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P.R.I.M.E. Finance Annual Conference 2019

On 4 and 5 February 2019, P.R.I.M.E. Finance will hold its 8th Annual Conference at the Peace Palace in the Hague

The Annual Conference

For the eighth year in a row, our annual gathering will bring together the most distinguished practitioners, academics, judges, regulators and experts who influence the day-to-day workings of the international financial markets. The Annual Conference represents an unique opportunity to gain insight and to discuss the most recent case law and relevant topical issues regarding complex financial products and dispute resolution.


Monday 4 February 2019

Registration and continental breakfast

09:00 – 09:30

Opening Proceedings

Welcome by H.E. The Hon. Sir David Baragwanath KNZM, Chairman, P.R.I.M.E. Finance Advisory Board; Appellate Judge, former President and Presiding Judge, Special Tribunal for Lebanon; Honorary Professor, University of Waikato (New Zealand); Visiting Professor, University of Northumbria (UK); Overseas Bencher, Inner Temple; Door Tenant, 3 Hare Court; former Judge, Court of Appeal of New Zealand; former President, New Zealand Law Commission; former Member for New Zealand, the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Opening of the conference by Saskia Bruines, Deputy Mayor of The Hague

09:30 – 10:00

P.R.I.M.E. Finance and the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Hugo Hans Siblesz, P.R.I.M.E. Finance Advisory Board; Secretary-General, the Permanent Court of Arbitration; former Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to France, Monaco and Andorra; former Director-General for Political Affairs and former Director of the Consular Department, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the Netherlands)

Professor Jeffrey Golden, Chairman, P.R.I.M.E. Finance Management Board; Governor and Honorary Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); Joint Head of Chambers, 3 Hare Court; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

10:00 – 10:15

Group picture

10:15 – 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 – 12:00

EU – 1: Brexit’s Implications for Financial Markets

Come 11 PM UK time, Friday, 29 March 2019, the European Union will have one fewer member, the United Kingdom…maybe. Since the historic referendum in summer 2016, as politicians have jockeyed over the terms of Brexit, market participants have tried their best to anticipate its effects on financial contracts, courts and markets generally. Will the day after be business as usual, or will it be something far less certain? With the clock ticking, this panel will consider Brexit’s many legal implications for financial markets.

Introductory Remarks:

Philip Wood CBE, QC (Hon.), former Head, Global Law Intelligence Unit, Special Global Counsel, Allen & Overy LLP; Yorke Distinguished Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge; former Visiting Professor, International Financial Law, University of Oxford; Visiting Professor, Queen Mary College, University of London; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

Session Chair:

Robin Dicker QC, Barrister, South Square Chambers; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert


  • Pedro Cardigos, Partner, CARDIGOS; Portugal Counsel, ISDA; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Carolyn Jackson, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP; former Executive Director and Board Member, ISDA; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Habib Motani, Partner and Global Head of the Derivatives Group, Clifford Chance LLP; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch break

13:00 – 14:30

Benchmark No More: The Case of the Disappearing IBORs

Benchmarks such as LIBOR and other IBORs were, like any standard, once considered immutable. Yet we stand three years from their likely disappearance, the effects of which will be sweeping. Confidence in new benchmarks must be earned and contracts must be reinterpreted or modified. At the same time market participants must agree how to modify the economics of their trades to reflect the shift to a new standard. Regulators, trade associations and market participants are committed to facilitating this transition, but exactly how will this be achieved? This panel will consider the many issues involved.

Session Chair:

Rick Grove, P.R.I.M.E. Finance Management Board; Chief Executive Officer and Partner, Rutter Associates LLC (New York); former Fixed Income and Commodity Derivatives Executive, Bank of America and Paribas Capital Markets; former Chief Executive Officer, ISDA; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert


  • René Bösch, Partner, Homburger AG; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • George Handjinicolaou, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, Piraeus Bank; former Deputy CEO, ISDA; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Dr. Joanna Perkins, Chief Executive, Financial Markets Law Committee (FMLC); P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Professor Akihiro Wani, Senior Counsellor, Ito and Mitomi (Registered Associated Offices of Morrison and Foerster LLP); Professor, Sophia University Law School; Japan Counsel, ISDA; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

14:30 – 16:00

Post-Post-Crisis: New Trends in Financial Litigation

Most of the litigation relating to the Lehman bankruptcy has been resolved. Misselling cases, which sprang from the unanticipated low rates in the aftermath of the financial crisis, are largely settled. But financial litigation continues, with a focus on a new set of legal issues, such as hedging and index transactions and public counterparty credit risk, and procedural issues, such as forum selection and use of experts. This panel of experts will provide an overview of these new developments.

Session Chair:

Antoine Maffei, Founding Partner, De Pardieu Brocas Maffei A.A.R.P.I.; former Legal Advisor, World Bank; former Chairman of the Capital Market Forum, International Bar Association (IBA); P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert


  • G. Massimiliano Danusso, Managing Partner London Office and Team Leader of the Capital Markets Focus Team, Bonelli Erede; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Jeremy Goldring QC, Barrister, South Square Chambers; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Dr. Chudozie Okongwu, Managing Director and Head of the European Finance, Litigation, and Dispute Resolution Group, NERA Economic Consulting; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Jayant (Jay) W. Tambe, Partner, Jones Day; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

16:00 – 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 – 17:45

New Courts on the Rise: Commercial Courts Across the World

P.R.I.M.E. Finance has long maintained that financial disputes can benefit from specialized adjudication and views this as a positive development. Since P.R.I.M.E. Finance opened its doors in 2012, a number of jurisdictions in Europe and beyond have developed specialized commercial courts. This panel will examine the changes in the legal landscape that have encouraged certain countries to develop commercial courts and the impact that these courts will have on the financial litigation landscape in Europe and elsewhere. The panel will also address the positive impact that specialized jurists, experts and rules can bring to the administration of justice and highlight opportunities for collaboration with P.R.I.M.E. Finance.

Session Chair:

Professor Sir William Blair, P.R.I.M.E. Finance Advisory Board; President of the Board of Appeal of the European Supervisory Authorities; Professor of Financial Law and Ethics, Queen Mary University of London; former High Court (Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court) and Financial List Judge for England and Wales, Business and Property Courts; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert


  • The Hon. Mr. Justice Hildyard, High Court and Financial List Judge in England and Wales, Business and Property Courts
  • Ali Malek QC, Silk, 3 Verulam Buildings (former Head of Chambers); Bencher of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn; Deputy High Court Judge (Commercial Court, London); Arbitrator; Chairman of COMBAR; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Judge Jean Messinesi, outgoing President, Paris Commercial Court; former Judge, Paris Commercial Court; Member, Board of Banque Arabe Internationale de Tunisie (BAIT); former Senior Advisor, HSBC; former Economist, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Judge Duco OranjePresident, Netherlands Commercial Court of Appeal
  • The Hon. Judge Elizabeth S. Stong, P.R.I.M.E. Finance Management Board; Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York; Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Member, Council of ALI; Trustee and Executive Committee Member, Practising Law Institute; Advisory Board Member, ABA Center for Innovation; Co-chair, ABA Business Law Section Pro Bono Committee; Co-chair, New York City Bar Council on the Profession; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Judge Ulrike Willoughby, Presiding Judge, Frankfurt am Main Regional Court

Tuesday 5 February 2019

09:00 – 09:15

A PRIME Update

Professor Dr. Bastiaan Assink, Secretary General, P.R.I.M.E. Finance; Partner, NautaDutilh N.V.

Camilla Perera - De Wit, Head of Secretariat P.R.I.M.E. Finance; Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration

09:15 – 10:45

Along the Road: Interim Measures in Financial Arbitration

A satisfactory arbitral award is every counsel’s goal for their client, but to achieve that goal careful consideration must be given to many interim steps along the way. Evidence must be preserved, assets must be protected, and in some cases, injunctions must be sought against adverse actions. This panel of arbitrators and counsel will focus on how modern arbitration jurisprudence is evolving to allow for these provisional measures in both contract-based and treaty-based arbitration of financial disputes.

Session Chair:

Deborah Enix-Ross, P.R.I.M.E. Finance Management Board; Senior Advisor, International Dispute Resolution Group and Member, Diversity Committee, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; Chair, American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates; Vice-President, World Justice Project; former Senior Legal Officer and Head of the External Relations and Information Section, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center 


  • Professor Dr. Georges Affaki, Professor of International Banking Law and Dispute Resolution, University of Paris II; Independent Arbitrator and Avocat à la Cour, Paris; Chairman, ICC Banking Commission Legal Committee; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • The Hon. Charles N. Brower, Arbitrator, 20 Essex Street Chambers, Judge Ad Hoc, International Court of Justice, Judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Dr. Markus Burianski, Partner, White & Case LLP (Frankfurt); P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Judith Gill QC, President, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); Arbitrator, 20 Essex Street; former Partner and Head of the International Arbitration Group, Allen & Overy LLP; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 12:30

International Financial Regulation: Harmony or Cacophony?

Financial regulators from around the world pursued a common set of reforms after the 2008 global financial crisis. Now, more than 10 years on from the peak of the crisis, is it mission accomplished or mission impossible? Nationalist, divisive politics in Europe and the U.S. raise the prospect of a new era of international divergence and regulatory rollbacks. New risks to financial stability keep regulators up at night, while money laundering scandals create new tremors of confidence in financial institutions. This panel will discuss the current state of efforts to achieve international regulatory consistency.

Session Chair:

Joanne Kellermann, P.R.I.M.E. Finance Management Board; Founding Member and former Director, the Single Resolution Board (SRB); former Executive Board Member, DNB; former Partner, NautaDutilh N.V.; Member of the Board of Trustees, Utrecht University


  • Simon Gleeson, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Michael Nelson, Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Professor Dr. Pim Rank, Professor of Financial Law, Leiden University; Of Counsel, NautaDutilh N.V.; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Professor Dr. Eddy Wymeersch, Chairman, the Public Interest Oversight Board; former Independent Director, Association for Financial Markets Europe; former Independent Director, Euroclear SA.; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

The Not So Hidden Reality of Cryptocurrencies: Regulatory Enforcement and Litigation

“Crypto” comes from the Greek for hidden. Cryptocurrencies, though not exactly hidden, nevertheless have an element of mystery and inscrutability that means they do not adapt readily to the traditional regulated world of investments. When these new square pegs do not fit into those old round holes, what gives? Concerns about investor protection and fraud do not disappear merely because something is perceived to be the next big thing. On the other hand, stifling innovation through heavy-handed regulation is not in the interest of investors. This panel will explore how regulators and private litigants are working to fit these new products into traditional categories while preserving their essential innovative nature.

Session Chair:

Lisa Curran, Senior Counsel, Allen & Overy LLP; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert


  • Gary DeWaal, Special Counsel, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; former Senior Managing Director and Group General Counsel, Newedge; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Scott Farrell, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Professor Tetsuo Morishita, Professor, Sophia University Law School; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Hubert de Vauplane, Partner, Kramer Levin LLP (Paris); Former Group General Counsel, Legal and Compliance, Crédit Agricole; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

15:00 – 16:30

ESG, SDG, PDQ: Sustainable Finance and Emerging Markets

De-escalating Cross-Border Legal Tensions: The Role of Global Standards and P.R.I.M.E. Finance Experts

Sustainable finance, with its focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria in business and investment business decisions, is a growth area, particularly in emerging markets where there is a focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. Like traditional finance, however, the effectiveness of sustainable finance is highly dependent upon the rule of law and enforceable dispute resolution, key missions of P.R.I.M.E. Finance. A diverse panel of individuals driven to achieve the SDGs by leveraging sustainable finance will discuss the challenges for the coming decade.

Session Chair:

Heikki Cantell, General Counsel and Head of Legal Department, Nordic Investment Bank; former General Counsel, Council of Europe Development Bank; former Head of Branch, Heikki Haapaniemi Law Firm (Paris); P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert


  • Salahuddin Manzoor, Owner and CEO, Mangrove Markets; former Global Treasurer, Habib Bank Ltd. Karachi; former Head of Business Development, Observatory Capital LLP; former Global Head, Emerging Markets Trading FX, Derivatives and Local Fixed Income Markets, Paribas London; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Professor Dr. René Smits, Professor of the Law of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), University of Amsterdam; Alternate member of the Administrative Board of Review, European Central Bank; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

Cross-border legal issues are often cast as clashes between national policies. Through years-long efforts, global standard setters, such as UNCITRAL and The Hague Conference on Private International Law, have developed instruments for securities and secured transactions that, when implemented broadly, can reduce these tensions. Efforts in Europe similarly seek a common approach on conflict of law rules in securities and assignments. After describing these instruments, this panel will explore how P.R.I.M.E. Finance Experts can facilitate greater awareness and reliance on these instruments.

Session Chair:

Dr. Peter Werner, Senior Counsel, ISDA; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert


  • Spyridon (Spiros) V. Bazinas, Independent Consultant; Arbitrator; Law Lecturer, Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversitaet (Vienna); Member, ALI; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
  • Robert Pickel, P.R.I.M.E. Management Board; Affiliate, Rutter Associates LLC; former Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel, ISDA; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert 
  • PD Dr. Thomas Werlen, Managing Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan LLP (Schweiz) GmbH (Zurich); former Group General Counsel and Executive Committee Member, Novartis; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

16:30 – 16:45

Closing remarks by Kristy Tillman, Executive Director, P.R.I.M.E. Finance

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