Keynote Speaker

Grant Hanessian
Partner, Global Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Group, Baker & McKenzie, New York

Grant Hanessian is a partner in the New York office of Baker & McKenzie. He served as Global Co-Chair of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group from 2009 to 2015 and Chair of the Litigation Department of the firm’s New York office from 2003 to 2012. Mr. Hanessian has more than 25 years of experience as counsel and arbitrator in disputes concerning investment, energy, construction, commodities, financial services, insurance, intellectual property and other matters. 

Mr. Hanessian is the alternate US member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Vice Chairman of the Arbitration & ADR Committee of the United States Council for International Business, the US National Committee of the ICC, and a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, the ICC Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration (co-leader of “Investment Arbitration and Banking & Finance” work stream), the ICC Task Force on International Arbitration with States and State Entities, the AAA-ICDR International Advisory Committee, and its Subcommittee on Rules Revision and Advisory Committee on Brazil, the New York State Bar Association Task Force on International Arbitration, the International Arbitration Club of New York, the Arbitration Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Club Español del Arbitraje, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre’s Users Council, the London Court of International Arbitration’s North American Advisory Council and a founding board member of the New York International Arbitration Center. 

He is editor of ICDR Awards and Commentaries, Vol I (Juris, 2012) and Vol II (Juris, forthcoming 2016), and co-editor of the Comparison of International Arbitration Rules (ABA Section of International Law, forthcoming 2016), International Arbitration Checklists (Juris, 3d edition, 2015), Gulf War Claims Reporter (ILI/Kluwer, 1998) and Baker & McKenzie’s bimonthly North American International Litigation & Arbitration Newsletter. 

He has published more than 30 articles and book chapters on international arbitration topics and has spoken on international arbitration matters at conferences and universities throughout the world. He received an LL.M in International Law from Columbia University, a JD from New York University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Hanessian is recommended by Chambers Global and USA (described as “very experienced, hugely knowledgeable and effective”), Legal 500 (”a great practitioner” with a ”strong commercial profile,“ and a "powerful advocate for clients"), PLC Which Lawyer, The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration and Expert Guide to Leading Practitioners in International Arbitration ("Best of the Best in International Commercial Arbitration").

Moderators and Speakers
(in alphabetical order)

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

1963-1970: Dulwich College
1970-1971: Albert-Ludwigs Universitaet, Freiburg i.Br.
1971-1974: Christ Church, Oxford, B.A. Modern Languages (French and German), (BA converted into an MA in 1977).

Professional Career:
November 1977: Admitted a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
1977-1983: Solicitor, Clifford-Turner
May 1983-December 2008: Partner in Clifford-Turner (subsequently, Clifford Chance LLP)
Founding partner of the Clifford Chance international arbitration practice and one of the first Solicitors to undertake the role of advocate before international arbitration tribunals.
Practice included: advising Governments; public sector entities; private sector corporations; employers, contractors and consultants on dispute resolution procedures and in respect of proceedings relating to international commercial contracts and investor-state disputes in all parts of the world.

Served as Counsel and Arbitrator and continues to be available to serve as an arbitrator in both “ad hoc” (including UNCITRAL) and institutional arbitrations under the Rules of, inter alia, the EDF, ICC, ICDR/AAA, ICSID, LCIA, PCA, SIAC and Stockholm Chamber. Among the 18 investor-state disputes and disputes with states in which he has served as an arbitrator are: ICSID Cases No. 06/10, 09/18, 11/26, 13/34 and 14/1.

January 2009 to June 2015: President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
In the course of his term of office as President of the Court, John Beechey has overseen the introduction of the new ICC Arbitration and Mediation Rules and new Rules for Experts. He was primarily responsible for the Court's move to new premises and he proposed and implemented the establishment of the new Governing Body, which has the responsibility for long-term strategic planning for the Court. His term of office has seen the opening of the Court's operations in New York, the inception of the Jerusalem Arbitration Centre and many changes to the practices of the Court, the principal purpose of which has been to improve the efficiency of the Court and the quality of the service that it offers to its users.

Professional Appointments:
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
1993-2008: Member of the UK Delegation to the ICC Commission, and Member of the ICC UK’s Arbitration Group under the Chairmanship of Lord Steyn
October 1998 to date: Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law
1996-December 2008: member of the Board of the LCIA
May 2002-May 2007: Vice President of the LCIA Court
2000-September 2008: Member of the Board of the American Arbitration Association (Member of the Board’s Executive Committee, 2001-2008)
September 2015: appointed Chairman of the Board of the BVI International Arbitration Centre.

Other Professional Matters:
2002-2008: President of the International Arbitration Club
1999: Member of the IBA Working Group responsible for drafting the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration
2004: Member IBA Working Group on Guidelines on Impartiality, Independence and Disclosure in International Commercial Arbitration.

Mariel Dimsey
Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Cologne

Mariel Dimsey is an associate based in the Cologne office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Mariel’s practice focuses on international arbitration matters. She has acted as advisor and advocate in numerous international arbitrations covering a wide range of legal systems and industries, including international investment disputes. She also acts as arbitrator. Mariel is an Australian Barrister and Solicitor and received an LL.M. degree from the University of Cologne and a doctorate in law (Dr. iur.), summa cum laude, from the University of Basel. Mariel speaks and publishes regularly on international arbitration and international commercial law topics. She also teaches international arbitration at the Universities of Bonn and Frankfurt. Her native language is English and she is fluent in German.

Kabir Duggal
Senior Associate, Baker & McKenzie, New York

Kabir Duggal is a senior associate in the Baker & McKenzie’s International Arbitration Practice Group in New York focusing on international investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law matters. Mr. Duggal’s experience includes disputes under numerous bilateral and multilateral investment treaties in South Asia, Latin America, Central Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Mr. Duggal has worked on various aspects of public international law. Mr. Duggal was a consultant at The World Bank Group in Washington, DC, where he worked with the Development Research Group focusing on socioeconomic rights in the developing world. He also has worked as a judicial clerk at the Supreme Court of India, and for UNICEF on issues of child rights, child protection, and other policy matters. 

Mr. Duggal is a Lecturer-in-Law at the Columbia Law School, teaching “International Investment Arbitration,” and also gives lectures at the Georgetown University Law School and Fordham Law School. He serves as the head of the advisory team on matters relating to procedure on investmentclaims.com, hosted by Oxford University Press, and is a Fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Development. He also serves on ICSID Review’s Peer Review Board and is an Associate Editor for Brill-Nijhoff publisher’s international law and arbitration section.

Mr. Duggal has been awarded the inaugural “Diversity Fellowship” by the American Bar Association, Section of International Law. He is admitted to practice law in India, England and Wales (Solicitor) and New York. 

New York University School of Law (LL.M. International Legal Studies) (2008) 
Oxford University (Master of Laws, juris magister) (2007) 
NALSAR (Post Graduate Diploma International Humanitarian Law Gold Medal) (2006) 
University of Mumbai (Post Graduate Diploma Human Rights Gold Medal) (2005) 
Government Law College (LL.B. University Medal; Ranganath Rao Trophy; 5 University Awards) (2004)

Ania Farren
Special Counsel, K&L Gates, London

Ania Farren is Special Counsel in the International Arbitration group at K&L Gates. She focuses exclusively on international arbitration, and has represented clients in arbitrations conducted under the auspices of all the major arbitral institutions, including the London Court of International Arbitration, International Chambers of Commerce, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes and American Arbitration Association.

Ania qualified at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2003. Prior to joining K&L Gates in 2013, Ania worked in the arbitration teams of Shearman & Sterling (Paris and Frankfurt) and Baker Botts (London).

Ania is a member of the LCIA, ICC UK Committee for Arbitration and ADR, ICC’S YAF Europe & Russia Regional Coordinating Committee and ArbitralWomen.

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

Alexander Fessas is the Managing Counsel of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, where he oversees and coordinates the work of the ICC Court Secretariat's nine case management teams in Paris, New York and Hong Kong. He joined the Secretariat of the ICC Court in 2011 and was successively the Counsel of the North American and Eastern Mediterranean case management teams. A Cypriot national, Alexander obtained his undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees from the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens, having specialized in international commercial transactions and conflict of laws. Until 2008, he was an associate at an Athens-based law firm, and a sole practitioner thereafter. During the same period, he was also the editor-in-chief of the Revue hellénique de droit international. Alexander is a member of the Athens Bar and a board member of the Hellenic Arbitration Association. He is proficient in English, French and Greek.

Todd Fox
LL.M. (University of Freiburg), Associated Partner, Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart

Boris Kasolowsky 
Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Frankfurt

Boris Kasolowsky is a Partner in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's international arbitration group and leads the firm's litigation and international arbitration practice in Germany, Austria and the CEE region.

Boris Kasolowsky regularly appears as counsel and sits as arbitrator incommercial arbitrations concerning long-term supply agreements, M&A transactions, infrastructure and oil and gas projects. He also represents and advises governments and commercial entities in relation to disputes underrelevant bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, including under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Boris Kasolowsky previously practised in our London and Vienna offices. He obtained a law degree from Oxford University, a masters degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University and a doctorate from Hamburg University.

Amy C. Kläsener 
Counsel, Sherman & Sterling, Frankfurt

Amy Kläsener is a counsel in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration group.

She has advised and represented companies and State-owned entities in international arbitrations under the aegis of the ICC, DIS, HKIAC, AAA and SCC as well as in ad hoc arbitrations, with a particular focus on technical, engineering and construction disputes, joint venture and shareholder disputes, as well as general commercial arbitration. She also advises in the area of anti-corruption and compliance.

She is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. From 2008 to 2010 she served as Secretary to the IBA Rules of Evidence Subcommittee tasked with reviewing the 1999 IBA Rules of Evidence. Amy lectures in the area of U.S. civil procedure in Bonn.

Since 2011, Amy Kläsener has been recommended by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. Clients praise her as “extremely disciplined and well organized”; “she has unbelievably good knowledge and an excellent technical background; she understands everything quickly, and she is quick to find the right position to promote our interests.”

Simon Manner
Senior Legal Counsel, Nordex SE, Hamburg

Simon is senior legal counsel with Nordex SE, a global manufacturer and supplier of wind turbine generators headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, where he manages the company’s international claims and disputes and involved in the drafting and negotiating of international supply and purchase agreements. Furthermore, Simon acts as arbitrator in private practice and has sat as chairman, sole arbitrator and party-appointed arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations under the rules of the ICC and the DIS. 

Prior to his role as in-house counsel, Simon has been working with the dispute resolution boutique Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte in Hamburg for more than 5 years, where he acted as counsel and as secretary to arbitral tribunals in numerous domestic and international arbitrations.

Simon has received his doctor of laws (summa cum laude) at the University of Basel in Switzerland, where he was a research and teaching assistant to Professor Ingeborg Schwenzer, Chair of Private and Comparative Law. He studied law at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where he was a research assistant to Professor Andreas Voßkuhle, current president of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. Simon absolved his legal traineeship (Referendariat) in Baden-Württemberg, including work experience with Noerr LLP in Munich and the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. He regulary publishes and lectures in the field of arbitration and international contract law and is a former co-chair of DIS40, the under 40 group of the German Institution of Arbitration (2012-2015).

Axel Reeg
Partner, Reeg Rechtsanwälte, Mannheim

In 1993, Axel Reeg has established REEG RECHTSANWAELTE, a niche law firm active in cross-border arbitration and litigation and business transactions with associated offices in Kuala Lumpur and Madrid.

Holding a Ph.D. in law and admitted to the Bars in Germany and Spain, Axel Reeg also lectures International Commercial Arbitration at the University of Heidelberg. He has extensive experience in cross-border dispute resolution, both as an arbitrator (primarily ICC and DIS), as counsel in international arbitration and before state courts.

Axel Reeg is a member of the Board of Trustees of the CIArb, a member of the Advisory Board of the Heidelberg International Dispute Resolution Center, the immediate past chair of the German/Austrian chapter of the Club Español de Arbitraje, a vice chair of the Arbitration Committee of the IPBA and a past chairman of the CIArb European Branch. Axel is also a member of ICC Germany, ICCA, IBA, DIS, ASA and the Latin American Association for Arbitration. He regularly speaks and publishes on topics related to international dispute resolution.

Axel is fluent in English, Spanish and German.

Stefan Riegler
Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Vienna

Stefan Riegler is a partner with Baker & McKenzie Diwok Hermann Petsche in Vienna. Before joining Baker & McKenzie in 2005, he was a Partner with Wolf Theiss.

He advises national and international companies in connection with commercial disputes before arbitral tribunals and before state courts. He acts both as counsel and as arbitrator (in ad hoc and in institutional arbitrations, particularly under the Vienna Rules, the ICC Rules, the Swiss Rules and the DIS Rules). He focuses on disputes dealing with competition and energy (oil & gas), post M&A, construction and bankruptcy issues.

Stefan Riegler is admitted to the Bar in Vienna. He received his undergraduate degree in law from the University of Vienna in 1998 (Mag. iur.), his postgraduate degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2003 (LL.M.) and his PhD from the University of Vienna in 2004 (Dr. iur.); he is also an alumnus of the School of International Arbitration in London (2003).

Stefan Riegler is a founding member and former chairman of YAAP, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), a member of the expert commission on the new Vienna Rules, a member of the ICC Commission and of two ICC Task Forces and a member of various arbitration organizations (e.g., LCIA, IAI, ArbAut, ASA, DIS). He is on the Editorial Board of Kluwer's Journal of International Arbitration.

Stefan Riegler is decribed as “an excellent litigator” (Legal500) and as “a precise thinker with a great command of the legal system” (Chambers Europe). He was ranked amongst the top ten disputes lawyers in Austria from 2012 to 2015 (Format).

Friederike Schäfer
Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris 

Friederike Schäfer is Counsel at the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Prior to joining the ICC she was partner with Torggler Attorneys at law in Vienna where she specialised in international arbitration and litigation as well as in the field of international contract law, the law of private foundations and real estate. She studied law at the University in Freiburg and passed her first and second state exam in Germany. She is admitted to the bar in Germany.

Friederike Schäfer served as sole arbitrator, administrative secretary and as counsel in numerous international cases. She is experienced in arbitral proceedings under the ICC Rules, Vienna Rules, DIS Rules as well as in ad hoc proceedings. Friederike Schäfer is author of various articles on international arbitration, international private law, CISG and the law of private foundations. She has a teaching assignment for CISG and International Arbitration at the University of Mannheim. 

    Ulrich G. Schroeter
    Professor of Law, University of Mannheim

    Ulrich Schroeter is a full professor of law at the University of Mannheim where he holds the Chair for Private Law, International Corporate and Financial Markets Law, European Business Law and also serves as director of the Institute of Corporate Law (IURUM). He was educated at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Germany) and the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). In 2005, he received a Doctor iuris (summa cum laude) from the Free University Berlin. Prior to being appointed to the chair in Mannheim in 2012, he taught at Humboldt-University Berlin, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg and the University of Münster. 

    Professor Schroeter has published books, book chapters and articles on international trade law, international arbitration, commercial law, financial markets regulation as well as German and European contract law, and has received awards for both his research and his teaching. One of his areas of expertise is the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG); he has inter alia written the sections on contract formation and on fundamental breaches of contract in Schlechtriem & Schwenzer: Commentary on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) (4th ed. forthcoming in 2016) as well as the leading German textbook on the CISG (Schlechtriem/Schroeter, Internationales UN-Kaufrecht, 5th ed. 2013). He is a Member of the International Sales Convention Advisory Council (CISG-AC).

    Professor Schroeter’s works have been cited by courts in Australia, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States of America as well as by Advocates General at the European Court of Justice. He is frequently asked to speak at domestic and international conferences. He is a member of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) and of Hong Kong International Arbitration Center below 45 (HK45).

    Christopher K. Tahbaz
    Partner, Co-Chair of Asian Litigation, Debevoise & Plimpton, New York & Hong Kong

    Christopher Tahbaz is a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he serves as the firm’s Co-Chair of Asian Litigation. A disputes lawyer with a broad range of U.S. and international experience, Mr. Tahbaz regularly represents clients in commercial arbitrations before the ICC, LCIA and other major arbitral institutions, and he also represents clients in investment treaty arbitrations administered by ICSID and the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

    Mr. Tahbaz also serves as arbitrator, and is a member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre List of Arbitrators and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution Roster of Neutrals. Mr. Tahbaz is regularly ranked in the leading legal guides. Most recently, the Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2016) has recommended Mr. Tahbaz as “a first-rate commercially minded lawyer.” Mr. Tahbaz is also listed in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2016 in Hong Kong and is noted as a “Litigation Star” and a “Local Disputes Star (Hong Kong) – Arbitration” in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Asia-Pacific, which describes Mr. Tahbaz as “highly recommended in the arbitration sphere.”

    Sherlin Tung
    Litigation and Arbitration Counsel, Semperit AG Holding, Vienna

    Sherlin Tung is currently the Litigation and Arbitration Counsel of Semperit AG Holding at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Prior to joining Semperit, Sherlin was a Deputy Counsel with the Secretariat of the ICC Court of Arbitration, first in its Hong Kong office and then in its and New York office. During her time with the ICC, Sherlin supervised over 300 international arbitration matters which were mainly based in North America, Asia and Australia. Sherlin also represented the ICC Court of Arbitration and spoke at various international arbitration conferences worldwide.

    Sherlin began her career in international arbitration in Zurich, Switzerland, where she worked under the direct supervision of Dr. Pierre A. Karrer, an internationally renowned arbitrator. Sherlin acted as Tribunal Secretary in over 40 complex international arbitration matters administered by various institutions as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules. Sherlin also assisted Dr. Karrer in expert witness roles and opinions.

    Sherlin is a licensed attorney in the states of New York and California (inactive status) and is an alum of the University of San Diego School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor, and Stockholm University, where she obtained her LL.M. in International Commercial Arbitration Law.

    Marc D. Veit
    Partner, LALIVE, Zurich

    Marc D. Veit is a partner of LALIVE in Zurich. He has extensive experience in complex international arbitration and litigation matters with particular emphasis on multi-jurisdictional disputes. His expertise spans across various industries including energy (in particular gas), construction, telecommunications, life sciences and biotechnology, banking, commodity trading, shipping, ship building and nutrition.

    Marc Veit also represents parties before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in setting aside proceedings. He has been ranked for many years by Chambers Global as a leading individual in Arbitration and Litigation in Switzerland, and by Legal 500 as a recommended practitioner in Dispute Resolution in Switzerland.

    Felix Weinacht 
    Head of Industry Litigation, Siemens AG, Munich

    Felix Weinacht is Head of Industry Litigation at Siemens AG in Munich, Germany, where he oversees all types of significant litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings involving the Siemens group of companies on a world-wide basis. Before joining Siemens, he worked for ten years with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and White & Case LLP in New York in the field of international litigation and arbitration. He holds advanced law degrees from Munich, Lund (Sweden) and New York (NYU) Universities, is admitted to the Munich and New York Bars, and occasionally serves as arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

    Harm Peter Westermann
    Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Of Counsel, SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz, Mannheim

    Professor Westermann is of counsel at the Mannheim office of SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz. He is counted among the most prestigious corporate and civil law experts in Germany with vast experience as an arbitrator. 

    Professor Westermann received the First State Examination in Law at Westfälische Wilhelms University Münster (1957–1961), Bar Admission (Second State Examination in Law) at the State Department of Justice of North-Rhine-Westfalia (1965), a Doctorate in Law at Albertus Magnus University Cologne (1965–1967) and his venia legendi at Albertus Magnus University Cologne (1967–1969). 

    He held chairs as Professor of Law at University of Bielefeld (1970–1984), at Free University Berlin (1984–1989) and at Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen (1989–2006) and received Honorary Doctorates from University of Bielefeld (2009) and National and Kapodistrias-University Athens, Greece (2009). 

    Professor Westermann served as Chairman of the Association of German Private Law Professors (1986–1992), Member of the Commission for the Review of German Contract Law of the Federal Department of Justice (2000–2002), Expert for Private and Corporate Law of the German Research Alliance (Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft DFG) as well as Chairman of the Working Committee Business and Law/Alliance of Donators for the Sciences (Arbeitskreis Wirtschaft und Recht/Stiferverband für die Wissenschaft) (1996–2007). 

    He has published numerous books, commentaries, articles and writings on corporate and civil law.

    Todd Wetmore
    Partner, Three Crowns, Paris

    Todd Wetmore is one of the founding partners of Three Crowns LLP, an international arbitration firm with offices in Paris, London and Washington D.C. Todd was formerly a partner in a leading international law firm. Qualified in England, France and Canada, he has two decades of experience handling complex international arbitrations in the energy, construction, technology and agribusiness sectors. Todd has appeared as counsel in numerous international arbitrations, representing parties involved in project disputes, joint venture and post-M&A disputes and major commercial claims. 

    His experience includes advising clients on disputes prior to arbitration and covers the full spectrum of financial and technical issues that typically arise in large infrastructure and oil & gas projects, including petroleum production sharing disputes and responsibility for production shortfalls and project delays. 

    Todd sits regularly as an arbitrator and has served as Chairman, Sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator under the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SRIA and EDF Rules in both commercial and investment treaty cases. Todd speaks English and French and is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration, ICC Canada and the IAI, LCIA, IBA and ASA.

    Nicolas Wiegand
    Partner, CMS Hasche Sigle, Munich

    Nicolas has more than 10 years of experience in acting as counsel and arbitrator in more than 90 international commercial arbitrations under all major institutional rules (ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, DIAC, ASA, VIAC, SCC, DIS and others) as well as in 5 foreign investment treaty disputes.

    Nicolas (born and raised in Switzerland, German nationality) has previously worked in Australia, the United States and Switzerland and is now based in Munich with regular extended stays Hong Kong. The focus of his work is on Asian or Asian-European related arbitration. His most recent practice includes disputes relating to, inter alia, licensing agreements, major projects/construction, post M&A, sales and distribution agreements as well as IT related disputes. In addition, he regularly sits as arbitrator in cases at European and Asian seats, including at the main arbitration hubs of Hong Kong, Singapore, Zurich, Geneva and Paris.

    Inter alia, Nicolas is on the panel of arbitrators of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the panel of arbitrators of the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA), the panel of arbitrators of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the panel of Panel of Arbitrators of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and the Panel of Arbitrators of the Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation (IIAM). He is recognized by leading relevant directories and is a regular speaker on arbitration at international conferences.

    Matthias Wolkewitz
    General Counsel of Legal, Taxes, Insurance, Wintershall Holding GmbH, Kassel

    Honorary professor Technical University Clausthal for international law of natural resources, energy and environment 

    Ph.D. (Göttingen) International Economic Law and International Envi-ronmental Law (magna cum laude)

    Expert in national and international law of natural resources, energy law, environmental law, commercial and corporate law as well as public inter-national law 

    Negotiator, transaction and arbitration specialist

    Until 1992 he studied at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen law, economics and political science. In 1992 Wolkewitz graduated successfully (First State Examination) and was admitted to the bar (Second State Examination) in 1997. His academic career included research and teaching at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle as well as the State University of Kaliningrad, Russian Federation. Wolkewitz worked in particular on legal questions relating to the GATT/World Trade Organisa-tion, researched on aspects of transboundary emissions and was involved in the advice on a proceeding in front of the International Court of Justice regarding environmental matters. Also, he dealt with questions of the German participation in peacekeeping measures of the United Nations as well as in the setting up of the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia Herzegovina following the Dayton Agreement. 

    Wolkewitz focuses on German and international law of energy and natural resources, German and interna-tional environmental law, international investment protection law as well as commercial and corporate law including aspects of structuring and financing. Particular his work includes complex international transac-tions on natural resources (oil and gas) in North Africa, South America, South Eastern Europe and Russia mostly as negotiation leader. He also advised on approval procedures for infrastructure in exploration and production of oil and gas nationally and internationally. Furthermore, Wolkewitz was responsible for arbitra-tion proceedings under the rules of the dispute settlement mechanism of the World Bank (ICSID), the Inter-national Chamber of Commerce (ICC) as well as national arbitration rules. 

    Supervisory Board member of VNG Verbundnetz Gas AG, Leipzig/Germany (2012-2014), member of the Board of Directors of ZAO Gazprom YRGM Trading, Moscow/Russian Federation (since 2007); Managing Director of various companies in the E&P, gas transportation business and asset management; member in various legal committees including the German Industry Association (BDI) and the German Association of the Gas and Water Industry (BDEW).