Laurent Killias

Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law

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.

Laurent focuses on contracts regarding construction, civil engineering, research and development, distribution and license agreements, joint ventures, banking and insurances as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Patricia Nacimiento

Herbert Smith Freehills

Patricia Nacimiento 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 joined Herbert Smith Freehills in May 2016 and has over 20 years of experience as disputes practitioner. A native German speaker Patricia is also fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and French.

Keynote Speaker

Gerald Pachoud

Former Principal Officer, United Nations

Gerald is the managing partner of Pluto & Associates, a boutique advisory firm focused on global public policy and corporate responsibility. He previously held various positions in the United Nations and the Swiss administration, notably initiating and leading the program on business and human security at the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and working as principal policy adviser in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General in New York. Gerald also served as the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General's Special Representative on business and human rights where he was closely involved in the drafting of the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights


Melis Acuner

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

Xavier Favre-Bulle

Lenz & Staehelin

Ulrich Goeres

Head of Financial Crime, HSBC Germany

Andreas Graf

Human Rights Manager, FIFA

Nikolas Hübschen

Senior Vice President General Law & Litigation, Uniper

Emmanuel Jolivet

General Counsel, International Chamber of Commerce

Hans-Georg Kamann


Matthew Kirtland

Norton Rose Fulbright

Thomas Legler

Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law

Meike von Levetzow


Melissa Magliana


Marta Méndez

Chief Compliance Officer for Continental Europe Eurozone, Santander

James Menz

Senior Litigation Expert, Bombardier

Christopher Moore

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Nicola Port

Senior Vice President & International Counsel, Chubb

Sylvia Schenk

Herbert Smith Freehills

Stephan Schill

Amsterdam Center for International Law

Johannes Willheim

Jones Day


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Laurent Killias, Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law
Patricia Nacimiento, Herbert Smith Freehills 

9.40: Session one: Sanctions and their impact on international arbitration

Our distinguished panel will discuss economic sanctions as a tool of foreign policy and evaluate the impact sanctions have on the performance of a contract. They will also consider the role of arbitral institutions and issues of arbitrability, enforceability and the infringement of sanctions through awards.

The topics they are expected to address include:

  • The common law doctrine of frustration and the civil law doctrine of impediment and hardship
  • How should you deal with a force majeure clause and its effects on the contract at hand?
  • How to approach substantive issues such as excuse or suspension of obligations and the reduction of liability

Christopher Moore, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Nikolas Hübschen, Uniper
Emmanuel Jolivet, General Counsel, International Chamber of Commerce
Hans-Georg Kamann, WilmerHale
Matthew Kirtland, Norton Rose Fulbright

10.55: Coffee break

11.25: Session two: The GAR Live symposium

This session is our espresso version of Tylney Hall. A panel of distinguished arbitrators will discuss questions submitted prior to the event by the audience, allowing delegates to get the answers they want from big names across arbitration.

Thomas Legler, Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law

Meike von Levetzow, Noerr
Melissa Magliana, LALIVE 
James Menz, Senior Litigation Expert, Bombardier  

12.40: Networking lunch

13.55: Keynote address

Gerald Pachoud, Former Principal Officer, United Nations

14.25: Session three: Money laundering in arbitration

The panel will address how money laundering can occur within international arbitration and what is best practice when it comes to recognising cases where money has been illegally obtained. How does this directly affect arbitral proceedings and the parties involved?

Some of the questions the panel are likely to discuss include:

  • How do you prove money laundering has occurred and what is the best way to go about raising this allegation?
  • Can allegations of money laundering be a viable defence in arbitration?
  • What are the obligations of the counsel and arbitrators if someone suspects money laundering to be happening within their sphere of work?

Johannes Willheim, Jones Day

Melis Acuner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
Xavier Favre-Bulle, Lenz & Staehelin
Ulrich Goeres, Head of Financial Crime, HSBC Germany
Marta Mendez, Chief Compliance Officer for Continental Europe Eurozone, Santander

15.40: Coffee break 

16.10: Session four: Human rights and arbitration

This session will address the UN’s guiding principles on business and human rights and how they interact with international arbitration. Our speakers will debate the expectations and actions of the UN and of national governments, as well as what is being done to tackle human rights issues within sports.

Sylvia Schenk, Herbert Smith Freehills

Andreas Graf, Human Rights Manager, FIFA
Gerald Pachoud, Former Principal Officer, United Nations
Nicola Port, Senior Vice President & International Counsel, Chubb 
Stephan Schill, Amsterdam Center for International Law

17.25: Chairs’ closing remarks

Laurent Killias, Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law
Patricia Nacimiento, Herbert Smith Freehills 

17.35 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law


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Sheraton Zurich Hotel, Pfingstweidstrasse 100, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland


  • "Good and interactive conference" Bryan Kane, Trans Adriatic Pipeline

  • "Excellent" Xavier Favre-Bulle, Lenz &Staehelin

  • "Interesting speakers and delegates from different jurisdictions" Iuliia Zozulia, ICAL Stockholm University

  • "Lively, good mix of panels" Peter Schradieck, Plesner


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Early £450 22 Feb 2019
Standard £600 7 Mar 2019


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