Daniel Urbas

Professional ExperienceMr. Urbas has advised and represented clients in commercial arbitration and litigation across a variety of industries and disputes involving intellectual property (patent, trade-mark, copyright), information technologies (ownership, license, service contracts), energy (wind, bio), natural resources (mining, forestry, fishing), aboriginal law (land claim, treaty disputes), telecommunication, broadcasting, product liability and complex contractual disputes.

He has handled trial and appellate advocacy, urgent and extraordinary applications, appearing in the Provincial and Federal courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before arbitration tribunals and various administrative tribunals.

Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingMr. Urbas sits as an arbitrator, both as a sole arbitrator and as a member of a three-member arbitration tribunal. He is fluently bilingual in English and French.

Up until June 2017, Daniel Urbas served as Regional Leader of the International Trade Litigation and Arbitration group and Regional Leader of the Intellectual Property Litigation group of a national law firm. Formerly, until 2013, Daniel was also that firm’s Regional Leader of the Commercial Litigation group and National Leader of the Intellectual Property Litigation group.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) based in London, U.K. and formerly elected to the Executive of the CIArb’s North American branch, founding member of Canadian Branch, director and treasurer
  • Recognized as “Local Litigation Star- Quebec” in the 2013-2017 editions of Benchmark Litigation Canada
  • Recognized in the 2014-2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate and Commercial Litigation)
  • Recognized in the 2013-2017 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Computers IT Law)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™.
  • Recognized in the business section of La Presse, North America’s largest circulation French-language daily, for being “at the top of his game”
Academic Qualifications

  • BCL/LLB, McGill University. 1991
  • BA, University of Western Ontario, 1984
  • Barreau du Quebec, 1992
  • LSUC Ontario, 1998
  • LSBC British Columbia, 2004
  • LSNL Newfoundland & Labrador, 2016

 

Dr. Herfried Wöss

 

Professional Experience

2013 – Wöss & Partners, PLLC (Arbitration & Trade), partner, Washington DC (Special Legal Consultant pending)
2012-2013 Visiting Scholar, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, USA
2002 Wöss & Partners, S.C. (Attorneys at Law), partner, Mexico
1998-2002 Obregon, Quintana y Wöss, S.C. (Attorneys at Law), partner, Mexico
1992-1998 Bremer, Quintana, Obregón y Mancera, S.C. (Attorneys at Law), Mexico
1998 Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Mexico Counsel to the General Directorate for International Affairs and preparation of a manual about dispute settlement under the NAFTA parallel agreement on labour co-operation
1991-1992 Auritec Asesores, S.A., Mexico Consultant in firm of a former World Bank/IFC official
1991 Legal Service of the EU-Commission, Brussels Stagiaire in the “Equipe” for External Relations with Prof. Pieter Jan Kuijper
1989/1990 GATT-Secretariat, Geneva Research work
1990-1991 Civil and Criminal Court Linz, Austria, Trainee
Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingMore than 20 arbitrations as president, co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator or party counsel in commercial and investment arbitration with respect to infrastructure projects, gas and oil pipelines, power plants and energy distribution, oil platforms, industrial joint ventures, Public-Private Partnerships, EPC turnkey contracts, including FIDIC contracts, M&A, franchise agreements, international sales agreements, the banking, financial, telecommunications, automotive and construction industries. International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Member of the Executive Board of the North America Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • ICC Arbitration Commission (Austria and Mexico Sections)
  • Founder of the Investment Arbitration Forum
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (MCIArb.)
  • Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (Country Representative and member of multilateral development banks committee)
  • “Rapporteur” of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association
  • Member of the panel of international arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) of the American Arbitration Association
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Austrian Arbitration Association (ARBAut)
  • Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS)
  • Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association
  • Spanish Arbitration Club
  • Arbitration Section of the Mexican Bar Association
  • Advisory Board of the Mexican Arbitration Centre
  • Board of Directors of the German-Mexican Chamber of Trade and Industry (2002-2006, 2006-2008)
Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Jurisprudence (with distinction), Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria (International and European Economic Law), 1995
Licenciado en Derecho (Attorney at Law), National Autonomous University of Mexico, 1999
Master of Laws in International Business Legal Studies (LL.M.), University of Exeter, England, 1990
Diploma in Export Management, Johannes Kepler University Linz and Federal Economic Chamber, Austria, 1989
Magister iuris, 1988, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Mr. Mark S. McNeil

Professional Experience

Mark McNeill is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group in Paris. He has fifteen years of experience representing companies and States in international arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional, with a focus on intellectual property and technology cases. He has handled disputes in the pharmaceutical, chemical, aviation, nuclear construction, mining and reinsurance industries.
Before joining Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration team in Paris in January 2007, Mark McNeill was an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, where he represented the United States in investor-State arbitrations under the investment chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Prior to that, he was an international arbitration associate in Shearman & Sterling’s New York office.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Recent or pending arbitrations in which Mark McNeill has appeared as counsel include the representation of:

  • A French-German consortium in an ICC arbitration in Stockholm against a Finnish utility company. The dispute arises from an agreement for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland. Finnish law governs and the language of the proceedings is English. Over USD 4.8 billion is at stake.
  • Electricité de France (EDF) as Claimant in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of Hungary. The dispute arises from termination of the Power Purchase Agreements put in place during the privatisation of the electricity sector. The claims are brought under the Energy Charter Treaty and the arbitration is conducted in accordance with UNCITRAL Rules. Hundreds of millions of US dollars are at stake.
  • A U.S. corporation in a dispute against the largest Hungarian oil and gas company in relation to a long-term agreement for the production, processing and sales of oil and gas.
  • A North American agribusiness company as Respondent in an ICC arbitration initiated by European agribusiness companies. The dispute relates to the parties’ rights of use with respect to proprietary biotechnology. French law applies.
  • A European pharmaceutical company as Claimant in an ICC arbitration in Paris against three subsidiaries of a global health care company arising out of a license agreement. French law applies.
  • Three European chemical companies in a series of ICC arbitrations in Paris, Geneva and London against the European subsidiaries of a large North American chemical concern. The disputes arise from a joint venture agreement formed to manufacture a product used for the production of nylon. French law applies.
  • A European aviation company as Claimant in an ICC arbitration in Geneva against a North American parts supplier. The dispute arose out of an agreement for the supply of airplane components. French law applied and the language of the proceedings was English. The matter was settled at an advanced stage of the procedure.
  • The majority shareholders in former Yukos Oil Company as Claimants in a series of three arbitrations against the Russian Federation in relation to the expropriation of their investment in the company. The claims are brought under the Energy Charter Treaty, a multilateral convention governing trade and investment in the energy sector, and compensation is being sought for an amount in excess of USD 114 billion. This matter is the largest arbitration ever in terms of amounts at stake. The arbitrations are conducted in accordance with the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and are administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague. In an Interim Award of November 30, 2009, the Arbitral Tribunal decided that it has jurisdiction over the dispute and that the claims are admissible.
  • The United States in several arbitrations under Chapter Eleven of the NAFTA, including Methanex Corp. v. United States of America (USD 970 million claim challenging California’s regulations banning a gasoline additive); Glamis Gold Ltd. v. United States of America (USD 50 million claim concerning federal and state actions taken with respect to the claimant’s mining claims); In re Consolidated Softwood Lumber Proceedings (consolidated claims for USD 500 million challenging U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty measures); Canfor Corp. v. United States of America (claims challenging softwood lumber duties that were consolidated); Tembec Inc. v. United States of America (same); and Terminal Forest Products Ltd. v. United States of America (same).
  • A North American reinsurance intermediary as both a Respondent and a Claimant in multiple ad hoc arbitrations in New York and New Jersey against many international insurance companies. The dispute concerned liability of various parties with respect to obligations arising out of a complex international reinsurance pool arrangement. An award was rendered in favor of our client in the lead case. Other cases were thereafter settled on confidential terms.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • Adjunct Professor, International Investment Law and Arbitration, American University Washington College of Law (2006)
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Section of International Law: International Investment and Development Committee (Co-Chair, 2011-13; Vice Chair, 2008-10); International Arbitration Committee (Vice Chair, 2008-09); Programs Committee (Vice Chair 2006-08)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (ABF)
  • Advisory Board Member, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)
  • Member, American Society of International Law (ASIL)
  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Member, International Arbitration Institute (IAI)
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, Federal Bar Council Inn of Court, Southern District of New York (2001-02)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Law & Politics, NYU School of Law (1997-98)
Academic Qualifications

New York University School of Law, J.D., 1998
The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, M.A., 1995
Colgate University, B.A., 1989

Dr. Kamal Adnan Malas

Professional Experience

Kamal Malas has 33 years of practical experiences; he is one of the founders of Takamol Consulting (LLC), and former founder of Kamal Malas Private Engineering Office in 1985. He has multiple Experiences in (LAW + ENGINEERING), as he has two degrees (Civil Engineering 1976 + LAW 1992), he is ranked as an Opinion Engineer in structural design (1995), and also in Management (1997).

He is accredited as a structural designer in Dubai Municipality; also he is accredited in Many International Arbitration Centers, besides he is accredited as an Arbitrator and Engineering Expert in Dubai Courts, and UAE Courts, and handled tenths of Arbitration cases.

Dr. Malas is specialized in Engineering and Real Estate Disputes; he has participated in resolving hundreds of Engineering and Real Estate disputes. He has deep knowledge in Engineering Contracts Forms, including FIDIC forms of contracts.

More than 250 engineering and Real Estate Cases handled by Dr. Malas before the courts in UAE, and Dubai Courts.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Eng. Dr. Kamal Adnan Malas is an International Arbitrator having certificates in (International Arbitration from King’s College (University of London), beside his basic degrees in Engineering and Law (Damascus University + Beirut Arab University).

The combination of his study ( Civ. Eng. + LAW ), beside his PhD in Management, adding 30+ years of experience in the engineering field ( Designing, Executing, Supervising, and Managing big projects), enabled him to be ranked as (an Advisor in Managing Big projects Since 1995), in the Syndicate of Engineers.

Kamal Malas participated in resolving 120+ engineering disputes. His multi experiences enabled him to be distinguished in the Construction Arbitration field.

He is professional in both Ad Hoc, and the Institutional Arbitration, and provides his services through applying the International Rules of Arbitration (ICC, UNCITRAL, DIAC …etc…….)

Dr. Kamal Malas accredited as an International Arbitrator, and Expert in the following Bodies:

  • Dubai International Arbitration Centre
  • Ajman Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration
  • Qatar International Arbitration Centre
  • United Arab Emirates Ministry of Justice.
  • Dubai Courts
  • SAR Syndicate of Engineers
  • SAR Courts

Amount of disputes for the last 3 Arbitration Cases in United Arab Emirates:

  • Before Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC):
  • Real Estate Dispute: Dhs 315 M, equal to USA $ 86M
  • I am the Claimant Representative.
  • Before Sharjah Court: (Ad Hoc Arbitration )
  • Construction Dispute: Dhs 160 M, equal to USA $ 43.5 M
  • I am the Chairman of Tribunal.
  • Before Ras Alkhaimah Court: (Ad Hoc Arbitration )

Construction dispute Dhs 28 M, equal to USA $ 7.6 M

Professional and Other Activities

He has many writings in the Arbitrations, and Intellectual property of Drawings, and has membership in many Engineering, and Jurist Associations.

Professional Membership:

  • Order of Engineers, Syria, Damascus
  • Society of Engineers, UAE, Dubai
  • Association of Jurists, UAE

Society of Construction Law, UK, UAE

Academic Qualifications

Civil Engineering, Damascus University, B.Sc., 1976
Beirut Arab University, B.A. Law, 1992
Doctorate Degree, Management, Rochville University
International Arbitration Courses, (stage I +Stage II)
(DIAC) + King’s College of London
Master Class for Arbitrators (ICC-Paris)

Dr. Christian W. Konrad

Professional Experience

Christian W. Konrad has represented international organizations and businesses in a broad range of arbitration and litigation disputes. The disputes involved long-term energy contracts, complex construction contracts, concession agreements, entitlement to natural resources, immunity from jurisdiction, infrastructure projects, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He regularly advises clients on the protection of their investments and on the enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments. Furthermore, he serves as Sole and Co-Arbitrator as well as Chairman to the Arbitral Tribunal in arbitration proceedings under the auspices of numerous arbitration institutions. He regularly publishes and lectures about his field of expertise.

Prior to founding Konrad & Partners, Christian W. Konrad worked as Counsel in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s International Arbitration Group in London and Vienna. He also acted as Senior Associate in the International Dispute Resolution team of the Austrian Advocates Alliance, and was General Counsel in a Real Estate Development and Construction Company for many years.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Practicing Arbitrator since 2002 (as Sole & Co-Arbitrator and as Chairman)
  • Appointed to the Panels of following Arbitration Bodies:
    • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (International Panel of Experts)
    • International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
    • Czech Arbitration Court (Arbitrators for International Disputes)
    • Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (Fellow)
    • Netherlands Arbitration Institute (Foreign Arbitrator)
    • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC Panel of Arbitrators and Emergency Arbitrators)
    • Public Institution of Vilnius International and National Arbitration (Arbitrator)
    • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (Panel of Arbitrators)
    • Lithuanian Arbitration Association (Recommended Arbitrator)
    • Permanent Court of Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CCIS List of Arbitrators)
    • Court of Arbitration of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce (List of Arbitrators)
    • Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (List of Arbitrators)
    • The Indonesia National Board Of Arbitration (List of Arbitrators of BANI)
    • New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre and New Zealand International Arbitration Centre
    • Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce (Recommended Arbitrator)
    • Permanent Court of Arbitration attached to the German-Polish Chamber of Industry and Commerce
    • Court of Arbitration at Lewiatan- Polish Confederation of Private Employers
    • Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre (Panel of Arbitrators)

Professional and Other Activities

  • Selected Publications (for full list, please see Konrad & Partners): ‘The Vienna Rules – A Commentary on International Arbitration in Austria’ (Kluwer Law International 2009), ‘Costs in International Arbitration, A Central and Southern Eastern European Perspective’ (Linde Verlag 2008), ‘Costs in International Commercial Arbitration – a comparative overview of civil and common law doctrines’ (Austrian Arbitration Yearbook, Manz 2008)
  • Selected Professional Memberships (for full list, please see Konrad & Partners): Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators (Freeman), London Court of International Arbitration, London Arbitration Club, Austrian Arbitration Association, Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS)

Academic Qualifications

Qualified Lawyer Transfer Test (Solicitor)
Bar examination (with distinction), Vienna Bar Association
Master of Laws (International Business Law), University of London – King’s College
PhD in Law (Doctor Iuris), University of Vienna – Law School
Master of Jurisprudence (Magister Iuris), University of Vienna – Law School

Mr. Frederick R. Fucci

Professional Experience

Fred is a transactional and project finance lawyer who also devotes an important part of his practice to commercial arbitration and dispute resolution. His transactional work focuses on the acquisition, development and financing of power generation and other energy assets. He has represented developers and acquirers of both renewable (solar, biomass, geothermal, hydro, wind) and fossil fuel (natural gas, coal, petroleum and cogeneration) power plants in the United States and in several other countries. He is experienced in drafting and negotiating key project agreements, including power purchase and interconnection agreements, construction contracts (EPC and design-build, land use/concessions and operations & maintenance (O&M) agreements. He also advises energy services companies on energy efficiency projects and the installation of distribution generation facilities. Fred was named to the NY Metro Super Lawyers List in Energy and Natural Resources for 2013 and 2014.

His non-contentious work also encompasses corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and asset purchases and dispositions. He has represented many foreign companies in starting up or acquiring businesses in the United States. Related to these corporate transactions, he provides general commercial and corporate advice for foreign and U.S. entities and is well-versed in contracts involving supply and sales of goods and equipment.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Fred has extensive experience in dispute resolution techniques including international commercial arbitration and international judicial assistance in the aid of enforcement of judgments. He has acted as counsel to parties to disputes and as a neutral arbitrator in international and domestic arbitration proceedings under American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) rules.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member ICDR Panel and Energy Arbitrators List
  • Listed on AAA Construction and Commercial Rosters
  • CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals (Energy, Oil & Gas, Int’l, Environmental)
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators
  • U.S. Delegate to ICC Commission on Arbitration
  • Member of USCIB Committee on Arbitration, Chair of the Transactional Lawyers Subcommittee
  • Member Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, LCIA North America Users’ Counsel
  • List of Practitioners – Vienna International Arbitration Centre
  • Chair, Energy Committee, New York City Bar Association (2009-2012)
Academic Qualifications

Bar Admission – New York, New Jersey, Solicitor – England & Wales
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1987
Johns Hopkins University, M.A., 1987
Amherst College, B.A., 1981

Mr. Duarte G. Henrique

Professional Experience

  • 2013 – (present) – Member of the Portuguese Panel of Arbitrators of the International Film and Television Alliance
  • 2013 – (present) – Arbitrator at “Arbitrare – Arbitration Centre” (Lisbon, Portugal): ARBITRARE is a Portuguese Institutionalized arbitration Centre, legally able to resolve disputes over industrial property (trademarks and patents), “.PT” Domain names, trade names and corporate names as well as compulsory arbitration to resolve disputes over generic drugs (www.arbitrare.pt).
  • 1990 – (present) – Lawyer
  • 1988 – 1990 – Trainee and Lawyer at Jardim, Sampaio, Magalhães e Silva e Associados
  • Lawyer, Arbitrator and Legal consultant, with vast experience on Litigation and Arbitration, IT Law, IP Law, Copyright Law, Corporate Law, Commercial Law and Civil Law.
  • As lawyer has experience with major Portuguese IT / IP companies, insurance companies and others, dealing with corporate and commercial law, IT / IP law, litigation and arbitration.
  • As arbitrator and lawyer at arbitration procedures has experience with domestic and international arbitration on Copyright Law, IP Law, Contracts Law and Corporate Law, both institutionalized and ad hoc arbitration.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Professional License nº 8830L – Portuguese Bar Association (since 1990)
  • Member of “APA” Portuguese Arbitration Association
  • Member of the London Court of International Association European Users’ Council
  • Member of International Bar Association
  • Member of the ICCA – International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • Member of the International Arbitration Institute – Paris
  • Member of ASA – Swiss Arbitration Association
Academic Qualifications

Advanced PIDA Training – International Commercial Arbitration – ICC Paris (Oct. 2013)
Graduate in International Trade Law (Contracts and International Arbitration) – 2004-2005
Graduate in Accounting, Financial Analysis and Business Assessment at “Universidade Nova de Lisboa” – 1998
Law degree at Faculty of Law of University of Lisbon, 1988

Dr. Fabrizio Bedarida

Professional Experience

Specialist in intellectual property law. Italian and European trademark attorney. Trademark Consultant. Intellectual property: specialist in Italian/ international and foreign trademark filing and prosecution; trademark infringement, opposition proceedings before the Italian Patent and Trademark Office, unfair competition/copyright infringement. Property asset value assessment (patents/ trademarks, knowhow). Official Expert at the Court of Milan. Internet-related IP matters: legal aspects of domain names vs. trademark policies/ domain name grabbing and litigation. Expert in procedures for reassigning generic top level domains (UDRP), adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to resolve disputes on .gtld’s (i.e., .corn, .org/ .net, .biz etc.), and of country code Top Level Domains (i.e.: .it, .eu, etc. etc.). Out-of-court negotiations. I have been professionally responsible for protecting intellectual property on the internet since 1997.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Since 1997, daily practice of intellectual and industrial property law (e.g. trademarks), internet domain name disputes, e-commerce, unfair competition/ distribution and licensing/ protection/ and domain name registrations. Strategy for the protection and defense of intellectual property rights on the web, including settlements, counterfeiting, transfers, cancellations, UDRP procedures, out-of-court negotiations and settlements.

As Dispute Resolution Panelist concerning CCTLD.IT rendered 31 decisions. As WIPO Domain Name Panelist concerning both country code and generic Top Level Domain/ rendered 147 decisions. As CAC Domain Name Panelist concerning .eu and generic Top Level Domain, rendered 45 decisions. Whereas as a representative of complainants and/or respondents handled approximately 180 UDRP (or slight variation of UDRP) cases.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member of the Italian Naming Authority.
  • Member of the Arbitration Committee, constituted c/o the Italian Naming Authority.
  • Member of ICANN At-Large Community.
  • Global Member of the Internet Society (ISOC).
  • Member of the Internet Society (Italy Chapter of ISOC).

IP-related:

  • Registered Italian Trademark Attorney – Member of the Order of Industrial Property
  • Consultants (Trademark Section No. 912, year 1999).
  • Registered European Trademark Attorney at the EUIPO (European Intellectual Property
  • Office), Alicante, Spain, Office of Community trademarks (registration No. 5838, year 2000).
  • Official Technical Expert at the Court of Milan (trademark economic evaluation) 2009.
Academic Qualifications

  • Degree in Economics and Commerce. University of Pisa, Pisa – Italy
  • Registered Italian Trademark Attorney – Enrolled member of the Order of Consultants in Industrial Property (Trademark Section No. 912 year 1999);
  • Registered European Trademark Attorney at the EUIPO – European Union Intellectual
  • Property Office, Alicante, Spain, competent office on the subject of community marks
  • (registration No. 5838 year 2000)
  • Official Expert at the Court of Milan (trademark economic evaluation) 2009.