ROAP EMEA – 2022 EDITION
Please meet our talented and diverse group of participants in ROAP EMEA 2022, both practising attorneys and testifying experts (their short bios, where available, are linked and set out below, and some of them are also pictured below in no particular order): Jawad Ahmad, Alia Al Gazzar, Francesco Bernardi, Diana Bernardino, Björn Brand, Jacqueline Chaplin, Stanislav Cherkezov, Anna Chuwen Dai, Andrea De Biase , Zara Desai, Kamel Diab, Ievgen Diadiuk, Jan Dobrý, Celine Fortoul, Conor Given, Jillian Griffiths, Nils Gudat, Miisa Happonen, Peter Hood, Alex Houston, Velislava Hristova, Daryna Ivanyuta, Victoria Ivasechko, Adam Jodkowski, Katherine Jonckheere, Flora Jones, Tatiana Karabanova, Bethel Kassa, Joseph Kirby, Etienne Kochoyan, Maksym Kodunov, Jana Lefranc, Anya Marinkovich, Chizaram Mbah, Daniel McCarthy, Chris McDonald, Anastasia Medvedskaya, Patricia Moroney, Amr Omran, Shannon O'Neill, Piotr Paprota, Issey Park, Olesya Prantyuk, Iris Raynaud, Erin Rokas, Sadyant Sasiprabhu, Patricia Snell, Olof Traung, Lucie Vallade, Etienne Vimal du Monteil, Sacha Willaume
AHMAD Jawad: he is a New York-qualified lawyer in the London office of Mayer Brown's International Arbitration practice. He focuses on international commercial and investment treaty arbitration and public international law. Jawad has acted as counsel for claimants, respondents, and tribunal assistant in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations across a wide-range of industries, including energy, construction, mining, finance, hospitality and leisure. Follow on LinkedIn.
BRAND Björn, Dr: he is a Director with Alvarez & Marsal in Munich. He specializes in Disputes & Investigations and has about eight years of consulting experience. His primary areas of concentration are (damage) valuation services, M&A, transaction services and restructuring/reorganization with a strong focus on expert opinions on damages in international and commercial arbitration (including ICSID, ICC, HKIAC, DIS) and litigation. In addition, Björn provides advice to clients in out-of-court settlements. For example, he has been involved in several projects assessing lost profits resulting from contract breaches, construction delays, or expropriations: post-M&A disputes, JV disputes, IP disputes, investment arbitrations, warranty breaches, and duty of loyalty breaches. He has worked for customers from various industries and has particular project experience in the area of energy, automotive & industrials, private equity, infrastructure & capital projects, financial services and real estate. Before joining Alvarez & Marsal, Björn was Senior Manager in Strategy & Transactions at a Big Four company. In addition, he has significant experience in the area of transfer pricing. Björn holds a PhD in economics with a focus on Industrial Organization from the University of Graz. In addition, he holds a diploma in Economics and Statistics as well as a diploma in Business Administration, both from the University of Innsbruck. Björn has completed the CFA program and is a CFA charter holder. Follow on LinkedIn.
DESAI Zara: she is an associate at Three Crowns LLP, based in Paris. She advises States and State-owned entities in investor-State arbitrations and on matters of public international law. Her practice also includes representing private corporations in international commercial arbitrations governed by a range of applicable laws and various industry sectors, with particular experience in disputes arising in the banking, finance, corporate, and energy sectors. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Sciences Po Paris, and also holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. Follow on LinkedIn.
DIADIUK Ievgen: he is a senior associate in the Dispute Resolution practice (Commercial Disputes) of Arzinger Law Firm. Before joining Arzinger, Ievgen practiced law for more than 16 years as an in-house lawyer with a number of large companies in Ukraine and the biggest Ukrainian law firms as a litigation practitioner. His areas of specialization include Dispute Resolution (Litigation and Arbitration), and Trade Investigations. Ievgen has experience of arbitration under the ICAC Rules. He has been involved in numerous dispute resolution cases between banks and borrowers, acted as a consultant in a range of debt restructuring cases in the real estate market of Ukraine, and advised the largest national producers on measures of the internal trade market protection, and large companies across a wide variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices, energy and banking ad well. Ievgen has significant experience of banking and insurance litigation, including debts and shareholder disputes.
Ievgen has been a licensed attorney since 2008. Follow on LinkedIn.
DOBRY Jan: he is a Counsel in the Prague office of Clifford Chance LLP, where he leads the dispute resolution practice. Jan deals with all forms of dispute resolution including court litigation, both international and local arbitration, as well as regulatory investigation and subsequent court review of the administrative decisions and has significant expertise in the commercial, real estate and M&A sectors as well as in the rapidly growing technology sector from a litigious, regulatory and competition law perspective. He is an arbitrator by the Prague Stock Exchange Arbitration Court and represents Clifford Chance Prague at the Arbitration Committee of ICC Czech Republic. Follow on LinkedIn.
GIVEN Conor: he is a Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s Disputes and Investigations practice in Dubai, having previously worked in A&M’s Cayman Islands and London offices. He has over 16 years of experience in financial disputes and investigations, including disputes arising from acquisitions, insolvency situations, joint ventures, cartel litigation and fraud. Conor has worked with clients across a wide range of sectors including financial services, aerospace, construction, manufacturing, and public utilities. Follow on LinkedIn.
GUDAT Nils: he is a Director in Alvarez & Marsal’s Disputes and Investigations practice based in London. He specializes in the application of modern methods of causal inference and econometrics to the estimation of damages and counterfactual scenarios in litigation and arbitration. He has been instructed both as a statistical and quantum expert in UK High Court proceedings, and has assisted the preparation of expert reports in litigation in the UK, Germany, and France, as well as in a number of international arbitration proceedings. Follow on LinkedIn.
HOUSTON Alex: He is an Associate Director in Mazars’ Forensic and Valuation team based in London. He has nearly 10 years’ experience as a forensic accountant working across a number of sectors but with a particular focus on matters within the Energy sector. His work is focussed on arbitration and litigation on a variety of projects such as contentious and non-contentious valuations, contractual liability disputes, loss of profits and post-acquisition disputes. Follow on LinkedIn.
HRISTOVA Velislava: she is a Bulgarian qualified lawyer trained in civil law and common law jurisdictions. She specialises in investor-state arbitration, complex commercial arbitration disputes and public international law. Velislava has more than five years of post-qualification experience gained while working with the international arbitration teams of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in London, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Vienna, Baker & McKenzie in Stockholm, and two of the largest law firms in Bulgaria. She has participated in disputes stemming from a wide array of industries under major institutional arbitration rules (ICSID, ICC, LCIA, SCC, BCCI) as well as ad hoc proceedings, governed by various procedural and substantive rules (English, Bulgarian, Austrian, Swedish, Czech, CISG). She co-founded Young Bulgarian Arbitration Practitioners and is a Dispute Resolution Fellow of the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution and a Diversity Fellow of the International Law Section. Follow on LinkedIn.
JONES Flora: she is a Senior Associate in King & Spalding’s London office. She specialises in international arbitration, with a particular focus on the energy sector. Flora has represented energy clients in numerous large, complex and high value commercial and investment arbitrations around the world, including two years spent in Tokyo, representing a range of Japanese clients on their projects disputes. Flora has acted as counsel in international arbitrations under most of the major institutional rules (including LCIA, ICC, ICSID, and SCC). She is qualified as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and also holds Higher Rights of Audience (Civil Proceedings). Follow on LinkedIn.
KARABANOVA Tatiana: she is an Italian qualified lawyer (member of the Milan Bar Association) with considerable experience in providing legal assistance to corporate clients both in Russia and in Italy. Graduated in law in Italy from Milan State University and in Russia from St. Petersburg State University. Her practice includes commercial law, corporate law, commercial litigation and international arbitration. Follow on LinkedIn.
KIRBY Joseph: he is an Associate Director in HKA’s Forensic Accounting and Commercial Damages practice and is based in London. He has a decade of experience in contentious valuations, commercial and corporate reporting valuations and loss of profits assessments. He has been instructed as an expert in the High Court of England and Wales. Joseph specialises in the assessment of damages and contentious valuation issues in litigation, international arbitration and expert determinations. He is experienced in matters involving breaches of contract, shareholder disputes, breach of warranty, unfair prejudice, transaction-related disputes and intellectual property infringements. Follow on LinkedIn.
MARINKOVICH Anya: she is a senior associate with Bär & Karrer’s arbitration team in Geneva. She has acted as counsel, arbitrator and arbitral secretary in a number of international commercial arbitrations concerning construction, oil & gas, sales, and corporate and post-M&A disputes. She is admitted to the California Bar and has training and practical experience in both common and civil law systems, as well as in the field of public international law. She is currently a member of the Global Advisory Board of ICDR Young & International. Follow on LinkedIn.
MCCARTHY Daniel: he is an English barrister specialising in complex international disputes. He practises at Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, a pre-eminent disputes firm in London. He acts as counsel in commercial and international investment arbitration, and court litigation. Daniel has represented clients at all levels of the English courts including the Supreme Court. He has appeared before various arbitral institutions and has experience of LCIA, ICC, AAA and ICSID arbitrations. His disputes have involved a range of different applicable laws, as well as many different sectors and activities including banking, construction, mining, share purchase transactions, charities, hotels, fashion and art. He has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in law from Christ Church, University of Oxford. Follow on LinkedIn.
MEDVEDSKAYA Anastasia: she is a French qualified lawyer specialising in international arbitration and public international law. She is also pursuing qualification as a Solicitor of England and Wales. Anastasia has acted as counsel for investors and States in several investment treaty disputes and in commercial arbitration cases under the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, and UNCITRAL rules. Anastasia's most recent role was at a boutique law firm in London. Prior to that, she spent almost two years at a Big Four in Paris working with damages experts. She assisted with the assessment of damages in arbitration, post-acquisition disputes and participated in forensic investigations. Follow on LinkedIn.
MORONEY Patricia: She is an Associate Director in Mazars’ Litigation and Arbitration practice and is based in London. She is a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years of professional experience of undertaking external audit assignments and forensic accountancy work. Patricia is experienced in a wide range of matters, including post-acquisition disputes, loss of profit disputes, financial reporting disputes and fraud cases. Patricia also has experience working across a wide range of sectors, including retail, construction, financial services and insurance. Follow on LinkedIn.
PAPROTA Piotr: he is a dispute resolution lawyer based in Warsaw, Poland. As an attorney-at-law, admitted to the Warsaw Bar, he advises on a broad range of contentious matters, with a focus on commercial litigation and arbitration. He regularly serves as secretary to arbitral tribunals. He holds M.A. in Law and B.A. in Philosophy from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and an LL.M. from University of Heidelberg in Germany. Scholar of the International Arbitration Institute in Paris. Speaks Polish, English, German and Spanish. Learns Italian. In his private life Piotr follows his passion for surfing and travelling. Follow on LinkedIn.
RAYNAUD Iris: she assists Prof. Bernard Hanotiau in the management of complex international arbitration cases where he acts as Chairman, member of the Tribunal or Sole Arbitrator, in ad hoc or institutional proceedings (ICC, LCIA, SIAC, DIA, SCAI, CEPANI, KCAB). Iris has been involved in more than twenty high-stake arbitration proceedings as counsel (collective experience) or as secretary/assistant to the Tribunal. Her main area of work relates to commercial contract disputes, under civil or common law regimes, involving private and public entities. Iris is also experienced in investor-state disputes, acting as assistant to the Tribunal in UNCITRAL-PCA proceedings and in cases under the ICSID Convention. Iris is qualified in England & Wales and in France (Paris) and is registered with the Brussels Bar (E List). She works in English and French. Follow on LinkedIn.
ROKAS Erin: she is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s Disputes and Investigations practice in Athens, Greece. She brings 13+ years of experience assisting clients with fraud allegations, insolvency and receivership investigations, asset tracing and recovery, disputes and expert witness services. She has worked with clients across sectors and has extensive experience in contentious matters played out in onshore and offshore jurisdictions, including the US, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Ms. Rokas’ disputes work in preparing expert reports has ranged from asset tracing to considering issues on valuation, quantum of damages, and critically assessing the methodology adopted for claims and counterclaims in arbitral disputes. Follow on LinkedIn.
VIMAL DU MONTEIL Etienne: he is an associate in Three Crowns LLP’s Paris office who represents private and sovereign clients in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under the leading institutional and ad hoc rules. His practice covers various industries and continents, with a focus on energy and construction, in North and West Africa and the Middle East. Etienne also has experience of enforcement and annulment proceedings before the French courts. He frequently lectures in international dispute resolution. He holds Masters degrees from Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University and ESSEC Business School. Follow on LinkedIn.
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