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Arbitration and Trade Secrets – Paris Arbitration Week 2021

September 23, 2021 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

As part of Paris Arbitration Week 2021, Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC) is delighted to invite you to a virtual panel discussion on Arbitration and Trade Secrets. The event, moderated by Stan Putter will include an excellent line-up of speakers including Sana Belaid, Senior Counsel at Cisco Systems, Ignacio de Castro, Deputy Director of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, SVAMC Board member Sarah Reynolds, SVAMC member Patricia Shaughnessy and SVAMC Board member, Claire Morel De Westgaver. SVAMC CEO, Les Schiefelbein will provide the welcoming remarks. 

Topics to include

  • Types of trade secrets typically involved in cross-border disputes
  • Preservation of trade secret as part of arbitration proceedings generally
  • Preservation of trade secret as a ground to object to documents / data production (discovery)
  • Arbitrating trade secret disputes

Date & Time
Thursday, September 23, 2021
7:30am – 9:30am PT
10:30am – 12:30pm ET
4:30pm – 6:30pm CET

 Panelist Bios

Sana Belaïd is a Senior Legal Counsel of the Cisco “Global Strategy Team” and a Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Sana is also a member of the “User Council” of the Swiss Association of Arbitration (“ASA”). Before joining Cisco in 2006, Sana was a member of the International Arbitration departments of two major international law firms in Paris, Coudert Frères and White & Case. Sana holds two post-master’s degrees in International Law and in Comparative Law from the Panthéon-Assas University (Paris, France) and is qualified to practice as a lawyer with the Paris and the Tunis Courts of Appeal. Sana is also an executive coach, holding a certification from the Coaching Training Institute (CTI) and a qualification from the Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching Institute (ORSC). Sana is a Tunisian national and is based in Dubai (UAE). She is fluent in Arabic, English and French.

Ignacio de Castro is the Deputy Director of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. Ignacio is a Spanish lawyer and an English solicitor. Ignacio holds an LL.M degree from King’s College London. Before joining WIPO in 2002, he was on the legal staff at the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva and, prior to that, practiced with the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London in the areas of international arbitration and litigation. Ignacio is a national of Spain.

Stan Putter is a partner with Smallegange Lawyers in Rotterdam, Chairman of the Dutch Arbitration Association, CEO of the Court of Arbitration for Art and SVAMC EMEA committee member. Stan runs an international commercial dispute resolution practice. His practice is primarily focused on international arbitration, (arbitration related) court litigation, asset recovery and injunction proceedings. He represents clients in arbitrations with seats across the globe and sits as an international arbitrator as chair, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator. He has been involved in about 90 arbitrations, including those administered by the ICC, LCIA, ICDR, WIPO, SCC, PCA, NAI and others. He draws his mandates particularly for clients from the offshore, energy, finance, technology, petrochemical and construction and engineering industries.

Sarah Reynolds is Managing Partner at Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP in Chicago, Sarah represents technology and pharmaceutical companies before domestic and international arbitral bodies, including ICC, ICDR, AAA, JAMS, WIPO, HKIAC, and SIAC. Those disputes range from complex commercial supply agreements to IP licensing and technology development agreements.

Dr. Patricia Shaughnessy, a professor at Stockholm University, specializes in international dispute resolution and commercial law. Until 2019, Patricia was the Vice-Chair of the Board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), having served on the Board since 2006, and was a member of the committees drafting the SCC Rules. She was a government-appointed expert on the legislative committee that proposed the recent revisions to the Swedish Arbitration Act. She serves as arbitrator and expert in international disputes and as consultant in legal development projects. She is a member of the international boards of the Georgian International Arbitration Centre and the Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre. 

Claire Morel de Westgaver is a dual-qualified arbitration practitioner admitted to practice law in England & Wales and the U.S. (New York), and a partner in the International Arbitration team of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. She has particular experience of disputes relating to technology, corporate transactions, licenses, cross-border sale or service agreements, as well as disputes involving cybersecurity, secrecy and intellectual property issues. Claire practices in both English and French and also sits as an arbitrator.  Claire is a co-chair of the Young Professionals group of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center.


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September 23, 2021
7:30 am - 9:30 am