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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.

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Louise Barrington

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.

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Brent Clinkscale

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

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Chris Fitton

Chris Fitton is one of the top 50 commercial mediators in the UK today and has been consistently recognised as such by the legal directories, ranked in Band 1 in both Legal 500 and Chambers UK. Chris spent 20 years as a busy commercial disputes partner with national / international firms. He now mediates full time, mostly with large corporates, insurance companies, banks and pension providers. He has mediated 250 mediations in the last five years, 30 of which were over £1m. Chris was, until 2014, still active in private practice as a solicitor, where he had day-to-day dealings with mediators from the perspective of a client. This experience means that he is very aware of what solicitors and their clients want from the mediator, and actively responds to that. In 2018 and 2023 Chris was included in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for excellence as a mediator. He is also a member of IPOS Mediation and regularly conducts training for international law firms and organisations.

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Verlyn Francis

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.

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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.

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Andrea Hulbert

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.

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Henrietta Jackson-Stops

Henrietta Jackson-Stops is an accredited international mediator, based in the UK. She mediates a wide range of civil and commercial disputes but has a particular interest in disputes involving family businesses, trusts and relationships and those with a public law element. Henrietta’s career began as a litigator at Allen & Overy, advising clients in both litigation and international arbitration, including advising clients on high profile matters involving a Caribbean country, the Caribbean Court of Justice and the Privy Council. She subsequently gained an LLM in Public International Law before continuing her career at the Government Legal Department advising on matters of public law and judicial review for the Home Office. Her experience of advising the Government has given her a clear understanding of the powers and duties of public bodies and the pressures which make disputes involving public bodies unique in character. Henrietta’s experience of public international law, especially in relation to international and investor-state arbitration, gives her particular expertise in this area. Henrietta runs IPOS Mediation, a leading provider of mediators in the UK and globally alongside her mediation practice. She was part of a team of IPOS mediators who trained members of the Cayman Islands judiciary in mediation in 2022.

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Magda Kofluk

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.

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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.

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Dimitra Manolis

Dimitra Manolis is a skilled mediator and trainer with a comprehensive understanding of various mediation styles and approaches tailored to suit each unique case. She adeptly employs Facilitative, Transformative, and Evaluative methods as required during the mediation process. She operates under a facilitative approach to help guide parties into collaborating with one another and finding a suitable agreement to their problem. When necessary, or when the case calls for it, she will focus more on an evaluative approach to help the parties come up with a solution. She is an Accredited Mediator of the Hellenic Ministry of Justice, and is a member of the International Mediation Institute (IMI). She speaks English, French, Greek, and Spanish.

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Corrado Mora FCIArb

Corrado Mora is CEDR Accr. (2011), FCIArb (Med.), CIArb Accr. (2011). He lives in Verona, Italy, where he practices as a mediator in civil and commercial disputes, a mediation trainer and as a lawyer. Corrado is a member of the Panels of Neutrals of both National (CAM-The National and International Chamber of Arbitration of Milan, ARERA and CoReCom Lombardia – Italian Regulatory Authorithies for Energy and Telecommunications; CAMOIM-Milan Arb.Med. Centre of Chartered Engeneers; inter alia) and International (CEDR, London; CPR, New York; Mediation Centre Dubai; i.a.) top-ranked Mediation Providers. He also serves as a Community Mediator in Bologna, Reggio Emilia and Ferrara. He chairs the Mediation Commission of the Azianda Ospedaliera of Padua (Clinical/Medical Negligence Disputes). Corrado’s practice contains well over 1,200 cases many of which concern matters including property, delicate and complex contract disputes, highly valued international commercial disputes involving top-rank businesses, clinical/medical malpractice, IP, technology, defamation, among the others. Most cases he helped his clients to settle involve difficult negotiations, a plurality of stakes, multi-party contributions and a high presence of personal and emotional issues, with rooted conflicts. His areas of expertise are energy and natural resources, media and entertainment, arts, property, information communication and technology and shipping. He is fluent in Italian and English.

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Alex Potts K.C. FCIArb

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

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Rose Rameau

Rose Rameau is a leading practitioner with over 20 years experiences in international arbitration, mediation, investor-state treaty-based dispute, cross border disputes. She advises and represents sovereign states and companies on cross-border disputes. She has been appointed Sole Arbitrator, Co-Arbitrator and President of Tribunal by investors and sovereign states. Rose Rameau was a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ghana where she taught International Commercial Arbitration, and Investor-State Arbitration. Ms. Rameau is trained in civil and common law. She holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Syracuse University College of Law in New York, an LL.M from Université Panthéon Assas in Paris, a Diploma in International Arbitration, from the Swiss Arbitration Academy in Switzerland, a Certificate in Advance Studies in International Arbitration, from the universities of Lucerne & Neuchâtel & Swiss Arbitration Academy in Switzerland. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the UK, Member of the International Arbitration Institute, Paris, France. She is listed as International Arbitrator at the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA) , the Shanghai Arbitration Commission, the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration of OHADA, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (CCJA), the British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre (BVI-IAC), the American Arbitration Association-International for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR) and CPR Panels of Distinguished Neutrals for cross-border, Energy, Oil. Ms. Rameau is an ICC Court Member and a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, representing the Republic of Haiti. Recently, she was appointed Global Arbitration Counsel for the UNDP, and ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on the U.N. Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the Singapore Convention on Mediation in November 2021.

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Kelly Sage

Kelly Sage is the Founder of Rampd.Consulting. Offering bespoke Executive level HR Consulting and Workforce Mediation in the Cayman Islands. Currently studying towards her PhD in I/O Psychology, Kelly is also an LLB graduate and has a Masters of Science Degree in HRM and a GPHR Designation. Kelly has experience working both in-house in the capacity of Global HR Lead and externally in an HR Consulting capacity. Prior to that she worked between New York and the Cayman Islands for the Deloitte Human Capital Consulting practice. Kelly specializes in HR Strategy, Workforce Mediation, Independent HR Investigations, Organizational Re-Design, HRIS Implementation, Comp and Total Rewards Strategy; and Performance Management System Creation and Implementation. Having spent the last 18 years in the Cayman Islands, Kelly is an expert in Cayman Immigration and Local Labour Laws, She is also an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator licensed through the London School of Mediation.

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Mark Shaw K.C.

Mark Shaw KC is recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers UK as a leading silk in administrative and public law, environmental law, civil liberties & human rights law, information & data protection law and professional disciplinary/regulatory law. He qualified as a mediator in 2008 and has since participated in mediations arising across those and many other areas of law, for example: commercial, contract, tort, professional negligence, pensions, land and property, local authority, social care, costs, police, immigration and public procurement disputes. His strong background in public law and human rights gives him an unusual depth of insight into the legal, presentational, financial, personnel and policy issues which often tax public and regulatory bodies. This experience extends to central and local government bodies, professional disciplinary and regulatory agencies, police authorities, utilities and media organisations. In 2018 and 2023 Mark was admitted to the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for excellence in mediation and in 2018 Shortlisted for “Silk of the Year” in the Chambers Bar Awards (one of three nominees) in the field of Professional Discipline. Other mediations have involved partnership, neighbour, financial regulation, immigration/nationality/EU, trade union disputes, property/land development, professional negligence, misfeasance, commercial disputes and public sector/workplace pension disputes. Most of the mediations take place in the UK but Mark has also mediated extensively abroad, such as in the Channel Islands and the Caribbean.

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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)

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Roger Southam

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.

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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.

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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.

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Rebecca Attree

Rebecca is one of the top 50 UK commercial mediators. Described as “an exceptional mediator” (2023 Legal 500), “outstanding” and “excellent on all fronts”, Rebecca has been consistently ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a Leading Mediator and continuously receives excellent client feedback. Mediating a wide range of disputes in the UK and internationally, Rebecca regularly mediates disputes that relate to financial institutions, shareholder, partnership, company / commercial, family business, insurance, trusts, property, aviation, workplace, employment, and the creative industries. Rebecca is renowned for her calm, professional, persuasive approach, and exceptional ability to build trust and rapport. She is also energetic and maintains momentum throughout a mediation. Excellent preparation of each case combined with her own extensive legal and commercial experience means she can robustly yet empathically challenge when appropriate. Described as “commercially astute as well as sensitive to each party’s issues”, clients acknowledge her great ability to encourage the parties to see the dispute from the other party’s point of view. Rebecca is comfortable mediating inter-personal disputes between parties from a wide range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, beliefs and diversities and speaks fluent Italian and good French. Rebecca trained as a mediator with ADRg in the UK and INADR in the US. She has regularly mediated online since 2013 and has a highly effective presence. She is frequently praised for being a skilful communicator. One of the first women to graduate from Downing College, Cambridge in Law, Rebecca qualified as a solicitor in the City of London (Reed Smith, then Laytons). In 1995 she set up and ran for several years her own highly successful international solicitor’s practice, Attree & Co. Since 2002 she has also been a director of a property company. She has advised overseas governments and judicial administrations how to introduce mediation into their jurisdictions. Rebecca brings her extensive experience in business and negotiating to her mediations, that often leads to a creative approach to facilitating a solution. Rebecca has experienced the full 360 degrees of mediation. Whilst she is now a full-time mediator, she has previously been a mediation advocate, party to a dispute, and co-mediator (where multiple parties were involved). This “all angles experience” gives her a deep understanding of the psychological issues underpinning a mediation and how to get quickly to the nub of what really matters in each mediation room.

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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.

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Gilead Cooper KC

Before coming to the Bar, Gilead enjoyed a brief career in publishing, editing books on photography, popular science and astronomy. He also spent a couple of years teaching in pre-revolutionary Iran. After pupillage, he worked in the Litigation Department of Freshfields for three years before returning to the Bar to take up a tenancy at 7 New Square. He joined Wilberforce Chambers in 2015. “The Rolls-Royce silk of the Chancery Bar,” (The Legal 500, 2020) Gilead specializes in international trust and estates litigation. The latest (2022) edition describes him as “an intellectual giant”, and ranks him in Band 1 in all three of his main practice specialisms: Private Client Trusts & Probate, Offshore, and Art and Cultural Property. Gilead is an International Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and a member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (TIAETL). Gilead has a particular interest in digital assets and has written a number of articles about the legal issues raised by this rapidly developing technology. He was included in Cityweath’s list of the top 100 Crypto advisors and managers. In addition to his practice as an advocate, Gilead sits as an arbitrator, and is a member of the LCIA, and the Court of Arbitration for Art. He is also a CEDR accredited mediator.

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Janet Francis

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.

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Charles Gordon

Charles Gordon is an accredited international mediator and arbitrator, based in the UK, with mediation and arbitration experience in many international and offshore jurisdictions. He handles a wide variety of disputes including insurance/reinsurance, energy, banking, property, joint ventures,and finance. In respect of offshore disputes, he has recently mediated disputes in Hong Kong and Bermuda. Whilst in practice as a solicitor, Charles was involved in litigation in Cayman on a number of occasions, involving banking and insurance disputes. Charles is also a visiting lecturer at Queen Mary University in London. Charles is recognised as a Leading Mediator in both The Legal 500 and Chambers Directories. He is a member of IPOS Mediation and was part of a team of IPOS mediators who trained members of the Cayman judiciary in mediation in 2022.

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Jennifer Haywood

Jennifer is an accredited CEDR mediator, with a mediation practice reflecting her practice as an advocate/adviser and her recognised client handling skills and commercial approach. She has acted as mediator in partnership, wills, trusts, property, company and commercial disputes. She has conducted mediations with multiple parties and is experienced at remote mediations as well as in person mediations. Jennifer has received very positive feedback from clients and is happy to provide references. Legal 500 says that Jennifer Haywood is "a star in the making" who "is always available, and always has an answer." Jennifer's partnership experience covers both contentious and non-contentious work and has involved general partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships. Her clients have included professional services firms (including legal, accounting, surveying and medical firms), financial services firms (including a major retail/investment bank), investment vehicles, property partnerships and individual partners/members (including LP investors and general partners in such firms). She has advised on LLP conversions, amendments to deeds, LLP members' duties in an insolvency, repudiation of LLPs, transfer of business opportunities, expulsions, enforceability of restrictive covenants, valuation of goodwill, salaried partners' status, s994 CA 2006/just and equitable winding up, recovery of overdrawn profits and challenges to the exercise of discretion, amongst other issues. Jennifer is a member of ACTAPs and ConTRA and has broad experience of contentious trusts and probate work, including disputes over the validity and/or construction of wills and trust deeds, breach of trust claims, mental capacity issues, undue influence, Inheritance Act claims, Beddoes applications, proprietary estoppel, conflicts in relation to the appointment and removal of trustees and constructive trust claims. She has acted for offshore firms as well as onshore firms.

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David Ichel

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.

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Derek Jones

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.

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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.

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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.

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Peter Mason

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.

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Jared A. McGill 

Jared McGill is a mediator based in the Cayman Islands. He is a Qualified Mediator with the International Mediator Institute, has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialisation in Leadership and Management from Trinity Western University and an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from the University College of the Cayman Islands. He has experience working in the health care industry as both a business coordinator and an analyst. Jared is available for both in-person and virtual mediations. He speaks English and some Spanish and was the President and Co-Founder of the Afro-Caribbean Club at Trinity Western University.

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Andrew Pullinger

Andrew is a partner in Campbells' 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.

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Beverley-Ann Rogers

Rose Rameau is a leading practitioner with over 20 years experiences in international arbitration, mediation, investor-state treaty-based dispute, cross border disputes. She advises and represents sovereign states and companies on cross-border disputes. She has been appointed Sole Arbitrator, Co-Arbitrator and President of Tribunal by investors and sovereign states. Rose Rameau was a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ghana where she taught International Commercial Arbitration, and Investor-State Arbitration. Ms. Rameau is trained in civil and common law. She holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Syracuse University College of Law in New York, an LL.M from Université Panthéon Assas in Paris, a Diploma in International Arbitration, from the Swiss Arbitration Academy in Switzerland, a Certificate in Advance Studies in International Arbitration, from the universities of Lucerne & Neuchâtel & Swiss Arbitration Academy in Switzerland. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the UK, Member of the International Arbitration Institute, Paris, France. She is listed as International Arbitrator at the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA) , the Shanghai Arbitration Commission, the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration of OHADA, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (CCJA), the British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre (BVI-IAC), the American Arbitration Association-International for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR) and CPR Panels of Distinguished Neutrals for cross-border, Energy, Oil. Ms. Rameau is an ICC Court Member and a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, representing the Republic of Haiti. Recently, she was appointed Global Arbitration Counsel for the UNDP, and ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on the U.N. Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the Singapore Convention on Mediation in November 2021.

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Hon. Dale Sanderson K.C.

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.

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Langston Sibblies K.C.

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.

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Hon. Sir Anthony Smellie K.C.

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.

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Shaun Tracey

Shaun Tracey MCIArb is counsel in Campbell's Litigation, Insolvency & Restructuring Group. Shaun represents investment funds, directors, trustees, professional firms and their insurers in high-value litigation and arbitration. He is an expert in professional liability and is the author of Don’t Shoot the Advisor: A defence lawyer’s guide to protecting your position and preventing lawsuits. Shaun joined Campbells in 2014, having trained and practised at Simmons & Simmons in London. His experience includes: • Commercial litigation – advice and advocacy in a wide range of high-value disputes, including obtaining interim relief (such as anti-suit injunctions) and bringing enforcement proceedings in respect of foreign judgments and arbitral awards • Professional liability litigation – defending professional firms against multi-million dollar negligence claims • Acting for directors of investment funds • Insolvency litigation – acting for liquidators and creditors in contested insolvency proceedings usually involving investment funds • Trusts litigation – acting for professional trustees in contested proceedings • Insurance litigation – advising upon policy coverage disputes • Fraud and regulatory investigations • Labour tribunal, probate disputes and other civil litigation Shaun is the Secretary of the Cayman Islands Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is the President of the Cayman Islands Chess Federation.

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Carita Wallgren-Lindholm

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.

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Bruce Zagaris

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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