4.5. Criminal Matters and Allegations of Crimes in International Arbitration

May 16, 2013 12:00-13:30 Hall I

Title: 4.5. Criminal Matters and Allegations of Crimes in International Arbitration

Track: 4. Litigation and Arbitration Practice

Description: Criminal matters might intrude in the arbitration proceedings in a number of ways. For example, a party may allege and provide evidence of bribes or money laundering in order to support its claim or defense. A party may offer false testimony or forged documents. The arbitration itself could be a part of a collusive scheme to launder money. Such situations create numerous questions for both parties and the arbitrators. Are the parties free to report criminal conduct to the authorities? What about the arbitrators? Do they have a legal or other duty to address criminal violations in their decisions? Can they simply disregard criminal conduct or they are required to withdraw from the proceedings? What if the criminal conduct has been exonerated by a local court but the there is evidence pointing out that the local court itself was bribed? The panel of experts including high profile arbitrators and practitioners will explore these and other relevant issues that arise in some commercial and investment arbitrations.


Linda Klein

Chair of the House of Delegate of the American Bar Association


Linda A. Klein is managing shareholder in Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.’s Georgia offices and a member of the Firm’s Board of Directors. Her practice includes most types of business dispute resolution, including contract law, construction law and professional liability.

In June 1997, Ms. Klein became the first woman to serve as President of the State Bar of Georgia. Ms. Klein recently completed her 2011-2012 term as Chair of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, the 2nd highest office in the world’s largest voluntary professional association. She has also served as Chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section and Chair of the Coalition for Justice. She continues her American Bar Association service as Chair of ABA Day, the Association’s Congressional outreach effort.

In 1998, Georgia Trend Magazine named her one of the 100 most powerful and influential Georgians. Atlanta Magazine has named her one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia and one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia. In 2004 the American Bar Association honored Ms. Klein with the prestigious Margaret Brent Achievement Award. Ms. Klein is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Who’s Who in America and Chambers USA.

Featured — “First and No Longer Counting: Linda Klein is Exemplary; Back in the Day, She Knew She Had to Be,” Georgia Super Lawyers, 2012

“It Could Happen to You: A Discussion of Ethical Choices Lawyers Make in Everyday Practice,” Georgia Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, March 13, 2012

Commencement Address, Washington & Lee Law School, May 5, 2012

“TAKING THE LEAD: Having a Winning Reputation with Engaged Employees,” May/June 2011 Law Practice Magazine, Volume 37 Number 3


Ramunas Audzevicius

Partner, Motieka & Audzevicius

Ekaterina Kudelich

Deputy Head of International Law and Cooperation, Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation


Deputy Director International Law and Cooperation Department, Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation, associate professor in the Russian Academy of Justice. She specializes in issues of judicial protection of foreign investments, foreign states immunity, international commercial transactions and arbitration, collaboration of national courts with foreign, international and supranational courts, international civil process in general. She is the drafter of the Review of commercial courts practice on the application of public policy as a ground of refusal for recognition and enforcement of foreign state decisions and arbitral awards. She was also one of the leading drafters of the chapter 28.2 (“Consideration of Cases on the Protection of Rights and Legitimate Interests of a Group of Persons”), Russian version of class actions.

Ekaterina Kudelich is an author of more than 30 publications (Videoconferencing as an instrument of international legal cooperation in civil and commercial cases, International investments disputes: foreign state immunities aspect, Theoretical and practical issues of the interpretation of international treaties by the commercial courts in the Russian Federation etc). She is a co-author of the book “Modernization of judicial status: current international trends”. Moscow. 2011.

Barton Legum

Chair, ABA


Bart Legum is a partner in Dentons’ Paris office and head of the firm’s investment treaty arbitration practice. Bart has over 20 years’ experience in litigating complex cases and has argued before numerous international arbitration tribunals, the International Court of Justice and a range of trial and appeals courts in the United States. His practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation in general and arbitration under investment treaties in particular.

From 2000 to 2004, Bart served as Chief of the NAFTA Arbitration Division in the Office of the Legal Adviser, United States Department of State. In that capacity, he acted as lead counsel for the United States Government defending over $2 billion in claims submitted to arbitration under the investment chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The United States won every case decided under his tenure.

Bart is the Chair of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association, an international bar organisation with over 23,000 members from over 90 countries around the world. He also chairs the Executive Committee, the Council and the Administration Committee of this Section. He served as Chair-Elect from 2011-2012, Vice-Chair from 2010-2011, Finance Officer from 2008-2010, Programs Officer from 2006-2008, Chair of the Section’s Disputes Division from 2004-2006 and as Co-Chair of the Section’s International Litigation Committee from 1999 to 2003. He is also an officer of the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association.

He is the editor of International Litigation Strategies and Practice (2005), a book published by the American Bar Association. Bart is often published on international dispute resolution topics and frequently speaks at conferences on international arbitration and litigation.

Geoffroy Lyonnet

Partner, Curtis Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP


Education, academic degree :

Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M.

Universite de Paris-Sud XI, Maitrise de droit des affaires

HEC-Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, H.E.C. diplome

Professional experience:

Mr. Lyonnet is a partner in the International Arbitration and Corporate groups. His practice focuses on international arbitration and dispute resolution. He also has experience in domestic and international business law matters and transactions.

Mr. Lyonnet is recognized as a leader in international arbitration by Chambers Global 2013 as well as by Legal 500 EMEA 2012, with clients describing him as “very good”. His arbitration activities have involved international disputes in a variety of fields, including mergers and acquisitions, oil & gas, concessions, agriculture projects, distribution and construction under diverse applicable laws and arbitration rules, including ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL and SCC rules. His experience includes the representation of private-sector companies and sovereign States or State-owned entities in international arbitrations. Mr. Lyonnet has also served as arbitrator, sole arbitrator and party-appointed arbitrator, and as an expert witness in French and international arbitration law before U.S. courts.

Mr. Lyonnet’s experience also includes mergers; acquisitions; investment management and funds, and international contracts, including distribution agreements and contracts relating to the exploration, production sharing, shipment and commercialization of natural gas and satellite network communication contracts with both private and State-owned entities.

Prior to joining the firm in 1988, Mr. Lyonnet worked with Unilever.

Specialist area, professional interests:

Mr. Lyonnet is a listed arbitrator of the ICC and is Co-Chair of the ICC’s Task Force on National Rules of Procedure for Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards Pursuant to the New York Convention of 1958. He is member of the Commission on International Arbitration of the Paris bar, the IBA Arbitration Committee and the French Committee on Arbitration.

Achievements, rewards:

Clients describe him as ’very good’ and he is recognized as a leading individual for Dispute Resolution in France by Legal 500 EMEA.

Chambers Global 2013 — France — Recommended for International Arbitration

Publications, scientific works

Mr. Lyonnet assisted with the publication of the World Arbitration Reporter by the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law of Columbia University.

Spring 2013 ICC Guide to National Procedures for Recognition and Enforcement of Awards under the New York Convention ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin, 2012 Special Supplement (2013), co-author

Bruce Ohr

Counselor, U.S. Department of Justice