Registration now open for the 5th ICC International Mediation Conference

  • 31 July 2014
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The one-day conference entitled “Plan to succeed: Preparing for settlement in complex commercial disputes” will offer a forum for 100 corporate representatives to learn from thought leaders in dispute settlement.

Interested participants can now register online for the event that will take place on 18 September 2014.

A sell-out event every year since its inauguration in 2010, the Conference was founded to provide a platform to in-house counsel and corporate management representatives to discuss effective dispute resolution mechanisms within companies. “As the world business organization, ICC is in a unique position to convene in-house counsel for an exchange of experience and best practice in dispute resolution, and mediation in particular”, says Hannah Tümpel, Senior Counsel and Manager of the ICC International Centre for ADR and one of the founders of the conference. “Each year we develop the programme based on the in-put we receive from our Advisory Committee, which includes in-house counsel from all around the world. They help us to ensure that we really focus on the topics that matter to users,” she adds.

Alexander Steinbrecher, Director, Contracts & Legal Affairs, Bombardier described the event as “the forum in Europe where companies and their in-house counsels can share best practices and lessons learned in order to keep in control over managing their claims and disputes.”

This year’s conference will emphasize how companies can efficiently prepare for settlement. Under this theme, companies will be able to explore how they can develop settlement options which protect the company’s business interests and reduce the risk, time and costs of possible dispute resolution. Presentations by in-house speakers from companies from Europe, the US and Asia alongside roundtable discussions and practical case exercises, will cover issues such as key strategies to successfully negotiate a settlement, how to make best first offers and how to analyse a company’s business interests. One of the leading commercial mediators from the US will share his lessons learned from over 1000 mediated dispute as to how parties can ensure efficient settlement of their dispute.

“The annual ICC Mediation Conference is as innovative in its presentation as it is in its subject matter. This is one of the few conferences where corporate counsel can converse with their peers on matters that concern them regarding conflict management and dispute resolution. It is a truly original and worthwhile event,” said Ute Joas A Quinn, Associate General Counsel, Exploration & Production Europe, Middle East, CIS, North Africa, Hess Services UK Ltd.

This Conference will be of particular interest to in-house counsel and corporate management representatives. Lawyers in private practice, as well as other dispute resolution specialists are also invited to attend, but places will be restricted. The Conference is supported by numerous in-house counsel associations, including the European Company Lawyers Association (ECLA), the Association of Corporate Counsel Europe (ACCE) and the Corporate Counsel International Arbitration Group (CCIAG) and members of these associations are permitted an additional reduction on the corporate attendee fee.

To learn more about the ICC International Centre for ADR and the ICC Mediation Rules, please click here.