Leilah Bruton

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Leilah Bruton is counsel in the international arbitration practice and is based in London, having previously spent time in the Paris and Amsterdam offices.

Leilah has represented clients in numerous investor-state and commercial arbitration matters and specialises in disputes in the oil and gas sector.

She handles a broad spectrum of disputes, many involving States and/or State-owned oil companies, encompassing construction, environmental, handover and cost recovery claims, claims under a gas price review clause, and tax disputes.

Leilah speaks English, French and Spanish.


Yasmine Lahlou

Chaffetz Lindsey

Yasmine Lahlou, who is fluent in English, French and Italian, brings a keen understanding of different legal systems and cultures to her work resolving cross-border disputes. For more than 15 years, she has represented clients in international arbitration and litigation in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. 

Initially trained in Paris and now based in New York for over 12 years, Yasmine works fluently and fluidly across civil and common law traditions.

Yasmine has conducted arbitrations under most arbitration rules, of arbitral tribunals including the ICC, ICDR, LCIA, UNCITRAL and SCC. In addition to disputes on the merits, she often assists clients in award-enforcement proceedings, helps clients seek discovery under U.S. Code Section 1782 and serves as an arbitrator.

Before joining Chaffetz Lindsey, Yasmine practiced at Clifford Chance in New York and at Castaldi Mourre & Partners in Paris.

Keynote Speakers

Mark W. Friedman

Debevoise & Plimpton

Mark W. Friedman is a Debevoise & Plimpton partner.  He has acted in a wide variety of complex commercial and Investor-State disputes.  Among other leadership positions, Mr. Friedman is a Vice President of the ICC Court of Arbitration and is former Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee.  Who's Who Legal reported that he is “hugely impressive” and “has earned his reputation in every respect,” calling him “lawyer who really does it all” and “achieve results that are spectacular in every case.”  Mr. Friedman was twice named Benchmark’s International Arbitration Attorney of the Year.

Juliet Blanch

Arbitration Chambers

Juliet Blanch is a full time arbitrator having previously chaired the international arbitration practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges.  Juliet has over 30 years’ experience in the arbitration of international commercial disputes with a particular focus on energy and infrastructure, mining, commodities, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, hospitality, maritime and shareholder disputes. Juliet has acted as lead Counsel and/or sat as arbitrator in arbitrations held under HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, LMAA, SCC, SIAC, UNCITRAL and other rules and which have been seated in a variety of jurisdictions including London, Hong Kong, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Washington DC, Zurich and Geneva.


Carlos Martínez Betanzos

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza Y Enríquez

Rémy Gerbay

Molo Lamken

Arthur Ma

DaHui Lawyers

Melissa Magliana


Anna Masser

Jones Day

Belinda McRae

20 Essex Street

Patrizia Netal


Jern-Fei Ng QC

Essex Court Chambers

Flore Poloni

August Debouzy

Paul Tan

Rajah & Tann

Jon Tweedale

Addleshaw Goddard

2018 Programme

13.30: Welcome coffee and registration

14.00: An introduction to the Who's Who Legal Future Leaders research

Rupert Wilson, Editor, Who’s Who Legal

14.05: Chairs’ opening remarks

Leilah Bruton, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Yasmine Lahlou, Chaffetz Lindsey

14.15: Session one: A fireside chat with two leading arbitrators

Keynote speakers:
Mark W. Friedman, Debevoise & Plimpton
Juliet Blanch, Arbitration Chambers

15.00: Session two: What are the top future trends in international arbitration?

Our panel will explore key issues which are raising critical, ethical and legal challenges to the arbitration community.

Topics to discuss:

• Technology – how’s it being used now? And how might it be used in the future?
• Arbitrator liability and consequences of non-disclosure
• The future of investment treaty disputes
• Regionalisation of international arbitration: development and challenges

Leilah Bruton, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Arthur Ma, DaHui Lawyers
Rémy Gerbay, Molo Lamken
Carlos Martínez Betanzos, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza Y Enríquez
Melissa Magliana, Homburger

16.15: Coffee break

16.45: Session three: The debate 

An Oxford Union-style debate, before a panel of three judges.

Motion: Raising the curtain on commercial arbitration: is confidentiality now outdated in the age of transparency?

Yasmine Lahlou, Chaffetz Lindsey

Jon Tweedale,  Addleshaw Goddard
Paul Tan, Rajah & Tann
Flore Poloni, August Debouzy
Anna Masser, Jones Day

Jern-Fei Ng QC, Essex Court Chambers
Belinda McRae, 20 Essex Street
Patrizia Netal, KNOETZL

18.15: Chairs’ closing remarks

Leilah Bruton, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Yasmine Lahlou, Chaffetz Lindsey

18.30 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly sponsored by Berkeley Research Group


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