Moderator and Speaker Profiles

Please find below the profiles for the Moderators and Speakers that will be present at CAD 2020.

We look forward to welcoming all of our distinguished guests to CAD 2020!

Keynote Speaker

Judge Joan E. Donoghue

The Honorable Judge Joan E. Donoghue has been a member of the International Court of Justice since 2010. She has also served on investor-state arbitral tribunals and ICSID annulment committees.

Before joining the ICJ, Judge Donoghue held a number of positions at the United States Department of State, culminating in the role of Principal Deputy Legal Adviser, the senior career attorney at the State Department. While at the State Department, she supervised legal work related to the negotiation of investment treaties, as well as advocacy in the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and North American Free Trade Agreement investor-state arbitration. Judge Donoghue has taught international law courses at several U.S. law schools and has taught investment law in the UN’s regional training program in Africa.

We look forward to welcoming Judge Donoghue as the Keynote Speaker for CAD 2020!


Gaela Gehring Flores is a partner of Arnold & Porter’s International Arbitration practice. She serves as Co-Chair of the District of Columbia Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee, and has been recognized as one of American Lawyer's "Top 45 under 45" Women Lawyers in the Am Law 200, and as a leading practitioner of international arbitration in publications such as Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500, Global Arbitration Review, Latin Lawyer 250, and Euromoney, among others.

Gaela represents both multinational corporations and sovereign states in international commercial and investment arbitrations before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR/AAA). 

Gaela will be moderating the panel titled "The Future of Investment Arbitration".

Bar Admissions: District of Columbia, Virginia and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Kabir Duggal is a Senior Associate at Arnold & Porter. He focuses his practice on international investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law matters. Mr. Duggal's experience includes complex disputes under numerous bilateral/multilateral investment treaties and contracts in South Asia, Latin America, Central Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa. The total value of the disputes he has been involved in exceeds 80 billion dollars. He has facilitated the mediation and negotiation of complex disputes. He also acts as a Consultant for the United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) on the creation of a novel "Investment Support Program." He has also conducted training and capacity-building sessions for several Governments including Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, India, among others on public international law and dispute resolution matters.

Bar Admissions: England and Wales (Solicitor), New York, Washington D.C. and India.

Erin Thomas advises clients in complex international disputes, serving as counsel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Her practice covers a range of geographic regions, with a particular focus on construction, infrastructure, and natural resource disputes. Ms. Thomas has represented clients in international arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, ICDR, ICSID, UNCITRAL, and SIAC rules. Ms. Thomas also advises clients on the litigation of international disputes in the United States and abroad.

Ms. Thomas will be speaking on the panel titled "Beyond a buzzword: how to raise the bar in international arbitration diversity?"

Bar Admission: New York and U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Sophie is a dual-qualified lawyer in Canada and in the UK.  Since 2007 she has been an arbitrator in independent practice, based in London.  Before becoming a full-time arbitrator, she was Head of International Arbitration at a global law firm.

Sophie is trained and has practised in both civil law and common law jurisdictions.  She is the peer-nominated Moderator of OGEMID, the online discussion forum on current issues of international investment law, economic law and arbitration.  She is ranked in Global Arbitration Review's Top 30 List of Female Arbitrators Worldwide and is commended as a “leading light” in the field by Who’s Who Legal.

In November 2015 Sophie delivered the Inaugural EFILA Annual Lecture on International Investment Arbitration: Escaping from Freedom?  The Dilemma of an Improved ISDS, for which she was the first female winner of the 2016 Global Arbitration Review Award for Best Speech. Her 2018 Proskauer Lecture on International Arbitration is shortlisted for Best Speech at the 2019 GAR Awards. 

Sophie has great interest on the impact of technology in her field and successfully completed the University of Oxford Saïd Business School Programme on Blockchain Strategy in 2019.

Sophie is the author of a Commentary on the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules: A Practitioner’s Guide (Juris, 2012).  She is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on issues of international arbitration, international investment law and dispute resolution.  She is a guest lecturer at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and McGill University Faculty of Law.  She has created the Nappert Prize in International Arbitration, open to young scholars and practitioners worldwide, and administered under the auspices of McGill University.

Admissions: Avocat, Bar of Quebec, Canada; Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Jonathan Lim focuses his practice on international arbitration matters and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. He has particular experience with disputes in the energy, financial services, technology and telecommunications sectors, and has represented clients in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations (including under the HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL Rules) in common law and civil law jurisdictions in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lim worked with the World Bank's Finance, Private Sector and Infrastructure Practice Group in Washington DC. 

In addition to his practice as counsel, Mr. Lim has a developing practice as arbitrator and has received SIAC and DIS appointments as sole and party-appointed arbitrator in proceedings seated in Europe and Asia. Mr. Lim is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore, where he teaches a course on commercial and investment arbitration each year. He publishes and speaks regularly on international arbitration and financial regulation. He has also lectured on international arbitration and financial regulation at the Singapore Management University and the London School of Economics. Mr Lim is admitted as an advocate in Singapore and solicitor in England and Wales.

Debate Judges

George Bermann is the Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. In addition he is the Director for the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration.

A Columbia Law School faculty member since 1975, Bermann teaches courses in transnational dispute resolution (international arbitration and litigation), European Union law, administrative law, and WTO law. He is an affiliated faculty member of the School of Law of Sciences Po in Paris and the MIDS Masters Program in International Dispute Settlement in Geneva. He is also a visiting professor at the Georgetown Law Center. At the Law School, he founded both the European Legal Studies Center and the Columbia Journal of European Law.

Bermann is an active international arbitrator in commercial and investment disputes; chief reporter of the ALI’s Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration; co-author of the UNCITRAL Guide to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards; chair of the Global Advisory Board of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC); co-editor-in-chief of the American Review of International Arbitration; and founding member of the governing body of the ICC Court of Arbitration and a member of its standing committee.

He has been a visiting scholar at the European Commission Legal Service in Brussels; the French Conseil d'Etat; the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany; and Princeton University’s Center for International Studies.

His published works include: “International Arbitration and Private International Law,” Hague Academy of International Law; Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention by National Courts; “Mandatory Rules in International Arbitration”; Transnational Litigation: Cases & Materials on European Union Law; and Introduction to French Law. Among his most recent articles are “Yukos v. Russia: Unanswered Questions” and “International Standards as a Choice of Law Option.”

Bermann has a J.D. and a B.A. from Yale University and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School. He holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Fribourg in Switzerland, Versailles-St. Quentin in France and Universidad César Vallejo in Peru.

Bar Admissions: State of New York (1972); U.S. District Court, E.D. New York (1980); U.S. District Court, S.D. New York (1980); US Supreme Court (1992)

Trained in both civil and common law, Ms. Julie Bédard is experienced in conflict of laws and represents clients in connection with litigation and arbitration proceedings throughout the world, raising disputes on governing law, jurisdiction, the enforcement of arbitration agreements, extraterritorial discovery and international judgment enforcement. She represents clients in federal and state courts in the United States and has served as counsel in international arbitration proceedings held under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). She also is a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. Ms. Bédard is a French and Canadian citizen who regularly advises clients on protecting their global investments under international treaties and provides strategic advice on drafting dispute resolution clauses in international commercial contracts.

Ms. Bédard will judge the CAD debate, titled "How to resolve conflicting ethical rules in international arbitration?".

Bar Admissions: Foreign Law Consultant - Brazil, 2015; New York, 2002; Quebec, 1997; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 2004

Mr. Eduardo Zuleta focuses his practice in national and international arbitration, international litigation, public international law and private international law. Throughout his career he has participated in more than 40 arbitration proceedings, acting as arbitrator and counsel. He is vice president of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, member of the list of arbitrators of the ICSID appointed by the Government of Colombia (previously appointed by the President of the Administrative Council), and member of the Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota, as well as several arbitration centers of America, Europe and Asia.

Mr. Zuleta will be a judge in the CAD debate on the topic "How to resolve conflicting ethical rules in international arbitration?".


Katerina Yiannibas is an associate professor of international law and business at the University of Deusto and a researcher at the Globernance Institute of Democratic Governance in San Sebastian, Spain and a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School. International conflict resolution is her main area of professional and academic interest. Her scholarship has predominantly focused on the responsibility of both States and non-State actors in a global business context and the effectiveness of non-judicial remedies to provide access to justice for business-related human rights abuses, particularly international arbitration. Katerina is a member of the Business and Human Rights Arbitration Working Group and a drafter of The Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration. Since 2013, Katerina has directed a number of European Union projects on access to justice and public participation: Human Rights in Business, a European Commission Directorate-General Justice project on access to justice for business-related human rights abuses, and European Dialogues, a series of inter-disciplinary public debates designed to democratize knowledge transfer on social and political issues. Her earlier career experience encompasses work in government, NGOs, and education around the world: Central America, Southeast Asia, Western, Northern and Southern Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Katerina received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She received her A.B., summa cum laude, from Duke University in Cultural Anthropology and French. She is a certified mediator by the New York Peace Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Professor Desierto will be speaking on the panel “Human Rights and Environmental Disputes in International Arbitration”.

Bar Admissions: New York

Matthew E. Draper is a founding partner at Draper and Draper LLC. He is an experienced litigator and international arbitration counsel and arbitrator.

He is recognized as a "Future Leader" in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2018, which reports that clients describe him as "an exceptionally gifted attorney ... a creative thinker,"  and "is very good on his feet.'"  Super Lawyers 2018 cites Matthew as a "Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney" in New York.

Matthew's commercial disputes practice focuses on oil, gas and water-related disputes. Matthew regularly represents clients in transboundary water disputes. He has represented U.S. and foreign clients in courts and international arbitrations across various industries, including telecommunications, construction and transportation. Matthew also has significant experience representing financial services firms before industry arbitration panels and regulators.

Matthew sits as an arbitrator in international disputes administered by the ICC and ICDR, and U.S. commercial disputes administered by the AAA.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and serves on the arbitrator rosters for the AAA's Large and Complex disputes and the ICDR's international panel. Matthew is also a member of the ICC Task Force on Arbitration of Climate Change-related Disputes.

Mr. Draper will be speaking on the panel titled “Human Rights and Environmental Disputes in International Arbitration”.

Bar Admissions: District of Columbia, New Mexico, and New York

Elliot Friedman is a partner in Freshfields’ international arbitration practice based in New York. He focuses on international arbitration (investor-state and commercial) and international litigation, with a particular emphasis on disputes in the pharma, financial and energy sectors.

Elliot also represents companies in transnational litigation in U.S. courts, including the enforcement of arbitral awards. Recently, Elliot was part of the team that represented BG Group in its victory before the Supreme Court of the United States, in the first ever case concerning a bilateral investment treaty to be considered by the Supreme Court.

Elliot will be speaking on the panel titled “Human Rights and Environmental Disputes in International Arbitration”.

Bar Admissions: US Supreme Court, New York, barrister and solicitor for the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia

Anya George is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Group at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd. in Zurich, Switzerland.

As a trilingual and dual qualified lawyer, she represents clients in complex international commercial and investment arbitration matters, as well as in enforcement and commercial litigation proceedings before the Swiss courts. She further advises clients on business and human rights issues.

She has represented states, state-owned entities and private companies in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes under different laws and across a wide range of sectors, with particular emphasis on energy infrastructure, natural resources, insurance and reinsurance contracts and manufacturing and sales agreements. She has handled arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SCAI and before the PCA, as well as in ad hoc proceedings She has special expertise in arbitration-related litigation, including enforcement, interim relief and setting-aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court, in both French and German.

Anya will be speaking on the panel titled “Human Rights and Environmental Disputes in International Arbitration”.

Bar Admissions: Switzerland and England and Wales

Graham Coop advises and represents companies, governments and international organizations on international dispute resolution and public international law. He has appeared as counsel, advocate and expert before a wide range of international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, ICSID, the PCA and the ICC. Before joining Volterra Fietta, Graham served for seven years as General Counsel to the Energy Charter Secretariat, a Brussels-based international organization responsible for the Energy Charter Treaty.

Graham is recognized globally as one of the world’s leading experts on international energy law, the Energy Charter Treaty and international investment arbitration. Graham has written and edited a wide range of publications, including “Energy Dispute Resolution: Investment Protection, Transit and the Energy Charter Treaty”. Graham is an Honorary Associate of the Graduate School of Natural Resources Law, Policy & Management of the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy. He is an honorary member of the Investment Treaty Forum of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Energy Law Review and of the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law. He is a member of the advisory board Association of International Arbitration (Brussels). He is a Legal Expert on the Energy Charter Secretariat’s Legal Advisory Task Force. He has lectured at numerous universities around Europe and is listed in the “Who’s Who in Public International Law”.

Graham will be speaking on the panel titled "The Future of Investment Arbitration".

Graham is admitted to practice in New Zealand as well as in England and Wales (Higher Rights of Audience (Civil)). 

Dr. Patricia Nacimiento is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, practicing arbitration and dispute resolution primarily out of Frankfurt. She has a leading reputation in the world of both commercial and investment treaty arbitration.

As a party representative, she has conducted over 120 arbitration proceedings under the rules of numerous arbitration institutions – including ICC, ICSID, SCC, CIETAC, DIS, LCIA, ICDR, Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Indian Council of Arbitration, and the Danish Institution of Arbitration as well as ad hoc proceedings. The German government appointed her in 2007 as one of four arbitrators to the panel of arbitrators at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

She lectures in arbitration at the Universities of Heidelberg, Frankfurt, and Saarbrücken.

Her publications include co-editing Arbitration in Germany – The Model Law in Practice (Kluwer 2015), The New York Convention—A Global Commentary (Kluwer 2008), and Arbitration in Germany – Law and Practice (Kluwer 2015), among others.

Patricia is listed in "Germany's Best Lawyers 2019" for Arbitration and Mediation (Handelsblatt Rating in cooperation with Best Lawyers). Who’s Who Legal highlighted her to be “...a highly regarded specialist in international arbitration and investment arbitration. Sources praise her 'remarkable intelligence' and 'attention to detail'”.

Dr. Nacimiento will be speaking on the panel titled "The Future of Investment Arbitration".

Patricia is admitted to the practice in Germany.


Patrick Pearsall is the chair of Jenner & Block’s Public International Law Practice. He has extensive experience representing parties in complex commercial arbitration and investment disputes. Patrick served in the U.S. State Department from 2009-2017 and was the Chief of Investment Arbitration from 2015 onward. He is a trusted adviser to governments and private entities and is regularly called upon to provide strategic counsel before a dispute arises. Most recently, he advised on the negotiation of the investment provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership, and the U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty. He is founder and Chair of the Practitioner’s Group to the UNCITRAL Working Group III.

Patrick has received several awards and serves on multiple boards.  He is band ranked in Chambers, recommended in the Legal 500, and in 2019 is listed as the second “Most Highly Regarded” Arbitration Practitioner in the Americas in the peer and client reviewed Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, where he is recognized as “an incredible advocate,” “whose razor-sharp mind is unmatched” and who is a “leader in public international law and investment treaty arbitration.”

Patrick will be speaking on the panel titled "The Future of Investment Arbitration".

Patrick is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York. 


Nathalie Voser is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's Dispute Resolution Group. She has acted as arbitrator and counsel in a vast number of cases. Her expertise includes Investor-State disputes, construction / infrastructure projects, civil engineering and energy related projects, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, and automotive industries.

She is a member and Vice President of the London Court of International Arbitration, a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association, a member of the Steering Committee of the Vienna International Arbitration Chamber, a Swiss delegate in the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission Paris, and a member of the SIAC Users' Council and HKIAC Panel of Arbitrators.

She was inter alia recognized in Chamber Europe and Global from 2007 to 2019, in Who’s Who Legal from 2005 to 2019, and Legal 500 from 2010 to 2019.

Her publications include International Arbitration – Comparative and Swiss Perspectives (2016) and the The Swiss Perspective on Parties in Arbitration, in The Evolution and Future of International Arbitration (2016).

Nathalie will be speaking on the panel titled "The Future of Investment Arbitration".

Nathalie is admitted to practice in Switzerland.

Arjun Agarwal is a Senior Counsel in the Upstream Non-US Litigation group at Chevron. He is responsible for managing pre-litigation, litigation, disputes and investigations stemming from Chevron’s non-US Upstream operations. Mr. Agarwal’s case docket includes a variety of matters including commercial disputes, construction, labour and employment, international arbitrations involving other International Oil Companies as well as foreign governments, contractors, insurance, personal injury and property damage. Arjun Agarwal’s group interacts with external counsel located all over the world and are responsible for ensuring that all litigation matters are handled in compliance with all applicable laws and are managed efficiently and in a cost-effective manner consistent with Chevron’s Objectives-Based Litigation Technique (COBALT®), which is a structured and disciplined technique for achieving reliability, efficiency and world class performance in litigation management.

Mr. Agarwal will be speaking on the panel titled "Beyond a buzzword: how to raise the bar in international arbitration diversity?"

Bar Admission: Admitted to the State Bar of California 

Ricardo Ampuero is the President of the Special Commission that represents the Republic of Peru in International Investment Disputes. Mr. Ampuero is in charge of representing Peru in all stages of investor-State disputes arising under international investment agreements and investment contracts under the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) arbitration rules. Mr. Ampuero has previously served as Legal Adviser and Technical Secretary of the Special Commission, worked in a law firm specialized in arbitration in Lima and did an internship program at the International Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Ampuero received his J.D., with honors, from Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) and LL.M. from Columbia Law School (attended as a Fulbright Scholar). He was a professor at UPC, where he also coached the University’s team in international arbitration competitions. Mr. Ampuero is regularly invited to speak at international conferences and seminars on arbitration matters, and has published various academic articles.

Mr. Ampuero will be speaking on the panel titled "Beyond a buzzword: how to raise the bar in international arbitration diversity?"

Bar Admission: Admitted to the Peruvian Bar

Ndanga Kamau is an international lawyer specialising in all forms of international dispute settlement, public international law, and private international law. Ms. Kamau advises and represents clients in international disputes and sits as arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. Prior to setting up her own practice in The Hague, Ms. Kamau worked in international law firms, an arbitral institution, government, and international organisations. She has been based in Geneva, Houston, London, Mauritius, and Nairobi. Ms. Kamau holds an LLM in International Dispute Settlement, University of Geneva/Graduate Institute, postgraduate diplomas in law (City Law School / Inns of Court School of Law), and on Economics, University of Cape Town.

Ms. Kamau will be speaking on the panel titled "Beyond a buzzword: how to raise the bar in international arbitration diversity?"

Bar Admission: called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (2010).

For over 18 years, Yasmine Lahlou has represented clients in international arbitration and courts in virtually every continent. Ms. Lahlou’s ability to master complex facts and transaction documents provides the foundation for effective strategic advice and great results.  Having practiced in France before qualifying in New York in 2003, Ms. Lahlou understands the practical and cultural differences presented in cross-border disputes. She has particular experience in construction, pharmaceutical, aerospace, telecommunications and energy disputes involving both private and sovereign parties. Ms. Lahlou has acted as counsel and arbitrator under the most widely used arbitration rules, including the ICC, ICDR, LCIA, UNCITRAL and SCC Rules. In addition, she represents clients in courts actions related to arbitration award enforcement proceedings, helps clients seek discovery under U.S. Code Section 1782 and serves as an arbitrator.

Ms. Lahlou will be speaking on the panel titled "Beyond a buzzword: how to raise the bar in international arbitration diversity?"

Bar Admission: New York and Paris 

Federico is the co-founder of Kleros, a decentralized arbitration protocol which uses blockchain and game theory for dispute resolution in e-commerce and the sharing economy. Federico graduated in economics and philosophy and spent his early career working in startups and online media. For his Ph.D., he researched deliberative democracy and collective decision making. As a doctorate student, Federico pioneered the concept of Crowdjury, the use of collective intelligence to transform justice systems. He co-founded Kleros after graduation. 

Federico is passionate about social and civic innovation and the potential of blockchain for transforming finance, law and government. He hosts “La Disrupción del Blockchain,” the first blockchain Coursera course in Spanish.

Federico will be speaking on the panel "Technology in Arbitration: Balancing Innovation with Due Process and Privacy".

Hugh Carlson is the Managing Director of Three Crowns, in which capacity he is responsible for the firm’s global operations. He also serves as General Counsel to the firm.

Hugh is recognized in leading rankings and directories for his practice in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. He has represented clients across a range of industries and under most major arbitral rules systems.

Hugh serves as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and is a co-founder and co-director of its International Arbitration Workshop. He is a member of the ICCA/IBA Joint Task Force on Data Protection in International Arbitration Proceedings and the CPR Cybersecurity Task Force.

Prior to joining Three Crowns, Hugh practiced international arbitration in the Washington, DC office of a major international law firm.

Hugh will be speaking on the panel titled "Technology in Arbitration: Balancing Innovation with Due Process and Privacy".

Admissions: New York; Washington, DC.

Nathalie Colin has been a commercial litigator since 1994, with extensive experience of cross-border and domestic litigation in both the banking and corporate sectors. She has comprehensive experience in national and international complex arbitration, contract law, law of obligations and torts, commercial and construction law.

Her practice encompasses both judicial proceedings before courts and arbitration proceedings under the aegis of the ICC or CEPANI.

Nathalie Colin is a member of the Belgian arbitration and mediation center CEPANI, an independent facility composed of business leaders, academics, corporate legal experts and lawyers.

Nathalie also specializes in white collar crime and regulatory investigations. She has represented large financial and corporate institutions in high-profile white collar and corporate litigation, including securities litigation. She has also advised on high-profile criminal and regulatory cases for banks, financial institutions and large auditing firms.

Other areas of expertise include procedures before the Supreme Court of Belgium and environmental law.

Nathalie will be speaking on the panel "Technology in Arbitration: Balancing Innovation with Due Process and Privacy".

Admissions: Brussels bar.

Ms. Permesly has more than 15 years’ experience in helping clients to identify and implement global strategies to address their most complex international disputes, and has experience in addressing litigation, arbitration, regulatory, antitrust, conflict of laws, and internal investigation and corruption issues. She regularly appears as an advocate before international tribunals and U.S. courts on cross-border issues.

A Spanish speaker, Ms. Permesly focuses much of her practice on disputes arising out of Latin America. She has significant experience in disputes arising in the construction, energy, mining and technology sectors, and with claims involving foreign sovereigns or state-owned entities. Ms. Permesly has been named in Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Chambers Latin America as well as referenced in Legal 500 U.S. and Legal 500 Latin America for her skills in international arbitration. In Chambers USA, clients refer to Ms. Permesly as “hands down the most responsive lawyer I’ve ever worked with;” as a young practitioner who is “firing on all cylinders,” and as “very articulate, very focused and very skilled” as an advocate. Ms. Permesly also has been named one of Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers by Latinvex every year since 2016, and as a Future Leader in arbitration by Who’s Who Legal, which quotes sources who state she is “consistently at the very top of her game and admired throughout the profession.”

Ms. Permesly serves as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a leading U.S.-based foreign policy think tank, and as the co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s Dispute Resolution Interest Group. She serves as the chair of Global Advisory Board Relations for the New York International Arbitration Center, an organization she was closely involved in establishing. Ms. Permesly frequently speaks in both Spanish and English on a wide range of topics relating to arbitration and cross-border litigation.

Ms. Permesly will be speaking on the panel ""Technology in Arbitration: Balancing Innovation with Due Process and Privacy".

Admissions: New York

Cy Benson is a U.S. and English qualified partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group. Mr Benson represents clients from a wide variety of sectors before commercial and investment treaty tribunals with particular experience in telecoms, oil & gas, mining and infrastructure disputes. He continues to represent a Dutch and a Luxembourg investor in two separate multi-billion dollar arbitration proceedings against the Russian Federation under the Energy Charter Treaty. He is a member of the IBA Arbitration Committee Task Force on Ethics for Counsel and served as one of the UK members to the ICC Rules Revision Task Force. He sits regularly as an arbitrator, and writes and lectures on a wide variety of arbitration issues.

Mr. Benson will be speaking on the panel titled "How to resolve conflicting ethical rules in international arbitration?"

Bar Admissions:

  • England & Wales (Solicitor)

  • State of New York

Preeti Bhagnani is a partner in the Firm's International Arbitration Practice. She represents international corporations and states in commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings in a wide range of industries including oil and gas, electricity, mining, telecommunications, construction, insurance and financial services. Preeti has represented clients in arbitration proceedings conducted under the ICSID, ICC, ICDR, SIAC, KLRCA and UNCITRAL rules. Her experience includes disputes involving privatizations and contracts with states and state-entities. Formerly, Preeti worked as Legal Counsel for a major international oil company, where she served as project-counsel in the negotiation of joint venture arrangements for energy infrastructure projects in Asia. Preeti holds a Master of Laws degree from Columbia Law School, where she was an Editor of the Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy and recipient of the Edwin Parker Prize for international or comparative law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Preeti will be speaking on the panel titled "How to resolve conflicting ethical rules in international arbitration?"

Bar Admissions:

  • State of New York

Felix Dasser is a senior member and former head of the Litigation | Arbitration practice. His practice focuses on the litigation and arbitration of international commercial and investment disputes, as well as white collar crime, regulatory compliance and investigations. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator (sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, and chairman) in more than 60 international commercial arbitration cases, including as global lead counsel in a billion-dollar IT-dispute and lead counsel in an investment dispute against a Central European State. He is familiar with various arbitration rules and is President-elect of ASA, the Swiss Arbitration Association. He also advises Swiss companies on international litigation strategies and on the impact of foreign regulatory proceedings and represents Swiss and foreign companies before Swiss courts and authorities. His range of expertise covers, in particular, banking and insurance, M&A, commodity sales, distribution agreements, IT, engineering, investment and international legal assistance. He also advises on and conducts regulatory and compliance investigations, and represents companies in white-collar crime proceedings.

Mr. Dasser will be speaking on the panel titled "How to resolve conflicting ethical rules in international arbitration?"

Bar Admissions:

  • Switzerland (1991)

Ari D. MacKinnon’s practice focuses on disputes matters in Latin America with a particular emphasis on international arbitration and corruption issues. Ari has successfully represented a number of major Latin American oil and gas, energy, infrastructure, and pulp and paper companies as well as other clients in disputes in the region. He speaks regularly in Latin America on topics related to arbitration and crisis management. Ari has experience conducting arbitration and corruption-related reviews in both English and Spanish. Ari joined Cleary Gottlieb in 2009 and became a partner in 2015.

Mr. MacKinnon will be speaking on the panel titled "How to resolve conflicting ethical rules in international arbitration?"

Bar Admissions:

  • State of New York

  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Second and Fifth Circuits

Chiann Bao is an independent arbitrator and a member of Arbitration Chambers in Hong Kong and London. As a New York-qualified Mandarin speaking attorney, Ms. Bao has spent almost fifteen years working in international arbitration in London, New York and Hong Kong. 

In private practice, Ms. Bao focused on complex international arbitration and litigation, acting as counsel or arbitrator for corporates and state-owned enterprises in a range of disputes in sectors including technology, shareholder and joint venture disputes, finance, joint venture, real estate, construction, and general contractual disputes. She advised clients on all aspects of the arbitral process under the major arbitral rules, including UNCITRAL, ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, and CIETAC.  From 2010 to 2016, Ms. Bao served as Secretary-General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, where she managed hundreds of arbitrations before tribunals in Asia, with a specific focus in China. During her tenure, HKIAC was recognized as the most frequently used arbitral institution outside of Europe, most improved institution and ranked as the third best arbitral institution worldwide by the 2015 International Arbitration Survey, conducted by Queen Mary University of London. Ms. Bao was instrumental in overseeing key initiatives such as the revision of the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules, the establishment of the tribunal secretary accreditation program, and the opening of the HKIAC Seoul and Shanghai offices. 

Ms. Bao currently serves as Vice President of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration and is a member of the ICC Belt and Road Commission. Ms. Bao also regularly speaks and writes on the topic of international arbitration and is a co-author to “A Guide to the HKIAC Rules,” published by Oxford University Press. She is a frequent lecturer and taught at the University of Hong Kong as an adjunct professor from 2014-2016.

Delphine Nougayrède, lecturer in law, is an attorney qualified to practice both French and English law, with 20 years of experience practicing cross-border transactions from bases in Paris, Moscow, Tbilisi,  Brussels, and now New York. From 2006 to 2013, Nougayrède was the head of DLA Piper's Russia & CIS corporate and M&A practices and was involved in a number of high-level energy and infrastructure transactions and disputes. In addition to her practice she conducts research in private international law, legal systems of emerging and transitional countries, legal ethics, and global financial transparency. Ms Nougayrède has also taught legal ethics and comparative corporate law at Moscow State University. She is admitted to the Paris bar as an avocat, and is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Co-leader of Pillsbury’s China practice, Geoffrey Sant maintains a practice focused on advising clients on complex litigation with an emphasis on commercial, corporate and financial litigation and transactions.

Known for his extensive experience in representing both Chinese and U.S. financial entities, Geoffrey represents some of the world’s largest banks, investment companies and businesses in both litigation and transactional matters. He has successfully obtained the dismissal of lawsuits against major Chinese banks and businesses, including obtaining the dismissal with prejudice of a litigation seeking over one billion dollars in damages. On the transactional side of his practice, Geoffrey recently won regulatory approval for a new U.S. branch of a major Chinese bank.

Named a "Young Sinologist" by China's Ministry of Culture, Mr. Sant has published on the law and on international cultural issues in such popular media as American Banker; Salon; Slate; and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Sant also teaches at Columbia Law School and Fordham Law School, and serves on multiple nonprofits, including as the President of Board of Directors of the New York Chinese Cultural Center.

Mr. Sant will be speaking on the panel titled "One Belt, One Road - What About Dispute Resolution?"

Bar admissions: New York

Tai-Heng Cheng is global co-head of the international arbitration practice at Sidley. He is a preeminent arbitration practitioner whom clients across industries turn to for sound strategic advice in managing risk, and successfully addressing and solving a myriad of complex business issues. He has earned a reputation for being a stellar advocate, having won 9-figure awards for clients both in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, and successfully carried out worldwide enforcement campaigns to collect judgements and awards.

With 20 years of experience, he is also a trusted advisor to companies and boards. He uses the full range of legal tools to create leverage in disputes, investigations and government enforcement matters. His clients span many industries including, energy and infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, real estate, manufacturing and financial services.

In addition to handling matters throughout the United States, he spends substantial time in Europe, Asia and Latin America representing clients. Tai collaborates closely with other lawyers in the global arbitration practice and leverages the full Sidley platform to provide value-added service for clients.

Tai has extensive experience serving as tribunal chair or co-arbitrator in more than a dozen arbitrations before major international arbitral institutions across multiple continents, and is a member of the arbitration panels of arbitration institutions in North America, Europe and Asia.

Tai is ranked as one of the top 10 arbitration practitioners in North and South America under 45 by Who’s Who Legal and as a Band 1 international arbitrator by Chambers USA. He has also been recognized in Chambers Global for international arbitration, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, Benchmark Litigation’s Rising Stars and Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List.

Awards rendered by Tai have been confirmed by U.S. District and Appeals courts as well as non-U.S. courts.

Tai is vice president of the American Society of International Law, and an elected fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, the American Law Institute and the Foreign Policy Association. He is a trustee of the Frick Collection, and serves on the boards of several other civic organizations.

Prior to joining Sidley, Tai was the chair of the New York international arbitration practice in another global law firm. He was also a tenured professor of international law in the United States. He has a J.S.D. and LL.M. degree from Yale Law School and first class honors in law from Oxford University.

Tai is bilingual in English and Mandarin.

Dr. Cheng will be speaking on the panel titled "One Belt, One Road - What About Dispute Resolution?"

Bar admissions: New York