Mr. Eduardo Zuleta

 

Professional ExperienceEduardo Zuleta presently serves as Vice President of the ICC Court of Arbitration and has been appointed to the ICSID panel of arbitrators by the Chairman of the ICSID Administrative Council. Mr. Zuleta is past co-Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the IBA and a member of the court of arbitration of the LCIA.

Eduardo has been chair, co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and counsel in international commercial arbitrations under ICC, UNCITRAL and ICDR Rules in matters involving private and State parties and related to construction, oil & gas, infrastructure, utilities, distribution, contracts for decontamination, commercial contracts in general and project finance. Venues of the arbitrations include Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Panama, New York, Miami, Paris, London, and The Hague.

Mr. Zuleta has acted as advisor and arbitrator in investment arbitration under ICSID – including arbitrations and annulment committees- UNCITRAL and ICC Rules.

Eduardo is an attorney from Universidad del Rosario with post graduate degree in financial law, Diploma of Laws in Dispute Resolution from University of London.

Eduardo Zuleta has been in house counsel to the Colombian Banking Association, director of the International Department of Bancolombia, associate of and international partner of a US law firm and founding partner of Zuleta Abogados Asociados.

Eduardo is highly and consistently recommended by specialized publications and by international magazines, such as GAR 100, Who´s Who Legal and Chambers & Partners in the area of arbitration and dispute resolution.

Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingEduardo Zuleta is a listed arbitrator in the Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, the ICDR and the Center of Arbitration of British Columbia.

Chair, co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and counsel in international commercial arbitration under ICC, ICDR and UNCITRAL Rules in arbitrations on energy, infrastructure, construction, project finance, distribution laws, international corporate matters (SHA, SPA, JV) and international contracts.

Chair, co-arbitrator and counsel in investment cases under ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules.

  • Diploma in International Dispute Resolution University of London, Queen Mary.
  • Training courses at ICC and ICDR.

Major Transactions

  • Chair in an investment arbitration involving a Latin American State.
  • Proxy in an international arbitration related with the construction of a hydroelectric.
  • Chair in an international arbitral tribunal related to the construction of a thermoelectric.
  • Co-arbitrator in an international arbitration related to technological product.
  • Proxy in arbitration proceedings related to the claim of payments in telecommunications Joint Venture Agreements.
  • Sole arbitrator in an international arbitration related to the construction of a tunnel in a hydroelectric project.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Vice-Chair, Arbitration Committee IBA
  • Chair, Americas Initiative Institute for Transnational Arbitration
  • Member Latin American Group ICC
  • Member, Task Force for the Review of the ICC Rules
  • Co-Editor of a collective publication on the New York Convention
  • Author of several papers on international commercial and investment arbitration
Professional and Other Activities

  • Vice-Chair, Arbitration Committee IBA
  • Chair, Americas Initiative Institute for Transnational Arbitration
  • Member Latin American Group ICC
  • Member, Task Force for the Review of the ICC Rules
  • Co-Editor of a collective publication on the New York Convention
  • Author of several papers on international commercial and investment arbitration
Academic QualificationsJ.D., Universidad Del Rosario (honors)
M.L., Financial Law, Universidad Del Rosario
Diploma with merits, International Dispute Resolution, University of London, Queen Mary
Professor, International Dispute Resolution

Mr. Jerry-Yulin Zhang

Professional Experience

Jerry Yulin Zhang has many years of experience in international intellectual property law, corporate/commercial and dispute resolution, particularly in Chinese law and its application in cross border investment and economic activities. In the area of intellectual property, Mr Zhang has advised clients in intellectual property applications, IP dispute resolution, administrative enforcement procedure, copyright and trademark litigations and unfair competition matters, top-level domain names, domain names in .hk and .cn domains and their dispute resolution, and strategies for protection of intellectual property overseas. In dispute resolution, Mr Zhang has acted as counsel in prosecuting complaints, claims or acting on the defense/counterclaim in various foreign related cases.

As arbitrator, he has accepted many appointments as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or presiding arbitrator or panelist in handling international arbitration or domain name matters with China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) or Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). In investment law area, Mr Zhang is familiar with direct investment, project financing, construction contracts, corporate mergers and acquisition and general corporate and commercial law, including general commercial project contract review, risk control, compliance and international taxation avoidance matters etc.

Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingJerry Yulin Zhang has acted as arbitrator in nearly one hundred arbitration cases either as a co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator or presiding arbitrator. The arbitration cases include many types of disputes, including sale of goods, joint venture disputes, disputes arising from real estate development contracts, licensing agreements, distributorship agreements, construction turnkey agreements, advertising agency agreements, hotel management contracts, equity transfer agreements, etc. Most of the disputes involve Chinese companies and other foreign multinational companies. He received mediation training in Stockholm, Sweden and is an Accredited Mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in London.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Arbitrator, CIETAC
  • MCIArb, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Listed arbitrator, HKIAC
  • Listed arbitrator, Panel of Arbitrators for Intellectual Property Disputes, HKIAC
  • Listed Panelist, Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre of CIETAC and HKIAC
  • Arbitrator, Guangzhou Arbitration Commission
  • Arbitrator, Chongqing Arbitration Commission
Academic Qualifications

PhD, UBC Law, Canada, 2017
LLM, UBC Law, Canada, 1994
Post-Graduate Certificate, Beijing University, Law School, 1989
Lawyer’s Qualification Certificate, 1989
LL.B., Beijing University, Law School, 1987
B.A., Beijing University English Language and Literature Department, 1987

 

Corey “Hui” Zhang

 

Professional Experience

Ms. Zhang Hui is the founder, director and chief lawyer of PinkMemo Law Firm, a bilingual multicultural lawyer arbitrator and mediator with professional and management experience. In her 16-year legal practice, she mainly serves as a trial lawyer, appellate advocate, arbitration counsel and legal consultant. She has appeared as an advocate in numerous complex cases before Chinese courts, before administrative and regulatory tribunals, and before international and domestic commercial arbitration tribunals seated in China. In addition to the aforementioned, Ms. Zhang Hui is an active arbitrator and mediator practicing in, but not limited to, international and domestic matters in the commercial, corporate, company law, foreign investment, international and real estate fields.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Ms. Zhang Hui’s philosophy and strategy of dispute resolution is — being part of the resolution, this is why she

  • Focus on precautionary measures: assists clients to make and improve management system and regulations to control legal risks
  • When a dispute emerges: based on the causation, helps the client solve the issues effectively and efficiently through negotiation or mediation.
  • When a dispute turns to a suit: while still tries to find a solution to bring the dispute to an end, works closely with the client to get well prepared for trials.

As arbitrator, Ms. Zhang Hui has

  • Been appointed as sole arbitrator and chair by the director of Chengdu Arbitration Commission, 2012-2014
  • Been invited to Panel Discussions for complicated arbitration cases by Chengdu Arbitration Commission, 2011-2013
  • Been invited as a keynote speaker at the Sixth China Arbitration Conference in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China, 2013

Training

  • Continuing education programs for practicing lawyers, 1999-present
  • Arbitrator continuing training programs, 2011-present
  • Immigration consultant program, 2016
Professional and Other Activities

Ms. Zhang Hui is a member of

  • Chengdu Bar Association, Sichuan Province, China, 1999-present
  • China All Lawyers Association, China, 1999-present
  • Chengdu Arbitration Commission, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2011-present
  • Chengdu Financial Arbitration Court, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2012-present

Ms. Zhang Hui becomes

  • Practitioner of foreign law, BC, Canada, in 2015
  • Freelancer Mandarin interpreter, BC, Canada, in 2015

Ms. Zhang Hui published the following articles

  • “The Value of Trials”, in Sichuan Social Sciences Research, 2005
  • “How to Improve the Inner Audit System of Banks”, in Sichuan Audit, 2006
  • “A Comparison of the Arbitration in China and British Columbia of Canada”, in Chengdu Arbitration, 2011
  • “How to Draft High Quality Arbitration Awards”, in Chengdu Arbitration, 2013
  • “The Importance of Avoiding Mechanical Proof-burden Distribution”, in Chengdu Arbitration, 2014

“About the Oncoming China Arbitration Association”, the Seventh China Arbitration Conference, 2015

Academic Qualifications

Southwest University of Finance and Economics, Sichuan Province, China LL.B, 1987-1991
Southwest University of political science & Law, Chongqing Province, China, LL.M, 1999-2001
Certified university teacher, China, subject of teaching: law, 2008

 

Mr. Mark Kantor

Professional Experience

Mark Kantor currently serves as an arbitrator in international investment and commercial disputes. Until he retired from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, he was a partner in the Project Finance Group of the Firm. He teaches courses in both international arbitration and international business transactions as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Vale Columbia Center for Sustainable International Investment (a joint undertaking of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University). Additionally, Mr. Kantor is Editor-in-Chief of the online journal Transnational Dispute Management.

Mr. Kantor is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, Chair of the DC Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee and a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Global Arbitration Review, the Board of Editors of the Journal of World Energy Law and Business, and the ADR Advisory Board of the International Law Institute. Among other publications, Mr. Kantor is the author of Valuation for Arbitration: Compensation Standards, Valuation Methods and Expert Evidence (Kluwer 2008).

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Arbitrator in over 50 commercial and investment arbitrations. Member, Board of Directors, American Arbitration Association. Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Chair, Washington, D.C. Chapter (2008-2010). Chair,D.C. Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee. Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators. Member, ADR Advisory Board, International Law Institute, Washington, D.C. Member of the AAA Large Complex Disputes, Commercial and International Panels, the ICC database of arbitrators, the AAA/ICDR Energy Arbitrators’ List, the SIAC panel of arbitrators, the HKIAC panel of arbitrators, the LCIA list of arbitrators, the KL Regional Centre for Arbitration, the National Futures Association roster of arbitrators and CPR Panels for Banking and Finance and International Neutrals.

Professional and Other Activities

Until he retired from the Firm at the age of 44, Mark Kantor was a partner in the Corporate and Project Finance Group of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, acting as the lead partner in Milbank’s involvement in a number of prominent domestic and international project financings, including several “Deals of the Year” named by trade periodicals throughout the 1990s. His practice combined Wall Street expertise with Washington experience. Kantor has represented investment banks, commercial banks, sponsors, institutional investors and government authorities in complex financing and investment transactions, and he has considerable experience in the energy, power, telecommunications, aircarrier, satellite, financial services and leasing industries. Kantor also has represented financial institutions and users in connection with numerous complex credit, interest rate and foreign exchange structured finance and derivatives transactions. During the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990’s, he was the U.S. head of Milbank’s Asian Crisis Team, and has represented public sector and private sector parties in numerous transactions, workouts and bankruptcies, both domestic and international. In addition, he has represented U.S., Japanese and Canadian government agencies and multilateral financial institutions in a variety of financing transactions, workouts, bankruptcies and international reschedulings. In 1990, Kantor served as the first outside General Counsel of the RTC Oversight Board, the U.S. Federal agency with policy oversight responsibility for the savings & loan crisis.

Academic Qualifications

University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1979 with honors
Research & Development Editor, University of Michigan
Journal of Law Reform
Louis Honigman Award

University of Michigan, Institute for Public Policy Studies
Masters of Public Policy, 1979
University of Southern California, A.B. 1975 with honors (International Relations and Political Science)

Phi Beta Kappa
Blackstonians Honor Society
Undergraduate Year Abroad Honors Program, 1973-74, University College, University of London

Lawrence S. Schaner

Professional Experience

Lawrence S. Schaner is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office, co-chair of the firm’s International Arbitration practice and a member of its Litigation Department. He represents parties in complex commercial disputes in courts and before arbitral tribunals. He serves as an arbitrator in international and domestic cases, and is an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law, where he teaches international arbitration.

In his more than 28 years of practice, Mr. Schaner has amassed broad experience with complex, challenging, high-stakes business disputes spanning many sectors and industries. His experience includes matters relating to contract, commercial, tort, intellectual property, antitrust, securities, bankruptcy, tax, employment and insurance disputes. He has dealt with matters in fields ranging from aerospace and defense, government contracts, and hospitality to telecommunications, construction, manufacturing, technology, and energy. Mr. Schaner is often called upon to provide cross-border legal assistance, such as the enforcement of arbitration awards and obtaining discovery for use in foreign legal proceedings. He also counsels clients regarding the selection of dispute resolution mechanisms, including the drafting of arbitration agreements.

Mr. Schaner has acted on numerous occasions as chair, sole arbitrator and co- arbitrator in international and domestic arbitration cases. He is a member of various panels of arbitrators, including the AAA, CIDRA, CPR, ICDR, HKIAC, KLRCA, PIAC and SIAC. He serves as an arbitrator in cases administered by the ICC, which does not maintain a panel of arbitrators.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Service as counsel and arbitrator in many international and domestic arbitration cases. Recent matters have been under the rules of the AAA, CPR, ICC, ICDR and LCIA. Training includes: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Fellowship Program, 2003, ICDR International Symposium in Advanced Case Management, 2008; AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, 2015. Have spoken at and/or attended numerous conferences on arbitration throughout the world.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, received President’s Prize for achieving the highest mark on the Award Writing Examination;
  • The National Law Journal, “ADR Champion,” 2016;
  • Best Lawyers in America, “Chicago International Arbitration – Commercial Lawyer of the Year,” 2014;
  • Euromoney, one of top 30 commercial arbitration lawyers in the U.S., 2015;
  • Recognized for arbitration work by leading directories including Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Legal Media Group Guide and others.
Academic Qualifications

J.D. 1986, Stanford Law School
B.A. 1982, Duke University

Dhandapani Saravanan

Professional Experience

D. Saravanan completed Degree in Law from University of Madras and enrolled himself as an advocate in the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu in the year 1992 and he was trained under the eminent senior lawyer Sri.K.T.Palpandian. He has been practicing in the Chartered High Court of Judicature at Madras in various fields like, Civil (Original & Appellate Side), Criminal (Limited Area), Constitution, Labour & Service, Insurance, Banking, Consumer, Rent Control Laws, Accident Claims, Arbitration & IPR. Considerable cases, in which he appeared as counsel, were reported in leading Regional Law Journals.

He has appeared as lead and co-counsel in numerous domestic and international arbitration proceedings concerning the disputes relating to construction, joint ventures, financial services, international trade, employment disputes, property, maritime, shipbuilding, franchises, investment, on and Offshore contracts, securities and general contractual matters.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

D. Saravanan has been accredited as Arbitrator/Neutral by various international leading and renowned arbitral bodies, such as, ICDR of American Arbitration Association, WIPO (Switzerland), CRCICA ( Egypt ), NAI (The Netherlands), CEPANI (Belgium), DOMPCA, AIAC (Malaysia), DIAC (Duabi) and many Arbitration Institutions in Poland, Lithuania, Ghana, Philippines, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco and Bahrain including Indian arbitral bodies, such as, CNICA, ICADR, FACT, East Indian Cotton Association, Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, etc., He is also an empaneled arbitrator in various public sector undertakings of the Government of India.

He has been empanelled as Arbitrator by the National Internet Exchange of India (Government of India Organization under the Ministry of Information Technology) and resolving .IN domain name disputes. He has resolved many domain name disputes involving international trade marks, such as, Kellys Blue Book, Kingston, NBA Sports, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Microsoft, etc., under National Arbitration Forum (NAF), USA and Asian Domain Disputes Resolution (ADNDRC).

Professional and Other Activities

D. Saravanan is also one of the founder trustees and Chairman of an arbitration centre, namely, Council for National and International Commercial Arbitration (CNICA- www.cnica.org) and CNICA Mediation Center, under the agies of a non-profit Trust called Trust for Alternative Disputes Resolution.

He has undergone a training programme in Workplace conflicts in U.S.A. and also a mediation training programme conducted by the High Court of Madras annexed Tamilnadu Mediation and Conciliation. He has been accredited as mediator by the High Court, Chennai, Labour Courts, Chennai, Small Causes Courts for accidents claims, Chennai, Family Courts, Chennai and Courts in Trichy District. As mediator, he was able to assist the disputants to arrive at an amicable settlement in or about 200 disputes so far.

He is a trainer for arbitrators and mediators and trained many in-house arbitrators concerning public sector undertakings of Government of India. He is a regular speaker on arbitration in various institutions, associations, organizations, chambers of commerce, etc. and he has attended several conferences, seminars and workshops. His articles on arbitration have been published in various journals and he is one of the co-authors on the compilation of case laws rendered by Supreme Court of India on Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.

Academic Qualifications

Degree in Law, University of Madras, India (1992)
Bar Council of Tamil Nadu, Roll No.375 of 1992

Mr. Robert Neron

Professional Experience

Robert Neron is a Senior Lawyer, a Chartered Arbitrator, a Qualified Mediator, a Labour Arbitrator and a Workplace Complaint Investigator who has completed more than 70 workplace investigations and rendered more than 1,000 quasi-judicial and arbitral decision in the last 20 years. Mr. Neron is the Founder and CEO of Simner Corporation, an Ottawa-based bilingual Arbitration Firm.

Robert has been admitted to the Law Society of Ontario and the Law Society of Nunavut. He is also a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, that accredited him as a Chartered Arbitrator and a Qualified Mediator.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Robert is a respected senior bilingual lawyer who has shifted his legal practice to full-time neutral work as Arbitrator, Mediator, and Workplace Investigator (harassment complaints, misconduct and wrongdoing).

He has twenty years of professional experience in adjudicating various cases and has presided over matters at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB); at the Indian Residential School Adjudication Settlement Process; at the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada and has handled many labour disputes. His areas of expertise are workplace investigation, labour, sport and international commercial and trade disputes.

In 2000, the Parliament of Canada appointed him as a full-time member of the IRB in 2000 and in 2004, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD), a position that he held for seven years. In 2013, he was appointed by the Government of Ontario as a negotiator to settle Residential, Commercial and Industrial land expropriation disputes. In 2019, he was selected by the Canadian Government as a Member of Expert Arbitrators in International Trade under Chap. 19 of the USMA (NAFTA). In 2015, Robert published: Investor-State Arbitration (NAFTA and CAFTA) in the Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, Wolters Kluwer.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Construction Finance; Construction Management & Cost Control, Columbia University, 2018
  • Doping: Sports, Organizations and Sciences, University of Lausanne, 2016
  • Labour Arbitration Law and Practice, University of Quebec, 2014
  • Ombudsman Certificate, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2014
  • Conducting Administrative, Oversight and Ombudsman Investigations, Ottawa, 2012
  • International Commercial Arbitration Law, Boston University School of Law, 2011
Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Law in International Business Law (LL.M.), Boston University School of Law, 2015
  • Executive Program in Leadership, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, 2014
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB.), University of Moncton, Faculty of Law, 1995
  • Bachelor of Political Science (B.A.), Laval University, 1987

Robert B. Morton

Professional Experience

Attorney-at-Law (now semi-Retired) formerly engaged in complex civil litigation and Trial and Appeals Court Practice, on behalf of both plaintiffs/claimants and defendants/respondents. Admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of Illinois (1982-2008); and admitted practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, (1983-2008). Formerly, served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois, and more recently serving in Law Enforcement as a part-time sworn Police Officer. Also, formerly licensed as Real Estate Broker in State of Illinois (1997-2008).

25+ Years of Litigation experience in Trial and Appeals Practice in state and federal courts, and as a certified National/International Commercial Arbitrator.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Experience includes the following areas: Contracts; Injunctions and TRO’s; Securities and Investments; Finance and Trade; Real Estate; Corporations; Partnerships; Intellectual Property rights — including Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Copyrights and Non-Compete Agreements; Probate/Estate/Will/Trust Contests; Labor and Employment Law — including Discrimination, Civil Rights, Wrongful Discharge; Negligence, Personal Injury and Insurance Coverage disputes — including Automobile Accidents, Product Liability, Malpractice, Construction & Design Defects; Consumer Rights, Creditor, Fraud, RICO; and Class Actions.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Robert Morton is a highly experienced commercial Arbitrator, presided in more than 100++ Arbitration hearings, and has been accredited by these national & international ADR Organizations (past and present):

  • ICC International Court of Arbitration/US Council for International Business (USCIB) – list of approved International Commercial Arbitrators
  • International Bureau of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) – list of approved Arbitrators
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) – approved International Arbitrator panelist
  • Indonesian National Board of Arbitration (BANI) – approved International Arbitrator panelist
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) – approved International Arbitrator panelist
  • Beijing Arbitration Commission – Panel of International Commercial Arbitrators
  • China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) – approved International Commercial Arbitrator
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Center (BCICAC) – approved International Commercial Arbitrator panelist
  • World International Property Organization (WIPO) – approved Int’l Intellectual Property Arbitrator
  • Arbitration Center of Mexico – registered International Commercial Arbitrator Panelist
  • Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) – approved List of Arbitrator Practioners
  • The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA)
  • The Association of Arbitrators of Southern Africa – approved Panel member
  • Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC)
  • American Arbitration Association – certified commercial Arbitrator
  • ADR Systems – approved Commercial and Employment Arbitrator
  • Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry Permanent Court of Arbitration – panelist
  • NASD Arbitrator Training Lecturer – Former invited Speaker at National Arbitrator Skills Training Conference on presiding as Arbitrator/Chair in cases involving Emergency Interim Injunctions, Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Agreements
  • National Future’s Association- certified public Arbitrator
  • New York Stock Exchange – certified (public) Arbitrator
  • Chicago Board Options Exchange- certified (public) Arbitrator
  • Cook County Court Mandatory Arbitration Program- certified Arbitrator and Chairman
  • Illinois State Board of Education – certified Hearing Officer for tenured Teacher dismissal cases
Professional and Other Activities

Arbitrator Training Lecturer – Former invited Speaker at N.A.S.D. National Arbitrator Skills Training Conference – Topic: presiding as Arbitrator in cases involving Injunctions, Trade Secrets, and non-compete agreements.

Honours

  • Judicial Candidate in 2002 Elections for Circuit Court Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit (Lake & McHenry Counties, IL.). Rated “Well-Qualified” for Circuit Judge by Supreme Court Blue-Ribbon Judicial Screening Committee.
  • Licensed as Attorney in State of Illinois (1982-2008), U.S. District Court for N.D. IL. (Trial Bar), U.S. Court of Appeals for Seventh Circuit, and admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Law Enforcement experience – former part-time sworn Police Officer – northern Illinois suburbs
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker in State of Illinois (1997 – 2008)
Academic QualificationsB.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 1978- Summa Cum Laude and Pho Beta Kappa
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1982

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. John J. Maalouf

Professional Experience

Dr. John J. Maalouf, Senior Partner of the Firm, is one of Wall Street’s top lawyers and is a globally recognized expert in the areas of International Trade & Finance Law, International Arbitration, Corporate & Business Law, Banking Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas Law, Pharmaceuticals Law, Telecommunications Law, and Intellectual Property Law.

Under John’s leadership, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot has been honored as “Law Firm of the Year” in the United States, Dubai, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Kingdom, and Brazil for 2018 in 54 different categoriesIn addition, John has been ranked as one of the Top 10 International Trade & Finance Lawyers in the United States for the past 14 consecutive years by the United States Lawyer Rankings – 2019 Edition, 2018 Edition, 2017 Edition, 2016 Edition, 2015 Edition, 2014 Edition, 2013 Edition, 2012 Edition, 2011 Edition, 2010 Edition, 2009 Edition, 2008 Edition, 2007 Edition and 2006 Edition.

Dr. Maalouf regularly counsels clients on matters involving international business transactions, international arbitrations & mediations, mergers & acquisitions, oil & gas transactions, compliance issues, international banking, and foreign investment in the Middle-East. In addition, John specializes in representing multinational companies in connection with intellectual property law matters, pharmaceutical law matters, and technology, media and telecommunications law matters.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

In addition to being one of the world’s leading lawyers, Dr. Maalouf is also an International Arbitrator with the following Courts of International Arbitration and International Arbitration Centers:

  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC)
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA – The Hague, The Netherlands)
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA – United States of America)
  • Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC) and
  • GCC Arbitration Centre (Bahrain)

As an International Arbitrator, Dr. Maalouf has over 12 years of experience deciding large international commercial disputes between multinational companies around the world.

Professional and Other Activities

Dr. Maalouf has been ranked as one of the Top 10 International Trade & Finance Lawyers in the United States for the past 13 consecutive years by the United States Lawyer Rankings – 2006 to 2018 Editions. In addition, under his leadership, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot has been honored as “Law Firm of the Year” in the United States, Dubai, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Kingdom, and Brazil for 2018 in 54 different categories

Academic Qualifications

Bachelors of Science (Economics), Boston University, 1990
Juris Doctor, Suffolk University School of Law, 1993
LL.M. (International Banking and Financial Services Law), Boston University School of Law, 1994

While in law school, John received the American Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence and was on the Dean’s List.