Julie Bédard

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Julie Bédard is head of Skadden’s International Arbitration Group for the Americas. She concentrates her practice on complex international litigation and arbitration and also advises companies and boards in internal investigations and regulatory matters.

José Antonio Fichtner

Andrade & Fichtner

José Antonio Fichtner is founding partner of Andrade & Fichtner. He has vast experience advising clients in significant corporate and contractual judicial and arbitral disputes, in Brazil and abroad, and acts as mediator and arbitrator. A former attorney for the state of Rio de Janeiro, he was a member of the Commission that drafted the new Brazilian Mediation and Arbitration Acts.


 Rogério Acquarone   


Silvia Bueno de Miranda

L.O. Baptista

Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti

Sergio Bermudes Law Offices

Roger Cooper

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Thiago Coutinho


Leonardo Corrêa


Carlos Forbes


Valeria Galindez

Valença Galíndez Arbitration

Eduardo Damião Gonçalves

Mattos Filho

Renata Duarte de Santana

Harbour Litigation Funding

Renato Stephan Grion

Pinheiro Neto

Marcello Guimarães


Marielle Koppenol-Laforce


Ari MacKinnon

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Alice Moreira Franco

Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide

Julissa Reynoso

Winston & Strawn

Fernando Eduardo Serec


Gustavo Scheffer da Silveira

International Chamber of Commerce

Peter Sester

Senior Visiting Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Flávio Luiz Yarshell

Yarshell e Camargo


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.35: Chairs' opening remarks 

Julie Bédard, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
José Antonio Fichtner, Andrade & Fichtner

9.45: Session one: Petrobras – corporate disclosures and shareholder claims

Large Brazilian and other Latin American multinationals may face claims based on alleged misstatements in their corporate disclosures in different countries, in litigation and arbitration. Our panel will discuss in particular parallel proceedings in securities class actions in the United States, arbitration in Brazil and in litigation in the Netherlands with respect to Petrobras, the largest Latin American company.

Alice Moreira Franco, Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide

Roger Cooper, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 
Marielle Koppenol-Laforce, Houthoff
Ari MacKinnon, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: The most challenging enforcement cases under the New York convention

A successful party in arbitration is looking for voluntary compliance with the award by the debtor or it may have to bring enforcement proceedings. Meanwhile, a losing party may be relying on judicial proceedings to fight recognition of an award that it believes should never been issued against it. This panel will discuss a selection of thorny enforcement cases, some of which have led to opposite outcomes in different jurisdictions.

Valeria Galindez, Valença Galíndez Arbitration

Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti, Sergio Bermudes Law Offices
Eduardo Damião Gonçalves, Mattos Filho
Fernando Eduardo Serec, TozziniFreire

12.45: Networking lunch

14.15: Session three: Thorny privilege issues in international arbitration

Using evidence can be problematic, certainly with varying rules on how best to prepare and use it. This session will call upon perspectives from Brazil, the US and Europe to discuss the rule of privilege and how it varies in application from country to country. 

Silvia Bueno de Miranda, L.O. Baptista 

Renato Stephan Grion, Pinheiro Neto 
Julissa Reynoso, Winston & Strawn 
Peter Sester, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Flávio Luiz Yarshell, Yarshell e Camargo

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: Session four: Using and improving arbitration

In an intimate session to finish off our GAR Live event, in-house counsel and institutions will discuss their experience with how arbitration could better serve their needs.

Gustavo Scheffer da Silveira, International Chamber of Commerce 
Carlos Forbes, CAM-CCBC

Rogério Acquarone, Pirelli
Thiago Coutinho, ULTRA
Leonardo Corrêa, MERCK
Renata Duarte de Santana, Harbour Litigation Funding
Marcello Guimarães, HKA

17.15: Chairs’ closing remarks

Julie Bédard, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
José Antonio Fichtner, Andrade & Fichtner

17.25 onwards: All delegates are invited to a drinks reception kindly sponsored by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom 


Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo Hotel, Alameda Santos, 1437 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP, 01419-001, Brazil

Ticket prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early $400   12 Oct 2018
Early $500  16 Nov 2018
Standard $600  26 Nov 2018


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