The International Arbitration Summit – 30 November 2017

Legal Business’s International Arbitration Summit returns for its third year on 30 November, at The Brewery in central London.

The summit will be chaired by renowned practitioner Stephen Jagusch QC of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and bring together a host of top practitioners and influential general counsel to discuss the key trends in one of the most strategic practice areas in global law.

Stephen Jagusch
Keynote speaker: Stephen Jagusch QC, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan


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The programme:

Morning session:

8.15am-9.00am: Registration and breakfast

9.00am-9.15am: Welcome and keynote, Stephen Jagusch QC

9.15am-10.05am: Settling disputes in emerging markets – how to use arbitration successfully

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As the boom in contentious work from fast-growth economies continues, for those representing multinationals, knowing how to prepare for a dispute involving emerging markets remains as challenging as ever. This panel will hear from seasoned practitioners to offer a client’s guide to operating in high-risk strategic territories.


  • Jonathan Leach, Eversheds-Sutherland (chair)
  • Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, LCIA
  • Ian Brown-Peterside, Seven Energy
  • Anthony Sinclair, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
  • Fiona Gumede, Engen Petroleum
  • Zaeem Soofie, BP

10.10am-11.00am: Investor-state arbitration is changing.  Will it disappear?

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Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) has proliferated around the world over the past two decades. Recent years have seen a particular increase in claims across Europe. However, a number of states, supra-national organisations and ‘civil society groups’  are unhappy with the system. They want to refashion a regime they say is not fit for purpose, to make it more ‘legitimate’, ‘even-handed’ and ‘transparent’.  From a range of new model BITs, to the EU’s proposal for permanent investment courts, to UNCTAD’s emphasis on a dispute regime that encourages sustainable investment, proposals for change abound. This panel will consider how ISDS is adapting and may evolve further over the years ahead. It will consider what this means for investors, states and ‘civil society’, and for the future of the rule of law over transnational investment flows.


  • Stephen Fietta, Fietta (chair)
  • Jiries Saadeh, Fietta
  • Alejandro Escobar, Baker Botts
  • Iain Maxwell, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Sam Wordsworth QC, Essex Court Chambers
  • Dominic Roughton, Boies Schiller Flexner

11.00am-11.15am: Coffee

 11.15am-12.05pm: Reforming arbitration – are attempts to overhaul procedures delivering?

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With a number of forums currently attempting to shake up rules and procedures to address mounting complaints on cost and delays, we assemble clients and practitioners to ask who is getting it right and what clients still need to see.


  • Ian Meredith, K&L Gates (chair)
  • Chris Brierly, BP
  • Nigel Jones QC, Hardwicke
  • Joe Liu, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • Tamara Egbedi, Spectrum Geo

12.10pm-1.00pm: Landing the whale – Can banks ever be won over to arbitration?

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The financial service industry has for years been the big hold-out from arbitration, even as contentious work has exploded in the sector in the post-Lehman era. This panel explores attempts to make arbitration appealing to the banking community and asks why banks are so reluctant to abandon the courts.


  • Ken Beale, Boies Schiller Flexner (chair)
  • Octavia Knox-Cartwright, ‎Barclays
  • Helen Dodds, Standard Chartered
  • Jeffrey Golden, 3 Hare Court
  • Richard Salter QC, 3 Verulam Buildings
  • Kate Davies, Allen & Overy

1.00pm-2.00pm: Lunch

2.00pm-2.10pm: Enforcement in Luxembourg

Fabio Trevisan, Bonn Steichen & Partners

 2.10pm-3.00pm: Myth-buster: Litigation funding unravelled

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This panel explores the recent evolution of the arbitration market; has it developed sufficiently when it comes to alternative fee arrangements or are in-house counsel left wanting? Dispelling the common myths surrounding litigation funding, panellists address counsel concerns, including having to renegotiate AFAs on a firm-by-firm basis, and whether tribunals are adequately managing funding arrangements.


  • Philip Evangelou, Augusta (chair)
  • Dorothy Murray, King & Wood Mallesons
  • James Palmer, Omnia Strategy
  • Domitille Baizeau, LALIVE
  • George Burn, Berwin Leighton Paisner

3.05pm-3.55pm: Corruption of international arbitration – time to address the ‘open secret’?

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This panel will explore persistent concerns regarding corruption in international arbitration and examine the assumptions practitioners make when entering into disputes. Topics will include:

• Are we placing too much faith in the integrity of the system?

• An assessment of high risk situations to avoid

• Practical responses when suspecting corruption


  • Stephen Jagusch QC, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (chair)
  • Meriam Al-Rashid, Dentons
  • Sylvia Tonova, Jones Day
  • Aline Cavalcanti, BHP Billiton
  • Brody Greenwald, White & Case

3.55pm-4.10pm: Coffee

4.10pm-5.00pm: The bottom line – the client perspective

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Reflecting on the day’s discussions, this panel will see leading GCs and heads of litigation give their take on the key issues facing companies in arbitration, and outline what they think arbitrators and private practice lawyers need to learn from their clients.


  • Andrew Savage, Watson Farley & Williams (chair)
  • Dr Russell Richardson, The Oil & Gas Authority
  • Ian Brown-Peterside, Seven Energy
  • Aline Cavalcanti, BHP Billiton
  • Juliet Manteaw-Kutin, AngloGoldAshanti
  • Michael Akafia, Goldfields

5pm onwards: Drinks reception



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