Thursday, 19th March 2020 InterContinental, Tverskaya St, 22, Moscow, Russia, 125009

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Dmitry Dyakin

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Dmitry Dyakin has over 20 years of experience in litigation and international arbitration, and particularly specialises in large, complex and multinational disputes involving various jurisdictions.

Among his clients are state-owned corporations, as well as leading Russian and foreign companies in industries such as oil & gas, banking, retail, development and construction, and agriculture. Over the course of his career, he has acted for clients including Bayer, Sanofi, Tetra Pak, BP, Condé Nast, Credit Suisse, the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, Limitless, MTS, Alfa-Bank, Miratorg, Renaissance Capital, and others. Dmitry has also represented the Russian Federation in several large-scale international cases. 

Steven Finizio


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. 

2019 Programme

9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.20: Chairs’ opening remarks

Dmitry Dyakin, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Steven Finizio, WilmerHale
Sophie Lamb QC, Latham & Watkins

9.30: Galperin's Opening Greetings

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

9.40: Session one: Theory and practice in Russian shareholder disputes

This session will focus on the arbitration of shareholder disputes, following changes in the law that make such disputes arbitrable within Russia and not just offshore. Those who have experienced such disputes will discuss both the legal and the practical aspects of this style of work for the benefit of local audience.

In particular the panel will discuss:

  • An overview of the first amendments to the Russian Arbitration Law after the “arbitration reform” changing the regime of corporate disputes’ arbitrability (amendments under the Federal Law No. 531-FZ of 27 December 2018)
  • Are shareholder disputes over Russian companies now required to be decided in Russian arbitral institutions and in Russia as a seat of arbitration, or is there a bypass to settle them abroad?
  • How have Russian courts treated foreign arbitral awards related to shareholder disputes in the post-“arbitration reform” period?
  • Are Russian “permanent arbitral institutions” prepared to handle complex shareholder disputes?

Dmitry Dyakin, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Steven Finizio, WilmerHale

Jackie van Haersolte-van Hof, London Court of International Arbitration 
Amy Kläsener, Dentons
Grigory Marinichev, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Alexei Panich, Herbert Smith Freehills
Andrey Zelenin, Lidings

10.55: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: The GAR Live Question Time: investor-state disputes

Our esteemed panel and moderators will discuss questions submitted by the audience in advance, with a particular focus on investor-state and state-state disputes. 

In particular the panel will discuss:

  • Do current ISDS systems needs to be reformed? If so, what aspects need to be reformed urgently?
  • How does Russia toughen its approach to regulation of foreign investments?   
  • How will new technologies change the landscape of investor-state disputes?
  • Crimea-related Ukrainian investors’ claims against Russia: is this the genesis of a new Yukos saga?

Dmitry Dyakin, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Steven Finizio, WilmerHale

Sabrina Aïnouz, DWF 
Johannes Koepp, Baker Botts 
William Hooker, Boies Schiller Flexner
Dorothy Murray, King & Wood Mallesons

12.45: Networking lunch sponsored by DWF

14.00: Keynote address: The Toxic Environment in International Arbitration: What is Our Response?

Ilya Nikiforov, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

14.30: Session three: 60 years of the New York Convention: does the system require dramatic change?

The panel will take an international and regional perspective on the current position of the New York Arbitration Convention. Moreover, they will ask: what is new on the enforcement stage, and how can different approaches to enforcement yield different results?

In particular the session will feature the following:

  • A debate: “is there a need to revise the New York Convention?”, with one panellist in favour of revision, the other arguing against
  • A case study: what mistakes have Russian courts made in applying the New York Convention?
  • Is recognition and enforcement under regional treaties a competitive alternative to the New York Convention?

Sophie Lamb QC, Latham & Watkins

Ramūnas Audzevičius, Motieka & Audzevičius
Peter Ferrer, Harneys 
Tamir Livschitz, Niederer Kraft Frey
Vladimir Melnikov, Linklaters

16.15: Coffee Break

16.45: Session four: The GAR Live Inquisition: Russia and Asia: is the global centre of arbitration moving eastwards?

This session will replicate a US senate committee hearing with a succession of witnesses being "grilled" by a panel of GAR Live inquisitors.

The committee will examine whether the global centre of arbitration is moving eastwards, toward Russia and Asia, or if this is just hype.

Issues the panel are likely to explore include:

  • Is there a shift to civil procedure or will common law prevail?
  • What role could the Prague Rules play here?
  • What skills are required to capitalise on this shift, and what core procedural issues are up for discussion?
  • What of the attempts of Asian centres to win Russian-language work? 

Evgeny Raschevsky, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Philippe Bärtsch, Schellenberg Wittmer
John Choong, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Alexei Dudko, Hogan Lovells

Marina Akchurina, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Olga Boltenko, Fangda Partners
Jern-Fei Ng QC, Essex Court Chambers
Fredrik Ringquist, Mannheimer Swartling

18.00: Chairs’ closing remarks

Dmitry Dyakin, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Steven Finizio, WilmerHale
Sophie Lamb QC, Latham & Watkins

18.05 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Latham & Watkins

Further Information

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