Speakers
Hon. D. Orlando Smith, OBE, MHA,--Premier of the British Virgin Islands

Hon. D. Orlando Smith, OBE, MHA,Premier of the British Virgin Islands

Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE is the Premier of the Virgin Islands.

As the leader of Government business, his portfolio includes the coordination of government policies, economic planning, investment promotion, tourism, immigration, gender affairs, e-commerce, regional affairs, information and public relations, among other key areas.

As the Minister of Finance, Honourable Smith is responsible for the overall financial management of the Territory, its budget reporting, treasury, tax, long-range planning and transparency.

As the leader of the Financial Services sector, Premier Smith is tasked with ensuring that the BVI is a top-tiered financial services centre, offering a range of services in investment and wealth management. Additionally, he is responsible for ensuring that the industry achieves effective implementation of, and compliance with, established financial standards, components he sees as critical to a robust legal, regulatory and enforcement machinery.

Before that, Premier Smith served as Chief Medical Officer, the leading medical position in the Territory and surgeon for 17 years from 1979-1995. In 2000, he was named in the Queen's New Year's Honours List and was awarded an Order of British Empire (OBE) for his years of outstanding and dedicated service to his BVI Community.

He entered the political arena in 1998, forming the new National Democratic Party.
Following the party's first election, he served as Leader of the Opposition. In 2003, his team won a majority and he was sworn in as the Territory's first Chief Minister to be elected by the people. In 2007, after his party was defeated in the general elections, Honourable Smith became the Leader of the Opposition. In the 2011 general elections, his team rebounded, and won an overall majority.

Justice Barry Leon--High Court of the Virgin Islands (Commercial Division), Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

Justice Barry LeonHigh Court of the Virgin Islands (Commercial Division), Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

Justice Barry Leon is the High Court Judge (Commercial Division), Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, in the Territory of the Virgin Islands. The Commercial Court is located in Road Town, Tortola, Territory of the Virgin Islands.

Prior to his appointment to the Court in March 2015, Justice Leon was a Partner and Head of the International Arbitration Group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP, a leading international arbitration firm based in Ottawa, Canada. Until 2009 he was a Partner with Torys LLP in its Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice in Toronto, Canada, and for many years served as Coordinator of the Practice. He has more than 30 years of experience as counsel, acting on many complex and significant cases for a wide variety of clients and involving many different industries including financial services, natural resources, energy, technology, intellectual property, manufacturing and construction.

While Justice Leon primarily acted as counsel in disputes, he also served as an arbitrator and mediator, which he continues to do occasionally. He is a commercial arbitrator and mediator with Arbitration Place and ADR Chambers, sits as an international arbitrator on International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)) and other international arbitrations. Justice Leon is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and an International Mediation Institute (IMI) Certified Mediator.

Justice Leon received numerous professional recognitions in international arbitration and other areas including from Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 100; Chambers Global; Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; PLC Which Lawyer?; The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration; The Best Lawyers in Canada; Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory; Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration; Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada; and Who’s Who Legal - Canada.

In 2013 he received CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution’s “Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in ADR”.

Justice Leon has been an active member of numerous international arbitration organizations, serving in executive positions and on task forces and commissions, and organizing conferences and events. He is immediate past Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, ICC Canada (Canadian National Committee of the ICC) and Co-Chair of The Advocates’ Society’s Arbitration and Mediation Advocacy Practice Group. He regularly chaired conferences and panels and speaks and writes extensively on arbitration, commercial litigation and mediation topics.

Justice Leon was admitted to Bar in Ontario, Canada in 1976. He holds a law degree from the University of Toronto, an MBA degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario, and a BA (Political Science; Economics) from the University of Alberta.

Dame Janice M. Pereira--Chief Justice, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, St. Lucia

Dame Janice M. PereiraChief Justice, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, St. Lucia

Dame Janice M. Pereira was born in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands and received her primary education at the North Sound Primary School, Virgin Gorda. She graduated from the British Virgin Islands High School in 1975 and was awarded trophy as Student of the Year and Trophy in English.

She obtained her Bachelor of Laws Degree (honours) from the University of the West Indies in 1979 and her Certificate of Legal Education in 1981 from the Norman Manley Law School. She received her Legal Internship Training with the firm Harney Westwood & Riegels, Chambers in the BVI. Dame Janice was called the Bar in the Territory of the British Virgin Islands in 1981 and St. Christopher & Nevis in 2000.

During the period 1981 – 1984 she acted as Registrar of the Supreme Court & Registrar General of the Registry of Companies in the British Virgin Islands. From 1984 – 1985 she held the position of Registrar, Registrar General of the Supreme Court and the Registry of Companies and International Business Companies. She also served as an Additional Magistrate and acted as Magistrate during that period.

Between 1985 to 1986 she practiced as an Associate with Harney Westwood & Riegels. Following from 1989 to 1990 she practiced with the firm Mc. W. Todman & Co and then went on to make partner in the firm Farara George-Creque & Kerins between 1990 to 2003. Her concentrated areas of work were Commercial – Litigation/Non Litigation, conveyancing, Probate & Family, Corporate, and Admiralty. During this eighteen year span, she engaged in active practice at the bar in the conduct of matters at all levels of the Court.

In September, 2003 she was appointed Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and was assigned to serve the Territories of Anguilla and Montserrat. In January, 2009 Dame Janice was elevated to the position of Justice of Appeal. In August, 2012 she was appointed to act as Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and appointed Chief Justice on 28th September, 2012. In May,2013 Justice Pereira was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Dame Janice serves as Chairman of the Judicial & Legal Services Commission [JLSC], JLSC BVI and JLSC, Anguilla. She is also a Member of the Regional Judicial & Legal Services Commission of the CCJ in Trinidad. Dame Janice has served as Chairman and Member on numerous Boards and Committees in Anguilla, Montserrat and BVI. She has received several awards during her career for dedicated service and contributions to the administration of Justice.

Lord Goldsmith QC--Co-Managing Partner and Chair of European and Asian Litigation, Debevoise & Plimpton, London

Lord Goldsmith QCCo-Managing Partner and Chair of European and Asian Litigation, Debevoise & Plimpton, London

Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, PC, London co-managing partner and Chair of European and Asian Litigation joined Debevoise as European Chair of Litigation in September 2007. He is based in the firm’s London office. Lord Goldsmith served as the UK’s Attorney General from 2001-2007, prior to which he was in private practice as one of the leading barristers in London.

Lord Goldsmith has a long practice in arbitration and in the interface between arbitration and litigation. He appears as counsel for leading cases in a number of jurisdictions and different arbitral institutions, including ICC, LCIA and ad hoc in London, Paris, Singapore and India. He also sits as arbitrator in London, Paris and Singapore. He is Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, on the panel of arbitrators for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel, and is closely connected with both the LCIA and the ICC. He recently co-chaired a Task Force on ICC arbitration involving States and State entities which recommended changes to the ICC rules of arbitration to take account of special issues faced by States in ICC arbitrations. Lord Goldsmith regularly speaks on arbitration issues. Recent engagements include teaching international arbitration at the University of Milan Summer School. He is a member of the European Commission Expert Group on the interface between Brussels I Regulation and Arbitration.

Lord Goldsmith is a nominated member of the P.R.I.M.E. Finance Panel of Experts. P.R.I.M.E. is a panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance based in The Hague, established to assist judicial systems in the settlement of disputes on complex financial transactions.

The panel of experts comprises some of the most senior people in the financial markets sector. In 2013 Lord Goldsmith was a visiting professor of European Legal Studies at Columbia University, New York.

Consistently acknowledged for his prominence, American Lawyer states that “[he has] the advocacy skills of one of the finest barristers of his generation”. He is recommended as a in the top band of lawyers in Chambers UK (2014) for International Arbitration. The guide describes him as “a real superstar”, renowned for being an “excellent advocate and extremely busy”. Chambers Europe (2014) describes him as “very easy to deal with and seems really easygoing, but he is a terrier and will fight to the death. Incredibly quick”.

Chambers UK (2013) states Lord Goldsmith is recognised for his “overwhelmingly brilliant advocacy”. In Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 he is noted as being “very impressive – a heavyweight counsel who is user-friendly and practical”. He is ranked under Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration in Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2013). Chambers Global (2014) describes him as a “prolific arbitration lawyer” with “tremendous ‘experience and stature’ globally”. He is also ranked as a Notable Practitioner in the public international law category of Chambers Global (2014) where he is described as “exceptionally accomplished”. He has also been described as “breathtakingly persuasive” and “one of the great doyens of the English bar”. Legal 500 UK (2014) ranks Lord Goldsmith as a “leading individual” for International Arbitration, where the guide quotes sources as saying he “delivers high-level standards”. Chambers Global (2013) quotes that “He wins plaudits for his tremendous advocacy skills and “is certainly one of the most exceptional lawyers of our generation.” He is recognised as having “a standout reputation in relation to India disputes; and is highly sought after as both arbitrator and counsel.”

Lord Goldsmith has appeared in numerous cases in the House of Lords, the Privy Council and the Court of Appeal as well as international and European courts and in the courts of a number of other jurisdictions. Significant work includes leading cases on auditors’ liability, insurance and takeover law, banking law, company law, insolvency litigation, revenue cases, public law and public international law and arbitration.

Lord Goldsmith has published numerous articles and is a frequent public speaker. Recent public speaking engagements include delivering the 2014 Goldman Lecture at the Paris Academy of Arbitration. Recent publications include “An Introduction to International Public Policy”, International Arbitration and Public Policy edited by Devin Bray and Heather L. Bray (October, 2014), “Clarity Needed On Foreign Arbitration Institutions In China”, China Business Law Journal (November, 2013), “What the NY Convention Means for Myanmar”, International Financial Law Review (April, 2013), and “Investors Should Invoke Bilateral Investment Treaties if they are Hurt by Adverse Policies”, The Economic Times (November, 2012).

Lord Goldsmith was a graduate in law from Cambridge University with double first class honours and a Master’s from University College London. He was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1972, Paris in 1997, Belize in 2010, St. Kitts and Nevis in 2010, New South Wales in 2010 and the British Virgin Islands in 2011.

Andrew Tepperman--Vice President Charles River Associates Toronto, Canada

Andrew TeppermanVice President Charles River Associates Toronto, Canada

Andrew Tepperman is a vice president in CRA’s Life Sciences Practice. Dr. Tepperman has considerable experience conducting economic analyses in intellectual property and antitrust matters as well as in the context of other commercial disputes. His work has encompassed a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, telecommunications, and computer hardware and software. He has provided expert testimony in Canadian and U.S. court proceedings. Before joining CRA in 2001, Dr. Tepperman lectured at the University of Toronto and conducted research funded by Industry Canada on the international determinants of patenting.

Dawn Smith--General Counsel of the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission

Dawn SmithGeneral Counsel of the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission

Dawn J. Smith is General Counsel of the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission and a member of the Focus Group established to develop new arbitration legislation for the BVI.

A barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) since 1997, Dawn was in private practice with a focus on commercial litigation until she joined the Commission in January, 2013. She also spent a number of years (2006-2009) as the BVI’s representative in Europe based in London.

Dawn is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is a founding member and currently serves as Chairperson of the BVI Chapter and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Caribbean Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is also a solicitor of England and Wales (non-practicing) and a member of the BVI Bar Association.

Gerard St.C Farara Q.C.--Senior Partner and Head of Litigation of FARARA KERINS, BVI

Gerard St.C Farara Q.C.Senior Partner and Head of Litigation of FARARA KERINS, BVI

Gerard St.C Farara Q.C., a lawyer of over 35 years call and the second native BVIslander to practice law in the BVI, is the Senior Partner and Head of Litigation of FARARA KERINS, a leading commercial law firm in the British Virgin Islands providing a range of legal services to local and international clientele. Mr. Farara, who was appointed Queens Counsel in 1996, is one of the most experienced and well-respected litigation lawyers practicing in the Virgin Islands and the Eastern Caribbean.

Over the last 30 years Mr. Farara has specialized in heavy civil, insolvency and commercial litigation. He has consistently been one of the top tier advocates at the Bar with experience before all courts up to the Privy Council in London. He continues to be a counsel of choice in the more heavy commercial litigation cases before the courts of the BVI, and has provided expert evidence in matters before the courts of foreign jurisdictions, such as the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, in a range of matters including BVI insolvency law.

Mr. Farara has also served as a judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. He was a member of the committee charged with interviewing candidates short-listed for appointment as judge of the Commercial Court.

Additionally, he has served in various capacities on many Boards and other bodies, most notably as Chairman of the 2003 Constitutional Review Commission and as member of the Constitutional Negotiating Team for the BVI. He is one of the architects of the Virgin Islands Constitutional Order 2007.

Professor Janet Walker--Osgoode Hall Law School & Arbitration Place Toronto, Canada

Professor Janet WalkerOsgoode Hall Law School & Arbitration Place Toronto, Canada

Professor Janet Walker, CD, JD, DPhil, FCIArb, is based in Toronto at Arbitration Placeand in London at Outer Temple Chambers. She is Professor of Law (pastAssociate Dean)at Osgoode Hall Law School, and a member of the Ontario bar.

Janet has served as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chair in ICC and ICDR arbitrations. She is a member of the ICDR, CIETAC, SHIAC and KLRCA panels, and has a good working knowledge of Spanish and French.She is founding member of ICC Canada, Toronto CommercialArbitration Society, CIArb Toronto Chapter (founding Chair), YoungCanadian Arbitration Practitioners, and Arbitralwomen;and member of LCIA, IBA, IPBA and ICCA.

Janet has for more than 15 years consulted on, and provided expert evidence in,crossborderand complex litigation, and has served on law reform working groupsfor the American Law Institute, ABA, IBA and the Uniform Law Conferenceof Canada - most recently on its International Arbitration Legislation Project Advisory Board.She was for nine years the Advisor (Common Law) toCanada’s Federal Courts Rules Committeeand she is author of Canada’s maintext onprivate international law, Castel and Walker.

Janet isthe Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’s Academic Advisor, InternationalAssociation of Procedural Law’s Secretary General, and International Law Association CanadianBranch’s past President. From 2001-2014, she coached the Osgoode Vis Team.Since 2001, Janet has been appointed Foreign Research Professor at the Faculté des sciences juridiques de Tunis. Other appointments have included Leverhulme Professor at University College,Oxford; Hauser Global Law Professor at NYU, and NYU/NUS inSingapore; and visiting professorships in Australia, Israel,Italy, Croatia andChina. For more, see www.janet-walker.com

Ben Love--Partner,Senior Associate, New York

Ben LovePartner,Senior Associate, New York

Ben Love is a Senior Associate in the New York office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Ben has acted as both counsel and tribunal secretary in a wide variety of commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, with a particular focus on the energy sector.

He has extensive experience in arbitrations against Latin American States, and his recent mandates include representing investors in multi-billion dollar arbitrations against Egypt and its State entities arising out of the Peace Pipeline project, securing a favorable award for Total in its ICSID arbitration against Argentina, and advising clients in claims against sovereigns and State entities in Algeria, Kazakhstan, and various European States.

In addition to his work as counsel, Ben serves on the Peer Review Board of the ICSID Review, the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and the editorial boards of International Legal Materials and World Arbitration & Mediation Review. Ben is also the secretary for the IBA Subcommittee on Investment Arbitration. He publishes and speaks frequently on international law and international arbitration, including as co-author, with Noah Rubins, of a forthcoming monograph entitled Provisional Measures in Investment Treaty Arbitration.

Qualified to practice in New York and Texas, Ben speaks English and French, reads Spanish, and holds law degrees from the University of Texas and Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Jennifer Potter-Questelles--Deputy Managing Director, Corporate Services

Jennifer Potter-QuestellesDeputy Managing Director, Corporate Services

Mrs. Potter-Questelles joined the Commission (formerly the Financial Services Department) in 2001 from the private sector.

She assumed the post of Deputy Managing Director Corporate Services in April 2005.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Master of Law, 2011
  • Masters of Business Administration (Finance), 2001
  • Bachelors of Science (Information Systems), 1993
Carita Wallgren-Lindholm--Founding Partner, Lindholm Wallgren, Attorneys Ltd

Carita Wallgren-LindholmFounding Partner, Lindholm Wallgren, Attorneys Ltd

Carita Wallgren-Lindholm is a founding partner of the Finnish boutique law firm Lindholm Wallgren, Attorneys Ltd. Before moving to her firm in 2009 to focus on arbitral work, she spent 25 years at Roschier, having commenced her legal practice in Paris in the early 1980s. Carita's transactional background is in public M&A and board advisory, including governance and internal investigations. Since 2013 she only serves as an arbitrator, mainly in international arbitration. Institutions and Rules include the SCC, ICC, FAI, LCIA, DIA, JCAA and UNCITRAL.

Carita has been a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR since 1996 and vice chair since 2011. She has also been a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration since 2012. She has been listed on the ICSID panel of conciliators since 2007, and has sat on the board of ICC Finland since 2008. Other memberships include the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce (board member, 1996–2001); the Finnish Arbitration Association (board member, 1996–2012); the Swedish Arbitration Association (ex com, 2007–2011); Lex Mundi (board member, 1996–2000); the Ibero-American Foundation of Finland (board member, 2007–2010; and trustee, 2012–); the mediation committee of the Finnish Bar (chair, 2002–2004); the ADR working group of the ICC; the Finnish Bar Association (board member, 2001–2004); the CCBE (2001–2007); the ILA international commercial arbitration committee (2008–); and the Directors’ Institute of Finland.

Carita is a law graduate of the University of Helsinki. Other studies in Finland and the USA include English and Romance languages, and political science. Her working languages are Swedish, Finnish, English and French. She has published and lectured in the areas of conflict management, arbitration, takeovers, corporate governance, CSR and legal ethics.

Cherno Jallow, QC--Director, Policy, Research and Statistics

Cherno Jallow, QCDirector, Policy, Research and Statistics

Prior to his appointment with the Commission, Cherno Jallow QC served as Attorney General of the BVI from 1999 to 2007. Prior to that, he served as Parliamentary Counsel in the Attorney General's Chambers from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Jallow played an instrumental role in the development of a number of financial services and related legislation, including the Financial Services Commission Act, 2001 which formally established the Financial Services Commission. He is a member of the Gambia and BVI Bar Associations.

Professional Qualifications

  • Master of Laws (Legislative Drafting and Public Law), 1994
  • Certificate in Legislative Drafting, 1989
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), 1988
Calvin A. Hamilton--Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies Cavehill Campus, Bridgetown

Calvin A. HamiltonFaculty of Law, University of the West Indies Cavehill Campus, Bridgetown

Calvin A. Hamilton, a native of Guyana, received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School and his master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is admitted to practice in New York and Spain, as well as before the United States Court of International Trade and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Calvin’s practice deals primarily with alternative dispute resolution: arbitration, litigation and mediation. He is specialised in mergers and acquisitions; distribution, agency, franchise and transfer agreements; contract negotiations; corporate law. He has extensive experience in the following sectors: technology, automotive, manufacturing, real estate, construction, energy, including oil and gas and renewable energy. hamilton abogados is consistently considered among the one-hundred top practices by Global Arbitration Review. Mr. Hamilton is also included in the Who’s Who of arbitration practitioners.

Calvin is currently focusing his attention on the English-speaking Caribbean, the birthplace to which he had long looked forward to returning. He is actively promoting arbitration law reform in Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the Bahamas, where he frequently addresses conferences and makes both formal and informal presentations to ministers, judges, lawyers and chambers of commerce.

As a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, Calvin is developing a comprehensive ADR curriculum as part of a plan to further position the University as an institution of excellence. He also serves as the Secretary to the Barbados branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is one of the founding members of the Caribbean ADR Chambers (The “Chambers”). Moreover, as a lawyer admitted to practice in New York, he regularly counsels Caribbean clients on NY Law and/or acts on their behalf to manage local counsel there.

Calvin is one of the most prominent arbitration practitioners in Europe. As the second non-European lawyer admitted to the Madrid Bar Association, he has more than twenty-five years of experience, sixteen of which were as a partner in two of the leading international law firms there. In 2008 he founded his own boutique arbitration firm: hamilton abogados.

Calvin is included on the list of arbitrators of the following institutions: the American Arbitration Association’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Madrid Arbitration Court, the Spanish Arbitration Court, the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), the Association for International Arbitration (AIA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Comité Arbitragem Brasileiro de Arbitragem (CBAr) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

He acts as counsel or arbitrator in arbitrations throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, the US, Africa and Europe. In addition, he has served as Secretary to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration panels and currently acts as an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) panellist in domain name disputes before the National Arbitration Forum.

His articles have appeared in publications such as Mealey’s International Arbitration Report, Spain Arbitration Review and the New York Law Journal.

Calvin recently signed a book contract together with Chris Malcolm and Shan Greer, 2 colleagues of the Chambers, to produce Commercial Arbitration in the Commonwealth of the Caribbean, which will examine critical aspects of the law and practice of arbitration in the area within the context of broader economic development objectives. It is being written for both students and practitioners and will, to this end, consider the nature and function of the elements of arbitration, regulatory framework issues, domestic as well as international, and practical questions, such as the taking of evidence, the general conduct of proceedings, etc.

Calvin is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French and Portuguese.

Murray L. Smith, LLM--Chartered Arbitrator, SMITH BARRISTERS

Murray L. Smith, LLMChartered Arbitrator, SMITH BARRISTERS

Murray Smith received his Bachelor of Science in 1973, his Bachelor of Laws in 1976 and his Master of Laws, International Business Law, at the London School of Economics in 1989. He was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1977 and the Bar of Yukon Territory in1985. He qualified as an English Barrister in 1990.

Currently practising from Vancouver, British Columbia Mr. Smith has extensive experience in commercial litigation and arbitration. He has acted as arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations under AAA (ICDR), ICC, BCICAC and UNCITRAL Rules and has served as chairman, as party appointed arbitrator and as sole arbitrator.

Mr. Smith’s arbitration work has focused on energy and natural resource related disputes including the distribution of oil field production profits, gas supply contracts for power generation facilities, exploration concession agreements, LNG Sales Agreements and the interpretation of commercial contracts generally.

Mr. Smith has been involved in international commercial arbitration legal education programs in England, British Columbia, Yukon, the United States and the Caribbean. Over more than 20 years he has served as the course director for international training programs for experienced arbitrators seeking the Fellowship qualification with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He was a founding member and was Chairman of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators from 2005 to 2008. He collaborated with Martin Hunter and Allan Redfern in writing the second edition of the leading text “Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration”.

As a commercial arbitrator Mr. Smith recognizes the importance of due process, rigorous procedural management and compliance with applicable laws to achieve arbitration goals of enforceability, cost savings, speed, efficiency and confidentiality.

Mr. Smith can be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 604 689 4438.
His website is www.smithbarristers.com

Sarah Masson--Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution Appleby BVI

Sarah MassonSenior Associate, Dispute Resolution Appleby BVI

Practice areas
Dispute Resolution

Laws practised
BVI law

SPECIALISMS

  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Asian Disputes
  • Fund Disputes
  • Insolvency & Resructuring

PROFILE

Sarah Masson is a senior associate in the Dispute Resolution department in the British Virgin Islands. Prior to joining Appleby she was an associate in the litigation and arbitration group at DLA Piper in London.

She has extensive experience of major multi­jurisdictional commercial disputes. Sarah speaks fluent French.

EXPERTISE

Recent highlights include advising:

  • A company involved in the worldwide import and export of steel products in its claim alleging breach of contract and fraudulent and/or negligent misrepresentation on the part of the defendant BVI company
  • A West African bank defending a claim brought against it in the BVI by a BVI incorporated company headquartered in Switzerland
  • A P&I insurer in respect of its claims in the insolvent liquidation in the BVI of an operator of bulk cargo ships
  • A minority shareholder in a BVI company in an unfair prejudice action
  • The representative of an oil pipeline consortium in an arbitration relating to an oil transportation agreement

EDUCATION

London School of Economics and Political Sciences (England)

Natalie L. Reid--Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Natalie L. ReidPartner, Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Natalie Reid is a partner in the firm's litigation practice and focuses on international arbitration, public international law, and complex commercial litigation matters. She regularly acts as counsel in arbitrations arising under the rules of the major arbitral institutions. A Jamaican national, her recent representations include disputes arising under bilateral investment treaties in South Asia and East Asia.

Prior to joining Debevoise in 2006, Ms. Reid was an Associate Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and clerked for the Hon. Betty B. Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She was admitted to the bar in New York in 2004, and is admitted to appear before the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the Second and Ninth Circuits. Ms. Reid has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (2011-2014), and is currently a member of the International Commercial Disputes Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law. She also served as co-chair of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, and a 2012 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Ms. Reid is the author or co-author of a number of publications concerning public international law and international arbitration, including the three-volume International Criminal Law Practitioner Library (Cambridge University Press, 2007-2010), and articles in The Arbitration Review Of The Americas 2015, and the ICCA Congress Book 2014 (forthcoming 2015).

Ms. Reid received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was co-managing editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. She received her A.B., magna cum laude, in International Relations from Brown University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

NATALIE L. REID'S SELECT REPRESENTATIONS

Claimant Tethyan Copper Company (jointly owned by Barrick Gold and Antofagasta Minerals) in an ICSID arbitration against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and an ICC arbitration against the Pakistani province of Balochistan in disputes regarding a copper and gold mining project in the west of Pakistan.

Overseas Private Investment Corporation in arbitration and litigation of dispute concerning breach of an insurance claim settlement agreement.

An investment firm in two investment treaty cases against the Government of Laos arising under the ICSID Additional Facility Rules and the UNCITRAL Rules.

Alternative asset managers in arbitration of a dispute arising out of partnership and employment agreements.

Prudential Financial, Inc. in shareholder class action and derivative lawsuits arising from regulatory inquiries into death benefit payment practices and compliance with unclaimed property laws.

Phoenix Life Insurance Company and The Phoenix Companies, Inc. in a putative class action in the District of New Jersey relating to reductions of policyholder dividend scales.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as amicus curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court in Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah v. United States, arguing that the continued detention of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay and the procedures of the military tribunals established to try those prisoners breached the international treaty obligations of the United States.

The United Nations in Brzak v. United Nations, successfully asserting its rights under the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations and corresponding U.S. law; obtaining dismissal of suit filed in the Southern District of New York against the Organization and several employees; successfully defending the appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and successfully opposing the petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.

Chemical Weapons Convention Negotiators and Experts as amici curiae in Bond v. United States, arguing that the individual criminal acts of the petitioner fell within the expansive scope of conduct prohibited by the Convention and the federal statute implementing the Convention in the United States.

Tameka Davis--Counsel, Conyers Dill &Pearman, BVI

Tameka DavisCounsel, Conyers Dill &Pearman, BVI

Tameka Davis is Counsel in the Litigation department of Conyers Dill & Pearman in the British Virgin Islands. Tameka was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003 and joined Conyers in 2009. After a brief stint at the International Bar Association, she joined private practice in Jamaica before moving offshore to Anguilla in 2005. She has almost ten (10) years’ experience in offshore commercial litigation.

Tameka’s practice includes international insolvency, bringing and defending unfair prejudice, breach of contract, conspiracy and asset tracing claims, obtaining and resisting interim relief including disclosure and urgent injunctive relief, and commencing and resisting forum convenient applications. She is skilled at civil procedure and the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards in the BVI. Tameka appears in the Commercial Division of the High Court of the Virgin Islands and the Court of Appeal.

Tameka has advised many notable entities including, Bacardi International Limited, JSC Kazatomprom a state-owned uranium mining enterprise in Kazakhstan and since 2009, JSC BTA Bank, a Kazakhstan Bank. The latter specifically in relation to its ongoing efforts to recover billions of dollars misappropriated from it by its former chairman Mr Mukhtar Ablyazov. Tameka has also acted in a matter concerning a state-owned aluminium processing plant in Tajikistan and owners of a luxury resort in Anguilla.

Tameka is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration and has published articles on the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in the British Virgin Islands and Interim Measures under the BVI Arbitration Act. She acted for Pacific China Holdings Limited, a case involving the use of an arbitral award as the basis for an application to appoint liquidators over a BVI company.

Jeffrey Elkinson--Director/Partner of Conyers Dill and Pearman Limited, Bermuda

Jeffrey ElkinsonDirector/Partner of Conyers Dill and Pearman Limited, Bermuda

Jeffrey Elkinson is a Director in the Litigation & Insolvency department in the Bermuda office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. He joined Conyers in 1988 and his practice includes commercial litigation and arbitration in the area of contentious trusts, insurance and re-insurance, construction and with particular specialization in administrative law and telecommunications.

Jeffrey is an active arbitrator, mediator and counsel in domestic and international disputes with appointments from ICC, LCIA and CIArb and, in respect of domain names, HKIAC/ADNDRC. With true international experience, Jeffrey has audience rights in numerous jurisdictions and is a member of the Bars of Ireland, England and Wales, Hong Kong, NSW Australia, New York with appellate rights for the Federal Circuit, Bermuda and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Jeffrey is the former President of the CIArb and remains active with the organisation on a pro-bono basis as course director and tutor for the CIArb of its Fellowship and Member courses.

Highlights of Jeffrey’s experience include successfully acting in the Megafon dispute over ownership of a large proportion of its shares, advising one of the wealthiest families in the United States in a case involving a restructuring of a trust with in excess of 70 beneficiaries, acting in the Thyssen Bornemisza trust dispute over a period of 5 years, acting in tax information exchange agreement matters, successfully securing the right of a party served with a notice to produce documents to see the underlying request from the foreign country where the Bermuda Government sought to rely on the confidentiality provisions contained in the OECD Model Tax Information Exchange Agreement. Jeffrey has extensive aviation experience and is standing local counsel for AA, BA and United and assisted in the global merger of AA and USAir and Continental and United. He acts for the Bermuda Monetary Authority as well as local Trust Companies and the Bank of NT Butterfield and Son Ltd.

Jeffrey is the chairman of the Professional Conduct Committee for the Bermuda Bar and also chairs the Police Complaints Authority for Bermuda. He is a door tenant of Des Voeux Chamber, Hong Kong. Jeffrey is regular speaker at global industry events and is the co-author of the Bermuda Chapter of the ICAA Handbook, Spitz’ Tax Havens of the World and Offshore Commercial Law in Bermuda.

Hussein Haeri--Partner, Withers LLP, London

Hussein HaeriPartner, Withers LLP, London

Hussein Haeri is a partner at Withers LLP in London and a specialist in international arbitration (commercial and investment treaty) and public international law. He has been counsel in over a dozen investment treaty arbitrations, including cases such as ATA v Jordan, GEA v Ukraine and Swisslion v Macedonia. He worked in New York and Paris before returning to London where he is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Mr Haeri has been 'acknowledged for his "leadership qualities"' (Legal 500 2014) and described as 'a rising star in the fields of investment arbitration and public international law'. (GAR 100 2014). He frequently acts as counsel and advocate in contentious matters, including in international arbitrations under ICSID, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICC and SCC Rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations. He has served as counsel in State-State proceedings before the International Court of Justice and in national courts, including the courts of England and Wales, on international law issues.

Mr Haeri has taught international arbitration and public international law at University College London, Kings College London, Sciences Po and the University of Versailles. He is a frequent author and speaker on issues in those fields. His publications include:

  • "Cents and Sensibility: Disputing the TTIP", World Commerce Review, March 2015.
  • “International Law and Court Jurisdiction: The Kiobel Decision”, Global Arbitration Review, July 2013.
  • “Risk and Return in the Oil and Gas Sector in 2012”, Global Business Magazine, March 2012.
  • “A Tale of Two Standards: ‘Fair and Equitable Treatment’ and the Minimum Standard in International Law”, 27(1) Arbitration International (2011) (LCIA Gillis Wetter Memorial Prize).
Adenike M. Sicard--Partner, Head of Corporate and Commercial, HPA Lawyers

Adenike M. SicardPartner, Head of Corporate and Commercial, HPA Lawyers

Adenike M. Sicard has been practising law for almost 15 years in the British Virgin Islands, and is a partner and head of the Corporate and Commercial Department of HPA Lawyers. Adenike specialises in a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including corporate restructuring, advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. She also has extensive legal experience in banking and finance, investment funds and regulatory law. She has prepared expert legal opinion on BVI corporate law to High Court proceedings in London. She regularly advises on compliance issues and the Anti Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Laws and Regulations in the BVI. Adenike has also advised and assisted several BVI Companies in relation to listings on the Singapore Stock Exchange.

Adenike holds the position of Legal Chair of the BVI Association of Compliance Officers. She is a Member of the BVI Bar Association and served as a member of its Legal Education Committee in 2008.

She was an Event Speaker at the BVI FSC and CFATF - Joint Compliance Conference in 2013.

Adenike got involved, participated and completed the Advanced Certificate in International Arbitration conducted by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the BVI two years ago. She has advised on arbitration issues involving BVI companies.

Adenike is a Notary Public and Commissioner of Oaths in and for the British Virgin Islands.

She is also the founder of a local charity, Race For Charity, which organises 5k races (runs/walks) the proceeds of which are donated to charities.

Practice Areas
Banking and Finance
Corporate and Commercial
Trusts
Investment Funds
Conveyancing/Real Property

Admissions
British Virgin Islands (2000)
Jamaica (2000)
Anguilla (2005)

Professional Background
HPA Lawyers, Partner
Simonette Lewis, Senior Associate
Harney Westwood & Riegels, Associate

Professor Doug Jones AO--Independent International Arbitrator, Canada/Australia

Professor Doug Jones AOIndependent International Arbitrator, Canada/Australia

Professor Doug Jones AOis an independent international arbitrator based in London, Sydney and Toronto. He is a door tenant at Akin Chambers, London, and a member arbitrator at Arbitration Place, Toronto. Doug has extensive experience as arbitrator in international and domestic arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, KLRCA, SIAC, DIAC, ACICA, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. He is the Australian government nominee on the ICSID panel of arbitrators. Doug regularly sits as an arbitrator in London, in addition to many other jurisdictions including Singapore, California, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.

Doug is the immediate-past president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, Past President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (2011) and a Member of the LCIA Court. He is a Foundation Fellow and Grade 1 Arbitrator of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia, a Fellow of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand, President of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation Australia, Member of the ICC Australia Arbitration Committee, Council Member of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions, Fellow of the Western Australian Institute of Dispute Management and a member of a number of panels of international arbitral bodies. Doug is also a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary College, University of London.

Doug is acknowledged as a leading arbitrator and is highly ranked in a number of leading publications such as Chambers Asia-Pacific where he has been recognised as a star individual in the Australian legal community for three successive years. In 2013, 2014 and most recently in 2015, Doug was recognised as one of the most in-demand arbitrators and received a band one ranking in the international arbitration category. In 2013, he was also ranked band one in the projects category and band two for dispute resolution/arbitration in Australia. At the Global Arbitration Review Awards 2013, Doug was joint runner-up in the category of the Best Prepared and Most Responsive Arbitrator of the Year Award. He was awarded the Michael Kirby Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Lawyers Weekly Law Awards in Sydney in recognition of his leadership in the Australian legal profession. In 2015, he was named the Best Lawyers® Sydney International Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year".

Doug is an Officer of the Australian Order, having received this in June 2012 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for distinguished service to the law as a leader in the areas of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, to policy reform, and to national and international professional organisations. Previously, in January 1999, Doug was made a of Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to construction law and dispute resolution.

Doug is both author and editor of various respected arbitration and construction law texts. He is author of Commercial Arbitration in Australia, which was first published by Lawbook Co (Thomson Reuters) in 2011, and which is now in its 2nd Edition. He is also author of Building and Construction Claims and Disputes, published by Construction Publications in 1996. Doug is also Co-Editor in Chief of the International Construction Law Review and holds the position of Editorial Board Member for a number of publications, including the International Trade and Business Law Review, the India Business Law Journal and the Global Arbitration Review.

Alva Mc Call--Deputy Director of the Policy, Research and Statistics Division, Financial Services Commission

Alva Mc CallDeputy Director of the Policy, Research and Statistics Division, Financial Services Commission

Alva Mc Call is the current Deputy Director of the Policy, Research and Statistics Division at the Financial Services Commission, a post she has held since 2010. Ms. Mc Call holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Decision Sciences and a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. She was recently awarded a certificate in International Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators after successfully completing CIArb’s introductory course on International Arbitration. Ms. Mc Call served as secretary, conducting all necessary research and providing technical and administrative support, to the Focus Group on Arbitration that was responsible for reviewing the existing arbitration laws and developing the new Arbitration Act, 2013. Prior to joining the Commission in 2008 she served as Clerk of the House of Assembly.

Andrew Thorp--Partner, Harneys

Andrew ThorpPartner, Harneys

Expertise and Professional Background

Andrew Thorp heads up the BVI litigation and insolvency practice group.

For approaching a decade, Andrew has advised major international law firms, banks, investment funds and trust companies on all aspects of BVI contentious law.

He is well known for his cross-border work and has a particular interest in international asset tracing and preservation. Much of his focus is on pre-emptive remedies including freezing orders, provisional liquidator appointments and discovery orders, often against a background of fraud. He has been instructed on successful asset retrieval matters across Asia, the CIS and South America on behalf of various banks and insolvency professionals, most recently in July 2013, by a major Russian bank leading teams from Harneys’ BVI and Cyprus offices in the successful retrieval of collateral.

Since the onset of the global financial crisis, Andrew has been at the forefront of developing insolvency law in the BVI. He successfully led the legal teams in the seminal hedge fund cases of Barfield Nominees v Westford Special Situations Fund Limited and Aris Multi-Strategy Lending Fund Ltd v Quantek Opportunity Fund, Ltd that have set the BVI apart and defined the status of creditors and the ability of hedge funds to continue in the face of illiquidity. Most recently, Andrew led the successful appeal in Monarch Pointe Ltd (in liquidation) that decided the order of distribution of assets in BVI liquidations.

Andrew has recently pioneered a number of cross-border protocols between court appointed officers and has advised on restructuring and corporate rescue procedures.

Andrew is Chairman of RISA (Restructuring and Insolvency Professionals Association) in the British Virgin Islands and a member of COMBAR and the Chancery Bar Association.

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

Diamond Sponsor

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Sponsors

BVI Finance The BVI Beacon The BVI International Arbitration Centre HARNEYS

Supporting Organizations

BVI Finance The International Journal of Commercial and Treaty Arbitration Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration Canada International Chamber of Commercen The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)