16th ICC Miami Conference on International Arbitration

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

Taking place on 11-13 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.

The ICC Institute Advanced Level Seminar: Amicable settelement of disputes in international arbitration. Party expectations and arbitrator’s techniques, will take place on 11 November 2018. Please note that this seminar 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

ICC Institute Training for Tribunal Secretaries, 10 November 2018, Miami

This one-day training developed by the ICC Institute of World Business Law, aims at teaching legal professionals the role and tasks of a tribunal secretary and the skills necessary to excel in this funtion. See full information about the Training here.

Logistical notes

Dates and venueDates: 11-13 November 2018
Venue: The Mandarin Oriental Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL, United States
Registration fees16th ICC Miami Conference
Early bird until 29 June 2018: US$ 1,239
ICC members: US$ 1,452
Non-members: US$ 1,815
Accompanying person for social events only
$ 346
Registration fees include all conference and/or seminar documentation, coffee breaks, lunches and cocktail reception.
Special discountsGroup rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for four.
In-house Counsel, full time Academics and Government representatives may benefit from a 30% discount.
Please contact events@iccwbo.org for more details.
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$339 or US$369 (+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 19 October 2018. Hotel reservations received after 19 October will be accepted on a space and/or rate available basis only.
VisaWe 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
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.
Cancellation policy50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 12 October 2018. 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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Conference Programme

Sunday 11 November 2018
18.00 – 20.00Cocktail reception 
Monday 12 November 2018 
07.30 – 08.45Optional YAF session 
08.00 – 09.00Welcome coffee
09.00 – 09.10Welcome address
09.10 – 09.30Opening keynote speech
09.30 – 10.45Opportunities & threats of China-Latin American disputes
– Investment treaties between China and Latin American countries
– An overview to Chinese infrastructure developement in the region: where do we stand and where do we go?
– Effective planning of dispute resolution
– Cultural clashes between the parties and regulatory restrictions in the region
– ICC Belt and Road Commission
10.45 – 11.15Discussion
11.15 – 11.45Coffee break
11.45 – 13.00Arbitration involving States and States entities: current state of affairs
– Disputes between States or state entities: more than just a contract?
– Amicus curiae
– Amending fiscal legislation by States: contract and/or treaty claims
– Multi-billion damages claims against States time to counterclaim?
– Enforcement against States: immunity from execution revisited
– UNCITRAL Working Group III: The road to a permanent investment tribunal?
– The impact of Achmea beyond Europe
13.00 – 13.30Discussion
13.30 – 15.00Lunch
15.00 – 16.15Parallel sessions (participants choose to attend one of the following sessions)
Assessment of damages in international arbitration: ICCA/ASIL damages tool
Arbitration in the banking and finance sector
– The role played by financial institutions
– Commercial partners
– Parties to an arbitral proceedings
– Relevance of early dismissal of claims for the market
– ICC Report on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration
16.15 – 16.45Coffee break
16.45 – 18.00Parallel sessions (participants choose to attend one of the following sessions)
Save my money: Interim and precautionary measures in international arbitration
– The interplay between arbitral tribunal and judicial courts
– ICC Emergency Arbitration Proceedings celebrating 6+ years of experience and 100 EA proceedings
– Security for costs: trends and developments
The future of the future: technology in international arbitration
20.30 Cocktail dinner party
Tuesday 13 November 2018
08.00 – 09.15Optional ICC/ArbitralWomen session
08.30 – 09.30Welcome coffee
09.30 – 10.30Shutting down businesses: when a party to an arbitral proceeding goes impecunious, bankrupt or insolvent
– Impecuniosity and the State Court’s approach as to the validity of the arbitration agreement
– The effects of insolvency or bankruptcy process in the arbitration proceedings
1. Are there extraterritorial effects among state courts?
2. Should the arbitration be terminated? Territorial and extraterritorial effects? The problem of qualification of the objection and determination of the applicable law
3. If the arbitration continues, are the powers of the arbitrators limited by such processes? Suspension of the procedure, equality of creditors or no limits
10.30 – 11.00Discussion
11.00 – 11.30Coffee break
11.30 – 12.30Economic realities in the Construction sector?
– First demand bonds in construction contracts: protecting the project against non-performance
– The new FIDIC Contracts (2017 edition): increasing contract management
– Multi-tier dispute resolution clauses as a tool for ensuring cash flow
– Global claims: legal treatment under common and civil law
12.30 – 13.00Discussion
13.00 – 14.30Lunch
14.30 -15.00Closing speech: 60th anniversary of the NY Convention: “The more-favorable-right provision under Article VII(1) of the New York Convention: Lessons from the Americas”
15.00 – 15.45Discussion
15.45 – 16.00Closing remarks

Conference confirmed speakers

Stephan AdellPartner, Squire Patton Boggs, France/Dominican Republic
Juan Pablo ArgentatoCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Cecilia AzarPartner, Galicia Abogados, Mexico
Diana BowmanLegal Manager, VINCI Energies International & Systems, France
Júlio César BuenoPartner, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Brazil
Stéphanie CohenIndependent Arbitrator, USA
Santiago DellepianeExecutive Vice-President, Compass Lexecon, United States
Alexander G. FessasSecretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Lauro Gama Jr.Partner, Lauro Gama Advogados Associados, Brazil
José Manuel García RepresaPartner, Dechert (Paris) LLP, France
Katherine González ArrochaDirector for the Americas, Arbitration & ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Panama City
Blanca Gómez de la TorreDirector, International Affairs and Arbitration Unit, Attorney General Office, Ecuador
Javier Gútierrez de CabiedesHead of Litigation Practice, Caixa Bank, Spain
Sally HarpoleInternational Arbitrator, Mediator and Attorney, United States
Andrés JanaPartner, Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana, Chile
Rodrigo JijónPartner, Pérez, Bustamance & Ponce, Ecuador
Mark A. KantorIndependent Arbitrator, United States
Carolyn LammPartner, White & Case LLP, United States; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
Noiana MarigoPartner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, USA
Alexis MourrePresident, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Kathleen PaisleyPartner, Amboslaw, Belgium
Diana Paraguacuto-MahéoPartner, Ngo Jung & Partners, France
Laura Helena Pinheiro de OliveiraPartner, Lapa Advogados Asociados, Brazil
Kim RooneyArbitrator and Barrister, Gilt Chambers, Hong Kong
Sabina SaccoPartner, Levy Kaufmann-Kohler, Switzerland
Claudia T. SalomonPartner, Latham & Watkins LLP, United States
Gustavo Scheffer da SilveiraCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, São Paulo
Ana Serra e MouraDeputy Secreatry General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Guido S. TawilPartner, M & M Bomchil Abogados, Argentina
Ignacio TorterolaPartner, GST LLP, Washington DC, United States
Albert Van den BergPartner, Hanotiau & Van den Berg, Belgium

Seminar Programme

Sunday, November 11, 2018
09.00 – 09.15Welcoming address, introduction and presentation of the seminar
09.15 – 10.30Should arbitrators act as settlement facilitators?
– The arbitrator’s role: decision-maker v facilitator
– The parties’ expectations
– Settlement facilitation v mediation
– An emerging transnational standard?
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 – 12.30Indirect Settlement Facilitation by Arbitrators
– The “Arbitrator’s Role Continuum”
– General timing issues
– Specific techniques and their potential impact on settlement
12.30 – 13.30Lunch
13.30 – 15.15Direct Settlement Facilitation by Arbitrators
– General timing issues
– Specific techniques
– The impact of failed settlement discussions on arbitral proceedings
– Introduction to the settlement conference technique
15.15 – 15.35Coffee break
15.30 – 17.20Drafting an award by consent: ICC practice
– The arbitral tribunal’s powers in relation to consent awards
– Procedure
– Contents
– Public policy and enforcement issues
17.20 – 17.30Closing remarks

Seminar confirmed speakers

Klaus Peter BergerProfessor, University of Cologne, Banking Law Institute Center for Transnational Law (Central), Germany
Patricia PetersonChartered Arbitrator, France
Cecilia AzarPartner, Arbitration Practice, Galicia Abogados, Mexico
Patrick BaetenDeputy General Counsel – Disputes, Engie, France
Julie BédardPartner, International Litigation and Arbitration, Latin America, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, New York, United States & São Paulo
Gustavo Scheffer da SilveiraCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, São Paulo
Michael E. SchneiderPartner, Lalive, Switzerland
Edna SussmanArbitrator and Mediator, Sussman ADR LLC, United States

ICC Institute Training for Tribunal Secretaries

This one-day training developed by the ICC Institute of World Business Law will take place on 10 November 2018 in Miami.

See the full information about the programme and speakers on the website.

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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