Premise: The Arbitration is Handled by Outside Counsel

  • Location: Belo Horizonte (Brazil)
  • Date: 08/10/2013
  • Event Type: Conference
  • Language: Portuguese and Spanish

On 8 October 2013 in Belo Horizonte (Brazil), the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce will be co-organizing with the Camara de Arbitragem Empresarial – Brasil (CAMARB), a conference on the role of in house counsel in international arbitration.

The first panel will look at the pre-arbitral phase: the assessment of the chances of success of the claim; considerations regarding the minutes of negotiation rounds prior to the arbitration; and desirable characteristics to look for an outside counsel to achieve a productive work synergy.

The second panel will focus on the ways that in house counsel can contribute to the arbitral process once it has started: communicating the company's materials and procedural priorities to the outside counsel: keeping the possibility to settle open and keeping an adequate financial planning of the arbitral procedure.

The conference willbe held in Portuguese and Spanish without simultaneous translation.

First Roundtable: Pre-arbitral stage: Defining a collaborative relationship between in house counsel and outside counsel

  • Is it worth it? Early case management - Definition of matters with low chances of success.
  • To document or not to document? Relevance and impact of pre arbitral settlement negotiation minutes during the arbitration.
  • It takes two to tango: What to look and ask for in order to find an ideal outside counsel.

Second Roundtable: During the arbitration: Establishing a tailor made and cost effective procedure

  • The role of in house counsel tailoring the arbitral procedure.
    • When to reach agreements on applicable procedures.
    • When to ask for a dispute to be decided based on documents only.
    • Case Management Conference and Terms of Reference Hearing.
  • Maintaining realistic schedules. Making appropriate financial planning.
  • Keeping the eyes on the prize: Whether or not to settle.
    • Awareness of settlement procedures: mediation, neutral evaluation and others.
    • Correct reassessment of the case depending on the current state of the proceedings.

Both Roundtables will be moderated by:

Gilberto José Vaz, Vice President, CAMARB


  • Christian Albanesi, Managing Counsel, ICC Court (Paris)
  • Joaquim de Paiva Muniz, Trench, Rossi e Watanabe
  • Gustavo Quintino dos Santos, USIMINAS
  • Milton Nassau Ribeiro, VLI Logística
  • Octavio Fragata M. de Barros, Tozzini Freire Advogados, ICC YAF RCC
  • Christian Sahb Batista Lopes, Director, CAMARB


CAMARB (Rua Paraíba, 1.000, Pilotis)

Funcionários - Belo Horizonte/MG

For further information and registrations, please contact

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Members of CAMARB, Comissão de Direito Coporativo da OAB/MG & ICCYAF: R$ 70.00

Non-members: R$ 100.00