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Christopher Hancock QC is an experienced barrister (silk 2000), CEDR accredited mediator, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a deputy High Court judge and the former Chairman of COMBAR. He specialises in commercial and shipping law, international trade and general contractual disputes. He is a member of the British Maritime Law Association, having sat on its Carriage of Goods by Sea Committee for many years.

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Ms Vivian van der Kuil is an international litigation specialist with experience as a former judge and public prosecutor in civil and criminal proceedings. She is a specialist in the field of limitation of liability, as well as in civil and criminal (pollution) liability and deals with insurance coverage and other shipping and energy-related commercial and contractual disputes.

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Experienced arbitrator and barrister with a comprehensive commercial practice, which covers large contractual disputes, insurance & reinsurance, banking & finance, civil fraud, energy & utilities, public international law including bilateral investment treaty arbitration, commodities and shipping. He has acted in GAFTA arbitrations (most unusually for the Bar), LME arbitrations (copper and aluminium) RSA arbitrations and LIFFE disputes.

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Ms Gergauli is an international practitioner specializing in international commercial and investment arbitration, including contractual,commodities, and shipping disputes. She has been advising clients on the matters of cross-border trade and investment transactions in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. The main fields of her expertise include civil engineering, construction, and energy laws.

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Ketevan Betaneli is a Senior Knowledge Lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris. Prior to joining Freshfields, she was an associate at Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration group in Paris and also held a position of the Head of State Representation in Arbitration and Foreign State Courts Division and the Deputy Head of the same department at the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, Tbilisi. She also practiced as an associate at DLA Piper Georgia LP in Tbilisi. 

 

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Valikhan Shaikenov is the head of disputes of a leading Kazakhstan law firm AEQUITAS.  He has assisted clients with arbitrations under the SCC, LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, and GAFTA rules.  He has acted as a Kazakh law expert in foreign court proceedings and ICSID.  He has received appointments as an arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations seated in Geneva, Stockholm, and Astana with Swiss, English, and Kazakh laws as the contract's governing laws.