Early Conflict Resolution – a new (and better?) answer to the eternal question of how to best control time and costs?
20 October 2019 | 14:00 - 16:30


An introduction to the 2018 DIS Arbitration Rules and to their early conflict resolution provisions, followed by a moderated debate providing insights and perspectives from different legal cultures, concluding with a synthesis and an opportunity for questions from the floor.

Topic of debate and rationale

Unresolved disputes keep businesses from doing business. Unresolved disputes are costly. The 2018 DIS Arbitration Rules have as their distinctive feature a focus on early conflict resolution. This includes different aspects and techniques. The idea is not new, but is unique in today’s international arbitration arena. The revision process leading 2018 DIS Arbitration Rules specifically took the international perspective into account and presented an integrated approach suitable for any party from any country who believes that the best way of controlling time and cost is not to incur them.

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2:00 pm Registration
2:30 pm Welcome:
Francesca Mazza, Secretary General, German Arbitration Institute, Berlin/Bonn

Richard Kreindler, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Frankfurt/New York

Christopher Boog, Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich/Singapore

Chiann Bao, Independent Arbitrator, London/Hong Kong
Tom Christopher Proestler, Counsel, CMS Hasche Sigle, Berlin/Hong Kong
May Tai, Managing Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hong Kong

Robert Hunter, Partner, Osborne Clarke, Cologne

Registration Fees

This event is complimentary. Registration is required.

HFW is a market leading sector-focused international law firm with more than 600 lawyers working across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

We have a significant global arbitration practice. Our lawyers have been at the forefront of arbitration developments over many years. Our practice is sector focused, and we have a range and depth of arbitration matters that many larger firms would envy, with the total number of arbitrations handled at any one time estimated at 750. We are especially strong in a number of core areas, particularly construction, energy, trade and commodities, shipping, aviation, insurance/reinsurance, banking and financial services – all fields where international arbitration is very important and generates significant work. The arbitrations we handle are often complex and extremely high value too; last year, the quantum of arbitration claims under management was US$11 billion.

We conduct arbitrations under all the most popular arbitration forums and institutional rules, including UNICTRAL, LCIA, ICC, ICSID, ARIAS, CIETAC, ACICA, PCERA, DIFC-LCIA, HKIAC and SIAC. We also conduct hundreds of arbitrations under the specific rules of trade bodies such as GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA, LME, RSA and LOF. Our partners serve as arbitrators and as expert witnesses in arbitration, and we have advised arbitral bodies and governments on arbitral rules and legislation. More recently, we have further expanded our international arbitration practice into investor-state arbitrations, having represented states and investors alike.

We are consistently listed in the GAR 100 "approved" list as a leading international arbitration practice and frequently act in arbitration-related court proceedings. In fact, The Lawyers' Litigation Tracker 2018 revealed that HFW was the most active litigation firm in terms of arbitration-related litigation (Q1-Q2), commercial litigation (Q1-Q3) and in the English Commercial Court (2016 – 2017, Q3 2018).

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