ARBINBRIEF SEASON 2 EPISODE 2, ON 26 OCTOBER 2022
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Iuliana Iancu, has over ten years of experience in international arbitration. She has acted as arbitrator, counsel and tribunal secretary. Her experience includes several dozen high-stakes, high-value and complex international commercial and investment arbitrations, both ad hoc and under a variety of arbitration rules (ICC, CEPANI, ICSID, UNCITRAL, NAI). These spanned various industry sectors, such as banking, telecommunications, insurance, energy, infrastructure, information technology, construction, mining, distribution, luxury and pharmaceuticals. Ms. Iancu’s arbitration experience includes disputes involving both States and private parties, as well as various procedural and substantive laws. Some of her recent work includes acting as counsel in arbitration proceedings concerning the wrongful termination of a distribution agreement governed by Belgian law; acting as sole arbitrator in a dispute concerning a cultural event in an Eastern European State; acting as sole arbitrator in a dispute concerning a license agreement for the exploitation of various intellectual property rights.
Ms. Iancu is also a lecturer at the University of Bucharest’s International Arbitration LL.M., teaching Comparative International Commercial Arbitration.
Ms. Iancu is an active member of the international arbitration community. She is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, ICCA and the CEPANI. She is a member of the ICC Working Group on Leveraging Technology for Fair, Effective and Efficient International Arbitration Proceedings.
In September 2021, Ms. Iancu was elected as ICC YAF representative for Belgium, Luxembourg, Romania and Bulgaria. In 2021, she co-founded the Young Romanian Arbitration Practitioners, an initiative intended to develop and support the community of Romanian arbitration practitioners from Romania and abroad, as well as the ARBinBRIEF initiative, a practical video guide featuring conversations between female arbitrators on arbitration procedure and practice. Ms. Iancu cooperates with multiple other international arbitration groups (Young ICCA, Young ITA, Arbitral Women, AIJA, CEPANI40) through various diversity initiatives and mentoring programs. Ms. Iancu is also a founding member of the Romanian Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club and the Vice President of the Belgian Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club.
Ms. Iancu has been praised by Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration 2021 as one of the Future Leaders in the arbitration community.
Ms. Iancu holds an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School (2012, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). She is admitted to practice in Bucharest and is registered with the Brussels Bar. She speaks English, French and Romanian.
Dr. Judith Sawang LL.M., is a partner in our dispute resolution practice in Frankfurt with a particular focus on international arbitration. Judith’s practice covers a broad spectrum of national and international arbitration and (cross-border) commercial litigation. Judith has conducted arbitration proceedings as counsel and arbitrator (co-arbitrator, presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator) under the auspices of various institutions (ICC, SCC, DIS) and in ad-hoc arbitrations. The focus of her practice is on disputes in the fields of corporate and commercial law including post M&A, distribution, construction and finance. She also advises clients on international recognition and enforcement matters. Judith’s work includes advising clients across a broad range of industry sectors including banks/financial institutions, investors, insurance, health science, commodities, telecommunications and the automotive industry.
Judith has been repeatedly recognized by Who’s Who Legal as Future Leader Arbitration 2021, (“outstanding disputes lawyer”, “Her commitment to client service is second to none.”) and Future Leader Arbitration 2022, with clients and peers commenting, “She is the sharpest arbitration lawyer in Germany”, “Judith is a very experienced and incredibly smart arbitration lawyer”, with interviewees commenting, “she is a serious advocate with keen attention to detail”.
Judith was also repeatedly recognized by Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers as one of the best lawyers in Germany for Arbitration and Mediation, International Arbitration and Litigation as part of the Germany’s Best Lawyers 2022 and 2023 ranking. In the JUVE Handbooks 2021/2022, 2020/2021 and 2018/2019, Judith is “frequently recommended” in the field of dispute resolution as an “excellent counsel, very committed and very good in cross-examination”. She is praised for her “reliable, high quality work” and described as “very good in conducting litigation proceedings.” Competitors say “impresses me more and more, absolutely international format”. She was further recognized by WirtschaftsWoche as TOP Lawyer 2021 in the area of arbitration.
Judith studied law at the Universities of Heidelberg, Melbourne, Auckland (LL.M.) and Marburg (Dr. iur.). She held several scholarships by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and was awarded a scholarship prize by the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) for her Ph.D. thesis on the protection of business secrets and the right to be heard in arbitral proceedings.
Judith is a member of the Advisory Board of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS).
She has published in the area of arbitral law and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. Judith is a co-author of the practice commentary by Nedden/Herzberg/Kopetzki on the rules of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS). She is a member of several professional associations including the German Arbitration Institute (DIS), HK45, and the IBA.
Judith has been admitted to the bar in 2006. Prior to joining Ashurst, she was with a boutique law firm and with Hengeler Mueller.