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Jalil Asif K.C.
Jalil Asif KC is an English King's Counsel, physically based in the Cayman Islands, who advises on and litigates high-value, cross-border shareholder, partnership, commercial and insolvency disputes with a Caribbean nexus. Jalil is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has experience of acting as arbitrator in disputes seated in England and Wales. He also has experience acting as a party representative in mediations and in English and Cayman-seated arbitrations. Before joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Asif KC was a barrister practicing from the chambers known as 4 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn London, where he focused on a wide range of professional negligence claims, high-value insurance claims and product liability litigation.
Eduardo is a lawyer from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, with a master’s degree (LLM) from the University of Virginia. He has broad experience in civil, commercial, contractual and real estate law, as well as in arbitration; having advised clients in the structuring, negotiation and execution of diverse and major real estate projects, and participating as an arbitrator or lawyer in several of the most important national and international disputes. In his professional career, he has been Senior Partner and Head of the Contracts and Real Estate practices at Estudio Echecopar, member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, firm which he was a part of for almost thirty years, having also formed part of the Latin American branch of the prestigious firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP, in Washington D.C.. His achievements in arbitration, contractual and real estate law have been recognized annually by a number of International directories such as Legal 500 (Band 1 in Real Estate) Chambers and Partners (Band 2 in Real Estate), Leaders League, Who’s Who Legal, Latin American Corporate Counsel – LACCA, among others. Accordingly, in the year 2003 he was recognized by Latin Lawyer within the Top 20 of the best lawyers in Peru younger than 40 years. In such directories, the clients have continuously expressed about Eduardo highlighting his outstanding capacities: “he is very analytical and thoughtful, he is very precise when identifying risks and very clear when explaining how to mitigate them. He provides an excellent service to clients and is very predisposed to listen to their concerns" (Chambers & Partners 2018) In the academic field, he is a Professor of Contracts at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, which he has been teaching since the year 2000; constantly participating as an author or panelist in national and international events related to his areas of expertise. Areas of Expertise Real Estate Law Corporate Law Contractial Civil Law Dispute Resolution & Arbitration Languages Spanish and English
Louise Barrington is a chartered and bilingual member Arbitrator and Mediator who frequently acts as the sole arbitrator, or a co-arbitrator named by parties and institutions. She has chaired ICC and ad hoc panels. Louise founded and continues to direct the annual Vis East International Arbitration Moot and is the founder and honorary president of ArbitralWomen. She also lends her expertise to the legal profession, both by teaching and by discreetly advising law firms on international arbitration practice. Louise Barrington is a chartered arbitrator and accredited mediator, legally qualified in Ontario, New York and England. A multicultural Canadian, she also holds a British passport. Ms Barrington is principal of Aculex Transnational Inc. She frequently acts as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator named by parties and by institutions, and has chaired ICC and ad hoc panels. In addition to arbitrating, she also lends her expertise to the legal profession, both by teaching and by discreetly advising law firms on international arbitration practice. She has taught international, commercial, construction and arbitration law at University of Ottawa, King’s College London, City University of Hong Kong, LaTrobe in Melbourne and Georgetown in Washington. She has arbitrated or advocated in cases under ICC, HKIAC and UNCITRAL Rules, including wrongful dismissal, international sales, banking, licensing, construction and shareholder disputes. Ms Barrington established ICC Asia in Hong Kong, the first-ever regional office of the International Chamber of Commerce. In that role she acted as an arbitration resource for businesses from Pakistan to New Zealand. Louise founded and continues to direct the annual Vis East International Arbitration Moot and is the founder and honorary president of ArbitralWomen. She is active in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, having held elected office for years in Asia, and currently serves on the Education Committee in London. She is a member of ICC’s arbitration committees in Canada and Hong Kong, participates regularly in the Paris Commission meeting and chaired its Small Claims Guidelines committee. Ms Barrington speaks English and French fluently, plus conversational Spanish and a little German and Mandarin.
Dr. Camelia Bogdan
Dr. Camelia Bogdan is an independent arbitrator. She is a former criminal judge with eighteen years of experience across high-level corruption, transnational money laundering, economic crime litigation, and investigations. Skillful communicator with excellent analytical skills. Demonstrable organizational and interpersonal skills. She is comfortable working both in a team environment and independently. Professional fluency in English, French, and Romanian. An accomplished scholar with a doctorate in criminal law from the University of Bucharest, she has authored two monographs on asset recovery and money laundering, several practical guides to asset recovery for practitioners at the national and EU level, and over 130 judicial studies in law journals. She is an associate researcher with the Centre Régional Francophone de Recherches Avancées en Sciences Humaines et Sociales de Bucarest (CEREFREA–Villa Noël) and contributes regularly to the University of Cambridge’s International Symposium on Financial Crimes. In 2018, she was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. In recognition of her work, she received the 2019 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award from the Woodrow Wilson Center. During her fellowship, she plans to draw upon her own experience as a judge in Romania in developing a set of policy recommendations for addressing corruption and money laundering through the national and international legal system.
Antonio Bueno K.C.
Antonio Bueno KC's principal areas of practice, in which he is widely experienced, are in the fields of domestic and international banking (guarantees, cheques and negotiable instruments, banker/customer relationships, letters of credit, performance bonds etc.), and of general commercial law, with particular emphasis on international trade, finance, contract disputes. and commercial fraud (including pre-emptive remedies, asset tracing and restitutionary claims). His practice is broadly based and he has also acted on a wide variety of other matters, including professional negligence, company winding-up and receivership, the issue of letters of request/overseas confidentiality laws and, most recently, asbestos-related industrial injury (acting for British Shipbuilders)at first instance as well as at appellate level. He has represented, and acted against, major UK and overseas banks, and commercial institutions. Whilst his principal place of practice is in England, he has worked extensively in other jurisdictions, including the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas, Spain, Gibraltar, Tonga, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, Sri Lanka, Channel Islands, Ireland and Australia. He has been admitted to local Bars in several of these jurisdictions, either permanently or for particular matters. He has been specially admitted on many occasions in the Cayman Islands for particular matters. In commercial arbitration, his experience, both as an arbitrator and as an advocate, has included banking, general commercial, aviation and construction disputes, most recently in Bermuda.. He was also a member of a Football Association arbitral tribunal concerned with a dispute between a professional footballer and his agent. He is also a qualified Mediator. He is fluent in Spanish. Appointments – Bencher of Middle Temple. Assistant Recorder (1984 -1989), Recorder (1989 -1992, a Chairman of the former SFA Financial Services Disciplinary Tribunal
Jorge I. González Carvajal
Dr. Jorge I. González Carvajal is a civil law qualified lawyer with over 18 years of experience in litigation and dispute resolution, advising in avoidance and resolution of conflicts in legal, tort and, contractual matters, as well as arbitration and litigation, both domestic and/or international. Recognized expert in comparative contract law, liability, procedural law, and legal reasoning. Majority of practice is devoted to issues related to arbitration and litigation, national and transnational, oil, and gas, commercial, maritime, agricultural and consumer law. Represented and/or advises parties in over 200 controversies and/or processes of diverse nature, complexity, and value, in their prevention and/or resolution in areas of oil and gas, maritime, insurance, civil and commercial law, contentious administrative, tax, agrarian. Participated in domestic and international arbitrations, fulfilling various roles, has been or is an advisor and/or arbitrator (including appointment as an emergency arbitrator) in CACC, CEDCA and/or ad-hoc arbitrations, has also participated or participates as advisor/counsel in international ICC, ICDR/AAA, UNCITRAL and investment arbitrations. He has been or is designated expert witness in international arbitration under the LMAA Rules. Participated in important international arbitrations and/or transnational processes involving the oil & gas industry and construction industry in Latin America and the Caribbean. From 2009 to the present date, has assisted and/or represented parties in over 200 controversies of diverse nature, complexity, and value, in their prevention and/or resolution in areas of oil & gas, maritime, insurance, civil and commercial law, contentious administrative, tax, agrarian. Between 2006 and 2009, as Judicial Clerk of the Sixth Civil and Commercial Court Judge of Caracas, collaborated in the drafting of almost 400 draft judgments in civil and commercial matters, among them emblematic decisions published in arbitration matters, e. g., Tanning Research Laboratories In. v. Hawaiian Tropic de Venezuela C.A., issued on August 2, 2006, and commented on specialized publications such as Yearbook of Commercial Arbitration, 2008, Vol. 33, 2008, pp. 1228-39, Or another important judgment such as the one handed down in the Traher and Hotel Waldorf v. Man Leung Leung, issued on April 2, 2008. Taught courses for 10 years as Professor of Contract Law at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas; Commercial Arbitration and Procedural Law at the Universidad Central de Venezuela; Legal Reasoning at Universidad Monteávila, Caracas; Mediation and Arbitration at the Escuela de Especialización Judicial en Villahermosa, Tabasco, México. Participated in Arbitration Moots, as arbitrator (National Moot of Arbitration of the Arbitration Center of the Caracas Chamber 2019) and appointed as arbitrator in the FDI Moot Shenzhen 2021, FDI Moot Shenzhen 2022 and FDI Moot 2021, FDI Moot 2023, Cross Examination Moot 2021, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2021. Founder of Energy Related Arbitration Practitioners (ENERAP) in Venezuela.
Jeanne Charles, Esq.
In September 2021, Jeanne Charles was appointed by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. to the Federal Labor Relations Authority Federal Services Impasses Panel (Panel). In this role, she, along with the other Panel members will use various tools of dispute resolution to help federal government agencies and their unions resolve collective bargaining impasse disputes. Ms. Charles resides in Florida. In addition to her role with the federal government, she maintains a multi-state ADR practice including arbitration, mediation and fact-finding predominantly in the areas of workplace disputes. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago and maintains her law license in Illinois. Ms. Charles currently serves as a labor and employment arbitrator on various public and private sector panels including professional sports. She is on the rosters of the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), and National Mediation Board. As a Special Magistrate for the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) for a number of years, Ms. Charles has helped labor and management organizations resolve bargaining impasse disputes regarding issues such as pay, benefits and safety. She has served as an adjunct professor at Penn State University's School of Labor and Employment Relations where she has taught a graduate course in Human Resources and Employment Relations, as well as the University of Arizona School of Law where she has taught advanced negotiations. Ms. Charles is also an instructor for the Becoming a Labor Arbitrator course offered by the FMCS. Prior to becoming an arbitrator, Ms. Charles practiced as staff counsel for a federal sector labor union in Chicago and in private practice. Prior to becoming an attorney, she had ten years of corporate experience with a Fortune 500 company. In her corporate positions she was certified in Total Quality Management and Problem Solving which served as a foundation for her future career in alternative dispute resolution. Ms. Charles speaks regularly in various venues that include the American Bar Association, American Arbitration Association, FMCS and nation-wide bar association events. She is a Fellow with the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and has been inducted into the National Academy of Arbitrators where she serves on its Board of Governors. To assist with the continuation of proceedings virtually as a result of COVID-19, Ms. Charles was instrumental in helping the labor-management community adapt to virtual hearings by serving as the Chair of the NAA Videoconference Task Force from 2020-2021.
Val Chow 周翩洋大律師
Val has a broad civil and commercial practice and is experienced in advising listed companies, regulators, financial institutions, liquidators, directors and shareholders on a range of financial, securities, company, trust and regulatory matters. Val has been named as a Leading Junior for Commercial Disputes by The Legal 500 (2021). Val is also actively developing an arbitration practice. He regularly acts in international commercial arbitrations and has advised on various aspects concerning arbitration (including document disclosure, jurisdictional challenge and interim relief). In early 2020, he was appointed by The Court of Arbitration for Arts at The Hague as a member of its pool of arbitrators. Val has also authored a number of legal opinions for use in court proceedings in Mainland China in which he provided expert opinion on Hong Kong law on areas including contract law, private international law, arbitration, money-lending, securities law and agency law. Before being called to the Hong Kong Bar in 2013, Val was a Judicial Assistant to the Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal from 2011 to 2012 where he worked with appellate judges on a variety of appeals. Prior to that, Val trained as a solicitor at Linklaters and qualified in its capital markets team, where he advised on various debt, equity and equity-linked transactions. Call: 2013 (Hong Kong) Solicitor: 2011 – 2012 (Hong Kong) Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (FHKIArb) Registered Foreign Lawyer, Singapore International Commercial Court Member, Panel of Arbitrators (7th Cohort), Shanghai Arbitration Commission Member, Pool of Arbitrators, The Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA), The Hague Member, Panel of Arbitrators, Chinese Arbitration Association, Taipei
Brent is an Independent Arbitrator, Mediator and Litigation Consultant and the Managing Member of Clinkscale Global ADR. He is a veteran advocate with experience in both trials and arbitrations working over 25 years as counsel and lead counsel in complex litigation trying numerous cases in both federal and state courts in the United States. Brent's concentration is business litigation, both domestic and international arbitrations, but he has deep experience across a broad spectrum of civil dispute resolution and significant experience in class action and multi-district litigation. Brent is member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Domestic Panel of Commercial, Consumer and Complex Arbitrators and a member of the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) International Panel of Commercial Arbitrators. Brent is the Former President of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society (AtLAS), Chair of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) Southeastern Arbitration Subcommittee and Chair of the South Carolina Bar International Committee and a member of the ABA ROLI Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI) Council. Brent proudly serves as a Coach for the Charleston School of Law Vis Moot Team and the University of South Carolina Law School Vis Moot Team in the Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Vienna and Hong Kong. Education Brent received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law. He was President of the Duke Bar Association (Duke Law School Student Body), Moot Court Board, Moot Court Competition Dean's Cup Semi-Finalist, Dean's Counsel of Student Advisors, Research Assistant/Judge Charles Becton and Duke Intramural Championship Basketball Team. Brent received his B.S. from Duke University. He received Senior Leadership Award, Inter-Fraternity Council, President, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and Quarterback of Duke University Football Team with 4-Year Athletic Scholarship. Bar admissions: Member South Carolina Bar, American Bar Association (ABA), National Bar Association (NBA) Admitted to practice before: South Carolina State Courts, United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
R. Craig Connal K.C.
After over 40 years as a litigation partner in a leading International Law Firm (and having sat as an arbitrator), now focussing solely on the Arbitrator role, deploying his lifetime of experience in areas of law from IP to Planning, Employment to Construction and Pensions to Commercial litigation. Dual-qualified as a solicitor-advocate with rights of audience in all Higher Courts in Scotland, England and Wales. Described as 'top of his profession' , having conducted many ground-breaking reported cases in a huge variety of courts, tribunals and hearings, including the UK Supreme Court ( first solicitor-advocate to lead a civil appeal), ideally placed to mould the best procedural course. Well-known for a straight-forward, direct style, and for being 'practical, efficient and effective' and getting to the heart of the matter. He has extensive expertise in dealing with written and oral arguments, (whether virtually or otherwise). Having been well-known for a problem-solving role, Craig is now deploying that skill as a decision-maker. Writes regularly on arbitration and related topics. He is sensitive to a wide range of traditions and backgrounds, drawing on his prior legal experience as well as a regular role as judge in International Moots. Certified by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in arbitration law and as a solicitor arbitrator. An Accredited Arbitration Professional with the Federation of Integrated Conflict Management (FICM). Member, Delos Arbitration, Arbitration Ireland, ICC Institute of World Business Law, IBA Arbitration Committee, ICCA and Scottish Arbitration Centre. On arbitrator lists at ADGM Arbitration Centre, BVI International Arbitration Centre, LCIA, Vienna International Arbitration Centre and Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. UK Chairman, British-Irish Commercial Bar Association 2019-2022. A former Solicitor-Advocate of the Year in England and Wales, Craig has a special interest in advocacy, being a NITA qualified advocacy trainer, chairing the Scottish Civil Qualification Course for Higher Courts Advocates 2004-2022, and sitting as a Presiding Judge at Vis Moots in Vienna, ICC/IBA Moots in the Hague and the Washington, US,-based Jessop Moot. A government consultee on arbitration legislation in Scotland, a member of a Scottish Law Commission Working Party, a University External Examiner, and currently a guest lecturer. Over 30 years as a rugby referee also fine-tuned decision making skills!
Steven Devereux CEng FCIArb MIMMM qualified as an Aeronautical Engineer in 1978, entered the Drilling industry in 1979. He started consulting in 1988 and has been responsible for planning and drilling many wells worldwide. He spent three years spent in full time Drilling training. He has run workshops, carried out incident investigations. He qualified as a pilot in 1986 and gained multi-engine, instrument, night and aerobatics ratings. He acts as a Drilling Expert Witness. He is the Honorary Secretary of the Energy Arbitration Club (previously the Oil & Gas Arbitration Club). Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators. Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Accredited Mediator. He has published two Drilling books , “Practical well planning and drilling manual” and “Drilling technology in non-technical language”. He has been vetted and accredited as an expert witness by the Academy of Experts. His priorities as an arbitrator are: 1) Produce a fair and enforceable Award within a reasonable timescale. 2) Tailor the arbitration to balance the complexity and cost. 3) Work proactively to keep to the agreed timetable. The attributes contributing to my work as an Arbitrator and Expert are: • Being open minded and fair. He has investigated serious and sometimes complex incidents. He knows that the evidence must lead the process, not confirm any early opinions of his own or of others. The final findings will demonstrate his honest professional opinion with reasons. • Legal Knowledge. He passed the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators International Arbitration training pathway. This included training and being examined on contract and tort law, rules of evidence, international arbitration laws, international arbitration practice & procedure and award writing. He is a Fellow of CIArb. He is active as an Arbitrator and Drilling Expert Witness. • Diligence, organisation, technical competence. He worked as a Drilling Professional worldwide for 40 years. Some assignments involved overall responsibility for Exploration wells in very deep water and remote locations, costing over $1m/day. Success requires diligence, good organisation and high technical competence. Case management He take a case-dependent approach to running an arbitration. He has no bias towards civil or common law procedures. With his specialist knowledge he can quickly understand technical documents. He will not allow guerilla tactics to waste time and increase costs. Experience As of December 2022, he has accepted 60 appointments as Arbitrator.
Janet leads the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group of FrancisGrey. Janet’s practice spans corporate, intellectual property, banking and finance law. She advises start up and established managers on all aspects of the establishment, re-structuring, on-going operations and regulation of Cayman Islands investment funds. Janet frequently counsels companies, directors and prospective investors and shareholders on a range of corporate matters and advises HNWIs and their wealth managers on the use of investment funds and trusts in their wealth planning. Her practice also includes advising on regulation and compliance relating to financial services providers in Cayman. She regularly presents applications to the Cayman Islands regulator for the establishment of regulated financial service providers including, administrators, accounting firms and investment professionals. Her practice areas include corporate, investment funds, intellectual property, regulation and compliance, banking and finance, and succession planning and estates. She is admitted in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands (non-practising), and Jamaica.
VERLYN FRANCIS, J.D., LL.M. (ADR), is an experienced arbitrator, mediator, and relationship manager in Corporate/Commercial, Civil, Estates, Family, Disability, and Intercultural disputes. She is the Principal Consultant, and the Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion Specialist at Isiko (ē/sē/kō) Dispute Resolution Consultants Inc. In addition to her international independent arbitration and mediation work, Verlyn is a roster arbitrator and mediator on the Global and General Commercial panels of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Panels of Distinguished Neutrals, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the ADR Institute of Ontario, and the National Bar Association-ADR (NBA-ADR). Prior to devoting herself exclusively to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), she practised law in Ontario for over 20 years. Ms. Francis lectures on Advocacy and ADR at Lincoln Alexander School of Law – Toronto Metropolitan University. She is a professor of ADR at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, and Centennial College, Toronto, Canada; visiting professor of Advanced Negotiation in the Master of International Business program at La Salle EMCI in Lyon, France; and guest lecturer in the LL.M. Dispute Resolution Program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Verlyn publishes and presents on Ethics in ADR, the Impact of Culture on Conflict, Diversity and Inclusion in ADR, Conflict Prevention, and Process Design. Her publications include Ethics in Arbitration: Bias, Diversity, and Inclusion (2020-2021) 51:2 Cumberland Law Review 419; Infusing Dispute Resolution Teaching and Training with Culture and Diversity, was published in cooperation with the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution in (2018) 33:2 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. at 171; Teaching Dispute Resolution in a Multicultural Environment, (2017) 26:2 Can Arb & Mediation J 34; Designing Emotional and Psychological Support into Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (2016) 23 Willamette J. of Int’l Law & Disp Resol at 274; Solutions to Black Youth Violence, (2006) Toronto Community Foundation, Toronto, Canada; Discrimination Against Black Canadians in Employment: Historical and Public Policy Underpinnings (2001) unpublished; In the application of the “Best Interest of the child” test in adoption, there must be a place for the consideration of race (1994) National Association of Women and the Law, ISBN: 0-895996-01-5. Verlyn holds J.D. and LL.M. (ADR) degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto. Ms. Francis is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the President’s Circle of ADR Institute of Ontario, ADR Institute of Canada, Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR), Law Society of Ontario (LSO), American Bar Association (ABA), New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), National Bar Association (NBA), Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL), and Women’s Law Association of Ontario (WLAO). She has served on the boards of numerous organizations including Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association, Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, Women’s Law Association of Ontario, Toronto Board of Trade, Ontario Arts Council, Youth Challenge Fund, and the Harry Jerome Scholarship Fund of the Black Business and Professional Association.
Peter Galik is admitted to the Bar Association for the Higher Regional Court Munich, Germany and the State of New York, USA. He is a specialized lawyer for International Business Law, a Certified IP Lawyer, has an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Information Technology from Fordham University, New York. He studied law at University Bayreuth, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and at Fordham University New York. He is a member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR). Area of Expertise: • International Business Law • Intellectual Property • Contract Law • Litigation Fluent in German and English
Rabbi Avrohom Gast FCIArb
Abraham Gast FCIArb is a fully registered Independent Arbitrator and a fellow of the chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is active in all Dispute resolution areas and has experience in arbitration for over 10 years. His qualifications include expertise in Jewish law and is an ordained Rabbi. Furthermore, as he is fluent in English, German as well as Hebrew, he is sought after to act as arbitrator with disputing parties speaking these languages. More than just being fluent in these languages, it is also the understanding of the business models and mentalities in these countries, which makes him well recommended. He is available to either act as a party representative or as sole/ chair Arbitrator in a wide range of areas of disputes. His experience includes areas in contract, tort, employment and family disputes as well as other commercial and financial arbitration areas. As he possesses superb analytical powers, the customer can expect a professional unbiased and well-reasoned award that will be just and fair. Added with his clarity and lucidity, this usually results in an award which is well perceived by all parties. Furthermore, he is also a committee member of the North West Branch for CIArb. He is well suited to undertake complex cases and deal with them with his usual efficient, analytical and clear manner.
A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Jennifer has been appointed as a sole arbitrator, co- arbitrator and presiding arbitrator. A number of these arbitrations have been LCIA arbitrations, and she has been appointed to the BVI International Arbitration Centre Panel, the Court of Arbitration for Art and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre List. Jennifer’s practice as a barrister covered the breadth of commercial chancery practice with an emphasis on disputes between members of partnerships, LLPs, companies, joint ventures and unincorporated associations, contractual disputes involving allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and/or breach of a duty of good faith, and trusts disputes. She now practices full time as a neutral, as arbitrator or mediator. Jennifer is particularly well regarded for her commercial outlook and client interaction. She is praised by The Legal 500 as being “exceptionally user-friendly, easy work with and a great team player” and Chambers and Partners says “she attracts particular praise for her excellent, candid and common sense-based client service.” She has been ranked in Tier 1 for Partnership work. She is happy to provide references from co-arbitrators. Jennifer’s experience as an arbitrator includes disputes between partners, LLPs and their members, joint venturers, shareholders and parties to international commercial contracts. The disputes have involved sectors as diverse as pharmaceuticals, media, finance, property and professional services. Jennifer has experience of expedited arbitrations. One tribunal of which she was a member oversaw a two day final hearing and delivered the award on the merits within two months of appointment.
Vinod Haritwal has 43 years of Business Management Experience, the last 20 years as CEO & Director of a multi-division, multi-location, global-operations, listed company with strong profitability and Balance Sheet. He has experience as a CEO in complex and dynamic business environments for business and profitability growth. He has earlier experience in Private Equity and Venture Capital Investment Management, Financial Management and Corporate Law and Governance.
Charles E. Harris II
Charles E. Harris, II, a partner in Mayer Brown’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution group, is dual-qualified in the United States and United Kingdom. His international litigation practice focuses on matters of paramount importance to the business community, including class actions, antitrust, contract and real estate-related disputes, technology-related disputes, administrative actions, and privacy and cybersecurity. For instance, Charles has successfully defended individual and class action suits under the TCPA, AIPA, FCRA, FDCPA, and state consumer protection statutes and defended data breach lawsuits under the CFAA and Stored Communications Act. He has also defended clients in administrative actions before agencies such as the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation and the Illinois Department of Revenue. Charles has also handled many First Amendment cases alleging defamation and other privacy torts, and as a registered patent attorney, he has litigated IP disputes. Charles has prepared matters for trial, tried cases to completion, and represented clients on appeal in federal and state courts. In addition to being an accomplished litigator, Charles has significant experience in all areas of arbitration. He has represented clients in domestic and international arbitration before many administrators, including the AAA, ICDR, ICC, and International Film and Television Alliance. He has also litigated dozens of actions to enforce arbitration agreements. And in doing so, Charles has faced many threshold questions of arbitrability, such as whether the court or an arbitrator decides if an arbitration agreement permits class arbitration. In addition, Charles is an arbitrator for organizations such as the AAA, ICDR, ICC, and CPR and has presided over 50 arbitrations—these arbitrations range from complex computer software integration disputes to disputes regarding the control of a business entity. Charles is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Charles is also a trusted counselor for clients in several areas. As for privacy, Charles has assisted insurance companies, higher education institutions, service providers, and healthcare organizations in complying with HIPAA and its implementing regulations and responding to data breach incidents. Notably, Charles passed the Certified HIPAA Privacy Security (CHPSE) exam. Charles also advises clients on creating and sustaining arbitration programs, complying with the TCPA, VPPA, and Section 230 of the CDA, and avoiding First Amendment and privacy issues. Charles is also a thought leader in his practice areas, and he has published extensively on subjects such as class-action defense, arbitration agreements, and First Amendment-related issues. Charles is also the co-host of a podcast, International Arbitration: Across the Pond. Before joining Mayer Brown, Charles clerked for the late Judge David D. Dowd Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He received a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MS in Biology, summa cum laude, from North Carolina Central University, and his JD, summa cum laude, from Cleveland State University College of Law. Charles has received several accolades for his leadership and legal experience, including Super Lawyers naming him to its “Illinois Rising Stars” list from 2013 to 2017, The Network Journal honoring him with its “40 Under Forty” Achievement Award, and the Illinois Diversity Council Multicultural Leadership Award.
Christina Hioureas is a partner and Global Co-Chair of the firm's International Litigation & Arbitration Department, and Chair of the firm’s United Nations practice group. Christina represents States, private and State-owned entities, and individuals on international disputes and public international law matters and advises States on matters before the United Nations and its bodies. She also serves as arbitrator in international and domestic commercial arbitrations. Hioureas has been recognized in Chambers & Partners - Global and USA: Arbitration, Public International Law and Arbitrators, respectively (2020-23), as a “Most Highly Regarded Partner–The Americas” by Who’s Who Legal (2023) and in Legal 500- International Arbitration (2021-23). She serves on the Board of Directors of the New York International Arbitration Center and is a U.S. member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, and delegate to the International Law Association’s Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise. She was also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the Executive Council member of the American Society of International Law. Hioureas is included on the panel arbitrators for the AAA, ICDR, DIS, LCIA, USCIB/ICC, Asia International Arbitration Centre, and CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals (Energy, Oil and Gas; Banking and Financial Services; Franchise; and General Commercial Panels). Her experience includes: • As counsel in international commercial arbitration (ICC, ICDR, AAA, SIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and Swiss Rules) and investment treaty disputes (ICSID, UNCITRAL) ranging from construction, hospitality, taxation, and shareholder matters to gas pricing/re-opener, energy supply, and solar power arbitrations under investment treaties and foreign investment laws, as well as joint venture, EPC, sale and purchase, power purchase, joint development, offtake, and long-term lease agreements, with amounts at stake from $120 million to over $10 billion. • As Presiding, Sole, Emergency and Co-Arbitrator in disputes under UNCITRAL, ICC, ICDR, LCIA, and AAA Rules relating to construction, natural gas, renewables, hospitality, franchise, supply chain, pharmaceuticals, fashion, technology, civil rights, and cyber-security. She is also a CEDR-certified mediator. • As counsel to States before the United Nations (Security Council and General Assembly) and before regional human rights tribunals and the International Court of Justice relating to decolonization, jus cogens, law of occupation, protection of the environment during armed conflict, sea level rise, and rendition. • As counsel in claims before U.S. courts under the Alien Tort Statute and the Torture Victim Protection Act in cases alleging extrajudicial killing, torture, cruel treatment, arbitrary detention, and crimes against humanity; Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act in connection with embassies and consulates; and defense and enforcement of arbitral awards under the Federal Arbitration Act.
Hon. Alexander Henderson K.C.
Alex specializes in commercial, financial services and general civil litigation and arbitration. In his 53 years at the bar and on the bench Alex has acquired a wealth of experience in all aspects of litigation at all court levels. Alex is presently an Attorney-at-Law and Senior Counsel at Dentons in the Cayman Islands. He was a Judge of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands from 2003 to 2015 and a member of the Court’s Financial Services Division. He has delivered the second largest number of judgments in the Court’s history. Alex was a Judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia from 1995 to 2003. He practiced as a barrister in Canada from 1970 to 1995 and was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1992. Alex has provided opinion evidence on the law of the Cayman Islands in financial cases in London, New York, Hong Kong, and Dubai. Alex is also a current editor of the Cayman Islands Law Reports, a member of the Law Reform Commission, and a member of the INSOL and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has sat as sole arbitrator and as Chair of a panel of three arbitrators on numerous occasions.
Mrs Hulbert has 25 years of professional practice. She is the founding partner of the Hulbert Volio Montero, a boutique law firm in Costa Rica. She has vast experience in national and international law, with special emphasis in dispute resolution and ADR on complex cases. Mrs Hulbert is a specialist in civil and commercial liability, international expert in litigation, arbitrator, mediator and international expert in anti-corruption. She has participated in more than 100 training courses and conferences in different areas of the law, with a special emphasis on matters relating to Costa Rican private law, domestic and international commercial arbitration. She is a professor of international contracts and international law at Lead University and lectures on international commercial arbitration; investment arbitration; International Bar Association Rules; anti-corruption practices; female participation in arbitration; wills and probate proceedings; and other related matters. She has given lectures and conferences in Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Mexico, Colombia, Perú, United States of America Spain and France. Mrs Hulbert has served as international and domestic arbitrator since 2005, and is constantly appointed as domestic arbitrator and has participated in several international arbitrations sitting a Arbitrators, under the ICC, ICDR and UNCITRAL rules. Mrs Hulbert has served as international and domestic arbitrator since 2005, and is constantly appointed as domestic arbitrator and has participated in several international arbitrations sitting a Arbitrators, under the ICC, ICDR and UNCITRAL rules. Andrea is on the list of domestic and international arbitrators for the following arbitration chambers: CCA (International Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration), Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce; CAM (Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration, Costa Rica; Costa Rican Bar Association); CICA-AMCHAM (International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration. American–Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce), CFIA – CRC (Conflict Resolution Centre; Engineering and Architects Professional Federation), BVI/ IAC (International Arbitration Centre; Virgin Islands), CACC (Centro de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Caracas, Venezuela); CEDCA (Centro Empresarial de Conciliación y Arbitraje de Venezuela); CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London), CIAR (Iberoamerican Arbitration Centre), Arbitration Court of AmCham Peru, Conciliation and Arbitration Center of Panama (CeCAP), Center of Arbitration and Conciliation of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota (CCB). She is member of the Costa Rican Bar Association; the New York State Bar Association; the Spanish Club of Arbitration; the International Bar Association; the Central American and Caribbean Group of Arbitration; the International Chamber of Commerce – Costa Rica; the ICC Institute of World Business Law and, LAI – Latin America Chapter of the Institute of World Business Law. Her areas of practice include civil and commercial law; contracts; liability; damages; real estate; construction law; company and shareholder disputes; contracts; debt collection; insolvency; wills; estate planning and probate proceedings (national and international); wealth preservation; consumer protection; unfair competition; international transactions; international law (execution of international court orders; rulings or awards; international judicial cooperation; distribution and agency agreements); and notarial and registry law. Mrs Hulbert articles are widely published. Her articles include “Wealth Preservation” in Plenitud Magazine (number XIII, 2012); “The Price of Gender Bias and the benefit of support” in Dos Magazine (volume two, edition six, number 12, 2014); “Analysis of the IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration” (2014); “The Creation of the Iberoamerican Arbitration Center and Costa Rica as the Presidential Headquarters” in International Law Magazine El Foro, (Costa Rican Bar Association, 2015); “The Wills in Costa Rica” (2015); “Bilateral Investment Treaties in Costa Rica” (2016); “Agency and Distribution Agreements-Costa Rica” in Wolters Kluwer International (2017 and 2018); “Judiciary control of arbitral awards in other countries; a brushstroke on the CAC Congress in Bogota” (2017); “What is the Probate Jurisdiction if the Decent had a connection with Costa Rica?” (2017); “Repercussions of the Tax Law on Legal Entities” (law number 9428, 2018); “Award Annulment in International Arbitration” (2018) and “Reference on International Arbitration for Costa Rica” for Latin Lawyer (2018–2019). In 2012, Mrs Hulbert received the Butterfly Award the Organization ALAS, in recognition of “her leadership, courage and ability to evolve and change as a professional, building a highly inspiring legacy for the next generation of women “. She is ranked by Chambers and Partners as one of the best dispute resolution lawyers in Latin America (2016–2020). In 2018, she won an Acquisition International Global Excellence Award as the Most Influential Woman in Civil Litigation in Costa Rica.
Ranked in Chambers USA as one of the nation's best mediators (Mediators--USA Nationwide), David is a full time mediator and arbitrator of large and complex cases, often of international dimension, both in-person and via video media such as Zoom. He spent 37+ years litigating these very sorts of cases as a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, from which he retired in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), is an appointed member of the Mediation and Commercial Arbitration rosters of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the Commercial Mediation and Arbitration panels of Federal Arbitration Inc. (FedArb), the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR). He is also an ARIAS-US certified arbitrator and mediator and a roster member of the ICC-USCIB. He has been appointed by parties and fellow arbitrators to serve as Chair and party-appointed arbitrator on numerous AAA, ICDR, ICC, JAMS and ad hoc tripartite arbitration panels as well as having been appointed as the sole arbitrator in numerous arbitrations.
Derek Jones is an attorney-at-law practicing in Grand Cayman. He has significant Property, Commercial and Employment Law experience and enjoys the rare distinction of being ranked by Chambers and Partners in two jurisdictions: Jamaica and Cayman and in two different practice areas. Mr Jones acted as Head of Litigation at a leading Jamaican firm, Myers, Fletcher & Gordon, before being elected Managing Partner in 2003, a position he held for almost a decade. He also served as the Honorary Consul for Sweden in Jamaica and the Honourary Legal Adviser to the British High Commission, and on the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council. Following his retirement from Myers Fletcher & Gordon in 2010, Mr Jones took up the post of Regional Managing Partner with Higgs & Johnson, in the Cayman Islands. He subsequently left to establish HSM Chambers in 2012 from which he retired in 2019. Mr Jones is a former president of the Jamaican Bar Association and the Pension Funds Association of Jamaica.
John Judge is experienced in international commercial arbitration. He is the Sole Arbitrator or Chair in several international arbitrations seated in New York, the Caribbean and Toronto. He has a broad background in real estate and complex construction, product liability and professional negligence disputes relating to sophisticated industrial mining, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects. He has also sat as an Arbitrator and Chair on substantial arbitrations through the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris and the ICDR, as well as ad hoc arbitrations. John Judge has appeared as counsel before trial and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and also before administrative and arbitral tribunals. Mr. Judge is also experienced in international commercial arbitration as counsel and as arbitrator. He has sat as an arbitrator and as chair on substantial international arbitrations through the ICC, Paris, and the ICDR, as well as ad hoc arbitrations. He is currently sitting as Sole Arbitrator or a Chair in a number of international arbitrations seated in New York, the Caribbean and Toronto. As many of his cases involve international issues, he is adept in co-ordinating cross-border disputes and effectively dealing with jurisdictional issues. His experience includes shareholder, partnership and joint venture disputes, corporate and commercial transactions, banking, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance claims, and civil fraud investigations and claims. He has a broad background in real estate and complex construction, product liability and professional negligence disputes relating to sophisticated industrial. mining, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects. He has handled a wide variety of technology disputes related to outsourcing, software development and implementation and Internet issues. His expertise in arbitration has been recognized nationally and internationally, including Chambers 2011, Lexpert/American Lawyer 2011 (Most Frequently Recommended), International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration 2012. He is involved with numerous arbitral organizations including the LCIA (V.P., North American Users Council), ICC Canada (Member, Executive), Panel Member for the ICDR, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, and the London International Arbitration Club.
Jean Kalicki is a full-time independent arbitrator based in New York and Washington, DC, specializing in international, complex commercial and investor-State disputes. Until April 1, 2016, she was a Partner at Arnold & Porter LLP and New York, serving as counsel in a wide range of high-stakes international disputes. Over more than 25 years, she has conducted arbitrations involving six continents, across a wide range of industries and disputed issues, addressing issues of public international law and the laws of dozens of different countries. Ms. Kalicki is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Arbitration (US National Committee), the Board of Directors of SICANA, Inc. (ICC North America), and the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA). She teaches arbitration and advocacy as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and American University Washington College of Law. Ms. Kalicki is co-editor of Reshaping the Investor-State Dispute Settlement System: Journeys for the 21st Century (Brill Nijhoff and TDM-OGEMID 2015), serves on the Editorial Board of the ICSID Review, and is a frequent writer and speaker on arbitration topics. Ms. Kalicki has been widely recognized for her leadership in the field. In February 2016, Law360 named Ms. Kalicki one of the “Five Most Influential Female International Arbitrators” in the world.
Christine (Yi) Kang
Christine (Yi) Kang is a partner in the New York office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed in the Litigation department and leads the China Arbitration practice. Christine has significant experience in resolving cross-border disputes and enjoys a high reputation in international arbitration. She also has extensive and successful experiences in Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) sanction matters. Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Christine practiced at international law firms and a Chinese “Red Circle” law firm for years and worked at CIETAC Beijing headquarters for eight years before her private practice. She has advised leading Fortune 500 companies on their international arbitration cases with major international arbitration institutions, including CIETAC, AAA-ICDR, HKIAC, ICC, SIAC, and SCC etc., involving a broad array of industries and areas such as international trade, joint ventures, construction, finance, insurance and intellectual property. She also regularly advised Chinese SOEs on their overseas litigation cases in concert with U.S. and U.K. litigators. Christine has extensive and in-depth experiences in representing Chinese SOEs and multinationals in their corporate compliance and anti-bribery investigations. Specifically, she has regularly represented Chinese enterprises in their response to the investigation from, settlement negotiations with the MDBs, including the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Asia Development Bank and establishing as well as implementing the integrity compliance program with the MDBs standards. Christine is widely recognized for her abundant arbitration experience, and is invited to serve as a member of the Council of AAA, the AAA-ICDR Rules Revision Committee, AAA International Advisory Committee, the HKIAC Proceedings Committee, as well as the WIPO International Advisory Committee. She has acted as a presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator and party-nominated arbitrator in a variety of arbitration cases, and is an arbitrator on the panels of major international arbitration institutions, including HKIAC, AAA-ICDR, CIETAC, LCIA, WIPO, and ICC. Christine is recently nominated in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders-Global Elite 2023, Thought Leaders-GIR 2023, and Arbitration 2022.
Magda has over 12 years' experience, eight of which have been based out of the Middle East region. Throughout her career she has acted on a wide range of complex and highly sensitive international arbitrations, particularly relating to those in the construction, infrastructure, real estate, transportation, and energy sectors. Magda's practice includes disputes related to major international projects, such as high-rise towers, infrastructure, power plants and rail. Her clients include developers, contractors, sub-contractors, government bodies, consultants and investors. Over the years, Magda has gained significant experience working in several jurisdictions, and therefore is able to coordinate multi-jurisdictional proceedings on a client’s behalf. She has acted in international arbitration and DAB proceedings brought in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and Qatar International Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration (QICCA). Magda is a member of international organisations; ArbitralWomen, ICC YAAF, CIArb and Women in Law Foundation, where she mentors and supports young practitioners with their personal development and career objectives.
Homer La Rue
Professor La Rue is an experienced and highly-sought arbitrator and mediator of workplace and other disputes. He has over thirty-five years of experience in a variety of industries and settings including, but not limited to, airlines, railroads, retail, higher education, telecommunications, public sector state and local government and federal sector. Professor La Rue also is an accomplished educator, particularly in the field of alternative dispute resolution. He has been teaching law since 1983 and has been a full professor on the faculty of law at Howard University School of Law since 1994. Professor La Rue has a MA in Industrial & Labor Relations and a JD from Cornell University. He has a BA from Purdue University. He is Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. where he teaches clinical courses as well as gives lectures and seminars in traditional law courses. He is the founder and co-director of the Howard Law ADR Program. Professor La Rue also is the founder and director of the Law School’s ADR Certificate Program. He also directs an ADR externship for third-year law students with the World Bank Group’s Internal Justice System. Professor La Rue has extensive experience as a preeminent and highly sought-after labor and employment law attorney. For more than 35 years, he has served as an arbitrator and a mediator in numerous complex national and global matters, including labor, employment, and commercial disputes. Professor La Rue is the recipient of the 2020 D’Almeberte-Raven Award for outstanding service to the ADR field. The Award is the highest honor given by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. La Rue is past Chair of the Council of the Section of Dispute Resolution of the American Bar Association. He also was Chair of the Maryland State Labor RelationsBoard from 2008 to 2011. He is a Vice-President of the National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA) and currently serves as a member of its Board of Governors. He is the permanent arbitrator for several collective bargaining agreements. Professor La Rue is a member of the labor-management roster of arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. He also is a member of the roster of arbitrators for employment disputes with the American Arbitration Association. Professor La Rue is a past president of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR), now the Association for Conflict Resolution. He is a Fellow in the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. He also is a Distinguished Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators (IAM) and has served on its Board of Governors. The Peggy Browning Fund’s 2015 DC Awards Reception recognized Professor La Rue for his fair and impartial work as a labor-management neutral. Professor La Rue was the 2017-18Neutral-In-Residence at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) at Cornell University. He has lectured extensively and conducted training in the dispute resolution field to a variety of bar, business, and labor groups, both domestically and internationally. He has served as a technical advisor and trainer for the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The project on which he worked was designed to assist in the development of a regional ADR system for the resolution of commercial disputes in Central and West Africa. As a technical consultant to the project, he lectured and conducted training programs and conferences in countries in Central and West Africa. He has published several scholarly [articles], including contributing a chapter in “Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution”, eds. Welsh and Gadlin (DRI Press,December 1, 2020). Professor La Rue has devoted a significant portion of his professional time and experience to the increase of diversity among neutrals in arbitration and mediation. He frequently gives lectures and presentations to law faculty, law students, and various other groups on issues concerning racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion in the ADR field.
Frank is a leading professional in the world of commercial and civil dispute resolution acting as an independent arbitrator and mediator specializing in international, commercial, tort and insurance disputes. Throughout his career Frank has been responsible for evaluating, formulating, and executing on strategies to resolve disputes through trial, arbitration, mediation, and principal to principal negotiation. He has accumulated an abundance of real-life, international experience on the dynamics of decision making to resolve conflict. Frank is designated as a Fellow by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is a member of the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and is certified as an arbitrator by ARIAS and FINRA. Since starting his ADR practice in 2020, he has been named as panel chair, party appointed, or sole arbitrator in 34 matters, 24 of which have resulted in a written final award. He has also been named as a mediator. For over 3 decades Frank acted as counsel, general counsel, corporate executive, and arbitrator in a wide range of commercial, tort and insurance-related disputes arising under the laws of many common and civil law countries. His 35+ year career is rich with experience including 14 years of private legal practice followed by 21 years as a senior corporate executive responsible for resolving disputes. Frank has significant experience evaluating and resolving complex, high severity commercial matters. He is well versed in resolving the variety of claims that arise under property and casualty insurance and reinsurance as well as cross-border and political risk disputes and has unmatched first-hand experience with arbitrations involving the “Bermuda Form. Beyond insurance-related matters he has extensive international experience with disputes involving commercial contracts, construction, energy, mergers and acquisitions, property damage, employment, Directors and Officers, mass torts and long tail liabilities. Frank’s experience in international conflict resolution has been unique and substantial. He is comfortable in and knowledgeable of international jurisdictions, having lived as an American ex-patriate for much of his career. As an operating company General Counsel and then as Chief Claims Officer for Chubb, he travelled extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Asia, and Latin America resolving complex disputes, many with 9 figure valuations. This responsibility provided a practical working knowledge of the legal and conflict environments in many civil and common law countries and a practical understanding of the dynamics and impact that local culture and norms have on conflict resolution. Frank is a founding member of Arbitra International. He is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey and is co-author of New Jersey Insurance Law, a 1000-page insurance law treatise currently in 17th edition published annually since 1993 by ALM Media Partners, LLC.
Described as a "star engineer arbitrator" with a “superb reputation for Morocco Construction & Real Estate disputes”, Khalid is an experienced arbitration / adjudication partner. He has acted as Expert Engineer Witness in more than 100 commercial and construction judicial cases. He also acted in some 10 arbitrations administered under the rules of Domestic Arbitration in ad hoc proceedings. In addition to his arbitration work, Eng. Khalid regularly appears as a Consultant Expert before the Moroccan Courts of First Instance and Appeal. He gives advice to clients across a number of sectors, and has developed particular experience in relation to large, complex and high-value infrastructure, energy and construction disputes. His clients include project owners and developers, contractors, architects and engineers, major equipment suppliers, insurers and subcontractors. Eng. Khalid also represents development agencies (or their representations) and major corporations in infrastructures. Eng. Khalid regularly sits as an arbitrator (including as co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator), under the Moroccan Law 95.17 Rules. He has learned international arbitration in London (where he trained), Dubai and Egypt. Over the years, Eng. Khalid has been recognised as a peer practitioner for his work in the field of ADR/ Arbitration / Mediation by, among others, Chambers and Institutions in his country and abroad.
Hon. Barry Leon
The Honourable Barry Leon, FCIArb, MBA, LL.B., is a Canadian based in the British Virgin Islands. He is an independent arbitrator, mediator and dispute resolution specialist, and an independent consultant and professional services provider (including independent corporate meeting chairman, and member of public and private oversight and integrity bodies). Judicial Experience. Mr. Leon was the Presiding Judge (Commercial Division), Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, in the Territory of the Virgin Islands, known as the BVI Commercial Court, from 2015 to 2018. In that capacity he presided over a range of high-stakes international commercial disputes involving parties from around the world, including shareholder and corporate disputes, insolvency matters, contractual disputes, fraud and asset recovery proceedings, judgment enforcement and arbitration assistance and arbitral award enforcement. While serving on the BVI Commercial Court, Mr. Leon was a founding member of the Judicial Insolvency Network, a network of judges from leading international commercial courts that, among other things, established the Guidelines for Communication and Cooperation Between Courts in Cross-border Insolvency Matters, with protocols for communication and cooperation between courts in different jurisdictions. He also served on the Chief Justice’s Insolvency Committee in BVI and the Court’s 50th Anniversary Committee for BVI. Litigation and Arbitration Counsel Practice (1976 – 2015). Prior to his appointment to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court for a 3-year term, from 2009 – 2015 Mr. Leon was a Partner and Head of the International Arbitration Group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP, a Canadian regional business law firm with a boutique international arbitration counsel practice, based in Ottawa, Canada. Until 2009 he was a Partner with Torys LLP, a leading Canadian business law firm, in its Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice in Toronto, Canada, and for many years served as Coordinator of the Practice. Mr. Leon has more than 35 years of experience as counsel in litigation, arbitration, and mediation, acting on many complex and significant cases for a wide variety of clients and involving many different industries including financial services, natural resources, energy, insurance (property and casualty; life and disability) and reinsurance, air transportation, technology, intellectual property, manufacturing, and construction. His cases included corporate and shareholders disputes; employment and labour; patent, trademark, and copyright; contractual and tort claims; insurance; and construction. Arbitrator and Mediator Mr. Leon is an independent Arbitrator with Arbitration Place in Canada, 33 Bedford Row Chambers in London, and Caribbean Arbitrators. He is a member of the Cayman International Mediation & Arbitration Centre Roster, an Arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association National Roster of Arbitrators, a member of the Jamaica International Arbitration Centre (JAIAC) Panel of Neutrals (Arbitration, Mediation, Facilitated Contract Re-Negotiation, Neutral Evaluation) and a member of the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VanIAC) Domestic Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Mediation Panels. Mr. Leon is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), an International Mediation Institute (IMI) Certified Mediator, and a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is experienced in arbitrating and mediating corporate and commercial, contract, shareholder and business breakup, joint venture, employment, insurance, intellectual property, technology, expropriation, natural resources, and construction disputes. Mr. Leon also served as an arbitrator and mediator for several years prior to his appointment to the BVI Commercial Court. He continued to do so occasionally while serving on the Court. Current Organizational Involvement. Mr. Leon is past Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, ICC Canada (Canadian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration) and remains active on the Arbitration Committee of ICC Canada in various capacities, as well as being a member of the ICC’s Commission on Arbitration and ADR. He is Chair of Arbitration Place’s Advisory Board and is on the Organizing Executive Committee for Canadian Arbitration Week (CanArbWeek). Mr. Leon is Co-Chair of the 2023 Canadian Arbitration Report. Also, he is a founding member of the BVI Arbitration Group, and of the governing Committee responsible for achieving the objectives of the Group. Mr. Leon is a member of the Arbitration Act Review Committee of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, which conducted a complete review of the Ontario, Canada domestic and international arbitration laws, and has been assisting in The Bahamas with the drafting of its international arbitration, mediation, and adjudication laws. Recently he was a member of the faculty that conducted a series of arbitration courses for the Guyanese judges, lawyers, public sector members, the business community, the media, and civil society, at the request of the Attorney General through IMPACT Justice. Mr. Leon is one of the moderators of OGEMID (part of TDM – Transnational Dispute Management), a global listserv focused on international arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and related fields. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Guyanese Congress, the Advisory Board of the Canadian Association of Progressive Muslims, and of the North America Sub-Committee of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations (CGA) and was Organizing Committee Chair for CGA global workshop, “Shaping the Future of Greener Arbitration Conferences and Training”. Mr. Leon is Co-Chair of the Caribbean Task Force of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration’s Americas Initiative; a member of the International Trust Arbitration Organisation’s Research Council; and a Director of the International Law Association’s Canadian Branch and Member of the International Commercial Arbitration Committee. Also, he is a Vice Chair and Branch Committee Member of the Caribbean Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; and a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s International Law Section, the International Arbitration Club of New York, the London Court of International Arbitration, the American Society of International Law, and the New York International Arbitration Center. Past Organizational Involvement Mr. Leon has been an active member of numerous other organizations involved in international arbitration and other dispute resolution for many years, serving in executive positions and on task forces and commissions, and organizing and chairing conferences and events, including: •International Bar Association: Member, IBA Rules for Investor-State Mediation Sub-committee; Member, Arbitration, Mediation and Litigation Committees; Co-Chair, IBA International Arbitration Conference, “First Principles, Current Practices, Latest Trends”, Toronto, 2014; •The Advocates’ Society: Co-Chair, Arbitration and Mediation Advocacy Practice Group; Member, Practice Group Standing Committee; Chair, The Roger Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution Dinner Committee and Chair of the Dinner (Lifetime Achievement Award to L. Yves Fortier, CC, OQ, QC, Ad. E., LLD); •Canadian Bar Association: Chair, Working Group on ICSID; Executive, Dispute Resolution Committee of International Law Section; •CPR Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution: Member, Task Force on Diversity in ADR; Member, Arbitration Committee; •Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation: Program Committee Member – “International Energy and Minerals Arbitration” Conference (Toronto); and •Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR): Member, Commission on Settlement in International Arbitration. Recognitions Mr. Leon has received numerous professional recognitions in international arbitration and other related areas. In 2022, he was shortlisted by Global Arbitration Review (GAR) for its award for the ‘best prepared’ arbitrator. Previously, Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 100 called him “one of Canada’s most high-profile arbitration practitioners,” and Chambers Global referred to him as “an accommodating, instructive and personable practitioner who provides clear advice and opinions.” His recognitions include Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 100; Chambers Global; Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; PLC Which Lawyer?; The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration; The Best Lawyers in Canada; Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory; Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration; Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada; and Who’s Who Legal – Canada. The International Mediation Institute (IMI) reported that the lawyers who used Mr. Leon as a mediator were satisfied with his work. They said that he is open and approachable; skilled; well prepared; able to understand legal issues quickly; deals well with parties’ animosities; and listens to both sides’ concerns to try to assist them to resolve their disputes. All lawyers were satisfied with the work Mr. Leon did, would likely use him again and would recommend him to others. In 2013 Mr. Leon received the “Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in ADR” from the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR). Writing, Speaking and Teaching. Mr. Leon writes and speaks extensively on arbitration, mediation, negotiation, and other dispute resolution topics, including in Canada and in the Caribbean (in Jamaica, BVI, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, The Bahamas, and Barbados), including conducting arbitration workshops for judges in the Caribbean. He has taught regularly on an ad hoc basis in international arbitration courses (including at the International Law Institute, Advanced Arbitration and Mediation Course (Washington), Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy, Osgoode Hall Law School at York University (Toronto), University of Montreal, and McGill University (Montreal)). He also speaks on topics relating to fraud and asset recovery, construction, and insolvency. He chaired a panel at the 2017 Offshore Alert Miami Conference on "Cross-Border Clashes and Cooperation Among Courts” and spoke and wrote on appeals in arbitration (Fordham Conference on International Arbitration 2015 and “Merit Appeals in International Arbitration: Undermining Arbitration or Facilitating True Party Autonomy” in Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers 2015, 2016: Koninklijke Brill NV). Mr. Leon’s paper on "Arbitration of Cross-Border Insolvency Disputes" for the Judicial Insolvency Network Conference was nominated by Global Restructuring Review for its 2017 Award for "Innovation in Cross-Border Insolvency and Restructuring". He is an Executive Editor and a founder of the Canadian Journal of Commercial Arbitration, a member of the Board of Editors of the Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review, and currently is involved in co-editing a book on arbitration in the Caribbean. Bar Admission and Education Mr. Leon was admitted to Bar in Ontario, Canada (now a non-practicing member of the Law Society of Ontario). He holds a law degree from the University of Toronto, an MBA degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario (Western University), and a BA (Political Science; Economics; English Literature) from the University of Alberta.
Syed Mustafa Mahdi
Syed Mustafa Mahdi FCIArb, FMIArb, FAMINZ is a common law qualified lawyer and practicing as a Registered Foreign Lawyer (England & Wales) , an Advocate before the High Court(s) of Pakistan. and a Partner at Spencer West LLP. Syed has substantial legal experience and has acted in disputes arising out of areas in aviation, shipping, customs, construction, arbitration (domestic & international), financial markets, and cross-border transactions to which he brings a commercial, pragmatic and organized approach with a depth of experience and knowledge. Most recently, Syed was nominated as a 'Chairperson for Arbitrations' by the European Commission (2022) to participate in bilateral disputes under trade agreements with third countries. Syed frequently speaks and organizes on arbitration and/or mediation topics at domestic and international forums, local Bars and at conferences. He has a growing international practice, with particular interest in Asia, Middle East and United Kingdom as a frequent visitor and growing workload. As a reflection of his expertise, Syed qualified as a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (“FCIArb”), The Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (“FMIArb”), Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (“FAMINZ”) and is the youngest Arbitrator to have achieved these enviable and distinguished titles in Pakistan. Additionally, Syed also holds the position as an Honorary Secretary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb Pakistan Branch) and a Co-Founder of Energy Related Arbitration Practitioners (ENERAP) in Pakistan.
Dr. Tariq Mahmood
Dr Mahmood is an offshore barrister practising in Bermuda from Cox Hallett Wilkinson. He was called to the bar of England & Wales in 2002. Dr Mahmood is a barrister with multi-jurisdictional experience specialising in international commercial dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and mediation), restructuring, chancery, private/corporate insolvency litigation, insurance/re-insurance litigation and trust matters. Dr Mahmood has more than 20 years’ experience in representing clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes in London, Asia and the Middle-East. Dr Mahmood has been appointed on numerous panels throughout the world. He has served as counsel, arbitrator and mediator conducting both institutional and ad-hoc arbitrations and has conducted numerous mediations. He has lectured and publishes regularly on topics relating to international arbitration, mediation and issues of diversity in the legal profession. He has been appointed a ‘Visiting Professor’ at the University of Hull and a ‘Honorary Lecturer’ at the University of Keele. He is on the ‘Approved Faculty List (AFL) with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and provides training in International Arbitration, Domestic Arbitration and Mediation.
Peter Mason is an independent arbitrator and mediator with over 30 years industry experience. Peter brings to his arbitration and mediation practice a long and successful track record as a disputes lawyer in private practice in both Australia and the United States, and as a senior international lawyer and senior corporate leader at a multi-billion dollar global enterprise. Before his Arbitrator career, Peter spent more than 20 years as Global General Counsel at UNICEF, a highly respected, multi-billion dollar, mission-driven international enterprise, with 15,000 staff and operations in over 152 countries, where he oversaw the legal support and advice to all business units and offices around the world, leading and in-house team and managing outside counsel in numerous jurisdictions. While at UNICEF, Peter was responsible for managing organisational risk and ensuring compliance. He designed and negotiated complex international financing for development and public private partnerships. He was a trusted and confidential advisor to four successive UNICEF global chief executives. Prior to his senior role at UNICEF, Peter practiced as a disputes lawyer at AllensLinklaters in Sydney, Australia before relocating to New York as a litigation lawyer at Paul, Weiss and then at the law firm Pillsbury. At UNICEF, Peter held a number of senior leadership roles as Global General Counsel. He was a member of the Global Management Team, Security Management Team and various AdHoc project boards overseeing significant corporate shifts. Peter was also the Chair of the Investment Committee overseeing a billion-plus dollar sustainable investment funds for UN organisations, and a member of the UNICEF Finance Committee, Innovative Finance Board, and Audit Committee.
Alex Potts KC
Alex Potts KC’s practice covers all areas of commercial litigation, international arbitration, and public and regulatory disputes. Alex has extensive experience of complex disputes in the fields of banking, financial services, investment funds, (re)insurance, professional negligence, company law, trusts, fraud, asset recovery, and contentious insolvency. Alex’s practice also covers public, constitutional and administrative law (including the laws of the British Overseas Territories), regulatory law, telecommunications law, employment law, planning law, and environmental law. In addition to his English law practice, Alex has been admitted to the Bars of Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and the British Virgin Islands, and Alex maintains a diverse ‘offshore’ practice. As a result, Alex has conducted cases and appeared as Leading Counsel before a variety of trial courts, appellate courts, arbitration tribunals, and regulatory tribunals, including a series of recent appeals before the Court of Appeal for Bermuda, and the Court of Appeal for the Cayman Islands, with further appeals pending before the Privy Council. In addition to his trial and appellate work, Alex is frequently instructed as counsel in international arbitrations and mediations. Alex has particular experience of arbitrating international insurance/reinsurance disputes associated with ‘the Bermuda Form’ and the Bermuda insurance markets, as well as arbitrations involving international projects and joint ventures involving Bermuda, Cayman Islands, and BVI structures. Alex also accepts appointments as an Arbitrator and as an Expert Witness. Bar Admissions England and Wales (2000), King’s Counsel 2018 Cayman Islands (2005) Bermuda (2007) Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) (2021) Appointments - King’s Counsel of England and Wales - Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Copyright Tribunal (Bermuda) - Human Rights Commission (Bermuda) - Judicial Assistant to the Court of Appeal for England and Wales (2000-2001) Awards - Shortlisted for Advocate’s Bar Pro Bono KC of the Year Award 2022 - Shortlisted for Bar Council’s Employed Barrister of the Year Award 2020 - Recognised as a Leading Individual in Chambers Global 2023 - Recognised as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 2023 - Recognised as a Leading Individual in Who’s Who Legal
Andrew is a partner in Cambells' Litigation, Insolvency & Restructuring Group, where he specialises in commercial litigation, international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. He has a wealth of experience acting for clients in a variety of complex and high value disputes, typically with a cross-border element. He is a highly experienced litigator before first instance and appellate courts, and has acted in a significant number of institutional and ad hoc arbitrations under all of the major arbitration rules. Andrew zealously pursues his client’s legal and strategic objectives. Prior to joining Campbells in 2014, Andrew practised international dispute resolution (with a particular focus on international commercial arbitration) in London (2009 – 2014), and commercial litigation and arbitration in Australia (2006 – 2009). Andrew leads teams in a variety of complex and high value disputes. He advises clients in respect of financial services and investment fund disputes, fraud and professional negligence claims (especially claims against directors, fund administrators, custodians and auditors), and a broad range of contractual and other commercial disputes. He also has experience in public law matters including judicial review. His clients have included sovereign states, major banks and other financial institutions, leading professional services firms, insolvency practitioners, family offices, insurers, litigation funders and multinationals spanning a number of sectors. Andrew is concurrently Vice Chairman of the Caribbean Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and Chairman of the Cayman Chapter of CIArb. Andrew is ranked by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for Cayman Islands dispute resolution, and is named a “Next Generation Partner” by Legal 500 and “Future Leader” among Cayman Islands litigation Partners by Who’s Who Legal.
Iain Quirk KC
Iain practices in international arbitration and commercial law. He is rated for his “really excellent cross-examination”, his “confident, easy style of oral advocacy” and being “a great advocate”. He is “fantastically clever”, “very sound and very able, smooth and incredibly sharp with great forensic ability” and “equally good in written or oral advocacy”. Iain is listed as a leading silk in Chambers & Partners / Legal 500 in four separate areas: International Arbitration, Energy & Natural Resources, Employment Law, and Media & Entertainment. A significant focus of Iain’s practice is international arbitration, and parallel court and arbitration proceedings, with an emphasis on energy & natural resources, fraud, shareholder disputes and banking & finance, including crypto disputes. He is highly experienced in injunctions and enforcement actions, as well as long trials in the English courts and offshore. He is an “impressive commercial barrister” who is “able to leverage his broad expertise across multiple practice areas”. He is “incredibly easy to work with, he gets into the detail, is very quick and generally impressive”, “calm, sound and a very safe pair of hands”. Iain’s work includes leading some of the most significant cases in the Business & Property Courts in recent years, including Krishna v Gowrie – a £150m fraud and unfair prejudice claim in the Chancery Division, heard over 8 weeks late last year. Iain is a “go-to” barrister and “noted arbitration expert”, with a “huge in-depth knowledge of all arbitration matters” in international arbitration and ISDS. He is “respected for providing robust representation in international arbitrations” with the directories noting that “the tribunal really listens to him”. He is frequently appointed as sole and co- arbitrator in LCIA, ICC and SCC disputes, amongst others. Iain was appointed as the ICC UK Arbitration Consultant in 2016, the first barrister to hold that position, and is now Deputy Chair of the ICC UK Arbitration Committee and UK delegate to the ICC Global Arbitration Commission. He taught arbitration on the MA course at Kings College, London for eight years. In the sport & media sector, Iain “acts for a broad range of media clients across a variety of areas including music, television and sport” and “knows the media sector very well”. His experience includes sports arbitration, football, Formula 1, horse racing and music industry disputes. Iain teaches advocacy to junior barristers at Lincoln’s Inn, provides assistance to aspiring barristers through the Social Mobility Foundation, and provides pro bono advocacy for disadvantaged litigants through the Chancery Division CLIPS scheme. He was on the UK Government Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel for over 10 years. Iain is an elected member of the International Committee of the Chancery Bar Association, and the Africa Committee of the Commercial Bar Association, and is called to the Bar of the BVI.
Rose Rameau has over 20 years of experience in international law, investment law, trade, arbitration, cross border disputes, and white-collar defense investigations (FCPA, UK Bribery Act and French anticorruption laws.) She is currently a Visiting Professor at Georgia State University College of Law (GSU) where she teaches International Business Transactions and International Law. Prior to joining GSU, she founded and managed Rameau International Law, a boutique firm specializing in public and private international law and whitecollar defense investigations. She has advised and represented sovereign states and companies on cross-border disputes. In addition, she has been appointed Sole Arbitrator, Co-Arbitrator and President of Tribunal by investors and sovereign states respectively. Professor Rameau continues to speak on international law matters worldwide and consults on trade matters with foreign states. On July 22, 2022, she was appointed ABA Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. As an ABA Representative to the United Nations, she supports the rule of law abroad and defend the legal profession, liberty, human rights, and access to justice. Additionally, on December 3, 2021, the United Nations Development Program appointed her as one of the Global Arbitration Counsel in employment contract cases against the U.N. In November 2021, she was also appointed ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on the U.N. Convention on International Settlement Agreement Resulting from Mediation. This study focuses on how ratification would affect the Uniform Mediation Act and State Contract Laws in the United States. She is the first woman appointed on behalf of Haiti at the International Court of Arbitration in Paris and was appointed to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague in July 2020 for a term of six years. Professor Rameau has clerked for judges and justices in the United States and abroad. Her clerkships have giving her the proper skill to draft large awards in international arbitration cases involving sovereign states and foreign investors. Professor Rameau was selected by the U.S. Department of State as a Fulbright Scholar for Sub-Saharan Africa from 2014-2016. There, she researched investment and trade laws and taught commercial and investment arbitration at the University of Ghana School of Law. Professor Rameau has practiced law in Europe, Africa, and the United States. Her experience navigating the landscape of public and private international law has allowed her to realize the importance of mentoring younger practitioners, especially women, who have been excluded from the practice of public international law and international arbitration. As a result of her mentorship and her commitment to breaking the glass ceiling, she was awarded, the Global Law and Practice Award, the Multilateral Peace Keeping Award and the 2020 ABA (SIL) Mayre Rasmusen Award for the Advancement of Women in International Law.
Hon. Dale Sanderson KC
Since 1976 Dale has enjoyed extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation in a wide variety of areas, including hearings before administrative and arbitration panels, trials and appeals at all levels of the Courts across Canada. In 2000 he took a 3-year leave from Davis (now D.L.A.Piper Canada) to accept an appointment to sit as a Grand Court Justice in the Cayman Islands. He returned to Davis in 2003 but continued, at the request of the Chief Justice, to return to the Cayman Islands, until June 2008, to sit as an Acting Judge several months a year. He currently sits as an Adjudicator in the Provincial Court of BC, two to three days per month. He was also an arbitrator with the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre. Dale has been a Judge, Adjudicator or counsel in over 1500 cases in which approximately 350 written reasons have been issued. 1.General Commercial Litigation For the past 44 years the majority of Dale's practice was in commercial litigation. He has tried cases in a variety of areas such as breach of contract, shareholders disputes, leasing and sale of land, municipal by-laws, breach of trust, breach of confidentiality, trade secrets, liquidations and receiverships both national and cross-border, wrongful dismissal, numerous injunctions, including Mareva injunctions and Anton Pillar orders, commercial lending transactions, enforcement of foreign judgements, proceedings under the Judicial Review Procedure Act, bankruptcy matters, fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation, expropriation, asset and share purchase agreements, non-competition agreements and personal injury. 2.Products Liability Dale has acted in over a dozen significant products liability cases. For example, he was counsel for a major international heavy equipment manufacturer in several fatality cases involving alleged mechanical failures of heavy equipment, in several complex equipment design cases dealing with large industrial and hydro-electric equipment failures and other national and international cases involving design and operation of major industrial equipment. 3.Professional Negligence Over the past many years, Dale has been counsel in a number of significant cases involving professional negligence. He has been plaintiffs’ counsel in several medical malpractice cases involving misdiagnoses and improper or incorrectly performed surgical procedures. He has also acted both as plaintiff and defense counsel in negligence cases involving accountants, lawyers, pharmaceutical companies, and professional engineers. He has acted for the Law Society of British Columbia in unauthorized practice cases and as counsel to the Society in a complaint to the Disciplinary Committee. 4.Construction / Engineering He has been involved in over 30 construction cases acting for both owners and contractors for such clients as Fletcher Challenge, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Vancouver General Hospital, B.C. Hydro, ITT Canada, Skeena Cellulose, PCL Construction, Peter Kiewit & Sons, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Kumagai Construction and the Operating Engineers' Pension Plan as well as many others. The cases have involved lengthy and complex arbitrations and trials of up to five months duration. The issues have included delay claims, changes to work and design, engineers' negligence, defective construction, equipment and building failure including leakage, bidding disputes and builders' liens. 5.Aviation Dale has been counsel in several aviation accident cases. He has acted for both injured passengers and families of deceased passengers, as well as airlines and air charter companies in both fixed wing and helicopter cases. He succeeded in an action against an insurer for breach of policy in denying coverage. The various cases have involved issues of pilot error and mechanical failure, weather conditions and the legal requirements under the Aeronautic Act and Regulations. In addition, he has experience with accident reconstruction experts, metallurgical and engineering experts, pilot, medical, actuarial and cost of future care experts in aviation cases. He was counsel to the Pilots Association of a major airline. 6.Administrative and Public Law Dale has appeared as counsel before a significant number of administrative tribunals as well as trial and appellate courts in judicial review matters. He has been involved in many cases dealing with municipal or city planning, professional conduct, environmental disputes, appeals from commercial arbitral awards, and hearings and appeals from various government tribunals. 7.Regulatory Hearings Dale has acted as counsel to the British Columbia Petroleum Corporation, Westcoast Transmission, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Resources in many significant cases before the National Energy Board, the B.C. Energy Commission, arbitration panels and the Federal Trial and Appellate Courts. The cases have involved, hundreds of million dollars in, lengthy hearings dealing with wholesale and retail prices for natural gas, taxation, determination of natural gas reserves, approval for capital expansions to pipeline systems and applications to set aside new construction approval. 8.Meditation During his career Dale has conducted more than 500 mediations. Dale was appointed Queens Counsel in 1999, acted as counsel to the Law Society of BC, and was a committee member of both the Practice Standards Committee and Conduct Review sub- Committee. He was a member of the Law Society Discipline Committee. He has been named by the Best Lawyers in Canada publication for commercial and corporate litigation. He has also provided expert opinion evidence to foreign courts on Cayman Islands Law. Dale has also written and delivered several papers for the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, and others, and he has lectured at the University of British Columbia and University of Liverpool Law schools. In addition to his LLB, Dale also holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of British Columbia.
Langston Sibblies KC
Mr. Sibblies K.C. is a senior lawyer with extensive background in financial regulatory laws and on international standards on anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing. He also has substantial experience in administrative law and policy development. First called to the Bar in 1975 in Jamaica, Mr. Sibblies has practised law and worked in several jurisdictions, regionally and in Ontario, Canada. He was also called to Bar in Grenada (1983), Ontario, Canada (1990), the British Virgin Islands (1997) and the Cayman Islands (1999) and was later appointed Queen’s Counsel in the Cayman Islands in 2009. Mr. Sibblies holds Cayman Islands status and is a citizen of Jamaica, Canada and the United Kingdom (UK). He joined the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) in 2000 as its first full-time Legal Adviser and was subsequently appointed General Counsel – Deputy Managing Director in 2008. He retired from that position in 2019. Immediately prior to joining CIMA, Mr. Sibblies served as the Executive Director of the Secretariat in the Cayman Islands Ministry of Finance dealing with various international initiatives impacting the Cayman Islands. In that capacity and subsequently as CIMA’s General Counsel, he represented the Cayman Islands and CIMA in various high-level meetings with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Monetary Fund, Financial Stability Board, International Organization of Securities Commissions, Caribbean Financial Action Task Force and Financial Action Task Force (FATF). He has delivered varying comprehensive papers relating to the regulation of the Cayman Islands financial industry at several local and international fora. During his tenure with CIMA, Mr. Sibblies was engaged in the negotiation of several memoranda of understandings with leading financial regulators in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan and China, among others. He also served as a member of the Cayman Islands Tax Information Exchange Negotiation Team when he was involved in the negotiation of several Tax Information Exchange Agreements with other countries. In this capacity, he attended meetings of the Global Forum on Tax Transparency in Paris and Mexico on behalf of the Cayman Islands Government. In addition to his work with the Ministry of Finance and CIMA, Mr. Sibblies also served as a member and Chairman of the Cayman Islands Law Reform Commission (2004 – 2010) and is currently a member of the Cayman Islands Judicial and Legal Services Commission. In his latest assignment as an external consultant to CIMA, he assisted in the development of responses as it relates to the financial assessment of the Cayman Islands by the FATF’s International Cooperation Review Group. This assignment ended in late February 2021. Mr. Sibblies currently serves as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Jamaica Financial Services Commission and is listed on the Roster of Short-Term Experts of the International Monetary Fund.
Dr. Katherine Simpson
Dr. Simpson has broad subject matter expertise, earned through thirteen (13) years of working in US domestic and international arbitration. Dr. Simpson is licensed to practice law in Maryland and New Jersey, US. Dr. Simpson is a member of the panel of many of the leading dispute resolution institutions, around the world: • International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Panels of Distinguished Neutrals: Banking, Accounting, and Financial Services, Pro-Bono, Health Care and Life Sciences, Detroit ADR, Employment Disputes Panel-Midwest, Energy, Oil and Gas Panel, Cross-Border Panel • American Arbitration Association (AAA), Puerto Rico, Consumer, Employment, International (AAA-ICDR), and Commercial Panels • Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Pandemic Business Dispute Resolution Service & Business Appointment Service • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") Panel • Registered with the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) for International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) appointments • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), Arbitrator Panel • Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA), Arbitrator Panel Professional Memberships: • Arbitrator, 33 Bedford Row Chambers, U.K. Vice Chair, Ray Corollary Initiative, Inc. • Chair, Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA) • Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (ABF) Member, American Bar Association (ABA) • Member, Atlanta International Arbitration Society (AtlAS) • Member, ArbitralWomen • Member, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) • Member, Energy Arbitration Club (formerly Oil & Gas Arbitration Club) • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (North American and London Branches)
Hon. Sir Anthony Smellie KC
The Honourable Justice Sir Anthony Smellie KC served as the Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands from June 1998 to October 2022. He is a graduate of the London Business School Executive Program, holds a LLB Hons. from the University of the West Indies and a LLD (HC) from Liverpool in 2006. He also holds a Diploma in Development & Finance Law from the International Development Law Institute in Rome, Italy. Chief Justice Smellie was initially called to the Bar in Jamaica as an Attorney-at-Law before serving as Clerk of the Courts (Westmoreland, Jamaica) from 1976 to 1977; Crown Counsel and Assistant Director of Public Prosecution (Jamaica) from 1977 to 1983. He taught as an Associate Lecturer at the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica from 1980 to 1983 before moving to the Cayman Islands. Chief Justice Smellie began his career in Cayman as Principal Crown Counsel and Solicitor General from 1983 to 1992. He served as Attorney General Cayman Islands (Acting) from January to November 1992 following which he was appointed as a Judge of the Grand Court where he served from January 1993 to June 1998 when he was appointed Honourable Chief Justice. Chief Justice Smellie was appointed one of Her Majesty’s Counsel in August 1991 and served as a team member of the Financial Action Task Force (mutual evaluation of United States Legal and Financial Anti-money Laundering Regimes) in 1996. He has also served on the Mutual Legal Assistance Authority (Cayman – United States MLAT) since 1993. Chief Justice Smellie is a Honorary Bencher, Grays Inn, London, England; Honorary Fellow Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London); Patron: Commonwealth Law Journal, Oxford University Press; Alumnus, London Business School (Executive Education Programme); Member – Insolvency Practitioners International (INSOL); Member - International Insolvency Institute (III). He was nominated as a member of the International Hague Network of Judges for the Convention of the Protection of Children and served from July 2011 to June 2013; and nominated by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners as a judicial member in April 2013. Chief Justice Smellie has also been certified as a mediator by the London School of Mediation.
Roger Southam BSc(Hons) FRICS FIRPM FARLA Roger Southam has had a long and distinguished career in real estate for over 45 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Institute of Residential Property Managers an Association of Residential Letting Agents. He sits on the Admin Burdens Board of UK HMRC and has held UK ministerial appointment Chairing Government advisory body. He has held senior positions in real estate and charitable bodies. He is a high performance coach and consults widely resolving disputes and issues. His career has seen him successfully deliver in real estate investment, development, finance and management. He founded and ran a successful real estate company for 27 years which was acquired by Savills. An international speaker he formed the UK Apartment Association and International Apartment Association (both in conjunction with USA National Apartment Association). His practicable, learned and objective perspectives make him a desirable mediator and arbitrator who will always look to seek a win, win, win scenario. He extensive experience and broad knowledge allows him to analyse and see solutions where others fall short. A renowned problem solver, Roger has delivered solutions where all have previously failed.
Nicholas is an arbitrator and lawyer based in Hong Kong who specialises in cross-border commercial, corporate, financial, insolvency, and shareholder disputes litigated before the Courts of the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands, including appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London. He has deep experience handling disputes which involve the use of offshore Caribbean structures holding interests in assets and businesses located in Asia, having previously appeared before the High Court of Hong Kong, orchestrated the successful enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in ‘difficult to enforce’ jurisdictions including Bangladesh and the PRC, and acted in numerous arbitrations administered by Asia’s leading arbitral institutions. Admitted to practise in Australia, England & Wales, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Pitcairn Islands, and the AIFC Court in Kazakhstan, Nicholas has conducted arbitration and litigation before courts and tribunals across an eclectic mix of jurisdictions which uniquely qualifies him as a heavyweight litigator with global perspective and an understanding of geopolitics derived from his time working as a researcher for a US Senator in Washington DC. In addition to having acted as counsel in CIETAC, FOSFA, HKIAC, ICC, LMAA, and SIAC arbitrations, Nicholas also accepts appointment as arbitrator. His experience includes arbitration and advocacy in cases involving aviation, banking, commodities, cross-border investment, natural resources, shareholder rights, shipping, and trade. He serves on arbitral panels in Austria, Bangladesh, Cayman Islands, France, India, Mauritius, Taiwan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. Nicholas is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Associate of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, and serves on the CIArb (East Asia Branch) YMG Committee and the TIAC45 Steering Committee.
Dr. Leon Trakman
Leon Trakman has been an arbitrator and mediator since 1979. He received B Comm and LLB degrees at the University of Cape Town and LLM and JSD (Doctorate in the Science of Law) from Harvard Law School. Currently living in Sydney, Australia, Leon Trakman has published 8 books and over 100 articles on contracts, investment, commercial law and international commercial arbitration. He has resolved more than sixty multimillion dollar commercial and inter-governmental disputes. A widely appointed adjudicator under the US-Canada Free Trade Agreement and the NAFTA, Leon Trakman has served on a number of high profile panels, including the controversial Softwood-Lumber dispute (dumping) by appointment of the US, Canadian and Mexican Governments. He has been appointed as an arbitrator in four continents such as by the International Center for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association in the United States, the World Intellectual Property Association in Geneva, and the Hong Kong Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.Leon Trakman has also served as a mediator/conciliator in commercial disputes. To date he has mediated 26 cases that involve domestic and international companies, in addition to disputes involving governmental agencies. Further to his work as an arbitrator and mediator, Leon Trakman regularly provides consulting services to governments in matters related to trade and investment liberalization.
Baiju is a renowned leader in ISDS, international commercial arbitration, and public international law as both counsel and arbitrator. Before he joined the Bar in November 2022, Baiju spent 20 years in international law firm practice, including 12 as partner, leading large teams of lawyers in dozens of international arbitration disputes worth several tens of billions of dollars in aggregate. His treaty practice has encompassed representation of States and investors under both ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. Until February 2022, he split his time between Moscow and London leading the Russian Federation’s defence in six major investment treaty arbitrations. He has also advised States on the negotiation and drafting of investment treaties. Prior to that he led the international arbitration practices of major American law firms in London and Washington DC. In those roles, he won several high-profile treaty awards, with particular experience in creating and managing winning global strategies for investors in high-stakes, sensitive disputes involving geopolitical issues or major criminal allegations. His international investment law experience has also been at the forefront of the intersection of international arbitration and public international law, having acted as lead counsel on seminal cases on treaty succession, disputed territories, and the effect of alleged illegality on arbitral jurisdiction. His commercial arbitration record is equally robust. He is often called on to lead cases involving English law or a London seat, but has equally led cases seated elsewhere involving laws ranging from those of India, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, UAE, Brazil, various US states, to Russia and the FSU, among others. Baiju also regularly sits as arbitrator in treaty and commercial arbitrations, and welcomes such appointments through Chambers. Finally, Baiju is a Senior Fellow of International Law at SOAS, University of London, where he teaches international arbitration to postgraduates from around the world. He also has an active pro bono practice using international dispute resolution techniques to further the global rule of law, and is passionate about bringing diversity into the international arbitration field.
Since 2002 Deva Villanúa has been an arbitrator in Armesto & Asociados, a boutique of arbitrators with an international, independent profile and a good business sense. Deva Villanúa has been designated President of the Arbitral Tribunal, Emergency Arbitrator, sole Arbitrator and as party-appointed arbitrator in more than 50 commercial cases; she has also acted as Secretary to the Arbitral Tribunal in more than 30 commercial arbitrations. In investment arbitrations she has been appointed co-arbitrator in three cases, President in four cases and she has been appointed to two annulment committees (one as President); she has also had an active involvement as assistant in more than 15 investment arbitrations. Since 2018 Deva is Vice-president of the ICC Court of Arbitration. Additionally, Deva is listed on ICSID’s Panel of Arbitrators. Education Deva Villanúa holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration (University Carlos III, Madrid). She obtained the Abitur at the German School in Madrid. Public achievements Deva is ranked by Chambers as a Band 1 Most in Demand Arbitrators in Spain; she is also ranked on Who’s Who Legal and Leaders League and been recognised in InspiraLaw’s Top 50 Women List. Languages Spanish (mother tongue), German (bilingual), English (bilingual), Portuguese (fluent) and French (intermediate).
Carita Wallgren-Lindholm is a Helsinki-based international arbitrator who began her practice in Paris in the early 1980s. Before starting her boutique Lindholm Wallgren, Attorneys, Ltd. in 2008, she spent 25 years at Roschier in corporate and dispute resolution work. She has been involved in more than 120 international arbitrations, mainly as arbitrator and chair. Institutions and rules include the SCC, ICC, FAI, LCIA, JCAA, DIA, PCA, ICSID, UNCITRAL and NAFTA and seats Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and Washington DC. She was the Chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR 2018-2021 and a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration 2012-2018. As from February 2019 she serves on the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators having been on its Panel of Conciliators 2007-2018. Since 2012 Carita only acts as arbitrator and serves in commercial and investment disputes. She is also a trained mediator. Her working languages are English, French, Swedish and Finnish, with some knowledge of Spanish. Carita Wallgren-Lindholm is inter alia ranked as a leading individual in Chambers Europe and Chambers Global (Most in Demand Arbitrators) and recognized by Who’s Who Legal as one of the Thought Leaders in Arbitration.
Dr. Robert Walters
International Arbitrator - FCIARb - Solicitor Senior Lecturer & Head Digital Economy Research Group - Victoria University Adjunct Professor, European Faculty of Law, Slovenia Europe Adjunct Senior Research Fellow - University Western Australia Advisor Corporate and Insolvency Centre - Gujarat National Law University - India. Robert has been engaged by national governments to address legal issues and develop legal diplomacy programs related to data and cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, critical and quantum technologies. Dr Walters is an Adjunct Professor of Law, European Faculty of Law, Slovenia, Europe, and admitted to Practice law in Australia. He holds an LLB (Victoria), MPPM (Monash), PhD Law (Victoria). He is a member of ASEAN Law Association - Singapore, LawAsia-Australia, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Coordination Committee for Australia, Asia Pacific Scholar (Privacy/Data Protection) Network. He has Chaired Government Appointed Advisory Committee and represented government departments to Government Law Reform Committees, in Australia. Since 2016, Dr Robert Walters has been working under the mentorship and guidance of both Professor, Dr. Leon Trakman, University New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and Professor, Dr. Bruno Zeller, University Western Australia. He also has a law enforcement/investigations background, and represented a government department as a Prosecutor in the Courts, within Australia for more than 8 years.
David Wilson FCIArb
David Wilson is a member of Sherman & Howard L.L.C. His practice focuses on international and U.S. arbitration as arbitrator and counsel, with emphasis on complex business and IP disputes, often involving the energy and technology sectors. Including his non-arbitration work, he has handled over 200 cross-border matters involving parties in more than 40 countries, with amounts up to $2 billion at issue. Admitted as a Colorado USA attorney and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, he is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is the former Vice Chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and co-chaired two Commission Task Forces. He is a member of the American Law Institute, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Senior Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America. Named Best Lawyers in America’s 2021 Colorado Arbitration Lawyer of the Year, he also has been listed in Expert Guides’ Best of the Best Global and Best of the Best USA (Commercial Arbitration), Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal (Commercial Arbitration), Colorado Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), and 5280 (The Denver Magazine) Top Lawyers (International). He has served as an arbitrator (chair, panelist, sole arbitrator, and emergency arbitrator) more than 60 times in U.S. and international disputes, including cases under ICC, ICDR, AAA, and other rules. Both as arbitrator and advocate, his cases usually concern complex disputes over breaches of contracts, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporations, partnerships, securities, corporate governance, shareholder rights, sales of goods, accounting, patents, trademarks, covenants not to compete, trade secrets, privacy, online identity, and business torts. Cases have involved diverse industries including oil and gas, oilfield services, renewable energy, technology, broadband telecommunications, Fintech, e-commerce, credit card and electronic payment processing, space and satellites, and manufacturing and distribution, among others. He is also a member of various other international arbitration panels. He graduated from the University of Texas Law School (J.D. with high honors, 1986) and the University of Texas at Austin (B.A. with highest honors, 1983) and completed courses from the MIT Sloan School of Management on the business applications of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence.
Mr. Zagaris has served as arbitrator in a transnational commercial dispute, in another case involving a dispute over construction of a parking garage, another involving a merger of companies concerning non disclosure of bribery and related matters by the acquired entity, and a case involving dispute involving the acquisition of a garbage company in which allegations of criminal and civil RICO were made. He has served as sole arbitrator and as one of a panel of three. He has also served as counsel and expert witness in arbitrations. He has also participated as counsel in a mediation. He has advised governments and written articles on international investment dispute resolution. Bruce Zagaris has advised individuals, entities and governments on international business, especially the regulatory and enforcement aspects. Mr. Zagaris has worked on tax controversy matters, including representing individuals on voluntary disclosures, audits, and litigation, as well as consulting and serving as an expert witness in criminal trials for defendants and the U.S. government. Since 1981, he has also represented foreign governments in international tax and financial services, including advising and helping negotiate income tax, tax information exchange agreements, and bilateral investment treaties. His practice includes counseling on a wide variety of criminal, especially white collar, work. He has handled evidence gathering and extradition cases and cases involving prisoner transfer applications. His criminal work has included counseling on extradition and international evidence gathering cases, testifying as an expert in international criminal cases involving money laundering and tax crimes, and counseling of witnesses for grand jury investigations. Since 1985, he has edited the International Enforcement Law Reporter, a monthly publication. His practice has included a substantial amount of money movement issues, especially international ones. He has counseled defendants in criminal cases and served as a consultant and expert witness for criminal defendants. His work includes advising businesses on developing and implementing anti-money laundering due diligence plans. He has trained prosecutors, regulatory, and law enforcement officials on prosecuting money laundering and recovery of assets. Mr. Zagaris is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and has a working knowledge of French.
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