Thursday, 25 February 2016

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz, 
Otto-Beck-Straße 11, 68165 Mannheim

19.00 Welcome Reception

Friday, 26 February 2016 

University of Mannheim,  Mannheim Palace, East Wing (Ostflügel), FuchsPetrolub-Festsaal (O 138), 
Bismarckstraße 82, 68161 Mannheim

8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 9.15 Welcome and Introduction

-        Prof. Dr. Thomas Fetzer, LL.M., Head of the Department of Law and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law and Economics,   University of Mannheim

-          Friederike Schäfer, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

-          Prof. Dr. Ulrich G. Schroeter, University of Mannheim

-          Sherlin Hsie-lien Tung, Litigation and Arbitration Counsel, Semperit AG Holding, Vienna

9.15 – 10.45 Witness Statements – With or Without Cross-Examination

This panel will focus on the different approaches taken by various jurisdictions to witness evidence in general, to written witness statement as well as to the examination of witnesses and discuss the pros and cons of having the witness take part in the arbitration hearing in addition to submitting a written witness statement.

-          Moderator: Ania Farren, Special Counsel, K&L Gates, London

-          Panelists:

-         Felix Weinacht, Head of Industry Litigation, Siemens AG, Munich

- Dr. Axel Reeg, Partner, Reeg Rechtsanwälte, Mannheim

-         Christopher K. Tahbaz, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton, Hong Kong/New York 

- Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Harm Peter Westermann, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Of Counsel, SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz, Mannheim

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.45 Expert Opinions

This panel will take a look at and discuss the purpose of having an expert opinion and how expert evidence can efficiently be integrated in the proceedings. For example, the panel will take a look at the benefits and/or downside of the appointment of an expert by a party, arbitrator or institution as well as case management techniques such as requiring separate or joint written opinions by party-appointed experts and “hot-tubbing” of expert witnesses.

-          Moderator: Friederike Schäfer, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

-          Panelists:

-          Dr. Mariel Dimsey, Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Cologne

-          Dr. Boris Kasolowsky, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Frankfurt

-          Dr. Simon Manner, Senior Legal Counsel, Nordex SE, Hamburg

-          Dr. Nicolas Wiegand, Partner, CMS, Munich


12.45 – 14.00 Lunch Break

14.00 – 14.30     Keynote Speech: „Document Production – To Have or Not to Have in International Arbitration“

Grant Hanessian
, Partner, Baker & McKenzie, New York

14.30 – 15.45 Document Production in International Arbitration

This panel will be expanding on the idea of document production in international arbitration and whether its existence is in fact beneficial or harmful to all parties involved in international arbitration. In this discussion, the panel will weigh parties’ due process rights versus the burden of “too much paper” as a result of document production. It will also discuss parties’ frequently expressed fear of disclosing confidential information and possible measures to address this concern.

-          Moderator: Kabir Duggal, Senior Associate, Baker & McKenzie, New York

-          Panelists:

-          John Beechey, Independent Arbitrator, former President of the ICC Court of International Arbitration, London

- Alexander Fessas, Managing Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

- Todd Wetmore, Partner, Three Crowns, Paris

-          Prof. Dr. Matthias Wolkewitz, Head of Legal, Tax, Insurance and General Counsel, Wintershall AG, Kassel

15.45 – 16.15 Coffee Break

16.15 – 17.30 Shifting the Burden of Proof – An Efficient Alternative to Document Production?

-          Moderator: Dr. Marc D. Veit, Partner, LALIVE, Zurich

-          Panelists:

-          Amy C. KläsenerCounsel, Sherman & Sterling, Frankfurt 

-       Dr. Stefan Riegler, Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Vienna

-          Prof. Dr. Ulrich G. Schroeter, University of Mannheim

17.30 Closing Remarks

17.45 – 19.30 Closing Reception