John V.H. Pierce


Mr. Pierce is the head of the firm's International Arbitration practice in the New York office. Recognized by the Chambers guides as "a crucial figure in the firm's global arbitration practice," Mr. Pierce represents clients in international arbitration matters in venues around the world, under both civil and common law regimes, and under the rules of all major arbitral institutions. He also represents clients in international civil litigation matters in United States courts.

Rachel Thorn


Rachel Thorn focuses on international commercial arbitration, investment treaty disputes and international litigation. Rachel has successfully represented corporate clients, states and state-owned entities in proceedings conducted under all the major arbitration rules in venues around the world. She has extensive experience in disputes involving the energy, construction and life sciences sectors, as well as post M&A disputes and disputes concerning joint ventures and long-term cooperation agreements, concession contracts, production sharing and offtake agreements.


Ignacio Suárez Anzorena

Clifford Chance

José Astigarraga

Reed Smith

George Bermann

Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law; Director, Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration

Julie Bédard

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Bob Broxson


Camilo Cardozo

Vinson & Elkins

Tai-Heng Cheng

Sidley Austin

Michelangelo Cicogna

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani

Živa Filipič

Managing Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Gaela Gehring Flores

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Mark W. Friedman

Debevoise & Plimpton

Christina Hioureas

Foley Hoag

James Hosking

Chaffetz Lindsey

Ted Lynch

Jones Day

Christian Leathley

Herbert Smith Freehills

Caline Mouawad

King & Spalding

Joseph Neuhaus

Sullivan & Cromwell

Philippe Pinsolle

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Peter Sherwin

Proskauer Rose

Luke Sobota

Three Crowns

John Fellas

Hughes Hubbard & Reed


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs' opening remarks

John Pierce, WilmerHale
Rachel Thorn, Cooley

9.45: Session one: International Arbitration - the year in review

All you need to know about what has been happening in international arbitration since GAR’s last visit to New York, including:

  • Recent cases in the New York courts and the Supreme Court
  • Institutional perspectives on arbitration in New York and a report on recent initiatives
  • Brexit, three years later – an opportunity for New York and other seats?
  • AI and international arbitration – time to pay attention?

Joseph Neuhaus, Sullivan & Cromwell 

Ziva Filipic, International Court of Arbitration
Gaela Gehring Flores, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
Christian Leathley, Herbert Smith Freehills

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: The GAR Live Question Time

Our esteemed panel will discuss and answer questions submitted by the audience and moderators in advance.

John Pierce, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
Rachel Thorn, Cooley

George Bermann, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law; Director, Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration
Christina Hioureas, Foley Hoag
Ignacio Suárez Anzorena, Clifford Chance
Luke Sobota, Three Crowns

12.45: Networking lunch

14.15: Session three: New York as a seat for international arbitration

The panel will take stock, from a local and international perspective, of New York’s status as a seat of international arbitration. Topics will include:

  • Perspectives on risks of disclosure in NY-seated arbitrations
  • US vs. non-US arbitrator disclosure rules
  • Pre-emption issues and the status of the manifest disregard doctrine
  • Immigration issues for counsel and witnesses in the age of Trump

Julie Bédard, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Camilo Cardozo, Vinson & Elkins
Caline Mouawad, King & Spalding
Mark Friedman, Debevoise & Plimpton
Thomas Lynch, Jones Day

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: Session four: The GAR Live Debate

In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against, a motion. A panel of judges will then voice opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.

Motion: This house believes that the increasing standardisation of international arbitration procedure is a positive development

José Astigarraga, Reed Smith

Philippe Pinsolle, Quinn Emanuel Urqhart & Sullivan
Bob Broxson, BDO
Tai-Heng Cheng, Sidley Austin

Michelangelo Cicogna, De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani
John Fellas, Hughes Hubbard & Reed
James Hosking, Chaffetz Lindsey
Peter Sherwin, Proskauer Rose

17.15: Chairs' closing remarks

John Pierce, WilmerHale
Rachel Thorn, Cooley

17.25: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Sidley Austin

Further Information

For further information or sponsorship opportunities, please call +44 203 780 4183 or email


250 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281, USA.


  • "Engaging and relevant to current topics. Excellent way to keep a pulse on what's happening in IA." Marc Lee, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

  • "Very knowledgeable speakers and very up-to-date topics." Veronica Mazzoleni, Pizzarotti 

Ticket Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early $650  16 Aug 2019
Early $850 13 Sep 2019
Standard $1050 02 Oct 2019


In-House Counsel/ Government Representatives 
Type Price
Standard $0