15th ICC Miami Conference on International Arbitration

Miami, United States, • English, Portuguese and Spanish
ICC Miami conference on International Arbitration

Taking place on 5-7 November, this conference provides an indispensable update on developments in the region and is the most important gathering for the Latin American arbitration community.


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 more than 600 participants representing about 40 countries.

Topics will include:

  • Arbitration in the face of an anti-trade political atmosphere
  • Expedited Procedure Rules
  • A “compliance” approach to arbitration
  • Being an arbitrator today: current challenges
  • A fresh look at the application of the New York Convention in The Americas

The ICC Institute advanced level training on “Assessment of damages by arbitrators” will take place on 5 November 2017. Please note that the training is sold out. 

Who should attend?

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

Logistical notes

Dates and venueDates: 5-7 November 2017

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

Registration feesAdvanced Training:

Early Bird Special*: US$ 665
ICC members: US$ 765
Non-members: US$ 956

15th ICC Miami Conference:

Early Bird Special*: US$ 1,185
ICC members: US$ 1,389
Non-members: US$ 1,736

Package: Conference and Training:

Early Bird Special*: US$ 1,483
ICC members: US$ 1,722
Non-members: US$ 2,152

Accompanying person for social events only: US$339

*Early Bird Special rates available until 30 June 2017
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.
How to registerRegister online (secured payment by credit card)Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of the registration fees. To benefit from early bird rates, please note that ICC Services must receive the payment before the deadline. Please note that the training is sold out. To be added to the waiting list, please contact events@iccwbo.org
Travel and accommodationTravel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations.

Official Airline Partner
Copa Airlines, as the official airline partner of the 15th ICC Miami Conference, offers participants a 15% discount on flights from some destinations in Latin and Central America to Miami. A special promotion code for online bookings will be sent upon registration.

Hotel accommodation
A hotel reservation form/unique group code for online reservations at “The Mandarin Oriental”, with which ICC has negotiated preferential rates at US$330 or US$359 (+13% tax), will be sent upon registration. 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 13 October 2017 . Hotel reservations received after 13 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 languageEnglish, Portuguese and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation.
Credits and hoursICC 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 policy50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 6 October 2017 . 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 be informed that any form of cancellation will incur a cancellation fee of US$7 + 2.75% of the registration fee which must be covered by the participant. 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

Advanced training: Assessment of damages by arbitrators – 5 November 2017

09.00-09.15Welcoming address, introduction and presentation of the training
09.15-10.00The Tribunal’s discretion to award damages versus the Tribunal’s duty to issue a reasoned decision 
– The extent of financial reasoning required in the award
– The right of the Tribunal to reject both of the experts’ financial models without nominating an independent expert
10.30-10.45Coffee break
10.45-11.30Financial approaches to assessing damages
– The uncertainty of the DCF method
– Other tools outside the DCF/FMV dichotomy
– The need for a more exact science
11.30-12.30Q&A and case scenarios
13.30-14.15Damnum emergens, lucrum cessans, and moral damages – how to calculate without double-counting
– In a case of unestablished business, where costs of the contract and loss of profit are sought
– In a case of conflicting business plan and real purchase offers
– How to calculate moral damages
14.15-15.15Q&A and case scenarios
15.15-15.35Coffee break
15.35-16.20Award of interest: considerations for awarding compound post-award interest on costs, material and moral damages
16.20-17.20Q&A and case scenarios
17.20-17.30Closing remarks

Training speakers


Nicolas Bourdon Partner, Accuracy, France
Fernando Mantilla Serrano Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP, France


Manuel ContheInternational Arbitrator, Spain
Yves DerainsFounding Partner, Derains Gharavi, France; Chairman, ICC Institute of World Business Law; Former Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Mark A. KantorIndependent Arbitrator, Washington DC, United States
Karyl Nairn QCPartner, International Litigation and Arbitration, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, United Kingdom
Kathleen PaisleyPartner, AMBOS Law, Belgium/United Kingdom

Conference programme

5 November 2017

18.00-20.00Cocktail reception

6 November 2017

07.30-08.45Optional ICC YAF session: Battle of the seats (in English only)
09.00-09.10Welcome address
09.10-09.30Opening keynote speech
09.30-10.45Arbitration in the face of an anti-trade political atmosphere

– From multilateralism to bilateralism? What to expect?
– Reviewing NAFTA and CAFTA: What could change in light of the experience
– Potential reforms to commercial arbitration
– Registration and regulation of Arbitral Institutions?

11.15-11.45Coffee break
11.45-13.30Roundtable on Expedited Procedure Rules

An interactive discussion which will include the following topics:
– First months of application of the ICC Expedited Procedure Provisions
– A change of mindset in arbitration practice
– Balancing due process and efficiency
– Opting in and opting out
– Preparing for and conducting a case under expedited procedure

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

Settlements in arbitration: issues to consider and to avoid

Conducting a Dispute Board: A workshop

Use of technology in arbitration proceedings

16.15-16.45Coffee break
16.45-18.00Parallell sessions (participants choose to attend one of the following sessions)

Third party funding in Latin America

Calculation of damages for delay claims in construction disputes

Leveling the playing field: How to address conflicting ethical issues between parties and counsel from different jurisdictions

20.30Cocktail dinner party

7 November 2017

08.00-09.15Optional ICC/ArbitralWomen session: Expertise: a woman’s no man land? (in English only)
09.30-10.30A “compliance” approach to arbitration 

– Identifying red flags
– Impact of parallel criminal proceedings
– Arbitrator’s legal duties
– Addressing corruption allegations

11.00-11.30Coffee break
11.30-12.30Being an arbitrator today: current challenges

– An insight from the institution: What has changed?
– Professional liability risk and conflicts management
– Proactive arbitration: Providing preliminary views, narrowing the issues in dispute, summary disposition
– How to tackle the “due process paranoia” syndrome
– The arbitrator’s “back-office” and the management of large numbers of documents

14.30-16.30Closing roundtable: A fresh look at the application of the New York Convention in The Americas
16.30-16.45Closing remarks

Conference speakers

José AstigarragaPartner, Reed SmithLLP, Miami, United States
Luis Alfredo BarragánPartner, Brigard & Urrutia, Colombia
Gabriela AlvarezPartner, Curtis Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Mexico
Xavier Andrade CadenaPartner, Andrade Veloz Abogados, Ecuador
Pedro Batista MartinsPartner, Batista Martins Abogados, Brazil
Julie BedardPartner, Skadden Arms, United States/Brazil
Matthieu de BoissésonArbitrator, Littleton Chambers, United Kingdom
Francesco CamporaPartner, Loy Letelier Campora, Chile
Tina CicchettiIndependent Arbitrator, Vancouver Arbitration Chambers, Canada
Jeffery CommissionInvestment Director, Vannin Capital, Washington DC, United States
Eduardo Damião GonçalvesPartner, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados, Brazil
Carlos de los SantosPartner, Garrigues, Spain
Yves DerainsFounding Partner, Derains Gharavi, France; Chairman, ICC Institute of World Business Law; Former Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration
John FellasPartner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, New York, United States
José Ricardo FerisPartner, Squire Patton Boggs, France; Former Deputy Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Juan Fernández-ArmestoArbitrator, Juan Fernández-Armesto, Spain
F. Teresa Garcia-ReyesSenior Counsel, Litigation, Baker Hughes, a GE Company, Houston, United States
Alexander G. FessasSecretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Paris
Sandra GonzálezPartner, Ferrere, Uruguay
Katherine González ArrochaDirector for the Americas, Arbitration & ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Panama City
Jaime GrayFounding Partner, Navarro Sologuren, Paredes & Gray, Peru
Dyala JiménezArbitrator, DJ Arbitraje, Costa Rica
Jennifer KirbyPrincipal, Kirby Arbitration, France
Wendy MacLaughlinVice President, HKA, United Kingdom
Silvia MarchiliPartner, King & Spalding, Houston, United States
Judith Martins-CostaFounding Partner, Judith Martins-Costa Advogados, Brazil
José Antonio Moreno RodríguezManaging Partner, Altra Servicios Legales, Paraguay
Alexis MourrePresident, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Christa Mueller GarcíaPartner, Mueller Abogados, S.C., Mexico
Aisha NadarSenior Consultant, Procurement Management and Dispute Resolution, Advokatfirman Runeland, Sweden; Member, FIDIC Executive Committee and Chair of Procurement Policy Sub-Committee
Marike PaulssonDirector, International Arbitration Institute & Lecturer in Law, University of Miami School of Law, United States
Dietmar PragerPartner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, United States
Rafael RincónPartner, Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S., Colombia
Eduardo Silva RomeroPartner & Co-Chair, International Arbitration Global Practice, Dechert LLP, France
Maxi SchererSpecial Counsel, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, United Kingdom; Professor of Law , Chair for International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Energy Law, Queen Mary University of London, School of International Arbitration
Ana Serra e MouraDeputy Secretary General, International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Gustavo Scheffer da SilveiraIncoming Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Sao Paulo
Erik SchäferAttorney-at-Law, Cohausz & Florack, Germany; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law; Co-Chairman, ICC Task Force on IT in Arbitration
Narghis TorresFounder & CEO, LexFinance, Peru
Clávio Valença FilhoPartner, Valença Galíndez Arbitration, Brazil
Ana VermalPartner, Proskauer, France
Claus von WobeserManaging Partner, Von Wobeser & Sierra, S.C., Mexico

Sponsorship opportunity

Sponsoring this conference will give your company the global recognition to reach arbitrators, in-house counsel, business people, and lawyers and legal practitioners involved in international trade. Along with increasing brand awareness, your company also takes centre stage in the developments of international arbitration. Through this sponsorship you have the opportunity to reach thousands of legal practitioners worldwide.

Over 600 people from 40 countries, mostly in Latin America, are expected to attend.

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