Arbitration: the next generation Financial disputes and arbitration - one year on

06 February 2013

Banks and financial institutions have in the past opted for litigation over arbitration as the means of resolving international disputes. However, in recent years there has been a growing use of international arbitration as promoted by organisations such as the Panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance (abbreviated P.R.I.M.E. Finance).

One year on from the launch of P.R.I.M.E. Finance, this seminar asks what inroads arbitration in general has made in settling disputes in the international financial services sector and what the future holds.

We have an international panel of speakers, representing both the international financial services sector and P.R.I.M.E. Finance, and a speaker discussing the key features of the new ICC rules in a financial markets context, each giving their unique opinion on this growing area of interest.

Join our panel on 6 February to discuss these issues – it promises to be a highly interactive and informative session.

We hope you can join us.

If you're interested in attending this event or for further information, please contact the Events Team at or call +44 (0)20 7415 6000. 


08.00 - 08.30
Registration and breakfast

08.30 - 08.35
Steven Baker, Partner and Co-Head, Dispute Resolution Practice, Bird & Bird London

08.35 - 08.45
Introduction from Chair
Manuel Conthe, Lawyer and Economist, Bird & Bird Madrid
The changing global financial landscape
Development of arbitration in international financial services sector

08.45 - 09.00
The view from a leading global bank
Dr Georges Affaki, Global Head of Structured Finance Legal Affairs, BNP Paribas
Why banks have traditionally avoided arbitration
The new world order - where arbitration plays a role in resolving today's international financial disputes

09.00 - 09.15
The view from P.R.I.M.E. Finance
Jonathan Ross, Inaugural member of the P.R.I.M.E. Finance list of experts, P.R.I.M.E. Finance
Arbitration involving  complex international financial transactions

09.15 - 09.30
The new ICC rules
Annet van Hooft, Co-Head, International Arbitration Group, Bird & Bird Paris
The impact the new ICC rules has on resolving financial disputes

09.30 - 09.45
Question and answer session

09.45 - 10.15
Close of seminar and refreshments