Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration – Panel and Mixer Event

Evening conference

June 29, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm CT | Houston, TX, US

The International Centre for Dispute Resolution's Young & International group and Norton Rose Fulbright invite you to the event third-party funding in International Arbitration featuring a panel presentation of distinguished guest speakers on this game-changing trend, including:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of third-party funding;
  • How third-party funding practically works;
  • How third-party funders analyze whether to commit funding to a particular matter;
  • Ethical issues that may arise with third-party funding; and
  • Unique issues with third-party funding in the field of international arbitration.

The discussion will be followed by a happy hour mixer for all attendees.


Jeffery Commission

Senior Counsel, Vannin Capital

Jeffery is qualified in New York, with degrees in common law and civil law from McGill University, as well as an LLM in international dispute settlement from University College London. He has 15 years of experience as counsel, acting in numerous high-profile cases for a wide variety of clients involving a range of industries including power, oil and gas, technology, consumer goods, and public concessions.

He was previously a Senior Associate in the International Arbitration Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer from 2008 until 2016, resident in the firm's London, New York and Washington, DC, offices. Prior to joining Freshfields, he practiced litigation and arbitration with Shearman & Sterling and Linklaters in New York, and worked as a research assistant for Philippe Sands QC in London.

Specializing in investment treaty arbitration and international commercial arbitration, he has been counsel in numerous multi-million and multi-billion dollar bilateral investment treaty arbitrations under ICSID, ICSID Additional Facility and UNCITRAL arbitration rules, and international commercial arbitration proceedings under ICC, LCIA, and NAI arbitration rules.

Jeffery is also the author of numerous academic articles on international investment law. He is co-author of a forthcoming monograph entitled Procedural Issues in International Investment Arbitration, scheduled to be published in 2016. Jeffery frequently speaks at international conferences on investment law issues, including those of the American Society of International Law and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

Imad Khan

Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells

Imad Khan advises companies across diverse economic sectors, including energy, oil and gas, electricity, renewables, and mining. Focusing on international arbitration and litigation, Imad represents clients in international treaty arbitrations, international commercial arbitrations, and domestic court disputes.

In particular, he represents both investors and host states in investment disputes before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the World Bank, as well as under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Imad has also represented and advised clients in construction and commercial arbitrations under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the international body of the American Arbitration Association.

Imad is also experienced in the field of white collar enforcement and compliance matters. He has represented U.S.-based companies in internal investigations involving Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) as well as several foreign-based companies in investigations by and negotiations with the World Bank's Integrity Vice Presidency (INT). Additionally, he is experienced in litigating commercial disputes in federal and state courts.

Imad maintains a deep understanding of his practice, publishing scholarly articles frequently. He serves as a Global Advisory Board Member of the ICDR Young & International group. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis and was formerly an adjunct faculty member of international law at the University of Houston. Before joining Hogan Lovells, Imad gained practical experience in international arbitration and white collar matters in the Washington, D.C. office of a major international law firm.

Denton Nichols

Denton Nichols

Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Yanett Quiroz

International Case Director, International Centre for Dispute Resolution

Case managment and business development.

Emily Slater

Director, Burford

Prior to joining Burford, Ms. Slater was a litigator at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she specialized in complex securities and other bet-the-company litigation and regulatory investigations involving billions in damages. Ms. Slater regularly represented financial institutions and public companies before the SEC and DOJ. She also represented the City of New York in the criminal investigation of the 2003 Staten Island Ferry crash, and led a landmark pro bono class action litigation regarding mental health treatment in New York City jails, which prevailed in the New York State Court of Appeals.

Ms. Slater graduated from New York University School of Law, where she was the Colloquium Editor of the Review of Law and Social Change. She is a founding member of the Pro Bono Advisory Council of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and served as a trustee of Brooklyn Heights Montessori School.


5:30 pm Registration
6:00 pm Panel discussion
7:15 – 8:30 pm Reception

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