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A Five-Day Intensive Course in International Arbitration
The five-day Düsseldorf International Arbitration School aims at providing young practitioners, post graduates and advanced students – especially Moot Court participants – with the requisite specific knowledge. The School is based on a highly practical, inter-active teaching concept. Participants get the rare opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge in both the law and practice of international commercial and investmement arbitration.
Arbitration in Banking & Finance Disputes - New Rules for an Old Game? Litigation has traditionally been the forum of choice for dispute resolution in international finance. This has been true for disputes between banks and retail investors or institutional investors respectively. However, globalisation and the increased involvement of parties from emerging markets have resulted in international arbitration being used more frequently as a means of resolving finance disputes. At the same time, the advent of globalisation has led to more frequent cross-border disputes. Both trends make world-wide enforceability of decisions and expert knowledge of the decision makers of banking and finance disputes more relevant than ever. Against this background arbitration offers some key advantages over litigation. In line with this, the P.R.I.M.E. Finance dispute resolution services and its Arbitration and Mediation Rules were launched at the opening conference of P.R.I.M.E. Finance in the Peace Palace in The Hague on January 16, 2012. After more than one year of "P.R.I.M.E time", it is time to take a closer look at the pros and cons of arbitration in banking and finance disputes. The panel will share its thoughts on these issues and discuss recent trends in banking and finance disputes with the audience. Afternoon Panel on Friday, August 27, 2013: MODERATOR: Dr. Mathias Wittinghofer, Baker & McKenzie (Frankfurt) PANELISTS: Marcus Jacob, Head of Legal Department II, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (Stuttgart); Prof. Gerard Meijer, Secretary General of P.R.I.M.E. Finance (Rotterdam); Tim Schreiber, LL.M. (University of London), Clifford Chance (Munich); Martin Wiebecke, LL.M. (Columbia University), Law Firm Martin Wiebecke (Küsnacht/Zürich)
We wish you all a happy holiday season and a new year filled with peace and prosperity! See you in 2014! :)
Sovereign Debt: Does Investment Arbitration alleviate or enhance the problem? This will be one of the topics of the conference day of this year's School, to take place on September 27, 2013. Since the world has developed an awareness of the implications of the financial crisis, sovereign debt has taken the center stage of analyses. To be sure, insolvencies of sovereign states are not a phenomenon of the presence – they have occurred all the time in the course of history and have – as in the case of Argentina – also been the subject matter of investment disputes. But with the crisis of the Eurozone that came up in the aftermath of the financial quagmire of 2008, the problem has attained a new quality. The scope of external guarantees vis-à-vis the intensity of possible “haircuts” for creditors continues to be publicly discussed, as the example of Greece amply demonstrates. Does investor-state arbitration have to play a role in this discussion? In order to answer this question, it must first be determined whether sovereign debt is a possible object of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) at all. If this question is answered in the affirmative, though, the potential contribution of investment dispute settlement to a solution of the crisis becomes severely contested. Can the corresponding mechanisms be used to secure the rights of financial investors, and if so, will that be helpful? Or is the extension of investment arbitration proceedings to sovereign debt rather counterproductive insofar as it gets in the way of macroeconomically sound measures and dissolves possible incentives for financial investors to agree to reasonable reconstruction strategies? A panel moderated by Prof. Dr. Richard Kreindler will explore these difficulties from a dogmatic legal as well as from a political and economic angle.
The following speakers have already confirned their participation in this year's event: Christian P. Alberti; Prof. Dr. Christoph G. Benedict; Dr. Markus Burgstaller; Dr. Alexandra Diehl; Ulrike Gantenberg; Dr. Denis Gebhardt;Prof. Christopher Gibson; Simon Greenberg; Dr. Inka Hanefeld; Dr. Christine Heeg; Marcus Jacob; Prof. Doug Jones; Prof. Dr. Christian Kersting; Prof. Dr. Richard H. Kreindler; Dr. Michael J.R. Kremer; Birgit Kurtz; Prof. Dr. Philippe Lambrecht; Prof. Dr. R. Alexander Lorz; Prof. Gerard Meijer; Ruth Mosch; Dr. Markus Perkams; Dr. David Quinke; Martin Rothermel; Jan Schäfer; Audley Sheppard; Tim Schreiber;Dr. Michael Waibel; Thomas Weimann; Prof. Dr. Irene Welser; Martin Wiebecke; Dr. Stephan Wilske and Dr. Mathias Wittinghofer. Will you join as well?
To all participants: Have a safe trip home! You were wonderful!
URGENT MESSAGE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS: Please note that the meeting points for the city tours which start at 8 PM are as follows: - Tourist-Information Immermannstraße 65b for the tour of the Japanese Quarter - Entry of Apollo Varieté, Apollo-Platz 1 (below bridge called "Rheinkniebrücke) for the tour of the Media Harbor
Many thanks to our generous sponsors Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith Freehills, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Orrick, Taylor Wessing and the notary firm Zimmermann & Hauschild! They enable us to offer discounted rates to some participants and have a great evening program. And thanks to HSF we will have especially nice bags this year! 😀
Great news! This year's participants will come from more diverse countries than ever, including countries like Egypt, India, the Philippines, Turkey and Sudan. We wish everyone a safe trip to Germany in September!
We are happy to announce that the following distinguished speakers also belong to this year's faculty: Chris Alberti, Jocelyn Burgos, David Cairns, Mariel Dimsey, Siegfried Elsing, Ulrike Gantenberg, Simon Greenberg, Richard Kreindler, Michael Kremer, Anke Meier, David Quinke, Martin Rothermel, Audley Sheppard, Volker Triebel, Baiju Vasani and Mathias Wittinghofer. Thank you so much to all of them!
Many thanks to all of you for the great week! You have been an amazing group and we wish you a safe trip home! :)