Friday 29 November 2017, 31, Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris

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Michael Polkinghorne

White & Case

Isabelle Michou

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Programme 2016


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.20: Chairs’ opening remarks 

Isabelle Michou, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Marieke van Hooijdonk, Allen & Overy

9.30: Session one: “Now we are five” – Reactions to the French Arbitration Law after five years

To mark its fifth year, the French Arbitration Law will be assessed critically in this session. Leading practitioners will debate what has worked well - and what less so. Is it still cutting edge, or is further change needed? Were the innovations mere novelties, or have they proven useful? Are the local courts doing a good job in applying it?

In short, is it four times younger than the English Arbitration Act, but twice as good?


Marieke van Hooijdonk, Allen & Overy


Carine Dupeyron, August Debouzy

Laurence Kiffer, Teynier Pic

Nathalie Meyer Fabre, Meyer Fabre Avocats

Nadia Darwazeh, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: GAR Live Question Time for arbitrators 

A twist on our usual Tylney Hall format. A panel of arbitrators will discuss questions submitted by the audience in advance.


Charles Kaplan, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe


Charles Poncet, CMS

Christopher Style QC, One Essex Court

Carole Malinvaud, Gide Loyrette Nouel

Loukas Mistelis, Professor, Queen Mary University of London

13.00: Networking lunch

14.00: Session three: Multi-party/multi-contract arbitrations - How complex are they in practice?

Major industrial projects, should they revolve around infrastructures, intellectual property rights or energy ventures, have something in common: they are often articulated around multiple‎ layers of contracts (e.g. development agreements, non-disclosure agreements, financing agreements, joint-venture agreements, shareholder agreements, operating agreements) and they involve multiple parties (e.g. project companies, joint-venture companies, operating companies, marketing companies, parent companies, creditors).

How difficult is it to implement an arbitration agreement in such circumstances? Real life examples will be discussed by the panelists, including:

- Difficulties with the appointment of arbitrators. Who has the right to appoint? What is the best profile of arbitrators in this context? What happens when there is an imbalance in the agreed appointment process? How far should the Dutco principle extend?

- Who are the proper parties to the arbitration agreement? What happens when the party to the arbitration agreement‎ is not the owner of the disputed substantive rights?

- How to protect the confidentiality of sensitive information in multi-party arbitration. A typical example is information communicated to the joint-venture company but not to the other shareholder, that may nonetheless be a party to the dispute. 



Isabelle Michou, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan


Andrea Carlevaris, Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Charles Nairac, White & Case

Andrew Cannon, Herbert Smith Freehills

Benoit Le Bars, Lazareff Le Bars

16.00: Coffee break

16.15: Session four: The GAR Live debate

Motion: “This house believes that Brexit means the death of London as a seat of arbitration”


Charlie Lightfoot, Jenner & Block


Louis Christophe Delanoy, Bredin Prat

Marc-Olivier Langlois, Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Noah Rubins, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Daniel Saoul, 4 New Square


Paula Hodges QC, Herbert Smith Freehills

Michael Polkinghorne, White & Case

James Castello, King & Spalding

17.35: Chairs’ closing remarks

Isabelle Michou, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Marieke van Hooijdonk, Allen & Overy


17.45: Close of conference

31, Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris Cedex 16 Paris, 75782, France


Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early €800 18 October 2017
Early €950 17 November 2017
Standard €1,100 29 November 2017


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