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  • James CastelloPartner, King & Spalding

    James Castello has been based in Europe for 22 of his nearly 35 years in practice, focusing exclusively on international arbitration (commercial and investment) as advocate and arbitrator.

    He is a founding partner of King & Spalding’s Paris office and he has represented and advised clients from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia primarily in arbitrations involving energy disputes or large infrastructure and other construction projects, under a wide range of arbitration rules.

    According to International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration, James “has a ‘great brain’ and is ‘one of the reasons King & Spalding is so good in Paris.’”

    He holds degrees from Yale and the University of California, Berkeley, and is admitted to practice in New York, Washington, D.C., and Paris.

  • Gavin ChesneyInternational Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton

    Gavin Chesney is a solicitor advocate in Debevoise & Plimpton’s London office. His practice focuses on international commercial disputes, both in international arbitration and in court litigation.

    Mr. Chesney represents a wide variety of clients including major corporations, high net worth individuals and sovereign states in a range of complex, high-value disputes across sectors including mining, power, oil and gas, defense and financial services. He has appeared in proceedings under the auspices of ICSID, UNCITRAL, the ICC, the LCIA, the SIAC.

  • Giuditta Cordero-MossProfessor, Law Faculty of the University of Oslo

    Giuditta Cordero-Moss, Dr. juris (Oslo), PhD (Moscow), is Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Oslo, where she was Director of the Department for Private Law in the period 2012-2015.

    She teaches primarily International Commercial Law, International Commercial Arbitration, Private International Law, Comparative Law and Norwegian Law of Obligations. She has published numerous books and articles in Norway and internationally, and is often invited to lecture at universities and organisations all over Europe, including the Hague Academy of International Law, with a series of lectures on Party Autonomy in International Commercial Arbitration (2014).

    Professor Cordero-Moss is an appointed or elected member of various academic organisations and holds positions in numerous boards, among others:

    • Member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law (since 2019);
    • Member of the International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce (since 2018);
    • Member of the Council, Arbitration Chamber of Milan (since 2017);
    • Member of the Norwegian Governmental Tariff Board (since 2015);
    • Vice Chairman of the Board of the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway (since 2014);
    • Member of the Board of Directors of the Arbitration Institute, Oslo Chamber of Commerce (since 2010);
    • Delegate for Norway at the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration (since 2007).

    She has been the President (2017-20) and a Judge (2007-2020) of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Administrative Tribunal.

    Professor Cordero-Moss acts as an arbitrator in her areas of expertise in a variety of arbitral institutions: Central Chamber of Commerce of Finland, Danish Institute of Arbitration, International Arbitration Court at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, International Chamber of Commerce, Oslo Chamber of Commerce, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Vienna International Arbitral Centre, as well as in ad hoc proceedings (since 2002).

  • Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC Co-Managing Partner and Chair of European and Asian Litigation, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

    Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, PC is Chair of European and Asian Litigation at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. He previously served as the UK’s Attorney General from 2001 to 2007, prior to which he was in private practice as one of the leading barristers in London.

    Lord Goldsmith acts for a variety of clients in arbitration and litigation in the United Kingdom and other countries. He is a QC and appears regularly in court in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, including Cayman where he has also been admitted to practise, as well as in arbitration.

    Consistently acknowledged for his prominence, The American Lawyer states that “he has the advocacy skills of one of the finest barristers of his generation.”

  • Bernard HanotiauPartner, Hanotiau and van den Berg

    Since 1978, Bernard Hanotiau has been actively involved in international commercial arbitration as party-appointed arbitrator, chairman, sole arbitrator, counsel and expert in various parts of the world.

    Mr. Hanotiau has a PhD from Louvain University and an LLM from Columbia University (1973). He is a member of the ICCA Advisory Board and of the Council of the ICC Institute and a member of the ICC International Arbitration Commission. He is a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC), of the International Advisory Board of the Seoul IDRC, as well as a member of the International Court of Arbitration of the Istanbul Arbitration Center and of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre International Advisory Board (HKIAC).

    Mr. Hanotiau is the author of Complex Arbitrations: Multi-party, Multi-contract & Multi-issue, Kluwer, The Hague, 2006, second edition 2020 and of more than 120 articles, most of them relating to international commercial law and arbitration, and he frequently lectures on this topic.

    In March 2011, Mr. Hanotiau received the GAR “Arbitrator of the Year” award. In April 2016, he also received the Who’s Who Legal “Lawyer of the Year” for Arbitration award.

  • Leonid KropotovLegal Director, DLA Piper

    Mr. Kropotov is a legal director at international law firm DLA Piper. He has over 15 years’ experience in handling cross-border disputes (both litigation and arbitration) and M&A transactions.

    He was recognized by the leading legal directories and is also included in the Guide to Next Generation of Russian Arbitrators. Leonid is an author of a monography on investments and a series of articles on international arbitration.

    He is holding PhD in Law from St. Petersburg State University and teaches there a post-graduate course and a master program on resolution of international disputes, investments and M&A.

  • Daria KuznetsovaAssociate, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

    Ms. Kuznetsova is Litigation & Arbitration Associate at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP in London. Daria’s dispute resolution experience includes commercial and investment arbitrations under the LCIA, ICC, SCC, ICAC, ICSID, and UNCITRAL rules. Daria’s experience covers a range of sectors, including energy, construction, and mining. She has represented the clients in project disputes involving Russia, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

    She is qualified to practice law in Russia and admitted to the New York State Bar. Daria holds an LL.M degree in International Arbitration from the University of Miami

  • Jan PaulssonThree Crowns LLP, Co-Founder

    Jan Paulsson was a Founding Partner of Three Crowns LLP, an international arbitration firm with offices in London, Paris, Washington DC, and Bahrain. Professor Paulsson has acted as an advocate or arbitrator in hundreds of arbitrations in all familiar venues.

    He has served as President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, President of the London Court of International Arbitration, Vice-President of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, a member of the International Board of the AAA, and a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Court.

    He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bahrain Centre for Dispute Resolution. Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Miami, he is a graduate of Harvard College, Yale Law School, and the University of Paris.

  • Manuel Penades FonsSenior Lecturer, King's College London

    Dr. Manuel Penades Fons is an academic, arbitrator and consultant in the field of international commercial law and dispute resolution. He is qualified and educated in civil and common law (Solicitor (England) non-practising, Abogado (Spain)). He has degrees in Law and Economics (1st class hons).

    Manuel has experience as lawyer and arbitrator in multiple jurisdictions and institutions (ICC, LCIA, VIAC, SCAI, CAM). He has acted as legal expert in international arbitration and before the High Court of England & Wales in matters concerning cross-border insolvency, conflict of laws, arbitration and commercial law. Has acted as Spanish expert in EU Commission projects. Manuel Penades Fons is also Vice-President of UK Chapter of Club Español de Arbitraje, Co-chair of IBA Toolkit on insolvency and arbitration and a world expert on the overlap between insolvency and international arbitration.

    Dr Penades’ work has been cited as leading authority on the topic in Delfuego Booking v. David Guetta (Commercial Court, Spain, Santander, 30 October 2020).

  • Noah Rubins QCPartner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

    Noah Rubins QC is a Partner and the Head of the international arbitration group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP Paris office and also leads the firm’s CIS/Russia Dispute Resolution Group.

    Mr. Rubins has advised and represented clients in arbitrations under ICSID, ICSID Additional Facility, ICC, AAA, SCC, LCIA, ICAC, and UNCITRAL rules. He specializes in investment arbitration, particularly under the auspices of bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty and has also practiced law in New York, Washington, Houston, and Istanbul.

    He has served as arbitrator in over 40 cases, including two investment treaty disputes adjudicated under the UNCITRAL Rules and one under the ICSID Rules.

  • Patrick TaylorPartner, Debevoise & Plimpton’s (London office)

    Mr. Taylor is a partner in Debevoise & Plimpton’s London office. He focuses on commercial and investment treaty arbitration, with particular experience in the upstream oil & gas, energy and telecommunications sectors, and tax-related disputes.

    Qualified in England & Wales and Ireland as a solicitor-advocate, Mr. Taylor has advised and represented clients in disputes throughout the world, most frequently in Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS and, increasingly, in Latin America. Mr. Taylor has acted in arbitrations under the rules of ICSID, the LCIA, the ICC, UNCITRAL, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Nigerian Arbitration and Conciliation Act and the Milan Chamber of Arbitration.

  • Sarah VasaniPartner, Co-Head of International Arbitration, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

    Sarah Vasani is Co-Head of International Arbitration at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, a role covering the U.K., Central and Eastern Europe, the UAE, Singapore, Turkey, Russia, China, Brazil and Mexico. She is a seasoned international arbitration lawyer specialising in both international commercial arbitration and investor state disputes, representing clients before all key arbitral institutions.

    She is dual-qualified in England & Wales and the U.S. (Texas and Washington D.C.), is a Solicitor-Advocate of the Higher Courts of England and Wales, and works in both English and Spanish. Sarah has particular experience in energy, oil and gas, mining, and other large scale project disputes in Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, and Latin America and has represented many of the leading global energy and construction companies. Sarah regularly sits as party-nominated, sole, and presiding arbitrator.

  • Jeffrey WaincymerIndependent Arbitrator, Mediator, International Trade and Investment Lawyer

    Jeffrey Waincymer is an arbitrator and mediator, practicing solely in the fields of arbitration, and consults generally in the fields of international trade and investment, customs law and trade remedies.

    He is also currently an adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He is on the HKIAC, SIAC, KLRCA and ICDR arbitration panels and is an honorary Fellow of CIArb. Jeff was previously an Australian Government Nominee as a panelist for the WTO and ICSID and a professor of Law at Deakin University and Monash University. He has also been a consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission, the Administrative Review Council, and a number of Federal and State Departments and agencies. He has conducted pro bono legal capacity building in a range of developing countries and for a range of aid agencies.

    He is the author of Procedure and Evidence in International Arbitration (Kluwer); WTO Litigation: Procedural Aspects of Formal Dispute Settlement (Cameron May), and Australian Income Tax: Principles and Policy (2nd ed Butterworths) and a joint author of A Guide to the New UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (Cambridge University Press), A Practical Guide to International Commercial Arbitration (Oceana) and International Trade Law: Commentary and Materials (2nd ed Law Book Company) as well as numerous scholarly articles.