17th ICC Miami Conference on International Arbitration

10-12 Nov 2019

Miami English, Portuguese and Spanish CLE credits (up to 22) / MCLE credits (up to 18.25) / CPD hours (up to 18.5)
Discount Package: Training and Conference (-20%)

ICC’s annual Miami conference is the key forum for understanding international commercial arbitration in Latin America. This conference provides an indispensable update on developments in the region and is the most important gathering for the Latin American arbitration community. Not only does it offer a line-up of top-class speakers, topical discussions and relevant news, but also an excellent opportunity to network. The conference attracts more than 600 participants representing about 40 countries.

The ICC Institute Advanced Level Training: Catch me if (and while) you can: how to navigate Interim Measures in International Arbitration, will take place on 10 November 2019.


Who should attend?

  • Practicing lawyers
  • Arbitrators, mediators
  • Corporate counsel
  • Academic
  • Professionals interested in and/or involved in international arbitration in Latin America and the Caribbean
Day 1 Training Programme
Day 2 Conference Programme
Day 3 Conference Programme

10 November Training Programme 

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08.30 - 09.00 Welcome coffee 
09.00 - 09.15 Welcoming address, presentation of the ICC Institute, introduction and presentation of the mock cases
09.15 - 10.00 Strategic considerations and procedures: When, how and to whom to request interim measures?
- Concept: must be temporary
- Powers of the ICC arbitral tribunals
- Role of the lex arbitri
- When can/should request for interim measures be made?
- To whom can/should interim measures be requested: emergency arbitrator, arbitral tribunal, national courts (concurrent jurisdiction)
- ICC procedure and statistics: Art. 28 ICC Rules
- Specific measures: security for costs, escrow accounts, stop payment orders relating to first demand bank guarantees, and counter-guarantees
10.00 - 10.45 Mock Case 
10.45 - 11.00 Coffee break 
11.00 - 11.45 Practical considerations: The counsel’s perspective
- Burden of proof
- Types of measures that can be requested: a very broad range, but with limitations
- Ex-parte requests
- Discovery requests before national courts in aid of international arbitration (e.g., 28 USC 1782 requests)
- Most common defenses against requests for interim measures
11.45 - 12.30 Mock Case 
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch 
14.00 - 14.45 Practical considerations: The arbitrator’s perspective
- Asymmetric information with the parties (especially at the outset of the case)
- Urgency and due process (can an arbitrator award ex parte measures?)
- Risks: prejudgment, awarding or denying measures may have a permanent effect (e.g., where one of the parties risks liquidation, where assets may disappear, etc.)
- Can/should arbitrators take a more active role (e.g., escrow accounts managed by tribunals; order counter-security)
14.45 - 15.30 Q&A 
15.30 - 15.45 Coffee break 
15.45 - 16.30 Compliance, enforcement and other issues arising after interim measures are ordered/awarded
- “Order” v. “Award” of interim measures
- Enforcement considerations: what can the parties do?
- What can arbitrators do faced with a party’s refusal to comply with interim measures?
- Relevance of civil v. common law jurisdictions
16.30 - 17.15 Q&A 
17.15 - 17.30 Concluding remarks
18.00 - 20.00 Cocktail reception on the pool deck of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Sunday 10 November 2019
18.00 – 20.00 Cocktail Reception on the pool deck of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

11 November Conference Programme 

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07.30 - 08.45 Parallel sessions (participants choose to attend one of the following sessions)
07.30 - 08.45

Doughnuts and Data Roundtable (Hong Kong Rooms)
The ICCA-IBA Joint Task Force on Data Protection in Arbitration Proceedings has produced a Roadmap to assist the arbitration community in applying the data protection rules, including the GDPR, to arbitration proceedings. Together with other arbitration institutions, the ICC has been heavily involved in, and supportive of, the Task Force's work, and we would like to invite you to an informal discussion over coffee to consider how data protection could impact arbitration proceedings and how best to practically manage these issues during the process.

  • Alexander G. Fessas, Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Paris
  • Kathleen Paisley, Partner, AMBOS Lawyers, Belgium/USA; Co-Chair, ICCA-IBA Joint Task Force on Data Protection in Arbitration Proceedings
07:30 - 08:45

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)

08.00 - 09.00 Welcome coffee
09.00 - 09.40

Welcome address

  • Alexander G. Fessas, Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Paris
  • Katherine González Arrocha, Director for the Americas, Arbitration & ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Panama City
09.40 - 10.00

Opening keynote speech

  • Alexis Mourre, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
10.00 - 11.30

Roundtable: A deep look in seven Latin American jurisdictions: 90 minutes discussing the current state of affairs
– Mexico: What is the landscape under the "New NAFTA"?
– Uruguay and Argentina: the aftermath of new Arbitration Acts
– Brazil: Calm sea and prosperous voyage or stormy weather ahead?
– Venezuela: political and economic turmoil, is there an end in sight? Impact on energy arbitration
– Colombia: Is it the time for the arbitration law to adopt a monist approach?
– Peru: has it been the victim of its own success?

  • Claudia Frutos-Peterson, Managing Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Washington DC, United States
  • Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti, Partner, Escritório de Advocacia Sergio Bermudes Advogados Associados, Brazil; Director, Brazilian Committee of Arbitration – CBAr
  • Diana Droulers, Partner, Droulers & Asociados, Venezuela; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Sandra Gonzalez, Partner and co-leader, Litigation and Arbitration team, Ferrere, Uruguay
  • Maria del Carmen Tovar, Partner, Estudio Echecopar, Baker McKenzie, Peru
  • Alberto Zuleta-Londoño, Partner, Holland & Knight, Colombia

Chaired by:

  • Juan Pablo Argentato, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
11.30 - 12.00 Coffee break
12.00 - 13.00

"How to handle corruption allegations: experience drawn from cases involving Latin American parties"

-Arbitrability and admissibility in cases of corruption

-Interaction between the arbitrators and domestic courts. Do arbitrators have a duty to report?

-The sua sponte obligation of the arbitral tribunal to investigate and prove acts of corruption

-Standard of proof applicable. The desire for a consistent approach

-Legal consequences of finding that the contract was tainted by corruption in arbitration

-Criminal behavior during the conduct of the arbitration: remedies available and the role of the arbitral institutions

  • Christian Albanesi, Partner & Head of Latin American Arbitration, Linklaters, Washington DC, United States
  • Eduardo Damião Gonçalves, Partner, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Brazil; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Elena Gutierrez Garcia de Cortazar, Independent Arbitrator & Professor at Law, Paris
  • José Rosell, International Arbitrator, Denmark


Chaired by:

  • Ana Serra e Moura, Deputy Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
13.00 - 13.30 Discussion
13.30 - 15.00 Lunch 
15.00 - 16.15 Parallel sessions (participants choose to attend one of the following sessions)
15.00 - 16.15

Arbitration in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sector: has the time come for this sector in Latin America?

-Type of disputes

-Drafting of arbitration agreements in Life Sciences contracts

Complexity of life sciences disputes: privacy and data protection issues, intellectual property issues, participation of governmental institutions, security for costs and emergency measures.

  • Philippe Cavalieros, Partner, Simmons & Simmons, France
  • Conna A. Weiner, Arbitrator, former in-house counsel, Novartis; Vice-Chair for the Northeast Arbitration Subcommittee for USCIB/ICC USA
  • Marek Krasula, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, New York 
15.00 - 16.15

Gas Pricing Disputes: How to make it predictable?

-Gas price formulae

-Price reviews

-Price negotiation and arbitration

  • Mónica Jimenez, Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Colombia
  • Carmen Martinez, Partner, Three Crowns LLP, United Kingdom
  • Michael Polkinghorne, Partner, White & Case LLP, France; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
16.15 - 16.45 Coffee break

16.45 - 18.00 Parallel sessions (participants choose to attend one of the following sessions)
16.45 - 18.00

Complexity revisited


More than 30% of the ICC caseload involves multi parties and often times multi-contract. This mock case will feature the most common issues arising out in such cases: jurisdictional pleas concerning the existence, validity or scope of the arbitration agreement or concerning whether all of the claims made in the arbitration may be determined together in a single arbitration. Also issues regarding consolidation and joinder will be addressed in the context of this mock case.

  • Alexander G. Fessas
  • Jennifer Kirby, Arbitrator, France
16.45 - 18.00

"Complex evidentiary issues"
Often time parties and arbitral tribunals face complex evidentiary issues in the context of trans border arbitrations. This session will present a mock case covering issues related to:

-Evidence obtained illegaly;

-Evidence obtained in parallel administrative and criminal proceedings;

-Negative inferences

to showcase how such issues might arise in a case and how an arbitral tribunal may decide on them.

  • Deva Villanúa Gómez, Lawyer, Armesto & Asociados, Spain
  • Cristián Conejero, Partner, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, Chile
20.00 Cocktail dinner party 

12 November Conference Programme

08.00 - 09.15

Parallel sessions (participants choose to attend one of the following sessions)

08.00 - 09.15

Roundtable on witness evidence (Probative value of witness statements)

(in English only)

The ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR created a Task Force on 'Maximizing the Probative Value of Witness Evidence' which was mandated to look at the practices that are commonly adopted for the preparation and presentation of fact witness evidence in international arbitration in light of the science of human memory. This latest Commission Report considers whether there are modifications that could be made to current practices, or alternative approaches that could be adopted, in order to enhance the probative value of fact witness evidence in international arbitration, particularly as it is affected by memory and sets forth some measures that can be taken to protect witnesses' memories

  • José Astigarraga, Partner, Reed Smith LLP, Miami, United States
08:00 - 09:15

ICC – AW session

Global efforts to promote diversity have resulted in incremental progress in many parts of the world. What are the critical next steps to further diversity? Can regional diversity efforts pinpoint the specific changes needed within that region? What does the term "diversity" mean in different parts of the world and how can we achieve it?

  • Dana MacGrath, ArbitralWomen President; Investment Manager and Legal Counsel, Bentham IMF, New York, United States (moderator)
  • Sandra González, Partner and co-leader, Litigation and Arbitration team, Ferrere, Uruguay; Member; ArbitralWomen; co-founder, Women Way in Arbitration LATAM (WWA LATAM); Alternate Member; ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Diana Gárate, Senior Manager, EY Law, Peru; Member, ArbitralWomen; Member, Women Way in Arbitration LATAM
  • Enrique González, Associate General Counsel, UBER, Mexico
  • Igor Parente, Legal Counsel, Shell, Brazil

08.30 - 09.30

Welcome coffee

09.30 - 10.30

Interest and inflation adjustment in international arbitration

-Applicable law to pre-award interest and post-award interest
-Can the right to be awarded interest be considered a trade usage or part of lex mercatoria?
-Do arbitrators have the power to grant interest ex officio? If yes, may or shall they grant it ex officio?
-What to do? Interest rates, calculation methods, simple or compound interest?
 -Interest on arbitration costs

  • John Adam, Partner, Latham & Watkins, France
  • David Arias, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Spain
  • Valeria Galíndez, Partner, Valença Galíndez Arbitragem, Brazil
  • Anne Marie Whitesell, Professor and Faculty Director, Program on International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Georgetown University Law Center, Unites States

Chaired by:

  • Juliana Castillo, Legal Director EMEA, Crown Europe, France
10.30 - 11.00 Discussion 
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 13.00

The revision of final awards: when, if ever, is it acceptable?

-Comparative legislative approach in Latin America and elsewhere

-Analyzing the principal grounds recognized for the revision of international awards: procedural fraud and discovery of new facts or evidence

-Dealing with requests for clarification seeking the revision of the award

-Challenging awards on a point of law: is it expectable to see the Singaporean proposal in civil law jurisdictions?

  • Kate Brown de Vejar, Partner & Global Co-Chair of International Arbitration, DLA Piper, Mexico
  • Eliseo Castineira, Partner, Castineira, France
  • Ina C. Popova, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York United States
Chaired by:
  • Josefa Sicard-Mirabal, Independent Arbitrator; Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, New York, United States
13.00 - 13.30 Discussion
13.30 - 15.00 Lunch 
15.00 - 15.30

Closing speech: Is international arbitration in Latin America facing a credibility crisis? Does the past predict the future?

  • Eduardo Silva Romero, Partner, Dechert LLP, France

Introduced by

  • Patricia Ferraz, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Sao Paolo
15.30 - 16.00 Discussion 
16.00 - 16.15

Closing remarks

  • Alexander G. Fessas, Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Paris
  • Katherine González Arrocha, Director for the Americas, Arbitration & ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Panama City

10 November Training Programme speakers

Co-chairs 
José Manuel García Represa Partner, Dechert LLP; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
Mélida Hodgson Partner, Jenner & Block; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
Speakers 
Claudia Benavides Partner, Baker & McKenzie S.A.S, Colombia
Leidylin Contreras Deputy Director, Office of International Trade Agreements & Treaties Administration (DICOEX), Ministry of Industry, Trade and SME's, Dominican Republic
Yves Derains Founding Partner, Derains & Gharavi; Chairman, ICC Institute of World Business Law
Patricio Grané Labat Partner, Arnold & Porter, United Kingdom
Elena Gutiérrez García de Cortázar Independent Aribtrator and Professor at law, France
Clifford J. Hendel Partner, Hendel IDR, Spain
Fernando Eduardo Serec CEO and Head of the Litigation and Arbitration practice groups, Tozzini Freire Advogados, Brazil
María Inés Solá Legal Counsel, Pan American Energy LLC, Argentina

11 - 12 November Conference confirmed speakers

John Adam Partner, Latham & Watkins, France
Christian Albanesi Partner & Head of Latin American Arbitration, Linklaters, Washington DC, United States of America
Juan Pablo Argentato Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
David Arias Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Spain
José Astigarraga Partner, ReedSmith LLP, Miami, United States of America
Kate Brown de Vejar Partner, Global Co-Chair of International Arbitration, DLA Piper Mexico, S.C., México
Juliana Castillo Legal Director EMEA, Crown Europe, France
Eliseo Castineira Partner, Castineira, France
Philippe Cavalieros Partner, Simmons & Simmons LLP, France
Cristián Conejero Partner, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria, Chile
Eduardo Damião Gonçalves Partner, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Brazil
Diana Droulers Partner, Droulers & Asociados, Venezuela; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Patricia Ferraz Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, São Paulo
Alexander G. Fessas Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Paris
Claudia Frutos-Peterson Managing Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Washington DC, United States
Valeria Galindez Partner, Valença Galíndez Arbitragem, Brazil
Sandra González Partner, Ferrere, Uruguay
Katherine González Arrocha Director for the Americas, Arbitration & ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Panama City
Elena Gutierrez Garcia de Cortazar Independent Arbitrator & Professor at law, France
Mónica Jimenez Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Colombia
Jennifer Kirby Principal, Kirby Arbitration, France
Marek Krasula Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, New York
Carmen Martinez  Partner, Three Crowns LLP, United Kingdom
Alexis Mourre President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Kathleen Paisley Partner, AMBOS Law, Belgium/United Kingdom; Co-Chair, ICCA-IBA Joint Task Force on Data Protection in Arbitration Proceedings
Ina C. Popova Partner, Debevoise & Plimptom LLP, New York, United States of America
Michael Polkinghorne Partner, White & Case LLP, France; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti Partner, Escritório de Advocacia Sergio Bermudes Advogados Associados; Director, Brazilian Committe of Arbitration - CBAr, Brazil
José Rosell International Arbitrator, Denmark
Ana Serra e Moura Deputy Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Josefa Sicard-Mirabal Independent Arbitrator; Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, New York, United States of America
Eduardo Silva Romero Partner, Dechert LLP, France
Maria del Carmen Tovar Partner, Estudio Echecopar, Baker Mckenzie, Peru
Deva Villanúa Gómez Partner, Armesto & Asociados, Spain

Conna A. Weiner Arbitrator; former in-house counsel, Novartis; Vice-Chair for the Northeast Arbitration Subcommittee for USCIB/ICC USA
Anne Marie Whitesell Professor and Faculty Director, Program on International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, United States of America
Alberto Zuleta-Londoño Partner, Holland & Knight, Colombia


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Dates and venue Dates: 10-12 November 2019
Venue: The Mandarin Oriental Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL, United States
Registration fees

ICC Institute Advanced Training
Early-bird until 28 June 2019: US$ 719
ICC members: US$ 799.20 (To benefit from the ICC Member rate please contact your National Committee to get the discount code)
Non-members: US$ 999

17th ICC Miami Conference 
Early bird until 28 June 2019: US$ 1,307
ICC members: US$ 1,452 (To benefit from the ICC Member rate please contact your National Committee to get the discount code)
Non-members: US$ 1,815

Discount Package: Training and Conference (-20%)
Early-bird until 28 June 2019: US$ 1,620
ICC members: US$ 1,800.80 (To benefit from the ICC Member rate please contact your National Committee to get the discount code)
Non-members: US$ 2,251

Accompanying person for social events only 
$ 346

Registration fees include all conference and/or seminar documentation, coffee breaks, lunches and cocktail reception.

Special discounts

Group rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for four.
In-house Counsel,
full time Academics and Government representatives may benefit from a 30% discount.
Please contact events@iccwbo.org for more details.
ICC Members: to benefit from the ICC Member rate please contact your National Committee to get the discount code.

Travel and accommodation  Travel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations.
A hotel reservation form/unique group code for online reservations at “The Mandarin Oriental”, with which ICC has negotiated preferential rates at US$339 or US$369 (+13% tax), will be sent upon registration. Please note that the number of rooms reserved with the ICC rate is limited. As they will be distributed on a “first-come, first-served” basis, we recommend that you make your reservation ASAP. All room reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card. The pre-reservation cut-off date is Thursday 17 October 2019. Hotel reservations received after 19 October will be accepted on a space and/or rate available basis only.
Visa We are able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application only after receipt of your registration form and full payment of your registration fees.
Working language English, Portuguese and Spanish
Credits and hours ICC Training and Conferences is eligible for CLE credit under New York’s and Florida’s approved jurisdiction procedures, is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and is accredited by the Bar Standards Board to provide CPD for barristers at the Bar of England & Wales. French Bars: This conference and training will be sent for CNB approval. Lawyers practising in France may apply for the reimbursement of this course before the FIFPL (Fonds Interprofessionnel de Formation des Professionnels Libéraux), subject to terms and conditions.
Cancellation policy 50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 11 October 2019. Cancellations after this date are not refundable. Subject to agreement from ICC Training and Conferences prior to the event, the registration may be transferred to another person from the same company or organization at no extra charge. Updated registration information will be required. Please be informed that any form of cancellation will incur a cancellation fee of US$7 + 2.75% of the registration fee which must be covered by the participant. Please note that ICC Services reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC Services will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.
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3 Days
634 Participants
37 Countries
12 Sessions