On Thursday 2 May at 3 pm CEST (until 3.30 pm CEST) took place an interactive discussion on “The violation of international public policy as ground for requesting the setting aside of arbitral awards rendered in Portugal or for opposing the recognition and enforcement in this country of arbitral awards rendered abroad“, in our ‘A Case in Time’ headnote series.

Antonio Sampaio Caramelo, of Morais Leitao, Galvao Teles, Soars Da Silva & Associados (MLGTS), one of the authors of the GAP chapter on Portugal, provided a discussion of the selected case, followed by comments from David de Freitas, of White & Case (short bios of the speakers below) and a Q&A with the participants. Chatham House rules applied. The event chat was opened to facilitate networking and interaction.


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David de Freitas is an Associate in the Firm’s International Arbitration Practice, based in Geneva. David’s practice includes advising and representing clients in complex, high-value cross-border disputes in a variety of industries under all major arbitration rules and governed by various substantive laws, both common law and civil law.

Prior to joining White & Case, David worked as an associate at a boutique international arbitration firm in São Paulo, he also worked in major arbitration law firms based in Paris and interned at the ICC Court of Arbitration.

David is also associated with Delos, an independent arbitral institution providing innovative legal instruments to facilitate the use of arbitration. He is an editor of the Guide to Arbitration Places designed to promote lesser-known seats through an objective, comparative study.

David is the Deputy Editor of the GAP.

António Sampaio Caramelo joined the firm in 2001. He is a member of the litigation and arbitration team, working mainly in the areas of commercial arbitration and corporate and commercial law in general.

Before he joined the firm, António Sampaio Caramelo acted as a solo practitioner or as member of small law firms, advising several companies and public entities on numerous significant projects and transactions. After joining the firm, he was involved in several large infrastructure and industrial projects.

He has vast experience and knowledge in the field of arbitration law and has acted either as counsel or as arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations.  He worked out the first draft in which the new Portuguese Arbitration Act originated.

Author of numerous articles published in Portuguese and foreign legal reviews and of two books on topics of arbitration law.

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