Arbitration in the Americas – Views from the Profession, the Practice, the Providers and the Parties We Serve
Join CIArb's seven Americas Branches (Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, New York and North America) in Miami on 7 October 2022 for their first ever CIArb Americas Conference, hosted by Bilzin Sumberg.
Leading arbitrators, institutions and corporate counsel will highlight the unique importance of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) within the Americas, the efficiency of which allows the world’s economy to remain operative and functional even during times of great economic uncertainty.
You will hear different perspectives on arbitration in the Americas from:
The CIArb Americas Conference follows CIArb’s Mediation Symposium taking place on 4 and 6 October.
CLE Information: This program is presumptively approved for 1.0 CLE credit in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia. Applications for CLE credit will be filed in Delaware, Florida, Ohio, and Virginia. Attendees who are licensed in other jurisdictions will receive a uniform certificate of attendance, but Reed Smith only provides credit for the states listed. Please allow 4-6 weeks after the program to receive a certificate of attendance.
CLE credits are for the Americas Conference only and exclude the fourth panel 'ADR Providers’ Roundtable: An Opportunity to Broaden Your ADR Practice and Elevate Your Profile'.
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(All times displayed in EST / GMT-4 time zone)
9.00 – 9.30: Welcome to the Americas Conference
9.30 – 10.45: A Conversation Among Leading Arbitrators: Best Practices and Perspectives Navigating the Current Economic and Political Landscape (The Practice)
Top arbitrators will share their views on the best practices currently in use in the management of arbitral proceedings, including for the presentation of evidence, privilege, disclosure of information, arbitrator deliberations, and drafting of the arbitral award.
The speakers will also share their insights on:
This program offers an inside view into the decision-making process of some of today's leading arbitrators and will be of interest to those serving as arbitrators, as well as those, who as advocates, seek to persuade them.
Speakers: Cristina Cardenas (North American Branch, Miami FL), Hon. Barry Leon (Caribbean Branch, British Virgin Islands), Cristina Mastrobuono (Brazil Branch, Sao Paulo), Mark Morril (New York Branch), Rose Rameau (North American Branch, Atlanta GA).
10.45 – 11.15: Break
11.15 – 12.30: Court-Connected ADR in the Americas
The CIArb London Centenary Principles provide a blueprint for an effective, efficient seat for arbitration including an independent, competent, efficient judiciary with expertise in international commercial and construction arbitration. You will hear about some of the innovations, examples and areas for improvement as illustrated by select Americas judiciaries and their relationship with ADR.
Speakers: Courtney Abel ( Belize/ Guyana), Justice Anthony Gafoor (Caribbean Branch), Caryl Lashley (Bahamas Branch), Chidinma Thompson (Canadian Branch, Alberta), Carlos Concepcion (North American Branch), Ivan Bracho Gonzalez.
12.30 – 14.00: Lunch Break
IN-PERSON ONLY: Lunch Event- A Conversation with the Americas Chairs
Membership within the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators includes access to programming, publications, training, ongoing learning, events and networking opportunities within a global network of over 18,000 ADR professionals in 150 countries organized within 43 branches. Join leaders of seven of these branches, the CIArb Americas Branches, as they discuss some of their branch priorities, ways their members stay active and involved and ways you can get involved during, 'A Conversation with the Americas Chairs'.
Speakers: Katherine Smith Dedrick (North American Branch), Justice Anthony Gafoor (Caribbean Branch), Shellyn Ingraham (Bahamas Branch), Cristina Mastrobuono (Brazil Branch, Sao Paulo), John Wasty (Bermuda Branch).
14.00 – 15.15: Counsels’ Criteria for Selecting Dispute Resolution Providers and Arbitrators
In-house counsel from the insurance, agriculture, financial and oil and gas sectors discuss when to litigate, when to arbitrate, when to mediate and what their priorities are when selecting arbitrators.
Speakers: Peter Mason (New York Branch, NYC), Effie Silva (North American Branch, Miami FL), Violeta Longino, John Wasty (Bermuda Branch).
15.15 – 15.45: Break
15.45 – 17.00: ADR Providers’ Roundtable: An Opportunity to Broaden Your ADR Practice and Elevate Your Profile (The Providers)
Join representatives from leading ADR providers from across the Americas in discussions focused on the benefits and opportunities available to arbitrators interested in joining arbitrator panels outside their home country. Following a brief presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a small-group roundtable discussion with one or more of the representatives.
In-person speakers: Myrna Barakat; Tanya Goddard, AMCC, Barbados; Sherman Humphries, JAMS, Miami, FL; Jeffrey Mandell, Arbitration Place, Toronto, Canada; Luis Martinez, AAA-ICDR, New York; Nathalie Wakam Cyprien, CCAH, Haiti.
Virtual speakers: Diana Bayzakova TIAC, Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Rengin Johnson (Bahamas Branch); Steve Kim, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, Seoul South Korea; Marianella Ventura, CCL Arbitration Center, Lima, Peru; Mia Levi, CPR, New York; Adriana Uson, SIAC, Singapore.
17.00– 17.15: Close of the Americas Conference
17.15 – 19.00: The Americas Conference Networking Reception: hosted by CIArb, North American Branch and North American Branch’s Florida Chapter
In-Person Registration Fees
All prices exclude VAT.
In person registration price includes access to the venue, refreshments throughout the day and lunch.
Virtual Registration Fees
All prices exclude VAT.
Virtual registration price includes access to the online event only. Joining instructions will be provided closer to time.
Bryan J. Branon is the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Regional Relationship Manager for the Americas. In this role, Bryan is responsible for promoting CIArb and its membership through trainings, partnerships, publications and educational programming opportunities within the CIArb Americas seven-Branch region (Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, New York and North America). He is based in Miami, Florida.
Myrna Barakat Friedman (email@example.com, BarakatADR.com) is an independent commercial arbitrator and mediator with over 25 years’ experience advising senior executives and leading domestic and cross-border transactional matters. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a New York State-Certified Mediator.
Myrna brings to her ADR practice a unique mix of legal, corporate and business experience. She has led transactions globally as a Wall Street M&A and securities lawyer, a lead in-house M&A lawyer for a Fortune 500 Company, a Corporate Development executive and the founder of a boutique strategic growth initiatives’ advisory company. Her multifaceted career spans across industries and jurisdictions.
Myrna is trilingual- English, French and Arabic, and has a working knowledge of Spanish. She is a graduate of McGill University’s Law School, where she earned degrees in both common law and civil law, and McGill University’s School of Management, concentrating in Economics and Finance.Find out more here
Justice Anthony Gafoor is the Honourable Chair of the Tax Appeal Court of Trinidad and Tobago. He is a Barrister of Grays’ Inn, having practiced extensively in the UK in family, criminal law, tax and commercial matters. He holds Bachelors’ degrees in Law, Divinity, Philosophy and the Classics as well as Masters’ degrees in Law, Theological Studies, Finance and Financial Law, Business Law and an Executive Masters’ degree specializing in International Dispute Resolution. He also holds a Doctorate in International Relations and qualifications in Investment Mediation as well as a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (CIArb); Advanced Diploma in International Taxation and is a certified civil and family mediator, mediation trainer, mediation assessor (CEDR) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He was the first in the world to be awarded the Executive Certificate in Conflict Management (University of Windsor, Canada). He is the Chair of the CIArb Caribbean Branch and the CIArb Trinidad and Tobago Chapter; Honorary Secretary of the International Law Association Caribbean Branch; Former Senior Lecturer in Mediation Studies at the UWI; and a CIArb Faculty Member. He is a member of the International Ombudsman Association, Civil Mediation Council, UK; Commonwealth Lawyers Association; and the Mediation and Arbitration Committees of the International Bar Association. He is also a WIPO Neutral (Mediation and Arbitration Panels); Member of the IBA Committees on Arbitration and Mediation; Director of the International Association of Tax Judges and a former Member of the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago (2011-2021).
Diana Bayzakova is the Director of the Tashkent International Arbitration Centre (TIAC), the arbitral institution delivering zero admin fee state-of-the-art arbitration services under the unique conflict-free operational framework. In 2020, Diana was appointed to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, and as a multilingual dispute resolution expert, Diana acted as a sole arbitrator, on a panel of arbitrators and as counsel in international arbitral proceedings under a variety of arbitration rules (DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, SCC, ADCCAC and others).
Cristina focuses her practice on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation. She is a native Spanish speaker and has experience representing clients in a variety of complex international arbitrations and business disputes. Cristina has served as counsel, both in Spanish and in English, before many of the most important arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (IACAC). She also coordinates and oversees work of local counsel in connection with litigation proceedings in Latin America.
Tanya Goddard is an attorney-at-law with over fifteen years in private practice in Barbados. Her practice is in the civil law arena where she engages in both contentious and non-contentious matters. She has particular interest in international commercial law, bankruptcy & insolvency, securities regulation, and international trade law. She has participated in arbitration-related ligation and in various stages of commercial arbitrations. Tanya developed a keen interest in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator (CIArb) and is an accredited mediator. She also qualified as a Court–annexed mediator with the Supreme Court of Barbados. Tanya’s in also involved in several professional organisations which complements her interests in ADR including the Barbados Bar Association, she is the current Vice Chair Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Barbados Chapter Executive Committee, approved tutor and a member of the Barbados Boxing Association Disciplinary Committee. In 2020, Tanya was appointed Secretary General of the Arbitration and Mediation Court of the Caribbean (AMCC) The AMCC is an international commercial dispute resolution institution based in Barbados. Established in 2017 as an independent, not-for-profit organisation, the AMCC offers arbitration, mediation and wider Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services to Barbadian, Caribbean and Global clients. It is in this capacity that Tanya hosts seminars and workshops to develop capacity and build awareness about ADR in the region. Tanya also supports several ADR initiatives such as the Green Pledge, Campaign for Greener Arbitration and participated in the CIArb 2022 International Women’s Day 2022 Campaign #BreakTheBias.
Cristina M. Wagner Mastrobuono is a lawyer, acting as an independent arbitrator in disputes arising from complex contracts, including those under concession and PPP model. She served the Legal Department of the State of São Paulo for 27 years, occupying various high-profile positions across practice areas, including the Office’s Vice Chair.
She has a large experience in public business law involving all forms of interaction between the public and private sectors, such as structuring concession projects, privatization and deregulation processes, constitution of real estate investment fund, assignment of receivables and corporate law aspects of state enterprises and state-owned companies. She is a JD from Universidade de São Paulo and holds an LLM degree from the University of Chicago. Cristina is a Fellow from CIArb and is the Vice-Chair of the Brazil Branch. She is also a member of the Board of InfraWomen Brazil/IWB and IBDiC – Instituto Brasileiro do Direito da Construção.
Mark Morril is an independent arbitrator and mediator in New York City. His experience covers a wide range of complex commercial disputes, including transactions and post-closing adjustments, insurance, distribution agreements, joint ventures and partnerships, IP, media, pharma, technology, telecom, and energy. Previously, he was General Counsel of Simon & Schuster, then the world’s largest English-language publisher, and Deputy General Counsel of the global media company ViacomCBS, with television, motion picture and related businesses, as well as large legacy industrial operations. Mr. Morril was the senior disputes lawyer at ViacomCBS, with responsibility for the world-wide litigation and ADR docket, and managed the 275-lawyer global law department. Earlier in his career, he was a law firm litigation partner, worked in public policy, and was a judicial law clerk.
He is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, its Task Force on ADR in Arbitration, and the ICC Commission Working Group that recently released its report Leveraging Technology for Fair, Effective and Efficient International Arbitration Proceedings. Mr. Morril speaks frequently on arbitration-related topics, including cybersecurity. He is a member of the ICCA-NYC Bar-CPR Working Group that published the Protocol on Cybersecurity in International Arbitration (2020 and 2022). He is the co-author, with Stephanie Cohen, of A Call to Cyberarms: The International Arbitrator’s Duty to Avoid Digital Intrusion by Taking Reasonable Cybersecurity Measures, published in the Fordham International Law Journal (2017) and in Transnational Dispute Management (2019), which received the CPR Institute 2017 Award for Outstanding Professional Article.
Sherman Humphrey is a Senior Global Practice Manager for JAMS, based in their Miami office. Sherman manages the promotion of JAMS cross-border services to US based practitioners and assists JAMS neutrals worldwide with building and expanding their international practices. He collaborates with the world’s leading firms, practitioners and organizations to recommend and implement a spectrum of dispute resolution options ranging from preventative work, to negotiation, mediation, international arbitration, plus bespoke and hybrid processes. He joined JAMS in June of 2012 as the Business Manager of the Miami Resolution Center. During this time, Sherman oversaw the opening of JAMS two offices in South Florida, in addition to managing operations, case administration and client service processes for JAMS in Florida.
Rengin Johnson is a graduate of North London University. Member of Hon. Lincolns Inn England and Wales since 1981 and called as Utter Barrister in 1983 and to the Bahamas Bar in 1992. She is the Sr. Partner with Ayse Rengin Dengizer Johnson Law Firm, Barristers, Attorneys at Law, Negotiator, and Notary Public. Areas of practice, Commercial, Corporate, Litigation, Labour, Family, Criminal, Probate, Appeals, Immigration, etc. Rengin has acted as Mediator and Negotiator with respect to commercial, labour, family, and juvenile matters. She is a former Deputy Chief Magistrate and Circuit Justice. Rengin, while on the bench, represented the Judicial Department of Bahamas at San Salvador IELA Academy on Public Corruption and Ethics hosted by the USA.
Rengin is a Fellow of CIArb, former CIArb Bahamas Branch Chair, and has acted in different roles as a member since 2012. In addition, she has been the editor of the CIArb Bahamas Branch Adjudicator Newsletter 3. Director of International and Western Hemisphere, Arbitration Adjudication and Mediation Centre (IWHAAM).
Rengin was appointed as a Life Member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers FIDA and acted as former Vice President of the Bahamas Chapter. She was a member of the Bahamas Bar delegation to the UN Commission on the rights of Women and Children in 2017-2018. She has created the Legal Aid Program through the "Scales of Justice" Radio Show for 15 years to promote justice in the legal system, educate the public on constitutional rights, and encourage dispute resolution through ADR principles.
Rose Rameau is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta Georgia. She is the Founding Partner of RAMEAU INTERNATIONAL LAW, a boutique firm specializing in public and private international law and white-collar defence investigations. Rose Rameau is a leading practitioner with over 20 years experiences in international arbitration, mediation, investor-state treaty-based dispute, cross border disputes. She advises and represents sovereign states and companies on cross-border disputes. She has been appointed Sole Arbitrator, Co-Arbitrator and President of Tribunal by investors and sovereign states. Rose Rameau was a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ghana School of Law from 2014-2016 where she taught Investment law, International Commercial Arbitration, Investor-State Arbitration.
Ms. Rameau is an Advisor to the American Bar Association for the Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on the U.N. Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the Singapore Convention on Mediation. She was recently appointed ABA Representative and Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. She is licensed to practice law in Paris- France, Washington D.C, Florida, New Jersey and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana. Ms. Rameau is an ICC Court Member and a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, representing the Republic of Haiti. She is a Former Vice-Chair of the ABA International Law Section Africa Committee and the International Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the UK, Member of the International Arbitration Institute, Paris, France. She is listed as International Arbitrator at the Shanghai Arbitration Commission (SHAC), the Shenzhen Court of Arbitration (SCIA), Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA), the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration in Egypt (CRCICA), the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration of OHADA, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (CCJA), the Chambre de Conciliation et D’Arbitrage d’Haiti (CCAH), the British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre (BVI-IAC), the American Arbitration Association-International for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR) and CPR Panels of Distinguished Neutrals for cross-border, Energy, Oil.
I have purposefully crafted a multi-disciplined and diversified professional career, giving me the experience to creatively lead companies and navigate through periods of change and transition, including new business startups, operational turnarounds, mergers and acquisition, and raising capital. As a lawyer, entrepreneur, and investment banker, I have participated in over a billion dollars’ worth of transactions in a range of industries. I have recently accepted the position as CEO at Arbitration Place. My background is perfectly suited to lead the company into its next phase of growth. I plan to forge ahead with Arbitration Place and guide its international expansion of ADR hubs in leading cities through joint ventures and acquisitions, creatively expand and enhance technologically advanced integrated service lines and push the boundary of exceptional hospitality experiences in the legal environment. I spent the last 8 years as Managing Director of Corporate Finance and M&A at Fuller Landau, where my clients benefited from my ability to form strategic partnerships, my negotiating skills as well as the logic, intuition and resiliency I employed to see transactions through to a successful close. After graduating from the joint MBA/Juris Doctor program, I began my career practicing law as an Associate in the areas of Corporate Finance, Securities and M&A with one of Canada’s leading law firms, Oslers. Prior to investment banking, I spent over 10 years as an entrepreneur—launching, operating and consulting on a host of entrepreneurial ventures in hospitality, event management, design, technology and real estate. I envisioned, created and operated a bold new lounge and restaurant concept called Lobby in 2003, which became the #1 supper club and celebrity draw in Toronto for five straight years. As CEO, I secured the equity financing, managed and led over 100 employees, exceeded revenue projections by 40% in the first year and struck lucrative deals with MGM Studios, Lionsgate Films, and DreamWorks for the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2009, I led the company to a successful exit. It is this unique experiential fusion that I bring to Arbitration Place in order to enthusiastically welcome the future challenges ahead.
Kirsten Teo is a Singaporean special legal consultant in Dechert’s Washington, D.C. office concentrating on international commercial and investment arbitration. In addition to international arbitration, she focuses her practice on public international law, international aviation and law of the sea.
Ms. Teo has been entrusted by clients and arbitrators to act as international arbitration counsel and tribunal secretary for a decade with significant experience in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. In addition to her counsel and tribunal secretary work, she is empanelled as an Arbitrator on the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and Tashkent International Arbitration Centre (TIAC) reserve panel of arbitrators and serves as the first Chair of the TIAC45 arbitration practitioners’ group. She also serves as Vice-Chair of Programs at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators North America Branch.
Ms. Teo worked with the Secretariat of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) while completing her LLM in International Commercial Arbitration at Stockholm University (2016-2017). She was the sole recipient of the Swedish Arbitration Association scholarship and awarded the Global Swede scholarship by the Swedish government. In 2011, she passed the Singapore bar exam with distinction in arbitration and was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2012.
Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Teo was the Head of the arbitration associates’ working group in the Singapore office of another international law firm and Counsel in an arbitration boutique in Washington D.C.
Chidinma B. Thompson PhD, FCIArb. is a Partner at the law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Canada’s Law Firm. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation, domestic and international arbitration, regulatory law, environmental law and climate change. Chidinma works with a broad range of sectors including renewable energy, oil and gas, petrochemicals, electricity, construction and infrastructure, utilities, and land development. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the ICC Canada Arbitration Committee, and a member of Arbitral Women. Chidinma is the current Chair of the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, and oversees the administration of the Alberta Public Lands Appeal Board. Chidinma has taught various law-related courses at the University of Calgary, and she frequently publishes in law journals and blogs, and is a contributor of several book chapters.
John Wasty is Head of Appleby’s Bermuda’s Dispute Resolution Team. In his Bermuda role, John leads the Bermuda Insolvency & Restructuring team and the Regulatory Disputes team. John also leads the Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes practice globally. He specialises in the areas of commercial litigation, commercial arbitration, restructuring, insolvency litigation, funds litigation and regulatory disputes and has represented clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes in Bermuda, London, the U.S., Europe and Asia. John frequently advises on a wide variety of contentious insurance and reinsurance matters, insolvency matters, complex multi-jurisdictional restructurings and a wide variety of regulatory disputes. John is Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Bermuda Branch and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In addition to being admitted in Bermuda, John has also been admitted in New York, England, Hong Kong, Canada and the British Virgin Islands.
Katherine is an experienced commercial litigator, an arbitrator and the co-founder of a domestic and international disaster and insurance consulting company based in the US and Asia Pacific. She has handled hundreds of complex commercial matters throughout the US and in other countries including New Zealand, Australia and Chile. Katherine has argued before the Illinois Supreme Court, as well as numerous federal district and appellate courts and arbitration panels. Because of her hands-on experience in both the legal and business worlds, she has a deep understanding of the importance dispute resolution has on commerce.
Katherine has significant arbitration experience both as a party representative and neutral. As a party representative, she was lead counsel on complex reinsurance and environmental contamination matters. As a neutral she has been a panel member in complex commercial financial disputes, and a sole arbitrator in property insurance, commercial business and consumer matters. Katherine is a neutral with the American Arbitration Association, an arbitrator with FINRA, and a Fellow and Chair of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
In addition to her law degree, Katherine earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business studying in the U.S., Spain and Singapore. Katherine’s been named a Super Lawyer for numerous years. She received the Business Insurance Women to Watch Award, the Mercedes Mentor Award, the Women With Vision Award from the Women’s Bar Association and was recognized as a top negotiator at the University of Chicago.
Currently a partner at Walberg Law, Katherine was an equity partner at a national law firm where she served on its management committee and as chair of numerous other firm committees. Katherine spent considerable time living and working in New Zealand and Australia to launch the Asia Pacific branch of the disaster and insurance consulting company she co-founded. The US portion of the company was sold in 2016.
Katherine is an author of the 5-star and award winning legal thriller series Deviant Agendas and Private Agendas. She is currently working on her third book in the three-part series.
Caryl A. E. Lashley is a Barrister of more than 40 years' standing with professional memberships including FIDA (International Federation of Women Lawyers); The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) from which, in 2014, she obtained an advanced certificate in Trust and Estate Mediation; Mediators Beyond Borders International; mediate.com; Mediator Academy; International Bar Association; Bahamas Bar Association, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) of which she has been a Fellow since 2012. An Approved Faculty member of CIArb, Caryl is the first Bahamian to teach the new virtual course - Module 1 Mediation, with the first course having been taught through the Bahamas Branch of CIArb.
Having been designated by The Bahamas Government to serve on the ICSID (International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes) Panel of Arbitrators and of Conciliators, Caryl was re-designated in 2020 so to serve for the next six years. Additionally, Caryl was invited to participate in ICSID’s first Mediation Training in June 2017 at the World Bank in Washington D.C.; the following year she undertook Train the Trainer Mediation Training with Mediation Guru, Ken Cloke.
Determined to encourage, educate and strive for peaceful and amicable resolutions to conflict, in 2016 she founded ADR Bahamas, to provide education and stimulation for non-violent communication and conduct, and to provide accredited professional neutrals to facilitate conflict resolution. Caryl is a firm believer that “Relationships Matter”.
She is also a member of B.R.E.A (Bahamas Real Estate Association).
Caryl's civic memberships include The Nassau Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, the AIDS Foundation of the Bahamas, and the Public Education and Resource Committee on HIV/AIDS. She also chairs the Board of The Elizabeth Estates Children's Home.
Chief Legal Officer Violeta Longino, an internationally recognized executive leader, is the Chief Legal Officer for Caban Systems, an energy infrastructure provider, offering end-to-end solutions for the largest telecom companies in the world. Violeta is a dual-licensed (Florida and Mexico) multicultural attorney, with extensive in-house and top tier law firm practice and experience in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to joining Caban Systems, she served as General Counsel and in-house senior counsel for several multinational public and private companies, including Accor, Hard Rock International, and Kayak. She also practiced law in the Miami offices of the renowned Greenberg Traurig, as well as Holland and Knight, major well-respected U.S. law firms. Violeta’s extensive training, unique experience and understanding of numerous international legal systems provide her with an invaluable perspective on structuring transactions. She holds the ability to strategically advise on multiple systems of law and jurisdictions. She earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law and a Licenciado en Derecho (J.D. equivalent), with high honours, from the Universidad La Salle, Mexico City. Violeta was granted Bar Admissions in Florida and Mexico. Violeta has received several accolades, including the prestigious U.S. Chambers Award for Female In-House Lawyer of the Year 2016 awarded by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 GC Powerlist U.S. 2018 granted by The Legal 500. As a global business leader, Violeta frequently lectures on complex legal topics.
Nathalie Wakam Cyprien was born and raised in Cameroon and did her classical studies before being admitted to the University of Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens, then the University of Mont Saint Aignant in Rouen, France, where she obtained a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Private Law. Holder of a DESS in business taxation, she came to found her family in Haiti in 1997.
She then began a banking career for fifteen years in the largest banks in the country, where she began as Director of Legal Affairs, then Director of Recovery, before occupying the position of Executive Vice-President attached to Risk and Litigation Management.
During her banking career, she traveled extensively and attended several conferences on the Money Laundring, in Trinidad and Tobago, at Havard University on leadership, at the CIARB in New York on Arbitration, in Geneva for the Universal Periodic Review of the Haitian State, in the Vatican, in Brussels, in Luxembourg, in Canada, in Morocco, in South Africa, in Senegal, in Kenya and of course in Cameroon etc…
Lawyer of Port au Prince since 2002 and member of the council of the order at the Bar association since2021, she is Co-founder and Co-owner with her husband of the International Business Law Firm CYPRIEN WAKAM ET ASSOCIES and of "CYPRIEN WAKAM International Institute of University and Professional Studies" (CWIIEUP).
In 2012, she had the privilege of chairing the First Arbitral Tribunal of the Chamber of Arbitration and Conciliation of Haiti (CCAH) as Arbitrator, and has since worked closely with this institution.
In 2016 she was appointed conciliator at the ICSID (World Bank) to represent the Haitian State.
Luis M. Martinez is Vice President of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, (ICDR) the international division of the American Arbitration Association, (AAA) and is an Honorary President of the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission, (IACAC). Luis M. Martinez as the Vice President of the ICDR located in New York serves as an integral part of the ICDR's international strategy team and is responsible for international arbitration and mediation business development for the East Coast of the United States (from Maine to Florida), Central and South America, the Caribbean, EU and UK. Mr. Martinez is also responsible for case administration of international cases out of the AAA-ICDR's Miami office.