14th ICC Miami Conference on International Arbitration

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Miami, Florida, United States, • English, Portuguese and Spanish

This conference provides an indispensable update on developments in the region. Not only does it offer a line-up of top-class speakers, topical discussions and relevant news, but also an excellent opportunity to network. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EVENT IS SOLD OUT.


ICC’s annual Miami conference is the key forum for understanding international commercial arbitration in Latin America. This conference provides an indispensable update on developments in the region and is the most important gathering for the Latin American arbitration community. Not only does it offer a line-up of top-class speakers, topical discussions and relevant news, but also an excellent opportunity to network. The conference attracts approximately 550 participants representing about 40 nationalities.

The advanced level training on “Oral advocacy in International Arbitration: the good, the bad and the in-between” will take place on 13 November 2016.PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Who should attend?

  • Practicing lawyers
  • Arbitrators, mediators
  • Corporate counsel
  • Academics
  • Professionals interested in and/or involved in international arbitration in Latin America and the Caribbean

Logistial notes


13-15 November 2016


The Mandarin Oriental
500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, United States

Registration fees

Advanced Training
Early Bird Special*
US$ 652
ICC members
US$ 750
US$ 937

14th ICC Miami Conference
Early Bird Special*
US$ 1,162
ICC members
US$ 1,362
US$ 1,702

Package: conference and training
Early Bird Special*
US$ 1,454
ICC members
US$ 1,688
US$ 2,110

Accompanying person for social events only : US$339

*Early Bird Special rates available until 29 July 2016
Registration fees are free of V.A.T.

Special discounts

  • ICC Members may benefit from an extra 5% discount. Please contact your local NC to obtain your discount code.
  • Group rates : Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for 4
  • In-house Counsel , full time Academics , Government representativesmay benefit from a 30% discount. Please contact events@iccwbo.org for more details.
  • Financial aid may be available . For more information on eligibility requirements and application procedure, please contact events@iccwbo.org .

Registration fees include:
1. Advanced Training on Oral advocacy in International Arbitration: the good, the bad and the in-between : all training activities including documentation, lunch, coffee breaks and a cocktail reception.
2. 14th ICC Miami Conference : all conference activities including documentation, lunches, coffee breaks, Sunday cocktail reception and Monday dinner.
3. Accompanying person for social events fee : Sunday cocktail reception and dinner on Monday (sessions and networking lunches are restricted to participants only).

How to register

Please note that the event is sold out.

Travel and accommodation

Travel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. A hotel reservation form/unique group code for online reservations at “The Mandarin Oriental”, with which ICC has negotiated preferential rates at US$324 or US$344 (+13% tax), will be sent upon receipt of the registration form and registration fees. Please note that the number of rooms reserved with the ICC rate is limited. As they will be distributed on a “first-come, first-served” basis, we recommend that you make your reservation ASAP. All room reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card. The pre-reservation cut-off date is Friday 21 October 2016 . Hotel reservations received after 21 October will be accepted on a space and/or rate available basis only.

We are able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application only after receipt of your registration form and full payment of your registration fees.

Working languages

English, Portuguese and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation.

Credits and hours

ICC Training and Conferences is eligible for CLE credit under New York’s and Florida’s approved jurisdiction procedures, is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and is accredited by the Bar Standards Board to provide CPD for barristers at the Bar of England & Wales. French Bars: This training has been sent for CNB approval. Lawyers practising in France may apply for the reimbursement of this course before the FIFPL (Fonds Interprofessionnel de Formation des Professionnels Libéraux), subject to terms and conditions.

Cancellation policy

50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 14 October 2016 . Cancellations after this date are not refundable. Subject to agreement from ICC Training and Conferences prior to the event, the registration may be transferred to another person from the same company or organization at no extra charge. Updated registration information will be required. Please note that ICC Services reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC Services will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.


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Training programme


Sunday 13 November 2016

08.30 – 09.00 Welcome coffee generously sponsored by Gilberto José Vaz Advogados and Gilberto José Vaz Engenheiros Associados and Mayer Brown

09.00 – 09.15 Welcoming address, introduction and presentation of the mock case

09.15 – 10.15 Oral versus written advocacy: counsel and tribunal perspectives

  • Defining the elements of “oral advocacy”: pleadings, witnesses, experts, demonstratives, other features
  • Early assessment of the pros and cons of the elements of “oral advocacy”: the opportunities and the limitations depending on the initial presentation of the dispute
  • Perspectives as claimant versus as respondent
  • The interrelationship between the assessment and the selection of the tribunal members: party autonomy vs. tribunal direction
  • The interrelationship between the assessment and the applicable law(s) including respecting burden of proof and burden of persuasion
  • The assessment and the desired role for the tribunal: “inquisitorial” vs. “adversarial” vs. something in between

10.15 – 10.45 Q&A

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break generously sponsored by Compass Lexecon and Diales

11.00 – 11.45 Oral advocacy, party autonomy and the determination of the facts of the dispute: the opening statement at the hearing

  • The hearing and oral opening statements: good practices, bad practices, best practices
  • Orally pleading the case “through” prior written memorials: counsel perspectives, tribunal perspectives
  • Opening statements and post-hearing briefs: the desired relationship
  • Exhibits and visuals and their role in oral advocacy and decision-making

11.45 – 13.00 The opening statement at the hearing: working groups and Q&A

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch generously sponsored by Accuracy

14.00 – 14.30 Focus on cross-examination

  • Effective preparation for cross examination
  • Effective styles of cross-examination
  • “Remember the dead horse”: knowing when to let go
  • “Putting your case to the witness” versus character assassination
  • Lay witnesses and expert witnesses

14.30 – 15.30 Case scenarios and Q&A

15.30 – 15.45 Coffee break generously sponsored by Astigarraga Davis and Berkeley Research Group LLC

15.45 – 16.15 Oral advocacy at the main hearing

  • Orally pleading the case “through” witness examination: counsel perspectives, tribunal perspectives
  • Closing statements and post-hearing briefs: transcripts, recency and the new emphasis on speed in rendering the award

16.15 – 17.15 Case scenarios and Q&A

17.15 – 17.30 Concluding remarks

18.00-20.00 Cocktail reception

Training speakers


Richard Kreindler , Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Frankfurt, Germany and New York, United States; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law; Honorary Professor of Law, University of Münster, Germany

Sophie Nappert , Arbitrator, 3 Verulam Buildings, United Kingdom; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law


David Arias , Partner, Arias SLP, Spain; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

José I. Astigarraga , Partner, Astigarraga Davis, Miami, United States

Yves Derains , Founding Partner, Derains Gharavi, France; Chairman of the ICC Institute of World Business Law; Former Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Honorary Professor of the Law Faculty of the San Ignacio de Loyola University, Peru; Honorary Professor of the Universidad del Pacifico, Lima, Peru; Honorary Professor of the Universidad de Lima, Peru

Juan Fernández-Armesto , Partner, Armesto & Asociados, Spain

Noiana Marigo , Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, New York, United States

Conference programme

Sunday 13 November 2016

18.00-20.00 Cocktail reception

Monday 14 November 2016

07.30-08.45 Optional ICC YAF session: Interview with the Judiciary (in English only)

The ICC YAF aims to provide young practitioners under the age of 40 with an opportunity to learn and engage with peers and arbitration specialists to discuss issues of interest in international arbitration and to foster mentor relationships.

08.00-09.00 Welcome coffee generously sponsored by Jones Day and Wolters Kluwer

09.00-09.10 Welcome address

09.10-09.30 Opening keynote speech

09.30-10.45 The changing political landscape in Latin America and its impact on investment and commercial arbitration

-Cuba and the end of the embargo
-Reform in Argentina: lights and shadows
-Turmoil in Brazil and Venezuela
-The impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

10.45-11.15 Discussion

11.15-11.45 Coffee break generously sponsored by Dechert LLP and Arias SLP

11.45-13.00 Good faith litigation: pushing the ethical boundaries

-Frivolous claims and abuse of process
-Unmeritorious challenges against arbitrators: when is enough, enough?
-National court approaches to abusive award challenges and anti-arbitration injunctions
-National court approaches to actions against institutions and arbitrators

13.00-13.30 Discussion

13.30-15.00 Lunch generously sponsored by Linklaters and Contract Administration Associates

15.00-16.15 Parallel sessions(participants choose to attend one of the following sessions)

Workshop: mastering a Redfern schedule

Quantification of damages: loss of gain vs. loss of opportunity

Recovery of arbitral awards

16.15-16.45 Coffee break generously sponsored by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and FTI Consulting

16.45-18.00 Parallel sessions (participants choose to attend one of the following sessions)

Tackling complex evidentiary issues

Mediation windows in the arbitration process

Dealing with complex jurisdictional and admissibility issues

20.00 Dinner generously sponsored by Hogan Lovells

Tuesday 15 November 2016

08.00-09.15 Optional ICC/ArbitralWomen session: Should arbitrators disclose their preferences regarding the organisation and the conduct of the procedure? (in English only)

08.30-09.30 Welcome coffee generously sponsored by Hogan Lovells and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

09.30-11.00 A conversation with the Institutions: IBA-ICC-ICCA – States as principal stakeholders of the arbitration process

11.00-11.30 Coffee break generously sponsored by Linklaters and Foley Hoag

11.30-12.30 Debate: Contrasting perspectives between external and in-house counsel on the practice of international arbitration

12.30-13.00 Discussion

13.00-14.30 Lunch generously sponsored by Hogan Lovells and Dechert LLP

14.30-16.00 Closing roundtable: The battle between state courts on international arbitration matters

16.00-16.30 Discussion

16.30-16.45 Closing remarks

Conference speakers

Christian Albanesi, Head of Latin America Arbitration, Linklaters LLP, France

David Arias, Partner, Arias SLP, Spain; Co-Chair, IBA Arbitration Committee

Maddi Azpiroz, Managing Director, ClaimTrading Ltd, United Kingdom

Nigel Blackaby, Partner, International Arbitration Group, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Washington D.C., United States

Briana Canorio Calderón, Head, Administration and Contracts Unit, Corporate Legal Management, Petróleos del Perú – Petroperú S.A., Peru

Andrea Carlevaris, Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Paris

Narciso Cobo Roura, Professor, Law School, University of Havana, Cuba; Retired Judge

Stephanie Cohen, Independent Arbitrator, United States

Alfredo de Jesús O. Ph.D., Principal, Alfredo De Jesús O. – Transnational Arbitration, Litigation & Business Law, France; Honorary Associate, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, United Kingdom

Diego Faleck, Partner, Faleck & Associados – mediation firm, Brazil

José Ricardo Feris, Deputy Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Valeria Galíndez, Counsel, Uría Menéndez, Brazil

Alvaro Galindo, International Counsel, Dechert LLP, Washington D.C., United States

Katherine González Arrocha, Director for the Americas, Arbitration & ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Panama City

Roy Herrera Muñoz, Senior Partner & Head of the Dispute Resolution Department, Arias & Muñoz, Costa Rica; President, ICC Costa Rica

Andrés Jana, Partner, Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana, Chile

Rodrigo Jijón Letort, Partner, Pérez Bustamante & Ponce, Ecuador

Yasmine Lahlou, Partner, Chaffetz Lindsey LLP, New York, United States; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Fernando Mantilla Serrano, Partner & Global Co-Chair, International Arbitration Practice, Latham & Watkins, France; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration

José Luis Martín, Managing Counsel, Enterprise Litigation, Chevron Corporation, United States

Pedro Martínez-Fraga, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP, Miami, United States

Andrea J. Menaker, Partner, White & Case LLP, Washington D.C., United States

Craig Miles, Partner, King & Spalding LLP, Houston, United States

Ignacio J. Minorini Lima, Partner, Bruchou, Fernandez Madero & Lombardi, Argentina

Alexis Mourre, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Elsa Ortega, Partner, Abogados Ortega y Gómez Ruano, S.C., Mexico

Felipe Ossa, Partner, Claro y Cía., Chile

Patrick W. Pearsall, Chief of Investment Arbitration, U.S. State Department, United States

Irma Rivera- Ramírez, Partner, Brigard & Urrutia Abogados, Colombia

Bernardo Sepúlveda-Amor, Of Counsel, Creel, García-Cuellar, Aiza y Enríquez S.C., Mexico

Ana Serra e Moura, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Edna Sussman, Independent Arbitrator and Mediator, New York, United States

Guido Santiago Tawil, Partner, M & M Bomchil, Argentina

Greig Taylor, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting, New York, United States

Gaëtan Verhoosel, Partner, Three Crowns LLP, United Kingdom

Deva Villanúa, Partner, Armesto & Asociados, Spain

Debora Visconte, Partner, José Carlos de Magalhães Advogados Associados, Brazil

Anne-Marie Whitesell, Professor, LL.M. Program and Faculty Director, Program on International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C., United States; Former Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Eduardo Zuleta, Partner, Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta Abogados S.A.S., Colombia; Member, ICCA Governing Board; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law


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