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  • Lawerence Fubara Anga Notary Public of the Supreme Court, Nigeria; Qualified to practice law in three jurisdictions has a strong multi disciplinary background in law, economics, management and fiscal policy. Mr Anga's practice is in banking, finance and insurance, energy, aviation and maritime. He appears as counsel before all courts in Nigeria and has acted as a party appointed arbitrator on several arbitration panels.

    Has been involved in project finance, banking and capital markets transactions for several years. Currently Vice Chairman-Capital Markets Solicitors Association and Chairman of its Strategy and Remuneration Committee. Invited as a member of the Presidential Policy Advisory Committee where he was a member of the sub committee on finance and investment. He wrote the committee's policy paper on foreign investment and privatization. Contributor to the chapter on Nigeria for the Harvard Securities Project. Chairman of the SMIES policy guidelines review committee. He advises clients from around the world on foreign direct investment in Nigeria and on related on tax issues.

    Obtained advanced certification in Project Finance from the CLDP and Eximbank (USA), in venture capital from the Venture Capital Institute - USA and in entrepreneurial development from the United Nations Centre for Transnational Corporations.

    Mr. Anga represents major state owned and private oil and gas production, marketing and distribution companies in a range of matters. He acted for Dubri Oil in the first marginal field acquisition in Nigeria and advised on acquisition of first IPP at Egbin.
  • Adedayo Banwo Adedayo Banwo is the Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
  • Donna Barwick Donna Barwick is Senior Fiduciary Officer at Wilmington Trust.
  • Jean Berman Jean Berman, ISLP Executive Director from September 2001-March 2012, remains on staff as Senior Executive Advisor. Prior to joining ISLP, Ms. Berman was a Senior Staff Attorney at Lawyers Alliance for New York, where for nearly 18 years she represented nonprofit organizations serving low-income communities, specializing in issues related to nonprofit organizations and the development of affordable housing. Earlier in her legal career, Ms. Berman was associated with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Berle, Butzel, Kass & Case, a New York law firm specializing in environmental law. A graduate of Harvard University and the New York University School of Law, Ms. Berman spent the year 1970-71 in Yugoslavia (Belgrade and Novi Sad) on a Fulbright Scholarship, and spent a year in Switzerland and a year in Russia as a child and teenager.
  • Renato Opice Blum Renato Opice Blum is an attorney and economist. He is Digital Law coordinator of GVLaw and of the MBA on Electronic Law at Escola Paulista de Direito, and an Invited Professor at the University of Sao Paulo and Mackenzie Presbyterian University. He is President of the Council of Information Technology and Communication of the Commerce Federation of Sao Paulo/SP and of the Technology Law Committee of AMCHAM. He is an Advisor to the Committee of High Technology Crimes of the Brazilian Bar Association.

    His international lectures include: Global Privacy Summit 2010, 73rd Conference of the International Law Association, ISSA International Conference 2010, HTCIA International Conference 2010, Inter American Bar Association: Reunin del Consejo y Seminario 2010, The Sedona Conference 2010 and the 3rd Annual Sedona Conference 2011, Seton Hall Law 2011 and the ABA 2011 annual meeting. He is co-author of the books Manual of Electronic Law and Internet and Electronic Law: Internet and the courts.
  • David Brinley Mr. David R. Brinley served as Vice President, General Counsel and Director of Shell Canada Ltd., and also served as its Secretary.
  • Dominique Brown-Berset Dominique Brown-Berset is a founding partner of Brown&Page, a Vaud-based law firm with offices in Geneva and Nyon. She practises mainly in the field of international business transactions and international dispute resolution. She holds law degrees from Lausanne University Law School, Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and Harvard Law School.

    She has acted as counsel, co-counsel and arbitrator in over 140 international arbitration cases around the world, including in cases involving states and international organisations both at private and governmental levels, and in particular also in cases relating, among other things, to transfer of technology, construction of turnkey factories and other major projects, procurement contracts, licence agreements, agency, joint venture and shareholders' agreements, distribution, sale and purchase contracts, telecommunications, and post-M&A disputes. Her industry experience includes telecommunications, satellites, aviation, avionics, computers (software and hardware), glass and paper production, steel, chemicals and petrochemicals, LNG projects, oil and gas (and other energy sectors), mining, food, catering, utilities operation and maintenance services, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, shipping and shipbuilding, luxury goods, textiles and arts.

    Dominique is a former international vice-president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London; former chair of the arbitration committee of the International Bar Association; member of the board and council of the Société Suisse des Juristes; member of the management board and of the supervisory council of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law; member of the advisory board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration; and member of the editorial boards of Global Arbitration Review, The Journal of International Arbitration and Arbitration. She is on the panel of arbitrators of several arbitral institutions, such as the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and she was one of the first three foreign practitioners to be appointed on the panel of arbitrators of The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association in 2008.
  • Michael Byowitz Michael Byowitz is a partner with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz focusing his practice on antitrust law and policy, and principally advising multinational corporations on major domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate takeovers. He represents clients at the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and State Attorneys General in the United States and also consults on investigations by antitrust authorities in the European Union, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela and many other countries.

    Mr. Byowitz writes articles on antitrust issues and is a contributor to many legal publications. He is a frequent speaker on antitrust law and compliance in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Byowitz is consistently ranked among leading antitrust specialists in peer review rankings (e.g., Global Competition Review, Who's Who Legal, Super Lawyers, Chambers).

    Before joining Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in 1983, Mr. Byowitz served as a senior trial attorney, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice.

    Mr. Byowitz represents the 24,000 members of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law in the ABA House of Delegates (member of House of Delegates Committee on Issues of Significance to the Legal Profession). He has served as chair of the ABA International Law Section in 2005-2006, is former chair of three of the Section's Divisions (including Business Regulation and Public International Law), and is also former chair of the Section's International Antitrust Law Committee, and present co-chair of its International Pro Bono Committee. Mr. Byowitz received the Section's Lifetime Achievement Award in August 2011.

    Mr. Byowitz is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar and chaired the City Bar's subcommittee that evaluated Elena Kagan's qualifications to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as chair of the City Bar's Council on International Affairs (2006-2009) and as chair of its Antitrust & Trade Regulation Committee (1998-2001). Mr. Byowitz is New York State co-chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (and will receive the ABA Fellows award for outstanding state co-chair in February 2012). Mr. Byowitz is also an honorary lifetime member of AIJA (the International Young Lawyers Association).
  • Evelyn Capassakis Evelyn Capassakis works for Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP.
  • Bert Chanetsa Mr. Bert Chanetsa is the Deputy Executive Officer: Investments Institutions, at the Financial Services Board in South Africa.

    Mr. Chanetsa has extensive local South African and international experience in the practice of law and financial services (including commercial, merchant and investment banking and private equity). Mr Chanetsa has worked for entities including Baker & Mckenzie international attorneys, First National Bank of Boston (now FleetBoston), Standard Chartered Bank, Standard Merchant Bank (now Standard Corporate & Merchant Bank) and Nedbank in the USA, Australia, Canada, South Africa and across Africa.

    Mr. Chanetsa holds the Bachelor of Law, LLB and Juris Doctor degrees. He also holds the Tax Law Programme Certificate from the University of South Africa and the Canadian Securities (Capital Markets) Course Certificate (Honours) from the Canadian Securities Institute. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois, USA and South Africa and is a member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces (South Africa), the American Bar Association and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Senior Associate). He previously served on the Standing Advisory Committee on Company Law within the Department of Trade and Industry, the Directorate of Market Abuse within the Financial Services Board and as a Chairman of the Tax Board within the Ministry of Finance in South Africa.

    Mr Chanetsa was a columnist for Business Report, a South African daily, for a period of two and a half years, focusing on corporate, financial and business analysis.
  • Sarah Chiles Sarah Chiles is the Vice President of the Thomas Reuters Foundation.
  • Shiau Yen Chin-Dennis Shiau Yen Chin-Dennis is an associate in the firm’s Portland office. She focuses her practice on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, post acquisition integration, joint ventures, restructuring, corporate governance and other international transactions. Shiau Yen has extensive experience working on cross-border matters, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, including market entry, expansion and exit; government contracting; intellectual property; and licensing agreements.

    In addition to corporate matters, Shiau Yen has experience with executive employment matters in the Asia Pacific region, including employment and severance agreements; transfers of employees; and trade secret, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements. She has also worked on issues stemming from the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Mattia Colonnelli de Gasperis Mattia Colonnelli de Gasperis is a dual qualified lawyer in Italy and New York.

    Awarded with several research scholarships and grants (such as those provided by the Fulbright Commission, the University of Rome La Sapienza, the Institute of International Education (IIE), the Italian Stock & Exchange Commission (CONSOB), the Lazio Region, the University of Trieste), he performed research activities in Law, Economics, and Finance at various institutions and scientific research centers, including the Columbia University Law School (LL.M. – Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), the Yale University Law School, the George Washington University, the University of Rome La Sapienza Law School (J.D. – maxima cum laude), the Italian Stock & Exchange Commission, the University of Trieste (Ph.D. – Research Associate), the Arturo Carlo Jemolo Institute.

    Adjunct Professor of Financial Laws at University Bocconi of Milan, Mattia has been appointed by the Board of Columbia University as member of the Editorial Committee of Columbia Journal of European Law.

    He is Co-Chair of the International Mergers & Acquisitions & Joint Ventures Committee and Vice-Chair of the Europe Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) and is in charge of the ABA publications of books, articles, and studies related to cross-borders mergers and acquisitions and to European laws.
  • Timothy L. Dickinson Timothy L. Dickinson is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Paul Hastings with over 30 years experience in the field of anti-corruption law. Mr. Dickinson’s practice encompasses a number of areas, including all aspects of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. export laws, economic sanctions, ITAR regulations (including enforcement actions), and political risk insurance. Mr. Dickinson works closely with a wide range of industries on FCPA matters, including establishment of compliance programs, due diligence in acquisitions, special investigations and defense before regulators in the U.S. as well as abroad, including the U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office. In 2005, he was appointed Independent Expert by Monsanto as part of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Department of Justice and he is currently serving as Independent Monitor in conjunction with a case settled in 2010. Mr. Dickinson was also selected by the World Bank to assist with the development of their Voluntary Disclosure Program, and participated with Bank staff in evaluating and recommending improvements to a VDP participant's compliance program. Chambers USA 2009, 2010 and 2011 have recognized him among the very few attorneys ranked as top-tier FCPA experts; he was also named by Ethisphere at the top of their FCPA 2009 list of Attorneys Who Matter.

    Mr. Dickinson also represents political risk insurance entities dealing with coverage issues, arbitration of disputes, and recovery activities. He has worked on major infrastructure projects in the Middle East and Asia and has represented foreign governments in matters involving public international law; including treaty rights, expropriation, and sovereign immunity.

    Mr. Dickinson was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center from 1983 to 1993. He is currently a Professor from Practice at The University of Michigan Law School where he teaches Transnational Law and International Commercial Transactions, and is a founding faculty member of the International Transactions Clinic, which gives students practical experience in international law. He served as the chair of the ABA Section of International Law and Practice in 1997-1998, has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Law Institute, where he also serves as Director of the ILI's course on government integrity and anti-corruption initiatives. Mr. Dickinson is chairman of the ABA's International Legal Resource Center, which provides global legal assistance in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme. He is currently serving as Co-Chair of the International Bar Association's Anti-Corruption Committee.

    Mr. Dickinson graduated from The University of Michigan law school in 1979 after completing his B.A. in 1975. He also studied at The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands and L'Université d'Aix-Marseille in France and spent a brief period as an extern in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Department of State. Following law school, he earned his LL.M. as a Jervey Fellow at Columbia University. After finishing his LL.M. degree, Mr. Dickinson worked in the Legal Service of the Commission of the European Communities in Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Dickinson then returned to Washington, D.C., where he entered private practice.
  • Michael Douglas Michael Kirk Douglas is an American actor and producer, primarily in movies and television. He has won three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards; as producer of 1975's Best Picture, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and as Best Actor in 1987 for his role in Wall Street. Douglas received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2009. He is the eldest of actor Kirk Douglas's four sons.
  • Becky Farrar Attorney-at-law, Washington, D.C.
  • Don Ferencz Donald M. Ferencz is an attorney and the Executive Director of The Planethood Foundation, a small private foundation educating to replace the law of force with the force of law. He was born in 1952 in Nuremberg, Germany, where his father, Ben Ferencz, had served as the Chief Prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen Trial as part of the Subsequent Proceedings at Nuremberg.

    After studying at the Canadian Peace Research Institute and graduating Colgate University with a B.A. in Peace Studies, Don Ferencz pursued a Master's Degree in Education, thereafter teaching elementary school for five years before going on to obtain both J.D. and M.B.A. degrees at Pace University in New York. While in law school, he interned at both the Securities and Exchange Commission's Enforcement Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office, assisting in the prosecution of "white collar" criminals. But Mr. Ferencz saw the other side of the coin as well: incident to his work as a student editor on the Law Review, he played a critical role in obtaining dismissal by the New York Court of Appeals of a criminal conviction, which dismissal was premised on a legal theory he developed himself based on original research which had been previously overlooked by defense counsel in the case. Upon completing his legal studies, Mr. Ferencz pursued a commercial career for over two decades, working as a senior tax executive at a number of U.S.-based multinational public companies, and taught briefly as an adjunct professor of law at Pace Law School, where he later helped to initiate an international ICC Moot Court Competition. In 1996, he and his father established The Planethood Foundation, for which he now works on a full-time basis, helping to educate around the need for strengthening the rule of law in international relations. In addition, Don Ferencz participated directly as part of the NGO delegation to the ICC Assembly of States Parties Working Group on the Crime of Aggression (including attending the recent ICC review conference in Kampala, Uganda), and has written and lectured on the need to help deter aggression through the rule of law. He currently resides in the U.K.
  • Ben Ferenez Ben Ferencz, born in Transylvania in 1920, attended public schools in New York. He won a scholarship to Harvard Law School where he worked as a researcher for a professor doing a book on war crimes. He received his degree in 1943 and promptly joined the US army as a private in the artillery. He was awarded five battle stars for not being killed or wounded at Normandy Beach and every major campaign in Europe. As the war was ending, he was transferred to General Patton's HQ to serve as a war crimes investigator. He entered many Nazi concentration camps as they were liberated. The horrors made an indelible impression. He returned home and was promptly recruited by General Telford Taylor to return to Germany to help in the additional war crimes trials. He was appointed Chief Prosecutor in what was aptly described as the biggest murder trial in history - the "Einsatzgruppen case". All 22 defendants, including six SS Generals, were convicted of murdering over a million innocent men, women and children. 13 defendants were sentenced to death. Ferencz was then 27 years old and it was his first case.

    Almost all of his life since then has been spent trying to obtain compensation for victims and trying to prevent illegal war-making. He became a self-appointed personal lobbyist for peace, with countless lectures, publications and speeches in many universities and countries. For several years he was an Adjunct Professor at Pace Law School where he taught "The International Law of Peace". He lives in New Rochelle, New York, and has been married to his wife, Gertrude, for over 62 years. They have four grown children. His son Donald, an international lawyer, is following his father's footsteps.
  • Anne T. Gallagher Technical Director, Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons Project; Head of Operations, Equity International; independent scholar and legal adviser. Ph.D., University of Utrecht; M.Int.L (Australian National University); BA, LLB (Macquarie University).
  • Vishal Gandhi Gandhi & Associates has been founded by Vishal Gandhi, a U.K. qualified lawyer. After completing his LL.B (with honours) from the University of London, Vishal worked with leading Indian law firms specializing in cross border transactions. Vishal's focus has been on Corporate and Securities Laws, Foreign Inward and Outward Investment Laws and Intellectual Property Laws. Vishal underwent intensive training in Intellectual Property Laws in the U.S.
  • Alison Gardy Alison Gardy has served as the Director of International Relations at 92nd Street Y since 2001. Her responsibilities include the Ford Motor Company International Fellowship of 92nd Street Y, which brings proven international community leaders from all over the world to 92Y for intensive management and leadership training; 92Y’s International Way, a block-long display of international cultural booths that makes 92Y's annual StreetFest unique among street festivals in New York City; and the 92Y Diplomatic Outreach Program, which has engaged diplomats from over 70 countries through educational forums, creative program collaborations, off-the-record dialogues and other international initiatives. Throughout her work, Alison creates and cultivates esteemed relationships with individuals and organizations on behalf of the entire institution. International Relations also informs the world of 92Y programs by conducting regular outreach to more than 800 members of the diplomatic communities in New York City and Washington, D.C., including ambassadors, consuls general and their staff, and to thousands of global contacts, such as grassroots non-profits, foundations and organizations.

    Alison served on the Fulbright Association Board of Directors (2000-2006, Membership Chair, 2003-2006), was President of the Greater New York Chapter of the Fulbright Association (2000-2002) and founded the Fulbright Youth Conference in 2001, which brought together hundreds of New York City high school students for training in peaceful solutions to conflict. As a board member of the New Jersey Scholars Program, of which she is also a graduate, Alison built up and engaged the alumni community (1996-2000). Alison taught writing at New York University and English at The Bilingual Company, a Japanese language school in New York. In her 15 years as a journalist, she has written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NACLA Report on the Americas, National Geographic Traveler, Associated Press and Texas Observer, among other US and international print and Internet publications. Alison's penchant for start-up experiments led her to help found a web content provider, a Brazilian culture magazine and several multicultural newsletters.

    Alison received a BA in Comparative Literature in Spanish and Russian from Yale University and a MFA in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University School of the Arts. She lived in Mexico for several years on a Fulbright Fellowship to research social change in Mexico and has traveled extensively in Latin America. Alison speaks Spanish fluently, is conversant in Portuguese, French, and Russian, and knows some Hebrew. She would love to bicycle around the world with her family one day.
  • Judith Gill Judith Gill QC leads Allen & Overy's international arbitration group. She has extensive experience in both institutional and ad hoc arbitration including proceedings under ICSID, LCIA, ICC, and AAA Rules. She is also regularly sits as an arbitrator, both sole and as a member of a panel of three.

    Judith's practice covers a broad range of subjects including energy, insurance, joint ventures, distributorships, healthcare, banking and investment treaty arbitration.

    She is a Director of the LCIA, a former member of the LCIA Court, a member of the ICC UK Arbitration Group, a Director of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, a Director of American Arbitration Association and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • Jeffrey B. Golden Jeff Golden's practice is focused primarily on the representation of private equity funds in all aspects of their business, with particular emphasis on acquisitions and divestitures. Representative clients include Golden Gate Capital, Huntsman Gay Global Capital, Sorenson Capital and Gryphon Investors, among others. In addition, Mr. Golden has represented participants and financial advisors involved in numerous transactions, including negotiated and hostile acquisitions of public companies, negotiated sales of private companies, subsidiaries and divisions, formation of joint ventures, asset sales and similar transactions.
  • Jonathan Granoff Jonathan Granoff is an author, attorney, and international peace activist. His life's work is dedicated to the total elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide. To that end, he is the current president of the Global Security Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to the elimination of nuclear weapons. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Committee on Arms Control and National Security, and as the Vice President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security at the UN, which is regarded as a primary ally of the international movement for arms control, peace, and disarmament. He holds positions on numerous governing and advisory boards including the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, the Lawyers Alliance for World Security, the Jane Goodall Institute, the Bipartisan Security Group, and the Middle Powers Initiative.

    Mr. Granoff has lectured worldwide emphasizing the legal, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of human development and security, with a specific focus on the threats posed by nuclear weapons. He is the award-winning screenwriter of The Constitution: The Document that Created a Nation, and has been featured in more than 30 publications, including The Sovereignty Revolution (Stanford University Press, 2004) by Alan Cranston. He practices law in Philadelphia.
  • Stephanie E. Heilborn Stephanie Heilborn, a partner with Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.'s Trusts and Estates group in the New York office, has been practicing law for over a decade. She has extensive experience in the implementation of complex tax-planning strategies and international tax and estate planning and has counseled some of the world's wealthiest families and largest financial institutions. Stephanie also assists in the formation of and provision of corporate and tax advice to private foundations and other tax-exempt organizations. She has written and lectured frequently on estate-planning topics and has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School.
  • Lusine Hovhannisian Lusine Hovhannisian is a program director in PILnet's New York office. She has provided technical assistance and advice for the creation and development of clinical legal education programs in a variety of countries in Central and Eastern Europe, including the Balkans and former Soviet republics. She has been a trainer at numerous workshops for clinical instructors and NGO lawyers and has managed projects designed to promote long-term sustainable reform of higher legal education in Moldova, Ukraine, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. She also leads PILnet's International Fellows program.

    Hovhannisian received her legal training in her native Armenia, followed by an LL.M. from Central European University. In 1999, she established the first clinical legal education program at Yerevan State University, where she also taught human rights law and legal ethics. She has been a visiting lecturer at the American University of Armenia and was a visiting research fellow at Central European University from 2005-2006. She is fluent in Armenian, Russian, and English, and has been with PILnet since 2003.
  • Benjamin Hughes Mr. Benjamin Hughes is a senior foreign attorney and co-chair of the firm's International Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Mr. Hughes has extensive experience as counsel in international arbitrations in Asia, Europe and the United States. He has been appointed sole arbitrator, chair, and co-arbitrator in arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC and KCAB. He also occasionally sits as a mediator. Mr. Hughes is recognized as a leading individual in international arbitration in the Asia-Pacific region by Chambers & Partners (2011 & 2012), and is endorsed in international arbitration by PLC (2011 & 2102). Mr. Hughes is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and is listed as an arbitrator with the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and other leading arbitral institutions. He is chair of the KCAB's International Advisory Committee, founding co-chair of the Korea Chapter of the Charted Institute of Arbitrators, and a special advisor to the President of the Korea Bar Association. Mr. Hughes is adjunct professor of law at Korea University School of Law, and has written numerous articles on dispute resolution in Korea.
  • Seth Kosto Seth B. Kosto is the Assistant U.S. Attorney of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Group.
  • Wayne Lee Wayne Lee is the Managing Principal of eDiscovery for the investigative response unit at Verizon.
  • Merryck Lowe Merryck Lowe is a Partner at BDO LLP.
  • Elizabeth Millard Elizabeth Millard is the Acting Director of the Vance Center for International Justice.
  • Frances Murphy Frances heads Slaughter and May's Corporate practice. She specialises in acting for corporate clients and investment banks, on corporate finance and M&A transactions, both in England and overseas. She also advises corporate clients generally on day-to-day corporate matters. She has wide experience of mergers and takeovers, private acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, restructurings, demergers and of equity and debt financing structures. Frances also has significant experience of the demutualisation of building societies.
  • Olufunmi Oluyede Olufunmi Oluyede is partner at Trlplaw in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Maria Pasquale Maria Pasquale is Celgene Corporation Corporate Vice President Legal and Chief Counsel.

    When she started with Celgene Corporation in 2001, it was a small biopharmaceutical company with offices in New Jersey and California. Today, Celgene is a multinational corporation with headquarters in New Jersey and Switzerland, with other offices spanning the globe from Paris to Tokyo. Just two years ago, Celgene became an S&P 500 company.

    Prior to joining Celgene, Pasquale was a patent attorney at Pennie & Edmonds LLP in New York (now part of Jones Day). It was her first job out of law school, and she stayed on for over ten years. Before that, Pasquale (who holds a biochemistry degree from SUNY Stony Brook) spent five years performing cancer and genetic research at laboratories in and near New York City.
  • Wayne Pearson Wayne Pearson is a U.S. Director of International Solutions in the New York office of RBC Wealth Management.
  • Todd Peterson Todd is the head of the emerging markets practice, focusing on corporate emerging markets work. This work includes five major components: working with emerging markets governments; forming private equity and similar funds, primarily directed at emerging markets; working on transactions for such funds; working on a wide array of cross-border joint ventures involving emerging markets; and working on various infrastructure projects in emerging markets (including a number of biofuel and carbon credit related projects).

    For the past several years Todd has been listed in The Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Equity Lawyers, as well as The Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading Mergers and Acquisition Lawyers (Legal Media Group is the legal publishing arm of Euromoney Institutional Investor). He is on the steering committee of Thunderbird's Global Private Equity Investing Conference, and has been involved with Africare for a number of years.
  • Fernando Pinguelo Fernando M. Pinguelo, a trial lawyer and Chair of the firm's Cyber Security & Data Protection Group, devotes his practice to complex litigation with an emphasis on business disputes, cyber security, media and employment matters.

    A former prosecutor, Fernando is experienced in all facets of litigation (trial, mediation, arbitration, and appellate) in both federal and state courts. He handles a broad spectrum of disputes including business torts, data breaches, misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright infringement, fraud, breach of non-compete covenants, and discrimination.

    A leader in the emerging areas of cyber law and electronic discovery, Fernando works closely with business executives, in-house counsel, and HR and IT managers to develop strategies for managing business and legal issues relating to electronic data. He focuses client attention on preventing claims and pursues strategies that enhance a client's ability to manage data- essential precautions because of the financial and public relations fallout that often results from high-profile data breaches. And when a rapidly evolving crisis or emergency hits, Fernando mobilizes his interdisciplinary team of professionals and implements a response strategy to mitigate damages. Fernando's active involvement with Meritas, a worldwide affiliation of independent law firms across the U.S. and in 70 other countries, enables him to provide clients with services outside our jurisdictions.
  • Aileen Pisciotta Aileen Pisciotta is a business lawyer with over 25 years experience as a major law firm partner, corporate general counsel and senior government manager.

    Her clients include telecom, IT, e-commerce, internet, web design, software, alternative energy, management consulting, finance, and government contracting companies. She advises on a full range of corporate and commercial matters including company formation, restructuring, governance, employment; mergers, acquisitions, teaming and joint ventures; domestic and international commercial agreements for supply, manufacturing, sale, service and distribution; internet law; federal telecom regulation; and Small Business Administration certifications and regulations.

    Prior to joining Executive Counsel in 2007, Aileen was Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Trans-World Telecom Caribbean, a privately held, U.S.-owned cellular telecom company with interests in several Caribbean countries. She was responsible for all legal and governmental affairs including international transactions, litigation, and the negotiation and closing of the multimillion dollar sale of company’s operating subsidiaries. Before joining TWT, Aileen was a partner in the in Washington, D.C. office of New York-based Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, where she built a substantial practice advising a variety of broadband, wireless, satellite, media and e-commerce enterprises on domestic and international transactional and regulatory matters including complex multinational projects. From 1994-96, Aileen served as Chief of the Planning and Negotiations Division of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) International Bureau, supervising 35 lawyers, economists and engineers on international spectrum negotiations, particularly with Canada and Mexico, and studies of global telecom developments. Previously, Aileen practiced telecommunications regulatory and transactional law at Latham & Watkins LLP and served as a Public Utility Specialist on the U.S. Department of Justice trial staff working on the Bell System divestiture; Director of Economic Policy in the Office of Telecommunications in the Office of the Governor of the State of Alaska; and Special Assistant to the Chief of the FCC Common Carrier Bureau.
  • Kenneth Rashbaum In his thirty years of experience as a litigator, trial lawyer and counselor, Kenneth N. Rashbaum has been the trusted advisor to health care providers, health plans and multinational corporations on information governance and its compliance with federal, state, and international law. He has served as partner and Co-Chair of the E-Discovery, Compliance and Data Management Practice Group of AmLaw 100 law firm Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, LLP, and Director of Consulting of Fios, Inc., where he founded and supervised the Health Care and Cross-Border divisions.

    Ken has vast experience counseling multinational corporations on data protection and privacy laws and regulations in Europe, Asia, Canada, and South America. In his capacity as a nationally known expert on data privacy, he counsels health care providers on compliance with federal, state and judicial standards governing protected health information preservation, use and disclosure.
  • Iwa Salami Iwa Salami is a lecturer in commercial law and financial law and regulation at the School of Law and Social Sciences. Prior to joining UEL she was a research fellow and teaching assistant at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She has previously worked in the UK and abroad including the Government Legal Service and the African Development Bank. She has published in the field of financial law and economic integration in emerging economies.
  • Madeleine Schachter Madeleine Schachter, a partner based in the New York office, is the Firm's Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility. She works exclusively on global pro bono and community service, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability matters, including in an active pro bono practice and by leading the Firm's pro bono teaming practice. Ms. Schachter is Co-Chair of the International Pro Bono Committee of the ABA's Section of International Law. She currently holds a faculty position at Weill Cornell Medical College and previously was an Adjunct Professor at the Fordham University School of Law.

    Madeleine Schachter works exclusively on CSR matters. In addition to her work on global diversity and sustainability strategies, she has an active pro bono practice with an emphasis on international humanitarian and human rights, disaster response, and global health, and she directs the Firm's pro bono teaming practice in which Firm lawyers collaborate with in-house counsel on pro bono representations. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Ms. Schachter was in-house counsel for more than twenty years, including at Time Warner, where she chaired the company's pro bono program. She previously chaired the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Coordinators and the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services. Ms. Schachter is the author of three books, Law of Internet Speech, Informational and Decisional Privacy, and The Law Professor's Handbook: A Practical Guide to Teaching Law, and several articles in law and medical journals, including on topics relating to pro bono service.
  • Fiona A. Schaeffer Fiona Schaeffer has extensive experience in antitrust counseling, litigation, and transactional matters for clients in a broad range of industries, with particular depth of experience in the health care, financial services, and media sectors. She advises corporate and private equity clients on antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution arrangements, licensing agreements, and other commercial transactions. She frequently serves as global coordinating antitrust counsel for transactions requiring antitrust review in the U.S., EU, and other jurisdictions worldwide. She also represents clients in government investigations, arbitrations, and litigations, including multidistrict treble damages class actions and private antitrust suits in federal and state courts.

    Fiona practiced for a number of years in Europe, representing clients in cross-border transactions and EU litigation. She has appeared before the European courts in Luxembourg and worked on complex antitrust proceedings in the UK High Court.

    According to clients in the Chambers USA 2010 directory, she is "an outside counsel who would be extremely difficult to replicate — she is a trusted adviser who understands our business as well as our in-house lawyers."

    Prior to joining Jones Day in 2010, Fiona successfully completed many M&A transactions, including Houghton Mifflin's acquisition of the Harcourt Education business of Reed Elsevier Group and UnitedHealth Group's acquisition of PacifiCare Health System. She also represented one of the leading U.S. private equity firms in a putative nationwide antitrust class action and a global payment network company in a multidistrict federal and state class action lawsuit regarding currency conversion fees.

    Fiona is active in the antitrust law sections of the ABA and New York State Bar Association.
  • Charles Scudder Charles Scudder is the Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Security at Akzo Nobel Inc.
  • Muhammad Akram Sheikh Mr. Muhammad Akram Sheikh is Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of Pakistan. While he has contested many cases which have caused major improvements in various areas of law, he has also been vocal on national and international forums for human rights, independence of judiciary and rule of law. He has been giving lectures and contributing in the press over complex legal issues. In recognition of his services he had been elected President of the Supreme Court Bar Association and currently he is member of Pakistan Bar Council. He has also held the position of Ambassador at large (with the status of federal minister) and Roving Ambassador of Pakistan. He has represented Pakistan in the United Nations Human Rights sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination & Protection of Minorities. He has been associated with leading national and international organizations and has participated in numerous international conferences and seminars.
  • Ben H. Sheppard Ben H. Sheppard, Jr., is a Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Houston Law Center and the director of the school's A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center within the Blakely Advocacy Institute.

    Sheppard is a retired partner of Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. in Houston, where he practiced from 1969-2005 and was co-chair of the firm¿s worldwide international dispute resolution practice. While at Vinson & Elkins, he served as arbitrator and counsel in domestic and international arbitrations. He now practices as a commercial arbitrator.

    Sheppard currently serves on the American Arbitration Association Panel of Neutrals, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution International Panel of Arbitrators, and on the CPR Institute¿s Roster of Neutrals, including the CPR Energy and International Panels. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the London Court of International Arbitration. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of The International Arbitration News and was the author of the Report and Recommendation to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association in Support of the 2004 Revision to the AAA/ABA Code of Ethics for Arbitrators in Commercial Disputes, which revolutionized the standard of conduct for arbitrators in the United States.

    Sheppard has taught the Intensive Course on International Commercial Arbitration at Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law.
  • Laurence Shore Laurence Shore is a dual-qualified U.S. and U.K. partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is co-chair of the firm's International Arbitration Practice Group. Mr. Shore's practice focuses on international arbitration. He has been the lead advocate in a large number of arbitration cases under, for example, the ICC, LCIA, AAA, UNCITRAL and SWISS Rules. He also has sat as an arbitrator in cases under the ICC, ICDR, Cairo Regional Centre and LCIA Rules. In addition to his work as an arbitration practitioner, Mr. Shore has tried cases in the United States courts and in England's High Court.

    Mr. Shore has been ranked in Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and Chambers USA as a leading individual for Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration.

    Mr. Shore is a co-author (with C. McLachlan and M. Weiniger) of International Investment Arbitration: Substantive Principles (Oxford University Press, 2007). He also serves on the Editorial Board of International Arbitration Law Review, and holds the appointment of Visiting Professor in the School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary, University of London. He is a co-editor of World Arbitration Reporter (Juris Publ. 2010).

    Mr. Shore is a member of the New York, District of Columbia and Virginia Bars, and is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales, where he has rights of audience as a solicitor-advocate (Higher Courts, Civil).

    Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Shore was the global head of international arbitration at a major law firm in London. Mr. Shore earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1989 from Emory University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Emory Law Journal (1988-1989). He previously earned Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in History from The Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Shore received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
  • David M. Silk David M. Silk joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in 1988 and became a partner in the corporate department in 1995. His practice focuses on hostile and negotiated merger and acquisition transactions, private equity transactions, corporate governance, proxy contests, restructurings, joint ventures and securities laws. He represents public and private companies and private equity funds in a wide variety of industries.

    Mr. Silk's recent assignments include representation of a consortium of private equity buyers in connection with their acquisition of Intelsat, representation of Intelsat in its subsequent acquisition of PanAmSat and in connection with its sale to an investor group led by BC Partners; representation of The Home Depot in connection with the sale of HD Supply; representation of MoneyGram in connection with its recapitalization transaction involving an investor group led by TH Lee; representation of Morgan Stanley in connection with its acquisition of Transmontaigne; and representation of Constellation Brands in connection with its acquisitions of Mondavi and Vincor.

    Mr. Silk is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he was a member of the editorial board of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Order of the Coif. He has lectured frequently on transactional topics and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, teaching a course on mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Silk is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Law and Economics.
  • Christina Storm Christina Storm is Executive Director & Founder of Lawyers Without Borders.
  • Jonathan Todres Jonathan Todres is an Associate Professor of Law at Georgia State University's College of Law. As a member of the core faculty of the Center for Law, Health & Society, he teaches Human Rights and Children, Public Health Law, International and Comparative Health Law, and Torts. Previously, Professor Todres served as Acting Assistant Professor at New York University School of Law and Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. He serves as a regular advisor to non-governmental organizations working to combat commercial sexual exploitation of children. He is the co-editor of U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child: An Analysis of Treaty Provisions and Implications of U.S. Ratification (2006) and a number of articles on children's rights and health law issues.
  • Samantha Vardaman Samantha Vardaman is the lead on policy issues for Shared Hope International coordinating advocacy efforts to further the protection of sex trafficking victims. After directing a rule of law program in Moldova for three years in which human trafficking issues figured prominently, Samantha joined Shared Hope International in July 2005 to direct the Trafficking Markets project, resulting in the research report and documentary titled DEMAND, which compares sex trafficking markets in four countries: Jamaica, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States. In 2006, she began directing a three-year research project in ten U.S. locations into the sex trafficking of American and lawful permanent resident minors in the United States funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. The project led to published assessments of the identification and delivery of services to victims of child sex trafficking in each of the 10 locations, as well as training resources for first responders new to the issue. Four more locations were assessed in 2009 and 2010. The research was compiled into the National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: America's Prostituted Children, released in July 2009 at a Congressional briefing to highlight the issue of child sex trafficking in America and admitted into the Congressional Record as evidence of the scope of the problem of child sex trafficking in the U.S. In 2011, Samantha designed and led the Protected Innocence Legislative Framework and Initiative, establishing minimum standards for the protection and response to child sex trafficking at the state level, leading to the December 2011 release of the first annual Protected Innocence Challenge Report Cards grading each state's framework of laws in order to provide the blueprint for comprehensive legislative action for each state. At the same time, Samantha oversees the implementation of restoration programs at Shared Hope International, which includes technical assistance and best practices dissemination for service and shelter providers, as well as grant funding to service providers in the U.S., Fiji, Jamaica, India and Nepal.
  • Joseph Vicario Joseph A. Vicario, Jr. is Senior Counsel of International Trade Regulation at Texas Instruments, Inc.
  • Katrien Vorlat Katrien Vorlat specialises in corporate and securities law. Her practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions and corporate reorganisations. She is frequently retained to advise on the setting up, reorganisation or liquidation of business ventures in Belgium. Katrien has negotiated and structured a wide variety of M&A transactions, joint ventures and investment schemes, in particular in the bank and insurance sector, and in the life sciences, distribution and technology industries. She also has a wide range of expertise in investments and buyouts by venture capital corporations and private equity funds.

    Katrien represents a number of insurance companies, biotech and IT companies as well as various institutional venture capital investment firms and private equity funds in Belgium, Europe and the US.

    Katrien has published several articles on corporate law issues.

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ABA International’s Spring Meeting—held biennially in New York--is one of the world’s most important gatherings of international lawyers. The 2012 Spring Meeting in New York attracted 1,500 attendees from over 80 countries. Spring Meeting attendees included: 
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  • Lawyers with the most prominent regional and national firms inside and outside the U.S.; 
  • U.S.-based small-firm and solo practitioners with significant international practice; 
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ABA International is the “ABA home” for the world’s leading international practitioners, and the 2012 Spring Meeting is a “Must-Attend” meeting for lawyers with a practice or interest in international legal issues.

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Founded in 1933, the Section of International Law is the leader in the development of policy in the international arena, the promotion of the rule of law and the education of international law practitioners. It is the only ABA entity that focuses on the full range of international legal issues and is involved in a wide variety of substantive legal activities. The Section's purposes are to promote interest, activity, and research in international and comparative law and related areas; to further its development; to diffuse knowledge among members of the legal profession and others; to formulate professional opinion thereon; to promote professional relationships with lawyers similarly engaged in foreign countries; and to implement Goal VIII of the Association -- "To advance the rule of law in the world." To address these issues, the Section has assigned over 60+ regional and special interest committees, task forces and working groups within twelve divisions – Africa/Eurasia, Americas/Middle East, Business Regulation, Constituent, Corporate, Disputes, Finance, Industries, Legal Practice, Public International Law and Tax, Estates & Individuals - to closely monitor and disseminate information on domestic and international policy developments with implications for law practice. The Section's membership of 23,000+ includes over 50% of its lawyer members in private practice, 1500 in-house counsel, 800 U.S. lawyers living abroad, and 1200 non-U.S. lawyers** in 90 countries


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