REMOTE ORAL ADVOCACY PROGRAMME (ROAP)
Please meet the ROAP Convenors for the ROAP Americas, Asia, Construction, EMEA and LatAm editions: respectively, and from left to right, Jessica Beess und Chrostin and Sharmistha Chakrabarti, Shaun Pereira and Vicky Zhao, Emily Fox and Samantha Lord Hill, Michael Kotrly and Christina Schuetz, María Angélica Burgos and Federico Campolieti. Their short bios are set out below.
ROAP Americas 2023/4
Jessica Beess und Chrostin is a Partner in the international arbitration and dispute resolution practice of King & Spalding LLP in New York. Jessica represents clients in international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, intra-State arbitration, and transnational dispute. She has represented and counseled clients in disputes involving numerous industries, including mining, oil and gas, electric power, renewable energy, real estate development, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, construction, and telecommunications. Jessica has experience in arbitrations before all major arbitral forums, including the AAA, ICC, ICDR, ICSID, JAMS, and SCC as well as ad hoc arbitrations, such as under the UNCITRAL Rules. She is also experienced in all phases of international dispute resolution and crisis management. Jessica is fluent in English and German, and proficient in French and Spanish.
ROAP Asia 2023
Shaun Pereira is counsel in the Singapore office, has advised and represented States, State-owned entities and multinational corporations in disputes subject to arbitration under the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, and AAA-ICDR rules in proceedings across the energy, construction, and financial services sectors.
He is listed in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, in which clients describe him as “impressive”, “outstanding”, and “up and coming”. He teaches as Adjunct Faculty at the Singapore Management University and has published on international arbitration in leading journals, including the Journal of International Arbitration, the Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, and the Civil Justice Quarterly.
Shaun previously served in a judicial capacity as a magistrate and assistant registrar in the High Court of Singapore and the Singapore International Commercial Court. Before that, he clerked for the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court of Singapore.
Vicky Zhao is currently a partner at JunHe LLP Beijing office. Before joining JunHe, Vicky had worked with a “magic circle” international law firm, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and other renowned Chinese law firms. During her time at SIAC, she administered more than 100 international commercial arbitrations.
Vicky is specialized in complex cross-border dispute resolution. She has represented clients in both domestic and international arbitrations under various arbitration rules, such as CIETAC, BAC, SIAC, ICC, HKIAC and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. She also represents clients in litigations and arbitration-related court proceedings before different levels of the Chinese courts. Her practice mainly focuses on corporate and commercial dispute matters, such as private equity investment, M&A, corporate governance, joint venture, shareholder disputes, D&O liabilities, finance and securities, etc.
Vicky has been recognised as “Up and Coming” lawyer in the field of arbitration by both Chambers and Partners Global and Greater China in 2023, a “Next Generation Partner” by the Legal 500 in 2020 - 2023, and a “Future Star” in International Arbitration by the Benchmark Litigation China in 2021 - 2023.
ROAP Construction 2023/4
Emily Fox is of counsel in Herbert Smith Freehills' International Arbitration team in Paris. She is experienced in commercial and investment disputes, in particular international arbitrations in the oil and gas, mining, construction, aviation and banking sectors and with particular experience of projects in Africa.
She has represented clients in a number of international arbitrations, both ad hoc and under the rules of major arbitration centres.
Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Emily worked in the international arbitration groups of major international law firms in Paris and London.
Emily is dual-qualified as a Paris Avocat and a Solicitor of England & Wales. She has taught a class on international arbitration in the Energy sector at Sciences Po since 2018, and regularly publishes on international arbitration.
Samantha Lord Hill is Counsel in the international arbitration team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, focusing on global projects disputes.
Samantha acts on commercial and construction arbitration mandates arising out of projects worldwide, particularly those in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. She has advised and appeared on behalf of clients in complex, high-value, international arbitrations under many of the major arbitration rules including ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, ICSID, DIAC, ADCCAC, SIAC and UNCITRAL Rules, with a variety of seats. She also sits as arbitrator.
Samantha sits on the Editorial Board of the Center for International Investment and Commercial Arbitration Young Arbitrator's Group and the MENA Sub-Committee of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations. She is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), the International Bar Association, the Association of International Energy Negotiators (AIEN) and Arbitral Women.
She is the co-author of the UAE chapter of the ICCA International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, the UAE chapter of 'The International Application of FIDIC Contractors: A Practical Guide' and the Employer Claims chapter of 'Dealing with Delay and Disruption on Construction Projects'.
She is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia. She is also a Registered Foreign Legal Consultant in the State of California and a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Singapore.
Samantha joined the firm in 2013 and has worked in the Dubai and London offices.
ROAP EMEA 2023
Michael Kotrly is a barrister at One Essex Court in London. He has a broad practice spanning commercial litigation, arbitration (both investor-state and commercial) and advisory work.
Michael’s legal career has spanned three continents, having practiced in Toronto, Dubai, and London. His advocacy experience spans commercial and investment treaty arbitral tribunals as well as courts in England and Ontario (Canada). Prior to being called to the English Bar and completing pupillage, Michael was a Senior Associate in the International Arbitration Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in London.
Michael has been listed as a Future Leader in International Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal since 2018, and most recently was listed as a “Most highly regarded” Future Leader in International Arbitration among Non-Partners in EMEA with referees describing him as a “spectacular advocate and brilliant intellect”.
Christina Schuetz is a Senior Associate in the arbitration team at Clifford Chance LLP in London, with over 13 years' experience in investment treaty and commercial arbitration, acting as counsel, tribunal secretary and arbitrator. She is admitted to practice in England & Wales and New York State.
A fluent speaker of Russian and German, with good knowledge of Polish and French, her practice focuses on disputes relating to business interests in Eastern and Central Europe. She also represents litigants in heavily contested English High Court claims relating to interests in Russian companies and offshore structures.
Having begun her career at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York and Frankfurt, since moving to London in 2009, she has spent 1.5 years on secondment to Clifford Chance CIS Limited in Moscow. Christina is the founder and was the first Secretary of the Russian and CIS Arbitration Network.
Already as a student, Christina was keen to gain advocacy experience. In the Vis Moot Court, she was a member of the Columbia Law School team that finished third in the Vienna competition in 2006 (and she won an honourable mention as an individual speaker). In the Jessup Moot Court, she was a member of the Humboldt University team that won the German preliminaries in 2003 and she also won the Best Speaker award in the German rounds.
ROAP LATAM 2023
Federico Campolieti es abogado por la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Tiene un posgrado en derecho administrativo por la misma Universidad y un máster en derecho público por la Universidad de París I – Panthéon Sorbonne.
Es socio del departamento de arbitraje internacional de Bomchil. Ha asesorado y representado empresas y Estados en diferentes arbitrajes internacionales ante el CIADI, así como en diversos arbitrajes comerciales internacionales bajo diferentes reglas (ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL, etc.). También se ha desempeñado como árbitro en distintos arbitrajes internacionales bajo reglas ICC y UNCITRAL. Ha trabajado como asociado extranjero en Dechert LLP (París) durante los años 2013 y 2014, interviniendo en diversos arbitrajes de inversión.
Actualmente es miembro de la Corte Internacional de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio Internacional.