Dr Alan Anderson is an internationally recognized arbitrator, arbitration counsel, and trial lawyer. He also is a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and a member of the Centre’s Council. Dr Anderson is an International Accredited Professional Mediator with the Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center (MHKJMC) and an international mediator with the Japan International Mediation Center-Kyoto (JIMC-Kyoto). His arbitration experience includes proceedings conducted under the auspices of the AAA, LCIA, SCC, ICC, as well as ad hoc arbitrations. Since 2015 he has represented FICA at sessions of UNCITRAL Working Groups II and III. He is a door tenant with Littleton Chambers in London and has offices also in the US.
Mr Robert Ashdown is a Chartered Accountant, Registered Auditor and Chartered Tax Adviser who holds degrees in economics, law, and an MBA from INSEAD (with distinction). He has worked not only in the UK but also in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and India.
Mr Ben Beaumont is a man obsessed with alternative dispute resolution of whatever nature. A barrister by training, he is a chartered arbitrator and also a chartered surveyor. He sits as an arbitrator, adjudicator, dispute adjudication board member and mediator and is a member of the FIDIC President’s list of adjudicators. Mr Beaumont founded FICA in 1998 and has written extensively on arbitration matters. Over the last 20 years, Mr Beaumont has been appointed an arbitrator in more than 190 disputes both domestic and international. He has also been appointed as an adjudicator on more than 20 occasions. He has acted for parties in arbitrations in various locations including UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, France, United Kingdom and the United States. Mr Beaumont has been active in all five Working Groups of UNCITRAL, particularly Working Group VI, where he had the great honour to be appointed to an expert subgroup drafting the legislative guide to the model law on secured transactions. He also is active on various ICC working groups drafting model contracts.
Ms Clea Bigelow-Nuttall specialises in international investment and commercial arbitration. She has particular experience advising clients in the infrastructure, construction, mining and energy sectors, and has represented private companies, state-owned entities and states in numerous international arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. Ms Bigelow-Nuttall is a qualified Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience and has conducted advocacy before ICC, LCIA, ICSID and ad hoc tribunals. In addition, she has acted as Secretary to arbitral tribunals in construction disputes in the energy and heavy infrastructure sectors, under the aegis of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, the Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre, as well as the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Geneva. Ms Bigelow-Nuttall has practiced as a foreign registered lawyer at the Paris Bar and is fluent in French and English.
Dr Petra Butler teaches at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand where she specialises in domestic and international human rights, public and private comparative law, and private international law with an emphasis on international commercial contracts. She has published extensively in those areas. Dr Butler is New Zealand’s CLOUT correspondent for the CISG and the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts. She has held visiting appointments at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law (Beijing), the University of Melbourne, the University of Adelaide, Bucerius Law School (Hamburg), Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona), and Northwestern University Law School (Chicago). Dr Petra is a fully-qualified German lawyer and a qualified barrister in New Zealand. She regularly advises government departments and the profession on issues in the areas of her research and teaching interests.
Dr Butler has been appointed acting Dean of Victoria University of Wellington Law Faculty for six months.
Mr Jeffrey Chan is presently the Senior Director of TSMP Law Corporation, Singapore. He previously spent 46 years in the Singapore Legal Service where, among other appointments, he was the Chief of Staff as well as the Deputy Solicitor-General. His practice covers a wide range of legal subjects both domestically as well as internationally. He has appeared frequently in the courts in cases involving a wide area of law, particularly public law. His considerable international experience includes chairing the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in 2000, the UNCITRAL Working Group on Electronic Commerce (Working Group IV) from 2002 to 2005, and the UNCITRAL Working Group on Online Dispute Resolution (Working Group III) between 2014 and 2016. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law of the National Society of Singapore and frequently conduct mediations as a Principal Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) as well as the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.
Mr Jim Daniels is a graduate metalliferous mining engineer with experience of many mining techniques in Canada, South Africa, Australia and many mines in Europe. He has extensive petroleum engineering experience in oilfield operations and management, 45+ years direct experience of drilling & production, pipeline operations, development of oil and gas fields, drilling rig construction and shipyard operations. Chief Engineer for a major Oil Company for their Latin America – Asia division responsible for all petroleum engineering activities from Syria to Japan, Australasia and South America from Mexico south.
He has managed many world record breaking projects including managing the drilling operations of the World’s most powerful Drill ship, Managing the construction of the World’s most powerful semi-sub drilling rig, project Director for the North Seas first EPIC sub sea development, drilling supervisor on over one hundred offshore drilling rigs. Drilled in the deepest water and furthest offshore in Europe, drilled on land and offshore in Europe, South America, Asia and Canada.
He has worked as client representative in shipyards in every continent except Antarctica. He is a registered expert witness in oil, Mining and shipyard construction.
He is an International Arbitration Tribunal Chairman and Arbitrator for over 20 years on disputes in South Africa, China, Dubai, Nigeria, Trinidad, Venezuela, Singapore etc. Subject to laws of many jurisdictions. Lowest claimed value on disputes is $40 million and awards have always been available within six (6) weeks at the end of submissions.
He is a Freeman of the City of London.
Mr Steve Devereux is a technical Arbitrator with drilling expertise (author of 2 Drilling books, 40 years of experience planning and drilling wells), Aeronautical & Mechanical Engineering (Chartered Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer) and Aviation (current pilot licence). He is a Fellow of CIArb and has acted as a sole Arbitrator with 41 appointments and issued 39 awards as of December 2020. Mr Devereus is regularly appointed as an Arbitrator or as Expert Witness for Oil, Gas, Geothermal well drilling or as Arbitrator for Engineering or Aeronautical disputes.
Mr Devereux has produced expert reports for various events, related to incident investigations and for law firms related to arbitrations. He has also been tribunal appointed Expert Witness for a UNCITRAL arbitration.
Mr Devereux is a Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He has written articles for Petroleum Africa magazine including “While Drilling Technologies”, “Old Hands New Technology” and “Drilling Software”. Honorary Secretary, Oil & Gas Arbitration Club in London. He is the author of two drilling books published by Pennwell. “Drilling Technology in Nontechnical Language” and “Practical Well Planning and Drilling Manual”.
With 25 years experience in the field, Mr Richard Drew is an erudite practitioner of the construction industry. His career launched from humble beginnings with a very much enjoyed decade as a hands-on tradesman. Moving into directorship, it was whilst owning his new-build and restoration SME that Mr Drew studied Construction and the Built Environment at London South Bank University. Mr Drew heads up the post-contracts department for a global construction company. Liaising with both novated and direct clientele locally and around the world, Mr Drew is responsible for high value infrastructure including retail, hospitality, workspace, governmental, high-end residential and tech projects. Dispute resolution and commercial protection are at the forefront of duties. This has led to a real interest in dispute resolution and so followed Mr Drew’s current studies in Adjudication and Arbitration. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, working towards Fellowship.
Mr Drew endeavours to champion innovative solutions to resolve common-place compromising positions to both parties of a contract and so shares FICA’s passion in this subject. Mr Drew also has a keen interest in collaborative contracts with a personal belief that there is room for expansion, improvement and further introduction to this form of contractual business relationship.
Mr Eric Eggink has spent 29 years in the construction business as a lawyer working on various projects of considerable size such as Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong; The High-Speed Rail Link between Amsterdam and Brussels; and various other international construction projects. He has experience as an arbitrator and as a dispute board member and currently runs his own consultancy business. He was the chair of the ICC contract conditions working group that conceived the 2020 ICC Model Turnkey Contract for Major Projects and the ICC Model Joint Venture Agreement and the ICC Model Consortium Agreement.
Mr Eggink is the author of the book “A Practical Guide to Engineering, Procurement and Construction Contracts”, published by Informa Law from Routledge.
Mr Eschlböck has been with FICA since 2013. His Vienna-based firm specialises in international dispute resolution, as well as civil and criminal litigation. He is also a member of the Ethics Council of the Vienna Bar. His track record includes various appointments as an arbitrator and as party counsel in the fields of insurance, banking and M&A arbitration. In addition to being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Mr Eschlböck is a member of the Dispute Board Federation in Geneva and is qualified as a financial analyst in Vienna. He speaks German, English and French.
Mr Matthew Finn is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting, based in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIarb), Fellow of Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB) and a Member of Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering (MCInstCES). Matthew is regularly appointed as an expert witness in the field of quantum (damages) in construction and engineering matters and he has testified in UK Litigation on several occasions. He is accredited with the three mainstream expert witness accreditation bodies (RICS, MEWI and MAE) and he regularly receives referrals from such panels. He is also featured in Who’s Who Legal in various chapters in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Mr. Finn is a certified civil and commercial mediator, construction adjudicator and international and domestic arbitrator sitting on over 25 domestic and international arbitration/ADR panels, including the panel of the largest provider of arbitration services in the UK. He is regularly appointed as an arbitrator, construction adjudicator and mediator. He has worked in the construction industry in both consulting and large main contracting organizations and his area of expertise is in building, civil engineering, nuclear/power, rail, oil and gas, and building services.
Ms Kiran Nasir Gore focuses her practice on U.S. and transnational dispute resolution. She specializes in complex litigation, international commercial and investment arbitration, and global investigations. Her experience spans a variety of industries, including non-profits, luxury goods, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, natural resources, energy, shipping, and transport.
Ms Gore has previously served as a senior associate in the Washington, DC office of Three Crowns LLP and as an associate in the New York office of DLA Piper LLP. She currently is Counsel in the Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, PC. Kiran also serves as Associate Editor of the Kluwer Arbitration Blog and Associate Editor of the ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal. She draws on her professional experiences as an educator at the George Washington University Law School. Ms Gore’s full bio is available here, please feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn.
Ms Sally Holden is an student/associate of FICA having recently achieved A*s in History, Biology and English Literature at A-level she is at Durham University to read History. Ms Holden has undertaken voluntarily work for the FICA and DACABI, most recently providing comments and suggestions for the editing of the FICA website and providing suggestions for new content. She has also previously been involved in editing the model law on adjudication drafted by DACABI. Ms Holden helped to review the basic grammar and wording of the model law to ensure it can be understood by those whose first language is not English.
Mr Ish Jain leads the Dispute Resolution Department and the Technology, Aviation and Space Law Department at the law firm. He possesses rich expertise in the fields of Real Estate & Infrastructure, Aviation, Space, Technology, Cross-Border Corporate & Commercial Transactions, Art, Trademark & Domain Name, Banking & Finance and White-Collar. Mr. Jain has been practicing in the field of alternative dispute resolution since 2005. He was admitted to the Bar Council in India in 2009 and began practicing as an Arbitrator in 2016. Since then, Mr. Jain has been empanelled at the High Court at Bombay and other renowned International Arbitration institutes. Mr. Jain’s background and experience in the fields of International Arbitration, Technology, Aviation and Space, have uniquely placed him to be a foremost Arbitrator in the field of Air and Space.
Dr Timothy Lemay served for eight years as Principal Legal Officer and Head of the Legislative Branch of the International Trade Law Division / Office of Legal Affairs, the Secretariat of UNCITRAL based in Vienna. Before joining UNCITRAL in July 2009, he was Chief of the Governance, Human Security and Rule of Law Section of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), prior to which he was Chief of UNODC’s Global Programme against Money Laundering. Dr Lemay joined the UN in 1995 following a career as a lawyer in Canada in private practice. Dr Lemay is also a trained investigator and has undertaken internal investigations on behalf of international organizations. He presently is based in Vienna and is a consultant and independent legal advisor.
His Honour Hugo Luz dos Santos is a Magistrate of Public Prosecutor of Portugal with 10 years of hands-on experience on Portuguese courts. His Honour Luz dos Santos was granted a sabbatical leave on late 2016. He currently acts as an International Legal Consultant. He has written several doctrinal articles regarding the Gaming in Macau, United States of America, United Kingdom, and Canada, addressing specifically (candent) issues such as “Walking”, “Side-Betting”, “Surveillance and Privacy”, “Tip-Pooling”, “Artificial Intelligence”, and “Responsible Gambling”. He has published a few scientific articles concerning the money laundering crime in Macau, SAR, where he is currently working. He is the author of the book “The Gaming Legal Framework in Macau, SAR: an overview”, recently published in Germany and distributed worldwide. He is the co-author of a cutting-edge proposal of Law regarding corporate criminal liability in Macau, which is being currently analyzed by the Macau Government. He is the author of the book chapter “Artificial Intelligence: Are you sure? Beware of what you wish!”, Intech Open Science, Croatia/UK, 2018, which is the most viewed and downloaded of the whole book “Simulation and Gaming”.
His Honour Luz dos Santos has been recently appointed Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Law and Society of Science Publishing Group (New York, United States of America). He is a PhD Researcher of the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau.
Mr Robert Marcus is a commercial lawyer who provides astute and pragmatic problem solving advice from both an in house and law firm perspective. He previously advised on a wide range of contentious maritime and insurance matters in major City law firms. With over 20 years’ experience working in IBM with senior teams supporting large complex technology projects, his in house perspective helps him understand the pressures under which clients in general and General Counsel of large companies in particular operate to provide relevant and timely advise to their clients.
Mr Marcus has been a solicitor for over 30 years and of legal practice and enjoys solving problems. He is passionate about helping clients optimise the potential of what they do. He is very conscious of the privilege associated with the trust that clients place in their lawyers. He is committed to good lawyering … both in terms of technical skill and upholding traditional professional values of client centred service.
Mr Marcus was one of the founding partners of Jurit, which is an explicitly values based law firm. We believe that we should as far as possible use our collective energies and professional skills to assist our clients achieve their long term goals and objectives, and especially enjoy working with clients who are contributing to efforts to improve the world in whatever sphere they operate. The approach to client support extends beyond advice on the law, risk management and good governance to encompass holistic business advice.
Mr Marcus is a generalist and advises clients on all aspects of commercial law and business. In an era of increasing specialisation there is a role for generalists, especially if a holistic approach to commercial law, business ethics and human nature can be deployed using emotional intelligence to prevent or resolve conflict. He is also a technologist and an advocate for renewable energy.
Mr Marcus’ practice focuses primarily on technology and innovation, as both an adviser and as a specialist technology mediator. Mr Marcus has worked principally in London with long term assignments in Paris and Sydney and also with extensive client related travel throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the US.
Mr Matthias Neuenschwander has been practicing alternative dispute resolution since 1987, when he was a coordinator of development programs in Tchad. A trained civil engineer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, he then worked in the USA and from Switzerland, and has experienced large infrastructure projects as a contractor, designer, supervisor, owner’s representative, expert witness, mediator, adjudicator and arbitrator. He chaired the FIDIC-ITA Task Group 10 entrusted with the preparation of the Conditions of Contract for Underground Works (“The Emerald Book”), served on the FIDIC Contracts Committee, and is currently the Animateur of the ITA Working Group 3 “Contractual Practices”. Mr Neuenschwander also serves on the steering board of the Swiss International Experts and on the committee of TG10 Tunnel Contracts Organisation. With his company, Neuenschwander Consulting Engineers, Bellinzona, Switzerland, he offers support to stakeholders in infrastructure projects as an advisor and as a dispute resolver worldwide, in English, Spanish, German, French and Italian.
Ms Elizabeth Nicholls is a barrister based in London with a commercial, chancery and intellectual property practice. Before becoming a barrister, she spent her career in international business, managing trade up to £2.2bn a year and leading commercial and technical teams in the UK, Europe, Hong-Kong and China. She is a highly successful and effective international negotiator, mediator and arbitrator with extensive experience in dispute resolution, manufacturing, consumer goods (FMCG), commercial and supply chain. She has a history or resolving complex and sensitive disputes both domestic and cross-border.
Mr Pierre Reynaud served as the Head of the International Law Division of the European Space Agency (ESA) based in Paris prior to which he was the Head of the Procurement Regulations, Quality & Launcher Procurement Division. He has over 30 years’ experience in the field of procurement of large space projects, public international law and international negotiations.
He holds a Maîtrise en Droit International et Européen from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and an LL.M in International and Comparative Law from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. He has been a regular guest lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, Paris X Nanterre University, University Paris-Saclay and the European Centre for Space Law.
Mr Reynaud joined ESA in 1988 where up to 2011 he was in charge of the legal and administrative aspects of the procurement of ESA’s major satellite and launcher programmes and secretary of the Adjudication Committee. He led the ESA procurement regulatory reform (procurement regulations, tender evaluation manual, code of best practices, Industrial Ombudsman and ESA’s electronic tendering system EMITS) and in 2010 established the first independent and impartial procurement dispute review system within an international organisation, that is to this day considered as “more articulated and protective of private subject rights” than others.
Until his retirement in June 2019, he was responsible for the elaboration and implementation of applicable rules and policies of ESA in the field of international relations, industrial policy, procurement, security and export control, and for the provision of legal advice on public international law, treaty law, law of international organisations, space law and the European Union. He has represented ESA in disputes both with and within industry as well as before the ESA Procurement Review Board.
In the discharge of his duties Mr Reynaud represented ESA before various national administrations (including NASA, JAXA, ROSCOSMOS) and international organisations (including UNCITRAL, WTO, OECD, EU, PCA, the legal sub-committee of UNCOPUOS), in particular with a view to the development of international rules, and in the negotiation of international agreements, notably with the European Commission on the GNSS and COPERNICUS activities delegated to ESA.
He is currently based in Dublin.
Mr Michael Stern is a partner with the law firm of Rubin, Fiorella & Friedman LLP, and a member of the Firm’s admiralty and reinsurance practices. He is a litigator with 28 years’ experience representing cargo insurers, terminal operators, marine construction companies, tug and barge operators, vessel owners, charterers and operators, the Protection & Indemnity Associations, recreational vessel owners and their insurers, marinas, domestic and international insurers, reinsurers, reinsurance intermediaries, and international commodities trading houses in a wide variety of contract, coverage and claim specific issues for which his guidance or counsel is sought. He maintains an active litigation and arbitration practice before federal, state and international courts and arbitral bodies. He has considerable experience acting in conjunction with foreign solicitors in contested matters pending before courts and arbitral fora in countries, including England and Japan.
Mr Stern is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law, cum laude, and of the University of Pennsylvania, with his Bachelors of Art in International Relations. His professional affiliations include The Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has been an adjunct professor within the International Trade and Marketing Department of the Fashion Institute of Technology and has instructed courses in International Business Law and Import/Export Regulations.
Patricia Sulser has been a lawyer and an emerging markets professional for 35+ years. She began her legal career at Shearman & Sterling and enjoyed 25+ years at International Finance Corporation, where she specialized in infrastructure and co-managed an early-stage project development infrastructure fund and successfully implemented and managed relationships and disputes in large, complex public private infrastructure projects globally. She is a member of the NYS and DC bars, the AAA (Construction Panel), North American Branch of CIArb, CPR (General Commercial Panel), and is a CEDR accredited mediator and dispute board member. She is committed especially to dispute prevention and avoidance, and is Co-Chair of the Dispute Board Resolution Foundation Region 1 PPP Task Force.
She currently serves on several advisory boards and consults for development and other finance institutions, companies, and non-profit and charitable organizations in the international development and impact investing space. She is also associated with Wilson Williams LLC.
Judge Maedot Yeshak Tesfaye is currently Judge at the Federal High court of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. She has nearly 10 years of concrete work Experience ,and training and expertise on court systems, court procedures and rules, arbitral rules and procedure, and specialized training and certification on variety of legal disciples both at the International and national levels. She also had demonstrated legal research skills in Human rights and Humanitarian law.
Ms Ana Tuiketei is an international lawyer and arbitrator that is the first Listed Pacific Counsel with the International Criminal Court (The Hague). She was also the elected at the ICC Bar Association General Assembly to the Defense and Membership Committee- another first for the Pacific. She is also the only female Pacific Islander listed as an Arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Lausanne, Switzerland). She is admitted to the Tongan and Fijian Bar.
She is the Deputy Director of the Institute of Small and Micro States based in the UK.
She sits on various Fijian and Regional Boards including the Fiji Employment Relations Advisory Board, Fiji Sports Council; Fiji Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Save the Children’s Fund Fiji, and the Fiji Exporters Council. She is a Heart Ambassador for the internationally recognized Sai Prema Foundation Fiji that is creating a world-class facility with the aim of providing the best possible surgery and free treatment to the children of the Pacific.
She is also in the UK Commonwealth Secretariat Task Force on International Arbitration.
She is the only Fijian female accredited World Rugby and is one of only two pacific women that are Oceania Judicial Officers. She is the only Oceania International Rugby League Independent Chair. She is also listed as an Arbitration with International Mixed Martial Arts Federation. She is also an Arbitrator in the Fiji Employment Arbitration Court (High Court). In 2017 she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Fiji by the President of Fiji for her national contribution.
She has also been involved in presenting before the Fiji Parliamentary Committees; drafting legislative reviews, strategic policies and industry negotiations for regional institutions. She is passionate about law reform and comes with a wealth of experience, knowledge and extensive professional exposure not only limited to Fiji’s domestic public policy and private sector engagement, but with a reasonable degree of regional professional perspective, engagement and experience.
Dr Herman Verbist is an attorney at the Ghent and Brussels Bar in Belgium with Everest Attorneys. He is an accredited mediator in civil and commercial matters by the Federal Mediation Commission in Belgium. He worked as counsel at the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris (1988-1996). He has taught, as visitor professor, the course on international commercial arbitration at the University of Ghent (1996-2013). Since 2016, he is president of the arbitrators of the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport. For many years he attended the sessions of UNCITRAL Working Group II. Dr Verbist presently is a member of the Belgian delegation for UNCITRAL Working Group III.
Dr Rumiana Yotova is Fellow and Director of Studies in Law at Gonville and Caius College, and an Affiliated Lecturer with the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. She also is a fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, a member of the Centre for European Legal Studies, the Cambridge Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences, and a Visiting Professor at McGill University. She practices as an Academic Door Tenant at Thomas More Chambers where she advises on matters of international law and investment arbitration.