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The coming wave of COVID-19 arbitration – looking ahead

Alston & Bird LLP


Focusing on investment treaty arbitration, construction and intellectual property, this webinar will look at the likely wave of disputes that will arise in response to the COVID-19 crisis and suggest avenues for corporations to minimise risk in the context of such disputes.


Alex Yanos





As co-leader of Alston & Bird’s international arbitration and dispute resolution team, Alex Yanos focuses on complex international disputes in court and before arbitral tribunals.

Alex’s arbitration practice includes commercial, financial and treaty-based disputes, particularly in the energy and mining sectors and in Latin America. He obtained a finding of unlawful expropriation in one of the largest investment treaty cases ever filed before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in an arbitration against Venezuela. In another decision against a sovereign state, the US Supreme Court reinstated the award of a British multinational oil and gas company client against Argentina. He has also obtained results for clients in disputes involving governments around the world. He has advocated for his clients before nearly every international arbitration tribunal, including the ICSID, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration, American Arbitration Association (AAA), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission, International Court of Justice and Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC).


Matthew Richardson





Matt Richardson is a member of the litigation and trial practice group and co-chair of the international arbitration and dispute resolution practice. He focuses both on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation. Matt has represented clients in ICC, AAA International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), SCC and ad hoc arbitrations throughout the world. He has represented clients in a broad range of commercial arbitrations ranging from intellectual property claims, disputes over (F)RAND compensation and breach of contract cases.

Matt has also defended healthcare companies, software developers and technology manufacturers in litigation and arbitration throughout the country. He has extensive class action and MDL experience, representing clients in suits relating to consumer protection act claims, product liability suits and constitutional claims. Matt was ranked as one of the top international arbitration lawyers by Chambers USA 2019 and The Best Lawyers in America© 2018-2020. 


Mike Shanlever





Mike Shanlever advises owners, general contractors and subcontractors as issues arise in commercial negotiations and on projects, often counselling project personnel and management before litigation for project delay, acceleration, scope changes, change orders and defective design/construction claims. Mike manages teams of lawyers and staff members in all aspects of litigation, including electronic discovery, depositions, dispositive motion practice, and evidentiary proceedings. He routinely appears in state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as alternative dispute resolution processes, including mediations, arbitration proceedings, and settlement negotiations.

Mike is ranked as a Georgia construction lawyer in Chambers USA 2018-2019. Mike is a member of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry’s Design Division and is currently serving as a board member of the Atlanta Community ToolBank.


Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky





Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky is counsel with Alston & Bird’s international arbitration and dispute resolution team. 

Carlos represents multinational companies and sovereign governments in commercial and treaty-based disputes around the world and before US federal courts, with an emphasis on the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. Carlos recently acted for the claimant in a case yielding one of the largest investment treaty awards ever granted in an arbitration administered by the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) following Venezuela’s unlawful expropriation of a foreign gold-mining investment. Carlos has represented French, Spanish and UK investors in parallel US federal district court and ICSID annulment proceedings concerning a pair of arbitration awards against Argentina. He also represented a ConocoPhillips subsidiary in obtaining $380 million in compensation for the expropriation of oil investments in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Carlos has also managed arbitrations arising under the rules of, among others, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, ICC, SCC, and AAA ICDR.


29 April 2020
16:00 - 16:55 UTC
55 min