Saunders, Michael S. Goldberg, Olivier P. André, Robin Oldenstam, Sofia Martins, Stan Putter, Teresa Giovannini
Recorded on: Jun. 5, 2017
PLI Program #: 186033

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.

Professor Marike Paulsson is Director of the International Arbitration Institute. She is a consultant with Shook, Hardy & Bacon and former counsel at Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels, Belgium, a boutique law firm focused on commercial arbitration and litigation. Previously she practiced at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Professor Paulsson teaches courses on The New York Convention and Treaty Interpretation in the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. at the University of Miami School of Law. In addition she has taught and lectured at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, The Royal University, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, KITT School of Law, Bhubaneswar, India, American University, Washington DC and at the University of Versailles, Paris, France.

She is the Founder and chair of the advisory board of Young ICCA and the founder of the NYC Roadshow and member of the Judiciary Committee of ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration), founder of FA:M (Future of Arbitration: Miami) and co-chair of YAP (Young Arbitration Practitioners). She has authored several publications on international arbitration, including the Netherlands Report for the international Handbook on Commercial Arbitration and co-authored ICCA's Guide to the Interpretation on the 1958 New York Convention. She is currently writing her PhD at Leiden University on enforcement of annulled awards under the New York Convention. 

Professor Paulsson recently published the treatise "The 1958 New York Convention in Action" by Wolters Kluwer.

Audley Sheppard is a Partner and Co-Head of the International Arbitration Group at Clifford Chance LLP, based in London.

He specializes in the resolution of major disputes arising out of infrastructure and energy projects, and international trade and investment. He also sits as an arbitrator (over 30 appointments).

His professional activities include: Chairman of the LCIA Board; Visiting Professor, School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary, London; Editorial Boards of Business Law International, Journal of International Arbitration, International Arbitration Law Review; and Advisory Board, BIICL Investment Treaty Forum.

He is a former: Vice-President of the LCIA Court (2011-2016); Member of the ICC Court (2008 – 2012); Co-Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee (2006-08); Rapporteur of the ILA Arbitration Committee (1996-2006).

He graduated with LLB (Hons) and B.Commerce (Victoria Univ. of Wellington, NZ) and LLM  (Cambridge, England).

He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 2015.

His recent publications include:

 'English Arbitration Act 1996" in "Concise International Arbitration' (Kluwer, 2015) (ed. Loukas Mistelis); ‘Commentary on UK Investment Treaty’, in “Commentaries on Selected Model Investment Treaties” (OUP, 2013) (with Chester Brown); ‘Applicable substantive law’, in “Arbitration in England” (Kluwer, 2013) (eds Julian Lew & ors); ‘Human rights responsibilities in the oil and gas sector: applying the UN Guiding Principles’, in JWEL (2013, vol. 6, no 2) (with Rae Lindsey, Anthony Crockett & ors).

He has New Zealand and Ireland nationality.

David Arias is partner in Arias SLP. He is Co-Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee and President of the Club Español del Arbitraje. He has served as arbitrator and counsel in more than 100 cases in venues across Europe, America and Africa, and he regularly participates in proceedings administered by the main arbitration institutions (ICC, PCA, LCIA, SCC and IACAC, among others).

He also has extensive experience as counsel in complex commercial litigation.

David Arias was the Chairman of the IBA Arbitration Committee’s Subcommittee on Conflicts of Interest, which published the 2014 IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration. Additionally, he helped draft the 2010 IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration.

David Arias is a Professor of Procedural Law and Arbitration. He obtained both his BA in Law, with Honours, and his PhD, also with Honours, from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He was admitted to the Madrid Bar in 1991. He speaks Spanish, English and French. He also reads and understands Italian and Portuguese.

David Arias is regularly recognised as a Tier 1 litigation and arbitration lawyer and most in-demand arbitrator in leading international legal publications and directories including the Chambers and Partners publications, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, and the Legal 500.

Grant Hanessian is a partner in the New York office of Baker & McKenzie, where he serves as chair of the firm's International Arbitration Group in North America. He chaired the Litigation Department of the firm's New York office from 2003 to 2012. Mr Hanessian has more than 25 years' experience as counsel and arbitrator in disputes concerning investment, energy, construction, commodities, financial services, insurance, intellectual property and other matters.

Mr Hanessian is the US alternate member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, chairman of the Arbitration Committee of the US Council for International Business (US national committee of the ICC), US vice chair of the London Court of International Arbitration's North American Users Council, and a member of the ICC's Commission on Arbitration and its Task Forces on Arbitration Involving States or State Entities and on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration (leader of Investment Arbitration and Banking & Finance work stream), the American Arbitration Association–International Centre for Dispute Resolution's International Advisory Committee and its Advisory Committee on Brazil, the International Arbitration Club of New York, the Arbitration Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, the New York City Bar Association's Committee on International Commercial Disputes and Club Español del Arbitraje, and is a founding board member of the New York International Arbitration Center.

Mr Hanessian is editor of ICDR Awards and Commentaries, Vol I (Juris Pub. 2012) and Vol II (forthcoming Juris Pub. 2017), International Arbitration Checklists (Juris Pub., 3rd ed., 2016), Gulf War Claims Reporter (ILI/Kluwer, 1998) and Baker & McKenzie's International Arbitration Yearbook and International Litigation & Arbitration Newsletter.

He has authored more than 50 articles and book chapters on international dispute resolution topics and spoken at conferences and universities worldwide. He received an LL.M in International Law from Columbia University, a JD from New York University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is recommended by Chambers Global and USA ("elite lawyer" who is "very experienced, hugely knowledgeable and effective", a "powerful advocate for clients"), Legal 500 ("a great practitioner" with a "strong commercial profile"), PLC Which Lawyer, The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration and Expert Guide to Leading Practitioners in International Arbitration ("Best of the Best" in international commercial arbitration).

Haig Oghigian, FCIArb., has a practice that is primarily focused on international dispute resolution. He also advises on a wide range of issues in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors, with an emphasis on government relations and regulatory matters.

Haig has acted as counsel, arbitrator and/or mediator in more than 100 cases, including high profile ICC, JCAA and SIAC cases in Asia, Europe and the US. He has also represented an industry association in a nontariff trade barrier dispute against the Japanese government at the World Trade Organization. He is consistently highly ranked by the leading rating institutions including Chambers, GAR and Asia Law 500. He is widely published in various journals and is the author and editor of The Law of Commerce in Japan (Prentice Hall).

Haig is listed as an arbitrator and mediator with the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for Dispute Resolution of American Arbitration Association (AAA), Singapore International Arbitration Association (SIAC), British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Association (BCICAC), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Beijing Arbitration Association (BAA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and Kuala Lumpur Arbitration Centre (KLAC).

Haig began his career in Japan as the Legal Economic Officer at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. He returned to private practice in Japan in 2000.

Honorable John G. Koeltl was appointed United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York on August 11, 1994 and entered on duty on September 9, 1994.  He graduated from Georgetown University with an A.B. degree summa cum laude in 1967 and received a J.D. degree magna cum laude for Harvard Law School in 1971, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  

From 1971 to 1972, Judge Koeltl was a law clerk to the Hon. Edward Weinfeld, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York and from 1972 to 1973 he was a law clerk to the Hon. Potter Stewart, United States Supreme Court.  He served as an Assistant Special Prosecutor, Watergate Special Prosecution Force, Department of Justice from 1973 to 1974.  In February 1975 he became an Associate with Debevoise & Plimpton until January 1979 when he became a partner with the firm.  He remained at Debevoise & Plimpton until his appointment to the bench in 1994.

Judge Koeltl is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Council, the Federal Communications Bar Association, the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, the American Judicature Society, Phi Beta Kappa Associates, the Supreme Court Historical Society and the Harvard Law School Association of New York.  Judge Koeltl is an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. 

Judge Koeltl is a former member of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and the Committee on Court Administration and Case Management of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

John V.H. Pierce is the Head of the International Arbitration practice in the New York office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.  Recognized by Chambers as “a crucial figure in the firm’s global arbitration practice,” Mr. Pierce represents clients in international arbitration matters in venues around the world, under both civil and common law regimes, and under the rules of all major arbitral institutions.  Mr. Pierce has represented European, U.S., Latin American and other companies, in a wide range of industries and sectors, in arbitrations sited in Latin America, the U.S., Europe and Asia.  He has particular experience in international joint venture, M&A, shareholder, pharmaceutical, electronics, telecommunications, transportation, financial services and agency disputes.  In addition to his work as counsel, Mr. Pierce sits as an arbitrator in international disputes, and he is a frequent writer and speaker on international arbitration and dispute resolution.  Among other things, he is a co-author of International Commercial Arbitration in New York (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Mr. Pierce is a Board Member and member of the Programs Committee of the New York International Arbitration Center; a founding member of the International Arbitration Club of New York; a member of the International Commercial Dispute Resolution Committee at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  He is an honors graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and the Georgetown University Law Center.  He was also named a Jean Monnet Fellow at the École Polytechnique and was selected as a Young Leader of the American Council on Germany.

Mr. Pierce was named the exclusive recipient of the International Law Office 2016 Client Choice Award for Arbitration in the United States.

Julie Arnth Jørgensen is a partner in the Commercial Disputes and Arbitration practice in Horten Law firm in Copenhagen.

Julie has experience in mediating, litigating and arbitrating commercial disputes in the fields of general commercial law, including i.e. insurance, post-M&A, banking and gas price disputes. Julie acts as arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations conducted in Danish or in English and her experience includes serving as chairman, co-arbitrator or as sole arbitrator.

Julie is member of the Board of Young Arbitrators Copenhagen dedicated to promoting arbitration in Denmark and she has served as a member of a commission under the Danish Institution of Arbitration drafting a proposal for amendments to the Danish Arbitration Act submitted to the Ministry of Justice in January 2017. She has authored articles on Danish arbitration and has taught international arbitration at the University of Copenhagen. Julie was chosen as WhosWhoLegal's Future Leaders in International Arbitration 2017.

Julie is admitted to practice law as an attorney in Denmark. Before joining Horten law firm, she was an associate partner at Bruun & Hjejle law firm in Copenhagen. Julie has served as High Court Judge at the Western and Eastern High Court (appellate courts) of Denmark during a total tenure of 13 months.

Julie holds a master of laws degree from the University of Copenhagen and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law as Vanderbilt Scholar in international commercial litigation and arbitration.

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.

Matthew Saunders is a partner in the international arbitration team in the  London office of Ashurst LLP where he focuses on international arbitration relating to international projects and the energy and resources sectors.

Matthew has experience of advising a broad range of clients including sovereign and federal governments, international energy businesses, multinational corporations and financial institutions. He has particular experience of acting for clients in matters concerning the former Soviet Union and Africa and has handled some of the largest claims that have been heard under the arbitration rules of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.   He is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. His practice covers both contract and investment treaty arbitration.

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

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

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

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

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

Olivier André is CPR's Vice President, International and Dispute Resolution Services. In this capacity, Mr. André is responsible for CPR’s international activities, as well as international arbitration and mediation matters which are brought before CPR pursuant to its rules. He is involved in all aspects of the proceedings, including neutral selection, challenges, clause drafting assistance and procedural questions. Olivier is also responsible for Y-ADR – a program for young international dispute resolution practitioners – and the upcoming CPR International Mediation Competition to take place in São Paulo in May 2017.

Olivier recently contributed to the drafting of the CPR European Mediation and ADR Practical Guide for Corporates and the drafting of the CPR Administered Arbitration Rules.

He is a member of CPR’s European Advisory Board and CPR’s Brazil Advisory Board, a member of CPR’s Arbitration Committee, a member of the International Commercial Disputes Committee and an affiliate member of the Arbitration Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

He started his legal career at Shearman & Sterling L.L.P. and at the ICC Court of International Arbitration in Paris. He has been trained as a mediator and studied law in France, Germany and in the U.S., where he obtained his Juris Doctor and where he is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts. He is a dual citizen of the United States and of the European Union (France).

Robin Oldenstam specializes in arbitration and civil litigation and is the head of Mannheimer Swartling’s International Arbitration Practice. He is also the current Swedish member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Between 2010-2014 Robin was chairing the Swedish Arbitration Association (the SAA), which is the leading association for arbitration practitioners in Sweden.

Robin is primarily active in the field of international arbitration and has acted as counsel in numerous arbitrations under the SCC, the ICC, UNCITRAL, ICDR, Swiss Rules and other rules as well as in ad hoc proceedings. His experience encompasses disputes in a wide range of areas and industries including (amongst other) oil & gas, M&A, licensing, sale of goods, construction, finance and ship-building.

Robin also has considerable experience as an arbitrator including a large number of appointments as a sole arbitrator and as chairman in both domestic and international arbitrations, seated in Sweden and abroad. He has served as arbitrator under ad hoc and various institutional rules and in disputes governed by a variety of applicable laws. Robin is a fellow with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Robin is responsible for the Swedish Bar Association’s mandatory course in trial advocacy and regularly lectures on arbitration and litigation at several university courses and training programs for professionals. He is the main author of Mannheimer Swartling’s Guide to Commercial Dispute Resolution and the Swedish chapter of the Practitioners Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration (Oxford University Press) as well as various articles and case notes in professional journals. Robin is also a member of the editorial board for Global Arbitration Review (GAR).

Robin is consistently ranked among the leading individuals in dispute resolution in Sweden by Chambers (band 1), Legal 500, Who’s Who and others. In 2011 he was listed as one of 45 leading individuals in international arbitration in the world under the age of 45 (Global Arbitration Review, “45 under 45”, 2011).

Chambers Europe 2014 quotes a client saying that Robin "is one of the most effective lawyers I've ever seen. He's extremely talented and focused, and delivers on time. He's my first choice for disputes – one of the best in Europe”.

Sofia Martins is a Partner and the Head of the Litigation and Arbitration Practice at Miranda & Associados. Sofia was one of the founding partners of Fraústo da Silva & Associados in 2006, which later merged with Spanish firm Uría Menéndez – Proença de Carvalho, where she remained until 2014 before joining Miranda & Associados.

In 2013 Sofia was awarded with the prestigious Iberian Lawyer Top 40 under Forty Award, which celebrates the best Spanish and Portuguese lawyers under the age of 40. She is also recommended by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who International Arbitration in Dispute Resolution. Sofia mainly represents clients in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration at all levels of the Portuguese court system and arbitral tribunals, in Portugal and abroad. Sofia has also been appointed to act as arbitrator in several cases.

Her areas of expertise include Litigation and Arbitration; Civil, Commercial and Corporate Law and Insurance Law. Sofia is a member of the Portuguese Arbitration Association (APA), the Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA), the International Bar Association (IBA), the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and the International Association of Insurance Law (AIDA). She was one of the co-chairs for both the CEA (2010-2012) and APA (2011-2013) under forty organizations, having also been appointed, in 2012, to the Board of the Arbitration Centre of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the major arbitration center in Portugal. In March 2014, Sofia was appointed to the Board of the Portuguese Arbitration Association and, in November 2015, as a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. Since March 2017 Sofia has been an officer of the IBA Arbitration Committee.

Stan Putter practices at Conway & Partners in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is a member of the Netherlands bar and specializes in international litigation and arbitration. Before (re)joining Conway & Partners in 2016, Stan spent several years working in the litigation and arbitration practice group of an international law firm in its Amsterdam and London offices.

Stan is primarily active as party representative in international arbitration and (arbitration related) international litigation before Netherlands courts. He frequently acts as counsel in arbitrations held under the auspices of leading arbitration institutes (such as the ICC, LCIA, ICDR, SCC, CIETAC, WIPO and NAI). The international litigation proceedings he acts in before the Netherlands courts are frequently aimed at securing interim measures in aid of arbitrations and the setting side or enforcing of (foreign) arbitral awards. Other matters he is regularly instructed on relate to the enforcement of security rights or (foreign) judgments, the freezing of assets and disputes in international groups of companies.

Stan draws his clients from a variety of industry sectors. He primarily focuses on the Offshore Energy, International Trade, Construction & Engineering, Petrochemical, Process Industry, Banking and Telecom sectors. He is also often approached to as local counsel by foreign lawyers.

Stan frequently speeches and writes on international arbitration topics. He is recommended by Legal 500 and seen as a Rising Star by Expert Guides.

Teresa Giovannini is a founding partner of LALIVE (1994) specialising in international arbitration (including setting aside proceedings with the Swiss Supreme Court), as well as art law. She has acted in more than 170 international arbitrations (among which 117 as arbitrator, including 83 as presiding or sole arbitrator), either ad hoc or administered by various institutions (AAA/ICDR, ICC, ICHEIC, ICSID, LCIA, etc.).

Teresa Giovannini is the Swiss Member of the ICC Court of Arbitration and the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR since 1 July 2015, after having been a member and vice-president of the LCIA Court from 2006 until 2011 and a member of the Arbitral Council of the Milan Chamber of Arbitration from 1997 to 2005. She is also part of several panels of arbitrators (ICC Swiss National Committee, ICDR, LCIA, etc.) as well as of arbitration committees (Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, ICC Institute Council, Global advisory board of the New York International Arbitration Centre, LCIA Company, Club of Arbitrators of the Milan Chamber of National and International Arbitration, etc.).

Mrs. Giovannini is a frequent speaker and lecturer on international arbitration and the author of various publications in the field. She has been ranked by Chambers, Legal Experts Europe, the International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration and the Global Arbitration Review for many years.

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.

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.

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.

Flávia Bittar is the founder Partner to Flávia Bittar Advogados since 2017, President of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr) since 2015 and former Partner to Grebler Advogados since 2010. She has solid experience both as counsel and arbitrator in domestic and international arbitration, with particular expertise in corporation law, construction law and business transactions. She graduated from Milton Campos Law School in 1998 and took a Specialization degree in International Law and Arbitration from the Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy) in 2000. Ms. Bittar  took a Post Graduate degree in Business Management from Fundação Dom Cabral in 2004 and participated in the ICC Masterclass for Arbitrators held in São Paulo in 2014. She is a member of the Mediation and Arbitration Commission and the of the Construction Law Comission, of the Brazilian Bar Association, Minas Gerais Chapter and associated to the Brazilian Institute of Construction Law. Flávia Bittar is also member of the Advisory Board of the Brazilian Chamber of Business Arbitration (CAMARB) and is a former Secretary General of the same institution. She is a member of the lists of arbitrators from several Brazilian arbitration institutions and author of several articles about commercial arbitration. Flavia speaks Portuguese, English and Italian.