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ICCA elects 5 new Governing Board members

ICCA is pleased to announce the election of five new members to its Governing Board. They are: Stanimir Alexandrov, Jean Kalicki, Michelle MacPhee, Michael Moser and Klaus Sachs. The group of five represents expertise from around the globe, and includes arbitrators, arbitration counsel and in-house counsel. The new members will take office on 1 April 2016 for a term of four years. Short biographies are set out below:

1.       Stanimir A. Alexandrov is partner at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington DC and co-chair of the firm’s International Arbitration practice.  Mr. Alexandrov focuses his practice in the areas of investor-state arbitration, as well as international commercial arbitration and resolution of trade disputes before the WTO.  He has represented private parties and governments in arbitration before ICSID, as well as in ICC, UNCITRAL, and AAA arbitrations.  Mr. Alexandrov has been appointed to the ICSID’s Panel of Arbitrators and serves as an arbitrator in numerous ICSID, ICC, LCIA, and UNCITRAL arbitrations.  Mr. Alexandrov is a professorial lecturer of law at The George Washington University Law School and has published several books and numerous articles on matters of public international law and international arbitration.  He obtained his degree in public international law from the Moscow Institute of International Relations, and a Master’s and Doctoral degrees in international law from The George Washington University Law School.  Prior to engaging in private practice, Mr. Alexandrov was vice minister of foreign affairs of Bulgaria.  He is fluent in several languages. 

2.       Jean Kalicki is partner at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington and New York, serving primarily as arbitrator (Chair, sole and co-arbitrator) and previously as counsel in investment and commercial cases.  She has handled arbitrations on five continents, under the rules of roughly a dozen different institutions.  Ms. Kalicki is a member of the AAA Board of Directors, the LCIA Court and the ICC Commission, as well as the Board of Directors of SICANA, Inc. (ICC North America).  She is an adjunct professor at both Georgetown and AU law schools; a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and chair of its Washington DC Chapter; a member of the College of Commercial Arbitrators; and on the editorial board of the ICSID Review.  She was named Best Lawyers’ 2015 “Washington, DC Lawyer of the Year” for International Arbitration - Governmental, and previously as one of Global Arbitration Review’s top 30 women in arbitration worldwide and Euromoney’s top 30 commercial arbitration attorneys in the United States. In 2015, she was nominated for the shortlist for Global Arbitration Review’s “Best Prepared/Most Responsive Arbitrator” award.

3.       Michelle MacPhee has over 25 years of experience in international commercial arbitration and dispute resolution.  She is currently the Managing Counsel of BP Legal’s London based Dispute Resolution Team, which provides centralised dispute resolution expertise to the BP Group and is responsible for actively managing all of the BP Group’s significant non-US commercial disputes relating to BP’s global upstream and downstream businesses, BP’s integrated trading and supply business, and disputes that arise at the Group level.  She also heads BP Legal’s International Arbitration Centre of Expertise. Prior to joining BP in 2010, Ms. MacPhee was of Counsel in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s London International Arbitration Group.  Her legal career began in Vancouver, Canada, as a commercial disputes trial lawyer. Her current responsibilities at BP include identifying, evaluating and managing legal, financial, business operation and reputational risks relating to all manner of major commercial disputes and potential disputes arising from BP’s global businesses and Group level activities

4.       Michael Moser practices as an international arbitrator with 20 Essex Street Chambers. Michael is Honorary Past Chairman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, a past member of the LCIA Court and of the Stockholm SCC Arbitration Institute Board and a current board member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC). He is also a Commission Member of CIETAC. Michael is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He received his law degree from the Harvard Law School and holds a PhD (With Distinction) from Columbia University. He is the author of many books and articles, co-editor of The Asia Arbitration Handbook (Oxford U Press, 2011) and former General Editor of the Journal of International Arbitration. Michael has been consistently rated as being one of the “most in demand arbitrators” globally. Based in Hong Kong, Michael has resided in Asia for more than 35 years. He speaks and reads Chinese. A trained archaeologist/anthropologist, he continues to work with various organizations engaged in research and restoration of Buddhist sites in Tibet and along the Silk Road.

5.       Klaus Sachs is a senior partner in the Munich office of the German law firm CMS Hasche Sigle. Mr. Sachs has more than 25 years of experience as chairman, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and counsel in more than 200 national and international arbitrations concerning commercial and investment disputes. He is a member of the boards of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and the German Institute of Arbitration (DIS). He is a former Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and a former Vice President of the London Court of International Arbitration. Mr. Sachs is arbitrator candidate designated by the German Government to serve on the Panel of Arbitrators maintained by ICSID. Mr. Sachs is an honorary professor on international arbitration law at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich and is a co-editor of the German Arbitration Journal.