Join GAP Journal Committee members Jonathan Lim (Chair), Laurie Achtouk-Spivak, Tsegaye Laurendeau and Laura Sinisterra for monthly insights into landmark case law on international arbitration from around the globe.

Each episode features a jurisdiction covered in Delos's Guide to Arbitration Places (GAP), with an in-depth discussion of the context, holdings and legacy of the case by a panel of distinguished speakers. These Journal entries are part of the GAP event series A Case In Time.

Episodes last 90mn (incl. Q&A), and typically take place every last Thursday of the month, at 3pm ET, CET or HKT/SGT, depending on the time zone of the speakers. Recordings of past episodes can be viewed here.

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Laurie Achtouk-Spivak is a Cleary Gottlieb partner and co-leads the firm’s international arbitration practice in Paris. She has over 15 years of experience in handling the most high stake international arbitration matters. Laurie also has experience acting as an arbitrator and is a CEDR-accredited mediator. Laurie has significant experience in representing clients in arbitrations in a wide range of industry sectors, including energy and natural resources, infrastructure projects, financial services, and life sciences. Laurie is a thought leader in her field, being widely published on international arbitration and international investment law. She also takes part in the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, as well as the ICC Task Force on “Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration.” She is a member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, ArbitralWomen, ILA, CFA, and ICCA. She is on the board of the French branch of the International Law Association. Follow on LinkedIn.

Tsegaye Laurendeau is an international arbitration partner at Signature Litigation and is based in London. With over 10 years’ experience of international arbitrations as counsel, Tsegaye has advised and represented companies, States and State-owned entities in arbitrations conducted pursuant to the arbitration rules of many of the major arbitration institutions, with a particular focus on disputes in the oil and gas, energy, mining, construction and telecoms sectors. Tsegaye has developed an expertise in arbitrations involving complex corporate structures, financial products, accounting and tax issues and handles all matters relating to quantum in international arbitrations. While Tsegaye’s practice focuses exclusively on arbitration, he began his career in the Project Finance group of a magic circle firm, acting for financial institutions and international corporates in relation to the financing and development of large energy and infrastructure projects in the MENA region and Sub-Saharan Africa. Tsegaye was a partner at international arbitration boutique law firm Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes and Counsel in Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration group. He is recognised in arbitration guides and features in The Legal 500 International Arbitration Powerlist UK, which showcases the UK’s leading arbitration practitioners. Tsegaye is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales and at the Paris Bar. Follow on LinkedIn.

Jonathan Lim is Partner at WilmerHale in London. He has represented governments and private corporations in commercial and investment arbitrations under all major arbitration rules sited across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. He has also advised governments in Africa and Asia on a range of public international law issues and the drafting of arbitration legislation. In addition to his practice as counsel, Jonathan has a developing practice as an arbitrator, with appointments as sole and party-appointed arbitrator in proceedings seated in Europe and Asia. Jonathan also co-teaches a course on international arbitration at the National University of Singapore each January. He is listed in Who's Who Legal as a Future Leader in International Arbitration as one of ten "most highly regarded" individuals in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has been described in directories by clients and peers as "a very smart all-round lawyer with a strong work ethic," "extremely capable and hardworking," and “a sure bet as a future global leader." He is also a Regional Editor of the Delos Guide to Arbitration Places (GAP). Follow on LinkedIn.

Laura Sinisterra is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution Group at Debevoise & Plimpton, in New York. Her practice focuses on international arbitration and international litigation, concentrating on the mining and energy sectors, in which she regularly handles complex disputes arising in Latin America. Ms. Sinisterra is on the board of the Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (ALARB), is Vice Chair of the International Arbitration Committee of the ABA’s International Law Section, is Vice Chair of the ITA’s Communication Committee and was the inaugural Chair of the ITA’s Young Mentorship Program. She received an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and her law degree from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, graduating first in her class. Ms. Sinisterra is admitted to the New York and Colombian Bar Associations. Her native language is Spanish, she is fluent in English, and she has knowledge of French. Follow on LinkedIn.

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