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Agenda

September 29, 2023

ASAb40 Seminar

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
ASAb40 Seminar
Sebastian Coulon Bauer (Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd)
Courtney Furner (LALIVE)

Association activities (only for ASA members)

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
General Meeting (Only for ASA Members)

ASA Town Hall

12:15 PM - 1:20 PM
Lunch
1:20 PM - 1:30 PM
Welcome and introduction to the new format
Nadja Jaisli Kull (Partner at Bär & Karrer)
Christian Oetiker (Managing Partner at Vischer)
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Conflicts of interest and disclosure – conflicting rules all over the place?
Marieke Van Hooijdonk (Partner at Allen & Overy)
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
The Revision of the 2014 IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration
Xavier Favre-Bulle (President of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Arbitration Centre and Partner at Lenz & Staehelin)

Roundtable #1

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Arbitrators' disclosure (Part 1)
This roundtable will discuss relationships between arbitrators, between arbitrators and counsel, and between arbitrators and experts. When do such relationships need to be disclosed and when do they create a conflict? Is the current practice of increased disclosure moving in the right direction?
Simon Gabriel (Partner at Gabriel Arbitration AG.)
Friederike Schäfer (Partner at Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich)

Roundtable #2

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Arbitrators' disclosure (Part 2)
This roundtable deals with the question of what kind of relationships between the arbitrator (and/or partners in the arbitrator's firm) and a party (and/or a party's affiliates) create a conflict, which clearly do not and what are the grey areas. The group will also discuss the proper approach to the disclosure in such circumstances.
Jean Marguerat (Partner at MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep)
Olena Perepelynska (Partner at Integrites)

Roundtable #3

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Issue conflicts
This roundtable deals with potential or apparent bias of arbitrators regarding the subject matter of the dispute. When do similar factual or legal issues dealt with by an arbitrator require disclosure, what are reasonable expectations of an arbitrator’s “open mind”, and is the topic of issue conflicts overrated or rather understated?
Christopher Harris (King's Counsel at 3 Verulam Buildings)
Tilman Niedermaier (Partner at CMS Germany)

Roundtable #4

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Third-party funding
The involvement of a third-party funder on either side of the case may significantly change the dynamics in relation to conflicts of interest. Must the involvement of a third-party funder be disclosed? What information must be disclosed? To what extent is the relationship between the funder and the arbitrator relevant?
Sarah Ganz (Special Counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr)
Benjamin Gottlieb (Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd)

Roundtable #5

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Social media
This roundtable will address the interplay between social media, conflicts of interest and disclosure. To what extent can social media posts create conflict issues? Should arbitrators avoid actively using social media and to what extent are parties required to continuously monitor the arbitrators’ social media activity?
Catherine Anne Kunz (Partner at LALIVE)
Shirin Saif (Partner at Roschier)

Roundtable #6

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Regulation
For years, the IBA Guidelines were the gold standard. In recent years, institutions have issued additional rules. This raises the question of whether more or less regulation of the issue is the better approach and whether there is enough uniformity between the various regulations. Contradicting regulations on disclosure obligations may bring arbitrators in a catch-22 situation. To what extent should the regulation require arbitrators to disclose issues that do not create a conflict for reasons of transparency?
Diana Akikol (Partner at Walder Wyss Ltd)
Thomas Stouten (Partner at Houthoff)

ASA Town Hall

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Networking break
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Plenary wrap-up
- Short presentations of discussion outcome
- Q&A with panelists and roundtable moderators
- Polling questions
Nadja Jaisli Kull (Partner at Bär & Karrer)
Christian Oetiker (Managing Partner at Vischer)
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Closing
Felix Dasser (Swiss Arbitration Association President and Partner at Homburger)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Network drinks

Registration

Early Bird rates expire on Thursday 31 August, 2023 23:55

Event details

Experience ASA Town Hall 2023, the reinvented September Conference focusing on developing arbitration together. Engage in interactive discussions, workshops, and networking while exploring the topical issue of Conflicts of Interest and Disclosure. Join us for a unique event with expert speakers, moderated group discussions, and a tangible output. ASA Town Hall 2023: Where Swiss arbitration community thrives.

Venue

Venue

Bellevue Palace & Casino
Kochergasse 3
Bern, Switzerland

Contact us

For additional event or venue information, please send an email to maria.shcherbakova@swissarbitration.org

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Speakers

Diana Akikol (Partner at Walder Wyss Ltd)

Diana Akikol

Partner at Walder Wyss Ltd

Sebastian Coulon Bauer (Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd)

Sebastian Coulon Bauer

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Felix Dasser (Swiss Arbitration Association President and Partner at Homburger)

Felix Dasser

Swiss Arbitration Association President and Partner at Homburger

Xavier Favre-Bulle (President of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Arbitration Centre and Partner at Lenz & Staehelin)

Xavier Favre-Bulle

President of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Arbitration Centre and Partner at Lenz & Staehelin

Courtney Furner (LALIVE)

Courtney Furner

LALIVE

Simon Gabriel (Partner at Gabriel Arbitration AG.)

Simon Gabriel

Partner at Gabriel Arbitration AG.

Sarah Ganz (Special Counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr)

Sarah Ganz

Special Counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr

Benjamin Gottlieb (Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd)

Benjamin Gottlieb

Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Christopher Harris (King's Counsel at 3 Verulam Buildings)

Christopher Harris

King's Counsel at 3 Verulam Buildings

Nadja Jaisli Kull (Partner at Bär & Karrer)

Nadja Jaisli Kull

Partner at Bär & Karrer

Catherine Anne Kunz (Partner at LALIVE)

Catherine Anne Kunz

Partner at LALIVE

Jean Marguerat (Partner at MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep)

Jean Marguerat

Partner at MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep

Tilman Niedermaier (Partner at CMS Germany)

Tilman Niedermaier

Partner at CMS Germany

Christian Oetiker (Managing Partner at Vischer)

Christian Oetiker

Managing Partner at Vischer

Marieke Van Hooijdonk (Partner at Allen & Overy)

Marieke Van Hooijdonk

Partner at Allen & Overy

Olena Perepelynska (Partner at Integrites)

Olena Perepelynska

Partner at Integrites

Shirin Saif (Partner at Roschier)

Shirin Saif

Partner at Roschier

Friederike Schäfer (Partner at Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich)

Friederike Schäfer

Partner at Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich

Thomas Stouten (Partner at Houthoff)

Thomas Stouten

Partner at Houthoff

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