Thursday, 29 September 2020, 9:00AM - 12:00PM EST, Zoom

New global realities in a post-pandemic world

The consequences of the covid-19 pandemic are expected to reverberate through multiple industries, affecting how business is conducted across borders and accelerating trends relating to the handling of disputes. Latin Lawyer and Global Arbitration Review are proud to host the virtual Arbitration Summit which will bring in a 50/50 gender split across our speaker line-up. This event will facilitate discussion, debate and best practice on challenges arising across the Latin American market. Join thought leaders and explore the latest developments from many industries across the region, in a conversation led by general counsel, arbitrators and private practice lawyers.

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Cecilia Azar

Partner, Galicia, Mexico City

Cecilia Azar is a partner of the Litigation and Arbitration area. Her practice is focused on arbitration, mediation and judicial proceedings related to arbitration. The sectors/industries in which she has specialized in the last 5 years have been: energy, infrastructure, construction and family/commercial mediations. Among her clients are national and foreign companies that have signed contracts in energy or construction and infrastructure. Her recent affairs involve complex controversies that arise from PPA contracts and public and private works. She has also participated in matters related to distribution contracts, technology transfer and international sales. She was General Secretary and Counselor of the Arbitration Center of Mexico (CAM).

Jonathan C. Hamilton

Partner and Head of Latin America Arbitration, White & Case, Washington, DC

Jonathan C. Hamilton is Partner and Head of Latin American Arbitration with global law firm White & Case. He is a leading authority on international disputes and investment, with extensive additional experience in complex negotiations and crisis management. Jonathan's practice is ranked at the top of its field by leading guides such as Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America and Legal 500, which describes White & Case as "the best law firm for Latin America arbitration."


Aleksandra Cuprys

Global General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Phoenix Tower International, Miami

Anna-Katharina Scheffer da Silveira

Special Counsel, L.O. Baptista, São Paolo

Daniela Bambaci

Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group, Buenos Aires and New York

Edwin Bustinza Lozada

Legal Head, Buenaventura, Lima

Luis Martinez

Vice President, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), New York

Maureen Ryan

General Counsel, Atlas Renewable Energy, Miami

Miguel Angel Morales

Senior Legal Counsel, Huawei Mexico, Mexico City

Monica Jimenez Gonzalez

Secretary General, Ecopetrol, Bogotá

Newton dos Anjos

Senior Legal Counsel, Embraer, São Paulo

Paola Piotti

Director, Fermaca, Mexico City

Sudan Maccio

Partner, McCullough Sudan, Houston

Sylvia Sámano Beristain

Secretary General, Centro de Arbitraje de México (CAM), Mexico City

Viviana Castro Hurtado

Global Legal Vice President, Orbia, Mexico City

Xavier Andrade

President, Ecuadorian Arbitration Institute, Quito


09.00-09:05  Chairs’ opening remarks

Cecilia Azar, PartnerGalicia, Mexico City
Jonathan C. Hamilton, Partner and Head of Latin America ArbitrationWhite & Case, Washington, DC

09:05-09:50  Energy and the environment: exploring the arbitration landscape

The energy sector has faced unique challenges during the global pandemic as companies endeavour to continue providing services to customers, while navigating a regulatory framework that can vary significantly across jurisdictions and be subject to rapid change. Staying abreast of this evolving scenario is critical to the effective resolution of disputes in Latin America. Explore how changes in political, economic and environmental landscapes are affecting arbitrators, arbitral institutions and counsel as our esteemed panel takes a close look at recent, high profile cases. After hearing from the panellists, participants will break into interactive groups to dive into the detail.

Daniela Bambaci, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group, Buenos Aires and New York
Edwin Bustinza Lozada, Legal Head, Buenaventura, Lima

Maureen Ryan, General Counsel, Atlas Renewable Energy, Miami 
Monica Jimenez Gonzalez, Secretary General, Ecopetrol, Bogotá 
Sudan Maccio, Partner, McCullough Sudan, Houston


09.50-10:35 Disputes and compliance in the infrastructure sector

The pandemic has led to the delay of many of Latin America’s important infrastructure projects, resulting in a rise in disputes. In this session, high-level experts will examine the current state of play, drawing on their own knowledge and experience of disputes relating to concession contracts and how they play out in civil law jurisdictions.  Participants will then split into breakout groups to explore compliance in the infrastructure sector in the aftermath of recent movements against corruption in the region. The discussion will consider the relevance of new ‘soft law’ guidance, such as advice issued by the IBA and the Prague Rules; lessons from arbitral decisions; and other international efforts to combat corruption.

Aleksandra Cuprys, Global General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Phoenix Tower International, Miami
Paola Piotti, Director, Fermaca, Mexico City
Viviana Castro Hurtado, Global Legal Vice President, Orbia, Mexico City

10:25-10:40  Break

10:40-11:25  Finance and enforcement: examining trends and developing guidance

Recent research shows that financial institutions and their counsel are considering arbitration with much greater interest than before, having traditionally turned to courts to resolve disputes. This session will consider whether this trend will continue in light of the pandemic and the current economic reality.  Participants will get the opportunity to discuss and debate this trend, led by our knowledgeable panel of experts. This session will explore guidance from the ICC Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and the ICDR perspective on inancial caseload and initiatives, among others.


Cecilia Azar, PartnerGalicia, Mexico City

Miguel Angel Morales, Senior Legal Counsel, Huawei Mexico, Mexico City
Luis Martinez, Vice President, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), New York
Anna-Katharina Scheffer da Silveira, Special Counsel, L.O. Baptista, São Paolo


11:25-12:10  The Latin Lawyer/GAR Live Inquisition: globalisation and regional institutions

Join the opportunity to ‘grill’ a succession of speakers by submitting your questions to the GAR Live Inquisitor. With the rise of international arbitration in Latin America during the last decades, this session will explore how current views of globalisation affect arbitration. This session will also explore which jurisdictions are leading in the promotion of arbitration and the role that regional arbitral institutions play in shaping the evolving market. Participants play a vital part in determining the outcome of the Inquisition, and vote for the best argument made at the end of the debate.

Jonathan C. Hamilton, Partner and Head of Latin America Arbitration, White & Case, Washington, DC

Newton dos Anjos, Senior Legal Counsel, Embraer, São Paolo
Xavier Andrade, President, Ecuadorian Arbitration Institute, Quito
Sylvia Sámano Beristain, Secretary General, Centro de Arbitraje de México (CAM), Mexico City


12:10-12:15  Chairs’ closing remarks

Cecilia Azar, PartnerGalicia, Mexico City
Jonathan C. Hamilton, Partner and Head of Latin America Arbitration, Washington, DC


  • "Very useful insight to the different areas." Maruja Kiener Ford, Arent Fox



  • "Very well prepared presenters and wealth of knowledge has been shared with attendees." Sercan Akyildiz, HKA




Private practice rate
Type Price
Standard $10


In-house/government rate
Type Price
Standard $0

In The Press

Latin Lawyer-GAR Arbitration Summit confirms top in-house speakers

Latin Lawyer-GAR Arbitration Summit confirms top in-house speakers

17 February 2020

In-house lawyers from companies like tech giant Huawei, Peru’s largest mining company Buenaventura, and Colombia’s Ecopetrol will speak at Latin Lawyer-GAR Live 4th Annual Arbitration Summit on 30 April in Miami.