Monday, 14th September 2020, College of Law 85 Park Pl NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States

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Kurt Lindquist

Womble Bond Dickinson

Kurt Lindquist is a highly trusted advisor who helps clients with dispute resolution issues in the United States and around the world. A highly experienced trial lawyer, clients come to Kurt for advice and assistance in resolving conflicts concerning commercial matters including licensing agreements, supplier agreements, noncompetition agreements misappropriation of trade secrets as well as public law issues concerning claims of expropriation and breaches of bilateral investment treaties.

Kurt regularly participates as an advocate in international disputes and as an advocate and arbitrator in domestic arbitrations. Growing his practice along with the booming global economy, Kurt has been asked to and has represented some of the largest commercial manufacturers (both private and public) in the world in commercial arbitrations venued in Frankfurt, Geneva, Paris, New York, Singapore, Washington DC and Zurich. Kurt has represented foreign sovereigns in international investment disputes and he has represented clients in arbitral regimes including: the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”); International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”); the Permanent Court of Arbitration (“PCA”); the Swiss Chambers Arbitration Institution (“SCAI”); and, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”).

Matthew Richardson

Alston & Bird

Matt Richardson is a member of the Litigation & Trial Practice Group and co-chair of the International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution practice. He focuses both on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation. Matt has represented clients in ICC, AAA ICDR, SCC and ad hoc arbitrations throughout the world. He has represented clients in a broad range of commercial arbitrations ranging from intellectual property claims, disputes over F/RAND compensation and breach of contract cases.

Matt has also defended health care companies, software developers and technology manufacturers in litigation and arbitration throughout the country. He has extensive class action and MDL experience, representing clients in suits relating to consumer protection act claims, product liability suits and constitutional claims. Matt was ranked as one of the top international arbitration lawyers by Chambers USA 2019 and The Best Lawyers in America© 2018-2020.

Prior to working at Alston & Bird, Matt served as a law clerk for the Hon. J. Owen Forrester of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Janet Walker


 Janet is an independent arbitrator with chambers at Arbitration Place, Toronto; Int-Arb Arbitrators in London, and in Sydney, Australia. Janet has served as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chair in ICC, ICDR, DIAC, HKIAC, KCAB and SIAC-administered, and in ad hoc arbitrations in a variety of seats. Her matters range from construction, M&A, shareholder, intellectual property, pharma and environmental. She has a good working knowledge of Spanish and French.

Janet is professor of law (past associate dean) at Osgoode Hall Law School, a member of the Ontario Bar, and a licensed legal consultant of the New York State Bar. She authors Canada’s main text on private international law, cited in more than 350 judgments. She is chair-elect of ICC Canada.


Keynote Speaker

Kevin Kim

Peter & Kim

Kap-You (Kevin) Kim is a senior partner at Peter & Kim in Seoul. He was previously a senior partner at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC, where he worked for the past three decades in various roles, including as the co-founder and head of the International Arbitration Practice and the head of the Domestic and International Disputes Group. Over the past 30 years, Kevin has acted as counsel, presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator or sole arbitrator in more than 300 cases of international arbitrations under various arbitration rules. Presently, he is involved in several investment and commercial arbitrations.

Among other positions that he holds, Kevin is presently Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Advisory Board Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), Council Member of the American Arbitration Association and Chairman of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board’s (KCAB) International Arbitration Committee. In the past, Kevin has served as Secretary General of ICCA (2010 – 2014), member of the LCIA Court (2007 – 2012) and Vice Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee (2008 – 2010).


Robert Brown


Shelby Grubbs

Miller & Martin

Doug Jones

Independent Arbitrator

Peter Halprin


Joshua Levy

JE Dunn Construction

Luis Martinez

International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)

Christine McAnney

Balfour Beatty

Wendy McLaughlin


Florian Mohs


Scott Thompson

Piedmont Construction Group

9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs' opening remarks

Kurt Lindquist , Womble Bond Dickinson 
Matthew Richardson, Alston & Bird 
Janet Walker, Int-Arb

9.45: Session one: Hindsight in 2020: The year in review, a guide through the essentials

All the developments in both regional and international arbitration that you need to know about.
Topics to include:

  • Overview of commercial issues and investor state issues arising, including new laws, institutional rules, developments in soft law and significant decisions
  • Exploring the latest high profile arbitration cases across various key industries
  • Understanding niche or specific challenges in the industry, including ability to enforce an international arbitration agreement against a non-signatory party

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: Perspectives on expert evidence in construction disputes

With expert evidence being a significant cost driver in international construction arbitration, effective management of experts is paramount. Hear the perspectives of leading arbitrators, counsel and experts on innovative approaches to the age-old problems of ‘ships in the night’ and runaway costs in expert evidence.

Topics to include:

  • The management of experts; are party appointed experts an asset or liability in construction arbitration?
  • Confidentiality and transparency; should lawyers share their instructions to an expert with the tribunal, or expect to have to do so?
  • Closing the gap between diametrically opposing sides; comparative analysis of approaches

12.45: Keynote Address

Kevin Kim, Peter & Kim

13:30: Networking lunch

14.30: Session three: The GAR Live Inquisition: Dealing with double hatting and disclosure whilst considering conflicts standards on both a regional and international basis

This session will replicate a US senate committee hearing with a succession of witnesses being ‘grilled' by a panel of GAR Live inquisitors, who are seeking to get to the bottom of a problem.

Inquisition to explore:

  • The scope of disclosure obligations whilst considering increasing complexity in the analysis of disclosure
  • How to build clarity and uniformity on in the standards for disclosures, objections and challenges
  • Investment Arbitration: Can double hatting be self-regulated or should it be banned in new investment agreements?

15.45: Coffee break

16.15: Session four: The GAR Live Question Time: hard talk with in-house construction counsel

GAR Live wants YOU to submit your burning questions to the panel. This session provides an opportunity to hear directly from construction clients on the good and the bad experiences, what they want to see from external counsel, and their latest challenges. The panel of in-house counsel will discuss questions submitted by the audience and moderator in advance.

17.30: Chairs' closing remarks

Kurt Lindquist, Womble Bond Dickinson 
Matthew Richardson, Alston & Bird LLP
Janet Walker, Int-Arb


College of Law 85 Park Pl NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, United States


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