USCIB/ICC USA held its Annual Arbitration and ADR Committee Luncheon at Proskauer Rose LLP, a USCIB member law firm, on January 10.
The event, attended by over 100 people, featured a welcome and opening remarks by USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson, Proskauer Rose Partner Peter Sherwin—who also chairs the USCIB Arbitration Committee—and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration President Claudia Salomon.
In his remarks, Robinson raised a vision for promotion of ICC dispute resolution services in the U.S. for 2023, facilitated by greater collaboration between practitioners and policy experts within USCIB membership. This vision was echoed by Sherwin and Salomon as both are seeking to bring together the U.S. arbitration community through new projects from both ICC and USCIB/ICC USA. The event aimed to have ICC and USCIB/ICC USA members reflect on the achievements of the past year and to look forward through new initiatives. Remarks on unity by Robinson, Sherwin and Salomon were thus reinforced through a reconnection and shared vision of the U.S. arbitration community.
Salomon also highlighted the ICC Court’s 100th anniversary year and invited participants to participate in the January 19 launch of the Centenary celebrations.
During the meeting, leaders from ICC and USCIB/ICC USA gave remarks about current projects, including Abbey Hawthorne, deputy director, ICC Arbitration and ADR, North America (known as SICANA), as well as representatives from USCIB member law firms, such as Caline Mouawad, partner at Chaffetz Lindsey, Mélida Hodgson, partner at Arnold & Porter, Michael Fernandez, partner at Rivero Mestre, Yasmine Lahlou, partner at Chaffetz Lindsey and Nancy M. Thevenin, general counsel at USCIB/ICC USA.
After the informative session, members of the audience were invited to voice their opinions and pose questions in an open-mic session. The event was successful in bringing together a community with the common goal of strengthening the field of arbitration with a vision towards the future.
“We wholeheartedly thank Proskauer Rose LLP and Peter Sherwin for hosting and facilitating an insightful discussion about the future of USCIB/ICC USA,” said Thevenin.
Prior to the Annual Luncheon, USCIB/ICC USA also hosted its Annual Leaders’ Meeting, which brings together the leaders of the Committee’s seventeen Subcommittees (both Regional and Topical) and Task Forces—including member law firms, corporate counsel, and independents and sole arbitrators.
With over thirty in attendance, key review areas included nominations and opportunities for both participation and leadership in ICC arbitrations and ICC/USCIB activities, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, highlights of SICANA programming and the work of the Subcommittees, and a dialogue led by ICC Court President Salomon on increasing engagement with corporate counsel.