USCIB co-hosted Washington, DC and New York City luncheons of its Arbitration Committee on January 25 and 29, respectively. The meetings brought together local arbitration professionals for an update on new initiatives, as well as a look back on 2018 accomplishments by the ICC International Court of Arbitration©.
Hosted by Washington, DC Subcommittee Chair, Jonathan Greenblatt of Shearman & Sterling, the Washington Luncheon featured a presentation by and discussion with the Secretary General of the ICC Court Alexander Fessas, who provided an update on the ICC’s cases in 2018, use of the expedited and the emergency arbitrator procedural rules and the ICC Court’s goals for 2019. This was followed by an interactive panel discussion with Grant Hanessian of Baker & McKenzie, Claudia Frutos-Peterson of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, and Christopher Ryan of Shearman & Sterling, providing practical guidance for handling arbitrations involving states and state-entities and describing key differences when handling investor-state and commercial disputes. The program ended with USCIB General Counsel Nancy Thevenin providing an update on developments in USCIB’s Arbitration Committee.
Hosted by Hanessian, the New York Luncheon several days later featured executive summaries from key members of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, including President Alexis Mourre, Secretary General Alexander Fessas and Counsel for North American Cases Marek Krasula. Mourre provided insight into trends in U.S. cases during the past year and expected developments in the coming year. This was followed by a town hall-style Q&A moderated by Claudia Salomon of Latham & Watkins, who also serves as the vice president of the ICC Court, with questions about the ICC Court’s diversity initiatives, arbitrator appointment process and plans to publish some of its awards.