Panel 4: Best Practices in Enforcement Proceedings
Mark A. Cymrot
Baker & Hostetler LLP, Washington D.C.
Mark Cymrot focuses his practice on international arbitration and litigation. He is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and chair of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).
Mr. Cymrot tried and won a $197 million jury verdict against Nelson Bunker Hunt and others for a conspiracy among major financial institutions and individuals to manipulate worldwide silver prices. He was lead worldwide counsel defending the Republic of Peru in $10 billion in lawsuits brought by major international banks seeking repayment of sovereign commercial debt.
As an arbitrator and counsel in arbitrations, his matters include:
As an arbitrator, decided, for instance, contract disputes between a Japanese company and a Latin government, British and American defense contractors, Belgium and Virginia joint venture partners; As counsel, arbitrated, for instance, franchise disputes against a major payment card issuer, shipping dispute for cargo transported between Russia and China, a securities dispute for a market maker against a brokerage firm, a London reinsurance dispute arising from a plane crash; Represented Republic of Peru in an ICSID arbitration arising from a claim of denial of justice and a Canadian lumber company in a NAFTA claim against the United States arising from a allegedly discriminatory trade restrictions; Litigated proceedings challenging arbitration clauses, appealing from arbitral awards and challenging the composition of an arbitral tribunal; Arbitrated before or used the rules of numerous arbitral fora, including the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, CIETAC, NASD and ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL rules.
His honors include Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who's Who in Asset Recovery Lawyers and Best Attorneys in Washington, D.C.
Education: J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1972; B.A., Economics, The George Washington University, 1969
Jonathan I. Blackman
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York and London
Mr. Blackman's practice focuses on litigation, including international litigation and arbitration, securities law, banking and insurance law. Mr. Blackman has participated in numerous international arbitrations involving both public international law and complex commercial disputes, litigation involving the immunity of foreign states and their agencies under the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and securities and commercial litigation in a variety of U.S. federal and state courts.
Mr. Blackman regularly lectures at professional conferences and is widely published on various aspects of international litigation, securities
litigation and letters of credit. He was recognized in 2009 as a "Litigator of the Week" by The American Lawyer and has been named a
leading lawyer by Chambers UK, The Legal 500 UK and The Legal 500 Latin America.
Mr. Blackman joined the firm in 1977 and became a partner in 1985. From 1977 to 2009, he was resident in the New York office. He received a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1977 and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1974.
Mr. Blackman is a member of the Bar in New York and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2d, 5th, 6th and 10th Circuits, the U.S. Districts Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Southern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Michigan and the Court of International Trade. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Chair, International Law Committee, 2001-2004), the Executive Committee of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association, and the American Law Institute.
Robert H. Smit
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York
Robert H. Smit is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the Firm’s Litigation Department. He represents clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigations and arbitrations, concentrating in the areas of international commercial arbitration, bilateral investment treaty, joint venture, agency and distributorship matters, fraud, securities, banking and insurance disputes.
Mr. Smit’s experience includes representation of clients throughout the world in billion dollar arbitrations such as Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in one of the largest-ever ICC arbitrations, based in Geneva, Switzerland, in which Andersen Consulting achieved its alimony-free divorce from the global Andersen organization; and DHL in ICC arbitration in Paris concerning the transfer of a centi-million share interest in DHL under a shareholder’s agreement. Mr. Smit has also regularly served as arbitrator in significant international arbitrations, and is listed as one of the leading international arbitration lawyers in the world by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Euromoney, Law Business Research, Legal Media Group Expert Guides, and PLC Global Counsel Handbooks.
Mr. Smit is Adjunct Professor of International Arbitration at Columbia Law School; Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Review of International Arbitration; Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration; and Adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Third) of the U.S. Law of International Arbitration. He is also former U.S. Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s International Commercial Disputes Committee; Chair of the CPR Arbitration Committee; and Vice-Chair of the IBA’s International Arbitration and ADR Committee.
He received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1981 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1986. Mr. Smit also has a graduate law degree (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies), in private international law and international arbitration from the Sorbonne in Paris, and taught U.S. Commercial Law at the Sorbonne. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on international arbitration and litigation, has written and published extensively in the field.
One Essex Court
Christopher Style is a Queen’s counsel and arbitrator practising at One Essex Court in London, England. He has more than 35 years experience of international dispute resolution, including acting as counsel and as arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc references with seats in many of the centres of international arbitration around the world. His practice has covered a wide range of business sectors, including banking and financial services, corporate disputes, professional negligence, telecoms, energy and infrastructure and aviation and shipping.
Christopher is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the LCIA and one of the UK’s representatives on the ICC Commission on Arbitration. He is also a CEDR accredited mediator. He has published several books and articles on international litigation and arbitration.
Between 1977 and 2012 Christopher practised at Linklaters in London. He became a partner in 1985 and held a number of senior management positions. He acquires solicitor’s rights of audience in the higher courts in 1997 and was appointed silk in 2006. He was called to the Bar to develop his practice as arbitrator in international commercial arbitration.
He holds an MA degree from Trinity Hall, Cambridge.