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The Business of Arbitration - The Economic Impact & Benefits

Wednesday May 20, 2015 | 18:00 – 20:00

Hosted by the BVI Arbitration Centre. No registration is necessary, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 340 9002

Dr. JS Archibald, QC Memorial Lecture

A Brave New World – Can the new Arbitration Centre knock New York, London and Paris off their Perch?
Delivered by the Rt. Honourable
Lord Peter Goldsmith, QC

Cocktail Reception

Thursday May 21, 2015 | 8:00 – 17:00

8:00AM - 8:20AM - Collection of Badges, Coffee & Tea

8:20AM - 8:25AM - Welcome Remarks
Russell Harrigan
Managing Editor - Business BVI, Conference Chair

Ms. Dawn Smith
General Counsel/Director, Legal and Enforcement
BVI Financial Services Commission, Conference Co-Chair & Discussion Leader

8:25AM - 8:40AM - Remarks
Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith, OBE MHA
Premier and Minister for Finance
British Virgin Islands

8:40AM - 8:55AM - Welcome Remarks
Hon. Dame Janice Pereira, DBE
Chief Justice
Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

SETTING THE STAGE

8:55AM - 9:20AM - Keynote Address
Justice Barry Leon
High Court of the Virgin Islands (Commercial Division), Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

The Business of Arbitration: The Economic Impact & Benefits; Toronto as a Model

The twin pillars of the Virgin Islands economy are financial services and tourism. What would be the economic benefits of dispute resolution becoming a third pillar?
This session will focus on a case study of the economic impact and benefits of arbitration.

Speakers:

Andrew Tepperman,
Vice President,
Charles River Associates, Toronto

9:45AM - 10:00AM - Coffee Break

Why Arbitrate

PANEL DISCUSSIONS: 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Why Arbitrate

This session will explore what is driving the growing global popularity of arbitration as a preferred option for dispute resolution. Many professionals combine successful litigation and arbitration practices while others focus exclusively on one or the other. Can lawyers in the Caribbean region be dispute resolution lawyers effectively handling both litigation and arbitration? What skill sets and mindsets are required for success as a lawyer in arbitration? How can lawyers in this region get there?

Moderator:
Dancia Penn, OBE, QC,
Managing Partner,
Dancia Penn & Co.

Panelists:

  • Natalie Reid, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton, NY
  • Calvin A. Hamilton, Attorney, Barbados
  • Carita Wallgren-Lindholm, Founding Partner Lindholm Wallgren, Attorneys Ltd., Helsinki, Finland - Via Video Conference
  • Via Video Conference

45 minutes of discussion and 15 minutes of Q&A

Finding our Niche

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Finding our Niche

Competition is fierce among international arbitration centres. What can set the British Virgin Islands apart and make it an attractive venue for the settlement of disputes through arbitration? Which disputes? Which parties? What are the BVI competitive advantages? Its disadvantages? Can the disadvantages be overcome? Where should the BVI focus its arbitration energy and resources?

Moderator:
Andy Thorp,
Partner & Head,
BVI litigation and insolvency Practice Group,
HARNEYS

Speakers:

  • Rt. Honourable Lord Peter Goldsmith, QC, Partner Debevoise & Plimpton, London
  • Justice Barry Leon, Chief Justice, Commercial Division, High Court, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
  • Gerard Farara, QC, Senior Partner and Head of Litigation, Farara Kerins
  • Professor Doug Jones, AO, Independent Arbitrator, Canada & Australia

45 minutes of discussion and 15 minutes of Q&A

12:00PM - 1:00PM - LUNCH

Hot Topics in International Arbitration

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Hot Topics in International Arbitration

A discussion of the leading issues trending in international arbitration and how these will affect the practice of arbitration.

Moderator:
Dawn Smith, General Counsel/Director, Legal and Enforcement BVI Financial Services Commission

Speakers:

  • Professor Janet Walker, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Canada
  • Murray Smith LLM, Chartered Arbitrator, Vancouver, Canada
  • Hussein Haeri, Withers, London

45 minutes of discussion and 15 minutes of Q&A

COFFEE BREAK AT LEISURE

The Courts and Arbitration

2:00PM - 3:00PM

The Courts and Arbitration

One of the three principles of the Arbitration Act, 2013 is that “the Court shall not interfere in the arbitration of a dispute, save as expressly provided in this Act”. Does this mean that the Court is not a competitor but a complement to arbitration? How do courts support arbitration? Panelists will address this question by referring to legislation and case law and the experiences in other jurisdictions.

Moderator:
Tameka Davis,
Counsel,
Conyers Dill & Pearman

Speakers:

  • Jeremy Child, HARNEYS, BVI
  • Jeffrey P. Elkinson, Director, Conyers Dill & Pearman, Bermuda

45 minutes of discussion and 15 minutes of Q&A

One Million Opportunities

3:00PM - 4:00PM

One Million Opportunities

Increasingly parties are choosing to arbitrate. More and more commercial contracts drafted by transactional lawyers include an arbitration clause, making the BVI the seat. What should a transactional lawyer think about when drafting an arbitration clause? What are the best practices?

Moderator:
Adenike Sicard,
Partner, HPA Lawyers

Speakers:

  • William Hare, Forbes Hare, BVI
  • Ben Love,Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York
  • Sarah Masson, Senior Associate - Dispute Resolution, Appleby

45 minutes of discussion and 15 minutes of Q&A

The BVI International Arbitration Centre

4:00PM - 5:00PM

The BVI International Arbitration Centre

The Arbitration Act, 2013 provides for the establishment of the BVI International Arbitration Centre to facilitate arbitration and mediation. The Centre will be designed to provide key dispute resolution services critical to support effective arbitral tribunals. In this session, panelists will outline the planning for the Centre and next steps.

Moderator:
Alva McCall,
Deputy Director of the Policy,
Research and Statistics Division at the Financial Services Commission

Speakers:

  • Jennifer Potter-Questelles, Deputy MD, Corporate Services, BVIFSC
  • Cherno Jallow, QC, Director of Policy, Research and Statistics, BVIFSC
  • Brodrick Penn, Ag. Permanent Secretary, Premier’s Office

45 minutes of discussion and 15 minutes of Q&A

Cocktail Reception: 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Hosted by Conyers Dill & Pearman
Main Dining Room

Getting here

Maria's by the Sea

Located in the heart of Road Town, Maria’s by the Sea is perfectly situated on the shore of Road Harbour thus taking advantage of the convenience of being in town while enjoying some of the best views of the harbour and Sir Francis Drakes Channel.

P.O. Box 2364 - Road Town
Tortola, British Virgin Islands VG1110