Coverage

GAR Live Vienna - in pictures

GAR Live Vienna - in pictures

23 October 2017

The first GAR Live Vienna took place on 20 October at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, the headquarters of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre.

VIAC welcomes new secretary general

VIAC welcomes new secretary general

23 October 2017

Delegates at the first GAR Live Vienna heard that Alice Fremuth-Wolf will be taking over as secretary general of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre and overseeing significant rule changes (as well as yoga for arbitrators).

Do more on diversity, says ArbitralWomen president

Do more on diversity, says ArbitralWomen president

23 October 2017

ArbitralWomen president Rashda Rana SC has told the first GAR Live Vienna that lawyers and their firms need to do more to fulfil the promises of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge – warning that only action, not just promises, will bring about real change. ‎

Could investment treaties solve the European migrant crisis?

Could investment treaties solve the European migrant crisis?

27 October 2017

Leading Austrian arbitrator Christoph Schreuer has told GAR Live Vienna that creating better investment protection in countries that have high levels of migration – through bilateral investment treaties including investor-state dispute settlement – could help to solve the current migrant crisis in Europe.

Chairs

Dr. Stefan Riegler

Baker McKenzie and Austrian Arbitration Association Arb|Aut

Stefan Riegler has extensive experience handling complex disputes, both before international arbitral tribunals and before state courts. His practice focuses on disputes dealing with post-M&A, banking and bankruptcy, competition / energy (oil and gas) and construction issues.

Stefan Riegler regularly speaks and publishes on international arbitration topics; he has authored numerous articles and books, including Arbitration Law of Austria: Practice and Procedure and the “Austria” and the “Vienna Rules” chapters in World Arbitration Reporter.

Eliane Fischer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP)

Eliane practicses in the area of dispute resolution and international arbitration with a particular focus on complex international construction and engineering disputes, sales and supply contracts, energy projects, the telecommunications sector as well as investment disputes. She has acted as counsel or co-counsel in cases under various arbitration rules.

Dr. Alice Fremuth-Wolf

Deputy Secretary General, Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC)

Alice Fremuth-Wolf studied law at Vienna University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also served as assistant professor at the Department of Civil Procedure Law at the Law Faculty of Vienna University, coached the Vienna team for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot from 2004-2009 and still teaches arbitration. Before joining VIAC in 2012, she worked with major Austrian law firms and acted as party representative and arbitrator in international commercial arbitration cases. Alice Fremuth-Wolf has authored articles and books on arbitration and also. She is also a qualified mediator and is a co-organizer of the CDRC IBA-VIAC-Elsa Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition in Vienna.

Keynote

Prof. em. Christoph Schreuer

Of Counsel, zeiler.partners; Professor at the Department of European, International Law and Comparative Law, University of Vienna

Christoph Schreuer is a graduate of the Universities of Vienna, Cambridge and Yale. Over an academic career spanning more than forty years, he has published numerous articles and several books in the field of  international law. 

Speakers

Claudia Annacker

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Filip Boras

Baker McKenzie

Markus Burgstaller

Hogan Lovells

James Castello

King & Spalding

Milena Djordjević

Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade

Ulrike Gantenberg

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Céline Gauer

Director, Energy & Environment, DG Competition, European Commission

Ciprian Glodeanu

Wolf Theiss

Sebastian Guţiu

Schönherr

Miriama Kiselyova

Senior State Counsellor, International Legal Affairs Unit, Ministry of Finance, Slovak Republic

Christian Konrad

Konrad & Partners

Anna Kozmenko

Schellenberg Wittmer

Rafał Morek

K&L Gates

Robin Oldenstam

Mannheimer Swartling

Michael Polkinghorne

White & Case

Wolfgang Peters

former CEO, RWE Supply & Trading CZ a. s., Managing Director, The Gas Value Chain Company

Rashda Rana SC

Sixth Floor St James Hall

Laurence Shore

Bonelli Erede Pappalardo Studio Legale

Programme

9.00: Welcome coffee and registration 

9.30: Chairs' opening remarks and words of welcome from Mag. Jürgen Roth, Vice-President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Dr. Stefan Riegler, Baker McKenzie and Austrian Arbitration Association Arb|Aut
Eliane Fischer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP)
Dr. Alice Fremuth-Wolf, Deputy Secretary General, Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC)

9.40: Session one: Enforcement around the region: How to get the client paid

Once you have an award, what next? There's a difference between having your award recognised and accessing actual assets. In this session, a series of enforcement specialists will explore both the legal and practical aspects of translating recognised awards into real money.

Questions the panel are expected to discuss include:

  • How to find and secure assets for enforcement
  • How to enforce against non-signatories having their seat in the CEE-region
  • Enforcing awards against states - what are the unique features in the CEE-region?

Moderator:
Dr. Alice Fremuth-Wolf, Deputy Secretary General, Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC)

Panel:
Milena Djordjević, Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade
Christian Konrad, Konrad & Partners
Rafał Morek, K&L Gates

10.45: Coffee break

11.15: Session two: The GAR Live symposium 

Our espresso version of Tylney Hall. Delegates will submit questions in advance on topical themes and will then be invited to present their question on the day, whereupon the moderators and members of the audience are invited to respond.

Moderators:
Michael Polkinghorne, White & Case
Claudia Annacker, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

12.00: Keynote Address - "3 perspectives on investment arbitration"

Prof. em. Christoph Schreuer, Of Counsel, Zeiler Partners; Professor at the Department of European, International Law and Comparative Law, University of Vienna

12.30: Networking lunch

14.00: Session three: The effect of political change

Are global political developments changing the nature of disputes and the way resolution is sought? Drawing on their collective experience, our esteemed panel will address:

  • The different approaches taken towards the implementation of regulatory changes
  • What measures can be enacted to avoid an influx of lawsuits in response to regulatory changes
  • Lessons learned - where things went wrong in the past

Moderators:
Eliane Fischer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP)
Markus Burgstaller, Hogan Lovells

Panel:
James Castello, King & Spalding
Céline Gauer, Director, Energy & Environment, DG Competition, European Commission
Ciprian Glodeanu, Wolf Theiss
Miriama Kiselyova, Senior State Counsellor, International Legal Affairs Unit, Ministry of Finance, Slovak Republic
Wolfgang Peters, Former CEO, RWE Supply & Trading CZ a. s and Managing Director, The Gas Value Chain Company

15.15: Coffee break

15.45: 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 3 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 no party-appointed arbitrator is ever impartial"

Moderator:
Dr. Stefan Riegler, Baker McKenzie and Austrian Arbitration Association Arb|Aut

Debaters:
Robin Oldenstam, Mannheimer Swartling
Anna Kozmenko, Schellenberg Wittmer
Laurence Shore, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo Studio Legale
Rashda Rana SC, 6 St James'​ Hall International

Judges:
Filip Boras, Baker McKenzie
Sebastian Guţiu, Schönherr
Ulrike Gantenberg, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

17.15: Chairs' closing remarks

Dr. Stefan Riegler, Baker McKenzie and Austrian Arbitration Association Arb|Aut
Eliane Fischer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP)
Dr. Alice Fremuth-Wolf, Deputy Secretary General, Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC)

17.30 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception and join us in a toast to outgoing VIAC Secretary General, Manfred Heider. The drinks reception is kindly hosted by the VIAC

Venue

Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Wiedner Hauptstraße 63, 1045 Vienna, Austria

Ticket prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Standard €500 20 October 2017

 

In-house/governmental
Complimentary In-house/governmental registration available