Thursday, 8th October 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. 

Keynote Speakers

Mikhail Galperin

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

Lord Peter 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. Lord Goldsmith practised from Fountain Court Chambers from 1972–2001, specialising principally in commercial, corporate and international litigation and appellate work. He became Queen’s Counsel in 1987 at the early age of 37 and has judicial experience as a Crown Court Recorder and a Deputy High Court Judge.


Jalal El Ahdab

Bird & Bird

Michael Ashcroft QC

Twenty Essex

Kenneth Beale

Boies Schiller Flexner

Olga Boltenko

Fangda Partners

Bernardo Cremades, Jr.

B. Cremades y Asociados

Alexei Dudko

Hogan Lovells

Peter Ferrer


Daniele Geronzi


Richard Happ


Anne Hoffmann

Hoffmann Arbitration

Nishtha Kharb

WIPO Arbitrator Asia

Alexander Khretinin


Johannes Koepp

Baker Botts

Edmund Kronenburg

Braddell Brothers

Tamir Livschitz

Niederer Kraft & Frey

Yuri Makhonin

Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners

Grigory Marinichev

Morgan Lewis

Tatiana Minaeva


Sophie Nappert

3 Verulam Buildings

Alexei Panich

Herbert Smith Freehills

Denis Parchajev

Motieka Audzevicius

Stavros Pavlou

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates

Sergei Petrosov


Evgeny Raschevsky

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Oveis Rezvanian

Director of Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre

Evgeniya Rubinina

Enyo Law

Shirin Saif


Siddharth Thacker

Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe

Alexander Yanos

Alston & Bird


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

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

9.10: Welcome Speech

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

9.30: Session one: Arbitration on the doorstep of the 2020s: how far have technological innovations gone and how serious are modern cybersecurity threats

Just how transformative will 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 change 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?

Steven Finizio, WilmerHale

Daniele Geronzi, Legence
Yuri Makhonin, Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners
Alexei Dudko, Hogan Lovells
Jalal El Ahdab, Bird & Bird
Sophie Nappert, 3 Verulam Buildings

10.45: Coffee break

11.15: Session two: 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?

Grigory Marinichev, Morgan Lewis

Edmund Kronenburg, Braddell Brothers
Olga Boltenko, Fangda Partners
Siddharth Thacker, Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe
Nishtha Kharb, WIPO Arbitrator Asia, RB
Oveis Rezvanian, Director of Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre

12.30: Keynote address

Lord Peter Goldsmith QC, Debevoise & Plimpton

13.00: Networking lunch

14.00: Session three: 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 panelists 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? 

Dmitry Dyakin, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Johannes Koepp, Baker Botts
Kenneth Beale, Boies Schiller Flexner
Evgeniya Rubinina, Enyo Law
Alexander Yanos, Alston & Bird 
Richard Happ, Luther

15.15: Coffee Break

15.30: Session four: 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?

Tamir Livschitz, Niederer Kraft Frey

Tatiana Minaeva, RPC
Bernardo Cremades, Jr., B. Cremades y Asociados
Stavros Pavlou, Patrikios Pavlou & Associates
Michael Ashcroft QC, Twenty Essex
Peter Ferrer, Harneys

16.45: Coffee break

17.00: Session five: 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. The audience will play a part in the decision through a live vote and will be encouraged to grill the panellists with further questions. Judges will then voice their opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.

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

Evgeny Raschevsky, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Anne Hoffmann, Hoffmann Arbitration
Sergei Petrosov, BDO

Denis Parchajev, Motieka Audzevicius
Alexey Panich, Herbert Smith Freehills
Alexander Khretinin, Linklaters
Shirin Saif, Roschier

18.00: Chairs’ closing remarks

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

18.05 onwards: Drinks reception

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InterContinental, Tverskaya St, 22, Moscow, Russia, 125009


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