Chairs

Dmitry Dyakin

Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners

Dmitry Dyakin is a Partner and Head of Arbitration practice at Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners. Dmitry has a vast experience representing the government and major state corporations, Russian and foreign companies operating in various industries, including oil and gas, banking, and construction.

Dmitry has handled numerous arbitrations under the arbitration rules of the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the rules of the ICAC of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

Steven Finizio

WilmerHale

Steven Finizio is recognized as one of the leading international arbitration lawyers in London by the Chambers UK Guide and the Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration. He is also recognized for his standing in the field of international arbitration in Legal 500Chambers GlobalChambers EuropeGlobal Arbitration Review's Who's Who in International ArbitrationPLC Which Lawyer? and Legal Media Group's The Best of the Best. He has been resident in WilmerHale's London office since 2000 and also serves as an arbitrator.

Steven Finizio's practice includes international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, general commercial litigation, and internal investigations, focusing on complex commercial and regulatory issues. He has particular experience with shareholder, oil and gas, telecommunications, financial services, joint venture and M&A issues. 

Keynote Speakers

Mikhail Galperin

Professor, Faculty of Law, National Research University Higher School of Economics

Lord Goldsmith QC

Debevoise & Plimpton

Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, PC, London Co-Managing Partner and Chair of European and Asian Litigation, joined Debevoise in 2007. Lord Goldsmith served as the UK’s Attorney General from 2001–2007, prior to which he was in private practice as one of the leading barristers in London.

Lord Goldsmith acts for a variety of clients, alongside his role as Chair of the firm’s European and Asian litigation practices, in arbitration and litigation in the United Kingdom and other countries. He is a QC and appears regularly in court as well as in arbitration.

 

Speakers

Jalal El Ahdab

Bird & Bird

Evgeny Raschevsky

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Olga Boltenko

Fangda Partners

Bernardo Cremades, Jr.

B. Cremades & Asociados

Maria Dolotova

Herbert Smith Freehills

Hagit Elul

Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Andrew Lomas

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Richard Happ

Luther

Anne K. Hoffmann

Independent Arbitrator

Johannes Koepp

Baker Botts

Edmund Kronenburg

Braddell Brothers

Yuri Makhonin

Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners

Sara Masters QC

Twenty Essex

Tatiana Minaeva

RPC

Sophie Nappert

3 Verulam Buildings

Denis Parchajev

Motieka & Audzevicius

Sergei Petrosov

BDO

Oveis Rezvanian

Director of Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre

Evgeniya Rubinina

Enyo Law

Alex Yanos

Alston & Bird

Francis Xavier

Rajah & Tann

All times below are in Moscow time MSK (UTC+03:00) 

DAY 1

14:45-15:00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Dmitry Dyakin, Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners
Steven Finizio, WilmerHale

15:00-15:20: Keynote address

Lord Goldsmith QC, Debevoise & Plimpton

15:20-16:10: Transparency versus confidentiality in arbitration

One of the attractions of arbitration is its confidentiality. But lately some think this has also started to hold the discipline back. How will this tension play out? Can more transparency be introduced to commercial arbitration without imperiling the vital spark? What of current efforts on the parts of institutions and others?

This panel will delve into:

  • Are there any real remedies against breach of confidentiality of an arbitration and, in particular, an arbitral award?
  • Is there a real value in confidentiality if the award will probably become public during enforcement?
  • Should the fact of funding and identity of the funder be disclosed in arbitration regardless of whether the applicable rules or legislation require it?
  • Who is primarily calling for greater transparency in commercial and investment treaty arbitration?
  • Is data protection and cybersecurity being raised in cases? If the parties do not raise these points, should the arbitrator?
  • Have pro-transparency measures had an impact on diversity in arbitration?
  • What is the status of various institutional efforts to increase transparency in commercial arbitration? How far are we from compulsory publication of arbitral awards?

Moderator:
Steven Finizio, WilmerHale

Panel:
Bernardo Cremades, Jr., B. Cremades & Asociados
Sara Masters QC, Twenty Essex
Tatiana Minaeva, RPC
Andrew Lomas, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners 

16:10-16:25: Break

16:25-17:15: The commoditisation of investment claims

Are investment claims and awards becoming a tradeable commodity? Are treaty claims, in principle, tradeable or the are inalienable from the original investors? Our esteemed panellists will assess the pros and cons of the assignment of investment claims, as well as examining the current state of the third-party funding market.

Session topics include:

  • Can the commoditisation of investment claims and awards draw the additional criticism of the ISDS regime?
  • Is there a need to regulate this sphere?
  • What commercial and legal terms are used in third party funding? What are tips and tricks to get the third-party funding? 

Moderator:
Dmitry Dyakin, Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners

Panel:
Richard Happ, Luther
Johannes Koepp, Baker Botts 
Evgeniya Rubinina, Enyo Law
Alex Yanos, Alston & Bird

17:15-18:00: The GAR Live Debate

In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against, a motion in a lively back-and-forth. Our judges will then grill our debaters on their stated positions before deliberating and delivering their verdicts. In a twist from the norm, our audience will have the opportunity to act as a judge and via live polling cast their vote on the motion.  

Motion: This house believes that judges or arbitrators should be more critical of counsel and experts in awards

Judges:
Anne K. Hoffmann, Independent Arbitrator
Sergei Petrosov, BDO
Evgeny Raschevsky, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Debaters:
Claudia Annacker, Dechert
Alexander Khretinin, Linklaters
Denis Parchajev, Motieka & Audzevičius
Maria Dolotova, Herbert Smith Freehills

18:00-18:30: Networking

 DAY 2 

11:45-12:00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Dmitry Dyakin, Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners
Steven Finizio, WilmerHale

12:00-12:20: Opening address

Mikhail Galperin, Professor, Faculty of Law, National Research University Higher School of Economics

12:20-13:10 Asian opportunities and disputes

Are Russian clients ready to move their disputes to Asian arbitration hubs or are Western hubs still in favour? Are there any prospects that Asian clients will be ready to resolve their disputes in Russian arbitration institutions? This panel will discuss the growing Asian market, and opportunities therein.

Panellists will discuss along with the above:

  • What is Russia’s current relationship like with arbitration hubs in Asia such as Hong Kong and Singapore? Does this impact choice of seat for arbitration?
  • What are the idiosyncrasies of clients in Asia and their approach to arbitration? To what extent are they knowledgeable of the process of arbitration? Are they more inclined to settlement in disputes or ADR?
  • How different is it arbitrating against an Asian opponent (as opposed to one from the CIS region), and how does one “win”? Is it still the same basic formula?
  • What factors do practitioners need to look at when selecting a seat for the arbitration in Asia?

Moderator:
Dmitry Dyakin, Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners

Panel:
Olga Boltenko, Fangda Partners 
Edmund Kronenburg, Braddell Brothers
Oveis Rezvanian, Director of Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre
Francis Xavier, Rajah & Tann

13:10-13:30 Networking Break

13:30-14:30 Arbitration on the doorstep of the 2020s: how far have technological innovations gone and how serious are modern cybersecurity threats

With practitioners all over the world now working from home the shift towards using technology has been swift and huge. What are the broader lessons we’ve learnt from this and just how transformative could new technology be for international arbitration? This session will take a 360-degree view of the subject and how changes in the way the world works are going to affect how the world of international arbitration resolves disputes.

In this session, panellists are expected to discuss:

  • The Cybersecurity in International Arbitration ICCA report – how are firms and arbitrators approaching cybersecurity?
  • What is best practice when it comes to cybersecurity threats, and which should be taken most seriously?
  • What role can AI play in dispute resolution – from arbitrator selection to case evaluation?
  • What other tech is out there, or approaching, that arbitration practitioners need to know about?
  • Will improvements in communication technology make IA a greener activity?
  • Will technological improvements influence the legal employment market by replacing some categories of legal practitioners in the future?

Moderator:
Steven Finizio, Wilmerhale

Panel:
Hagit Muriel Elul, Hughes Hubbard & Reed 
Yuri Makhonin, Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners
Jalal El Ahdab, Bird & Bird
Sophie Nappert, 3 Verulam Buildings

14:30-14:40: Chairs’ closing remarks

Dmitry Dyakin, Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners
Steven Finizio, WilmerHale

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