26Jan 18

ICC YAF: Parties Representation in Investment Arbitration

Milan, Italy, • English

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF) is organizing a conference addressing the challenges arising from the representation of respectively claimants and respondent States in investment arbitration, providing young practitioners with an overview of specific issues that a counsel might face when representing either party.


One peculiarity of investment treaty arbitration is that parties to the proceedings repeatedly play opposite roles, each presenting different challenges with respect to the procedure, case management techniques and funding.

The invited speakers will bring their experience in representing either claimants or respondent States and will discuss the presented topics drawing from their different perspectives.

The event will focus on practical topics, rather than addressing international investment substantive law.  To this extent, discussion topics will be:

  • Managing the client. The panellists will address the different dynamics that lawyers representing States and private investors respectively face throughout the conduct of an investment treaty arbitration;
  • Arbitrators selection. The panellists will discuss the qualities and prongs that lawyers representing States and representing private investors respectively consider when choosing party appointed arbitrators or the chairperson).

If time allows, the additional topic on Enforcement will be presented. The panellists will discuss the hurdles of enforcing an award against a sovereign State or, conversely, an award on costs against a claimant.

Who should attend?

This conference is aimed at young arbitration practitioners of approximately 40 years or under: counsel, arbitrators, corporate counsel or academics. The ICC YAF Conference is an ideal forum for young practitioners to exchange thoughts on international arbitration and to enrich their network in the region.


16:15-16:45Welcome Remarks and Keynote Address
16:45-17:45Panel Discussion re “Managing the Client” and Questions from Audience
17:45-18:45Panel Discussion re “Arbitrators Selection” and Questions from Audience
18:45-19:00Closing Remarks
19:00Networking Reception Offered by Dentons


Anna BilanováDeputy Director of International Legal Services Department of the Czech Republic Ministry of Finance
Sara BiglieriPartner, Head of Europe Litigation at Dentons Studio Legale
Niccolò CastagnoAssociate, Dentons Europe LLP
Michele CuratolaSenior Associate, Lombardi Segni, ICC YAF Representative
Nora FredstieAssociate, Latham & Watkins LLP
Anina LiebkindSenior Associate, Baker McKenzie
Anthony SinclairPartner, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

Logistical notes


Dentons Studio Legale, Piazza degli Affari 1, 20123 Milano (Italy)


Considering the limited number of seats, attendance is on a first come, first served basis.  To register for the event please send an e-mail to italy@dentons.com

Contact us

  • Niccolò Castagno
  • +390272626908
  • Associate, Dentons
  • Daniela Morante
  • +390272626882
  • Marketing & Business Development Manager, Dentons
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