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WORLD CAFÉ MODERATORS

Antje is founding partner of BAUMANN Resolving Disputes, a boutique law firm based in Hamburg, Germany. She regularly acts as an arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings and is praised (e.g. by WWL) as “one of the best arbitrators in the country”, with one peer adding, “she excels in large-scale disputes” and receives plaudits for her work on high-profile cases.

 

Antje holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and is admitted to the German and New York Bar. She is honorary professor at the University of Osnabruck where she teaches negotiations and mediations skills as well as international arbitration. She is a frequent speaker and regularly publishes on international arbitration (e.g. Co-editor of the Practitioner’s Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration published by Oxford University Press, and author of the commentary on the ICC Rules).

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ANTJE BAUMANN

Founding Partner | BAUMANN Resolving Disputes PartG mbB | Hamburg

JAMES H. BOYKIN

Partner & Co-Chair | Hughes Hubbard & Reed | Washington, DC

James H. Boykin is Co-Chair of the International Arbitration practice group in the Washington, DC, office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. His practice focuses on international arbitration and includes state-to-state and investor-state arbitration as well as commercial disputes.
 

James has represented investors in treaty arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, and SCC Rules. In addition, he has represented clients in commercial arbitrations under the ICDR and ICC Rules. James is a member of the Expedited Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association as well as the Arbitration Council of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS).

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ONDREJ CECH

Senior Associate | ZEILER | Vienna

Ondrej Cech is Senior Associate at ZEILER in Vienna. His practice focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration as well as other types of international dispute resolution. Ondrej's clients include entities in the energy and construction sectors and sovereign states. In addition to his counsel work, Ondrej also acts as Arbitrator and Tribunal Secretary before various institutions including ICC, LCIA, PCA and Czech Arbitration Court. His activities in the arbitration community further include teaching courses at Charles University in Prague and acting as co-founder of YCAP (Young Czech Arbitration Professionals). In this capacity, he is the spokesperson for the initiative to implement the UNCITRAL Model Law to Czech Arbitration Act. He is a graduate of Charles University in Prague and Columbia Law School in New York.  

PHILIPPA CHARLES

Arbitrator | Twenty Essex | London

Philippa Charles is a full-time arbitrator at Twenty Essex in London. She was formerly a solicitor-advocate, and was head of arbitration at Stewarts from 2013-2023. She has 25 years’ experience in practice in international arbitration, and was a law firm partner for 16 years. She practices mainly in commercial arbitration, focusing on energy, IT, joint venture and trade disputes. She is sitting on cases as sole, party-nominated, or presiding arbitrator, in arbitrations under the Rules of the ICC, LCIA, SCC, SIAC, DIAC, BVIIAC, AAA-ICDR, and FAI, and in ad hoc cases. She has also acted as an emergency arbitrator. She is a member of the Judicial Panel for the British Horseracing Authority, and has been appointed to the legal panel of Sport Resolutions for the 2024-2027 term. She is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, and is a CEDR-qualified mediator.

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DIETMAR CZERNICH

Senior Partner | CHG Rechtsanwälte | Vienna & Innsbruck

Dietmar Czernich is senior partner at CHG Rechtsanwälte in Vienna and Innsbruck where he leads the international dispute team. He frequently sits as arbitrator in commercial cases with a focus on post M&A and corporate disputes. He also represents clients in arbitration before the ICC, the VIAC and the PCA. He is a member of the National Advisory Board to VIAC. Dietmar Czernich is also a Honorary Professor for International Dispute Resolution. He authored many books and scholarly articles in the field, which have been published in Austria, Germany, the U.S. and the UK.

MARIJA DOBRIĆ

Senior Associate | BINDER GRÖSSWANG | Vienna

Mag. Marija Dobrić, LL.M. (Cambridge) is an Attorney at Law in the Dispute Resolution Team of BINDER GRÖSSWANG. She focuses on commercial and investment arbitration, enforcement of arbitral awards and civil law disputes with an international background. She regularly acts as counsel in international arbitral proceedings and as tribunal secretary.

Marija Dobrić joined BINDER GRÖSSWANG in 2020 as an associate. Previously, she worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Section for International Law and International Human Rights Law at Bundeswehr University Munich. She holds a degree in law (Mag. iur. 2016) from the University of Vienna. After her judicial clerkship in Austria, she completed a postgraduate degree (LL.M.) at the University of Cambridge. Marija Dobrić regularly publishes on arbitration-related issues and international law.

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BRIAN GABRIEL-OIWOH

Senior Associate | Paragon Advocacy | Vienna

Brian Gabriel-Oiwoh is a Senior Associate at Paragon Advocacy, a dispute resolution boutique law firm based in Vienna. He specialises in international dispute resolution, including international commercial and investment arbitration and mediation. Brian has advised and represented clients in numerous complex and high-stakes arbitrations under major arbitration rules (including the Vienna, ICC, LCIA, ICAC, ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules). He has particular experience in disputes arising from M&A transactions and joint ventures, with a focus on the energy, commercial, telecommunications, and major projects sectors. Brian has also advised on arbitration-related issues in the drafting of articles of association and private foundation deeds. Brian has published on a wide range of practical topics and areas of law, including controversial issues in arbitration, corporate law, and international law. He has also given workshops on arbitration law at various European universities. Brian is admitted to the Austrian Bar and is a certified mediator.

NATA GHIBRADZE

Counsel | Hogan Lovells International LLP | Munich

Nata Ghibradze is a Counsel at International Arbitration Group of Hogan Lovells International LLP in Munich. She focuses on international commercial arbitration and acts as counsel for clients involved in arbitrations, particularly within the energy (oil & gas, renewables), construction, infrastructure, and engineering sectors. Nata's practice has special emphasis on the CEE region, Turkey and Central Asia.

 

With a wealth of experience, Nata has navigated arbitrations under major arbitration rules, seated in various jurisdictions, assuming roles as counsel, arbitrator, and tribunal secretary. Additionally, she possesses expertise in representing clients in Dispute Board proceedings related to construction projects. Nata is a frequent speaker and author on topics related to international arbitration and actively participates in multiple professional associations.

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AMELIE HUBER-STARLINGER

Mediator | tailored.solutions | Vienna

Amelie Huber-Starlinger has over 15 years of experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution. She acts as arbitrator, mediator as well as settlement and contract negotiations consultant and trainer.

 

Amelie has gained extensive knowledge in the settlement of national and international disputes according to various rules of numerous institutions (e.g. VIAC, ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, etc.) and in a wide array of industries, including investor-state disputes, construction projects, post M&A, sales agreements, real estate, joint-ventures, contractual and trade disputes and disputes involving medical and pharmaceutical law aspects.

 

As a mediator Amelie is accredited in Singapore (at SIMI), in England (at CEDR) and in Austria (List of mediators of the Austrian Ministry of Justice). She tailors the process custom-fit to the parties, their representatives and the dispute itself combining the best of different methods and techniques.

DANIELA KAROLLUS-BRUNER

Partner | CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz | Vienna

Daniela Karollus-Bruner is a partner at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz and leads the dispute resolution group. She is the co-head of the CMS International Arbitration Group and a member of the Board of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).
 

Daniela has many years of experience with highly complex litigation and arbitration cases for clients from various industries, with a special focus on banking and financial services, automotive, construction, consumer products and insurance industries. She represents Austrian and international clients at courts and at arbitration courts with a focus on cases involving damages, contracts, product liability, corporate and competition law.
 

In addition, she is a member of our teams for corporate law, commercial law and insolvency and restructuring.
 

Furthermore, she is a speaker at executive seminars as well as author and co-author of various expert articles.

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ILMA KASUMAGIĆ

Independent Attorney At Law | Wolf Theiss | Sarajevo

Ilma Kasumagić is an independent attorney at law in cooperation with Wolf Theiss and member of Wolf Theiss Regional Arbitration Team with over 12 years of experience. She has advised and represented clients in numerous largescale projects and commercial disputes in BiH, and was representing and advising clients in various international (commercial, construction and investment) arbitration matters under major international arbitration rules. Ilma is a founder and cochair of Association of lawyers specialised in arbitration ArbBH. Ilma is also ambassador of Vienna International Arbitration Center for BiH. In cooperation with US Department of Commerce, she coordinated the implementation of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot project in BiH. She is one of the co-authors of the publications “Dispute Resolution in Central, Eastern & Southeastern Europe” (2018), "International Arbitration in Central, Eastern & Southeastern Europe" (2018) and "Balkan Yearbook of European and International Law" (2019).

KATHERINA KHAN

Principal Associate | Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | Vienna

Katherine Khan is a principal associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Vienna and a member of the firm's dispute resolution practice group. Katherine specialises in international arbitration, with a particular focus on commercial and investment arbitration. She acts as counsel or co-counsel in cases under various arbitration rules, most often in the financial, corporate, commercial, construction or energy sectors.

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SOFIA KOVAČEVIĆ

Senior Associate | Wolf Theiss | Vienna

Sofia Kovačević, LL.M. (Cantab.) is a Senior Associate at Wolf Theiss and a member of the firm's Regional Arbitration Team. Her areas of expertise focus on international investment arbitration, commercial arbitration, and construction arbitration under the FIDIC rules. Prior to joining Wolf Theiss, Sofia worked at several prominent law firms in Vienna and Serbia, advising clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation matters. She has acted as counsel in several high-profile investment, construction and commercial arbitration proceedings under the ICC Rules, UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, CEAC Rules.   

 

Sofia is admitted to the Serbian bar and is a licensed mediator registered in the Serbian Ministry of Justice. She is listed on VIAC's List of Practitioners in International Arbitration and is a member of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP), ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF), Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Young ICCA), and ASA Below 40.

 

Sofia's working languages are Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, English, German, Spanish, and she is conversational in French.

TORSTEN LÖRCHER

Partner | CMS Hasche Sigle | Cologne

Torsten Lörcher specialises in international dispute resolution with a focus on arbitration. He is also well versed in alternative dispute resolution and an experienced litigator. His practice concentrates on post-M&A disputes, plant engineering and other disputes of a technical nature as well as general commercial disputes, often in the energy or pharmaceutical sectors.

 

He regularly acts as party representative and arbitrator in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. His track record as arbitrator comprises more than 80 cases.

 

Torsten is a member of the VIAC International Advisory Board and of the DIS Board.

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ARNELA MAGLIĆ

Associate | KNOETZL | Vienna

Arnela Maglić is an Associate at KNOETZL, a leading Austrian law firm specialized in dispute resolution. Her practice primarily focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration. She has worked on high profile cases in various sectors, in particular, she has been involved in several high value construction arbitrations under the ICC and VIAC Rules concerning both non-standardized and FIDIC construction contracts.

Before joining KNOETZL, Arnela practiced at a Bosnian law firm based in Sarajevo, where she advised foreign investors and domestic clients on corporate matters under Bosnia and Herzegovina law. She has also gained experience in working in U.S. based law firms.

Arnela holds a degree from University of Zenica School of Law and an LL.M. of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Recently, Arnela has authored an ISDS glossary for government officials of the Western Balkans countries published by GIZ, which provides for a practical layout of terms essential for understanding of ISDS.

KAMALIA MEHTIYEVA

Professor | University of Paris-Est Créteil | Paris

Kamalia Mehtiyeva is a Professor of Law at the University of Paris-Est Créteil (France). Her teaching and research fields focus on international arbitration law, civil procedure, mutual legal assistance in both civil and criminal matters, international sanctions, as well as international enforcement.
 

She publishes regularly on various issues of international arbitration, international private and public, as well as on procedural law.

 

She is admitted to the Paris bar. Prior to becoming a Professor of law, she practiced in the Public International Law and Arbitration Group of Shearman & Sterling in Paris (2007-2014). She is the co-founder of the law firm Barbier Mehtiyeva Law, which focuses on international arbitration and international litigation. Kamalia also regularly acts as arbitrator and can conduct proceedings in French, English, Russian, Turkish and Azerbaijani. 

 

Prof. Mehtiyeva is also a member of the ad hoc Scientific and Advisory Council of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

 

She is also President of the Azerbaijan Arbitration Association and co-President of the Turkic Arbitration Association. 

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ISABELLE MICHOU

Partner | Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan | Paris

Her practice focuses on international arbitration. She acts as counsel for large corporations as well as states or state-owned companies, and has developed substantial expertise in a range of industries including in telecoms, energy, mining, aerospace, large-scale infrastructure projects and hospitality. She has appeared before numerous high-profile arbitral tribunals, under the auspices of the major institutional rules including ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SCC, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRALRules.


Isabelle also appears in arbitration-related proceedings before the French courts in cases involving issues of sovereign immunities, interlocutory, interim or conservatory relief, enforcement and challenges of arbitral awards. She also acts as arbitrator under the ICC, SCC and LCIA Rules as well as other rules.


She is a board member of the Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA), the Finnish Arbitration Institute (FAI), the French Comité Français de l'Arbitrage (CFA) and the Swiss Foundation of International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA), as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA).
She is a French and Canadian national, and is dual qualified as a Paris Avocat and a Solicitor of England & Wales.

PETER RIŽNIK 

Arbitrator | Rižnik Disputes | Vienna 

Peter is an arbitrator in independent practice based in Vienna, Austria. With extensive experience serving as arbitrator, tribunal secretary, and counsel, Peter has participated in commercial and investment arbitrations conducted under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, VIAC, SCC, Ljubljana Arbitration Centre, Finnish Arbitration Institute and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

 

In the past, Peter was active in private practice, as a full-time tribunal secretary, in an arbitral institution as well as in UN-organizations, including on international commercial law and the law of outer space. He is one of the founders and a board member of ArbCEE, the Arbitration Association of Central and Eastern Europe, a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and its taskforce on combating corruption. He is also active in academia and regularly lectures on arbitration throughout the region. As a Slovenian national he is particularly skilled in the Central-European and Central-Eastern European markets.

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VIOLETA SARANCIUC

Partner | Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners | Bucharest

Violeta Saranciuc is partner in the Dispute Resolution group of Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners in Bucharest (Romania), where she specialises in international arbitration and international disputes.

She has extensive experience representing clients in arbitrations under various rules, including ICSID, ICC, VIAC, UNCITRAL and Romanian CICACCIR rules. Her work includes disputes related to construction and infrastructure projects, M&A and privatisation agreements, energy disputes, international sales and general contractual matters and investment protection matters. She also represents clients in arbitration-related court proceedings and is experienced in complex commercial and competition litigations.

Violeta is recognised by GAR’s Who’s Who Legal as a Future Leader in Arbitration and ranked by Legal 500 as Rising Star in Dispute Resolution.

She is co-founder and co-chair of YRAP – Young Romanian Arbitration Practitioners, a VIAC Ambassador for Romania and a member of the Rising Arbitrators Initiative’s Executive Committee.

MILICA SAVIĆ

Partner | Karanović & Partners | Belgrade

Milica is Partner in the Karanović & Partners regional Arbitration and Litigation Practice Group with almost 15 years of professional experience. She primarily focuses on arbitration work as she represents clients in major investment arbitration cases under ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL arbitration rules as well as in commercial arbitration before international and regional arbitral institutions. Milica also focuses on privatisation related disputes, complex and high-value M&A cases, construction disputes, as well as energy sector related disputes. She also serves as VIAC CAN ambassador for Serbia.

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FRIEDERIKE SCHÄFER

Partner | ZEILER | Vienna

Before joining the firm as a partner in 2022, Friederike Schäfer worked several years in private practice and as Counsel in the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. In this position, she handled hundreds of ICC proceedings and scrutinized hundreds of awards.

Friederike also has experience with various other arbitration rules, such as VIAC, UNCITRAL and DIS. She advises clients at all stages of a dispute and is active as arbitrator and party representative.

 

Since joining our firm, Friederike has focused on various aspects of the energy sector and financing matters as well as on commercial and corporate matters.

Friederike regularly lectures on international arbitration at international and national conferences.

She has authored numerous publications on international arbitration, private international law and other areas of law and is co-editor of a handbook on arbitration in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

 

Friederike heads the German Desk of our firm and is admitted to the bar in Austria and Germany.

She works in English and German and speaks French fluently.

NICOL SCHNEIDER

Principal Associate | DORDA | Vienna

Nicol Schneider is a Principal Associate in the Dispute Resolution Team of DORDA. She assists clients in international and domestic arbitration proceedings as well as litigations. She specializes in commercial and construction disputes, focusing also on distribution, inheritance, and trust law. Prior to joining DORDA, Nicol was working as an associate for Platte Disputes.Solutions as well as a lecturer at the University of Vienna and the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. Nicol passed the Austrian Bar Exam and holds two law degrees from the New York University (LL.M.) and the University of Vienna (Mag. iur.). She also studied at the University of Edinburgh.

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MARINA STANISAVLJEVIC

Counsel | Schoenherr | Vienna

Marina Stanisavljevic is an Australian qualified lawyer and international law specialist. She is counsel at Schoenherr in Vienna, where she focuses on investor-state and commercial arbitration. Marina represents clients under various institutional rules, seats, and applicable laws, including in the pharmaceutical, information technology, financial services, post-M&A and telecommunications sectors. Marina is recognized by WWL as a Future Leader in Arbitration.
Prior to joining Schoenherr in 2018, Marina practiced as a solicitor in Melbourne, Australia, and worked in the defence counsel team at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Marina is an LL.B graduate from the University of Melbourne, and an LL.M (International Law) graduate from the University of Vienna.

CAROLINE STROHMEIER

Associate | Pitkowitz & Partners | Vienna

Caroline Strohmeier is an associate in the dispute resolution team of Pitkowitz & Partners, where she mainly works in international arbitration.

 

Prior to joining Pitkowitz & Partners, Caroline worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Civil and Civil Procedure Law and the Institute for Corporate Law at Vienna University of Economics and Business. During her studies, Caroline completed various internships at renowned law firms.

 

Caroline completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Law and her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Vienna University of Economics and Business and studied at ESADE Law School in Barcelona during her Master’s degree.

 

In the course of her Master’s studies, Caroline participated in the 28th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court. Since 2021, she has been coaching the WU Vienna Vis Moot Team.

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LENA MILACHER

Associate | Pitkowitz & Partners | Vienna

Lena Milacher, LL.M. is an associate in the dispute resolution team of Pitkowitz & Partners, where she mainly works in international arbitration and national dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Pitkowitz & Partners, Lena worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Civil and Civil Procedure Law for Univ. Prof. Dr. Kodek at Vienna University of Economics and Business. During her studies, Lena completed various internships at renowned law firms and has worked in business consulting.

Lena completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Law at Vienna University of Economics and Business and studied at QUT in Brisbane, Australia and University of Maastricht in the Netherlands during this period.

Lena completed her court clerkship in the district of the Vienna Higher Regional Court.

NIKOLAUS PITKOWITZ

Founding Partner | Pitkowitz & Partners | Vienna

Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz is founding partner and head of dispute resolution at Pitkowitz & Partners, and President of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC).

Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz is considered one of the leading Austrian arbitration practitioners. He acted as party counsel and arbitrator in over 130 international disputes, in a range from smaller to multibillion cases, located in Europe, the United States and Asia. Most notable is his role as counsel in the largest ever pending arbitration in Austria, as well as in arbitrations seated across Europe, in the Americas and in Asia. He has also acted as party counsel in a variety of complex litigation proceedings and has handled cases of great public interest, including before the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Dr. Pitkowitz is experienced in a variety of industries, including energy, automotive, telecommunications, arts, (post-)M&A, real estate and construction.

Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz holds law degrees from Universities of Vienna (JD and PhD) and Sankt Gallen, Switzerland (MBL) and is also qualified and certified as a mediator.

Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz is arbitrator and panel member of all leading arbitration institutions, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). He also acts as Court Member of the Casablanca International Arbitration and Mediation Centre (CIMAC) and as Vice-chair of the International Arbitration Committee of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association (ABA).

Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz frequently speaks, lectures and is author of over 50 publications, including a monograph on Setting Aside Arbitral Awards and the Handbook on Third Party Funding in International Arbitration. He is also co-editor of the Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration and co-organizer of the Vienna Arbitration Days.

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