GAR Live Zurich - in pictures

GAR Live Zurich - in pictures

11 May 2018

The first GAR Live Zurich was held on 26 April, with sessions on the Court of Arbitration for Sport, arbitrating in the digital age and whether international arbitration allows deceit, corruption, fraud and money laundering to go unnoticed.

Fleeting moments of greatness preserved by CAS

Fleeting moments of greatness preserved by CAS

10 May 2018

An athlete’s career is about fleeting moments of greatness and if you lose one of these you cannot get it back, the executive director of the World Players Association told delegates during a session on Court of Arbitration for Sport at the first GAR Live Zurich.


Laurent Killias


Laurent Killias is a partner in Pestalozzi's dispute resolution team and head of the arbitration group in Zurich. He concentrates on international arbitrational and commercial litigation in complex disputes. In addition to representing parties, Laurent Killias is frequently chosen as party-appointed arbitrator and chairman in international arbitrations.

Patricia Nacimiento

Herbert Smith Freehills

Patricia helps clients on a wide range of disputes work with a special focus on domestic and international arbitration as well as investor state disputes. She specialises in disputes related to energy, construction and post mergers and acquisitions.

Patricia gives lectures on arbitration at the universities of Heidelberg, Frankfurt and Saarbrücken.


Diana Akikol

ABR Avocats

Michele Bernasconi

Bär & Karrer

Javier de Carvajal

Herbert Smith Freehills

Bernd Ehle


Xavier Favre-Bulle

Lenz & Staehlin

Ulrike Gantenberg

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Emilio Garcia

Managing Director Integrity, UEFA

Christian Keidel


Thomas Legler


James Menz

Deputy Secretary General & Head of Case Management, German Arbitration Institute (DIS)

Reinhard Ontyd

Chief Commercial Officer, Nord Stream 2

Andreas Reiner


Paul Salazar


Brendan Schwab

World Players Association, UNI Global Union

Alesch Staehelin

Lead Counsel Research Europe, IBM

Urs Weber-Stecher

Wenger & Vieli and SCAI Arbitration Court

Johannes Willheim

Jones Day

Mathias Wolkewitz

General Counsel, Wintershall

Heike Wollgast

Senior Legal Officer, IP Disputes Management Section, WIPO

2018 Programme

9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Patricia Nacimiento, Herbert Smith Freehills
Laurent Killias, Pestalozzi

9.40: Session one: Arbitration and the digital world

Our distinguished panel of counsel and arbitrators will examine the intersection of tech-business and international arbitration. Among other things, they’ll address topics such as:

  • Developments in the tech industry: preferences for arbitration or not?
  • Will Blockchain and smart contracts generate disputes suitable for international arbitration?
  • How are data privacy and cybersecurity affecting arbitration practitioners?
  • To what extent will artificial intelligence and big data influence the selection of arbitrators and the analysis of arbitral decisions?
  • How to find arbitrators who are literate in tech and intellectual property matters?

Thomas Legler, Pestalozzi

James Menz, Deputy Secretary General & Head of Case Management, German Arbitration Institute (DIS) 
Paul Salazar, Siemens 
Alesch Staehelin, Lead Counsel Research EuropeIBM
Johannes Willheim, Jones Day 
Heike Wollgast, Senior Legal Officer, IP Disputes Management Section, WIPO

10.45: Coffee break

11.15: Session two: The GAR Live symposium

Our espresso version of Tylney Hall.

Diana Akikol, ABR Avocats
Urs Weber-Stecher, Wenger & Vieli 
Javier de Carvajal, Herbert Smith Freehills 

12.30: Networking lunch kindly hosted by Bär & Karrer

14.00: Session three: Sports arbitration – is it fit for purpose?

As the stakes rise is sports arbitration keeping pace? Using their collective experience and wisdom, our panel of prominent arbitrators and counsel will discuss recent cases and whether they advance or diffuse the case for certain reforms. In particular they’ll focus on three aspects: CAS’s product; the arbitrator pool; and how to succeed in the counsel market

Questions that are expected to be discussed:

  • Lessons from Spanish football – is sports arbitration still the preserve of a distinct cadre of firms or are mainstream IA firms starting to play a bigger role?
  • CAS process – is it keeping pace with the money at stake?
  • Is the pool of sports arbitrators large enough and is the “closed list” (still) justified?
  • Does the close-knit community of sports arbitration practitioners justify a different approach to independence?
  • Are there lessons in sports arbitration for commercial arbitration – and vice versa?

Christian Keidel, Martens

Michele Bernasconi, Bär & Karrer
Xavier Fabre-Bulle, Lenz & Staehlin 
Emilio Garcia, Managing Director Integrity, UEFA
Brendan Schwab, World Players Association, UNI Global Union

15.15: Coffee break

15.45: Session four: International arbitration - A play area for deceit, corruption, fraud and money laundering?

The Round Table will be exploring if the arbitration system is vulnerable and how it can be protected from deceit, corruption, fraud, money laundering or similar abuse.

In-house counsel, arbitrators and arbitration counsel will address this thorny theme in a round table debate.

The round table will discuss:

  • The integrity of the system and the duty of truth – what are the obligations of parties, counsel and tribunal?
  • What is the role of tribunals, institutions and courts in protecting the integrity of the system?
  • What is the applicable standard when it comes to corruption, fraud and money laundering?
  • Is there a duty to investigate allegations?
  • What is the role of public authorities in this context? Is there a need to involve public authorities? Is there a duty to involve public authorities?
  • Corruption/fraud/money laundering in the investor-state arena. Is there a clean hands doctrine? What is the effect of fraud on jurisdiction?

Bernd Ehle, Lalive

Ulrike Gantenberg, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
Reinhard Ontyd, Chief Commercial Officer, Nord Stream 2 
Andreas Reiner, ARP
Mattias Wolkewitz, General Counsel, Wintershall 

17.15: Chairs’ closing remarks

Patricia Nacimiento, Herbert Smith Freehills
Laurent Killias, Pestalozzi

17.30 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Pestalozzi

Event map

Metropol, Fraumünsterstrasse 12, CH-8001, Zürich

Register for GAR Live Zurich
Ticket type Price Until
Super Early £450 16 Mar 2018
Early £550 13 Apr 2018
Standard £650 26 Apr 2018


        Complimentary In-house/Governmental registration available