David W. Rivkin

Debevoise & Plimpton

David W. Rivkin, a litigation partner in the firm’s New York and London offices, has broad experience in the areas of international litigation and arbitration. He has handled international arbitrations throughout the world and before virtually every major arbitration institution. Subjects of these arbitrations have included long-term energy concessions, investment treaties, joint venture agreements, insurance coverage, construction contracts, distribution agreements and intellectual property, among others and they have involved common law, civil law, Islamic law and other systems. Mr. Rivkin also represents companies in transnational litigation in the US, including the enforcement of arbitral awards and arbitration agreements.

Pierre Bienvenu

Norton Rose Fulbright

Pierre Bienvenu, Ad. E., is global co-head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s international arbitration practice. He practises in international arbitration, corporate and commercial litigation, and constitutional law. He has acted as counsel in numerous international arbitrations involving disputes in telecommunications, aeronautics, international distribution and joint ventures, M&A, foreign investment and construction. Pierre also regularly serves as arbitrator in international arbitrations, as chairman, sole arbitrator, or party-nominated arbitrator, and represents parties in court proceedings related to arbitral proceedings or awards.


Oliver J. Armas

Hogan Lovells

José Astigarraga

Astigarraga Davis

Julie Bédard

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

George A. Bermann

Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Nigel Blackaby

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Denise L. Cote

Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

John Fellas

Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Marcelo Roberto Ferro

Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide

Paul Friedland

White & Case

Mark W. Friedman

Debevoise & Plimpton

Teresa Giovannini


Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof

Director General, The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

Miriam Harwood

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle

Jean Kalicki

Arnold & Porter

James Loftis

Vinson & Elkins

Annette Magnusson

Secretary General, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

Alberto Ravell

Senior Legal Counsel of Arbitrations, ConocoPhillips Company

Klaus Reichert SC

Brick Court Chambers

Rachel W. Thorn

Chadbourne & Parke


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

David W. Rivkin, Debevoise & Plimpton
Pierre Bienvenu, Norton Rose Fulbright

9.10: Session one: ''The year in review''

All you need to know about everything that matters in IA since GAR Live last visited New York. And it has been a year rich in developments home and abroad, including a US Supreme Court decision, a new ICC project on the award of costs, and the new LCIA rules. Pierre Bienvenu will lead a panel of top names in a lively discussion.

Pierre Bienvenu, Norton Rose Fulbright

Julie Bédard, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Denise L. Cote, Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
John Fellas, Hughes Hubbard & Reed
Miriam Harwood, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle
Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, Director General, The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

10.30: Coffee break

11.00: Session two: GAR Live Symposium

Our espresso-version of the popular Tylney Hall format.

James Loftis, Vinson & Elkins
Jean Kalicki, Arnold & Porter

12.30: Networking lunch sponsored by Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle

2.00: Session three: Innovation and IA – the good, the bad and the ugly

Have you tried something new that really worked – and others might want to adopt? Or the opposite: a complete flop? Perhaps that one, ahem, happened to your “friend”… Or are you simply curious about how much real creativity is brought to bear on arbitral procedures, for all the talk of it. This is the session for you. In something of a first, GAR Live New York will seek to get to the bottom of ‘innovation’, and find out: how much is taking place, what sorts of things are being tried, and is any of it paying dividends for clients? At the end of the session we might even have a vote – to see which our audience feels is the most useful and applicable idea discussed on the day.

David W. Rivkin, Debevoise & Plimpton

Teresa Giovannini, Lalive
Annette Magnusson, Secretary General, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
Klaus Reichert SC, Brick Court Chambers
Alberto Ravell, Senior Legal Counsel of Arbitrations, ConocoPhillips Company
Nigel Blackaby, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

3.20: Coffee break

3.50: Session four: Oxford union - style debate

Motion: ''This house believes witness examination is useless and should be abandoned''

Paul Friedland, White & Case

Mark W. Friedman, Debevoise & Plimpton
José Astigarraga, Astigarraga Davis
Rachel W. Thorn, Chadbourne & Parke
Marcelo Roberto Ferro, Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide

George A. Bermann, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Oliver Armas, Hogan Lovells
Teresa Giovannini, Lalive

5.15: Chairs' closing remarks

David W. Rivkin, Debevoise & Plimpton
Pierre Bienvenu, Norton Rose Fulbright

5.30: All delegates are invited to attend a cocktail reception kindly hosted by NERA Economic Consulting


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