9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.20: Chairs’ opening remarks
Dmitry Dyakin, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Steven Finizio, WilmerHale
Sophie Lamb QC, Latham & Watkins

9.30 Galperin‘s Opening Greetings

9.40: Session one: Theory and practice in Russian shareholder disputes

This session will focus on the arbitration of shareholder disputes, following changes in the law that make such disputes arbitrable within Russia and not just offshore. Those who have experienced such disputes will discuss both the legal and the practical aspects of this style of work for the benefit of local audience.

In particular the panel will discuss:

  • An overview of the first amendments to the Russian Arbitration Law after the “arbitration reform” changing the regime of corporate disputes’ arbitrability (amendments under the Federal Law No. 531-FZ of 27 December 2018)
  • Are shareholder disputes over Russian companies now required to be decided in Russian arbitral institutions and in Russia as a seat of arbitration, or is there a bypass to settle them abroad?
  • How have Russian courts treated foreign arbitral awards related to shareholder disputes in the post-“arbitration reform” period?
  • Are Russian “permanent arbitral institutions” prepared to handle complex shareholder disputes?

Dmitry Dyakin, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, London Court of Interational Arbitration 
Amy Kläsener, Dentons
Grigory Marinichev, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Andrey Zelenin, Lidings

10.55: Coffee Break

11.30: Session two: The GAR Live Question Time: investor-state disputes

Our esteemed panel and moderator will discuss questions submitted by the audience in advance, with a particular focus on investor-state and state-state disputes. 

In particular the panel will discuss:

  • Do current ISDS systems needs to be reformed? If so, what aspects need to be reformed urgently?
  • How does Russia toughen its approach to regulation of foreign investments?   
  • How will new technologies change the landscape of investor-state disputes?
  • Crimea-related Ukrainian investors’ claims against Russia: is this the genesis of a new Yukos saga?

Steven Finizio, WilmerHale

Sabrina Aïnouz, DWF 
Jay Alexander, Baker Botts 
William Hooker, Boies Schiller Flexner
Dorothy Murray, King & Wood Mallesons

12.45: Networking lunch sponsored by DWF

14.00: Keynote address

14.30: Session three: 60 years of the New York Convention: does the system require dramatic change?

The panel will take an international and regional perspective on the current position of the New York Arbitration Convention. Moreover, they will ask: what is new on the enforcement stage, and how can different approaches to enforcement yield different results?

In particular the session will feature the following:

  • A debate: “is there a need to revise the New York Convention?”, with one panellist in favour of revision, the other arguing against
  • A case study: what mistakes have Russian courts made in applying the New York Convention?
  • Is recognition and enforcement under regional treaties a competitive alternative to the New York Convention?

Sophie Lamb QC, Latham & Watkins

Ramūnas Audzevičius, Motieka & Audzevičius
Peter Ferrer, Harneys 
Tamir Livschitz, Niederer Kraft Frey

16.15: Session four: The GAR Live Inquisition: Russia and Asia: is the global centre of arbitration moving eastwards?

This session will replicate a US senate committee hearing with a succession of witnesses being "grilled" by a panel of GAR Live inquisitors.

The committee will examine whether the global centre of arbitration is moving eastwards, toward Russia and Asia, or if this is just hype.

Issues the panel are likely to explore include:

  • Is there a shift to civil procedure or will common law prevail?
  • What role could the Prague Rules play here?
  • What skills are required to capitalise on this shift, and what core procedural issues are up for discussion?
  • What of the attempts of Asian centres to win Russian-language work? 

Evgeny Raschevsky, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Olga Boltenko, Fangda Partners
Jern Fei Ng QC, Essex Court Chambers
Arthur Ma, DaHui Lawyers

17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks
Dmitry Dyakin, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Steven Finizio, WilmerHale
Sophie Lamb QC, Latham & Watkins

17.35 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Latham & Watkins

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