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International Arbitration Conference: Things to Know

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

Welcome to the second edition of the International Arbitration Conference, "Smart Solution for Dispute Resolution between Professionals," hosted by the Chisinau International Court of Commercial Arbitration. This conference is a cornerstone event for the business community and the legal sector in the Republic of Moldova.

A FORUM FOR INNOVATION AND EXPERTISE

This conference will become a pivotal gathering of legal professionals and business leaders, where we delve deep into the intricacies of national and international commercial arbitration. Whether you are an experienced arbitrator, a legal practitioner, a corporate lawyer, or an academic, this event promises a wealth of insights and opportunities.

WHY ATTEND?

At the International Arbitration Conference, you'll gain unparalleled insights into the evolving dispute resolution landscape. Engage with top-tier professionals, exchange ideas, and forge valuable connections.

SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendars for this unmissable event in the Republic of Moldova. Join us for a day of thought-provoking discussions, innovation, and professional growth. Stay tuned for updates, speakers, and registration details. We can't wait to welcome you to this remarkable conference!

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Take a moment to explore our comprehensive conference agenda, your roadmap to a day filled with knowledge, connections, and inspiration!

9:00-9:30

Welcome Coffee

Welcome! Join us for a cup of coffee as we kick off this conference, setting the tone for an engaging and insightful experience ahead.

9:30-10:00

Welcome Remarks

H.E. Kent Doyle LOGSDON | U.S. Ambassador to Moldova Roger GLADEI | Conference Moderator | Managing Partner, Gladei & Partners, CACIC President Olesea STAMATE | Member of Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Chair of the Committee for Legal Affairs, Immunities and Appointments Eduard SERBENCO | State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice Victor BACIU | Policy Manager, Legal Committee Coordinator,  AmCham Moldova | Secretary General, CACIC

10:00-11:30

National Commercial Arbitration Panel

Study on the Evaluation of the Arbitration Legislation and Practice in Moldova - Findings and Conclusions Valeriu CERNEI | Senior Associate, Gladei & Partners Legal and Ethical Aspects of Interaction in Arbitration Procedure Ion CĂPĂȚÎNĂ | Associate, Vernon I David The Impact of Insolvency on Arbitration Procedure Ion CREȚU | Lawyer, CACIC Arbitrator Energy Arbitrations Sorin DOLEA | Founding lawyer, Dolea & Co lawyers

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee Break

Time for coffee and network! 

12:00- 13:30

International Commercial Arbitration Panel

Participants from the Republic of Moldova in International Arbitration Proceedings. Practical Problems  Serghei COVALI | Managing Partner, Covali Litigation & Arbitration Digitization of Commercial Arbitration Natalia BALABAN | Attorney-at-Law, Managing Partner| Balaban & Partners Global International Arbitration Damages Survey Katerina  SKRYJOVA | Director, Dispute Advisory Centre of Excellence, PwC Czech Republic Fraud and Corruption in International Arbitration Cătălin ALEXANDRU | Partner, Filip & Company Interim and Emergency Measures in International Arbitration Evgenia PEIFFER | Counsel in the dispute resolution team, CMS Munich

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch & Networking

Meet Welcome Remarks Speakers

H.E. Kent Doyle LOGSDON

U.S. Ambassador to Moldova

Roger GLADEI

Conference Moderator | Managing Partner, Gladei & Partners, CACIC President

Olesea STAMATE

Member of Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Chair of the Committee for Legal Affairs, Immunities and Appointments

Eduard SERBENCO

State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice

Victor BACIU

Policy Manager, Legal Committee Coordinator, AmCham Moldova | Secretary General, CACIC

Meet the Conference Speakers

Our team Get to know our exceptional speakers of the Second Edition of the International Arbitration Conference,are our greatest asset.

Valeriu CERNEI

Senior Associate, Gladei & Partners

Valeriu Cernei is a senior associate at Gladei&Partners Law Firm. He heads and co-ordinates the litigation practice in the firm. Valeriu holds an LL.M. and an Economics Degree of the Moldovan State University. With background in both, finance and law, Valeriu represents the interests of several Moldovan banks within debt recovery or restructuring proceedings, but also operates in other areas of practice which include banking and finance, as well as regulatory compliance. Valeriu is recognised as effective litigator, particularly praised for effective and efficient dispute resolution, including out-of-court negotiations, settlements and debt restructuring. He has developed good working relations with the regulators. Valeriu is a member of the Moldovan Bar and speaks English, Romanian, Russian and French.

Ion CĂPĂȚÎNĂ

Associate, Vernon I David

Ion specializes in commercial, civil and administrative litigation, as well as in international commercial arbitration. Recognized as one of Moldova’s leading arbitrators and litigators, he has worked on numerous arbitrations cases in Moldova and throughout Europe, both as a litigator as well as a member of various arbitration panels. Over the last few years, he has acted as an arbitrator for dozens of cases, including under the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris) rules as well as part of the International Commercial Arbitration Court attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova. Besides acting as an arbitrator in Moldova, Ion has arbitrated cases in Geneva, Rome and Berlin. Ion is a leader and expert in sports disputes, telecommunication issues, civil engineering cases and transportation arbitration. He is the Deputy President of the International Commercial Arbitration Court attached to Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Republic of Moldova (CICA) and Chairman of the Law and Arbitration Commission of the National Olympic Committee. In addition, Ion is also a permanent listed arbitrator for the Chisinau International Court of Commercial Arbitration attached to the American Chamber of Commerce in Moldova (CACIC), for the International Commercial Arbitration Court attached to the International Association of Road Transporters (AITA) and for the International Court of Arbitration at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kyrgyzstan. In addition to his litigation and arbitration practice, Ion has a strong academic background and is currently a Lecturer of International Private Law and of International Commercial Arbitration at the Moldovan State University Law School. From 1998 to 2002, Ion was a Researcher and Interim Director of the Institute of Scientific Research for Law at Moldova State University.

Ion CREȚU

Lawyer, CACIC Arbitrator

Ion Cretu is a lawyer, mediator, and authorized administrator in Moldova. Ion has extensive experience in arbitration, being a permanent arbitrator at the Chisinau International Court of Commercial Arbitration under AmCham Moldova, the International Commercial Arbitration Court under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Arbitration Court under AITA, the National Court of Sports Arbitration under the National Football Federation, the Court of Arbitration under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vilnius and the Court of Arbitration under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. Ion Cretu is also a university lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the State University of Moldova, a trainer at the National Institute of Justice, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Supreme Court of Justice of Moldova.

Sorin DOLEA

Founding lawyer, Dolea & Co lawyers

Dr. Sorin Dolea the managing attorney at Dolea & Co and the co-founder of the Moldovan Arbitration Association. He is a Doctor of Law, and is currently an assistant professor within the International and European Law Department, Law Faculty, Moldova State University. He holds an LLM in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) from Geneva Law School and Graduate Institute of International Studies. Sorin has practiced arbitration in Geneva, Vienna and Frankfurt am Main. He has been involved in ICSID investment arbitrations based on the ECT and BITs as well as commercial arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, VIAC, and UNCITRAL rules. He is qualified in the Republic of Moldova.

Serghei COVALI

Managing Partner, Covali Litigation & Arbitration

Mr. Serghei Covali is the Managing Partner at COVALI | Litigation & Arbitration. He is an arbitration lawyer specialized in complex construction & infrastructure projects: roads & highways, buildings, stadiums, etc.   Mr. Covali has been involved and won in arbitral proceedings under various rules with their seats in The Hague, Paris, London, Chisinau, etc. His advocacy stile, be it written or oral, is a good combination of common law and civil law abilities. Serghei assisted clients (through US qualified lawyers) before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Serghei is one of the few professionals in the region, who feels comfortable in representing clients as a lead counsel in international arbitration (be it under ICC, SCC, LCIA or UNCITRAL arbitration rules). He is teaching international commercial arbitration to the LLM students at the Moldova State University.

Katerina SKRYJOVA

Director, Dispute Advisory Centre of Excellence, PwC Czech Republic

Kateřina is a forensic professional with extensive experience in resolving complex matters in disputes. Katerina is the Chief Operating Officer of Dispute Advisory Centre of Excellence at PwC, based in Prague, Czech Republic. Her work includes leading and coordinating efforts of the dispute advisory teams across the CEE and CIS region, and globally, to ensure a consistent high quality of dispute related services, ranging from preliminary advice to expert testimony. Currently, she also helps to develop the dispute advisory practice in the Middle East / Africa and Austria. Kateřina has over 15 years of experience which covers many aspects of complex accounting, financial and valuation matters, including loss of profits claims, construction claims, claims arising following acquisitions and sales of businesses and insurance claims, project management and coordination of cross border teams, preparation and review of expert reports both in private local or international commercial disputes as well as arbitrations against Governments or state owned entities. Kateřina regularly participates at arbitration hearings where she testifies as expert witness or provides valuable assistance to both the expert witness and the legal counsels of our clients.

Cătălin ALEXANDRU

Partner, Filip & Company

Cătălin heads the Dispute Resolution department of Filip & Company, where he has built an impressive track record in difficult matters in niche areas, such as energy, construction, telecom, insurance and capital markets. Cătălin specializes in arbitration, assisting both private and public clients in the most diverse matters, such as investment arbitrations in energy, general commercial arbitrations or specialized construction and insurance arbitrations. He also acts as an arbitrator and is a member of the Administrative Board of the Bucharest International Arbitration Court – the court of arbitration set up by Amcham Romania. Cătălin also has a passion for administrative law, being recognized for his publications in the field of tax procedure and his activity in administrative disputes in the areas of competition and financial services.

Evgenia PEIFFER

Counsel in the dispute resolution team, CMS Munich

Evgenia Peiffer is counsel in the dispute resolution team of CMS Munich with over ten years of experience in avoiding and resolving international commercial disputes. Evgenia is experienced in appearing before arbitral tribunals and state courts and also acts as arbitrator. Her practice focuses on infrastructure and energy projects as well as controversies arising in connection with M&A, distribution, supply, service and licensing agreements. With Eastern European roots and language skills, Evgenia Peiffer has extensive experience in handling disputes related to the region. She has proven expertise in private international law and procedural law and regularly publishes on current topics in cross-border dispute resolution. Evgenia Peiffer is the co-chair of the DIS40, the below40 organisation of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS). In this function, she is responsible for the organisation of semi-annual conferences for the over 2,000 members of the DIS40 and the coordination of events by the eight regional groups of the DIS40 in Germany, Switzerland and UK. Evgenia Peiffer is listed in Best Lawyers Germany 2023 (in cooperation with Handelsblatt) in the categories "International Arbitration", "Conflict Resolution" and "Arbitration/Dispute Resolution/Mediation".

Natalia BALABAN

Attorney-at-Law, Managing Partner| Balaban & Partners

Natalia is leading the advisory work and coordinating the dispute resolution activities within the Balaban & Partners Law Firm. She has headed and coordinated numerous cross-border transactions, including M&A, real estate, restructuring, and reorganization. Natalia is a litigator and certified mediator in the Republic of Moldova and an Arbitrator at the Chisinau International Commercial Arbitration Court. Natalia has also been involved in various activities promoting justice reform in Moldova, being the initiator of amending finance taxation of lawyers based on the non-discrimination principle and the promoter of the Moldovan judicial system digitalization.

International Arbitration Conference

Smart Solution for Dispute Resolution between Professionals

30.11.2023 | 9:00AM

Courtyard by Marriott Chisinau

November 30, Thursday

9:00 AM (Chisinau Time)

Courtyard by Marriott, 21/A Arborilor Str., Chisinau