WilmerHale Partner Steven Finizio will co-chair the 2nd Annual GAR Live Moscow. He will provide opening and closing remarks to the audience and serve as moderator during "Session one: Theory and practice in Russian shareholder disputes" and "Session two: The GAR Live Question Time: investor-state disputes."
Session one will focus on the arbitration of shareholder disputes, following changes in the law that make such disputes arbitrable within Russia and not just offshore. Those who have experienced such disputes will discuss both the legal and the practical aspects of this style of work for the benefit of local audience. In particular the panel will discuss:
- An overview of the first amendments to the Russian Arbitration Law after the “arbitration reform” changing the regime of corporate disputes’ arbitrability (amendments under the Federal Law No. 531-FZ of 27 December 2018)
- Are shareholder disputes over Russian companies now required to be decided in Russian arbitral institutions and in Russia as a seat of arbitration, or is there a bypass to settle them abroad?
- How have Russian courts treated foreign arbitral awards related to shareholder disputes in the post-“arbitration reform” period?
- Are Russian “permanent arbitral institutions” prepared to handle complex shareholder disputes?
Session two panelists and moderators will discuss questions submitted by the audience in advance, with a particular focus on investor-state and state-state disputes. In particular the panel will discuss:
- Do current ISDS systems needs to be reformed? If so, what aspects need to be reformed urgently?
- How does Russia toughen its approach to regulation of foreign investments?
- How will new technologies change the landscape of investor-state disputes?
- Crimea-related Ukrainian investors’ claims against Russia: is this the genesis of a new Yukos saga?