Delos turned 5 in January 2019. To celebrate this milestone, Delos has initiated a series of events, listed below, to take a long view of the evolution of international arbitration and the place of Delos within this wider narrative.

Each event typically features senior, experienced practitioners in a fireside chat to exchange about their perspectives on the field, their personal journeys, their hopes for the future of arbitration and potential words of caution.

The learnings of this series of events are being brought together in a publication by leading young practitioners, who together form the Steering Committee for these events.

The members of this Steering Committee are: Saadia BHATTY, Ana GERDAU DE BORJA, Daniel LEVYJonathan LIM, Montserrat MANZANO and Evgeniya RUBININA. They are supported by David HU (LinkedIn) and João Manoel PEREIRA DE ASSIS (LinkedIn). They can be reached at

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Saadia BHATTY is an attorney admitted to the New York bar and an Avocat au Barreau de Paris. She is counsel in the International Dispute Resolution (IDR) team of Gide’s London office and advises and represents States and private entities on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious international dispute resolution law matters, in particular in international commercial and investment arbitrations and other public international law matters (including advice on treaty and legislation drafting).

Saadia has acted as counsel in investment and commercial arbitration proceedings conducted under the rules of various institutions (including those of the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SCC, the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA), HKIAC, VIAC and CAS) as well as ad hoc arbitrations (UNCITRAL), dealing with the laws of both civil and common-law jurisdictions. Saadia has specific experience in the energy, oil & gas and construction sectors, especially in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Prior to joining Gide in London, she worked for global law firms' international arbitration and public international law practices in Paris, London and New York.

Saadia sits on the Board and is part of the Executive Committee of a number of professional organizations, including the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA), Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA), the Pakistan Center for Law and Society (PCLS), ArbitralWomen, and the Harvard Women in Defense, Diplomacy and Development (Harvard W3D London Chapter).

A graduate from Harvard Law School, the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris, and the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Saadia regularly writes articles, lectures in top universities, trains private practitioners and government officials, and speaks at conferences in international arbitration across the globe. Follow on LinkedIn.

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Dr. Ana GERDAU DE BORJA MERCEREAU specialises in international disputes. She has acted as counsel and secretary to arbitral tribunals in arbitrations under the ICSID, the ICC, the LCIA-MIAC, and the ICDR/AAA rules, and under the most important Brazilian institutions’ rules (CAM-CCBC, CCMA CIESP/FIESP, CAMARB, Câmara FGV, CAM-BM&FBOVESPA and CMA from São Paulo’s Instituto de Engenharia). Her cases have included large infrastructure projects (in construction, renewable energy, oil & gas and transportation), M&A deals, and projects for mining research and exploration.

She is an associate at Derains and Gharavi, Paris, and was previously an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Paris, at Wald, São Paulo and with Dr. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves’s firm, also in São Paulo.

She is a member of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration and ADR. She was a member of the ICC Task Force on the Revision of ADR, Expert and Dispute Board Rules (2013-2014). Between 2009 and 2010, Ana also helped create dispute board rules of a major Brazilian dispute resolution institution.

Ana holds a degree in law with distinction from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), and a Ph.D. and an LL.M. (International Law) from the University of Cambridge. Her PhD thesis at Cambridge was entitled “Regional Economic Community Rules and Investment Treaty Arbitration: The EU Experience and its Relevance for the Andean Community,” under the supervision of ICJ Judge James Crawford.

She features on global and regional panels of arbitrators, and taught the master course on private international law at Université Paris-XIII in 2017.

She is the author of over 40 publications in Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish, and regularly speaks at international conferences on arbitration topics. She speaks Portuguese (native), English, French, and Spanish. Follow on LinkedIn.

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Dr. Daniel Levy is an international litigation and arbitration lawyer, arbitrator and expert, focused on cross-border commercial disputes, international investment disputes, as well as related litigation. He represents clients across various sectors, including energy, infrastructure, insurance, shipping, banking, corporate, M&A, in both individual and class actions worldwide. He is partner and head of the Latin America, Portugal and Spain practice at Enyo Law LLP, London-based international dispute resolution specialist firm. He has more than 15 years of experience acting in domestic and international arbitrations conducted under the main institutional arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, SCC, ICDR, ad hoc UNCITRAL as other domestic chambers in the UK, Brazil and France). He is also special counsel of the Brazilian Confederation of Industries for their international trade policies.

He holds a Ph.D. summa cum laude from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), with the monograph Les abus de l’arbitrage commercial international, having been awarded the University of Paris Prize for best thesis in 2013 and selected by the ICC Institute of World Business Law as one of the 4 best thesis of that same year. He has been professor of international arbitration, civil law, corporate law and contracts at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (São Paulo – Brazil) for more than 10 years, visiting professor at Queen Mary University of London School of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (Chicago – USA) and Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico), where he teaches regularly Investment Law and ISDS, and international commercial arbitration.

Daniel is contributing author of The ICSID Convention, Regulations and Rules: a Practical Commentary (Ed. Julien Fouret, Rémy Gerbay and Gloria Alvarez, New York, to be published), author of Brazilian Arbitration Act: a commentary (São Paulo, 2019), Handbook of Arbitration in Brazil (São Paulo, 2019), Brazilian Arbitration Act: Case Law Commentary (The Hague, to be published), Investment Protection in Brazil (NYC, 2014), Les abus de l’arbitrage commercial international (Paris, 2014), Handbook on Brazilian Civil Liability (São Paulo, 2014), and of numerous publications in leading journals and reviews. He is member of the Editorial Board of the CIArb International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management (UK) and of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration and ADR.

He holds a LL.M. degree in Civil Law from the University of São Paulo and an LL.B. from the Rio de Janeiro University. He is qualified in São Paulo, Brazil. Follow on LinkedIn.

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Jonathan LIM is Counsel 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 2018 as a Future Leader in International Arbitration, and has been described by clients and peers as "a very smart all-round lawyer with a strong work ethic" and “a sure bet as a future global leader.” Follow on LinkedIn.

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Montserrat MANZANO has a Master of Law degree from the University of Cambridge and specialises in international dispute resolution. Her practice in Von Wobeser y Sierra, where she is partner, focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration. Montserrat has participated in more than 60 international arbitration proceedings, either as arbitrator, secretary or counsel, under the ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL and ICSID rules, among others. She has broad experience applying both regional and public international law, in a variety of disputes, most of which involve public works contracts, energy, and oil and gas. As a Mexican-qualified lawyer, she has successfully represented clients in administrative and constitutional proceedings before Mexican courts, including proceedings in support of arbitration and provisional measures. She acts as Vice-Chair to the Americas Initiative of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and has been named Future Leader of Arbitration under 45 by Who’s Who Legal and recognized in GAR 100. Montserrat speaks and writes regularly on arbitration-related issues and participates in diversity initiatives within her firm and beyond with ArbitralWomen, AbogadasMX and the Cyrus R Vance Center for International Justice. Follow on LinkedIn.

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Evgeniya RUBININA is a partner at Enyo Law LLP in London with more than ten years of experience in international arbitration. She is qualified in England & Wales, Russia and New York. She focuses on investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law. Her experience includes representing both investors and states in investment treaty arbitrations, as well as acting as advocate in international commercial disputes under LCIA, ICC and SCC rules. Prior to joining the firm, she worked for the World Bank Group's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, where she served as administrative secretary to arbitral tribunals and assisted with arbitrations under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. She also worked for the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Evgeniya holds degrees from Harvard Law School, Oxford University and Moscow State Institute of International Relations. She is included in The Legal 500’s International Arbitration Powerlist: United Kingdom and has been voted as a Top Young Arbitration Practitioner by RAA40 (the Russian Arbitration Association’s under 40 branch) for the last three years. Follow on LinkedIn.

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