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

Speakers will include:

  • Stephen Jagusch QC, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (chair of the summit and keynote speaker)
  • Ian Meredith, K&L Gates
  • Jonathan Leach, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Philip Evangelou, Augusta Ventures
  • Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, London Court of International Arbitration
  • Stephen Fietta, Fietta
  • Ken Beale, Boies Schiller Flexner
  • Andrew Savage, Watson Farley & Williams
  • Amol Prabhu, Barclays
  • Dr Russell Richardson, Oil & Gas Authority
  • Helen Dodds, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Aline Cavalcanti, BHP Billiton
  • Ian Brown-Peterside, Seven Energy
  • Meriam Al-Rashid, Dentons
  • Baiju S Vasani, Jones Day
  • Dominic Roughton, Boies Schiller Flexner
  • Nigel Jones QC, Hardwicke
  • Dominic Spenser Underhill, Spenser Underhill Newmark
  • Paula Hodges QC, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Jiries Saadeh, Fietta
  • Dr Anthony Sinclair, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
  • Richard Salter QC, 3 Verulam Buildings
  • George Burn, Berwin Leighton Paisner
  • Dorothy Murray, King & Wood Mallesons Europe
  • Danielle Carr, SCA Ontier
  • Domitille Baizeau, LALIVE
  • Carolyn Lamm, White & Case
  • Kate Davies, Allen & Overy


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The programme:

Morning session:

8.15am-9.00am: Registration and breakfast

9.00am-9.20am: Opening remarks, Stephen Jagusch QC

9.20am-10.20am: Settling disputes in emerging markets – how to use arbitration successfully

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.

10.25am-11.25am: Reforming arbitration – are attempts to overhaul procedures delivering?

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 in right and what clients still need to see.

Coffee – 11.25am-11.45am

11:45am-12.40pm: Landing the whale – Can banks ever be won over to arbitration?

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?

Lunch – 12.40pm-1.40pm

1.40pm-2.40pm: New trends in investor-state disputes

Rising caseloads are putting the WTO’s dispute resolution systems under intense pressure. At the same time, trade treaty agreements are becoming longer and more complex, often falling outside the scope of established rules. What is the future for dispute settlements under trade agreements and how will arbitration feature in forthcoming BITs?

2.45pm-3.40pm: Corruption in international arbitration – time to address the ‘open secret’?

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 arbitrators placing too much faith in the integrity of the system?

• An assessment of high risk situations to avoid

• Practical responses when encountering corruption

Coffee – 3.40pm-4pm

4pm-5pm: The bottom line – the client perspective

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.

Drinks reception – 5pm onwards


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