01May 18

ICC West Coast Conference

San Francisco, United States, • English

Save the date for ICC’s annual West Coast programme in San Francisco to discuss recent developments in international arbitration.


This programme presented by the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce will address hot topics and recent developments in international arbitration of interest to practitioners on the West Coast. The programme will be generously hosted by DLA Piper LLP.


13:30 – 14:00Registration
14:00 – 14:15Opening Remarks

·         Alexander G. Fessas – Secretary General, International Court of Arbitration ®, Paris

14:15 – 14:45Report – State of Arbitration in CA

The current limitations placed upon out-of-state and foreign attorneys to represent parties in international arbitrations in California are at odds with pro-arbitration laws and practices attracting international arbitration to other leading jurisdictions.  Senate Bill 766 may be a game changer.  Speakers will give a background on the Bill and its potential effects on California’s international arbitration landscape.

·         Cedric Chao – Trial Partner; Co-head, International Arbitration Practice, DLA Piper LLP, San Francisco

·         Maria Chedid – Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP, San Francisco

14:45 – 15:45Panel 1 – Wheel of Arbitration

Speakers will join a rapid-fire session on various choices counsel must make in crafting advocacy strategies in international arbitration.  Topics to be discussed include bifurcation, use of depositions, discovery, ethical considerations and effective hearing techniques.

·         Kathryn Barnes – Senior Counsel, Chevron, San Ramon

·         Liz Kyo-Hwa Chung – Partner, Kim & Chang, Seoul

·         Gerald Ghikas, Q.C. – Independent Arbitrator,Vancouver

·         Nathan O’Malley – Partner, Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP, Los Angeles

16:15 – 17:15Panel 2 – Arbitration Innovations

Join the Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration along with other arbitration experts in a discussion on the classic and modern features of ICC Rules and Practices, including scrutiny of awards, expedited determination of unmeritorious claims, Expedited Procedure Provisions, publication of arbitrator names, and communication of reasons for Court decisions.

·         Alexander G. Fessas – Secretary General, International Court of Arbitration ®, Paris

·         Jennifer Kirby – Principal, Kirby, Paris

·         Arthur Ma – Partner, DaHui Lawyers, Beijing

·         Marcus Salvato Quintanilla – Partner, Global Disputes, Jones Day, San Francisco

17:15 – 19:15Cocktail Reception

Logistical notes:



555 Mission Street #2400

San Francisco, CA

Please note that the Conference will be directly followed by a Cocktail Reception, which is generously hosted by DLA Piper LLP.


For more information, please contact:

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