Thursday, 13 September 2018, 2 London Wall Place, London, EC2Y 5AU, United Kingdom

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John Trenor


John A. Trenor is a partner in WilmerHale's Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the International Arbitration Practice Group. He has a diverse international practice focusing on international arbitration and international litigation.

Gabrielle Nater-Bass


Gabrielle Nater-Bass is a partner in the litigation / arbitration team at Homburger in Zurich, Switzerland. Her practice focuses on international commercial arbitration (as counsel and arbitrator) and on complex state court litigation. She co-chairs the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages in International Arbitration.


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs' welcome

John Trenor, WilmerHale
Gabrielle Nater-Bass, Homburger 

9.45: Session one: The GAR Live Question time – what's still going wrong when it comes to assessing and quantifying damages? 

Arbitrators are chosen for their legal skills, rather than their flair for discounted cash-flow models, but is it time they upskilled at least a bit? Or has the focus on getting the numbers right that’s been building in recent years started to show results? In this session, our esteemed panel will discuss questions submitted by the audience on the hot topics when it comes to arbitrators and damages.

Topics that are expected to come up include:

  • What happens when even senior arbitrators can’t do the maths?
  • To what extent will the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages improve things?
  • What decisions early in the process cause better or worse outcomes during the quantification phase?
  • Do we need an industry-standard checklist to work from at the very beginning?
  • How much discretion do arbitrators have to depart from the arguments of the two sides?
  • How can we make the arbitrators more comfortable with tackling damages

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: Approaches on new technologies and tools to help resolution of damage issues

A number of techniques have been developed to assist arbitrators in reaching numbers that business people would recognise. In this session, the panel will review some of the most effective, and walk through some of the ways that computer tools and apps can help.

They’re expected to discuss questions such as:

  • How can new technology assist in ensuring that fewer mistakes are made with regard to damage issues?
  • What tools are available in the market right now to help with the legal, procedural and numerical hurdles concerning damages issues? What tools should be developed to assist further?
  • What could future advancements in technology bring to the future of damages?
  • To what extent can interactive spreadsheets or similar tools prepared by the parties and experts be used to assist arbitrators?
  • How could augmented reality and simulations assist in dealing with damage issues (including for e.g., determining compensable heads of damages, quantification of damages, interest issues etc.)?

12.45: Chairs' closing remarks

John Trenor, WilmerHale
Gabrielle Nater-Bass, Homburger 

13.00: Networking Lunch

14.00: Close of conference


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2 London Wall Place, London, EC2Y 5AU, United Kingdom

Ticket Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early £650 3 Aug 2018
Early £750 31 Aug 2018
Standard £850 13 Sep 2018


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