2013 Annual Symposium

Developments in the Law of International Project Finance

February 1, 2013
Vanderbilt Hall, NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square South

Presented by the
NYU Journal of Law & Business and
Law and Business at NYU

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In the wake of the post-2007 financial crisis, the financing of infrastructure, oil and gas, and other long term projects in both developed and emerging economies has faced an urgent need to adapt and respond to changed rules and circumstances in the global marketplace.  Global banking regulation reform, the rise of alternative financing techniques in emerging economies, increased political instability in particular host-states, and the rise of international legal disputes throughout the life of a project are some of the many issues that have become critical to the success of projects for both investors and host-states around the world.

The NYU Journal of Law & Business seeks to provide a forum for in-depth discussion of these and other issues between legal and financial scholars and practitioners of the highest quality.  The Symposium consisted of three panels, each devoted to conversation and dialogue over select themes and issues, led by a panel moderator.  The Journal will publish the proceedings of the Symposium in its Spring 2013 issue.

8:00 – 9:00 AM         Registration

9:00 – 9:15 AM         Introductory Remarks

Andrew Ellis, Editor-in-Chief, NYU Journal of Law & Business
Jonathan Cárdenas, Managing Editor, NYU Journal of Law & Business

9:15 – 9:30 AM         Welcome Remarks

Helen Scott, Professor of Law and Co-Director of Mitchell Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business, NYU School of Law

9:30 – 11:00 AM       Panel 1: Project Finance Bonds in the Emerging Economies: Latin America and the Middle East

Moderator: Sergio Galvis, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York, NY, USA

Troy Alexander, Partner, White & Case LLP, New York, NY, USA (J.D. ’87)
Sergio Bronstein, Partner, Veirano Advogados, São Paolo, Brazil
Richard Lincer, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York, NY, USA
Carlos Fradique-Méndez, Partner, Brigard & Urrutia Abogados, Bogota, Colombia
Waide Warner, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, New York, NY, USA

11:00 – 11:15 AM     Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:00 PM     Keynote Address

His Excellency, Carlos Urrutia, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, Washington DC, USA

12:00 – 1:30 PM       Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:00 PM         Panel 2: Public Private Partnerships in International Energy & Infrastructure Project Finance

Moderator: Kevin E. Davis, Vice Dean and Beller Family Professor of Business Law, NYU School of Law

Nicholas Bliss, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, London, UK
Chantal Kordula, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York, NY, USA
Kent Rowey, Partner, Allen & Overy LLP, New York, NY, USA (J.D. ’87)
Ana Karina Esteves de Souza, Partner, Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados, São Paolo, Brazil (LL.M. ’03)
Carlos Umaña, Managing Partner, Brigard & Urrutia Abogados, Bogota, Colombia (LL.M. ’85)

3:00 – 3:15 PM         Coffee Break

3:15 – 4:45 PM         Panel 3: Multi-Party Arbitration Issues in International Project Finance Arbitration

Moderator: Franco Ferrari, Professor of Law and Director of Center for Transnational Litigation and Commercial Law, NYU School of Law

Matthieu de Boisséson, Partner, Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, Paris, France
Dr. Inka Hanefeld, Managing Partner, Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte, Hamburg, Germany (LL.M. ’99)
Mark Kantor, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, USA, and Retired Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, Washington DC, USA
Ryan Reetz, Partner, DLA Piper LLP, Miami, FL, USA
Laurence Shore, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, New York, NY, USA

4:45 – 5:00 PM         Closing Remarks

5:00 – 6:00 PM         Reception