Thursday, 14 June 2018, St Botolph Building, London

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Kate Davies

Allen & Overy

Kate is a Partner in Allen & Overy’s International Arbitration Group, and has extensive expertise in both international commercial and investment treaty arbitration.

James Loftis

Vinson & Elkins

James heads our International Dispute Resolution practice, and focuses his practice on the arbitration and litigation of international commercial and investor-state disputes, and counseling in matters involving public international law and treaties. He acts both as counsel and as arbitrator.


Jay Alexander

Baker Botts

Ruth Byrne

King & Spalding

Andrew Clarke

Exxon Mobil International Limited

Jessica Gladstone

Clifford Chance

James Freeman

Allen & Overy

Peter Griffin

Griffin Litigation

Gordon Nardell QC

20 Essex Street

Tim Otty QC

Blackstone Chambers

Chris Parker

Herbert Smith Freehills

Leslie Perrin

Calunius Capital

Richard Power

Clyde & Co

Dan Sarooshi QC

Essex Court Chambers

Suzanne Spears

Volterra Fietta

Shai Wade

Stephenson Harwood

Louise Woods

Vinson & Elkins


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs' opening remarks

Kate Davies, Allen & Overy
James Loftis, Vinson & Elkins

9.45: Session one: The interview

The energy industry is changing rapidly. During this session an energy insider will be interviewed by the programme's chairs about what the future looks like for the biggest players, to set the scene for the rest of the day.

10:15: Session two: The future of energy disputes - what’s going to break next?

How is the energy industry changing, and what problems are likely to arise? Among other things, our distinguished panel are expected to discuss questions such as:

- How could energy flows become embroiled in any emerging trade war?
- How is decommissioning liability affecting the energy majors?
- What types of disputes are arising out of divestment of ageing assets?
- How will energy companies protect their assets in a post Slovak Republic v Achmea/post arbitration world?
– How prevalent is corruption as a source of disputes? Is it an issue in energy arbitrations?

James Loftis, Vinson & Elkins
Andrew Clarke, Exxon Mobil International Limited
Richard Power, Clyde & Co
Gordon Nardell QC, 20 Essex Street

11.30: Coffee break

12.00: Session three: The GAR Live Question Time for arbitrators 

Has the time come to certify arbitrators for energy cases? How important is specialised knowledge of the industry to being an effective arbitrator? Are we still concerned about the quality of quantum decisions?

A twist on our usual Tylney Hall format. A panel of distinguished arbitrators will discuss this question, and others submitted by the audience and moderator in advance.

Shai Wade, Stephenson Harwood

Chris Parker, Herbert Smith Freehills
James Freeman, Allen & Overy

13.15: Networking lunch

14.30: Session four: Monetising awards and emerging enforcement options and markets

In certain cases, parties now spend longer discussing how they will monetise their winnings than other aspects of the case.

During this interactive session, our panel will discuss topics such as:

- The financial engineering taking place after, or even before, awards are delivered.
- Emergence of specialist investors in judgments and awards

Louise Woods, Vinson & Elkins

Peter Griffin, Griffin Litigation
Leslie Perrin, Calunius Capital
Ruth Byrne, King & Spalding

15.45: Coffee break

16.15: Session five: The GAR Live inquisition: How suited are private claims for public wrongs?

The international legal community may believe that IA can tackle claims far beyond commercial and treaty issues: climate change allegations, human rights violations, abetting parent company or host government misfeasance, contributing to funding of wrongful conduct. But clients and other stakeholders are less sure that private claims – even in arbitration – are a good solution.

This session will conduct an inquiry into the suitability of IA as a means of private justice for public wrongs.

Dan Sarooshi QC, Essex Court Chambers
Jay Alexander, Baker Botts

Suzanne Spears, Volterra Fietta
Jessica Gladstone, Clifford Chance
Tim Otty QC, Blackstone Chambers

17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks

Kate Davies, Allen & Overy 
James Loftis, Vinson & Elkins

17.40 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception hosted by Clyde & Co


St Botolph Building, 138 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AR, United Kingdom


  • "Very good. Excellent topics which raise conversations that require cross-sector debate" Youseph Farah, University of East Anglia

  • "Excellent moderators for all sessions. Human rights and the debate session were highlights"

  • "Broad range of topics with well representing panelists" Valery Knyazev, Haberman Illet

Ticket Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early £700 4 May 2017
Early £800 1 Jun 2017
Standard £900 14 Jun 2017



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