Thursday 26 April 2018, Miami, USA


Latin Lawyer is pleased to announce a premier one day conference to be held in Miami on Thursday, 26 April 2018. Presented in cooperation with our sister publication, Global Arbitration Review.  

Latin Lawyer and Global Arbitration Review are joining forces to provide a top-level focus on the latest developments on arbitration in the region. Designed to allow a forum for debate for cutting-edge substantive issues as well as incorporating the perspective of in-house counsel in the region, this event will bring together Latin Lawyer’s deep knowledge of Latin America with GAR’s sharp focus on the latest developments in arbitration.

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2017 Programme

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Cristián Conejero Roos, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, Santiago
José Astigarraga, Reed Smith, Miami

9.10: The ‘Latinisation’ of arbitration

A look at the different practical aspects of conducting an arbitration in the region. Specific topics to be covered include:

  • The rise of local arbitration centres in international arbitration
  • Different approaches to document protection, expert witnesses, the process of the hearing
  • The role of third party funders
  • A look at how effective the IBA and ICC procedural rules are for the region

Cristián Conejero Roos, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, Santiago

Jonathan Hamilton, White & Case, Washington, DC
Marcelo Etchebarne, Cabanellas Etchebarne Kelly, New York
Christian Leathley, Herbert Smith Freehills, New York
Marco Schnabl, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York

10.10: Coffee break

10.40: How to choose an arbitrator: A masterclass

This session will discuss the factors that go into the selection of an arbitrator and the process for effectuating the selection, including the tools for conducting due diligence. It will also be a mock presentation of the analysis and process that parties and their counsel go through in order to decide on the ideal candidate for arbitrator based on hypothetical CVs and case histories. The participants will discuss the arbitrators’ known experience and perceived biases to make their selection.

Pedro Soares Maciel, Lefosse, São Paulo

Kate Brown de Vejar, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, Mexico City
Hagit Elul, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, New York
James Lloyd Loftis, Vinson & Elkins, Houston
Roberto Aguirre Luzi, King & Spalding, Houston

12.10: Networking lunch

13.30: Question time with in-house counsel

International arbitration can flourish only if users make use of it. The decision of whether to use arbitration to resolve international business disputes involves a variety of considerations, including factors that are evolving. A panel of expert in-house counsel from companies that regularly use international arbitration to resolve disputes will discuss the factors that they consider when evaluating dispute resolution options and their current thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of each dispute resolution method, including meditation and the best practices their companies are applying.    

José Astigarraga, Reed Smith, Miami

Eduardo Palinkas, Litigation Manager, Brazil, Latin America and Canada, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, São Paulo
Gabriel Alves da Costa, Senior Legal Counsel, Global Litigation, Latin America & Caribbean, Shell, Rio de Janeiro
Steven Greenspan, Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel, United Technologies, Connecticut

14.30: Coffee break

14.50: The damages conundrum: How to effectively calculate damages

The fair and just calculation of damages can be one of the toughest aspects of a case for arbitration counsel to understand; communicating complex issues clearly and in a way tribunals can grasp can seem a Herculean task. This panel will investigate the legal principles behind the calculation of damages and the common use of experts in the field.

Sandra González
, Ferrere, Montevideo

Fabrizio Hernández, NERA Economic Consulting, Madrid, London & Rome
Mark Friedman, Debevoise & Plimpton, New York and London
Kathleen Paisley, Ambos NBGO, Brussels

15.50: Coffee break

16.10: GAR Live debate

An Oxford Union-style debate before a panel of three judges.

Motion: Are we moving to an era of too much transparency in international arbitration?

Klaus Reichert SC
, Brick Court Chambers, London

Ari MacKinnon, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, New York
Chloe Carswell, Reed Smith, London
Yasmine Lahlou, Chaffetz Lindsey, New York
Julissa Reynoso, Chadbourne & Parke, New York

Valeria Galíndez
, Uría Menéndez, São Paulo and Lisbon
Carlos Suplicy de Figueiredo Forbes, President, Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brasil–Canada (CAM/CCBC), São Paulo
Prof. Marike Paulsson, Director, International Arbitration Institute & Lecturer in Law, University of Miami, Miami

17.40: Chairs’ closing remarks

Cristián Conejero Roos, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, Santiago
José Astigarraga, Reed Smith, Miami

18.00 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría


701 Brickell Ave #3300, Miami, FL 33131, USA


  • "The conference was a wonderful success" Hunter Carter, Arent Fox

  • "Overall content of the conference was very good, the speakers had great experience to share" Ernesto Vaz, Odebrecht Construction

  • "All very good, interesting and timely"

    Robert Watson, Kobre & Kim


Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early $USD 700  16 Mar 2018
Early $USD 800 13 Apr 2018
Standard $USD 900 26 Apr 2018


Type Price
Standard Complimentary