Sixth Annual Damages Conference – Energy Damages in International Arbitration

Thursday, November 30, 2017.  Westin Galleria, Houston TX

Energy Damages in international arbitration is a vast and important topic requiring thoughtful and detailed consideration ultimately answering the question: What will this cost? The conference will offer presentations by leading authorities on damages and experienced practitioners, with roundtable discussions and opportunities for attendee participation.



Sixth Annual Damages Conference

Sixth Annual Damages Conference

*ONLY available to Full-Time Academics with no law firm affiliation, Government Employees, and Full-Time In-House Corporate Counsel.

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All attendees receive a complimentary annual subscription for  The Journal of Damages in International Arbitration


Craig Miles is a Partner in King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Group in their Houston office.  His practice focuses on representing foreign investors in disputes with host governments, primarily before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and private parties in commercial disputes before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and other domestic and international arbitral institutions.  Mr. Miles has first – or second – chaired dozens of arbitral hearings involving disputes throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East with particularly strong experience in bilateral investment treaty (BIT) disputes in the oil & gas, mining and infrastructure sectors in Latin America.  Mr. Miles is also regularly called upon to handle the quantum aspects of clients’ most significant disputes.  Among his recent cases are some of the largest BIT awards and settlements ever obtained by foreign investors, against the likes of the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, Romania, and Venezuela.

Miguel Nakhle is a Senior Vice President at Compass Lexecon, based in their Houston office.  He has more than ten years of experience performing economic and financial analysis in sectors including oil & gas, power generation, mobile telecommunications, consumer products, utilities, railways, hospitality, and mining with emphasis in developing countries.  Mr. Nakhle has provided written and oral expert testimony, and managed treaty and commercial arbitration engagements under ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, and other venues, as well as U.S. litigation proceedings.  He has been involved in more than 30 international arbitration cases related to investments in such countries as Algeria, Bolivia, Canada, Croatia, Hungary, Spain, Ukraine and United States.  Mr. Nakhle worked as a consultant to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on damages assessment issues related to investor-state disputes.


José Alberro  co-heads Cornerstone Research’s international arbitration and litigation practice. His expertise  focuses on applied economic and financial modeling across a variety of industries with particular depth in oil and natural gas, petrochemicals, consumer goods, industrial inputs, and telecommunications.  He specializes in damages estimation in the context of international arbitration; mergers and antitrust, tariff design in network industries (electricity, natural gas transportation and distribution, water); and economic  analysis.  Dr. Alberro has provided expert testimony in international arbitrations on four continents, involving both investor-state and commercial disputes.  He has testified in proceedings under ICSID, UNCITRAL, ECT, and ICC rules.  He has provided testimony several times at the Peace Palace at The Hague, in particular in a case resulting from confiscation of major petroleum and natural gas assets.

Arif Ali is a Partner and Co-chair of Dechert’s International Arbitration practice.  He divides his time between the Washington, D.C . and London offices.  Mr. Ali has served as lead trial counsel in international investment, commercial and construction arbitrations under many of the major international and regional arbitral regimes covering a broad range of industries and economic activity, including  foreign direct investment, privatization, the construction, operation and commercialization of thermal ,nuclear, and hydro-power plants; oil and gas pipeline construction and concession-related matters; mining concessions; gas pricing disputes; natural resource exploitation projects and contracts;  the development and operation of tourism and hospitality projects; project finance and development agreements; contract stabilization and renegotiation issues; patents and trademarks, Internet governance and top-level domains; and  information technology-related disputes.  He has represented parties from the United States, Canada, Central and South Asia, America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and across Asia.  He frequently sits as an arbitrator in a wide variety of international commercial, construction (industrial and civil) and investor-state disputes, involving the governing laws of different jurisdictions and under various institutional regimes.  As part of his dispute resolution practice, Mr. Ali has also advised clients on risk mitigation and dispute avoidance strategies, and assisted clients in structuring resolutions to high-value and complex disputes.

Miriam K. Harwood is a Partner in Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle’s New York office.  She specializes in international arbitration, including commercial disputes and investment treaty claims, and has served as counsel for foreign states, governmental agencies and private entities in a broad array of cases.  Ms. Harwood has handled arbitrations under the auspices of the major international arbitral organizations, including the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), and under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade and Law (UNCITRAL).  Notable cases  include representation of Venezuela against the multi-billion dollar claims brought by oil companies ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil involving claims of US $30billion and $16 billion, respectively.  Other recent arbitrations include disputes involving construction contracts and oil and gas projects.

Alexis Maniatis is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Brattle Group and leads the firm’s International Arbitration practice.  Mr. Maniatis has more than twenty years of experience providing consulting and expert witness testimony and advising clients on valuation and damages issues in expropriations, contract disputes, competition-related litigation, asset and merger transactions, and regulatory proceedings.  He has addressed issues including development of expected cash flows, discount rates, control premia, country risk adjustments, prejudgment interest, and interpretation of acquisition transactions and publicly traded company values.  Mr. Maniatis has submitted expert reports and testified  on damages issues in proceedings before federal, state, and bankruptcy courts and before international and domestic arbitration panels.

Timothy G. Nelson is a Partner in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s New York office.  He represents clients in a variety of disputes involving cross-border and international law issues, including arbitrations before international bodies such as the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and tribunals constituted under the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission of International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).  Mr. Nelson regularly advises sovereign and corporate clients on public international law issues including under multilateral treaties such as NAFTA bilateral investment treaties (BITS); and other international trade/investment agreements.  He successfully defended Atlantic LNH Co. of Trinidad and Tobago against a $250 million claim by an affiliate of Gas Natural Fenosa in a UNCITRAL arbitration based in New York, involving a dispute concerning a long-term LNG supply contract with favorable merits and fees awards in October 2016 and March 2017.

Michael Nolan is a Partner in Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s Washington, D.C. office.  He is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Arbitration Group.  Mr. Nolan has represented clients in U.S. federal and state courts and before arbitral tribunals in all manner of complex disputes, including general commercial, securities, intellectual property, tax and insolvency cases.  His practice has a particular focus on international arbitration and transnational litigation.  Mr. Nolan has served as counsel or arbitrator in cases under AAA, ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, ICSID, UNCITRAL and other rules.  His arbitrations have involved electricity, gas, transportation and mining concessions; joint venture and management agreements; satellite and other insurance coverages; construction; energy distribution; and intellectual property patents and licenses.  He has represented both investors and states in  arbitrations pursuant to bilateral treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty.

George D. Ruttinger is a Partner in Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group and is co-chair  of the International Dispute Resolution Group.  He is located in their Washington, D.C. office.  Mr. Ruttinger has represented domestic and foreign clients in international arbitrations before tribunals of the International Chamber of Commerce, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Netherlands Arbitration Institute, Permanent Court of Arbitration, and the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.  He represented a Canadian mining company in arbitration against the Government of Mongolia claiming unlawful expropriation of a valuable uranium mine.  On March 2, 2015 a distinguished Tribunal of arbitrators issued an  Award  finding  that Mongolia had unlawfully expropriated the mine in violation of the Energy Charter Treaty and Mongolian Foreign investment Law.  The Tribunal awarded Mr. Ruttinger’s client  100 million dollars.  The client is now being represented in an action to confirm the Award in the U.S. District  Court for the District of Columbia.

Pablo T. Spiller is a Senior Consultant at Compass Lexecon.  Dr. Spiller has extensive consulting and expert testimony experience.  He has consulted on issues of regulation and antitrust for private businesses, governments and international organizations, and testified as expert in more than 120 international arbitration cases, involving  both treaty and contractual disputes, rendering opinions on damage assessment, contract interpretation and regulatory conduct in a variety of sectors.  Dr. Spiller has experience in political risk insurance, property valuation and shareholder disputes.  He has testified in jurisdictions such as the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, and AAA involving investments in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Egypt, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States and Venezuela.  Previously, Dr. Spiller was the co-chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at LECG.

Sponsored By:
King & Spalding l Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Compass Lexecon l Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle l Dechert
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom l Crowell & Moring

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The Westin Galleria Houston
5060 W. Alabama
Houston, TX 77056
Tel: +1 713 960 8100The room block at the preferred conference rate is for the nights of November 29 and November 30, 2017.  Cut-off date for room block is October 30, 2017.

Room rates:
Single or Double: $169.00 per night plus applicable taxes
Triple: $184.00 per night plus applicable taxes
Quad: $199.00 plus applicable taxes

Reservation line: Continental U.S. and Canada 1-888-627-8514  Alaska and Hawaii 1-800-228-1212