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Constantin Calavros

Constantin Calavros
Professor, President of the Greek Association for Arbitration, Managing Partner, Calavros Law Firm-Filios-Kloukinas

Professor Constantin Calavros is the founder and managing partner of Calavros Law Firm-Filios-Kloukinas.

He is a Professor of Civil Procedure and International Arbitration Law at the Democrition University of Thrace. Professor Calavros heads the litigation and dispute resolution department of the Firm. He specializes in national and international litigation and arbitration. He has represented numerous clients before national courts of all degrees, the European Union Court in Luxembourg and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Professor Calavros also deals with restructuring and companies' reorganisation, outsourcing and insolvency procedures. He has supervised and advised on some of the largest and most high-profile deals in the Greek market that range from corporate reorganisations to debt restructuring (including distressed debt and NPLs), and formal insolvency such as bankruptcy, judicial composition or liquidation. In this regard, he has acted as an advisor to Greek state controlled companies, Greek Government and ministers, especially in relation to privatization initiatives.

Professor Calavros acting as an external advisor to the Greek Association of Pharmaceutical Companies (SFEE) has also obtained in depth experience in pharmaceutical law and competition law matters.

Professor Calavros has been a member of various drafting committees which have revised Greek Civil Procedure Code.

Alexander Fessas

Alexander Fessas
Dr. jur., Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Alexander G. Fessas is the Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

As Secretary General, he is responsible for the operational management and coordination of the ICC Court's Secretariat and other dispute resolution services in Paris, Hong Kong, New York, Sao Paolo and Singapore.

He joined the Secretariat in late 2011 and held consecutive positions in three case management teams, of which two as counsel. Prior to his appointment as Secretary General, he was the Secretariat's Managing Counsel over a three-year term.

He read law at the University of Athens, Greece having specialized in international commercial transactions and conflict of laws.

Prior to joining the ICC Court, he practised as counsel out of Athens where he established a sole practice in 2008. He was previously an associate at an Athens-based law firm. During the same period, he was also the editor-in-chief of the Revue hellénique de droit international.

He is admitted to the Athens Bar and speaks English, French and Greek.

Katia Yannaca Small

Katia Yannaca Small
Dr. jur., Lecturer in Law, USC Gould School of Law, Senior International Arbitration Advisor, Arnold & Porter

Katia Yannaca-Small brings three decades of experience in major public international organizations and the private sector spanning public international law, international investment policy, law and arbitration, commercial arbitration, anti-corruption, ESG and Business and Human Rights. She has experience advising States and State entities, finding common ground and solutions and in the negotiation of major international agreements and representing them in high stakes disputes.

Most recently, she served as lead counsel in a major law firm in international investment and commercial arbitrations under the ICSID and ICC Rules. She represented Venezuela in several ICSID cases (construction, chemical and agricultural sectors) and an Algerian State enterprise in ICC cases (construction and real estate sectors).

Prior to private practice, Ms. Yannaca-Small had a long and distinguished career in major international organizations. In the OECD, she founded and led its analytical work on international investment agreements and arbitration since the early 2000s and initiated a dialogue among OECD and non-OECD governments, practitioners, academics, and civil society that led to common understandings and concrete improvements in the investor-state dispute settlement system. The results of this work, published by the OECD, have been widely cited as pioneer work in this field. She was a leading expert in the ground-breaking OECD work on anti-corruption and led this work up to the negotiation of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. She managed the OECD's work on Responsible Business Conduct and oversaw one of the reviews and amendments of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises – one of main international instruments to enhance RBC—to include new chapters on bribery and corruption, environmental and labor standard provisions and supply chain management. In the OECD, Ms. Yannaca-Small also led examinations of foreign direct investment policies and laws of Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine and issued recommendations for the improvement of their investment climate in order to enhance foreign direct investment, which were accepted by these governments and concerned OECD committees.

Ms. Yannaca-Small was also Senior Counsel at ICSID, where she served as Secretary to several Tribunals and effectively administered high-profile, multimillion/billion-dollar disputes under BITs and NAFTA. While at ICSID, she led the development of ICSID's outreach and training program.

Ms. Yannaca-Small currently teaches International Investment law and Arbitration and Business and Human Rights at the USC Gould School of Law. She has been a guest lecturer at Columbia Law School, Georgetown Law Centre, University of Virginia and University of Athens Law School and has trained numerous government officials around the world on investment arbitration. She regularly appears as speaker in conferences and has written extensively on issues of investment arbitration, including editing and co-authoring one of the first and most widely cited treatises in the field, Arbitration under International Investment Agreements: A Guide to the Key Issues, published by Oxford University Press in two editions (2010, 2018).

Stavros Brekoulakis

Stavros Brekoulakis
Professor, School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London, Arbitrator at Barristers Chambers 3 Verulam Buildings (Gray's Inn)

Stavros Brekoulakis is a Professor in International Arbitration at Queen Mary University London and a Member of 3 Verulam Buildings at Gray's Inn.

He holds several public appointments including being member of LCIA Court, the ICC Commission, Co-Chair of the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third Party Funding, while his academic work includes the leading publications on Third Parties in International Arbitration, Arbitrability, ICCA-Queen Mary Report on Third Party Funding and Guide to Construction Arbitration and numerous publications in leading legal journals and reviews.

Stavros is a widely acknowledged authority in international arbitration, regularly named as a Thought Leader by Who's Who Legal being described as “standing out as a first-rate arbitrator and academic; an expert in construction and commercial disputes who is regularly engaged in matters arising out of major infrastructure projects around the world” and as “very thorough and professional” and “held in the highest regard”.

He has been shortlisted for the “Best Prepared and Most Responsive Arbitrator” Award of the Global Arbitration Review in 2016 and 2017.

Stavros has been appointed in more than 35 arbitrations, as chairman, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator with a particular expertise in arbitrations concerning major construction and complex infrastructure, energy and natural resources projects.

Georgios Petrochilos KC

Georgios Petrochilos KC
Dr. jur., Partner, Three Crowns

Georgios has a broad practice covering inter-State, investment, and commercial disputes. He has represented States, international organizations, and private parties in more than 70 disputes, including the largest maritime delimitation case to date in the International Court of Justice (Peru v Chile), the ground-breaking “Black Economic Empowerment” case before ICSID (Foresti and ors v South Africa), and some of the most critical cases in the European energy industry in the past decade.

His recent experience includes successfully leading a team for Mytilineos Holdings in its UNCITRAL investment treaty arbitration with the Republic of Serbia, obtaining a multi-million dollar award.

He was formerly the head of the Paris arbitration team, and public international law group, of a leading international firm and has published extensively on international law and international arbitration, including the well-known monograph Procedural Law in International Arbitration, and is the co-author, with Jan Paulsson, of UNCITRAL Arbitration.

Georgios has represented a Member State at UNCITRAL since 2007; is a visiting professor at the Universities of Bern and Fribourg in Switzerland; and the current rapporteur of the International Law Association International Arbitration Committee.

He holds graduate degrees, including a doctorate, from Oxford, as well as degrees from Strasbourg and Athens.

He is recognised by Legal 500 (EMEA) as a “Leading Individual” in International arbitration. Sources also note that he “demonstrates long-standing expertise in public international law, with a broad practice covering investment treaty, commercial and inter-state disputes [and] is recognised for his knowledge of procedures in international arbitration.”