Second Annual Enforcement of Arbitration Awards

Friday, September 21, 2018. Hilton Amsterdam – Apollolaan 138, Amsterdam, 1077 BG, Netherlands



Second Annual Enforcement of Arbitration Awards

Arbitration lawyers often talk of arbitration awards as if getting an award is the final step in the dispute.  In fact, obtaining an arbitral award can be relatively easy, compared with the task of enforcing it and collecting the amounts due from the other party.  Often, prospective or actual award debtors need to engage in litigation in one or more countries, or even seek pre-award relief, to get the money that is due to them.  It may even be necessary to bring proceedings against third parties, to challenge fraudulent conveyances or other activities intended to put the award debtor’s assets out of reach.

The conference will feature high-level discussion of the issues of award enforcement.  It will feature counsel experienced in representing both award creditors and debtors, as well as other professionals involved in asset identification and award enforcement.  The panelists will discuss recent court litigation in this field, including award enforcement litigation in Europe and North America involving or against foreign sovereigns (and state-owned entities), enforcement disputes involving assets in the Former Soviet Union, and current developments involving sovereign immunity.  Panelists will also discuss steps that may be taken in advance of awards, including obtaining attachments to secure payment and bonding requirements.

The conference will present four 90-minute panel discussions each with four to six speakers, including a moderator. Although panel members may present some prepared remarks, the bulk of the discussions will consist of interplay among speakers and the moderator as well as persons from the audience. The emphasis will be on communicating with the audience through discussions of actual cases.

The two panels in the morning panelists will describe the legal landscape and the strategies that should be taken at the outset of a dispute where enforcement is likely to be an issue. The second half of the program, after lunch (provided), will focus on current litigation and controversies over enforcement, plus challenges in the “end game” of enforcement.

Materials, including statutes, rules, articles and cases, to which reference is made in the conference will be provided.

CLE credit will be available.

Program Brief

1. Anticipatory Measures/Pre-Award/Pre-Judgement Strategies

Topics: Pre-award attachments and freezing orders, possibilities and constraints,  use of publicity.  The pre-requisites for pre-award freezing orders and attachments in European, UK and North American jurisdictions; judicial assistance in aid of arbitration; illustrations of when pre-hearing freezing orders have been effective; special issues involving state parties; considerations involving third parties; rules about public disclosure of arbitral proceedings.
Moderator: Lawrence Newman
Speakers: Angeline Welsh, Frank Kroes, Prof. Ronald Brand


2. The Practicalities of Enforcement – Lasting the Distance, “Partnering” With Specialists; Funders

Topics: When is specialist “partnering” or funding useful and relevant?  What role (if any) do funders have at the enforcement stage, and how soon do parties need to start planning?  How best to use private intelligence services or specialist asset tracers.  What assets can be found (and not found) using publicly available means?  What role can the courts play in aiding identification of assets?
Moderator: Wieger Wielinga
Speakers: Jurriaan Braat, Sapna Jianghiani, Uwe Hornung, Hakim Boularbah


3. Current Legal Challenges in Enforcement

Topics: Recent developments and current cases involving enforcement of arbitration awards.   Can an award be enforced under the New York Convention even when it has been vacated, or challenged in the courts of the the seat?   Will courts outside the seat allow the award debtor to challenge the award (e.g. on grounds of fraud or illegality)?  What are the latest developments involving enforcement against state-owned enterprises and sovereigns?  Are states abusing criminal procedures as a means of resisting enforcement of awards?
Moderator: Timothy Nelson
Speakers: George J. Pollack, Alex Yanos, Ruth Byrne, Stephane Bonisfassi


4. End game

Topics: Pursuing to the end – What does it take to last distance?  The “X” factor:  what “breaks” can be decisive, what are the strategies that close the deal?   From an award creditor perspective:   “If you had your time all over again, what would you have done differently.”   From an award debtor perspective:  how does asset protection work and what strategies are legitimate to shield against enforcement.
Moderator: Marcus Green
Speakers: Elena Daly, Alexander Hansebout, Michael Black QC



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Marcus J. Green is the Director of Special Investments in the New York office of Kobre & Kim.  He advises clients on judgment enforcement, international asset investigations and recover, and related debtor-creditor litigation.  Mr. Green helps clients realize value from curt judgments and arbitration awards in distressed circumstances, including where debtors have undertaken complex asset protection structuring and, in investor-state disputes, where sovereign immunity may be implicated.  He develops and implements worldwide asset-tracing and recovery plans on behalf of corporate, sovereign and individual clients.  These recoveries often involve coordinated efforts throughout the United State, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.

Timothy Nelson (Co-Chair) is a Partner in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’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 the Energy Charter Treaty, bilateral investment treaties (BITS); and other international trade/investment agreements.  Recently, he successfully defended Atlantic LNG 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 fee awards in October 2016 and March 2017.

Lawrence W. Newman (Co-Chair) is Of Counsel in Baker & McKenzie’s New York office.  He practices mainly in the areas of international litigation and arbitration and has represented clients in cross-border disputes in courts and before arbitration tribunals. Mr. Newman serves as arbitrator in cases under the rules of the AAA/ICDR and the International Chamber of Commerce. He is the author and editor of many books and articles on international litigation, including The Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration, which is the basis for the Leading Arbitrators Symposium on the Conduct of International Arbitration, held every year in Vienna. He is an advisor to the ALI Restatement of U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, in which he is a member of the Practice and Standards Committee and Chair of the Arbitration Subcommittee. He is Chair of the International Arbitration Club of New York.

Wieger Wielinga is Managing Partner of Omni Bridgeway which has been funding and managing complex litigation and arbitration (ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, SCC) for governments, insurers and multinationals since 1986.  He began his career in 1992 as an attorney at Loeff Claeys Verbeke (now Allen & Overy), where he specialized in litigation and insolvency matters.  He has extensive litigation and debt restructuring experience, including as court appointed receiver to the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation and international banks.


Michael Black QC is an international disputes lawyer specializing in international arbitration and offshore litigation both as Advocate and Arbitrator.  While is practice is truly global, Mr. Black is well known for his Middle East practice having acted throughout his career in cases concerning the Region.  An internationally acknowledged expert in civil procedure, he was retained to draft the procedure rules for the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (“DIFC”) and was also consulted on the drafting of the DIFC Arbitration Law.  He was the first barrister to be admitted to the bar of the IDFC Courts and appeared in both the first trial (shareholder’ dispute) and the first appeal (appeal against freezing injunction).  Mr. Black has a broad commercial practice but has particular experience and expertise in: arbitration; construction & projects; energy, oil & gas; commercial litigation; civil fraud, asset tracing & recovery; banking and financial services; hedge funds and structured investment vehicles; insolvency; and company.

Stéphane Bonifassi is the founding member of Bonifassi Avocats.   With more than 26 years of criminal court experience, he has developed a unique sense of what investigative tactics can be used in concert with litigation tools to track, locate and recover misappropriated or hidden assets.  He has emerged as a leader in this evolving practice area.  Mr. Bonifassi concentrates his practice on complex, international financial crimes. Mr. Bonifassi has been recognized as a “dean of the Parisian Bar” for his mastery of all aspects of the French legal system paired with his ability to manage corresponding proceedings abroad.

Hakim Boularbah is a Partner in the Brussels office of Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick.  He specializes in the field of complex and international dispute resolution.  Mr. Boularbah is recognized as an expert in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration at national, European and international levels.  He has broad experience in dealing with mass claims litigation.  Mr. Boulbarbah has an extensive practice in enforcement of foreign judgments and in obtaining provisional measures, as well as in opposing them.  He has assisted the Belgian Economy FPS (Ministry), in drafting the bill on class actions.  In 2011, he was appointed as member of a group of European experts set up by the European Commission to draft a proposal for regulation on cross-border attachment of bank accounts.

Jurriaan Braat is a Partner and Managing Director of Omni Bridgeway in Geneva.  He is responsible for Omni Bridgeway’s legal team and activities.  Mr. Braat has 20 years of experience in assessing and coordinating litigation and enforcement proceed litigation and enforcement proceedings globally against corporates and sovereigns in political risk countries.    He has unique expertise in successfully negotiating settlements with governments, government officials and corporates in a large number of jurisdictions.  Before joining Omni Bridgeway, Mr. Braat practiced as a litigator with the international law firm DLA Piper, where he specialized in the field of international trade, cross-border litigation, insurance, insolvency and banking law.  He advised on insolvency and bankruptcy matters, was appointed as receiver in several bankruptcies, and qualified for the Dutch Supreme Court Bar.

Ruth Byrne is a Partner and solicitor advocate in the London office of King & Spalding.  She specializes in international commercial disputes across a wide range of industry sec tors.  Ms. Byrne has advised clients on disputes arising in multiple jurisdictions (notably in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe) and from a wide range of different industry sectors including energy, construction, manufacturing and retail, asset management and banking.  She has appeared as counsel in arbitrations under all of the leading institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, AAA/ICDR, SCC, Swiss Rules and ICSID) as well as ad hoc  arbitrations and sits regularly as arbitrator .  Ms. Byrne appears frequently in the English High Court, in particular in proceedings in support of arbitration, as well as more generally in international commercial litigation.  Ms. Byrne advises on questions of public and private international law.

Elena Daly is an expert on Eurozone and emerging market sovereign debt management and investments, with an unusually rich transatlantic experience at the intersection of law, business and finance.  She is the found and Pricipal of EM Conseil, an independent consulting firm.  EM Conseil provides strategic and legal risk assessment advice to institutional clients on sovereign debt management matters, prospective investment (fixed income and private equity); workouts of distressed financial investments, as well as best practices in corporate governance and compliance.  She served in General  Counsel, strategy and risk-related senior positions at alternative investment funds at Citigroup, Fortress Group and Nomura International PLC.  Shed advised the NYSE board on international issues.

Alexander Hansebout is a Partner in the Brussels office of Altius.  He specializes in domestic and international dispute resolution.  Mr. Hansebout has extensive experience in complex litigation concerning a broad range of issues, including commercial and contractual matter; tort liability; the cross-border recovery of (distressed) debt; insolvency-related matters; the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards.  He also has in-depth knowledge of the termination of (exclusive) distribution, agency, franchising and brokerage agreements in their respective international contexts  Mr. Hansebout provides pre-litigation counsel and conducts negotiation, mediation and litigation before the national courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union.  He has been involved in numerous arbitration cases (ICC, CEPANI, NAI and ad hoc), both representing the parties and as an arbitrator.

Uwe Hornung is a Partner in the Frankfurt office of Clifford Chance.  He is a member of the Commercial Litigation Group and specializes in litigation as well as national and international arbitration proceedings with industrial, corporate or transactional background.  Mr. Hornung has served as an arbitrator in ICC-, Stockholm- and DIS Arbitration proceeding as well as pleaded before the European Court of Justice.

Sapna Jhangiani is a Partner in the Singapore office of Clyde & Co.  Her key area of focus is international arbitration.  She works in various sectors including hospitality, shipbuilding and trad and commodities.  Ms. Jhangiani has managed arbitrations spanning a wide range of industries, and governed by all the main institutional rules, including the SIAC, ICC, HKIAC, SCMA, LCIA, UNCITRAL and DIAC.  Qualified at the Bar of England and Wales, she practiced in London, New York and Dubai, before relocating to Singapore in 2011.  She has substantial advocacy experience and has represented clients in trials and applications before arbitral tribunals, the UK Civil Courts (including the Supreme Court), and the Courts of the DIFC.  In addition, she has several appointments as an arbitrator.

Frank Kroes is a Partner in the Amsterdam office of Baker McKenzie.  Mr. Kroes is proficient in complex commercial litigation and national and international arbitration.  He has extensive experience in general commercial litigation, securities litigation, and litigation before the Supreme Court.  Mr. Kroes represents clients from a wide variety of industry sectors before the state courts and in national and international arbitration administered by a range of leading arbitration institutes.  His work also cover the energy, construction, chemicals, technology and financial sectors, class actions and competition litigation before the courts of all levels, including the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.

Marnix Leitjen is a Partner in the Amsterdam office of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.  He is a noted specialist in cross-border litigation and international arbitration.  His experience includes a wide variety of high stakes international disputes, commercial and investor state arbitrations, as well as complex enforcement and setting aside disputes.  Mr. Leitjen was the Dutch member of the ICC International court of Arbitration from 2006-2015, and has been Vice-President of the Court since 2015.  He is co-chairing the ICC Commission’s Task Force on Emergency Arbitration.  Mr. Leitjen is an active member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, the ICC Commission on Arbitration, of ICCA and of the IBA Arbitration Committee.

George J. Pollack is a Partner in the Montreal office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg.  He advises public and private companies on extraordinary remedies, debt recovery, the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards and judgments, sovereign immunity claims, shareholder rights and oppression remedies, and contractual disputes. Mr. Pollack also counsels on investigation and litigation arising out of  data breaches and other cyber-related matters.  His wide-ranging practice includes specialty insurance litigation, such as coverage from disputes involving business interruption, product liability, professional liability and other liability claims.  As one of Canada’s leading transportation law practitioners, Mr. Pollack routinely advises on international issues, acting on instructions from insurance markets and leading international law firms.  He represents clients at all levels of court and appears before administrative tribunals and commissions of inquiry.  Clients value his extensive dispute resolution experience and regularly call on him to represent them in arbitrations and mediations.

Angeline Welsh is a Barrister with Matrix Chambers.  She specializes in international arbitration (commercial and investment treaty) and public law.  She has acted as counsel on complex arbitrations conducted under a wide range of institutional rules, across sectors as diverse as energy, telecoms, construction and finance and in jurisdictions across the world.  Ms. Welsh, who is admitted to the bars of England and Wales and Belize and also sits as arbitrator, has particular expertise in court applications relating to arbitration, including anti-suit injunctions, interim relief in support of arbitration and enforcement of arbitral awards.  Prior to joining Matrix,, Ms. Welsh was counsel and solicitor advocate in the International Arbitration Group at Allen & Overy LLP, spending time in the London and Hong Kong offices and on secondment to the LCIA.

Alexander A. Yanos is a Partner in the New York and Washington, D.C. offices of Alston & bird.  With 20 years of experience litigating and arbitrating commercial, financial, and treaty-based disputes, Alex brings a wealth of knowledge to clients facing any variety of dispute worldwide.  Fluent in six languages, he also advocates for clients in disputes involving sovereigns and frequently handles multijurisdictional cases involving securities, banking, antitrust, and insurance.  As co-leading of Alston & Bird’s International Arbitration & dispute Resolution Team, Mr. Yanos focuses on complex international disputes in court and before arbitral tribunals.  His practice includes commercial, financial, and treaty-based disputes, particularly in the energy and mining sectors and in Latin America.  He obtained a finding of unlawful expropriation in one of the largest investment treaty cases ever filed before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in an arbitration against Venezuela.  Mr. Yanos has considerable experience representing clients in the securities, banking, antitrust, and insurance industries facing multijurisdictional disputes.


Travel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees.  Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations.

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