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Hadrian Beltrametti Walker

is the General Counsel and Company Secretary for Kempinski Hotels, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel brand. He speaks four languages and delivers business-oriented legal services. He began his career in hospitality at Hilton Worldwide, and joined Kempinski Hotels in 2012. He is a solicitor of England & Wales, and holds an ll.b. in English and European Laws (Hons) from the University of Essex, an ll.m. in European Business Law (Hons) from the Pallas Consortium of Universities, and the lpc from the College of Law London (Moorgate). With a true passion for luxury, hospitality and sustainability, he also chairs the Kempinski group’s Sustainability Committee. Additionally, he is on the Advisory Board of the Luxury Law Alliance, and is a member of the Energy and Environment Alliance’s General Counsels Committee.

Jamey Collidge

is an Associate in the Construction Group with Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders llp, based out of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office. He focuses on construction and government contract matters throughout the United States and represents clients in both state and federal court litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He also provides pre-dispute project counseling. He has been recognized in the “Ones to Watch” list published by The Best Lawyers in America. He completed his BA at Wake Forest University and his JD at Villanova University.

Yasaschandra Devarakonda

is a graduate of the B.A.-llb. (Hons.) degree from National Law University Odisha, India in 2022, and practices in the dispute resolution and arbitration space in India. His practice primarily focuses on complex commercial and construction arbitrations, commercial litigation and insolvency matters.

Olivia Flasch

is a Legal Consultant in public international law. She regularly works on projects commissioned by the United Nations and other international organizations. Before becoming a consultant, Olivia was a litigation and arbitration associate at Signature Litigation. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public International Law and EU Law from The Hague University of Applied Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Oxford.

Pierre Yves Gunter

is a Partner and the founder of Gunter Arbitration, a boutique law firm in Geneva that focuses on arbitration and dispute resolution. Prior to founding his own firm, he was a Partner and co-head of the arbitration practice at Bär & Karrer, a leading Swiss law firm with offices in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano, Zug, and Basel. He has been acting since 1991 in the field of international commercial arbitration and has extensive experience as counsel and arbitrator in the fields of construction and complex projects, joint-venture, oil & gas, telecommunications and it, pharmaceutical, commodity and international trade as well as corporate and post M&A. He also regularly acts before state courts for litigation cases. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Arbitration Centre and was previously a member of the Board of Directors at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and co-chair of the International Arbitration Committee of the American Bar Association (Section of International Law and Practice).

Kang He

is a litigator with McGuireWoods in Northern Virginia. He focuses his litigation practice on contract disputes, real estate and zoning matters, franchise disputes, and eminent domain. He has been recognized as a “Legal Elite: Young Lawyer” by the Virginia Business Magazine, and a “Virginia Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters. As a trial lawyer, he also teaches trial tactics and evidentiary rules to local high schools and colleges. Before joining McGuireWoods, he clerked for Judge John M. Tran at the Fairfax County Circuit Court and served as an editor for the William & Mary Law Review.

Derek Heath

is a New York-licensed attorney who recently graduated summa cum laude with an LL.M. in International Business Law, where he specialized in International Business Disputes. He is now an Associate at CMS CEE in Budapest, Hungary, where he works as a foreign legal advisor, handling managed legal services for international corporations and assisting in their day-to-day legal operations. In the past, he has researched and studied a wide variety of subjects, such as US administrative law, data protection in arbitration, US cybersecurity regulations in the energy sector, and eConsent in clinical trials.

Eckhard Hellbeck

is counsel at White & Case in Washington, DC. He is qualified in Germany, New York and Washington, DC. For more than 23 years, he has represented parties in international commercial arbitration, as well as states and foreign investors in investment treaty arbitration. He also regularly advises on issues of public international law. He has for many years judged student moot court competitions, in particular the annual Jessup Competition and various international arbitration moots. He also publishes regularly on issues of international arbitration and international law.

Richard D. Holzheimer, Jr.

is a partner with McGuire Woods. He is a first-chair trial attorney with extensive courtroom experience. His litigation practice focuses on construction, commercial litigation, government contracting, financial services, and real estate. He also serves as the President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia. He completed his b.a. at the University of Virginia and his j.d. at Notre Dame, where he served as the Notes Editor of the Journal of College and University Law.

Shaheeza Lalani

is the Executive Director of the ll.m. Programme at the University of Lausanne. She holds degrees from Queen’s University and McGill University (Canada), the London School of Economics and the University of Lausanne. Her PhD thesis in Private International Law was awarded the unil Faculty Prize. She is a barrister & solicitor, admitted to the Law Society of British Columbia, has taught courses at the Universities of Fribourg, Bern, and Paris, and was the Founding Director of two other postgraduate programs in Switzerland. Previously Senior Legal Counsel with the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution and Legal Counsel to the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Dr. Lalani has worked as an Assistant Legal Officer with The Hague Conference on Private International Law and has authored and edited several publications on international law and arbitration.

Cindy Lee

is an Associate in the Construction Group with Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders llp, based out of the Los Angeles, California office. Her practice focuses on representing contractors, design professionals, and owners in construction disputes in the private and public context. She also advises clients on various contractor licensing issues and pre-litigation contractual disputes.

Matthias Lehmann

is a Full Professor at the University of Vienna, where he holds the Chair for Private Law, Private International and Comparative Law, and a Rotating Professor of European and Comparative Business Law at Radboud University Nijmegen. Previously, he was a full professor at the Universities of Halle-Wittenberg and Bonn. He holds doctoral degrees from the University of Jena and Columbia University as well as a Habilitation (professorial thesis in Germany) from the University of Bayreuth. His main interest is in private international law, comparative law and dispute resolution. He is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, of the Council of the European Law Institute (eli), of the American Law Institute (ali), of the Academia Europaea (ae), and of the Academic Board of the European Banking Institute (ebi). Prof. Lehmann has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Oxford University and Stanford University. He is regularly teaching as a guest professor at the Sorbonne Université, the Université de Fribourg, the Université de Lausanne, and the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Spain.

Giacomo Lorenzo

is currently working as senior legal counsel at Deminor, an international litigation funder leader in Europe. Based in Brussels, he is in charge of identifying, assessing, and managing the funding of international and domestic disputes. Before joining Deminor, he worked as lawyer with the litigation and arbitration department of the leading Italian law firm, Gianni & Origoni. Giacomo has obtained a Master of Law (ll.m.) degree from the University of Lausanne, with a specialization in International Business Disputes. He is actively engaged in conferences regarding litigation funding and gives his contribution by regularly publishing articles on the subject.

Martina Magnarelli

is an Italian-qualified lawyer and a member of the Munich Bar, with working experience in five jurisdictions across Europe. She has acted as counsel and administrative secretary in several international arbitration proceedings under the icc, dis, and Swiss Rules of International Arbitration in a diverse range of sectors, including energy and natural resources, aviation and defence, construction, manufacturing, and private equity. Before joining 7sa in January 2019, she worked as legal counsel for Siemens in Paris and gained experience in international arbitration at the icc International Court of Arbitration in Paris and the international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer llp in Vienna. A graduate from luiss Guido Carli University, Rome, she holds ll.m. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Lausanne. She is the author of Privity of Contract in International Investment Arbitration (Kluwer Law International 2020) and regularly publishes and speaks on international commercial and investment arbitration. She is an active member of aia-ArbIt-40 – the Italian Below-40 arbitration association.

Bernhard Maier

is a Counsel in the London office of Signature Litigation llp, a leading disputes boutique. He practices commercial and investment treaty arbitration, focusing on the natural resources, technology and infrastructure sectors. He also advises sovereign States and private clients on matters of general public international law, including before domestic courts. He is also a member of the UK Attorney General’s C Panel of Public International Law Counsel to the Crown and an adjunct professor at Kings College London, where he co-convenes an llm course on cyber law.

Anya Marinkovich

is Counsel at the boutique arbitration and dispute resolution firm Gunter Arbitration in Geneva. She has acted as counsel, arbitrator and arbitral secretary in a number of international commercial arbitrations concerning construction, oil & gas, sales, and corporate and post-m&a disputes. She is admitted to the California Bar and has training and practical experience in both common and civil law systems, as well as in the field of public international law. In 2023, she was appointed for a second term as member of the board of icdr Young & International.

Gautam Mohanty

is an Assistant Professor at Jindal Global Law School (jgls), Sonipat, India. He is also a PhD candidate in international economic law at Kozminski University, Warsaw, Poland. He is also an advocate enrolled at the bar in India and is also serving as a Fellow with jgls Centre of Alternate Dispute Resolution (cadr).

Amadeu Blasco Muñoz

is Head of Legal at Copernicus Servicing. Before Copernicus, he was the Head of Litigation at the Spanish “bad bank”, sareb. He has more than 20 years of experience in debt workouts and insolvencies. He has participated in the largest insolvencies and debt restructurings of the last decade in Spain, including Martinsa Fadesa or Reyal Urbis, among others. Amadeu holds a Licenciado en Derecho from the Universitat de Barcelona, a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico Law School, an ll.m. from American University, Washington College of Law and an mba from iese Business School.

Helmut Ofner

is a Professor of Comparative Law, International Private Law and Civil Law at the University of Vienna where he completed his doctorate in law. He holds an ll.m. from the University of Trier and wrote his Habilitation (professorial thesis) in the field of Private Law. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the ll.m. program “European and International Business Law” at the University of Vienna, Deputy Chairman of the Arbitration Commission of the University of Vienna, Vice Leader of the Study Program at the Faculty of Law, Head of the Institute for European, International and Comparative Law, and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the ll.m. Program “Information and Media Law” at the University of Vienna. He also holds functions and memberships in scientific societies and journals.

Oluwaseun Oloruntimehin

is a dual-licensed lawyer in New York, USA and Nigeria with a Master of Laws (ll.m.) from the University College London, an arbitrator, negotiator, chartered secretary and governance professional qualified in the UK and Nigeria. She is a dispute resolution specialist focused on international commercial arbitration with a successful track record of strategically advising and representing clients across a wide range of industries, in domestic and cross border disputes. She also sits as an arbitrator and is a member of the Panel of Neutrals for arbitral institutions including lca and CIArb-lca msme Scheme. She teaches arbitration courses and is a fellow of the ciarbas well as an editor for the lca. She is a global legal consultant providing corporate and dispute resolution services in multiple regions including North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa. She is the founding partner of s. o. Oloruntimehin & Co and sits on the advisory board of multiple organizations including Axiom (International Legal Talent) in Switzerland. She enjoys teaching, writing and speaking on diverse arbitration topics.

Fernando Ortega

is a partner and Head of Arbitration at iaa Law Firm based in Dubai. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California Los Angeles and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. He has led arbitration programs at multiple firms in the Middle East and has become a figurehead of international arbitration and enforcement.

Steven G. Shapiro

teaches, writes, and speaks on topics in complex hospitality issues and construction law at the American University Washington College of Law, blending his career in law firm practice, construction engineering, and academics. Recognized for innovation in bringing the realities and economics of commercial practice into the classroom and in service to the law school, he imagined and proposed the idea of the Hospitality & Tourism Law program. In addition, he brings a distinct experience in the interplay of commercial transactions in law school courses in contract drafting, real estate and hotel development, construction law, and externship studies. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1984, a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1987, and a Masters of Law degree from Georgetown Law Center in 1991. In 2001, he made a mid-career move from the practice of law to construction, and in 2004, he received a Masters of Engineering Degree from the University of Maryland.

Katherine Simpson

is an arbitrator and mediator with Simpson Dispute Resolution (US) and 33 Bedford Row Chambers (UK). She is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a Member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Her adr practice includes commercial, international, investor-state, consumer, employment, and labor arbitration. She is an attorney admitted in Maryland and New Jersey in the United States. She is well known for her work to increase diversity among appointed neutrals, and she currently serves as Vice Chair of the Ray Corollary Initiative and as Chair of the Women in Dispute Resolution (widr) Committee of the American Bar Association (aba) Dispute Resolution Section. She is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She serves the cpr’s Panels of Distinguished Neutrals and the American Arbitration Association’s icdr, Employment, Consumer, and Commercial Panels.

Thomas R. Snider

is a Partner and the Head of International Arbitration at Charles Russell Speechlys llp in Dubai. He is experienced in international commercial arbitration, international investment disputes, state-to-state arbitration, and foreign sovereign immunity issues. He is on the panel of arbitrators of several arbitral institutions around the world, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Arbitration Committee of the Lagos Court of Arbitration, and the International Arbitration Committee of kcab International (an independent division of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board).

Greig Taylor

is a managing director in AlixPartners’ New York office. His practice focuses on the assessment of damages and related quantum issues, and the provision of expert testimony, in the context of disputes, domestic and international. He completed a b.a. (Hons) in Modern History at the University of Manchester in England and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. In 2004–2005, he spent 10 months at sea racing a 72-foot yacht around the world.

R. Zachary Torres-Fowler

is a Partner in Troutman Pepper’s Construction Practice Group based in the firm’s Philadelphia and New York offices. His practice focuses on construction-related disputes, including complex domestic and international arbitration proceedings. He has experience before arbitral panels and tribunals under a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international arbitration rules including the aaa, jams, icdr, icc, lcia, and icsid. His experience includes advising clients in connection with construction and infrastructure projects in the U.S., Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. He has significant experience representing owners, contractors, and suppliers/subcontractors in connection with disputes arising from a wide variety of construction projects including power plants, airports, commercial buildings, and other civil infrastructure works.

John D. Wilburn

a partner with McGuire Woods, is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer. His practice focuses on construction, land use, and eminent domain litigation around the country. He has been invited to join numerous panels on land use and development as a well-known speaker, including many events hosted by his Firm or outside groups, such as the Southern Gas Association.

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