Apr 27 2017

Latin Lawyer - GAR Live Arbitration Summit

Organised by: Latin Lawyer Event sponsorship

Miami, USA
Thursday, 27 April 2017 at 09:00

Chaired by Cristián Conejero, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, Santiago and José Astigarraga, Astigarraga Davis, Miami

Latin Lawyer is pleased to announce a premier one day conference to be held in Miami on Thursday, 27 April 2017. Presented in cooperation with our sister publication, Global Arbitration Review.  

Latin Lawyer and Global Arbitration Review are joining forces to provide a top-level focus on the latest developments on arbitration in the region. Designed to allow a forum for debate for cutting-edge substantive issues as well as incorporating the perspective of in-house counsel in the region, this event will bring together Latin Lawyer’s deep knowledge of Latin America with GAR’s sharp focus on the latest developments in arbitration.

For further information or sponsorship enquiries, please call +44 (0) 203 780 4160 or email llevents@latinlawyer.com.

Chaired by:

Cristián Conejero, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, Santiago

José Astigarraga, Astigarraga Davis, Miami


Gabriela Alvarez-Avila, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, Mexico City

Julie Bédard, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, São Paulo

Sandra González, Ferrere, Montevideo

Jonathan Hamilton, White & Case, Washington, DC

Fabrizio Hernández, NERA, Madrid

Roberto Aguirre Luzi, King & Spalding, Houston

Pedro Maciel, Lefosse, São Paulo

Klaus Reichert SC, Brick Court Chambers, London

Eduardo Silva Romero, Dechert, Paris

Eduardo Palinkas, Litigation Manager for Brazil, Latin America and Canada, Hewlett-Packard, São Paulo 

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Cristián Conejero, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, Santiago
José Astigarraga, Astigarraga Davis, Miami

9.10: The ‘Latinisation’ of arbitration

A look at the different practical aspects of conducting an arbitration in the region. Specific topics to be covered include:

  • The rise of local arbitration centres in international arbitration
  • Different approaches to document protection, expert witnesses, the process of the hearing
  • The role of third party funders
  • A look at how effective the IBA and ICC procedural rules are for the region

10.10: Coffee break

10.40: How to choose an arbitrator: A masterclass

This session will discuss the factors that go into the selection of an arbitrator and the process for effectuating the selection, including the tools for conducting due diligence. It will also be a mock presentation of the analysis and process that parties and their counsel go through in order to decide on the ideal candidate for arbitrator based on hypothetical CVs and case histories. The participants will discuss the arbitrators’ known experience and perceived biases to make their selection.

12.10: Networking lunch

13.30: Question time with in-house counsel

International arbitration can flourish only if users make use of it. The decision of whether to use arbitration to resolve international business disputes involves a variety of considerations, including factors that are evolving. A panel of expert in-house counsel from companies that regularly use international arbitration to resolve disputes will discuss the factors that they consider when evaluating dispute resolution options and their current thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of each dispute resolution method, including meditation and the best practices their companies are applying.    

14.30: Coffee break

14.50: The damages conundrum: How to effectively calculate damages

The fair and just calculation of damages can be one of the toughest aspects of a case for arbitration counsel to understand; communicating complex issues clearly and in a way tribunals can grasp can seem a Herculean task. This panel will investigate the legal principles behind the calculation of damages and the common use of experts in the field.

15.50: Coffee break

16.10: GAR Live debate

An Oxford Union-style debate before a panel of three judges.

Motion: Are we moving to an era of too much transparency in international arbitration?

17.40: Chairs’ closing remarks

Cristián Conejero, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, Santiago
José Astigarraga, Astigarraga Davis, Miami

18.00 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

White & Case LLP

Astigarraga Davis

Philippi Prietocarrisoza




University Of Miami School of Law

The BVI International Arbitration Centre (BVI lAC)

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