AFIA’s 49th Symposium took place on 29 November 2017 in London, followed by its Winter Social. Hosted by Latham & Watkins, the event featured two panel discussions on the subject of Latin America – Asia Pacific Trade Flows and Disputes, bringing together speakers with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences to discuss the growing interactions between those two regions and the disputes that arise from them.
The evening began with Jonathan Lim (AFIA Co-Chair, Associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP) moderating a panel discussion on economics, trade relations, and trade and investment disputes. Panellists included economist Cristian Rodriguez Chiffelle (World Economic Forum), investment arbitration specialist Carmen Martinez Lopez (Partner, Three Crowns LLP) and trade law expert Naboth van den Broek (Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP).
The second panel was moderated by Samuel Pape (AFIA Europe Representative, Associate at Latham & Watkins) and featured Samantha Rowe (International Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP), John Adam (Counsel, Latham & Watkins LLP), Giorgio Mandelli (Partner, Volterra Fietta LLP) and Paul Tan (Partner, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP) as speakers. The discussion focused on current issues in international arbitration in the two regions.
The panel discussions were followed by a Q&A session and AFIA’s Winter Social over drinks and canapés. The event was attended by over 80 people including lawyers, journalists and economists.