Speakers of the First Hannover PreMoot Week


Volker Epping is the president of the Leibniz Universität Hannover. Prior to becoming the president, he was the holder of the chair for public law, international public and european law at the Leibniz Universität Hannover.


Dr. Frauke Bachler is the General Director of the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation e.V. (IRZ) since 2019. She lived and studied in Germany, Australia and Switzerland and continued her research in the US. In the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection she worked in various legal and organisational directorates, later was Head of several legal Divisions and eventually two different Directorates General in the Federal Office of Justice.


Thomas Remmers is a lawyer, notary and partner at STOBBE Rechtsanwälte | Notare. In addition, he is a specialized lawyer in the field of administrative law. Thomas remmers is vice president of the German Federal Bar (BRAK) as well as the president of the bar in Celle (RAK Celle).


Christian Wolf is the executive director of the Institute for Procedural Law and Attorney Regulations (IPA) and the responsible academic teacher for the Willem C. Vis Moot Court in Hannover. Before becoming a chair holder in 2000, he worked as attorney, judge at the district court (LG) in Munich and assistant professor at the law faculty of Munich. Since 2006 he is one of the editors of the Juristische Arbeitsblätter (JA). He regularly serves as an arbitrator in Hong Kong and Vienna.


Stefan Kröll is Professor for International Dispute Resolution at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and an independent arbitrator. He is one of the directors of the Willem C. Vis Arbitration Moot Court and Germany’s national correspondent to UNCITRAL for arbitration.

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    In addition, he is a visiting professor at the School of International Arbitration at CCLS (Queen Mary, University of London) and has acted as an advisor and consultant for the relevant organisations of the German Government (GIZ, IRZ) and USAID in various countries.

    UNCITRAL has retained him as one of the three experts to prepare the Digest on the Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration. Stefan has acted as arbitrator or emergency arbitrator in over 85 cases and is regularly listed as one of the leading arbitrators in Germany (Band 1; Arbitration Practitioner of the year 2017). He has been a Visiting Fellow at NYU School of Law (3/12 and 09/18) and Cambridge University (academic year 2014/2015).

    Stefan has published widely in the field of international commercial arbitration and commercial law, including the books “CISG – A Commentary” (co-editor with Mistelis/Perales Viscacillas), “Comparative International Commercial Arbitration” (co-authored with Lew/Mistelis), “International Commercial Arbitration – A transnational perspective (co-author Várady/Barceló)”, “Arbitration in Germany – The Model Law in Practice” (co-editor with Böckstiegel/Nacimiento) and “Conflict of Law in Arbitration” (co-editor with Ferrari).


Attorney at Law and Notary Dr. Ulrich Wessels completed his law studies in Freiburg and Münster. After a period abroad in London and a dissertation on the subject of "Execution of wills on a limited partner's share", he was admitted to the bar in 1988. He is a partner in the law firm Dr. Koenig & Partner GbR in Münster/Westphalia. He has been a member of the board of the Hamm Bar Association since 1994, served as its treasurer for several years, and was president of the chamber from 2012 to November 2019. Since 2003, he has been a board member and treasurer of the German Lawyers' Institute. In 2015, Ulrich Wessels was elected as 2nd Vice President to the Presidium of the BRAK. Since 14.9.2018, Dr. Ulrich Wessels, lawyer and notary, has been President of the BRAK.


Emeka Jude Phillipe Obegolu is a Legal Practitioner by training and an Arbitrator and Mediator by passion. He is the president of the pan-african lawyers union as well as a senior and founding Partner of Greenfield Chambers, he is a graduate of the Faculty of Law Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka where he obtained his LL.B. (Hons), and has since been called to the Nigerian Bar. He holds a Master’s degree in Mineral Law and Policy (LL.M.) from the University of Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom, and a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Arbitration from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.

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    Mr. Emeka specializes in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) (Arbitration and Mediation), Criminal law and practice, Commercial law practice, Petroleum Law, pre and post-election matters and constitutional law and practice, to mention but a few. He is also a Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He became a certified Capital Market Operator with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2006.

    He is an expert in Alternative Dispute Resolution, holding Fellowship of a number of professional bodies including the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). He is an alumnus of the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation and a certified ADR Trainer with a specialization in Negotiation, Mediation, Conciliation, Arbitration and ADR Registry/Secretarial Services.

    He is an accredited Neutral of the Uwais Dispute Resolution Centre (formerly Abuja Multi-door Courthouse), the Federal High Court ADR Centre, the Abuja Chamber of Commerce Dispute Resolution Centre, the Edo State Multi-door Courthouse, the Abia State Multi-door Courthouse, the Ogun State Multi-door Courthouse, and the Plateau State Multi-door Courthouse.

    He is a highly-experienced Arbitrator and Mediator. He has served as Sole Arbitrator in commercial arbitrations, served as Counsel in engineering-dispute arbitration and supply contract arbitration. He has mediated several complex disputes ranging from labour disputes and commercial disputes to family and communal conflicts. Emeka has served as an Adjunct Lecturer for the Nigerian Law School and a Resource Person for the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators; in ADR, the Nigerian Bar Association; in Continuing Legal Education, the National Assembly; in ADR and the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria, amongst others, on numerous occasions. He has consulted for the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and the Pensions Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) in industry-related dispute resolution. As a major stakeholder in the Alternative Dispute Resolution industry in Nigeria, he served a Co-Chair of the first Stakeholders’ Workshop on Labour Dispute Resolution in May 2019. He has served as an international speaker for the International Bar Association, the Pan African Lawyers Union, the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, and the Deutshche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), the International Bar Association (IBA), the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU), the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) and the Nigeria Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). He has held a variety of offices such as the Office of the National Publicity Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association, National General Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association, Member of the Nigerian Communications Commission (ADR Panel of Neutrals) from 2006 till date, Vice President (Legal), Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is also a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Nigerian Bar Association (2004 till date). He is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, the President of the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU), the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce Dispute Resolution Centre (ACC-DRC), the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Institute of ADR Registrars, and the 2nd Deputy President of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI). He also sits on the Board of Trustees and Governing Council of the Gemstones Miners and Marketers Association of Nigeria and the Abuja Chamber of Commerce Business and Entrepreneurship Skills Acquisition Centre, respectively. Emeka served as the Worthy President of Knights of St. John International, 12 Apostles Catholic Church. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Royal Sports Club International, and a member of the IBB Golf and Country Club, Abuja. He is happily married with five children.


Raphael Tay is a member of the executive committee of LAWASIA and Partner at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, a leading law firm in Malaysia. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1986. He has been a Notary Public since 2007 and a Registered Trade Mark Agent since 1998. He graduated in Law and Politics in 1983 from the University of Bournemouth and obtained a post-graduate diploma in South East Studies from the University of Kent, Canterbury in 1984. Prior to joining Lee Hishamuddin, he was a partner in the law firm of Chooi & Company.

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    Having been in practice for over 30 years, encompassing both local and international work, he has extensive experience in various areas notably Corporate and Commercial, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Information and Technology Law. He has advised on various international projects, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, divestments and general corporate and commercial work. Raphael has developed an extensive regional practice over the years. In 2017, he advised on a share sale transaction in GHL Systems Berhad to a London-based private equity fund Actis Stark which was identified by The Edge Malaysia as the Best M&A Deal of 2017. His team was also nominated as a finalist for the category of ‘Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year’ in the Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards of 2018. In the 2020 ranking by International Financial Law Review (IFLR), Raphael was recognised as a Notable Practitioner for M&A in the “Technology and Telecommunications” category. Clients have commended him for having not only “an in-depth understanding of both the legal aspects and commercial needs in respect of ICT matters” but also an appreciation for “the pitfalls of the IT and software industry” and the ability to provide “practical legal solutions to our problems.” He provides “sound legal advice” and helped clients “see things from the business perspective, which was very crucial.” Raphael has been the Chairman of the LAWASIA Moot Standing Committee since 2008 and is the current Vice Chair of the Legal Development and Training Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA). He is also the Director of the AESAN+6 Mergers and Acquisition Programme at The College of Law Asia and Adjunct Lecturer of the ASEAN Business and Investment Law Course at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Raphael was recently recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 ranking.


Konstantin Dobrynin is an Advocate, Senior Partner of Pen & Paper, Attorneys at Law State Secretary and the Deputy President of the Russian Federal Bar Association. He specializes in criminal and criminal-procedural law, constitutional law and the protection of property. He represented the Arkhangelsk Region for four years as a member of the Federation Council of the Russian Federal Assembly (senator) and Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee for Constitutional Legislation and State Construction, and was the plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council at the Russian Ministry of Justice.

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    Through his active work in the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament he has become an acknowledged legislative expert among the legal community and has been responsible for over 70 legislative initiatives, most of which have since become federal laws. Since October 2015 Konstantin has served as State Secretary and Deputy President of the Russian Federal Bar Association He is responsible for cooperating with state authorities such as the Parliament, the Government, the Prosecutor General’s Office and others. His functions also include coordinating issues on improving the legislation of the Bar Institution in Russia, organizing work on draft bills and promoting the Bar as a special institution for protecting the constitutional rights of citizens, including the professional image of lawyers. He is the co-author of ‘Thomson Reuters Investing in Russia Global Guide’.


Rechtsanwältin Dr. Veronika Horrer, LL.M. (born in 1977 in Chmelnitzkij/Ukraine) studied law in Kiev/Ukraine, Frankfurt am Main/Germany and Melbourne/Australia. She received her practical legal training in Darmstadt (Germany), London (UK), Cape Town (South Africa) and Vancouver (Canada). She was admitted to the bar in 2007. In 2016 she received a doctoral title for her thesis “Judicial independence in the Russian Federation”.

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    After having worked as a banking and finance lawyer at a major international law firm and as an in-house legal counsel at a financial holding company (in Frankfurt am Main and Accra/Ghana), she joined the German Federal Bar in Berlin as director.

    Dr. Horrer is responsible for the international legal cooperation with the countries of middle and eastern Europe, Caucasus, central Asia and Turkey.

    Main focus of the legal cooperation of the German Federal Bar lies on consulting of the governments and bar associations on the development of modern structures of the self-administration of the legal profession and the development of professional laws for lawyers; consulting on the strengthening of the role of criminal defence lawyers in the criminal proceeding; support of the projects of the bar associations i.e. strengthening the judicial independence, improving access to justice and regulation of legal services markets in their countries etc.; issuance of expert opinion on drafts of the legislation concerning lawyers’ profession etc. Dr. Horrer speaks German, English, Ukrainian and Russian. g.


Nicola Zeibig works as an attorney for Linklaters in Berlin and Frankfurt and has specialised expertise in the structuring, formation and distribution of German and international investment funds in the field of alternative investments, especially real estate, private equity, infrastructure, private debt and renewable energy. She also advises institutional investors with their investments into funds.

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    Before joining Linklaters, Nicola studied law in Hannover, completed the post-graduate masters program “International Commercial Arbitration” in Stockholm and worked as a research assistant at the Chair for Civil Law, German, European, and International Civil Procedure. She participated in the 13th Willem C. Vis Moot for the Leibniz Universität Hannover and supported this year’s team with lectures on the principles of international arbitration and legal writing.


Ingeborg Schwenzer is Dean of Swiss International Law School and Professor emerita of Private Law at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia, and has been an adjunct professor at City University, Hong Kong, and at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

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    She has published numerous books and more than 200 articles in the fields of law of obligations (contracts, tort law and unjust enrichment, sales law both domestic and international), commercial arbitration as well as family law. In particular, she is the editor and main contributor of the world's leading Commentary on the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) (4th edition, Oxford, OUP: 2016) and its German, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish counterparts. From 2011 to 2018 Ingeborg Schwenzer was the chair of the CISG Advisory Council. She is also active in all areas of legal practice. In particular, she regularly acts as arbitrator, counsel and legal expert in international disputes.


Alexandra Spuijbroek studied law at the University of Hanover and worked as a research associate at the Institute for Procedural Law and Attorney Regulation of Prof. Dr. Christian Wolf. She obtained her second state exam in 2018 and worked as german qualified attorney in the corporate law department at DLA Piper Nederland in Amsterdam.

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    Alexandra participated in the 17th Willem C. Vis Moot Court/7th Vis East and coached the Hanover team in 2010/2011, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015. Last year, she coached the team of the University of Amsterdam. She has regularly acted as Arbitrator in Vienna and Hong Kong.


Jaschar Mirkhani is an Attorney at law in the Corporate Department of Latham & Watkins' Düsseldorf office. He advises German and international companies and financial investors on M&A and private equity transactions, restructurings, and general corporate law.

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    Prior to joining the firm as an associate, Jaschar worked as an academic assistant in the Düsseldorf office of another major international law firm. He also worked for the German Embassy in Seoul, South Korea as well as in the Corporate / Commercial Department of an international law firm in Bangkok, Thailand. Jaschar has been involved in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong and Vienna as a participant in 2011/2012 and coached the team of the University of Hannover in 2012/2013 as well as 2014/2015. He also regularly acts as arbitrator in Hong Kong and Vienna. Further, he is currently writing his PhD-thesis on a matter concerning corporate law / arbitration under Professor Wolf’s supervision.


Trilingual French, German and English, Caroline Ming, Executive Director and General Counsel at the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI), has a very diverse and general legal and management background.

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    Prior to joining SCAI, she notably worked at the Geneva Administrative Court, at two major Swiss law firms in Geneva and Zurich (Python Peter ; Bär & Karrer) as an associate. then for 9 years as international legal counsel, strategic project and program manager at the multinational group SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA where she advised and negotiated contracts and disputes all over the world. She qualified as an attorney-at-law in Geneva and New York and studied in Fribourg (Switzerland), Vienna (Austria) and Boston (USA).

    Aside from her activity with SCAI, Caroline currently serves as a member of the board of a hotel management group and of a pension fund. She also acts as co-President of the Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL) in Geneva region. She acted for around 10 years as Country Representative for Switzerland of the European Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and was for 2 years a Board Member thereof.


Nassim Eslami is the originator of the Hannover PreMoot. She works as a judge at the administrative court of Hannover since December 2017 and is appointed as press spokesperson. She was a research assistant at the Institute for Procedural Law and Attorney Regulations (IPA) having finished her doctoral thesis in the field of International Commercial Arbitration.

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    She is co-author on the Commentary to the German Code of Civil Procedure (Beck-OK). Nassim participated in the 14th Willem C. Vis Moot as a student and coached several teams for her alma mater, the Leibniz Universität Hannover.


Antje Baumann regularly acts as president, party-appointed or sole arbitrator in ad hoc proceedings as well as in proceedings under the rules of numerous arbitration institutions, such as ICC, SCC, DIS, including expedited cases and interim measures. She also has an outstanding reputation as party representative and is praised by her clients as an excellent strategist and outstanding lawyer.

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    Antje is founding partner of BAUMANN Resolving Disputes, a boutique law firm based in Hamburg, Germany. Due to her independence, Antje is able to accept mandates in a wide range of sectors and disputes. Before establishing her own practice, Antje worked for many years in the dispute resolution department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Frankfurt and Hamburg. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of California at Berkeley and is admitted to the German and New York bars. Antje is a honorary professor at the University of Osnabrück where she teaches conflict management and international arbitration.

    Additionally, she is a frequent speaker and regularly publishes on international arbitration and dispute resolution in general. She is, inter alia, the co-editor of the Practitioner’s Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration published by Oxford University Press, and author of the commentary on the ICC Rules. Antje is particularly experienced in corporate disputes such as joint-venture or post-M&A disputes, as well as general commercial matters. Additional areas of expertise are energy-related matters (gas and electricity supply and trading contracts, gas storage) and licensing disputes.


Anna-Lena Beate, LL.M. (KU Leuven): Anna-Lena Beate works as a Policy Officer for the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy in the Division for Foreign Investment, Paris Club and Development Banks. In this capacity she advises on the EU Commission's and Germany's negotiations on investment protection under international law in agreements with third countries, as well as negotiations on modern investment protection in fora of the OECD, the World Bank (ICSID) and UNCITRAL. She represents the Federal Republic of Germany in the UNCITRAL Working Group III (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform) on the further development of investment protection under international law, in particular with regard to the establishment of a multilateral investment court.

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    Before joining the ministry, Anna-Lena studied law in Heidelberg, the United Kingdom and Belgium, where she completed a post-graduate masters program in Intellectual Property and ICT Law in English and French and worked at the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP in Brussels in the field of litigation.



José Angelo Estrella Faria is Principal Legal Officer and Head, Legislative Branch, at the secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). He is a national of Brazil. He was the Secretary-General of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROITT) between 1 October 2008 to 31 July 2017.

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    A staff member of the United Nations since 1992, he was responsible for UNCITRAL work on privately financed infrastructure projects and electronic commerce. He also supervised the work of Working Group III (Transport Law) between 2005 and 2008. He currently supervises all legislative work of UNCITRAL. He has published articles and books, and taught various courses on legal harmonisation, commercial law and international law.


Stephan advises national and international clients on arbitration and cross-border litigation. He has acted in numerous arbitrations (national and international) with an emphasis on project-related disputes, post-M&A disputes, joint ventures, investment arbitrations and general commercial law.



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    Further, he was admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 2007, to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009 and to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 2010. Stephan has been an Advisory Committee Member of the Swiss Arbitration Academy (SAA) since 2008, Senior Committee Member of the Contemporary Asia Arbitration Journal since 2009, and a member of the Editorial Board of ARBITRATION (since 2018). He has also been a member of the SIAC Users Council since 2016. In addition, Stephan has been a lecturer at the University of Heidelberg since 2008 and at the University of Jena since 2015. In Spring 2010, he was a Visiting Professor at the National Taiwan University College of Law.

    He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AIADR), a member of the Expert Panel of Neutrals of the Mediation and Conciliation Network (MCN) India and of the American Law Institute (ALI). Since 2019, he is a Vice President of the CAAI Court of Arbitration and a member of the ICC Task Force “Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration”. Finally, he is a co-editor and co-author of Günther J. Horvath & Stephan Wilske, Guerrilla Tactics in International Arbitration, 2013.


John Faulk is an American speaker trainer, story designer and delivery coach. Originally from the Seattle area, John graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Anthropology. After fishing in Alaska, working as a speechwriter for the Washington State Senate and teaching English in Istanbul, John finally settled in Berlin in 1998.

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    Fireside Coaching was established in 2005 to support companies with their corporate training, event planning and business development requirements. In 2007, John created the Stand and Deliver Speaker Training Workshop. Since then, over 2,500 people have taken part in this highly interactive 2-day seminar, learning how to present their ideas with more confidence, poise and professionalism. John is very active in the legal sector as in-house trainer, pitch advisor and strategic sparring partner for management teams in both large and small law firms.

    After nearly a decade of supporting the Humboldt University moot teams on a volunteer basis, John founded REM TENE - Center for Excellence in Mooting in August 2019 to provide professional training to university moot court teams around the world for their national and international competitions.


Viktor von Essen acts as Deputy Secretary General of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS). Before that, he worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP as well as the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Viktor von Essen is admitted to the German bar. He graduated from Bucerius Law School and the University of Oxford.


Djamshid Turdaliev is an attorney at law and law practitioner registered in the Republic of Uzbekistan. He is a member of the executive board of the chamber of advocates of the Republic of Uzbekisten and head to the working group on elaboration of the concept of development of the BAr and the draft of a new law on advocacy and legal practice.


Guy Segalovitch is the Co-Chairman of the Committee for the Relations of the Israeli Bar with Germany and Austria As the founder of Segalovitch & Co. Guy Segalovitch leads the firm's international law department.

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    Adv. Segalovitch also serves in the Israeli public sphere, as the legal advisor of the Institute of Engineers, Architects and Academics in the technological fields in Israel (the representative organization of engineers and architects). Additionally, Adv. Segalovitch is a judge in the jurisdiction of the General Federation of Labor. He was certified as an Israeli notary in 2012 and serves as an arbitrator and mediator.


Amarjit is an advocate having more than 22 years of experience in litigation and is a gold medalist in the Advocate on Record exam conducted by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.

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    Amarjit is Joint General Secretary in the Bar Association of India and has vast experience in litigation. He is regularly appearing and practicing before Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and also practicing before the various High Courts across the Country including the Delhi High Court, Calcutta High Court, MP High Court principal seat at Jabalpur, Gauhati High Court, Punjab & Haryana High Court, Orissa High Court, High Court of Bombay, etc. He is also regularly appearing before District Courts and conducting criminal trials, appearing before DRT, DRAT, ED, Consumer Fora, State Commission and NCDRC and before various Tribunals.

    Amarjit has also written a book on Environment & Pollution Laws. He has also been a faculty for Delhi Police Training College and gives guest lecture on Cyber Laws & Crimes. Has a strong background in legal research, drafting and pleadings and contracts and developing Legal software. He has assisted Asian Development Bank on justice Administration in India as Domestic Consultant (IT in Judiciary).

    Amarjit has vast experience of appearing and advising major automobile companies in India including Mahindra & Mahindra, Zbee India (Swedish company), Tata Motors Finance Ltd., advising CEO BMW India, advising Jai Auto for setting up dealership, Swede Auto for setting up dealership etc. He heads the litigation team for Trinaya Legal, India


Highly qualified professional with over 12 years of experience of working with big local and international clients. Over 7 years of experience in key roles of advocates’ self-government within Ukrainian National Bar Association. Experienced entrepreneur skilled at market analysis, innovative ideas development, building favorable relations within multinational teams and maintaining efficient collaboration with clients.


Rechtsanwältin Swetlana Schaworonkowa, LL.M. is Senior Legal Advisor at the International Department of The German Federal Bar responsible for the relations to partners form the Asian-Pacific region and Israel.

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    She studied law in Berlin, Moscow, Singapore and Shanghai. She was admitted to the bar in 2013. After having worked as Legal and Compliance Counsel at Porsche Motors in Shanghai, she joined The German Federal Bar in 2018. Today she is responsible for coordination and implementation of the country operations and legal cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and Israel. Main focus of the legal cooperation of The German Federal Bar lies on consulting of the governments and bar associations on the development of modern structures of the self-administration of the legal profession and the development of professional laws for lawyers; consulting on the strengthening of the role of criminal defence lawyers in the criminal proceeding; support of the projects of the bar associations i.e. strengthening the judicial independence, improving access to justice and regulation of legal services markets in their countries etc.; issuance of expert opinion on drafts of the legislation concerning lawyers’ profession etc. Ms Schaworonkowa speaks German, English, Russian and Mandarin.


Hannes is an associate in Linklaters’ dispute resolution practice in Frankfurt. He specialises in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in national and international disputes, especially international investment protection disputes, post-M&A disputes and complex contractual disputes.

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    Hannes studied law at the University of Freiburg and the National University of Singapore. In addition, he holds an LL.M. degree in international commercial arbitration law from Stockholm University. He has participated in the 17th Vis and 7th Vis East Moot Court competitions for the University of Freiburg and coached Stockholm University’s team in the 23rd Vis and 13th Vis East Moot Court.


Kirstin is a partner in Linklaters’ dispute resolution practice in Frankfurt. She has specialised experience in handling complex and high-value matters in international arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including expert determination and mediation. She represents clients particularly in the context of investment, post-M&A, joint venture and commercial disputes as well as D&O liability, corporate litigation and cartel damage litigation.

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    Kirstin has in-depth industry experience in the industrials, healthcare and insurance sectors and has advised clients in ad hoc and institutional arbitration matters under the rules of ICC, DIS (including its Supplementary Rules for Corporate Law Disputes, DIS-SRCoLD), VIAC, UNCITRAL, Waren-Verein der Hamburger Börse and ICSID/ECT. She regularly sits as arbitrator and is a member of the Linklaters Digital Economy Group.


Dr. Karl J. T. Wach is a lawyer and founding partner of the law firm Wach und Meckes und Partner Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB in Munich. He specializes in complex commercial litigation, with a focus on post-M&A disputes, corporate law, D&O liability, banking and finance disputes, commercial disputes, capital market disputes and cartel damages disputes. In domestic and international arbitrations, he both acts as counsel or sits as an arbitrator. Dr. Wach studied law in Munich


Sven Hasenstab is a lawyer, notary and Partner at BRANDI based in the Hannover office and Co-Head of the firm‘s Corporate M&A Practice Group. He advises national and international enterprises, family offices and investors in particular on M&A and Real Estate transactions. Further, he is a specialist on Corporate Litigation and Post-M&A Disputes. Sven Hasenstab regularly acts as Sole-Arbitrator, Co-Arbitrator or Counsel in German and International Arbitrations (Joint Ventures, Post M&A, Corporate and Commercial under ICC, DIS, etc. and ad hoc).


Patricia Nacimiento is head of the German dispute resolution team and a member of the EMEA Disputes Leadership Team. Patricia is an expert in litigation with a special focus on international and German arbitration and all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation. She has extensive experience both as a party representative and as an arbitrator. She also has considerable expertise in cross-border litigation and arbitration-related litigation.

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    Her main areas of practice are in energy, construction and post M&A disputes. Patricia has extensive experience in managing large strategic dispute resolution proceedings and leading cross-border teams including the fight against corruption and money laundering. She further focuses on investment arbitration and the law of nations, also in the field of business and human rights.

    As a party representative, Patricia has conducted over 140 arbitration proceedings under the rules of numerous arbitration institutions – including ICC, ICSID, SCC, CIETAC, DIS, LCIA, ICDR, Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Indian Council of Arbitration, and the Danish Institution of Arbitration as well as ad hoc proceedings. She is also regularly appointed as an arbitrator and has led numerous international ICC-,

    DIS- and ad hoc arbitration proceedings as a chairperson, sole arbitrator or party appointed arbitrator. The German government has appointed Patricia in 2007 as one of four arbitrators to the panel of arbitrators at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). She was recently reappointed to the panel of arbitrators following a competitive process organized by the competent German Ministry. Professional background Patricia has over 20 years of experience as disputes practitioner.

    She is a native German speaker and fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and French. Patricia has also a proven academic track record and publishes regularly in leading publications. She is co-editor of leading arbitration handbooks "Arbitration in Germany - The Model Law in Practice" (Boeckstiegel, Kroell, Nacimiento (eds.) Kluwer 2nd ed 2015) and "Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards: A Global Commentary on the New York Convention "(Kronke, Nacimiento, Otto, Port Kluwer, 2010). She gives lectures on arbitration at the universities of Heidelberg, Frankfurt and Europainstitut Saarbrücken. For years, Patricia has been listed as a leading disputes expert in renowned rankings and directories such as Global Arbitration Review, Women in Business, Best Lawyers, Who's Who Legal as well as Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, Legal 500 and leading German directory JUVE.


François Barré specializes in advising company managers in the development of their business in France and abroad. His experience extends to various aspects of business law, particularly in international contract law, company law and commercial litigation.


Rebekka Stumpfrock is General Counsel at Porsche Deutschland GmbH, the German Sales Company of Porsche. Before that Rebekka worked as an Attorney in law firms in Stuttgart focusing on employment, distribution and commercial law. She studied law at Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen and did her legal clerkship at the regional court in Stuttgart. Rebekka is active in the International Young Lawyers’ Association (AIJA) and currently holds the position of German National Representative of AIJA.


Elena is half Swedish-half Italian but an English qualified solicitor practising in London. She works at Underwood Solicitors LLP, a boutique full service law firm in London where she specialises in employment law and commercial international arbitration. She studied law at King’s College London and spent a year abroad at Uni Zurich as part of her studies. She is also an active member in the International Young Lawyers’ Association (AIJA).


Agata Adamczyk is a business lawyer, founding partner of Adamczyk, Liber & Associates Business Law Firm based in Cracow, Poland. Agata assists international business clients. She provides complex services for foreign companies entering the Polish market. She also helps Polish companies expand abroad. She negotiates and drafts commercial contracts. She handles joint ventures, as well as sales and purchases of shares or entire businesses. She represents foreign clients in disputes before Polish courts. She works in English, French and Spanish. In 2014, her work won her the prestigious Forbes Professional award.


Marcus Büscher is one of the managing partners at ECOVIS in Düsseldorf. He is a specialiced lawyer for commercial and corporate law. Together with his team, he advises national and international clients on corporate law issues.


Thilo Marenbach is Partner and Director at ECOVIS in Düsseldorf. As a German Certfied Public Accountant and Tax Consultant, he advises national and international small and medium sized clients in the fields of audit, accounting and risk management. Furthermore, he and his team focus on Corporate Social Responsibility - Reporting Before joining ECOVIS, he was with a Big-Four Audit company for ten years and served two years as a Managing Director at a German contruction supplier.


Rechtsanwalt Riad Khalil Hassanain was born in 1981 in Berlin / Germany, studies law at Potsdam University. He gave up the internship at the Higher Regional Court in Berlin. He succeeded his admission in 2011. At present he is a lawyer in his law firm in Berlin-Wilmersdorf and senior legal advisor for the countries of North Africa at the German Federal Bar.


Marcel Wegmüller is a co-CEO and a co-founder of Nivalion AG, also responsible for the firm’s Southern European and Overseas activities. He has longstanding and substantial experience in international disputes funding (both litigation and arbitration), having established and successfully led the first Swiss litigation funder before co-founding Nivalion AG. Previously, Marcel held for more than a decade various senior positions at Credit Suisse Group.

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    He gained an MA in jurisprudence from the University of Zurich, is admitted to the Swiss bar and has completed executive programmes at INSEAD and the London Business School (LBS). Marcel has been recognised as a “Thought Leader in Third Party Funding” by Who’s Who Legal and serves as a member of the management committee of the International Litigation Finance Association and as the chairman of its Continental Europe Regional Committee.


Harprabdeep was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 2015 and practices in Alan Leong SC’s Chambers. Since then he has developed a predominantly civil practice with a focus on general civil, commercial, company and arbitration. He has appeared in all levels of Court in a wide range of commercial litigation.

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    Harprabdeep is also routinely instructed in arbitrations (domestic and international) as counsel and tribunal secretary. His arbitration practice regularly covers issues concerning laws across several jurisdictions. He is also acting as arbitral secretary in one of the foremost arbitrations being conducted in Afghanistan under the newly established Afghanistan Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) in Kabul. He also regularly assists the ICLP Arbitration Center in Sri Lanka on various matters ranging from arbitration course trainings to assisting in drafting the center’s rules as an arbitration expert to the US Department of Commerce.