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Event Details

Date

May 7 -8, 2024

Location

Radisson Blue Leogrand Hotel

Opening hours

May 7th | 9:30 - 18:00

May 8th | 9:30 - 16:00

Conference Agenda

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

01

Keynote address: Prof. George Bermann, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; New York, USA

9:30 - 11:00

02

SESSION 1: ARBITRATION IN MOLDOVA: REGULATORY AND PRACTICAL ASPECTS

11:00 - 11:30

03

SESSION 2: INSTITUTIONAL ARBITRATION AND AD HOC ARBITRATION

11:30 - 13:00

04

SESSION 3: ENERGY ARBITRATION

13:00 - 14:00

05

SESSION 4: TECHNOLOGY AND LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN ARBITRATION

14:00 - 15:30

06

SESSION 5: INVESTMENT ARBITRATION AND PROTECTION OF FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN MOLDOVA

15:30 - 15:45

07

Cocktail reception

15:45 - 17:15

Meet the Organizational Team

Our team members are our greatest asset.

Ana INDOITU

Director, INVENTO

Lawyer with extensive experience in the IT sector and active involvement in civil society.. With an experience of nine years within the civil society sector, Ana Indoitu has substantial expertise in strategic planning, social justice, community development, public policy, advocacy and democratic participation. Previously, she acted as vice president of the National Youth Council of Moldova, where she advocated and engaged in the development of national youth policy in the country for three years. She runs INVENTO, a non-profit dedicated to social justice and citizens empowerment. She serves as an expert in IT Law, public policy, strategic planning and project management. She has three years’ teaching experience in a national college and university.

Maria VIZDOAGA

Managing Partner, Vizdoaga Law Office

Maria Vizdoaga is a New York admitted attorney who founded Vizdoaga Law Office based in Manhattan. Her practice focuses on investment-based immigration (E-2 visas), as well as corporate formation and contract negotiation. Maria graduated from Columbia Law School with an LLM degree, where she was awarded the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar distinction. She also holds a Masters degree in European Union Studies and Law from Leiden University, the Netherlands and a Bachelors in Law from the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova. Previously, Maria worked for the Office of Legal Affairs and the Conduct and Discipline Unit at the United Nations in New York, where she conducted research and drafted reports on criminal liability of UN officials and experts in peacekeeping missions. In addition, Maria was a Legal Fellow with the Public Interest Law Network (PILnet) in New York, where she coordinated pro bono projects. She also served as a Research Fellow with the Center for United Nations Constitutional Reform in Brussels, focusing on advocating for Security Council reform. In Moldova, Maria worked for the East Europe Foundation, where she supported the implementation of gender equality projects that aimed at increasing women’s participation in political decision-making. In addition to practicing law in New York, Maria is on the Board of Directors of the American Foreign Law Association. She is an active member of the New York Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Marina ZARIJA

Lawyer

Marina is a lawyer, working in the past for ACI Partners and Schoenherr Moldova law firms. Her area of expertise is business operations and commerce, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and restructuring, also dispute resolution. Marina advised previously on projects related to infrastructure, energy field and other sectors, as well as contributed to different publications on the Moldovan regulatory, doing business and justice reform. Currently she is working for the EU High Level Advisers’ Mission to Moldova, in the field of Justice and Prosecution. She provides assistance related to EU accession and implementation of recommendations from Commission’s Opinion on Moldova’s EU membership application, Commission’s Analytical Report on Moldova’s alignment with the EU acquis and Enlargement reports. Also, Marina is a PhD student, conducting research on peculiarities of settling commercial disputes by means of arbitration, with special focus on rules of procedure. The scope of her PhD dissertation is to contribute to assessing Moldova’s in force legal framework, drawing relevant conclusions and proposing necessary regulatory amendments in order to update with the latest trends.

Sorin Dolea

Managing partner, Dolea & Co

Dr. Sorin Dolea is the managing partner at Dolea & Co, focusing on international disputes as well as projects & energy. He 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 regularly ranked by the most prestigious the world’s leading legal ranking and insights intelligence companies. Sorin Dolea is teaching private international law at Moldova State University, and he is the co-founder of Moldovan Arbitration Association. In 2023 he defended the PhD thesis at Moldova State University, entitled "Settlement of Contractual Disputes in Investment Arbitration". He is a member of the Europe-subcommittee of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations, the Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova of Vienna International Arbitration Center within Community Ambassador Network (CAN) Project, as well as the Rapporteur for Moldova for the ICCA Yearbook Commercial Arbitration.

Meet the Conference Speakers

Our team members are our greatest asset.

Ema POTOČNIK

Director of Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) Community Ambassador Network

Ema Potočnik initially joined VIAC as a legal counsel where she was responsible for the administration of commercial arbitration and mediation cases. She later transitioned into the role of VIAC CAN Director. She runs this initiative alongside Niamh Leinwather, Secretary General of VIAC and Vladyslava Donchyk, VIAC CAN Coordinator, which has grown from strength to strength since its’ launch in 2023. It now boasts over 34 Ambassadors in 25 countries. Ema also co-created VIAC’s ADR Wellbeing Toolbox with ArbBalance and R.E.A.L., which was also launched in 2023. Originally from Slovenia, her work has always had a strong CEE/SEE focus. She previously worked in diplomacy at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Vienna, at the Energy Community Secretariat within the Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre and served as the IBA – VIAC CDRC Mediation & Negotiation Competition Deputy Director. Ema holds a law degree from the University of Ljubljana and is a certified mediator, actively supporting ADR and dialogue facilitation.

Sebastiano NESSI

Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

With a dual civil and common law background, and 15 years of experience working in Paris, London, Dubai and Geneva, Sebastiano Nessi is an International Disputes Partner with Curtis. Ranked as a world "Global Elite Thought Leader" by Who's Who Legal, he specializes in international arbitration (commercial and investor-state), cross-border litigation, international asset recovery, public international law and international sanctions. He has appeared as counsel in some of the largest international arbitration and litigation cases of the last decade. He has secured a series of multi-million/billion dollar awards and court decisions for his clients, and defended others in claims arising in a number of different business sectors. He has a broad range of expertise with a particular focus on infrastructure and construction, energy (including nuclear and renewables), oil & gas, mining, insurance, banking, commodities, real estate, aerospace and transportation, telecommunication, healthcare and maritime. Sebastiano also sits regularly as an arbitrator and taught for several years international arbitration at the University of Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne. He is a lecturer at several academic institutions in Switzerland and overseas, and he is the author of some 50 book chapters and articles. Sebastiano is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, and he currently serves as a Member of the Council of YSIAC (Singapore International Arbitration Center). He is a former Vice-Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators YMG, and a former ICC YAF representative for Europe & Russia.

Florian HAUGENEDER

Partner, KNOETZL

Florian Haugeneder is a founding partner and co-head of the International Arbitration Practice of KNOETZL in Vienna. He has more than 20 years’ extensive experience as counsel and arbitrator under the rules of the major arbitral institutions, including the ICC, DIA, DIS, ICSID, KCAB, LCIA, SCC and VIAC, as well as in ad hoc arbitration such as UNCITRAL. Florian specialises in engineering and construction, energy, joint ventures, and commercial and corporate disputes. He has successfully represented clients in major engineering and construction disputes in some of the largest and most complex projects in the CEE and SEE regions. His experience includes, inter alia, road and railway construction disputes, thermal, wind and hydropower plants, airports, a sewer system and the construction and operation of a major fibre-optic cable infrastructure.A special focus of his practice is the international law on the protection of foreign investments. Florian has advised on a large number of FIDIC contracts.

Sorin Dolea

Managing partner, Dolea & Co

Dr. Sorin Dolea is the managing partner at Dolea & Co, focusing on international disputes as well as projects & energy. He 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 regularly ranked by the most prestigious the world’s leading legal ranking and insights intelligence companies. Sorin Dolea is teaching private international law at Moldova State University, and he is the co-founder of Moldovan Arbitration Association. In 2023 he defended the PhD thesis at Moldova State University, entitled "Settlement of Contractual Disputes in Investment Arbitration". He is a member of the Europe-subcommittee of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations, the Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova of Vienna International Arbitration Center within Community Ambassador Network (CAN) Project, as well as the Rapporteur for Moldova for the ICCA Yearbook Commercial Arbitration.

Iuliana IACOB

Partner, Mușat & Asociații

Iuliana specialises in international arbitration. She acted as counsel in multiple high-stake arbitral disputes under the rules of almost all major arbitral institutions across a wide range of sectors, as well as in complex cases involving applications for provisional measures, annulment of Arbitral Awards or recognition and enforcement proceedings. She regularly advises clients in connection with complex investment protection matters. Iuliana assisted and represented clients in relation to complex domestic litigations arising out of major infrastructure projects and in high-stake proceedings before international courts (the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights). Iuliana is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of the ICC Institute of World Business Law. She is listed on the panel of multiple arbitration institutions including the Bucharest Court of Arbitration, the Court of Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova, the Court of Arbitration of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Permanent Court of Arbitration of the Romanian-German Chamber of Industry.

Mladen STOJILJKOVIĆ

Partner, Nater Dallafior

Dr. Iur. Mladen Stojiljković is representing clients in complex commercial disputes before arbitral tribunals (ICC, Swiss Rules, DIS, ad hoc, etc.) and all Swiss courts, in judgment and arbitral award enforcement, attachment and insolvency proceedings, and in cross-border evidence taking and other legal assistance matters. He is serving as arbitrator (sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, chairman) in arbitration proceedings, particularly under the ICC Rules, Swiss Rules, and in ad hoc arbitration. Serving as expert witness on Swiss law in proceedings abroad. He is also an arbitrator at the International Chamber of Commerce (Swiss Arbitrators List); and an Author at Weblaw's digital case notes ("digitaler Rechtsprechungskommentar") for "Private International Law/International Civil Procedure and Arbitration" and "Civil Procedure"

Andrea MENAKER

Partner, White & Case LLP

Andrea Menaker is Head of the Public International Law Group at White & Case and specializes in investment arbitration, where she has represented respondent States and claimant investors in equal measure in some of the most ground-breaking investment arbitration cases. Andrea also has an active practice in relation to enforcement of arbitral awards and has coordinated such actions worldwide for clients, in addition to serving as arbitrator and expert witness on investor-State issues. After more than a decade in the Firm's Washington, DC office, Andrea transferred to London in 2019 to grow the Firm's investment arbitration practice in EMEA. Andrea is a senior member of many of the world’s most important arbitral institutions and associations. She is a Council Member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), a member of its Appointments Committee and former member of its Proceedings Committee; a member of the Executive Committee of the Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA); a past, two-term Board Member of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC); a former, two-term Board Member of the Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage (ASA); a past Chair of the Programme Committee for ICCA’s Congress in Mauritius; and a past Executive Council Member for the American Society of International Law (ASIL). Andrea is also a former adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she taught international arbitration. Prior to joining White & Case, Andrea was Chief of the NAFTA Arbitration Division for the US State Department where she was lead counsel for the United States in investor-State arbitrations under the investment chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and participated in the drafting of investment and dispute resolution provisions in United States' bilateral investment treaties and investment chapters of free trade agreements.

Ivan PHILIPPOV

Associate, White & Case LLP

Ivan Philippov is a solicitor of England and Wales and associate of the White & Case International Arbitration Group, based in London. His experience includes representing sovereign States, companies and individuals in investor-State and commercial disputes under ICSID, ICSID Additional Facility, UNCITRAL, LCIA, SIAC and ICC rules, as well as ad hoc arbitration under domestic arbitration laws.

Eric LEIKIN

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Eric Leikin is a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, leading the international arbitration team in the Vienna office. Eric specialises in international arbitration, with a particular focus on investment arbitration and post-M&A commercial disputes, and is experienced in US civil litigation and cross-border compliance investigations, particularly in the former Soviet Union. Eric is admitted to practice and is a member of the bar in New York and Washington DC (attorney-at-law).

Serghei COVALI

Managing partner, Covali Litigation & Arbitration

Mr. Serghei Covali is a lawyer admitted for practice in the Republica of Moldova, and he has been trained in both civil law and common law traditions. He graduated from the Moldova State University Law School. Several years after that, he earned an LLM from BYU Law School. Later in his career, he pursued and graduated with an LLM degree from Queen Mary University of London in international commercial and investment arbitration. In the last 10 years, Mr. Covali represented clients in numerous international arbitration cases in the field of energy under German law (DIS), construction under FIDIC contracts, GAFTA & FOSFA under English law, maritime arbitration under English law (LMAA), etc. In the last two years, Mr. Covali was heavily involved in drafting the new Moldovan law on arbitration. The draft law is being analyzed and prepared for public debates by the Ministry of Justice.

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Moldova Arbitration Days

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Moldova Arbitration Days, May 7 - 8, 2024