6th ICC YAF Global Conference

New York, United States, • English

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF) is organizing its 6th Global Conference in New York City on 9 and 10 June 2017 with a welcome cocktail reception on 8 June. The Conference will be kindly hosted by Columbia Law School.


In addition to the numerous local and regional YAF events held in all corners of the world, the ICC YAF hosts a global conference every two years. This year, the Global Conference will be held in New York City, at the prestigious Columbia Law School. The conference will feature a keynote address by renowned arbitrator Jan Paulsson, special speeches by José Ricardo Feris, outgoing Deputy Secretary General of the ICC Secretariat, Erin Gleason Alvarez, Assistant Vice President and Global Head of ADR Programs at AIG, and Ambassador David Huebner and an interview of Columbia Professor George Bermann by Georgetown Professor Anne Marie Whitesell. The conference will also feature panel discussions, debates, and workshops on Third Party Funding and Damages, along with a special session called, “Friday Night Live”. A fun social evening programme will allow for more networking.

Who should attend?
This conference is aimed at young arbitration practitioners of approximately 40 years and under: counsel, arbitrators, corporate counsel or academics. This ICC YAF Global Conference is a unique opportunity for YAF members from all over the world to meet peers from all Chapters. Young practitioners from all continents will gather to exchange thoughts on international arbitration and share some fun together.


Thursday, 8 June
18:30-20:30Welcome Cocktail Reception – King & Spalding LLP New York
Friday, 9 June
8:00-9:00Registration and Breakfast
9:00-9:25Welcome remarks

  • George Bermann,  Professor of Law, Director, Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration, Columbia Law School, New York
  • Alina Leoveanu, Ana Serra e Moura, Stephanie Goubelle, Global Coordinating Committee, ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, Paris
9:25-10:20Keynote Speech: “Defending Globalization, Diversity, and Internationalism in 2017”

The keynote speech will be followed by a Q&A session.

  • Jan Paulsson, Partner, Three Crowns, Washington, D.C.; Professor of Law, University of Miami
10:20-10:40Coffee Break
10:40-12:20“Around the World in 80-ish Minutes”

This panel will feature a roundtable discussion of recent landmark cases, decisions and legislative developments from around the world and their impact on arbitration.  The presentations, delivered by the speakers, will be a joint effort by the speakers and two reporters from each respective region.

Ana Serra e Moura, incoming Deputy Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Sami Houerbi, Regional Director, ICC Arbitration and ADR, Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa

North America

  • Speaker: TaiHeng Cheng, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, New York
  • Reporter: Floriane Lavaud, Senior Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York
  • Reporter: Eric Morgan, Senior Litigation Associate, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto

Latin America

  • Speaker: Flavia Mange, Partner, Mange & Gabbay Sociedade de Advogados, São Paulo
  • Reporter: Daniel García Barragán, Lawyer, García Barragán Abogados, Mexico City
  • Reporter: Ignacio Minorini, Partner, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi, Buenos Aires


  • Speaker: Amani Khalifa, Principal, Khalifa Associates, Cairo
  • Reporter: Salma El Baz, Associate, Rizkana & Partners, Cairo
  • Reporter: Jamsheed Al Ameen Peeroo, Barrister, Chambers of A.R.M.A. Peeroo SC GOSK, Port-Louis

South Asia

  • Speaker: Smitha Menon, Partner, WongPartnership LLP, Singapore
  • Reporter: Shashank Garg, Partner, Advani & Co., Delhi
  • Reporter: Jocelyn Lim, Partner, Dispute Resolution Division, SKRINE, Kuala Lumpur

North Asia

  • Speaker: Yanhua Lin, Partner,  Fangda Partners, Beijing
  • Reporter: Yuichiro Omori, Associate, Baker McKenzie, Tokyo
  • Reporter: Chloe Chun-Ju Tai, Assistant Manager, TransGlobe Life Insurance Inc, Taipei

Europe and Russia

  • Speaker: Sebastiano Nessi, Senior Associate, Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva
  • Reporter: Clément Fouchard, Managing Associate, Linklaters LLP, Paris
  • Reporter: Mélanie Riofrio Piché, Associate, Armesto & Asociados, Madrid
13:20-14:00Luncheon speech: “ADR as a Business Strategy”

  • Introduction by Alina Leoveanu, Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR, Paris
  • Erin Gleason Alvarez, Assistant Vice President and Global Head of ADR Programs, AIG, New York
14:00-15:45There’s Something About Arbitration”

During this session, participants will break out into small working groups and engage in mini-debates on the following questions.  The debates will be moderated by ICC YAF Representatives from across the six regions.


  • Abhinav Bhushan, Regional Director, ICC Arbitration and ADR, South and East Asia
  • Andrea Santacoloma, Deputy Director, ICC Arbitration and ADR, Latin America

Moderators include:

  • Claudia Benavides Galvis, Partner, Baker McKenzie, Bogotá
  • Michele Curatola, Senior Associate, Lombardi Segni e Associati Studio legale, Milan
  • Bryan Fok, Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Hong Kong
  • Adebayo Folahan Ajayi, Counsel, ACAS-Law, Lagos
  • Rodrigo Gabardo, Founding Partner, Lee Taube Gabardo, Curitiba
  • Teresa Garcia-Reyes, Senior Counsel, GE Oil & Gas, Houston
  • Stepan Guzey, Partner, Lidings, Moscow
  • Eva Kalnina, Counsel, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva
  • Mehdi Kettani, Partner, DLA Piper LLP, Casablanca
  • Ulrich Kopetzki, Associate, Platte, Vienna
  • Edson López, Partner, Integrum, Guatemala City
  • Seth Meyer, Associate, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, Chicago
  • Julieta Ovalle, Partner, Bufete Ovalle Favela, S.C., Mexico City
  • Marina Papadatou, Associate, Leboulanger & Associés, Paris ; Of Counsel, Tsetos & Leboulanger, Athens
  • Marike Paulsson, Director, University of Miami School of Law’s International Arbitration Institute, Miami
  • Julia Popelysheva, Counsel, Clifford Chance LLP, Moscow
  • Maria Claudia Procopiak, Senior Associate, Dechert LLP, London
  • Emraan Rahmani, Contract Attorney, Qaderdan Rural Technology Development Workshop, Kabul
  • Jaclyn Smith, Associate, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Melbourne
  • Wei Sun, Partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm, Beijing
  • Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa, Senior Associate, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados, Rio de Janeiro
  • Andrew Tuck, Partner, Alston & Bird, LLP, Atlanta
  • Cosmin Vasile, Managing Partner, Zamfirescu Racoţi & Partners, Bucharest
  • Ana Carolina Weber, Lawyer, Eizirik Advogados, Rio de Janeiro
  • Janie Wong, Counsel, Dechert LLP, Hong Kong



    • Pre- interviews with arbitrators: where do we draw the line?  How can practitioners conduct such interviews without crossing any boundaries?
    • Do the exceptions to the doctrine of functus officio enable a court to let a tribunal fix an otherwise “annullable” award? If so, does this distort the grounds of review traditionally invoked?
    • When there is more than one arbitration regarding the same (or part of the same) damages, do arbitrators from any tribunal involved have the obligation to actively take steps to limit double recovery? Or is this an issue merely for the enforcement courts?
    • A challenge to the tradition of international arbitration — should we pay more attention to transparency or confidentiality in international arbitration? Which one will better help the development of international arbitration?
    • The clash between “bifurcate or not to bifurcate”: in which situations is it really necessary?
    • Fast track arbitration proceedings/expedited proceedings: what are the pros and cons?
    • Dispositive motions in arbitration: do they allow for streamlined and efficient proceedings or is this too much an importation of US legal principles?
15:45-16:10Coffee Break
16:10-18:00“Friday Night Live” (FNL)

Live from New York it’s Friday Night!

Taking inspiration from Saturday Night Live, filmed in New York City, this session will feature a series of comedy sketches that present issues in international arbitration through a satirical lens. Participants will engage in a discussion following each act.

Opening monologue featuring FNL host

  • Quinn Smith, Partner, GST LLP, Miami
  • with Soeun (Nikole) Lee, Deputy Director, ICC International Court of Arbitration, New York

Skits 1, 2: Hearing techniques: demonstrating cultural, regional differences
FNL writers and actors

  • Kyongwha Chung, Senior Associate, Bae, Kim & Lee, Seoul
  • Diana Correa, Consultant and Arbitrator,  Diana Correa International, Bogota
  • Rene Irra de la Cruz, Partner, Irra Ibarra, Mexico City
  • Arne Fuchs, Associate, McDermott Will & Emery, Frankfurt
  • Yasmine Lahlou, Partner, Chaffetz Lindsey LLP, New York
  • Alexandra Mitretodis, Associate, Fasken Martineau, Vancouver
  • Matei Purice, Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Dubai
  • Sarah Reynolds, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP, Chicago
  • Vee Vian Thien, Associate, Allen & Overy, Hong Kong
  • Anish Wadia, Solicitor Advocate (India, England & Wales and DIFC Courts), Chambers of Anish Wadia, Mumbai

Skits 3, 4 : The Intricacies of client/counsel relationships
FNL writers and actors

  • Amy Endicott, Associate, APKS LLP, San Francisco
  • Hugo Garcia, Associate, Corral Rosales Carmigniani Pérez CRCP, Quito
  • Aapo Saarikivi, Partner, Roschier, Attorneys Ltd, Helsinki
  • Simel Sarialioglu, Senior Associate, Paksoy, Istanbul
  • Maggie Ying Pei, Associate General Counsel, Tesla Motors, Beijing
  • Ignacio Zapiola, Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York

Weekend Update on current events, hot topics and breaking news in arbitration

  • Anchor: Ambassador (r) David Huebner, Independent Arbitrator, Huebner Arbitration, Los Angeles
19:30Dinner & Drinks – Pera Soho
Saturday, 10 June
9:00-9:45A Conversation with George Bermann, interviewed by Anne Marie Whitesell

  • Introduction by Mingchao Fan, Regional Director, ICC Arbitration and ADR, North Asia
  • George Bermann,  Professor of Law, Director, Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration, Columbia Law School, New York
  • Anne Marie Whitesell,  Professor, LL.M. Program and Faculty Director, Program on International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C.
9:45 -13:00“Show me the Money!!”
Through these two sessions, participants will gain an understanding of theories and practices regarding “money” in international arbitration.
Damages 9:45 – 11:15am
This session will begin with a presentation on damages theories often used in arbitration. Participants will then break out into working groups, led by moderators from FTI consulting, to engage in an interactive discussion with a mock case study. The session will conclude with an open forum discussion.

Presentation by Greig Taylor, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting, New YorkWorking group leaders:

  • Alain de Bossart , Director, FTI Consulting, Toronto
  • Gigi D’Souza, Senior Consultant, FTI Consulting, Toronto
  • Alexander Lee, Director, FTI Consulting, New York
  • Sangjoon Lee, Director, FTI Consulting, New York
  • Mike Moxley , Director, FTI Consulting Toronto
  • Oliver Watts , Senior Director, FTI Consulting  Washington, DC

Coffee Break: 11:15am – 11:30am
Third Party Funding 11:30am – 1:00pm

  • Jeffery Commission, Senior Counsel, Vannin Capital, Washington, D.C.
  • Silvia Marchili, Partner, King & Spalding, Houston
  • Victoria Shannon Sahani, Associate Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Phoenix
13:00-13:30Closing Speech

  • José Ricardo Feris, Former Deputy Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
13:30-13:45Closing Remarks

Logistical notes


Columbia Law School

435 W 116th Street

New York, NY 10027

United States


Welcome Cocktail Reception Venue

King & Spalding

1185 6th Ave #34

New York, NY 10036


Dinner & Drinks Venue

Pera SoHo

54 Thompson Street

New York, NY



A list of area hotels is provided below for attendees’ convenience:


Aloft Harlem

2296 Frederick Douglas Boulevard

New York, NY 10027


Hotel Newton

2528 Broadway at West 96th Street

New York, NY 10025

The Lucerne

201 West 79th Street at Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY 10024


Excelsior Hotel NY

45 West 81st St New York, NY 10024


Hotel Beacon NYC

2130 Broadway at 75th Street

New York, NY 10023

Please note that CLE credit is pending for this conference.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this program. For details please contact soeun.lee@iccwbo.org

For further information, please contact

  • J. Mehr Kaur
  • 646-699-5702
  • Promotions Officer