Organising Committee

President - Yasmin Mohammad

Yasmin is a Franco-Iranian lawyer admitted to the New York bar and specialised in legal finance, sovereign debt, enforcement of awards, public international law, private international law and international arbitration. Yasmin is a Managing Director and the Global Head of International Arbitration at Vannin Capital and heads the Paris Office. Yasmin advises clients on legal assets financing options in France and internationally.

Yasmin is the founding member of the Organisation Committee of the Paris Arbitration Week. Yasmin is a Paris I University Sorbonne graduate (Master 1 of international law et Master 2 of private international law) and of NYU Law School (LLM International Legal Studies). Yasmin lectures on international arbitration and Third Party Funding at Sciences Po Law, The University of Paris- Saclay and the University of Panthéon-Assas.

Yasmin loves a good debate on just about any subject but brace yourself if you choose gender equality or anything that challenges the wellbeing of animals, especially her first born, Lucky.

   

Vice President - Marie Danis

Marie is a French avocat and a partner at August Debouzy. Marie advises French and international clients on international arbitration and business litigation matters and has extensive experience in post-acquisition disputes. Marie also has significant sectoral experience having advised numerous clients in the aeronautical and defence, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Marie played a key role in initiating the Paris Arbitration Week event in 2017 and is still a member of the organisation committee. Marie is an active board member of Paris: Home of Arbitration. Marie is also a member of the Board of Directors of the French Arbitration Association. Marie teaches arbitration and legal strategy at the universities of Paris X, Dauphine and Paris Saclay, and at the Paris Bar School.

   

Vice President - José Ricardo Feris

José is partner at Squire Patton Boggs, representing companies and Sovereigns in international commercial and investment arbitrations and sitting regularly as arbitrator. José also teaches international arbitration at Sciences Po. Who’s Who Legal identifies him as a “master of international arbitration” and “thought leader.

José is former Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. While at the ICC, he oversaw thousands of arbitrations worldwide and played a key role in revising and implementing the 2012 and 2017 ICC Arbitration Rules. Previously in his career, he assisted Judges Rezek and Kooijmans at the International Court of Justice in The Hague and worked for the legal advisor to the President of the Dominican Republic.

A founding member of Paris Arbitration Week, José is also Vice-Chair of the ICC Commission and ADR and Vice-President of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALArb), among other institutional roles.

José is a proud husband and father of two. He is passionate about multiculturalism, loves the sea (Caribbean, Baltic and Mediterranean in particular) and enjoys dancing Dominican music.

   

Vice President - Raphael Kaminsky

Raphael is a partner at Teynier Pic who specialises in commercial litigation, international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Raphael is admitted to the Paris and New Bars and is a French national.  Raphael regularly represents clients in domestic and international arbitration, in both institutional (mainly ICC and ICSID) and ad hoc arbitration procedures. Raphael also represents clients in institutional and ad hoc mediations and conciliations.

Raphael is a member of the Paris Arbitration Week Organising Committee since 2020 and is also a member of board of the Comité Français de l’Arbitrage (CFA).  Raphael lectures in International Arbitration at Sciences Po and has taught Anglo-American Business Law at Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, International Commercial Litigation at Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne and International Arbitration at ESCP Europe and the Versailles’s lawyer school (HEDAC).

On top of his professional activity, Raphael is also a father of three and used to be a semi-professional musical singer (Les Misérables, Notre Dame de Paris, les X Commandements, Chance!, etc.).

   

Vice President - Ioana Knoll-Tudor

Ioana is a partner at Jeantet and specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration. Ioana is acting both as counsel and arbitrator (sole and party-appointed). Ioana has particular expertise in the CEE region and is also heading the Budapest office as well as the firm’s operations in neighbouring jurisdictions (Romania, Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic). Ioana is Romanian, is admitted to the Paris and Madrid bars and is registered as European lawyer in the Budapest bar.

Since 2020, Ioana is also a member of the Paris Arbitration Week Organising Committee. She currently acts as ICC YAF representative and is a founding member of the Romanian chapter of the Club Espanol de Arbitraje (CEA). Her PhD was published with the title « The Fair and Equitable Treatment Standard in International Foreign Investment Law » published by Oxford University Press and is a reference in the field of international arbitration. Ioana regularly teaches (currently at the Hertie School in Berlin, is invited as peaker and publishes in the field of international arbitration.

   

Vice President - Marily Paralika

Marily is a partner at Fieldfisher and specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration. She acts as arbitrator and counsel in international arbitration proceedings and represents parties in the construction, engineering, energy and infrastructure sectors, both in commercial arbitrations and investor-state disputes. Marily is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration for Greece, a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, a Board member of the Arbitration Committee of ICC Hellas and a former Deputy Counsel of the ICC Secretariat.

Marily has previously held roles in various arbitration organisations and is a member of the Paris Arbitration Week Organising Committee since 2020. She teaches at the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens and regularly publishes and speaks at conferences in the field of international arbitration. Marily is admitted to the Athens Bar and to the Paris Bar.

A mother of two, Marily loves exploring the world with her family and spending a good amount of time under the Greek sun.

   

Vice President - Peter Rosher

Peter (Partner, Reed Smith) is a dual-qualified French avocat and English solicitor with nearly 30 years’ experience of international commercial and investment arbitration. Peter focuses on fields of: engineering, construction, energy and infrastructure, as well as telecommunications, satellite manufacturing and commercial disputes. He has handled arbitrations under the rules of major international arbitration institutions across the globe. He also sits as arbitrator and acts as project counsel, assisting clients with monitoring, managing and minimizing risk on claims and disputes.

A Fellow of the Dispute Board Federation, Peter is also actively involved in Paris, Home of International Arbitration (Secretary General) and the Association Française d’Arbitrage (Board member) as well as being one of the founding members of PAW. Peter has co-chaired Global Arbitration Review’s (GAR) Live Construction Disputes event since 2019 and lectures on dispute resolution and international construction contracts at Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II) and at Sciences Po.

Peter enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, wine tasting, guzzling Guinness (Irish roots!) and good jazz.

   

Treasurer - Clément Fouchard

Clément is a French avocat and a partner at Reed Smith, specialising in international commercial and investment arbitration. Clément has fourteen years’ experience advising domestic and international clients on major litigation and arbitration proceedings in the construction, energy and infrastructure, mining, and defence sectors. In addition to his experience as counsel, Clément also acts as an arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations.

Clément is a member of the Paris Arbitration Week Organising Committee since the first edition of PAW, a member of the Board of the Comité Français de l’Arbitrage (CFA) and a founding member of AfricArb. Clément lectures on international arbitration at Sciences Po Law and the University of Panthéon-Assas. He holds a LLM from Queen Mary University of London and two Masters Degrees from the University of Panthéon-Assas. He has also graduated from the École Normale Supérieure in law and economics.

Apart from arbitration (and PAW), Clément loves history, has three young children to whom he can talk about history, is a ski addict and spends his summers in Greece.

   

Secretary-General - Alexander G. Fessas

Alexander is the Secretary-General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Director of the ICC Dispute Resolution Services. As Secretary-General, Alexander is responsible for the operational management and coordination of the ICC Court’s Secretariat and other dispute resolution services in Paris, Hong Kong, New York, Sao Paolo and Singapore.

Alexander is a member of the Paris Arbitration Week Organising Committee. Alexander read law at the University of Athens, Greece having specialized in international commercial transactions and conflict of laws. Alexander was also the editor-in-chief of the Revue hellénique de droit international. Alexander is admitted to the Athens Bar and speaks English, French and Greek.