ROAP EMEA – 2023 EDITION
Please meet our talented and diverse group of participants in ROAP EMEA 2023, 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): Adetola Adebesin, Mihaela Apostol, Caroline Bacrot, Shyam Balakrishnan, Aslan Boucobza, Matthew Brown, Rodrigo Carè, Jennifer Carnegie, Paloma Carrasco García, Ashley Churchman, Hannah Darbès, Thomas Dauvillier, Alix de Zitter, Tala Fahoum, Elena Fontanelli, Maja Frontczak, Julia Heidelbach, Maria Laura Izzo, Nawal Jallabi, Tatiana Karabanova, Mohamed Khanaty, Dr. Jaroslav Kudrna, Pauline Lafleure, Jana Lefranc, Arnela Maglić, Lawrence-John Maralack, Fernando Martins, Sophie Matamoros, Nick May, Ciara McHale, Wihan Meintjes, Natalia Mikołajczyk, Puloma Mukherjee, Simona Neagu, Juan Diego Niño Vargas, Louis Osman, Piotr Paprota, Sang Joon Park, Federica Perinetti, Anastasia Pojoga Morali, Jagpreet Sandhu, Gabriela Sandino de Luca, Nicholas Schwartz, Tania Singla, Karen Siwek, Eleanor Taylor, Lucie Vallade, Benjamin Weber, Astrid Westphalen, Özge Yazar, Jeff Yiu, Agata Zwolankiewicz
ADEBESIN Adetola: he is an international arbitration attorney at Sidley Austin LLP – Geneva, Switzerland. He has over 6 years of experience representing corporates, multi-nationals and governments in several high profile commercial and investment disputes. He regularly acts as counsel under most of the institutional arbitration rules including the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, Swiss Rules and ICSID. He holds a masters from the prestigious Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), a diploma in international arbitration from the Africa Arbitration Academy and is the Co-Founder of the Nigeria Very Young Arbitration Practitioners (Nigeria VYAP). Adetola is admitted to practice in Nigeria. Follow on LinkedIn
APOSTOL Mihaela: she is a civil and common law qualified lawyer (Avocat of the Bar of Bucharest, Romania; Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales) with seven years (PQE) of practice in international arbitration. Mihaela has an all-round experience in international arbitration having worked as counsel and tribunal secretary in investment and commercial arbitration and adjudication cases covering construction, tech, intellectual property, energy and oil & gas disputes. Mihaela is an active member of the arbitration community and is involved in various projects and initiatives: co-founder and moderator of ArbTech (discussion forum focusing on the impact of new technologies and the future of justice); coordinator of the Cross-Examination Moot in international arbitration; events coordinator at the Young Romanian Arbitration Practitioners group; and editor of the Delos Tech Channel. Follow on LinkedIn
BALAKRISHNAN Shyam: he joined Hanotiau & van den Berg in 2020. He assists Prof. Bernard Hanotiau in complex, high value, commercial and investment treaty arbitrations in a broad range of sectors (including energy, mining, construction, pharma, infrastructure) under all major arbitration rules. Shyam graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts and of Laws (B.A.LL.B (Hons.)) from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in India. In 2019, he obtained his LL.M in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva. He is qualified in India, registered with the Brussels Bar (B-List) and is in the process of registering with the SRA in England & Wales (SQE completed in November 2022). Follow on LinkedIn
BROWN Matthew: He is a senior foreign associate, based in Houthoff's Rotterdam office. He specializes in international arbitration, representing and advising clients in complex international disputes under many of the major institutions and rules including ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, DIAC and NAI Arbitration Rules. His practice includes both commercial and investment arbitration proceedings across a variety of industries and seats, as well as assisting with setting aside and enforcement proceedings before the Dutch courts. He is qualified in New York, but also holds an LL.M. from Leiden University. Follow on LinkedIn
CARÈ Rodrigo: he is a Senior Associate at Horizons & Co in Dubai. He acts as counsel before the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) as well as arbitral tribunals in complex construction, banking, and commercial disputes under the ICC, LCIA, DIAC, and UNCITRAL Rules, and his experience covers also the energy sector (in particular Price Reviews in long-term natural gas and LNG contracts), having undertaken a long secondment with an oil supermajor. He is admitted to practice in New York and Italy, and holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. Earlier in his career, he served as a Judicial Fellow of the Hon. Charles N. Brower and worked in Washington DC, London, Paris, and Stockholm. He is a member of the Executive Committee (International) and Chair of the Rome Branch of the New York State Bar Association. Follow on LinkedIn
CHURCHMAN Ashley: he is a Director in Alvarez & Marsal’s Disputes and Investigations practice based in London, having previously been an auditor. He has a decade of experience in forensic accounting, including post-acquisition disputes, audit negligence cases, shareholder actions, and large-scale international fraud investigations, working with clients in a variety of sectors including aviation, mining, retail and healthcare. He speaks English, French and Spanish, and has conducted a significant amount of work in France, Spain and Latin America. Follow on LinkedIn
DARBÈS Hannah: she is an associate in Quinn Emanuel’s Paris Offi ce since 2018. Hannah has signifi cant experience advising clients in theenergy, oil and gas, automotive, construction and mining and natural resources sectors in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in bothcommercial arbitrations and investor state arbitrations.
Hannah acts as counsel in cross border litigations and large-scale and complex arbitration proceedings under all the main arbitralinstitutions and applicable rules including the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, UNCITRAL, PCA and ICSID. Hannah also advises clients in arbitration-related litigations including setting aside proceedings and regularly counsels companies andtheir senior executives in connection with civil and commercial proceedings in France and abroad. Hannah works under both common and civil law regimes and is fl uent in French, English, and German. Follow on LinkedIn
DAUVILLIER Thomas: he is an associate in Three Crowns LLP’s Paris office. He represents and acts for private and sovereign clients in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under various leading institutional rules. His practice covers various industries and continents, with a focus on energy and construction, in North and West Africa and the Middle East. Thomas also has experience of enforcement and annulment proceedings before the French courts. He provides lectures in international dispute resolution. He holds Masters degrees from Paris II Pantheon-Assas University. Follow on LinkedIn
FAHOUM Tala: she is an Associate in our International Arbitration Group and Global Projects Disputes Practice.
She has experience in arbitration, litigation and investigations with particular focus on the Middle East.
She has advised corporate clients in relation to arbitrations under various rules, including the DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, SCC and UNICTRAL, and in relation to disputes before the ADGM Courts, DIFC Courts and the UAE Courts. She also has experience acting as tribunal secretary in arbitrations under the DIFC-LCIA and Basketball Arbitration Tribunal rules.
Before joining Freshfields, Tala trained and worked in a Tier 1 disputes team at an international law firm in the UAE.
Tala is a native speaker of English and Arabic and is proficient in French. Follow on LinkedIn
FONTANELLI Elena: she is an International Arbitration Associate Lawyer at BonelliErede in Milan since 2022. She was formerly Deputy Counsel of the Swiss-Italian team at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, where she supervised over 250 arbitration proceedings. She served as Research Associate at the International Arbitration Institute of the University of Miami where she also pursued an LLM in International Arbitration. She is a Co-Chair of ArbIt (the Italian Forum for International Arbitration and ADR) and a Co-chair of the Publication Taskforce of RAI (Rising Arbitrators Initiative). She is a lecturer at Universitè Paris 1 Panthéon - Sorbonne. She is specialized in international arbitration with focus on commercial and investment treaty disputes in the public and private sectors, ranging from construction to oil & gas, environment, and manufacturing. She is admitted to the Rome Bar, and she speaks English, French and Italian. Follow on LinkedIn
FRONTCZAK Maja: she is a Polish qualified lawyer (attorney at law) and Senior Associate at Gessel Attorneys at Law based in Warsaw. Maja specializes in litigation and domestic and international arbitration proceedings (including, among others, before the ICC Arbitration Court, the Swiss Arbitration Centre, and the Arbitration Court at the National Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw). She is the leader of the GESSEL for Climate project, which initiated the first citizen climate lawsuits in Poland. Her practice encompasses disputes in the broad field of business law. Follow on LinkedIn
HEIDELBACH Julia: she is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal in Zürich (Switzerland) where she heads the Disputes & Investigations team. She has over 15 years of experience with quantum arising from contentious commercial matters. Her experience includes lost profits and/or damage calculations from breach of contract, post M&A disputes, shareholder disputes and (damage) valuation in Arbitration or Litigation, as well as Expert Determination. She has a record of advising clients (and counsel) on settlement options for quantum. In this role, she has helped parties to reach consensus and common ground in a variety of forums, including commercial settlement negotiations, mediation, and expert determination. Before joining A&M, she worked in the Financial Advisory and Audit teams at a Big 4 company in London (until 2012) and Zürich. Julia holds a BA (HONS) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. She is currently enrolled with the University of Zürich for post-degree studies in M&A and Valuation. Follow on LinkedIn
IZZO Laura: She is an Associate at Pinsent Masons in London. She is a Solicitor in England & Wales and an Avvocato qualified in Italy. She focuses on international commercial and investment treaty arbitration and cross-border litigation. Laura has acted in arbitrations under major institutional rules ( including LCIA, ICC and SCC) and in proceedings before the High Court of Justice of England & Wales and Italian Courts in a wide-range of industries, including technology, intellectual property, aviation, financial services, energy and construction. Laura is a founding member of the Pinsent Masons’ Young Arbitration Group. Laura holds an LL.M from Stockholm University in International Commercial Arbitration and a Master in Business and Company law from Luiss University of Rome. Prior to that Laura completed her undergraduate degree in law from Federico II University of Naples. She speaks English, Italian and Portuguese. Follow on LinkedIn
JALLABI Nawal: she is Admitted to the Paris Bar, and is an associate in the International Arbitration practice of the Mayer Brown Paris office. She focuses on international arbitration, including investor/state disputes and commercial arbitration.
In addition to her native French, Nawal speaks English, German and Spanish. Follow on LinkedIn
KUDRNA Jaroslav: he is the Head of the International Arbitration and Investment Protection Unit at the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic. He defends the Republic in investment arbitrations, negotiates BITs on its behalf and represents it in international forums, including UNCITRAL (WG III) and ECT modernization group. Prior to joining the Ministry, Dr. Kudrna worked as an associate in the international arbitration group of White & Case in New York where he focused on investment and commercial arbitration. He previously trained in leading law firms in Paris and Prague. Dr. Kudrna obtained a PhD in public international law at Charles University in Prague, an LLM in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration at New York University and Masters of Laws at the University of Strasbourg and Sciences Po Paris. Dr. Kudrna has passed the New York Bar and Paris Bar exams. Follow on LinkedIn
MACIAS Karol: he is an international arbitration and litigation attorney based in Warsaw, Poland. He has broad experience in commercial (as well as investment) arbitration proceedings under most recognized procedures including UNCITRAL, ICC and SCC. He have participated or advised on a number of prospective and ongoing high-profile international arbitrations. On a daily basis he also represents clients before Polish state common and administrative courts, including the Supreme Court and the Supreme Administrative Court, as well as central and local government agencies. Follow on LinkedIn
MAGLIĆ Arnela: she is an Associate at KNOETZL, a leading Austrian law firm specialized in dispute resolution. Her practice primarily focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration. She has worked on high profile cases in various sectors, in particular, she has been involved in several high value construction arbitrations under the ICC and VIAC Rules concerning both non-standardized and FIDIC Yellow Book construction contracts. Before joining KNOETZL, Arnela practiced at a Bosnian law firm based in Sarajevo, where she advised foreign investors and domestic clients on corporate matters under Bosnia and Herzegovina law. She also has work experience in U.S. law firms. Arnela holds a degree from University of Zenica School of Law and an LL.M. for the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. During her bachelor studies, she participated in, and later co-coached, the University of Zenica team in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, advancing to the semi-finals in 2019. Recently, Arnela has authored an ISDS glossary for government officials of the Western Balkans countries published by GIZ, which provides for a practical layout of terms essential for understanding of ISDS. Follow on LinkedIn
MARTINS Fernando: he is a dual-qualified international disputes lawyer licensed to practice in England and Brazil. With more than a decade of experience, his expertise lies in advising Brazilian clients doing business internationally, as well as global corporations operating in Brazil and Lusophone Africa. In his practice, Fernando represents clients in international commercial arbitrations and transnational litigation, having worked on some of the most notorious cross-border disputes with ties to Brazil to date. He has worked on several high-stakes disputes involving cross-border transactions, joint ventures, infrastructure projects, shareholder agreements, and commercial contracts in the insurance, energy, mining, and natural resources sectors. With a background in business, Fernando is committed to providing clients with pragmatic and effective solutions that help them achieve their business objectives. Given his extensive international experience and legal qualification in both civil law and common law jurisdictions, Fernando is comfortable working with legal teams from diverse cultural backgrounds, which gives him a valuable perspective on the global legal landscape. Fernando holds a Master of Laws from Northwestern School of Law (LLM) and a Certificate in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management (CBA). He is fluent in both Portuguese and English and has working knowledge of French and Spanish. Follow on LinkedIn
MAY Nick: he is a Manager in Mazars’ Forensic and Valuation team based in London. He has nearly 10 years’ experience as a forensic accountant. Nick is experienced in a wide range of matters, including post-acquisition disputes, loss of profit disputes, contentious and non-contentious valuations and fraud cases. Nick also has experience working across a wide range of sectors, including sports and entertainment, defence and security, construction, technology, and transport. Follow on LinkedIn
MCHALE Ciara: she is a Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s Disputes and Investigations practice in London. She brings over ten years of professional experience in audit and forensic accountancy assisting clients across various contractual disputes (including breach of fiduciary duties, exclusive distribution agreement, and material adverse effect clause), post transaction claims, cartel litigation and large-scale international fraud investigations. Ms. McHale has worked with clients across various sectors including healthcare, financial services, automotive and manufacturing companies. Follow on LinkedIn
MEINTJES Wihan: he is a Senior Associate in Allen & Overy LLP’s global disputes practice, based in Johannesburg. Wihan serves domestic and foreign clients across various sectors - predominantly construction, energy, mining and infrastructure. Wihan has experience in matters in South Africa, across the African continent (including Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria and Ghana) and beyond, including in the Middle East and Europe. Working on various cross-border mandates at Allen & Overy, Wihan has gained extensive experience in international arbitrations and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. He has also worked in Allen & Overy’s Dubai office. Domestically and within Africa, Wihan works closely with local counsel in several jurisdictions – both in respect of domestic court mandates across the continent as well as ad hoc / institutional arbitrations. Follow on LinkedIn
MUKHERJEE Puloma: she is a dual qualified lawyer (in India and England & Wales) and an associate in the Arbitration Practice Group at the London office of LALIVE. Her main area of practice is international arbitration, including commercial and investment treaty arbitration and her experience includes acting as counsel and tribunal secretary in international arbitrations under ICSID, ICC, and UNCITRAL Rules. Follow on LinkedIn
NIÑO-VARGAS Juan Diego: he is an associate at Alerion Avocats, based in Paris. He focuses on international dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration). His practice covers various industries and continents, including energy, mining, infrastructure, and corporate disputes in Europe, Africa and South America. He also has experience in enforcement and annulment proceedings before French courts. He is qualified in France (Paris) and holds a master’s degree from Paris II Pantheon-Assas University. Follow on LinkedIn
OSMAN Louis: he is a Senior Manager in Accuracy’s London office. Louis has over 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry and has assisted the testifying expert on a number of litigation and arbitration cases, performing damages assessments and contentious valuations as well as drafting expert witness reports for submission to arbitral tribunals including ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL. He has also worked on a variety of other engagements, including on transactions, financial due diligence assignments, financial crime investigations and other non-contentious advisory projects. Louis has experience across a variety of sectors including mining, energy, automotive, waste management, retail and consumer, and leisure and tourism. Louis is a member of the ICAEW and qualified as an Associate Chartered Accountant in 2015, having started his career at a Big Four company. He holds a first class honours degree in International Management from the University of Warwick and speaks fluent English and French. Follow on LinkedIn
PAPROTA Piotr: he is an attorney-at-law admitted to the Warsaw Bar, senior associate in the arbitration team at GESSEL, based in Warsaw, Poland. Advises on dispute resolution. His practice covers arbitration and litigation in commercial matters, including international trade and M&A transactions. Represents clients in domestic and international arbitration proceedings, as well as in court proceedings. Has experience in disputes conducted, among others, under the ICC, VIAC, SAC, ICSID and SAKIG rules of procedure, in the context of various applicable laws and involving various arbitration seats. Has repeatedly acted as a secretary to the tribunal or arbitrator’s assistant in arbitration proceedings. A member of the GESSEL for Climate team, which brought the first citizen climate lawsuits related to responsibility for contributing to the climate crisis. Shares his knowledge and experience by participating in international arbitration, mediation and negotiation competitions as an arbitrator and competition judge, as well as by conducting workshops for law students. Holds M.A. degrees in Law and in Philosophy from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and LL.M. from University of Heidelberg in Germany. Speaks Polish, English, German and Spanish. Learns Italian. Follow on LinkedIn
PERINETTI Federica: she is a senior associate with the BonelliErede’s international arbitration team based in Milan. She specializes in commercial arbitration, advising and representing private companies in proceedings under the leading institutional rules, including ICC, LCIA and DIAC, as well as in ad-hoc arbitrations. Her practice covers a wide range of sectors, with a particular focus on complex construction, engineering, corporate and post-M&A disputes. Federica graduated in law from the University of Milan, holds an LL.M. degree from UCL, University College London and is admitted to the Italian Bar. Follow on LinkedIn
POJOGA MORALI Anastasia: she is a senior manager at Accuracy, based in its Paris office. She joined Accuracy in 2013 and since then has worked on disputes (commercial, construction, and investment), cross-border transactions and forensic engagements. She is specialised and has over seven years of experience in international arbitration and forensic engagements. Anastasia has led engagements and supported companies’ testifying experts to assess damages and complex valuation issues in international arbitration and litigation cases, including drafting expert reports and providing in-depth analysis on specific matters. She contributes to discussions and the decision-making of key stakeholders, including lawyers, other experts, top management and the technical personnel of the client and other third parties. Anastasia has a very international profile, having worked in Accuracy’s Milan, London and Paris offices and dealt with engagements in Europe, CIS, Middle East, South America and North Africa. She has a master’s degree in Finance from the Bocconi University based in Milan and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Follow on LinkedIn
SANDHU Jagpreet: he is an Associate with LALIVE with a focus exclusively on international arbitration (investor-State disputes and international commercial arbitrations). Before joining LALIVE, Jagpreet was an Associate with Clifford Chance’s International Arbitration Group in Australia. Jagpreet currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA) and was formerly a Director and Fellow with the UNCITRAL Co-ordination Committee of Australia.
SINGLA Tania: she is a dual-qualified lawyer (India and the UK) and is an associate in the Paris office of White & Case’s international arbitration practice. She advises and represents clients in complex international disputes in a wide range of industries including energy, construction, insurance and financial services. She has acted as counsel in disputes under major institutional arbitration rules (ICSID, ICC, LCIA, and SCC as well as ad hoc proceedings (including UNCITRAL). Her practice covers investment treaty and commercial arbitration. Tania is a member of the core team of White & Case’s India Practice Group and also serves as the cochair of the MIDS Alumni Paris Chapter. She regularly teaches seminar courses and workshops on international arbitration and legal writing. Follow on LinkedIn
SIWEK Karen: she is an associate in the International Arbitration Group at Clifford Chance LLP, based in Paris. She has experience in commercial and investment arbitrations in the fields of energy, construction, public concessions, telecommunications and international investments under ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. She is qualified in Sao Paulo, New York and Paris, and holds an LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law. She works in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. Follow on LinkedIn
WEBER Benjamin: he is an associate at KNOETZL, a law firm specialized in litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime that is based in Vienna. He specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration with a particular focus in the construction and energy sector. He has acted as counsel and administrative secretary in commercial arbitration cases under the ICC Rules, Swiss Rules and VIAC Rules. Benjamin studied law at the University of Vienna, Austria and Lund University, Sweden. During his studies, Benjamin worked as a student assistant at the Department of Civil Procedure Law at the University of Vienna. Follow on LinkedIn
WESTPHALEN Astrid: Member of the Paris Bar since 2013 and Solicitor at the Bar of England and Wales since 2017, Astrid Westphalen is counsel in Gide's Arbitration & Litigation department in Paris. Astrid advises and represents companies before international arbitral tribunals in both commercial and investment disputes. She handles a wide range of arbitration proceedings including ad hoc arbitrations (such as UNCITRAL) and those governed by institutional rules (such as ICC, ICSID, SAC and CMAP). Fluent in both French and English, Astrid assists clients in multiple jurisdictions and in diverse industries, particularly those in the construction, energy, insurance-reinsurance and public service concessions sectors. Astrid was seconded for eight months to Engie Global Energy Management in the Litigation and Risk Long Term Gas team. She participated in the negotiation and drafting of several contracts and amendments (gas conversion contracts, gas transmission contracts, storage contracts, partial novation of a gas sales contract) as well as in the drafting of settlement protocols for the withdrawal of pending proceedings (arbitration and state proceedings). She is a graduate of the University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne (Master II in international trade law and Master I in French and English law) and of King's College London (Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) in English and French law). Follow on LinkedIn
YAZAR Özge: she is a disputes lawyer at Miller Titerle + Co. in Vancouver, Canada. She has represented clients as lead counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia, in domestic and international commercial arbitration proceedings, and before administrative tribunals. Özge’s experience includes real estate disputes, shareholders’ rights and remedies, mining and natural resources disputes, and administrative law. She is an ironman triathlete and speaks Turkish, German, and Dutch. Follow on LinkedIn
ZWOLANKIEWICZ Agata: she is an internationally trained lawyer with experience in commercial and civil law, including private international law aspects. She handles international and domestic arbitration disputes as well as complex litigation. Agata is an associate in the Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations department at Linklaters Warsaw. She graduated from the University of Silesia and holds an LL.M. with concentration in international investment and trade law from the University of Ottawa. She is currently a PhD Candidate at KU Leuven and a trainee advocate with the Warsaw Bar Association. She is an active member of the arbitration community in Warsaw - among others - a founding member of the Poland Very Young Arbitration Practitioners (Poland VYAP). Follow on LinkedIn
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