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How to Work Effectively with Local Counsel, In-House Counsel, Fact Witnesses and Experts


We are pleased to invite you to the next instalment of the Young ICCA Webinar Series, “How to Work Effectively with Local Counsel, In-House Counsel, Fact Witnesses and Experts”, in collaboration with the Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC). The joint webinar will be held on the occasion of the GIAC Arbitration Days 2020, which will be held virtually this year.

This webinar is scheduled to take place on Friday 23 October 2020 from 15:00 to 16:10 CEST.  

Meet Our Speakers:

  • Laurie Achtouk-Spivak, Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb, Paris;
  • Sandro Bibilashvili, Partner, BGI Legal, Tbilisi;
  • Nata Ghibradze, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells, Munich; and 
  • Anna Kozmenko, Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich

Structure of the Webinar

The webinar will be as structured as follows:

  1. Panel Discussion (circa 35 minutes): The faculty will identify and discuss best practices for working effectively with (i) local counsel, (ii) in-house counsel and (iii) fact and expert witnesses.
  2. Q&A session (circa 20 minutes): The faculty will have an interactive Q&A session with the webinar participants on the topics covered during the panel discussion.

Registration: Prior registration is required as there are limited spots available for this webinar. Participants will generally be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register.

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We look forward to welcoming you to this instalment of the Young ICCA Webinar Series.

Meet the Panelists


Laurie Achtouk-Spivak 

Ms. Achtouk-Spivak is a member of the bar in New York (US) and Paris (France) as well as a member of the Peer Review Board of the ICSID Review. She has consistently been recognized by Who’s Who Legal and is commended by a peer as “probably the best up-and-coming investment arbitration specialist in Paris and beyond.”

 Laurie Achtouk-Spivak is a counsel based in the Paris office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Her practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation, with a particular emphasis on public international law.

Ms. Achtouk-Spivak represents investors and sovereigns in investment treaty arbitrations before ICSID as well as other arbitration institutions. She has also represented clients in several commercial arbitrations including some involving sovereigns and often provides companies with investment structuring advice. 

Ms. Achtouk-Spivak is a lecturer at the University of Poitiers, where she teaches a course in investor-State dispute settlement. She is widely published on public international law, notably investment treaty arbitration and is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, as well as the ICC Task Force on “Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration.”

Sandro Bibilashvili 

Sandro (Vasil) is a partner in BGI Legal. Professional experience of Mr. Bibilashvili includes spells at the Office of Congressman Bernie Sanders, (Burlington, VT, USA) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Department of International Law

Mr. Bibilashvili graduated with honors from Tbilisi State University, Department of Law, earning a professional degree in law. He holds LL.M. degree in International Business Law from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) and another LL.M. degree from Duke University School of Law (Durham, NC, USA). In addition, he successfully completed a program in Political Science at the University of Vermont (Burlington, VT, USA). 

Mr. Bibilashvili specializes in M&A, real estate & construction, energy and oil & gas, labour law, litigation, arbitration & mediation, securities, contracts, corporate law and environmental law. Sandro is a chair of Commercial Law Commission at ICC Georgia and a visiting professor at Free University of Tbilisi. 

NATA GHIBRADZE

Nata Ghibradze is a Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells' International Arbitration practice group seated in Munich. 

With the increasing complexity of international disputes, clients in the energy (oil & gas, renewables), construction, infrastructure, and engineering industry look to Nata Ghibradze to provide guidance on their cross-border disputes. Using the experience she gained while working at the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, Nata focuses on international arbitration with particular attention to disputes in the Eastern European and CIS regions.

Nata has experience in handling arbitrations under the major sets of arbitration rules seated in various jurisdictions. She is fluent in English, German, Russian, and Georgian, being educated in Georgia and Germany. Nata also regularly speaks and publishes on international arbitration. Nata is the Member of the Arbitration Council of Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC) and an active member of other organizations. 

Anna Kozmenko

Dr. Anna Kozmenko is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's Dispute Resolution Group based in Zurich. 

Having practiced arbitration for over 10 years in four jurisdictions, she has extensive experience representing states, state entities and private parties in complex litigations, investment and commercial arbitrations.

Anna’s experience as counsel and arbitrator includes numerous arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional (under the ICC, LCIA, SCC, VIAC, DIS, AAA/ICDR, UNCITRAL, CAS, ICSID, ICSID Additional Facility and Swiss rules), at various seats and under a broad range of applicable laws.

She also advises clients on all arbitration-related matters, including enforcement and set-aside proceedings, and matters involving states, international investment and public international law.      

Anna is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she teaches international arbitration. She is an immediate past co-chair of ICDR Young & International.  

She has been recognized as one of the leading international arbitration practitioners of her generation in international rankings and directories. In particular, she has been recognized in every edition of Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders Arbitration since its inauguration and was listed in its special "most highly regarded individuals" category. She has also been recognized as a "top international arbitration practitioner" by the Russian Arbitration Association's below 40 Chapter every year since the award was introduced.