International Arbitration: common v civil law approach Anglo-Latin American Disputes

Hardwicke and Lex Anglo-Brasil are delighted to invite you to the first of three breakfast roundtable discussions on Civil vs. Common Law Arbitrations arising out of the Latin American markets.

The round table is hosted by Frederico Singarajah and shall be chaired by Constantine Partasides QC, Lord Goldsmith QC and Gary Born, respectively. We aim to raise and discuss issues surrounding international arbitrations where English and Latin American parties meet as lawyers conducting the case, counsel acting as advocates and arbitrators sitting alone or on a panel. The first session on 24th May 2017 will deal with cross-examination of witnesses. To register your interest in the two following roundtable discussions on 12th and 19th July, please e-mail


08:00 - Registration and breakfast

08:15 - Host's introduction

08:30 - Address from chair

08:45 - Roundtable discussion

09:00 - Conclusion and networking

Frederico Singarajah - Host

Frederico is experienced in a variety of international commercial arbitrations, regularly acting as sole counsel or arbitrator. He has advised and represented parties in international arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SCC, CAM-CCBC and LMAA rules. He has experience in working with English and foreign law international arbitrations, directly instructed by lawyers from around the world. He acts as sole counsel, often against English silks and senior foreign lawyers.

His niche expertise in Brazil & Latin America related disputes is well known. His experience covers disputes in a wide variety of sectors including international sale of goods, commodities, oil & gas, mining, insurance & reinsurance, infrastructure, exclusive distribution, franchising and technology. Frederico is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is involved in international arbitrations in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Constantine Partasides QC – Chair, 24th May 2017

Prior to founding Three Crowns LLP, Constantine led the international arbitration practice of a leading international law firm in London. He has appeared as counsel on some of the largest commercial arbitrations of the last decade, many of which relate to the energy sector. Most recently, Constantine has been lead counsel for commercial clients in claims arising under production sharing contracts against sovereigns and state entities in Algeria, Nigeria, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Kazakhstan. He has recently led teams that obtained a monetary award for clients against the Kurdistan Regional Government for $1.98bn, and a final award for a consortium of clients against the Nigerian National Petroleum Company in excess of $2bn. Constantine has also advised and represented a variety of investors and states in relation to disputes under relevant bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, and was counsel of record in high profile ICSID successes for the Republic of Kenya in World Duty Free v. Republic of Kenya, and for the Republic of Lithuania in Parkerings v. Republic of Lithuania.

Constantine has been named as one of the “top 20” individuals in the world of arbitration in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 “Who’s Who” of Commercial Arbitration. He is a co-author of the fourth, fifth and sixth editions of the leading textbook on international arbitration Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration. He is a solicitor-advocate (Higher Courts Civil), and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014.

Lord Goldsmith QC – Chair, 12th July 2017

Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, PC, London Co-Managing Partner and Chair of European and Asian Litigation, joined Debevoise & Plimpton in September 2007. Lord Goldsmith served as the UK’s Attorney General from 2001-2007, prior to which he was in private practice as one of the leading barristers in London. Lord Goldsmith acts for a variety of clients, alongside his role as chair of the firm’s European and Asian litigation practices, in arbitration and litigation in the UK and other countries. He is a QC and appears regularly in court as well as in arbitration.

Consistently acknowledged for his prominence, The American Lawyer states that “[he has] the advocacy skills of one of the finest barristers of his generation.” The Lawyer magazine named one of Lord Goldsmith’s cases, (representing Royal Dutch Shell in claims brought by The Ogale Community), to its “top cases of 2016” list. He is recommended as a leading lawyer in Chambers UK (2017) for International Arbitration, Public International Law, and Corporate Crime and Investigations, with the guide quoting clients saying he “has experience and gravitas; having him as counsel can have a significant difference.” Chambers Europe (2014) describes him as “very easy to deal with and seems really easy-going, but he is a terrier and will fight to the death. Incredibly quick.” The guide also describes him as “a real superstar,” renowned for being an “excellent advocate and extremely busy.”

Gary Born – Chair, 19th July 2017

Gary Born is the chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Hale. Mr. Born is widely regarded as the world's preeminent authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation. He has been ranked for the past 20 years as one of the world's leading international arbitration practitioners and the leading arbitration practitioner in London.

Mr. Born has participated in more than 600 international arbitrations, including four of the largest ICC arbitrations and several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations in recent history. Mr. Born is uniformly ranked by Euromoney, Chambers, Legal500 and Global Counsel as one of the leading practitioners in the field. He is one of only two lawyers in the world, and the only lawyer in London, to receive global "starred" status in Chambers rankings for international arbitration.

Mr. Born has represented states and corporate parties in disputes involving public international law disputes. He represented The Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army in the historic Abyei arbitration, Eritrea in an ad hoc arbitration against Yemen, private parties in controversies under various bilateral investment treaties, and a major foundation in an ad hoc arbitration against a European state raising novel issues of public international law.

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