For the second year in a row, RAA40 and ICDR Y&I held a joint seminar in St. Petersburg during the exciting days of the International Legal Forum. On 17 May 2018, the arbitration practitioners and those interested in the topic got together to discuss “Practical aspects of international arbitration: modern challenges anda look into the future”.
This year the seminar was honored to be part of the SPBILF 2018 program as a satellite event. This is not the only feature that made the seminar stand out among other events organized by RAA40. For the first time in the history of RAA40 events the St. Petersburg seminar was run in an interactive format that allowed for the simultaneous discussions of several topics. Each topic was presented by one moderator at one table and guests had a chance to join the discussion at any table, moving from one issue to another. The issues were presented by RAA Co-Chair, Marina Akchurina (Cleary Gottlib, Moscow), Natalia Gulyaeva (Hogan Lovells), Egor Misiura (KPMG), Kirill Udovichenko (MZS) and Egor Chilikov (Petrol Chilikov).
Among the topics discussed were disclosure and dataprotection; client-counsel relations (including such issues as costs, efficiency and expectations management), assets tracing, third party funding (Russian experience) and recent trends in commercial arbitration in Russia. The guests had a chance to enjoy not only an enlightening discussion but also the warm and cozy atmosphere of a picturesque city café the Buddy accompanied by exceptional wine and perfect appetizers. This event was kindly sponsored by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, KPMG, MZS and Schellenberg Wittmer.