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Mahmoud Abuwasel

Mahmoud Abuwasel

Wasel and Wasel

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Mahmoud Abuwasel is a Harvard graduate practitioner with substantial experience in the Gulf region, focusing on corporate, tax, and construction disputes and represents clients in litigation and arbitration.

He has represented leading HNW investors, publicly listed companies, Government companies, large family holding companies, and multinationals in multi-billion-dollar litigation and arbitration proceedings and is regularly published and interviewed in leading news outlets.

Mahmoud also serves as Vice-President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice in the Netherlands, and is Co-Chair of International Development of the Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs.

Clients describe him as “being a quick thinker”, “an outstanding gentleman”, “a great professional lawyer”, “a master at his game”, and an “unstoppable force”. International recognizes Mahmoud as one of the “top corporate lawyers in the region” for the Middle East.

Mahmoud is fluent in Arabic and English.

Designations: JD, ALM, MA, BA, GDip, CCCM
Gerald Aksen

Gerald Aksen

Arbitrator and Mediator, *Co-Chair, NYIAC Global Advisory Board

New York, NY, United States

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Mr. Aksen is a retired partner of the former law firm of Thelen Reid & Priest LLP, New York. At Thelen, he headed the firm's arbitration and alternative dispute resolution practice and was the principal litigator for international clients of the firm, representing companies in arbitrations throughout the world.

Mr. Aksen is co-founder and past-president of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, immediate past vice-chairman of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and a council member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law. He is a 1958 graduate of New York University School of Law, where for thirty years he taught commercial and international arbitration as an adjunct professor of law.

Mr. Aksen has chaired and acted as sole or co-arbitrator under the rules of numerous arbitral institutions in over 250 international arbitration cases in 22 different countries. He is experienced as a mediator, conciliator, and early neutral evaluator, and has written and lectured extensively on arbitration and alternative dispute
resolution. Mr. Aksen is the 2005 recipient of the prestigious ABA Dispute Resolution Section's D'Alemberte/Raven Award and is consistently ranked as one of New York's notable international arbitrators, up to and including 2013, in Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Global Arbitration Review, Commercial Arbitration.
Abdulrahman Al-Saif

Abdulrahman Al-Saif

RIYADH, RIYADH, Saudi Arabia

Catherine Amirfar

Catherine Amirfar

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, *NYIAC Board of Directors

New York, NY, United States

+1 212 909 7423

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Catherine Amirfar is a litigation partner in the International Dispute Resolution Group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Public International Law Group. Her practice focuses on international commercial and treaty arbitration, international and complex commercial litigation, and public international law. Ms. Amirfar regularly represents multinational corporations, sovereign states and international organizations in both U.S. courts and before international arbitration tribunals.

Prior to rejoining Debevoise in 2016, Ms. Amirfar spent two years as the Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. During her tenure as Counselor, Ms. Amirfar advised the State Department on its most significant litigation matters involving international law and foreign relations, and liaised with senior officials of the Departments of Justice and Defense, the National Security Council and the Office of White House Counsel. She represented the United States before international bodies and broadly advised the State Department on international legal issues arising in the areas of human rights, armed conflict, sovereign and diplomatic immunity, international arbitration and claims settlement, and the intersection of U.S. and international law. Ms. Amirfar received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award in recognition of her contributions to the Department.

Ms. Amirfar has been ranked among the leading international arbitration practitioners by Chambers Global (2014), which describes her as “very composed, intelligent and a master of investment arbitration.” Chambers USA reports that she is “wonderful, by all accounts a rising star who always delivers” (2012), is “viewed as ‘an emerging star in international arbitration’” and “plays a key role” in the firm’s public international law practice (2010). She has been described in The Legal 500 US (2011) as “highly regarded by clients and peers alike,” in Chambers Latin America (2013) as “one of the leading figures of the next generation,” who impresses sources with her “natural, educated and sophisticated arguments,” and in Legal 500 Latin America as being “very hands on” and “always pay[ing] great attention to the client.”

In 2014, Ms. Amirfar was selected by Chambers USA as the Pro Bono Private Practice Lawyer of the Year and by Benchmark Litigation as a “Litigation Star.” She was a 2013 “Rising Star” in the New York Law Journal, and in 2011, she was recognized by the Global Arbitration Review in its “45 under 45,” a selection of the 45 leading figures of the international arbitration bar under the age of 45. She also has been ranked in leading directories, including Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, Legal 500 US and Legal 500 Latin America, among others.

She is among the youngest advocates ever to argue before the International Court of Justice. She has written extensively on international arbitration, the relationship between international law and U.S. domestic law, international human rights and humanitarian law, investor-state disputes, and the law of consular and diplomatic immunities. She is a frequent lecturer on international law and has guest lectured at Yale Law School and NYU Law School, among others. She is a member of the American Law Institute and currently serves as Vice President of the American Society of International Law. She previously served as an officer of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms. Amirfar originally joined the firm in 2002 and became a partner in 2008. From 2000 to 2002, she clerked for the Hon. D.A. Batts, Southern District of New York. She received a J.D. cum laude from New York University Law School in 2000, where she was a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar. She served as an Editor for the NYU Law Review and was awarded top honors in the NYU Orison S. Marden Moot Court Competition. She received a B.A., with honors, from Stanford University in 1995.
Stephen Anway

Stephen Anway

Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

New York, NY, United States

+1 212 407 0146

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Stephen Anway represents sovereign nations and multinational corporations in investment-treaty arbitration and high-stakes international commercial arbitration. He has represented the winning party in many of the largest international arbitrations in the world over the past decade, working in more than 25 countries and representing clients in some 50 international arbitration proceedings. His work includes acting as lead or co-lead counsel in arbitrations brought under more than 10 different investment treaties, free-trade agreements, and the Energy Charter Treaty. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches international arbitration. In June 2015, The American Lawyer awarded him the 2015 Transatlantic Arbitration Award.
Justin Askins

Justin Askins

Askins Advocates Arbitration, LLC.

Naples, FL, United States

Aldo Badini

Aldo Badini

Winston & Strawn LLP, *NYIAC Board of Directors

New York, NY, United States

+1 212-294-4601

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Aldo, a first-chair trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience, focuses on antitrust and patent matters and the intersection of the two. He represents clients in the high-tech, pharmaceutical, metals/mining, and food industries. He is admitted in California, New York, and D.C., and spends a significant amount of time in Winston’s California offices.

Intellectual Property Litigation

Mr. Badini has been involved in numerous semiconductor, biotechnology, and medical device patent matters, including acting as lead trial counsel. His experience includes various Markman hearings, jury and judge trials, and intellectual property due diligence and licensing negotiations. His trial experience includes successfully defending a major medical device manufacturer in a patent infringement jury trial in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota where the plaintiff sought an injunction and damages in excess of $800 million.

Antitrust and Trade Regulation

Mr. Badini has been active in cases involving antitrust issues, including those affecting intellectual property rights. He has extensive experience litigating Sherman Act Section 1 and 2 cases in numerous industries, including pharmaceuticals, health care, and electronics. He has successfully defended against predatory pricing allegations and was also trial counsel for a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in a landmark 10-week Sherman Act antitrust jury trial in which the court granted defendants’ motion for judgment as a matter of law. In that case (In re Brand Name Prescription Drugs Antitrust Litigation), potential damages in the tens of billions of dollars were sought along with injunctive relief, arising out of claims that various pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers had conspired to deprive retail pharmacies of discounts for brand name prescription drugs. He also has extensive involvement in Robinson-Patman and state antitrust cases.


Mr. Badini’s arbitration experience includes the arguing of arbitrability appeals in various U.S. Courts of Appeals, and conducting arbitrations before the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). His ICSID experience includes representation of financial institutions and of sovereign states in matters involving compliance with international investment laws and regulations. Other representative international and domestic arbitrations include: a dispute between a sovereign client and an international engineering consortium regarding design defects in a coal-processing terminal; AAA contract and intellectual property dispute arbitrations; and construction arbitrations.

General Commercial Litigation

Representative cases include: lead trial counsel in a product liability jury trial in the successful defense of a product manufacturer; successful defense of an international bank in a sex discrimination case; lead counsel in a case against a guarantor of student loans (obtained summary judgment for our client); representation of a French bank as plaintiff in a fraud action; representation of a market research and consulting firm in a negligence and breach of contract action brought by a product manufacturer alleging improperly conducted product testing; and litigation of insurance coverage disputes.

Mr. Badini received a J.D. in 1983 from Harvard Law School. He received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Harvard University in 1980.
Mark Baker

Mark Baker

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, *NYIAC Board of Directors

Houston, TX, United States

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Mark Baker is Global Co-Head of International Arbitration and a member of the Norton Rose Fulbright Global Supervisory Board. He practices in the areas of complex commercial arbitration, business litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). He has extensive experience with the international and domestic arbitration and litigation of banking, financial and securities transactions. He has also represented numerous clients in matters regarding international and domestic construction contracts, power purchase and sale agreements, energy contracts, joint ventures, and project finance and development agreements. Mark has chaired, on average, eight international arbitration cases each year since 1998.

Mark received the 2015 Client Choice Award , Texas, arbitration & ADR by Globe Business Publishing, and he was selected as 2014 Lawyer of the Year - Houston International Arbitration: Commercial by The Best Lawyers in America. He is included in the 2012-2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of international arbitration: commercial and international arbitration: governmental. In 2013-2014, he was listed as a “Texas Top Rated Lawyer” in LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. In 2013, Expert Guides included him in “The Best of the Best USA,” and Legal 500 Latin Lawyer–Arbitration described him as “a leading figure in oil and gas disputes” and “a real asset to his clients.” In 2011, Latin Lawyer described Mark as “one of the titans of the arbitration world globally.” In 2010, the National Law Journal named Mark as “One of the Decade’s 40 Most Influential Lawyers.” He was one of 3 energy lawyers and the only energy disputes lawyer selected for the designation. In the 2009-2012 Chambers Latin America Mark was one of the four “Leading Individuals” for international arbitration. In 2008, the AAA recognized Mark as its “Outstanding Director.” In 2007 and 2008, Mark was recognized by Latin Lawyer for his work as lead counsel in the international arbitration selected as the most significant legal dispute in Latin and South America.

Mark is consistently recognized as one of the “Top 20 International Arbitration Experts” by PLC, and one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal. He is internationally ranked for his arbitration work by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, Global Counsel, LawDragon, Legal 500, The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers, and The Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the LCIA Company, a former LCIA Court Member, Vice Chairman of the LCIA North American Council, a former Executive Committee Member and Director of the American Arbitration Association and a current member of the ICC Commission. He is a former vice-chair of the IBA Dispute Resolution Committee.

Mark is a frequent speaker and author on international law and international arbitration topics. Mark received his JD from Duke University Law School with highest honors and his BA summa cum laude from Yale University. More information can be found at
Chiann Bao

Chiann Bao

Arbitration Chambers, *NYIAC Global Advisory Board

Hong Kong, China

Douglas W. Baruch

Douglas W. Baruch

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Douglas W. Baruch, a litigation partner resident in Fried Frank's Washington, DC office, leads the Firm's False Claims Act and FIRREA Practice.

Mr. Baruch represents corporations and individuals in a variety of complex civil and criminal litigation matters, ranging from investigations and subpoena compliance to federal court litigation, with an emphasis on cases arising under the False Claims Act and FIRREA. He regularly handles matters arising in the healthcare, financial institutions, and defense and aerospace sectors.

Mr. Baruch is a co-author of FraudMail Alert®, which reports on significant developments in the False Claims Act and FIRREA arena. He also writes and lectures extensively on various aspects of the False Claims Act and FIRREA and is a co-author of a book chapter in the Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes treatise entitled, “Settlement Considerations Under the Federal Civil False Claims Act” (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business).

Mr. Baruch is a member of Fried Frank's Pro Bono Committee.

Honors & Awards
Mr. Baruch is recognized as a Future Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation 2018 and has been selected as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian magazine. Mr. Baruch also has been recognized by Legal 500 in International Arbitration.
Professional Associations
Member, Law360 Aerospace and Defense Editorial Advisory Board (2017-2018)
Member, Board of Directors, Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Member, Board of Directors, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions
District of Columbia; Maryland; New York; United States Supreme Court; United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Federal Circuits; United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth and Ninth Circuits; United States District Court for the District of Columbia; United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Marc Beaumont

Marc Beaumont

Arbitrator and Mediator

Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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Marc Beaumont is a leading, senior barrister in the UK, specialising in regulatory work and commercial litigation.

He has a diploma in international commercial arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London and is a Fellow of the Institute.

He is an innovator, having designed a new method of instructing English barristers known as the Bar public access scheme.

As an Arbitrator, he is proactive and conscientious, firm but fair.

He is also an experienced Mediator.

He is a panel Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, where he specialises in arbitrations about professional football. He is a panel Arbitrator at the Kuala Lumpur Arbitration Centre.

He is UK Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association and is admitted to practise as a foreign consultant in New York. He is a member of the Rivkin Law Group in New York City, where he practises as an international arbitrator. He is a founder member of the New York International Arbitration Center.

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Raymond Bender

Raymond Bender

Commercial Arbitrator

New York, 10075, United States


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Raymond G. Bender, a Member of the law firm of Dow Lohnes PLLC, Washington, D.C. from 1975 until 2009, currently serves domestically and internationally as an independent Commercial Arbitrator in commercial disputes. Mr. Bender is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.
He is a member of the American Arbitration Association's Roster of Commercial Arbitrators, including for New York, Washington, D.C., Technology, and Large Complex Cases; the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutral Arbitrators for Washington, D.C., Technology, and Cross-Border (i.e., International) disputes; the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) International Arbitrators Panel and The Aviation, Aerospace and National Security Panel; and the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center List of World's Leading Technology Neutrals. Mr. Bender has served on tribunals in AAA, CPR, ICDR, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and ad hoc arbitrations.

Experience and Qualifications
During nearly thirty-five years of private law practice, Mr. Bender represented numerous business enterprises, including Fortune 50 companies, mid-sized businesses and entrepreneurs on a broad range of legal and strategic business issues. He counseled clients in a variety of industries in numerous commercial contexts, and represented foreign governments and quasi-governmental bodies as well. Mr. Bender represented many diverse business interests, but gained a particular expertise in domestic and international legal issues affecting various high-tech sectors, including aerospace and satellites, telecommunications, information technology, intellectual property, the Internet and broadband communications, computer hardware and software, broadcasting and cable television, and other technology-based businesses.

Representative Matters

Arbitration/Litigation. Serves as a domestic and international Arbitrator in commercial disputes involving numerous industry sectors, with a particular expertise in high-tech areas. Mr. Bender also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Washington College of Law, American University, where he taught Alternate Dispute Resolution Law from 2010 to 2017. As an Arbitrator, litigator and/or client counselor, gained hands-on experience in numerous substantive areas, including accounting, aerospace, antitrust, bankruptcy, biotechnology, broadband communications, broadcasting, business acquisitions and dispositions, cable television, cellular telephony, computer hardware and software, commercial contracts, corporations, employment, engineering, equipment manufacturing, export control, financial transactions, government contracts, higher education, high-tech products and services, information technology, infrastructure projects, insurance, intellectual property, international trade, international business transactions, Internet, investments, joint ventures, licensing agreements, media, mergers, mobile communications, non-profit organizations, partnerships, patent licensing, real estate, satellites, secured transactions, securities, school accreditation, taxation, telecommunications, trademarks, trade secrets, and wireless technologies. Experienced litigator in highly-contested proceedings before U.S. courts and administrative agencies. Handled internal investigations of business conduct in anticipation of or response to governmental inquiries.
Mediation/Negotiation. Negotiated commercial contracts, business transactions, and settlements in contested proceedings throughout career as an attorney-advocate. Played a leading role, for example, in coordinating industry-wide settlement that permitted the assignment of critical Ka-band spectrum and orbital resources among fifteen satellite industry participants. Trained Mediator attending intensive Mediation Workshop at Harvard Law School.

Corporate/Commercial Transactions. Extensive experience in corporate, commercial and financial transactions involving varied industries, including the acquisition and disposition of businesses, joint ventures, the procurement of goods and services, including sophisticated hardware, software and intellectual property, and other varied commercial transactions. Routinely advised commercial and investment banks with regard to diverse financial transactions.

International Experience. Represented clients in a wide variety of international projects involving a myriad of industry sectors, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, financial transactions, international commercial agreements, and counseling on investment in foreign businesses. Negotiated the coordination of international satellite systems on behalf of U.S. and foreign satellite service providers under the auspices of the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva, Switzerland. Handled projects involving Brazil, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Panama, Poland, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. Counseled foreign governments and quasi-governmental bodies and represented their interests in the United States in a variety of contexts.

General Legal and Business Counseling. Served as outside General Counsel for rapidly expanding business enterprise, overseeing or handling virtually all of the company's legal affairs, including acquisitions and mergers, administrative and civil litigation, commercial contracts, financial transactions, general business counseling, government and regulatory affairs, and international projects.

Background and Education

Dow Lohnes PLLC, Washington, D.C., Associate: 1975-1981; Member: 1981-2009. Served in various management capacities, including membership on Board of Partners and Executive Committee; Co-Head of Telecommunications Practice Group; and Chairman of Professional Development Committee

Law Clerk to Honorable James R. Durfee, Judge, United States Court of Claims (now United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit), Washington, D.C., 1973-1975

Master of Laws in Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center, 1987

Juris Doctor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1973

Bachelor of Science in International Affairs, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1969

Memberships and Professional Activities

Member of American Arbitration Association's Roster of Commercial Arbitrators, including for Washington, D.C., Technology, and Large Complex Cases.

Member of CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutral Arbitrators, including for Washington, D.C., Technology, and Cross-Border (i.e., International) disputes.

Member of the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) International Arbitrators' Panel and Aviation, Aerospace and National Security Panel.

Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law, American University, taught Alternate Dispute Resolution Law, 2010-2017.

Member of International Arbitration Faculty of the International Law Institute, Washington, D.C., 2012-present.

Adjunct Professor, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, co-taught International Telecommunications, 1998-2005

American Bar Association - Member of Dispute Resolution Section, Arbitration Committee

Federal Communications Bar Association

The Society of Satellite Professionals International

The Washington Space Business Roundtable

Washington Foreign Law Society

Recognized in Washington DC Super Lawyers (Alternate Dispute Resolution and Communications); Best Lawyers in America; and International Who's Who of Telecom Lawyers

Bar Membership: District of Columbia (Member International Law and Litigation Sections)


"Presenting Witness Testimony in U.S. Domestic Arbitration: Should Written Statements Become the Norm?," American Arbitration Association's Dispute Resolution Journal (Vol. 69, No. 4, 2014).

"Just and Accurate: Confronting Limited Appeal Rights in Arbitration," International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Alternatives, (Part 1: Jul./Aug. 2012).

"Three Practical Steps to Avoid an Erroneous Arbitration Award," International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Alternatives (Part 2: September 2012). An expanded version of this article was published in For the Defense, a journal of DRI -The Voice of the Defense Bar (May 2013).

"Arbitration - An Ideal Way to Resolve High-Tech Industry Disputes," American Arbitration Association's Dispute Resolution Journal (Nov. 2010 – Jan. 2011).

"Critical First Steps in Complex Commercial Arbitration: Appointing Qualified Arbitrators and Staging the Preliminary Conference," American Arbitration Association's Dispute Resolution Journal (Feb. - Apr. 2009).

"Conducting Satellite Industry Arbitrations under the Watchful Eye of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations," American Arbitration Association's Dispute Resolution Journal (Nov. 2006 - Jan. 2007). Update of this article published in American Arbitration Association's Handbook on International Arbitration and ADR, Juris Publishing (2d Ed., 2010).

"International Arbitration - Satellite Communications: Arbitrator Perspective," published in LexisNexis book on International Arbitration (2010).

"International Arbitration is the Preferred Means of Resolving Satellite Industry Disputes," ABA TIPS ADR Committee Newsletter, Spring 2011.

ADR Training

International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) 2017 Annual Meeting, Miami, Florida, March 2-4, 2017.

Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center "Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Technology Dispute Resolution" Conference, Redwood City, California, September 16, 2016.

American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution, Annual Spring Conference, New York, New York, April 7-9, 2016.

CPR 2016 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 16-18, 2016.

American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution 17th Annual Spring Conference, Seattle, April 16-18, 2015.

CPR 2015 Annual Meeting--"Forging the Future--Redefining Winning and Adapting to Change," La Jolla, California, February 19-21, 2015.

AAA/ICDR/ICC/ICSID 31st Annual Joint Colloquium, New York, November 1

American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution 16th Annual Spring Conference, Miami, April 4, 2014.

International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) 2014 Annual Meeting---"Changing the Way The World Resolves Conflict," Charleston, February 20-22, 2014.

International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) International Symposia in Advanced Case Management Issues, New York, December 2, 2013.

American Arbitration Association/College of Commercial Arbitrators/JAMS- "Managing a Successful Arbitration," Washington, D.C., September 13, 2013.

American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution 15th Annual Spring Conference, Chicago, April 3-6-2013.

International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) 2013 Annual Meeting - "Taking the 'A' Out of ADR," San Diego, January 17-19, 2013.

American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution 14th Annual Spring Conference - Achieving Balance Through Civil Discourse, Washington, D.C., April 19-20, 2012.

International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) 2012 Annual Meeting - "It's a Shrinking World, Acceleration and Evolution in Dispute Resolution," New York, January 12-13, 2012.

Corporate Counsel Institute: "Managing Risk in a Global Environment," Washington, D.C., March 8-9, 2012.

AAA/ICDR/ICC/ICSID Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration, New York, November 18, 2011.

International Center for Dispute Resolution, Four Roundtables in Times Square, Putting the Spotlight on International Arbitration, New York, June 13, 2011.

CPR Institute Advanced Arbitrator Training Program, New York, May 17, 2011.

American Arbitration Association--AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding and Writing Awards, April 20 2011.

American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution 13th Annual Spring Conference, Denver, April 13-16, 2011.

American Arbitration Association Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for AAA Arbitrators, April 7-8, 2011.

Panelist on "Successful Strategies for Government Contractors on Navigating ITAR Challenges in International Contracts," sponsored by Pillsbury and the United States Council for International Business, February 10, 2011.

Mediation Workshop, Harvard Negotiation Institute, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, September 14-18, 2009.

College of Commercial Arbitrators National Summit on Business-to-Business Arbitration, Washington, DC, October 30, 2009.

American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution 12th Annual Spring Conference, San Francisco, April 7-10, 2010.

American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution 11th Annual Spring Conference. ADR: Building Bridges to a Better Society (ABA Course ID 07661), New York, April 16-18, 2009.

ICC International Court of Arbitration "Dispute Resolution in Aeronautics and Space," Paris, February 5, 2009.

American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution "A Comprehensive Training in Commercial Arbitration," New York, February 22-24, 2007.

International Center for Dispute Resolution "An International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Conference," with a Focus on Latin America, the Oil and Gas and Telecommunications Industries, Washington, D.C., November 15, 2006.
Gary Benton

Gary Benton

US, UK and International Arbitrator

Palo Alto, CA, United States

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Gary Benton is an internationally recognized Arbitrator with expertise in international business, private investment, technology and emerging growth matters. He has handled hundreds of cases around the world in the course of his career and serves on the panels of the leading international arbitral institutions in the US, Europe and Asia.

In addition to his arbitral practice, he is the founder and currently serves as the Chairman of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center. He was previously a partner with the leading international law firms Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Coudert Brothers LLP in San Francisco and Palo Alto.

He is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (FCCA), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) Advisory Board, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and other arbitral associations. In 2016, he was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 25 ADR Trendsetters and Visionaries in the US. In 2017, he was named to IAM 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists.

He is qualified as a US lawyer and an English solicitor and serves in administered and ad hoc proceedings worldwide.
George Bermann

George Bermann

Columbia Law School, *Co-Chair, NYIAC Global Advisory Board

New York, NY, United States

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George A. Bermann is the Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law, and the director for the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA) at Columbia Law School. A Columbia Law School faculty member since 1975, Bermann teaches courses in transnational dispute resolution (international arbitration and litigation), European Union law, administrative law, and WTO law.

He is an affiliated faculty member of the School of Law of Sciences Po in Paris and the MIDS Masters Program in International Dispute Settlement in Geneva. He is also a visiting professor at the Georgetown Law Center. At the Law School, he founded both the European Legal Studies Center and the Columbia Journal of European Law.

Bermann is an active international arbitrator in commercial and investment disputes; chief reporter of the ALI’s Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration; co-author of the UNCITRAL Guide to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards; chair of the Global Advisory Board of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC); co-editor-in-chief of the American Review of International Arbitration; and founding member of the governing body of the ICC Court of Arbitration and a member of its standing committee.

He has been a visiting scholar at the European Commission Legal Service in Brussels; the French Conseil d'Etat; the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany; and Princeton University’s Center for International Studies.

His published works include: “International Arbitration and Private International Law,” Hague Academy of International Law; Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention by National Courts; “Mandatory Rules in International Arbitration”; Transnational Litigation: Cases & Materials on European Union Law; and Introduction to French Law. Among his most recent articles are “Yukos v. Russia: Unanswered Questions” and “International Standards as a Choice of Law Option.”

Bermann has a J.D. and a B.A. from Yale University and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School. He holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Fribourg in Switzerland and Versailles-St. Quentin in France.
Steven Bierman

Steven Bierman

New York, New York, United States

+1 212 839 5510

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Steven Bierman served as head or co-head of Sidley’s New York litigation department for 25 years, and served as a global leader of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Disputes practice and as a member of Sidley’s Executive Committee. Steve’s practice emphasizes complex, high-stakes litigation involving commercial and financial disputes; securities and other fraud; purchase and sale of businesses and assets, including works of art; disputes in bankruptcy, distressed debt and fraudulent conveyance; theft of trade secrets; employment-related claims, and shareholder class action and derivative litigation involving U.S. securities laws, breaches of corporate fiduciary duties, and copyright. Representative clients have included a major diversified energy company and its directors and officers, the world’s leading music company, one of the leading global telecom companies, major U.S. and foreign financial institutions, prominent asset management firms and their funds, professional service firms including one of the largest global law firms, ad hoc noteholder groups, and art institutions and galleries. In addition to practice in federal and state courts, including trials, Steve has extensive experience as an advocate in complex arbitrations and mediation of disputes. Steve also regularly advises clients regarding conflict management and the prevention, evaluation, and early resolution of disputes. He serves as a mediator on the Mediation Panel appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Steve has received mediator accreditation by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), and serves as Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) and as a member of the CPR Council. Steve is recognized as a United States and a New York Litigation Star (Commercial Litigation) by Benchmark Litigation (2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020 editions), and by The Best Lawyers in America (2016, 2017, 2020, and 2021 editions), The Legal 500 in Commercial Litigation (2017 edition), and Chambers USA (2017 edition). Steve is the Editor of The Complex Commercial Litigation Law Review (3rd ed., 2021), which surveys significant issues that arise in commercial disputes across more than 30 jurisdictions worldwide, and is co-author of the chapter on New York law. He is co-author of the E-Commerce Litigation chapter in Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (5th ed., 2020). Steve received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a member of the Georgetown Law Journal, and his B.S. degree in Economics, with honors, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Frances Bivens

Frances Bivens

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, *NYIAC Executive Committee

New York, NY, United States

+1 212 450 4935

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Ms. Bivens is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department and has experience in a broad range of high profile commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts around the country and arbitrations around the globe. She also regularly handles regulatory matters for clients in a variety of industries and performs internal investigations for companies and boards.
Nigel Blackaby

Nigel Blackaby

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Washington, D.C., United States

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Nigel is co-head of our global international arbitration group. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 100 ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, both commercial and investor-state under bilateral investment treaties, with a focus on Latin America.

Nigel has represented states and foreign investors in arbitrations under the auspices of ICSID, the ICC, LCIA, AAA and UNCITRAL, both in English and Spanish, including landmark cases such as CMS v Argentina, BG Group v Argentina and SGS v Pakistan.

Nigel is a former president of the IBA Subcommittee on Investment Arbitration, an editor since 1995 of Arbitration International and a founding member of the LCIA Latin America Users’ Council.
Nigel is a leading writer on arbitration as co-author of Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration (5th edition, Oxford, 2009), Guide to ICSID Arbitration (2nd edition, Kluwer, 2010), and International Arbitration in Latin America (Kluwer, 2003). He is an adjunct professor of arbitration at the Washington College of Law, American University in Washington, D.C.

Nigel speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese and has law degrees from the University of Exeter (UK) and the Université d’Aix-Marseille III (France). He joined the firm in 1991 and was elected partner in 2001. He is qualified as an English solicitor and Special Legal Consultant of the Bar of the District of Columbia.
Kenneth Bond

Kenneth Bond

Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

New York, NY, United States

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Kenneth W. Bond has 35 years of experience as transaction counsel involving infrastructure and project finance including economic and industrial development, public utility, privatization of public facilities and public purpose facilities.

He represents and advises public sector issuers, corporations and financial institutions in the areas of public funds and public debt management, public sector energy projects and policy, and the development of financial services products.

Ken serves on the Executive Committee of the Municipal Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is a member of the Council of the State and Local Government Law Section of the American Bar Association, having served as chair of the Public Finance Committee of the Section from 2006 to 2011, and a member of the Legal and Legislative Committee of the New York State Government Finance Officers Association. Ken is a governor of The Municipal Forum of New York, Inc., having served as secretary from 1993 to 2010. He is a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission and co-chair of its Committee on State Fiscal Reform.

Ken is an adjunct professor of state and local government finance law at Albany Law School and is on the advisory board of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel.
Gary Born

Gary Born

WilmerHale LLP, *NYIAC Global Advisory Board

London, United Kingdom

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Gary Born, Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, is one of the world's preeminent authorities on international commercial arbitration and international litigation. He has served as counsel in over 600 arbitrations, including several of the largest arbitrations in ICC and ad hoc history, and has sat as arbitrator in more than 200 institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

Mr. Born is ranked by peers and clients as one of the leading international arbitration practitioners in the world. Among many accolades, he received the GAR inaugural "Advocate of the Year" award, the Client Choice award for "Best International Arbitration Practitioner" in 2012 and 2014 and the inaugural Best Lawyers "London Arbitration and Mediation Lawyer of the Year" award. He is one of only two practitioners globally to achieve "starred" status for international arbitration in Chambers and Partners' guides and the sole practitioner in London.

Mr. Born has published a number of leading works on international arbitration, international litigation and other forms of dispute resolution. He is the author of International Commercial Arbitration (Second Edition, Kluwer 2014), the leading treatise in the field, which has received the American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit for High Technical Craftsmanship and OGEMID's Book of the Year award for 2009. He is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and Tsinghua University, Beijing, and teaches regularly at law schools in Europe, Asia and North America.

Mr. Born is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC). He is President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Court of Arbitration, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), a member of the International Arbitration Committee of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) and a member of the Jerusalem Arbitration Center's Court of Arbitration.

He is a member of the American Law Institute and of the Board of Trustees of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law. He has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, the Advisory Committee of the ALI's Restatement of US International Arbitration Law, the Advisory Committee of the ALI Restatement of US Foreign Relation Law (Fourth) and as co-chair of the ABA International Section, Committee on International Aspects of Litigation.
Ava Borrasso FCIArb

Ava Borrasso FCIArb


Miami, FL, United States

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Ava Borrasso FCIArb serves as arbitrator and advocate. With over 25 years of experience, she has acted as lead counsel in complex commercial disputes before the ICDR, AAA and ICC, as well as before state and federal courts. Before establishing the firm in 2015, she represented parties in international disputes for nearly a decade as a partner of a prominent international litigation and arbitration boutique.

As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a panel member of the ICDR and the AAA complex commercial panel, and registered ICC member, she acts as an independent arbitrator focused on international commercial disputes. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, North America Branch. She serves as sole and panel arbitrator in international and domestic arbitrations.

Her work has been recognized by Legal500 Latin America (international arbitration), Best Lawyers of America (commercial litigation), and Legal Elite and Super Lawyers (international practice). She is admitted to practice in Florida and Illinois.

Representative matters include disputes involving international trade and distribution agreements, financial services, fraud and corruption, business torts, construction and real property.

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David Brodsky

David Brodsky

Brodsky ADR LLC

New York, NY, United States

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David M. Brodsky, the principal of Brodsky ADR LLC, arbitrates and mediates complex business disputes, including M&A, intellectual property, insurance coverage, valuation, employment and compensation disputes, as well as professional (legal and auditing) malpractice. He brings to his practice more than five decades of experience as a general counsel, federal prosecutor, private litigator, and professional neutral. Recognized as an outstanding trial lawyer by his peers when he was in private practice by being elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he has recently received recognition by his peers in the ADR world as an outstanding arbitrator when elected as a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. He is a member of the National Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association, and was just named as a Distinguished Neutral on the newly-formed Dispute Prevention Panel of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), dealing with business issues arising out of the COVID-19 crisis. He is also a member of CPR’s Panels of Hedge Funds, Banking and Financial Services, and General Counsel and is member of CPR’s Council. He is also a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and of the New York Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators, and a Fellow of the American College of e-Neutrals.
Eduardo Buisson Loureiro

Eduardo Buisson Loureiro

Independent Arbitrator

Macao, Macao, China

+853 – 66818270

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Extensive experience of more than 30 years in all areas of law obtained mainly through legal drafting projects, hands on experience in handling complex contractual situations, sense of responsibility and political as well as legal awareness, capacity to deal with complex and also with simple negotiations, ability to write concisely and accurately.

Experience of Litigation in court.

Experience in Diplomatic negotiations, bilateral and multilateral.

Educational background

Law Degree from the Portuguese Catholic University (Lisbon), Postgraduate in Chinese Law from the East Asia Open Institute / China Law Society, Master of Law from the University of Hong Kong, MBA from the University of Melbourne (Australia).

Working experience

Worked for several years in the Public Administration of Macao, both before 20.12.1999 and after the establishment of the MSAR, as a Legal Adviser at various levels. The activities carried out focused on legislative modernization, particularly in the area of legislative drafting, and as a trainer.

In 2006 he was Associate Professor (Visiting) at the Law School of the University of Science and Technology (Macau).

From September 2013 to September 2016 he served as Legal Officer at the European Commission in Brussels, where he supported the negotiation, conclusion and monitoring of research and technological development contracts under the Horizon 2020 program and at the same time provided legal support to the unit that took over the functions of the former European Coal and Steel Community.

Lawyer registered since 1993.

High level negotiations experience

Participated as an expert in specialized meetings in the framework of the negotiations carried out by the Sino-Portuguese Joint Liaison Group.
In 2003 and 2005, he joined the Macao-China Delegation, as expert, in the World Trade Organization Doha Round Ministerial meetings.


In the Arbitration area, he is registered as an arbitrator at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

Professional membership

Macau Lawyers Association (AAM) – Lawyer, since 1993

International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association - Associate (ABA) and the International Association of Lawyers (UIA).


100 R&D Contracts signed and with the necessary legal follow up, involving an amount of 750 million euros.

Translation of legislative documents - Project conceived, carried on and concluded on time of more than 5000 legislative documents.

Areas of intervention as a legal practitioner

General Practice, Litigation, Commercial and Investment Law, Banking, Securities, Real Estate, Construction Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Securities, Regulatory, Telecom and Technology, Health and EU Law.

Languages spoken

Experience in document analysis and to conduct negotiations and proceedings in English, French, Portuguese and Chinese (Mandarin).


+853 – 66818270
+1917 8770328
Henry Burnett

Henry Burnett

King & Spalding LLP

New York, NY, United States

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Harry Burnett focuses on international commercial and investor-state arbitration matters, along with general domestic and international litigation. A partner in our International Arbitration practice, Harry represents clients in a broad array of international disputes and frequently serves as an arbitrator in international disputes.
Siu Kuen CHAN

Siu Kuen CHAN

Ebenezer ADR Services Company Limited

Tsuen Wan, NEW TERRITORIES, Hong Kong

Timothy Cameron

Timothy Cameron

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, *NYIAC Board of Directors

New York, NY, United States

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Timothy G. Cameron is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department.

His practice encompasses a broad range of litigation that in recent years has included antitrust litigation; general commercial litigation; securities litigation; shareholder derivative litigation; arbitration (domestic and international); alien tort claims and international torts; and tax litigation.

Mr. Cameron has particular expertise representing non‑U.S. clients in a wide variety of litigation (including class actions) in federal and/or state courts in the United States, and in arbitrations. He has extensive experience dealing with complicated cross‑border issues that can arise involving non‑U.S. defendants, including jurisdictional issues, reconciling a defendant’s document preservation, collection and production obligations with the potential application of local (non‑U.S.) law, class certification issues involving foreign putative class members, and the difficulties of obtaining testimony from witnesses located outside the United States. Mr. Cameron represented Vivendi, S.A. in a landmark four‑month securities class action jury trial in federal court in New York, which addressed many of those same issues.

Mr. Cameron was selected as one of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2008‑2016) and was named to Lawdragon’s list of 100 Lawyers You Need to Know in Securities Litigation. He has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation (2009‑2017) and The Best Lawyers in America (2014‑2017) for his litigation work. Benchmark Litigation named him a “Local Litigation Star” in the New York area in its 2016 edition. Mr. Cameron was recommended by The Legal 500 United States for commercial litigation (2015). He was also ranked by Super Lawyers for business litigation (2014‑2016). Cravath was named the number one “Heavyweight Champion” in Litigation in the Financial Times 2013 U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report based on Mr. Cameron’s successful defense of Vivendi, S.A. in the GAMCO case – the first public market purchase case in which the presumption of reliance was successfully rebutted in a securities fraud case at a trial on the merits.

Examples of Mr. Cameron’s current and recent cases include:

Representing Big Lots, Inc. and certain of its directors and officers in shareholder derivative suits and a related putative class action litigation in state and federal courts in Ohio.
Representing Chemed Corp. and individual defendants in putative securities class action litigation (now settled) as well as shareholder derivative actions in Delaware and Ohio.
Representing Vivendi, S.A. since 2002 in several matters, including (a) long‑running complex securities litigation in federal court in New York, which culminated in a four‑month jury trial in October 2009; (b) a four‑week jury trial in New York federal court over securities and contract claims brought by Liberty Media relating, in part, to a transaction involving USA Networks; and (c) a securities fraud case brought by GAMCO Investors, Inc., which culminated in a 2013 bench trial.
Represented AWB Limited (now Agrium Asia Pacific Ltd.) in five separate actions in New York and Texas federal courts relating to AWB’s participation in the U.N. Oil‑for‑Food Programme in Iraq. The actions involved various claims against AWB, including antitrust, civil RICO, FCPA, Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act claims, as well as third‑party claims for contribution. All five actions were disposed of on motions to dismiss.
Represented E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (“DuPont”) in an antitrust price‑fixing class action lawsuit in Maryland federal court.
Represented a European auto parts manufacturer in an arbitration before the American Arbitration Association arising out of a disputed joint venture between the company and a Mexican auto parts manufacturer.
Mr. Cameron was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He received an LL.B.(Hons)/B.Com degree in 1994 from the University of Auckland, New Zealand; an M.ComLaw degree with first class honors in 1997 from the University of Auckland, New Zealand; and an LL.M. degree in 1998 from the University of Chicago Law School.

From February 1994 to September 1997, Mr. Cameron practiced law at Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co., in Auckland, New Zealand. He joined Cravath in 1998 and became a partner in 2005.

Mr. Cameron is a member of the Board of the New York International Arbitration Center and a member of the International Bar Association. Since 2010, he has co‑authored a chapter in the book The Dispute Resolution Review, published annually. He was also a contributing editor of Chambers Legal Practice Guide: Litigation 2014, published in July 2014.

Mr. Cameron may be reached by phone at +1‑212‑474‑1120 or by email at .
Andrea Cardani

Andrea Cardani


New York, NY, United States

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Andrea Cardani is a managing director at Berkeley Research Group, based in the New York office. He has fifteen years of experience as a consultant and expert in complex economic and financial analyses. His expertise spans international arbitration, damages, contractual disputes, and antitrust matters.

Mr. Cardani’s clients have included companies and governments from around the world, including Europe, Asia, South America and North America. His assignments have involved the quantification of economic damages in high-stakes international investment and commercial arbitration proceedings under the rules of the ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL. He specializes in the design and implementation of sophisticated valuation and financial analyses with emphasis in emerging markets. His industry experience encompasses airlines, agriculture, computer software, consumer products, energy, financial markets and services, mining, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, real estate, semiconductors and transportation services.

Mr. Cardani holds an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School and a master’s degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Julie Carey

Julie Carey

Managing Director

New York, NY, United States

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Julie M. Carey is a deeply experienced energy economist and expert witness at NERA Economic Consulting. She has nearly 25 years of experience addressing economic issues in oil and gas, power, renewables, coal, pipeline, and railroad sectors across global markets.

Ms. Carey provides expert testimony on energy economic issues in commercial disputes before courts and arbitration panels in the US and internationally. Her experience in commercial disputes includes work before US courts and the American Arbitration Association (AAA), as well as numerous international arbitration venues, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and ad hoc international arbitrations.

Within commercial disputes, Ms. Carey has experience providing expert and consulting services across various types of disputes, including breach of contract, antitrust, bankruptcy, among others, throughout the energy and transportation sectors. She frequently provides expert opinions on energy market dynamics and business practices.  She has substantial experience with developing the quantum of economic damages (historical and future lost profit analyses) and conducting valuation analyses. She has also evaluated diminished value claims, unjust enrichment, and other types of damages claims. She has assessed and quantified economic damages and conducted valuation analyses in dozens of cases. Her experience also includes evaluation of economic theories of damages, as well as economic causation, mitigation of damages, and other economic damages issues. 
In addition to her consultancy work, Ms. Carey is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches energy economics and policy in the graduate economics program.
James Carter

James Carter

WilmerHale LLP, *Past NYIAC Chair

New York, NY, United States

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James H. Carter is a Senior Counsel in the New York office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he serves as counsel and as an arbitrator. Mr. Carter has participated in more than 150 international commercial and investment arbitration cases. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, is a Vice Chair of the New York International Arbitration Center and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, President of the American Society of International Law and Chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law.
Steven Certilman

Steven Certilman

Chartered Arbitrator, CEDR Accredited, Mediator

Stamford, CT, United States

+1 212 956 7800

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Mr. Certilman has been a practicing corporate and commercial attorney and commercial litigator in New York and Connecticut for more than thirty-five years and a commercial arbitrator and mediator since 1988 with extensive domestic and international experience as sole arbitrator, panelist and chair in a range of commercial, IP and IT cases. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London, England), a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and is an Accredited Mediator of The Center for Effective Dispute Resolution (London, England). He is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law in New York, New York teaching international arbitration (2011-2017) and is a member of arbitration panels including the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and American Arbitration Association (Commercial, Large Complex Case, Mergers and Acquisitions, Employment, Technology and Mediation Panels), International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) (Commercial, Technology and Mediation Panels), LCIA, HKIAC (Commercial and Intellectual Property Disputes Panels), National Arbitration and Mediation, FINRA, VIAC and other major ADR panels worldwide. Mr. Certilman is also a member of the Panel of Mediators of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He has authored numerous works on ADR topics including a chapter entitled Arbitrability of International IP Disputes in a book entitled Arbitration of IP Disputes published by Juris Publishing. He is a frequent presenter and trainer in arbitration training and continuing education programs, a Course Director for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Columbia Law School-Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Course on International Arbitration and was honored to have been elected twice to serve as Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators,, the London-based global leader in ADR with more than 14,000 members worldwide.

In addition to his work in law, arbitration and mediation, Mr. Certilman serves as a Trial Referee of the Superior Court of the State of Connecticut, which he also served as a Magistrate from 2004-2018. He has twice served as chair of the Technology Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. Mr. Certilman is a member of the New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars.
Stephanie Cohen

Stephanie Cohen

Independent Arbitrator

New York, NY, United States

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Stephanie Cohen is a Canadian arbitrator based in New York City. She has served as an arbitrator in international and domestic commercial arbitrations under the ICC, ICDR, AAA Commercial, UNCITRAL, and Society of Maritime Arbitrators rules, sitting frequently as tribunal chair or sole arbitrator. She is also among the first thirty emergency arbitrators appointed by the ICC and a member of both international and domestic arbitrator rosters for the AAA/ICDR.

Previously, Stephanie was Counsel in the international arbitration and commercial litigation practice groups at White & Case LLP in New York where she represented clients in complex, high-value disputes before international arbitration tribunals and courts. She is dually qualified as a lawyer in New York and Ontario, Canada, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Who’s Who Legal (2018) recognizes Stephanie as one of the “most highly regarded” arbitration practitioners aged 45 or under and says she is “‘an entrepreneurial and courageous independent arbitrator’ who excels in international commercial disputes.” For more information, visit
Isabel Fernandez de la Cuesta

Isabel Fernandez de la Cuesta

King & Spalding LLP

New York, NY, United States

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Isabel Fernández de la Cuesta is counsel in the International Arbitration practice of King & Spalding. She has more than 11 years of experience advising clients on complex international disputes. She has represented clients in numerous international arbitrations, including commercial arbitrations between companies and investment arbitrations against States. She has appeared before all major international arbitration institutions, including the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association and its international branch the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), and the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA). She has also handled disputes under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Arbitration Rules.
Greg W. Curry

Greg W. Curry

Thompson & Knight LLP

Dallas, TX, United States

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Greg Curry focuses his litigation practice on complex commercial (including real estate and construction), oil and gas, insurance coverage, and environmental matters. Greg is recognized annually by his peers as one of the top lawyers in Texas. He has an active trial practice, having secured significant settlements and judgments for plaintiffs and defending numerous complex cases with substantial monetary claims. He serves as National Coordinating Counsel for civil royalty cases for one of the largest natural gas producers in the U.S.

Greg has represented clients in matters in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Minnesota, Ohio, Arizona, and Washington. He practices before federal and state trial and appellate courts, in federal bankruptcy courts, and before arbitration panels. Greg works on a number of high profile and high risk domestic and international arbitrations.

In addition to his practice, Greg serves as Thompson & Knight’s Firm-wide Trial Practice Group Leader.
Robert Davidson

Robert Davidson

Arbitrator and Mediator, *NYIAC Global Advisory Board

New York, NY, United States

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Robert Davidson is a full-time arbitrator and mediator, and the Executive Director of JAMS Arbitration Practice. He has sat in over 150 domestic and international arbitrations as sole arbitrator and as a member of tripartite panels in both institutional and ad hoc settings. Cases arbitrated have involved complex commercial and financial business issues, including contract actions, disputes under APA and SPA agreements, construction, insurance and reinsurance claims, oil and gas disputes, securities, tax, real estate, intellectual property, employment disputes, and sports matters.

Over the course of his career as a litigation partner at a major international law firm, Mr. Davidson acted as counsel for clients in numerous arbitrations involving a variety of disputes, including serving as lead counsel in domestic and international arbitrations, including 11 cases before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal (more than any other lawyer), cases before the U.N. Compensation Commission (established to determine claims against Iraq arising out of the first Gulf war), cases before domestic panels, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, and ad hoc panels.
Mr. Davidson has also mediated numerous commercial disputes involving securities, intellectual property, tax, employment, construction, real estate, aircraft leasing, and other commercial matters.
Santiago Dellepiane

Santiago Dellepiane


New York, NY, United States

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Santiago Dellepiane is a managing director with Berkeley Research Group and co-chair of its economics and damages practice. For more than 20 years, he has worked as an economist and valuation analyst and as a consultant covering economic matters affecting utilities, regulated and non-regulated businesses, and advising private investors. His work involves economic analysis, valuation, business advisory, regulatory analysis and damages assessment.

Mr. Dellepiane has provided written and oral testimony or expert advice in matters involving valuation, regulatory, damages, and related issues before the ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL, ICDR, and ad-hoc tribunals, and before Canadian courts (Superior Court of Justice of Ontario and Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta).

His research on damages in contractual and treaty breaches has been published by Oxford University Press in the book Damages in International Arbitration under Complex Long-term Contracts in 2014; he has also written articles on damages issues published in the Journal of International Arbitration (JOIA), as well as contributed to books published by UNAM University in Mexico and by ICCA. He is a regular speaker at conferences on damages issues.
Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey

Therium Capital Management

New York, NY, United States

1 (212) 951-0774

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Patrick J. Dempsey is the U.S. Chief Investment Officer at Therium Capital Management, where he is responsible for deploying capital to the U.S. legal market, including through litigation finance, judgment enforcement, and other forms of risk management solutions.

Patrick is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who has regularly taken cases through to trial or arbitral hearings. He has extensive experience in contract disputes, business torts, trademark and patent disputes, trade secret theft, and regulatory investigations in a broad range of industries as diverse as financial services, hedge funds and private equity, consumer products, food and beverage, sports and entertainment, real estate, biotechnology, health care, insurance, telecommunications, and technology.

Before joining Therium, Patrick was a litigator in the New York office of Hogan Lovells US LLP, where his practice focused largely on consumer finance, lender liability, and other complex financial services litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Patrick started his legal career with Proskauer Rose LLP, where he concentrated on trademark/false advertising matters, international arbitration, sports litigation, and complex commercial disputes.

Patrick has been consistently recognized as a leader in his field, including from such publications as Lawdragon, Who’s Who Legal, Super Lawyers, and Leader’s League.

Patrick received his Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School, magna cum laude, where he was Managing Editor of the Tulane Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.
Andrew Derman

Andrew Derman

Thompson & Knight LLP

Houston, TX, United States

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Andy Derman is the Firm's International Energy Practice Group Leader and serves as Chairman and Board Member of Thompson & Knight Global Energy Services, LLC, a wholly owned affiliate of the Firm that provides technical, economic, and commercial advisory services to the energy sector. With a concentration on oil and gas investment projects and cross-border transactions, he focuses on providing legal and commercial support in connection with acquisitions, divestments, trades, and mergers; strategic commercial and business advice; large infrastructure projects, including LNG, GTL, and refineries; nationalization/expropriation; anti-corruption (FCPA) and sanction advice; unitizations; boundary (onshore and offshore) disputes; exploration, development, and production operations; production sharing contracts; negotiations; and dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration, and expert testimony).

Andy has assisted clients in more than 50 countries on six continents and offers clients a comprehensive understanding of oil and gas activities through experience in a broad spectrum of countries and companies. Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, he served as in-house counsel and later an executive for a large international oil and gas company for nearly 20 years. Andy's practice is equally divided between providing clients with traditional legal representation (contract negotiation and drafting) and business development/commercial counseling (the identification and capture of oil and gas opportunities).

According to one client quoted in the prestigious Chambers Global 2017 directory by Chambers & Partners, Andy is "a top international lawyer with a global focus who combines commercial and legal skills." Additionally, he was recently honored with the Legacy Award by the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

Andy is a frequent teacher and lecturer at conferences, seminars, and universities on oil and gas related topics. For more than 25 years, he has taught host government contracts (production and sharing agreements, licensing systems, and service contracts) and industry contracts (joint operating agreements, accounting procedures, confidentiality agreements, study and bidding agreements, unitization agreements, lifting agreements, etc.) at the Advanced Financial Management Program at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Andy is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Christian Dippon

Christian Dippon

NERA Economic Consulting, Inc.

New York, NY, United States

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Dr. Christian Dippon is a Managing Director at NERA and a leading authority in complex litigation disputes and competition matters in the communications, Internet, and high-tech sectors. He is also the Chair of NERA’s Global Energy, Environment, Communications & Infrastructure (EECI) Practice, where he leads over 100 experts in the areas of energy, communications, media, Internet, environment, auctions, transport, and water. Who's Who Legal (WWL) lists him as a leading Expert Witness in Arbitration (2019, 2020, 2021) and Litigation (2020). WWL notes that clients laud him as "highly intelligent and able to understand complex telecommunications matters from a business, economic and technological perspective."
Dr. Dippon advises his clients in economic damages assessments, antitrust matters, and regulatory and competition issues. He has extensive testimonial and litigation experience, including depositions, jury and bench trials in state and federal courts, domestic (AAA) and international arbitrations (UNCITRAL, ICC, ICSID, LCIA), and submissions before international courts. He assists clients with a broad range of litigation disputes related to wireline, wireless, cable, media, Internet, consumer electronics, and the high-tech sector. Dr. Dippon also routinely testifies before US and international regulatory authorities, including the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Aviation Administration, the International Trade Commission, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, and the Competition Bureau Canada. Dr. Dippon has authored and edited several books, as well as book chapters in anthologies, and has written numerous articles on telecommunications competition and strategies. He also frequently lectures in these areas at industry conferences, continuing education programs for lawyers, and at universities. National and international newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, Business Week, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, and the Sydney Morning Herald, have cited his work.
Dr. Dippon serves on NERA’s Board of Directors, the Board of Directors of the International Telecommunications Society (ITS), and on the Editorial Board of Telecommunications Policy. He is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC, the American Economic Association (AEA), the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA).
Edyta Dorenbos

Edyta Dorenbos

Waardenburg, Netherlands

Florin Dorobantu

Florin Dorobantu

The Brattle Group

NEW YORK, NY, United States

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Florin Dorobantu is an experienced economic consultant and expert witness whose practice focuses on valuation and damages analyses in international arbitration. Dr. Dorobantu has provided expert testimony in matters before the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, and the PCA and has advised clients in numerous investment and commercial international arbitrations, as well as in national judicial and administrative court proceedings. He is a principal in the New York office of The Brattle Group, an international economic consulting firm.

Dr. Dorobantu has performed valuation and damages analyses in a variety of industries, including mining, oil & gas, financial services, telecommunications, construction, and consumer goods. His publications include articles on valuing natural resources investments, assessing damages in the oil & gas and mining industries, and quantifying country risk and pre-award interest in international arbitrations. The Who’s Who Legal guides have recognized him as a global leader in mining and a future leader in arbitration and quantum of damages. He holds a doctorate in economics from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from the American University in Bulgaria.
Tracy Doyle

Tracy Doyle

HKA Global, Inc.

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Tracy Doyle has more than 30 years of experience leading international Sales and Business Development organizations within the legal, engineering, and construction industries. As Partner, Tracy leads business development for HKA in the Americas for the Construction Practice group, is a Member of the Leadership Team for the International Arbitration Initiative as well as the Forensic Accounting and Commercial Damages Practice. Tracy also leads HKA’s Global Rail and Rolling Stock Initiative.

Tracy is an experienced and dynamic hands-on leader with expertise in directing the sales of complex, high value professional consulting services. She has extensive experience selling services to the global legal market leveraging a deep and extensive network of relationships with senior lawyers at leading US and international law firms. She is the direct link between HKA’s extensive team of technical experts required by law firms for International Arbitrations. She also is intimately involved in sourcing HKA’s team of Spanish and French speaking experts.

Tracy is a Member of the New York International Arbitration Center, Advisory Council; Member, International Bar Association, International Construction Projects Committee, Women Lawyers’ Interest Group, and North American Regional Forum; Member of ArbitralWomen; and Member of the American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Industry, International Division.
Tiago Duarte-Silva

Tiago Duarte-Silva

Boston, MA, United States

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Dr. Tiago Duarte-Silva is a testifying expert with more than 20 years of experience who has advised investors and provided written and oral testimony or expert advice in over 120 disputes. He has worked on behalf of corporations and their officers and directors, sovereign states and entities, private equity firms, financial institutions, auditors, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other US and foreign regulators. Dr. Duarte-Silva is also an Adjunct Professor at Boston College, where he teaches valuation to graduate and MBA students.

At Charles River Associates, he has provided expert opinions and testified at trial, hearing, and deposition in domestic and international arbitrations, both commercial and investor-state (e.g., ICSID, PCA, ICC, LCIA, JAMS, AAA, UNCITRAL), in US litigation (federal and state courts), in foreign litigation (Brazil and Australia), and before the US Department of Commerce.

His expertise in commercial and investment disputes focuses on quantum of lost value or profits due to breach of contract, breach of warranties or representations, direct or indirect expropriation in investment treaty arbitrations, reputational harm, and irreparable harm, as well as valuations related to countervailing duties, appraisal actions, minority shareholder oppression, failing firm analyses, and various kinds of M&A disputes and price adjustments.

He also has considerable experience in securities and other financial markets disputes, such as advising on market manipulation matters, fraud-on-the-market assessments, damages or settlement analyses within Rule 10b-5 and Section 11 matters, and insider trading.

His case experience spans various industries, such as financial services, technology, pharma, manufacturing, infrastructure, telecoms, media, oil & gas, and mining. Dr. Duarte-Silva frequently writes and presents about damages, quantum, and other economics themes, and has published in various outlets, such as the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Finance Research Letters, the Journal of International Arbitration, Law360, Global Arbitration Review, and the World Arbitration and Mediation Review. He has also refereed articles for peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of International Arbitration, and Business Valuation Review. He has been a speaker at MIT, Harvard Law School, law firms, other institutions, and conferences.

He is on the Advisory Boards to the New York International Arbitration Center, the Boston International Arbitration Council, and the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages in International Arbitration.

Dr. Duarte-Silva has testified in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. He is a native speaker of Portuguese, perfectly fluent in English, conversant in Spanish, and has a reading knowledge of French.
Kabir Duggal

Kabir Duggal

Arnold & Porter LLP

New York, NY, United States

+1 212 836 7141

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Kabir Duggal is a senior associate in Arnold and Porter's International Arbitration and Public International Law Practice Groups in New York focusing on international investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law matters. Mr. Duggal's experience includes complex disputes under numerous bilateral/multilateral investment treaties and contracts in South Asia, Latin America, Central Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa. 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).

Kabir has considerable experience in various aspects of public international law and dispute resolution. He was a consultant at The World Bank Group in Washington, DC, where he worked with the Development Research Group focusing on socioeconomic rights in the developing world, and for UNICEF on issues of child rights and child protection. He has also worked as a judicial clerk for an Indian Supreme Court Judge.

Kabir is a Lecturer-in-Law at the Columbia Law School, teaching "International Investment Law and Arbitration." He 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. He has received the Burton "Law360 Distinguish Legal Writing Award" for his scholarly writings. He also serves on ICSID Review's Peer Review Board and is an Associate Editor for Brill-Nijhoff publisher's international law and arbitration section. He is also a co-chair of the Juris Conference on Investment Treaty Arbitration. He is a Fellow at Columbia Center on Sustainable Development.

Kabir 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." He also serves on the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator Young Members Steering Committee and is the co-chair of ASIL's Private International Law Committee. Kabir 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, Kabir was elected a Fellow of the U.K.'s Royal Society of Arts, in recognition of his contributions to international law.

Kabir also sits as an arbitrator and mediator. Kabir is admitted to the American Arbitration Association (AAA): Panel of Arbitrators, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR): Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, SIAC's Panel of Arbitrators, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution: ABTA arbitration scheme, FINRA's arbitration roster, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) Panel of Arbitrators and Panel of Mediators.

Kabir 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). He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Leiden Law School. He is admitted to practice law in England and Wales (Solicitor), New York, Washington D.C. and India.
Hagit Elul

Hagit Elul

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, *NYIAC Executive Committee

New York, NY, United States

+1 212 837 6476

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Hagit M. Elul is a New York-based partner practicing in the fields of litigation and arbitration. Handling high-stakes international litigation and arbitration disputes involving financial services, energy, pharmaceutical, construction and professional services has led to Hagit’s being named on multiple lists of rising stars.

She has represented a wide range of international clients in contract and licensing disputes, among them a Hong Kong accounting firm, a Chinese investment firm, a Georgian company in a dispute with a Russian company, and several energy companies in South America.

Hagit has served as counsel in arbitrations under all major institutional rules and advised sovereigns on public international law matters and investment and bilateral treaty disputes.

She also has an active appellate practice, which includes her service on the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit Pro Bono Panel. After graduating cum laude from Columbia Law School, Hagit clerked for the United States District Court.
Bruce Ewing

Bruce Ewing

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

New York, NY, United States

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Bruce Ewing handles complex intellectual property and commercial disputes that are critical to his clients.

Bruce is the head of the Trial Department in the New York office and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. His principal area of focus is in the litigation of intellectual property disputes, primarily in the fields of trademarks and copyrights. He has represented numerous companies, both large and small, in the prosecution and defense of claims for trademark and trade dress infringement, trademark counterfeiting, trademark dilution, cybersquatting, copyright infringement and false advertising.

Bruce also focuses on commercial disputes involving intellectual property, with a particular focus on licensing matters. Bruce has represented numerous suppliers and manufacturers of apparel, accessories, jewelry and related items, as well as theatrical producers, publishers and entertainment figures, in commercial cases involving claims for breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference and related causes of action.

Other experience includes counseling regarding various intellectual property matters, the prosecution of applications for trademark and copyright registration, licensing matters, the preparation of rules for contests and sweepstakes, and a broad range of general commercial and contract litigation.
Eugene Farber

Eugene Farber

Farber Pappalardo & Carbonari

White Plains, NY, United States

Dai Wai Chin Feman

Dai Wai Chin Feman

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

New York, NY, United States

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Dai Wai advises and represents clients with respect to diverse commercial issues, ranging from contracts, to copyrights, to competition.

As a litigator, Dai Wai routinely handles disputes before federal courts, state trial and appellate courts, FINRA, and the AAA. He has particular experience with complex commercial, soft intellectual property, and antitrust disputes. His practice also includes business torts, employment and trade secrets, consumer protection, and insurance.

Dai Wai routinely advises clients with respect to risk and litigation avoidance. He advises clients on legal issues pertaining to the internet and e-commerce, including formation and implementation of employee policies and agreements, website terms and conditions, and dispute resolution provisions.

Also experienced in transactional matters, Dai Wai has represented purchasers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, as well as various parties in commercial agreements. Additionally, Dai Wai participates in Project Enterprise, through which he provides pro bono representation to minority-owned small businesses in commercial transactions.

During law school, Dai Wai interned for the Antitrust Bureau of the New York State Attorney General.
Jonathan Fitch

Jonathan Fitch

Fitch Law Partners LLP

Boston, MA, United States


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As both an advocate and arbitrator, Mr. Fitch has a wealth of experience and a strong record of accomplishment in the resolution of highly complex commercial disputes – often involving technologies. He has received stellar professional recognitions from a number of respected third parties, including Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, which named Mr. Fitch as a "Lawyer of the Year 2009." Mr. Fitch embraces a multi-disciplinary approach and a commitment to the highest ideals of the legal profession in developing strategies for the quick and satisfactory resolution of difficult and complicated disputes.

Mr. Fitch's subject matter experience includes: international commercial and technology agreements; intellectual property; FRAND; patent exhaustion; proprietary information; invention assignment of medical and other technology products; software, firmware and hardware agreements; technology license agreements; trademark and patent agreements; technology distribution and supply agreements; software licensing; technology support agreements; executive employment contracts; employment discrimination; proprietary information; invention assignment; non-solicit and non-competition agreements; non-disclosure agreements; UCC sale of goods and secured transactions; shareholder claims; valuation of minority shareholder interests; securities purchase agreements; valuation of corporate assets; corporate governance; valuation of goodwill; brand value; royalties; accounting and finance; fiduciary duties; securities; high-frequency trading; medical devices; venture capital; private investment firms; commercial leases; commercial loan and mortgage agreements; valuation of commercial real estate; construction contracts; coverage under policies of insurance; professional liability and malpractice; interests in general and limited partnerships, closely held corporations, joint ventures, and hedge funds; internal investigations; environmental contamination; fraud; fraudulent transfer; unfair or deceptive trade practices; unfair competition; product liability; and business torts.

Mr. Fitch's international practice focuses on counseling, negotiation, litigation, mediation and arbitration of disputes for parties throughout the world, for example, in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela, Chile, the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Israel, Dubai and South Africa.
Mr. Fitch is a member of the panel of arbitrators for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the AAA-ICDR Life Science Panel and the AAA's panel for Large, Complex Cases. He is an arbitrator on the Tech List of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center and is also listed as an arbitrator by the International Chamber of Commerce and the Global Arbitration Review. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Mr. Fitch is a Founding Director of the Boston International Arbitration Council, Inc.

Mr. Fitch has been appointed as an arbitrator in over 45 cases. He has extensive experience as an emergency arbitrator, sole arbitrator, panelist and chair in both complex domestic and international arbitrations. Mr. Fitch has served as an arbitrator on many multi-million dollar commercial claims involving, for instance: technology supply and service agreements; technology license agreements; technology manufacturing agreements; FRAND; patent exhaustion; proprietary information; invention assignment of medical and other products; software, firmware and hardware agreements; FIFRA; employment agreements; securities purchase and investment agreements; non-solicit and non-competition agreements; the liquidation of hedge funds; fiduciary duties; and the valuation of shareholder interests and terms of shareholder buyouts.

He has served as an arbitrator, for instance, in the following matters:

• Arbitrator in ICDR case arising out of a patent license agreement involving 2G and 3G mobile communications technology.
• Arbitrator in AAA case regarding consultant agreement and patents for cranio-maxillofacial fixation system.
• Arbitrator in ICDR case involving non-competition and misappropriation of confidential information pertaining to patented aqueous ozone generation technology.
• Arbitrator in ICDR case arising out of engineering development, license and partnership agreement for mobile wallet and other payment applications.
• Arbitrator in AAA case involving software, firmware and hardware agreements for an electronic payment processing system for an airport's parking operations.
• Arbitrator in ICDR arbitration regarding international sales and distribution agreements of audio technology.
• Emergency Arbitrator in ICDR arbitration involving sensor technology use in sports.
• Emergency arbitrator in ICDR arbitration of liquidation of hedge fund.
• Arbitrator in AAA case concerning stock purchase agreement.
• Arbitrator in ICDR case arising out of securities purchase agreement.
• Arbitrator in AAA case involving service agreement among alliance of insurance companies.
• Arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration regarding the valuation and delineation of assets of one of the largest privately held manufacturers of bakery products.
• Arbitrator in ICDR and AAA arbitrations involving franchise agreements.

Mr. Fitch frequently speaks at professional conferences and law schools and writes on international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution topics. Recent examples are:

• Faculty, "Arbitrating Domestic and International Life Science Disputes." AAA/ICDR, Philadelphia and Boston, 2019
• Moderator, "Insider Views on International Disputes," 2018
• Speaker, "Positive Psychology for Lawyers," Suffolk University Law School, 2017-19
• Moderator, "The Golden Age of International Arbitration," Boston Bar Association, 2017
• Faculty, "International Issues in Litigation," Massachusetts Bar Association, 2017
• Moderator, "ESI Discovery in Arbitration," Annual Dispute Resolution Symposium of Massachusetts Bar Association, 2017
• Moderator, "Spotlight on Evidence in Arbitration," Massachusetts Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section Program, 2017
• Author, "Arbitration: Spotlight on the Preliminary Conference," MBA Lawyers Journal, 2017
• Faculty, "Best Practices in International Arbitration and Recent Developments," ICDR Y&I Program, Harvard Law School, 2016
• Faculty, New England ADR & the Law 2016
• Author, "Basic Planning for International Arbitration and Emerging Practices," (MCLE, 2016)
• Moderator, "Best Practices in Arbitration: The Role of the Arbitrator," Dispute Resolution Committee, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2016
• Moderator, "International Arbitration: Hot Topics and Smart Contract Terms," New England Legal Foundation, 2015
• Faculty, "Arbitration Basics," Massachusetts Bar Association, 2015.
• Author, Foreign Judgments Law Due for Update, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 41 MLW 159, 2012
• Author, The Enforcement of Foreign Money Judgments in Massachusetts, 81 Mass. Law Review 65 (1996)
Chris Fladgate

Chris Fladgate

Garson, Ségal, Steinmetz, Fladgate LLP

New York, NY, United States

+1 347 826 5020

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Chris Fladgate, a founding partner of Garson, Segal, Steinmetz, Fladgate LLP, has over 20 years arbitration experience with his practice focusing on commercial arbitration and litigation (both international and domestic), particularly in the fields of construction law and commercial disputes.

In the construction field Chris represents owners, developers, design professionals and contractors in both arbitration and litigation matters. Chris also represents clients in complex commercial disputes, including numerous business divorce cases.

Recently, Chris has represented an Italian industrial company at an ICC arbitration conducted in New York concerning a distribution agreement, and also been retained for the purposes of reviewing the enforceability of an Japan Commercial Arbitration Association award. The award in question related to the purported termination of a multi-million dollar distribution agreement between a Japanese company and a Saudi Arabian company.

Chris has worked in Hong Kong, Melbourne (Australia) and New York and represented clients in numerous arbitrations both in the United States and across Asia.

Chris is graduate of Monash University, with an LLM from the University of Melbourne and is admitted to practice in New York and Victoria, Australia.
Martin Flumenbaum

Martin Flumenbaum

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, *NYIAC Board of Directors

New York, NY, United States

+1 212 373 3191

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A senior partner in the Litigation Department (which he chaired for six years), and a member of the firm’s Management Committee, Martin Flumenbaum has achieved national recognition as both an outstanding litigator and corporate advisor. He regularly advises U.S. and international clients on a broad range of litigation issues, with an emphasis on securities, mergers and acquisitions, commercial litigation, intellectual property, antitrust and white-collar matters. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.


Significant lead trial counsel representations include:

AIG in a number of high profile matters, including the negotiation of AIG's settlements involving brokerage practices and accounting issues with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Insurance;
Banque Populaire Group and Caisse d'Epargne Group in connection with the final settlement reached by their jointly owned monoline subsidiary, CIFG Holding, Ltd., with credit default swap counterparties and bondholders holding 98 percent of its collateralized debt obligation (CDO) exposure. The agreement successfully resolved approximately $12 billion in potential exposure;
Électricité de France S.A., (EDF), the largest nuclear energy company in the world, at trial and in its settlement with Exelon Corporation and Constellation Energy Group in a regulatory proceeding before the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) involving the proposed $8 billion merger of Exelon and Constellation;
Fitch, Inc. in a number of high profile matters including an industry-wide settlement with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, and the dismissal of more than a dozen securities cases involving the rating of non-prime residential mortgage-backed securities;
Hollinger International Inc. in achieving a major victory in a highly publicized trial in Delaware involving a takeover battle with controlling stockholder Conrad Black, and in its £729.5 million ($1.3 billion) sale of London's prestigious Daily Telegraph newspaper. Martin won a battle for corporate control involving Hollinger International, as well as a $30 million verdict against Conrad Black;
Michael Milken in proceedings involving the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission;
Skanska USA in a grand jury investigation relating to minority business subcontractors, that resulted in a non-prosecution agreement;
Weight Watchers International in several significant trademark infringement actions, including a false advertising suit against Jenny Craig, Inc. and a trademark infringement lawsuit against Nestlé U.S.A., Inc., the manufacturer of Lean Cuisine products, and Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, the manufacturer of Skinny Cow products; and
Has won multi-million dollar verdicts in multiple arbitrations, including a three-month international arbitration which was tried in both the United States and Singapore, in which his client recovered nearly $100 million.
Martin regularly serves as trial and litigation counsel on commercial disputes, investigations and various federal securities matters for IBM, Fitch Ratings, Skanska, EDF, Aris Capital, TowerBrook Capital, Banque Populaire, Weight Watchers International, Metromedia, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Fimalac, Emmis Communications, Malaysian Broadcast Network Satellite System and others.

In January 2006, Mr. Flumenbaum's representation of Hollinger International and American International Group (AIG) was featured in a cover story in The American Lawyer, "The Lifesavers," in which Paul, Weiss was selected as the best litigation firm in the United States for the period in which Mr. Flumenbaum chaired the department. In 2005, Martin was profiled by the National Law Journal for his work on Hollinger and other key cases, and featured in the publication's special feature, "Winning: 10 Profiles of Successful Strategies From Some of The Nation's Top Litigators." Martin has also been recognized as one of the leading litigators in the United States by Chambers, Benchmark Litigation, Lawdragon, Super Lawyers and Legal 500 and selected by Best Lawyers in America as one of the leading lawyers in the United States in three separate categories, including "Bet The Company" litigation. In the 2011 edition of Chambers USA, he was ranked in Tier 1 for New York general commercial litigation, noted for being "a superb and focused litigator." Mr. Flumenbaum was named National Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation for Antitrust and General Commercial litigation, as well as a Local Litigation Star for New York. In addition, he was recently recognized by the 2011 Legal 500 as a "top-notch and deeply experienced" white-collar defense lawyer.

Martin is a member of the board of directors and the executive committee of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a public interest civil rights organization in New York, and since 1985 has written a monthly column for The New York Law Journal, titled "Second Circuit Review," which discusses significant decisions and legal trends in the federal courts. He has lectured on the attorney-client privilege and on the corporate and individual sentencing guidelines.

From 1979 to 1982, Martin served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, in which capacity he tried numerous criminal cases, concentrating in matters involving securities fraud, commodities fraud and tax fraud. He was also the lead prosecutor in the successful tax prosecution of Sun Myung Moon in 1982. In 1974, he became law clerk to Judge Whitman Knapp of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He joined the firm in 1975 following his clerkship and became partner in 1983.
Fabricio Fortese

Fabricio Fortese

Stockholm University

Stockholm, Sweden

+46 (0)8-16 19 34

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Fabricio Fortese, FCIArb, is an Argentina dispute resolution lawyer based in Sweden. He is a doctoral candidate and lecturer in international arbitration law at Stockholm University. His research focuses on international arbitration law; mainly, on the allocation of jurisdictional competence between national courts and arbitral tribunals, the timing, and the character of judicial review of jurisdictional decisions made by arbitrators.

Fabricio’s publications include the books Arbitration in Argentina (Kluwer Law International) and Finances in International Arbitration (co-editor, Kluwer Law International).

Before moving into academia, Fabricio practised law for several years in Buenos Aires and London. He has been involved in litigation, mediation and arbitration of cross-border, focusing on international trade, licensing, distribution, trade finance and trade insurance, project finance and disputes involving insolvent entities.

Fabricio was educated in Argentina, the United Kingdom and Sweden. He holds a Law degree from Buenos Aires University and LLMs from the Queen Mary University of London and Stockholm University.Department of Law

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Paul Friedland

Paul Friedland

White & Case LLP

New York, NY, United States

+1 212 819 8917

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Mr. Friedland is (since 2002) global head of the White & Case International Arbitration practice group, which is ranked No.1 by Chambers and GAR. Mr. Friedland has been repeatedly ranked in the top tier by Chambers Global and other industry publications.

Paul has served as counsel or as arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations, both commercial and investor-state. He has argued ground-breaking cases, including the successful representation of SGS in an ICSID claim against Paraguay, which resulted in a landmark decision that expands the potential protection afforded to foreign investors under international law.

Paul's leadership positions include: American Arbitration Association (Executive Committee, 2011-14; Chair of Law Committee, 2008-14; Chair of Subcommittee on ICDR Rules revision, 2013-14), International Bar Association (Arbitration Committee Co-chair, 2014-15), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (Court member, since 2013), and London Court of International Arbitration (Court member, 2006-10).

A frequent writer and speaker on international arbitration topics, Paul is the author of Arbitration Clauses for International Contracts (2d. ed. 2007), which has been described as a "must-have for all practitioners working in the burgeoning field of international arbitration" (N.Y. Law Journal, April 2008).

Paul also has broad experience of US litigation, having secured favorable verdicts on behalf of his clients in two jury trials and one bench trial.
Elliot Friedman

Elliot Friedman

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, *NYIAC Board of Directors

New York, NY, United States

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A partner in our international arbitration practice, Elliot focuses on international arbitration (commercial and investor-state) and international litigation, with a particular focus on disputes in the energy and natural resources sector. He has handled international arbitrations before virtually every major arbitral institution. Elliot’s experience includes disputes involving long-term energy contracts, bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, joint venture agreements, construction contracts, distribution agreements and intellectual property, among others.

Elliot also represents companies in transnational litigation in US courts, including the enforcement of arbitral awards. Recently, Elliot represented BG Group in its victory before the Supreme Court of the United States, in the first ever case concerning a bilateral investment treaty to be considered by the Supreme Court.
Michael W. Galligan

Michael W. Galligan

Phillips Nizer LLP

New York, NY, United States

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Michael W. Galligan is a partner in the Trusts & Estates Department at Phillips Nizer LLP, where he practices primarily in the areas of domestic and international estates and trusts, U.S. and cross-border estate and income tax planning, private international law, and immigration.

Mr. Galligan concentrates his practice in complex U.S. and international estate planning and the administration of U.S. and non-U.S. trusts, estates and other wealth transfer and wealth preservation vehicles. In addition to clients who are U.S. citizens and residents with family members and property holdings located only in the United States, his clients include U.S. citizens and residents with property holdings abroad; non-U.S. citizens and residents who own property and invest in the United States; families whose members are citizens and residents of different countries and often own property in different countries; non-U.S. persons planning to become U.S. residents; and U.S. citizens and residents leaving the United States permanently or temporarily. He also represents individual and corporate fiduciaries in connection with these matters. With the assistance of qualified counsel in the relevant jurisdictions, Mr. Galligan has worked on cross-border wealth transfer, trust and succession projects involving well over thirty countries worldwide.

In connection with the international aspect of his practice, Mr. Galligan also advises clients on immigration law and directs Phillips Nizer’s services to clients who need specialized assistance in obtaining or maintaining legal immigration status in the United States as well as close coordination of their immigration goals with their tax and estate planning objectives.

Mr. Galligan is a graduate of the Columbia University Law School (J.D., 1985), where he was an Editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He received his B.A. Degree from the University of San Francisco and also holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Religious Studies from the Yale University Graduate School and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the Columbia University School of Public and International Affairs.

Mr. Galligan regularly lectures and writes articles and reports in the area of domestic and international estate planning and administration, including:

"The Hague Convention on Trusts and the Uniform Trust Code," Trusts in Prime Jurisdictions (Fourth Edition, 2016);
"'Forced heirship' in the United States of America, with particular reference to New York State," Trusts & Trustees (February 2016);
"U.S. Residence: A Tale of Two (or More) Definitions," New York Law Journal (August 5, 2013);
“Adjusting the Globe’s Tilt Just a Little: Foreign and U.S. International Taxpayers After the First Fiscal Cliff of 2013,” Leimberg’s Estate Planning Newsletter (, March 4, 2013);
"U.S.A. Tax Effects of a Hindu Undivided Family,” Legal Era, an Indian-based legal publication (October 2010);
“International Estate Planning for U.S. Citizens: An Integrated Approach,” Estate Planning, a Thomson Reuters publication (October 2009);
"Ties to U.S. and Canada: Differences in taxation of transfers affect bequests and gifts," New York Law Journal (September 17, 2007);
“Buying USA: Ways of minimizing US transfer taxes on US property interests of non-US persons,” in STEP USA (June 2007);
“Modern Inheritance Develops in China: U.S. investments are affected by changes in requirements on ownership and disposition of property,” New York Law Journal (February 13, 2007);
"You Must Remember This: Ten key principles to keep in mind when planning for U.S. clients with non-U.S. family or property, and non-U.S. clients with U.S. family or property," Trusts & Estates (December 2005);
"Making Sense of Four Transatlantic Estate Tax Treaties: US-Netherlands, US-Germany, US-France and US-UK," New York State Bar Association International Law Practicum (Spring 2004);
"International Charitable Giving and Planning Under U.S. Tax Law," Tax Management Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal (May – June 2004);
"Ten Important Points to Remember About International Estate Planning," New York State Bar Association International Law Practicum (Spring 2003);
“U.S. Trust Law and the Hague Convention on Trusts,” New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section Newsletter (Fall 2000);
"Foreign Trusts and U.S. Estate Planning: A Client-Centered Analysis," published in the Journal of Asset Protection (July/August 1999); and
“Maintaining a Trust’s U.S. Tax Status,” New York Law Journal (March 24, 1999).
Mr. Galligan is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the New York International Arbitration Center. Mr. Galligan is ranked by Chambers and Partners in their 2016 inaugural edition of Chambers HNW, a ranking of high net worth legal practitioners worldwide. He appears within the Private Wealth Law New York category. Mr. Galligan is included in the 2014 and 2015 editions of Who's Who Legal: Private Client. He has also been selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America© since 2009 in Trusts and Estates, and has appeared in the Super Lawyers® -- Metro New York edition since 2006 in the areas of Estate Planning & Probate, International and Immigration.

Mr. Galligan currently serves as a member-at-large of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association, the largest voluntary state bar association in the United States with over 75,000 members and, in that capacity, also serves as Executive Committee liaison to the Association’s Committee on Membership as well as to its Committee on LGBT People and the Law. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Galligan served as Chair of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA International), which counts among its members over 2,200 international legal practitioners from New York and around the world. He was a member of the NYSBA Task Force on New York Law in International Matters and a contributor to the Task Force’s Report, which was approved by the NYSBA House of Delegates in June, 2011. He continues to actively support the “Three Missions” that the NYSBA International adopted during his chairmanship: (1) Custodian of New York Law as an international standard, (2) Guardian of the New York Convention on Arbitral Awards and the international arbitral process and (3) Monitor of international law developments in the United Nations system. In this connection, he has also authored:

"Why Choose New York Law?" (New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Spring 2016, Vol. 9, no.1; published by the New York State Bar Association)
“Choosing New York Law as Governing Law for International Commercial Transactions” (Appendix A and Appendix B), New York State Bar Association, International Law Practicum (Autumn 2013);
International Practice Comparative Charts with Annotations (September 2012)
Prior to joining Phillips Nizer as a member of the firm in 2000, Mr. Galligan practiced law in affiliation with two other distinguished New York law firms. In 1990, Mr. Galligan was a member of the delegation of the Committee on International Human Rights of the New York City Bar Association to Kosovo. A co-chair of the Committee on Asylum and Refugees of the American Immigration Law Association from 1989 to 1991, he was the principal author, with the late Arthur C. Helton, of the 1989 publication of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, “Immigration Options for Chinese Nationals.” With the late Mr. Helton, he drafted, for the Human Rights Committee of the Russian Parliament, a Statement of Principles on Refugee Protection. Mr. Galligan was also a member of the team that developed pioneer legal instruments regarding health care decisions and health care agents for clients of the New York-based Gay Men’s Health Crisis [GMHC] during the height of the AIDS crisis in the late 1980’s.

Prior to commencing the practice of law, Mr. Galligan was a visiting professor in the faculty of theology at the Gregorian University in Rome from 1973-1976 and held several pastoral and administrative positions in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa in California from 1976 through the end of 1980. He is the author of God and Evil (Paulist Press, 1973).
Kiera Gans

Kiera Gans

DLA Piper LLP *NYIAC Board of Directors

New York, NY, United States

+1 212 335 4587

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Kiera Gans has represented individuals, domestic and foreign companies and sovereign governments in both ad hoc arbitrations and also arbitrations under the ICC, SIAC, UNCITRAL, AAA and ICSID rules and has extensive experience arbitrating claims under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.

Kiera has also provided training to foreign governments related to investment treaty disputes and strategies for managing and preventing such disputes. She has been involved in complex arbitrations and litigations across a wide variety of sectors including oil and gas, education, energy, telecommunications and mining.

Kiera has litigated in connection with arbitration, including enforcing arbitral awards, and routinely advises on the drafting of arbitration agreements and pre-dispute strategy.

Kiera also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations and FCPA due diligence, as well as representing clients in matters involving anti-bribery restrictions worldwide. In particular, she has conducted multi-jurisdictional investigations for clients in the defense, financial services, aerospace and telecommunications industries in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and is currently representing some of these clients before the Department of Justice. Kiera has conducted global risk assessments, transactional diligence reviews and due diligence of agents globally. She assists companies in drafting and implementing compliance policies and has provided anti-corruption training in the US and abroad. She also routinely advises clients across various industries regarding the practical implications of the FCPA and its application to business issues, including those resulting from the retention and use of third-party consultants and vendors, government tenders and whistleblower allegations.
Walter Gans

Walter Gans

Independent Arbitrator and Mediator

New York, NY, United States

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Work History:
Law Offices of Walter G. Gans, Arbitration and Mediation, 2002 - present; Special Counsel, Kaye Scholer LLP, 2000-2002; Vice President/General Counsel/Secretary, Siemens Corporation, 1979-99; Senior Counsel/Group Counsel, Olin Corporation, 1967-79; Attorney, International Latex Corporation, 1963-67; Associate, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, 1961-63.

Varied law firm & corporate experience with emphasis on alternative dispute resolution, international business transactions, corporate governance, intellectual property, antitrust, corporate and commercial, legal compliance, employment and ethics. Martindale-Hubbell AV rating. As General Counsel of a $15 billion multinational company managed 95 legal professionals and was responsible for all legal matters ranging from disputes to major corporate transactions in information technology, medical devices, energy, transportation, semiconductors, telecommunications, lighting, finance and real estate.
Currently serves full time as an arbitrator and mediator for international and domestic corporate, commercial and sports disputes.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience:
Experienced panel chair, sole arbitrator or mediator for domestic and international corporate and commercial disputes involving investments, acquisitions, joint ventures, intellectual property and complex contracts in energy, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, food, aviation, transportation, information technology, leisure, insurance & reinsurance, banking, securities, finance and real estate. As general counsel, directed management and legal department in the use of ADR processes (including mediation, mini-trial, and arbitration) in a variety of business matters.

Fellow and past Board Member, College of Commercial Arbitrators.
Member of the AAA's Corporate Counsel Committee, Large Complex Case, and Commercial and ICDR International Panels.
Member of arbitration and mediation panels for Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Member of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Resolution's New York Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and Executive Committee.
Panel of neutrals, New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division. Member of U.S. Council for International Business Arbitration Committee.
Speaker on a wide range of panels relating to the use of ADR including, among others, The Conference Board, New York State Bar Association, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, Arizona State Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Program, Cornell University's Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Commercial Arbitration Mediation Center for the Americas, American Bar Association (Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sections), PLI, AAA, ALI-American Bar Association, and ACCA.
Participated in Harvard Program on Negotiation; Center for Mediation, University of Muenster, Germany.

Have written extensively in the area of alternative dispute resolution.
Court of Arbitration for Sport, Training Seminar, Lausanne, 11/01; North American Court of Arbitration for Sport, Technical Training Seminar, LA l/01; AAA International Symposium for Advanced Case Management, San Francisco, 9/03; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training Workshops, Providence, 8/03, New York, 12/01 and 5/99; The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, New York, 3/03; Harvard University, Program on Negotiation; various other ADR training through ABA, AAA, and CPR auspices.

Admitted to the Bar, New York, 1961.

Other Professional Associations:
American Bar Association (Antitrust Section; Business Law Section; Dispute Resolution Section; Litigation Section; International Law and Practice Section); International Bar Association; American Foreign Law Association; The Corporate Bar; The American Corporate Counsel Association (New York City Chapter, Board of Directors); Food and Drug Law Institute (Advisory Board); The Conference Board (Council of Chief Legal Officers); CPR International Institute for Conflict Resolution (Executive & Arbitration Committees); Forum for EU-US Legal-Economic Affairs (Mentor Group); ABA Committee of Corporate General Counsel & Standing Committee for Pro Bono and Public Service; Bar Association of the City of New York (Federal Courts, Foreign Law and Corporate Law Departments Committees).

Bowdoin College (BA, Comparative Government, with honors-1957); New York University (JD-1961; LLM, Comparative Law-1967).

Selected Publications:
"Providing Ad Hoc Innovation in Resolving Business Disputes", Vol.13, No 9, 2013, Alternatives, International Institute For Conflict Prevention & Resolution; "Institutionalization of Mediation in Enterprises," ADR & THE LAW, AAA & Fordham Law School, 17th Ed. 2000; “Saving Time and Money in Cross-Border Commercial Disputes," DISPUTE RESOLUTION JOURNAL, AAA, 1997; "ADR: The Siemens' Experience," DISPUTE RESOLUTION JOURNAL, AAA, 1996; Contributor, ANTITRUST LAW DEVELOPMENTS, second edition, American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, 1984; Contributor, CORPORATE ACQUISITIONS AND MERGERS, Matthew Bender & Co.
John Gardiner

John Gardiner

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

New York, NY, United States

+1 212 735 2442

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John L. Gardiner is global co-head of Skadden’s International Litigation and Arbitration Group. He concentrates his practice in the resolution of complex, high-exposure, multijurisdictional disputes before leading arbitral institutions as well as before federal and state courts in the United States.
Mr. Gardiner repeatedly has been listed in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
Mr. Gardiner’s extensive litigation, arbitration and mediation experience covers a wide range of disputes in the energy, insurance/reinsurance, telecommunications, construction, auditing and accounting, and finance sectors. He also has acted as arbitrator in complex international corporate disputes and as mediator in intricate corporate and partnership separation situations. He has participated as counsel in many successful mediations and expert proceedings both internationally and domestically.
Mr. Gardiner’s experience includes representing claimants and respondents in numerous international arbitral proceedings. Select experience representing claimants in arbitral proceedings includes:
three claimants in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of India under the Mauritius-India BIT concerning an investment by investors in India’s satellite/space telecommunications sector;
an Indian satellite and telecommunications company in an ICC arbitration seated in New Delhi against an Indian space agency regarding an investment valued in excess of $1.4 billion;
a Japanese company in a LCIA arbitration seated in London arising out of respondent’s failure to comply with its contractual obligations valued in excess of $2.5 billion;
Starr Investments Cayman, II, Inc. in two parallel HKIAC-administered arbitrations arising from Starr’s investment in China MediaExpress Holdings, Inc., formerly a publicly traded company created through a reverse merger with a Delaware company;
a major U.S. energy company in an ICC arbitration involving a power plant in Brazil;
a major U.S. energy company in an ICC arbitration concerning certain options rights in joint ventures in Brazil and Suriname;
the Argentine subsidiary of a major U.S. energy company in a shareholders’ dispute before the ICC involving a gas transportation system and processing facility in Argentina;
a group of U.S.-based insurance agencies in a series of arbitrations before ARIAS, AAA and ad hoc tribunals;
a Hong Kong-based shipping company in an ICDR arbitration including obtaining a preliminary injunction in aid of arbitration from the state courts in New York;
a worldwide natural gas company in an ICC arbitration arising out of the construction of a gas pipeline in Colombia;
a client in an ad hoc arbitration arising out of a joint venture for the construction and operation of a power project in Brazil;
the owner of a large power plant in Indonesia in an arbitration before the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) against its principal coal supplier for breach of an exclusive fuel supply contract for one of the first independent power projects in Indonesia;
a major insurance underwriting agency in an ad hoc arbitration venued in London involving an agency dispute with an aviation and aerospace insurance business in the United Kingdom;
a European developer and producer of automobile safety equipment in an ICC arbitration in Switzerland involving the misappropriation of confidential and proprietary knowledge in the automotive industry; and
a U.S.-based technology company in a $350 million ICDR/AAA arbitration involving an intellectual property dispute over the failure to properly protect proprietary information.
Select experience representing respondents in various international arbitral proceedings includes:
a large Polish conglomerate in an ICC dispute brought by a U.S.-based venture capital firm;
a leading international vehicle rental business in a post-acquisition dispute with a French bank before the ICC;
an Indian financial institution in an ICDR arbitration venued in New York;
an Irish bank in arbitration proceedings under ICDR rules relating to failed hotel investments in New York City;
a Brazilian investor in a $200 million-plus ICDR/AAA arbitration dispute with a U.S. company concerning a sugarcane product; and
an LCIA insurance arbitration claim in connection with litigation in the U.S. over alleged art fraud.
Select experience representing clients in federal and state courts includes:
Starr International Company, Inc. in a takings case against the United States government in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking recovery of in excess of $40 billion;
a major U.S. medical device company in federal court litigation to compel its counterparty to close a multibillion-dollar merger;
a leading U.S. bank in litigation in federal and state court to recover for fraudulent inducement to contract and breach of warranty in connection with its purchase of a business from a leading Japanese conglomerate;
a former director and officer of a major international insurance company in shareholder derivative litigation before the Delaware Court of Chancery;
a leading U.S. accounting firm in securities class actions and accounting malpractice actions in state and federal court throughout the United States; and
Crown Limited and a leading Australian casino company in a lawsuit arising out of a failed hotel and casino project in Las Vegas.
Mr. Gardiner’s recent representations have included, among others, Maurice R. Greenberg; Starr International Company, Inc.; C.V. Starr; Devas Multimedia Private Limited; and CC/Devas (Mauritius) Ltd.
Levi Gardner III

Levi Gardner III

National Organization for Dispute Resolution

Detroit, MI, United States

Karl Geercken

Karl Geercken

Alston & Bird LLP

New York, NY, United States

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Karl Geercken is the national co-leader of Alston & Bird’s 300-plus member Litigation Department. Like the attorneys he leads, Karl has experience representing clients across the U.S. and the world in a broad range of complex, high-stakes commercial litigation and arbitration. Karl is fluent in German and is co-leader of the firm’s German Practice Team and is a member of the Global Business Strategies Team.

Karl focuses on the business goal of the client and works with his team to devise a strategy that supports it. He emphasizes early, thorough case assessment as a tool to reduce uncertainty in litigation.

In addition to his work for U.S. clients in manufacturing, financial services, technology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, real estate and other industries, Karl has represented a number of ultra-high net worth individuals in a variety of business disputes and art law matters. He frequently manages parallel U.S. and foreign litigation and has extensive experience in cross-border litigation and jurisdictional issues and has been called upon to represent foreign governments
or their agencies in U.S. courts. As a result, he has developed insight into handling issues common to international dispute resolution, including those relating to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), the Act of State Doctrine and obtaining discovery abroad.
Teresa Giovannini

Teresa Giovannini

LALIVE, *NYIAC Global Advisory Board

Geneva, Switzerland

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Teresa Giovannini is a founding Partner of LALIVE, in Geneva. Her practice focuses in international arbitration and litigation, as well as art law. She has acted in more than 160 international arbitrations (among which 112 as arbitrator, including 79 as presiding or sole arbitrator), either ad hoc or administered by various institutions (AAA/ICDR, ICC, ICHEIC, ICSID, LCIA, etc.). Teresa Giovannini is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration since July 2015 and was a member and vice-president of the LCIA Court from 2006 until 2011. She is also part of several panels of arbitrators (ICC Swiss National Committee, ICDR, LCIA, etc.) as well as of arbitration committees (IBA Sub-Committee on Conflicts of Interest, 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.). Furthermore, Mrs. Giovannini is a frequent speaker at international conferences on international arbitration and the author of many 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.
Jennifer Glasser

Jennifer Glasser

White & Case LLP

New York, NY, USA

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Jennifer Glasser is a senior associate in the Firm's New York office and a member of the International Arbitration group. Ms. Glasser represents corporate clients in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations involving common and civil laws, as well as sovereigns in investor-State disputes. Ms. Glasser also has experience representing and advising clients in US court proceedings related to the arbitral process. Her experience covers a wide range of industries including energy, oil and gas, manufacturing, mining, financial services and technology.

Ms. Glasser is the co-editor of The CPR Corporate Counsel Manual for Cross-Border Dispute Resolution, a comprehensive manual on drafting international ADR clauses and managing ADR processes in the cross-border context. She is the Vice Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution and serves on CPR's Cybersecurity Task Force and Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration and the NY City Bar Arbitration Committee.

Before entering private practice, Ms. Glasser clerked with Judge Koen Lenaerts at the Court of Justice of the European Union.


Denying Investment Protection to Unlawful Investments: An Acceptable Instance of Arbitrator-Made Law in Investment Arbitration, in Investment Treaty Arbitration, Volume 12, Forthcoming 2018

The CPR Corporate Counsel Manual for Cross-Border Dispute Resolution, International Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2017 (co-editor with Ank Santens; author of chapter on Multi-Party and Multi-Contract Arbitration Clauses)

Incentives for Outside Counsel to Embrace Dispute Resolution Options, Inside Counsel, June 2015

District Court Rejects Use of Section 1782 In Aid of ICC Arbitration, Mealey's International Arbitration Report, September 2011 (with Mark Beckett and Marc Suskin)

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, Compliance with Local Law Clauses and Original Intent - A Natural or Problematic Evolution?, 12th Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference (Washington, DC, 2018)

Speaker, CPR Y-ADR Annual Year in Review Event (New York, 2017)

Panelist, Drafting ADR Clauses and Planning for Cross-Border Disputes, Book Launch Event for The CPR Corporate Counsel Manual for Cross-Border Dispute Resolution (New York, 2017)

Panelist, "Arbitration Agreements: Which Law Applies and Why Is it Important?", CPR Canada Regional Meeting (Toronto, 2017)

Professional Associations

International Institute for Dispute Resolution, Arbitration Committee, Vice Chair; Member of Advisory Council; Member of Cybersecurity Task Force
Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Advisory Board

NY State Bar Association, Arbitration Committee

Young ICCA
Helene Gogadze

Helene Gogadze

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Washington, D.C., United States


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Helene Gogadze is an associate in the Litigation Department and a member of the International Arbitration practice group, resident in Fried Frank's Washington, DC office.

Ms. Gogadze's practice focuses on international arbitration, commercial litigation, and international trade and investment. Her experience includes advising and representing clients in commercial and investment arbitration disputes, including disputes involving state governments and state-owned entities, and actions before national courts in relation to arbitration proceedings.

Ms. Gogadze has represented clients in numerous international arbitration matters, including in the oil and gas industry, and in disputes involving sovereign states and state entities. Some of her recent representations include:

- Representing Total E&P Uganda B.V. in ICSID arbitration proceedings against the Government of Uganda under the Netherlands-Uganda Bilateral Investment Treaty and the contract.
- Advising an LNG producer and supplier on the contractual and legal remedies available to it in connection with its long-term U.S. LNG supply agreements in light of the changed U.S. market circumstances.
- Advising a large French company in connection with a potential ICSID claim against the Government of an African country under the Bilateral Investment Treaty over the company's oil exploration activities.
- Advising a large French company on force majeure and emergency issues in relation to oil production operations in Yemen.
- A large French company in an ICC arbitration in Geneva against a South American company in a dispute over ownership of an ICSID claim against the government of a country in South America.
- Advising a large company in connection with a dispute regarding the provision of technical engineering and construction services and force majeure issues.
- Thales Alenia Space France in an ICDR arbitration in New York brought by Globalstar Inc., a publicly traded company that operates a constellation of satellites.

Ms. Gogadze is Adjunct Professor of Law at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where she has taught international arbitration. She is also a lecturer at the International Law Institute, where she regularly teaches courses on international investment arbitration as part of various training programs for government officials, investors and lawyers. Ms. Gogadze regularly publishes articles on a variety of international investment and commercial arbitration issues.

Prior to joining Fried Frank in 2011, Ms. Gogadze was an arbitration associate at a leading international law firm.
Ms. Gogadze received her JD, summa cum laude (with 1st ranking in the class), from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 2009, her MA from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 2003 and her BA and Law Diploma from Iv. Javakhishvili State University, Tbilisi, Georgia in 2001. She is fluent in Georgian, has conversational knowledge of Russian and can read Russian. Ms. Gogadze is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia and New York.
Christopher Goncalves

Christopher Goncalves

Washington, DC , United States


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Christopher Goncalves is chair and managing director of BRG’s energy and climate practice. He offers 30 years of international experience in dispute resolution, energy advisory and finance. He provides expert industry and damages analysis and testimony for international energy investment and commercial arbitration and litigation matters. He also provides advisory services in relation to business and commercial strategy; contract price and flexibility negotiation; economic and market analysis; policy and regulation; project development; financing; acquisitions and divestitures. Mr Goncalves has expert analytic, reporting and testimony experience in matters concerning energy damages, valuations, commodity pricing and prices, markets, trading, contracts, commercial and financing conditions, policy and regulation, and standards and practices. He has provided expert services for over 35 international investment and commercial disputes adjudicated under the auspices of ICSID, UNCITRAL, the ICC, the LCIA, ICDR/AAA, the Royal Court of Justice of England and Wales, the Milan Chamber of Commerce and US federal courts. Of these matters, he has provided oral testimony for 16 international investment and commercial arbitration hearings. For the last several years, Who's Who Legal has recognised Mr Goncalves as a leading energy industry and damages expert. Among his expert witness and business advisory experience, Mr Goncalves has served as the lead LNG and natural gas market and industry expert to energy companies and their legal counsel for over a dozen LNG and natural gas price reviews and/or price review arbitrations in Europe and Asia. He has also provided LNG commercial strategy for short- and long-term sales pricing, target markets, and priority customers for a leading NOCs and US LNG exporters. Mr Goncalves recently co-authored the chapter entitled “Expert Evidence in Price Reviews and Disputes” in the book Gas & LNG Price Arbitration 2019. He also has given numerous presentations and has written several articles on LNG, natural gas, and renewable energy market, commercial, pricing, and policy conditions worldwide. For dispute resolution and advisory matters, Mr Goncalves’ clients have included leading law firms, independent and national energy companies, utilities, project developers, equity investors, private and multilateral development banks, and state energy agencies. Mr Goncalves also has extensive strategic, commercial, and transactional advisory experience with respect to energy infrastructure development projects, financings, investments, markets, contracts and trading. His experience is concentrated in LNG, NGLs, natural gas, and thermal and renewable energy generation. In this work, he has experience with the full range of project sizes and scales, including several large multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects, national energy initiatives and projects, and small-scale projects and investments. Mr Goncalves’ relevant experience spans 50 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. A native English speaker, he is also fluent or proficient in Spanish, German and Italian, and has intermediate skills in Portuguese and Turkish. Mr Goncalves received his MA in international affairs and economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in international relations and economic development from Brown University. He is a member of the International Association for Energy Economics, and an associate member of the International Bar Association and DC Bar Association.
Katie Gonzalez

Katie Gonzalez

United States

+1 212 225 2423

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Katie Gonzalez is an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York, New York. Her practice focuses on international litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on Latin America. Katie has experience representing international and domestic clients (both sovereign and private entities) in international matters, including commercial and investor-state proceedings. Katie regularly works with clients in the oil and gas and manufacturing industries, and frequently publishes on arbitration topics. Katie is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is also a member of ArbitralWomen, Young ICCA, and ICC YAF.
Ronald Goodman

Ronald Goodman

Foley Hoag LLP

Washington, D.C., United States

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Ronald Goodman, a retired partner in the firm’s Washington office, concentrated his practice in international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, with a focus on commercial, investor-state, project, energy, and construction matters. Ron represented foreign government and corporate clients in international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution proceedings before international tribunals, courts, and commissions. He also advised governments with respect to law reform, restructuring, treaties, privatization and project finance matters.

Ron represented sovereigns, and sovereign entities in numerous international arbitration proceedings, including those before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), American Arbitration Association (AAA), European Development Fund (EDF), International Arbitral Centre of the Federal Economic Chamber Vienna, as well as various U.S. courts.
Nelly Gordpour

Nelly Gordpour

Cardozo School of Law

New York, NY, United States

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Nelly Gordpour is a law student in her final semester at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law ('21), with a concentration in International and Comparative Law. In the 2019-2020 academic year, she served as Legal Intern with the Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic, where she earned the CLEA Outstanding Clinical Student Award for her advocacy work in Brazil. She has also served as a Staff Editor on the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, and most recently completed an internship with the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations. Most recently, Nelly completed an internship with the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC).

Prior to law school, Nelly worked as a researcher within the UN system, and formerly worked with Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Foundations. In 2016, she was selected for the John Lewis Fellowship with Humanity in Action, a prestigious global fellowship that explores national histories of discrimination, diversity, civil and human rights, and honors Congressman John Lewis, an icon of the American Civil Rights Movement. 

Her research and career interests lie at the nexus of diplomacy and international law, as well as business and human rights. She is also passionate about photography and previously worked with the Magnum Foundation and the International Center of Photography.
Martin Gusy

Martin Gusy

K&L Gates LLP, *NYIAC Board of Directors

New York, NY, United States

+1 212 536 4065

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Martin Gusy is a partner in the firm’s New York office. He has more than a decade of international dispute resolution, litigation and corporate experience. Mr. Gusy focuses on international arbitration and complex cross-border litigation involving private parties and sovereigns. He also advises on corporate matters for European businesses entering and operating in the U.S. marketplace.

Mr. Gusy primarily represents European and North American clients with interests spanning the globe from New York to Paris, London to Frankfurt, Vienna to Zurich, and Sao Paulo to Singapore. He has worked in a broad range of substantive areas, including technology, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, insurance, intellectual property, construction, mining, and oil and gas. He has deep experience in high-stakes, cross-border commercial disputes under all major institutional sets of rules and has represented industry leaders in hundred-million-dollar ICSID arbitrations against sovereign states.

European companies with corporate interests in the United States also regularly turn to Mr. Gusy for counsel. He is called upon to advise on initial corporate structures and contracts, as well as to lead transactions, including the formation of joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Gusy’s advocacy work is informed by his serving as an arbitrator in primarily European and U.S.-based arbitrations, including AAA/ICDR, ICC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc panels. Parties involved have been based in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He is a member of the AAA/ICDR International Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators, as well as the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb).

Mr. Gusy is an active member of numerous professional associations, including the International Arbitration Institute (IAI), German Arbitration Institution (DIS), German-American Lawyers’ Association (DAJV), Inter-American Bar Association (IABA), New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association. He was involved in drafting a set of institutional arbitration rules and served on a model contracts drafting committee with the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). Mr. Gusy is co-author of A Guide to the ICDR International Arbitration Rules, a leading industry text published by Oxford University Press.
Thomas D. Halket

Thomas D. Halket


Mamaroneck, NY, United States

(914) 833-2681

Grant Hanessian

Grant Hanessian

Brooklyln, NY, United States

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Grant Hanessian is an independent arbitrator and neutral in New York, specializing in international, investor-state and complex commercial disputes.
For more than three decades, Mr. Hanessian has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a wide range of commercial and treaty disputes arising under the laws of many common and civil law countries and public international law. Prior to July 2020, he was a partner at Baker McKenzie, where he practiced for 33 years, and served as global co-head of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice, head of its International Arbitration Practice in North America and head of its New York office Litigation Department.
Mr. Hanessian is currently the U.S. member of the International Chamber of Commerce's International Court of Arbitration in Paris, chairman of the Arbitration Committee of the U.S. Council for International Business (U.S. national committee of the ICC), 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).
He is a member of the American Arbitration Association—International Centre for Dispute Resolution's International Advisory Committee and its Advisory Committee on Brazil, Vice President (for U.S.) of the London Court of Arbitration's North American Users’ Council, a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre's User's Council, 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, Club Español del Arbitraje, the Panel of Recognized International Market Experts in Finance (P.R.I.M.E.) Arbitration Rules Drafting Committee 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. 2020) and co-editor of International Arbitration Checklists (Juris Pub., 3rd ed., 2016), Gulf War Claims Reporter (ILI/Kluwer, 1998), Baker & McKenzie's International Litigation & Arbitration Newsletter, and Baker & McKenzie's International Arbitration Yearbook. Mr. Hanessian is annually recommended by Chambers Global and USA Guides (described as "very knowledgeable and strategic in his offering of critical advice," an "elite lawyer" who is "very experienced, hugely knowledgeable and effective," a "powerful advocate for clients"), Legal 500 (described as 'a great practitioner' with a 'strong commercial profile'), PLC Which Lawyer, The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration ("superb counsel and arbitrator"), and Expert Guide to Leading Practitioners in International Arbitration (ranked among "Best of the Best" in international commercial arbitration).
Mr. Hanessian is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he teaches the International Commercial Arbitration and LL.M. International Arbitration Practicum courses. He is a frequent speaker at arbitration conferences and law schools around the world and annually lectures at the Columbia University Center on Sustainable Investment’s Executive Training on International Investment Arbitration for Government Officials.

Mr. Hanessian is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. He received an LL.M. degree in International Law from Columbia University, a J.D. degree from New York University and a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

A listing of Mr. Hanessian’s cases, articles and presentations is available at
John L. Hardiman

John L. Hardiman

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

New York, NY, United States

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Mr. Hardiman has worked on a wide range of high stakes contests for corporate control starting with British Petroleum’s purchase of Standard Oil in 1986. He also has considerable experience handling regulatory investigations for the Firm’s broker-dealer and corporate clients, as well as representing boards of mutual funds including the independent directors of a variety of funds managed by AllianceBernstein in connection with litigation driven by the “late trading” and “market timing” investigations conducted by the New York Attorney General’s office beginning in 2003.

John Hardiman was resident in the Firm’s London office for nearly five years, where he was co-head of the European Litigation and Arbitration Group, returning to the New York office in 2010.
Ran He

Ran He

Tan, He & Co. LLP

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Ran is a partner at Tan, He & Co. LLP, a litigation boutique based in Toronto, Canada, and New York. Ran is admitted to the bars of New York and Ontario, Canada. Ran’s firm is experienced and specialized in complex commercial disputes and intellectual property disputes in both Canada and the United States, including commercial arbitrations and appeals. Ran and his partner have been representing prominent domestic and international clients, including world-leading pharmaceutical companies, Asian manufacturing conglomerates, and general contractors in major public transit projects in commercial and intellectual property disputes.

Before obtaining his Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada, Ran received his B.Sc. in biotechnology and Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular in China, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship on the development of antiviral and anticancer compounds at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. Ran has published fifteen research articles in various publications, including Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Ran provides services in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Cantonese.
James Hosking

James Hosking

Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

New York, NY, United States

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James Hosking has over 20 years of international dispute resolution experience. Immediately prior to co-founding Chaffetz Lindsey, he was a partner in Clifford Chance’s New York litigation department, focusing primarily on international arbitration. James is a recognized expert in international arbitration, having handled disputes under the rules of all the leading institutions, including ICC, AAA/ICDR, SIAC, HKIAC, LCIA, WIPO, CRCICA and ICSID, as well as the UNCITRAL Rules. His recent cases have involved international commercial contracts, corporate acquisitions, construction/engineering, insurance and reinsurance, licensing, energy/power projects, JV/shareholder disputes, mining, and investment treaty claims. James also sits as an arbitrator, having been appointed in arbitrations under the AAA, ICC, ICDR, CRCICA and UNCITRAL Rules. He has experience as a sole arbitrator, chairperson, co-arbitrator and emergency arbitrator.

James commenced practicing law in New Zealand, first as a barrister and solicitor at leading firm Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co and then subsequently as a barrister. After completing his LL.M at Harvard Law School in 2000, he joined the New York office of Clifford Chance and was a partner there from 2006-2009.

Throughout his career, James has been heavily involved in the international arbitration community. He previously co-chaired the ICDR young practitioners group and in 2007 received a Distinguished Service Award from the AAA. More recently, James was on the committee that produced the revised ICDR International Arbitration Rules and is the co-author of the widely-used commentary A Guide to the ICDR International Arbitration Rules (OUP). He is affiliated with the world’s preeminent arbitration associations and has held various leadership roles. James is currently a member of the ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitration Proceedings, an Ambassador for ICCA 2018, and was New Zealand’s delegate to the UNCITRAL working group that drafted the revised Model Law. James is a Fellow of the New Zealand Arbitrators and Mediators Institute and contributed to drafting the Institute’s International Arbitration Rules.

James regularly publishes and speaks on issues relating to international arbitration and public international law. He has previously taught seminars on those subjects at universities in the US and New Zealand.

James’s expertise in international arbitration and cross-border litigation is recognized in such publications as Who’s Who of International Arbitration, Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, Legal500, PLC Which Lawyer and Best Lawyers. In 2011, he was selected in Global Arbitration Review’s ranking of the “top 45 under 45” arbitration lawyers worldwide. Clients describe him as “a wonderful lawyer who produces a top-notch work product” (Chambers USA 2010), an “extraordinary legal analyst” with “vast experience in arbitration and commercial approach” (Chambers Latin America 2015), and “a passionate advocate of the client and is extremely responsive no matter where he is in the world” (Legal 500 USA 2015).

James was proud to accept on behalf of the firm the awards for Global Arbitration Review’s top small law firm of the year (2011) and Chambers USA’s best client service (2014).

James earned his LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2000. He attended the University of Auckland from 1990-1994, receiving B.A. and LL.B. (with honors) degrees.

James speaks English and German as well as having a basic knowledge of French and Spanish.
Basil Imburgia

Basil Imburgia

FTI Consulting

New York, NY, United States


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Basil Imburgia is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in New York. Mr. Imburgia is the North American Leader of FTI Consulting’s Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment. Mr. Imburgia provides auditing, accounting and investigative expertise to attorneys in litigation and arbitration and has worked with attorneys for over twenty five years. He has worked on many transaction related/purchase price and earn out dispute litigation and arbitration matters. He has also worked on a number of Rep. and Warranty litigation and insurance matters. He has frequently acted as neutral arbiter.

Mr. Imburgia began his career performing financial statement audits and was an audit partner on various client accounts through year 2000. Mr. Imburgia has provided solutions to problems in matters concerning, financial due diligence, fair presentation of audited financial statements, accounting / financial reporting investigations, economic damages, valuation of entities, fraud investigations, intellectual property disputes, lost profit and reasonable royalty claims, securities and banking litigation, fraudulent conveyance matters, underpaid royalties, loss of business value and alter-ego matters. Mr. Imburgia’s experience includes deposition, arbitration and trial testimony.

Mr. Imburgia has worked on various transaction/purchase price and earn out dispute issues including but not limited to, capital vs. operating lease accounting, accounts receivable allowances, inventory pricing and obsolescence, contingent liabilities, warranty and return reserves, unrecorded liabilities, impairment of long lived assets, expense allocations, current and deferred tax issues, depreciation methods, useful life issues, required cash levels and revenue and expense recognition.

Mr. Imburgia was formerly a partner at KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers and brings over twenty years of public accounting experience to his clients. He has experience in a variety of industries such as manufacturing, construction, retail, apparel, textiles, hotels, life sciences, air and sea cargo, consumer electronics, computer software, electric lighting, utilities, brokerage, banking, insurance, telecommunications and real estate. He is a frequent instructor at training courses, teaching a variety of accounting/auditing and, forensic accounting concepts, approaches and techniques.

Mr. Imburgia is a Certified Public Accountant, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (“NYSSCPAs”) and was the 2000 and 2001 Chairperson of the Litigation Services Committee of the NYSSCPAs. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner. He received a B.S. from C. W. Post School of Professional Accountancy. Mr. Imburgia is also a member of the AICPA Taskforce on Merger & Acquisition Disputes.
Martin Jackson

Martin Jackson

Sidley Austin LLP

New York, NY, United States

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MARTIN JACKSON is a partner in the International Arbitration and Litigation groups in the firm’s New York office. Martin has represented clients in international and domestic arbitrations, in litigation matters in New York federal and state courts, and in litigation matters in numerous other state and federal courts throughout the United States. His international arbitration and complex commercial litigation practice is focused on commercial disputes (breach of contract and other business torts—with a particular focus on contract disputes involving mining, natural gas, other natural resources and renewable energy), securities disputes (derivatives and securities trading) and bankruptcy disputes. Martin was selected as one of The Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40—Class of 2013 by the National LGBT Bar Association and Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List—2016. Martin was also recognized as a “Future Star” in Benchmark Litigation for 2017. He speaks Spanish fluently and represents Latin American clients in international arbitrations and in legal proceedings in the United States. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, including representation of victims of domestic violence in family law matters.
William Jannace

William Jannace


Bayside, New York, United States

+718 224-8231

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Professional Experience

Bar Admissions: Member of the New York and Connecticut Bars

William Jannace has worked nearly 30 years in the securities industry at the American and New York Stock Exchanges and FINRA. He managed FINRA's Sales Practice Policy department responding to interpretive, policy and disposition requests, covering: capital markets, research, books and records, supervision, outsourcing, bank sweeps, outside business activities/private securities transactions and conflicts of interest. Mr. Jannace also worked in the Enforcement Department where he investigated violations of securities laws/SRO rules, conducted OTRs, drafted reports of investigation/statement of charges/settlements and conducted contested/settlement proceedings.

He has also taught courses at Fordham School of Law, New York Law School, Wharton Business School, Georgetown Global Education Institute, Drexel University, New York University, Pace University, Baruch College, Securities Training Corporation, New York Institute of Finance, Financial Markets World, New York Society of Security Analysts, and the Securities Industry Institute/Wharton Business School on:

- Capital Markets/IPOs/Exempt Offerings/ADRs
- Securities/SRO/Mutual Fund/Investment Adviser/Broker-Dealer Regulation
- Broker-Dealer Operations/Net Capital/Customer Protection/Prime Brokerage/Short Selling/Clearance and Settlement.
- Corporate Governance/Proxy/Activism/Corporate Social Responsibility/Environmental, Social, Governance/Impact Investing/Climate Change/COP21, State Capitalism/Family Firms/Sovereign Wealth Funds/Geopolitics/Geoeconomics.

Primary Practice Area

As a regulator, Mr. Jannace interfaced with the SEC, NASD, state regulators/trade associations (SIFMA) in shepherding proposals for approval; and helped draft reports on: research analyst conflicts; secondary trading of private companies; transparency enhancements to the securities lending marketplace; and on mutual regulatory recognition. He participated in the Compliance Advisory Group, OSRC, and IOSCO initiatives. He also led a FINRA initiative to rewrite its membership rules. Rule proposals/ guidance included:

- SRO Rule Harmonization/Business Continuity/Contingency Planning
- CEO Certification/Internal Controls/Supervision/
- Review/Supervision of Electronic Communications
- AML/Patriot Act/OFAC/SDNs
- IPO Allocations/Research Analyst Conflicts/Qualification Examination
- Portfolio Margin/Capital

He also worked at TD Securities and Smith Barney Shearson, providing legal advice on/reviewed or responsible for:

- Regulation D/S offerings/144A/144 resales/10b-18 share buybacks
- Offering Memorandums/Underwriting and Prime Brokerage Agreements
- Research reports and trading approvals for new issues/secondary offerings
- Ensured trade reporting/Control Room/employee/firm trading compliance

He was an account executive at Georgeson and D.F. King serving as liaison for corporations/institutional shareholders regarding corporate governance issues; assisted on proxy fights/tender offers for corporate raiders/listed companies; liaison with trading floor and arbitrageurs to provide market color to listed companies; monitored trading versus 13F filings to determine changes in shareholder ownership. He was also Series 7/63 licensed at Drexel Burnham/Paine Webber and is a consultant for The World Bank.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

William Jannace attended an International Commercial Arbitration Training Program with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is a CIArb Fellow, a FINRA Non-Public arbitrator and a member of the New York International Arbitration Center, and was a judge for the FINRA Annual Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon. He is also a research affiliate with the Fletcher Network for Sovereign Wealth and Global Capital. Mr. Jannace received his JD from New York Law School in 1992, his LL.M. in Corporate, Banking, and Finance Law from Fordham Law School in 1996, is a member of the State Bars of New York and Connecticut; received a Certificate in Global Affairs at New York University and Environmental, Social and Governance investment training from the International Corporate Governance Network.

International Experience

Mr. Jannace also conducted overseas training programs for the: Russian Securities Commission/Stock Exchange; The Capital Markets Authorities in : Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and Kenya; Saudi Arabian Capital Markets Authority; Securities and Exchange Board of India; Ukrainian Securities Commission/Stock Market; Romanian Securities Commission; Jordanian Securities Commission; Capital Markets Authority of Turkey; Albanian Financial Supervisory Authority; New York Institute of Finance- Beijing/China, the Taiwan Stock Exchange and for IOSCO in Spain.

Publications, Speaking Engagements and/or Professional and Civic Associations

He has also volunteered for the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, the Asset Owners Disclosure Project, UNICEF and served as a judge for the SIFMA Foundation InvestWrite Competition. Mr. Jannace is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and the NGO Committee To Stop Trafficking in Persons. He is also active in raising funds and awareness for humanitarian assistance and an active supporter of education through the establishment of the Anthony E. Jannace scholarship at New York Law School and the Susan M. Jannace scholarship at Fordham University.

He has contributed to the following publications:

"Cautionary Notes for Supply Chain Managers and Others Involved in Global Sourcing & Partnerships (Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Conditions Raise Reputational Risks)," Governance and Accountability Institute, January 2018).

"Sustainability Disclosures in the EU," Insights, The Corporate and Securities Law Advisor, Volume 31, Number 8, August 2017.

"Sustainability Disclosures in the EU: Implementation of the 2014 EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive," ABA, Spring 2017.

"Accounting for Trade: President Trump and the Geopolitical Balance Sheet," NYU-Global Affairs Perspectives on Global Issues, Spring 2017.

"NASD/NYSE Rule Harmonization: What Do the Changes Mean in Practice, "The Journal of Securities Compliance, Volume One, October 2007.

His speaking engagements include: Securities Regulation/Corporate Governance/Capital Markets, Impact Investing/ESG, and Broker-Dealer Operations/Market Structure/Clearance and Settlement for:

- Chinese Securities Regulatory Commission
- China Construction Bank
- Iraq Stock Exchange
- Securities and Exchange Bureau of India
- Tokyo Stock Exchange
- Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance
- Kenyan Capital Markets Authority
- El Salvador Securities and Exchange Commission
- Ghana Stock Exchange
- Mexican Banking and Securities Commission
- Sarajevo Stock Exchange/Securities Commission
- Saudi Arabian Capital Markets Authority
- Central Bank of Kosovo
- Malaysian Securities Commission
- SEC Annual Institute for Securities Market
- US State Department Foreign Delegation
- Hong Kong Securities Commission
- Philippine Dealing System Holdings
- Treasury Department of Argentina
- Ontario Securities Commission
- Securities Operations Forum
- ALI-ABA Compliance and Enforcement Conference
- SIFMA lAD and Fixed-Income Conferences
- FINRA Spring Conference
- NYSE Regulatory Conferences
- SIFMA Equity Capital Markets and Research Management Conferences
- BD Week Annual Compliance Conference
- SIFMA Annual Legal and Compliance Conferences
- NASD Institute for Professional Development
- ABA Conference.



Basic Mediation Training


Certification Course: ESG, Sustainable and Impact Investment Training


Geopolitics of Energy Development-Tel Aviv, Israel


Certified Member


International Commercial Arbitration Training Program; FCIArb Fellow


Economic and Security Program- Moscow, Russia


Special Crisis Negotiation Exercise