Organized by ICC
Argentina and the Argentine Chamber of Commerce, the event was opened on 11
November by Antonio Estrany y Gendre, Secretary of ICC Argentina's Executive
Board, President of Axion Energy, and Máximo Bomchil, Member of the Court for
John Beechey, President of ICC International Court of Arbitration, gave
his keynote address to a packed house.
Other speakers included Christian
Albanesi, Managing Counsel of the Court, José Martínez de Hoz, Member of the
Court for Argentina, and Guillermo Argerich, Secretary of ICC Argentina’s new
The conference comes a
month after ICC Argentina was relaunched under the leadership of Chairman Eduardo
Eurnekian. The new Executive Director
for ICC Argentina, Julian Kassum, said: “Our event’s high turnout reflects a tremendous interest
for ICC arbitration in Argentina, as we’ve also observed in Brazil. In fact, across Latin America we’re seeing a trend
towards the increasing use of arbitration and other dispute resolution services
for resolving domestic and international disputes.”
A number of Argentine law
firms and corporations have already expressed interest in joining ICC Argentina
and its new Commission on Arbitration.
The commission will be built up over the coming months and fully launched
in 2014. The group will both serve as
forum on alternative dispute resolution in Argentina, and feed Argentina’s input
into discussions at ICC’s international arbitration commission at the
headquarters in Paris.
ICC Argentina, whose
founding members include some of the country’s leading business organizations
and companies, offers improved support for international business, with at
least one conference on ICC arbitration planned every year, and other
high-level events on topical issues. “We’re aiming for greater participation of
the Argentine legal and arbitration community in ICC's arbitration work, and
better promotion of ICC arbitration and other dispute resolution services in
Argentina,” said Mr Kassum.
ICC Argentina will
also develop a range of activities in core policy areas covered by ICC at
global level, such as trade finance and strategic business input into G20
“ICC Arbitration in
today’s world” prompted mentions
of ICC Argentina in the national media, including coverage by news agency
Agencia Diarios y Noticias, and business daily El Cronista.