Morgan Lewis is pleased to announce that Moscow Business and Finance practice partner Jonathan Hines has been elected to the Presidium (the governing body) of the International Commercial Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICAC) for a five-year term. Jonathan, and a professor from Germany, are the first two non-Russians ever to be elected to the ICAC Presidium in its 80-plus year history.
The ICAC is Russia’s premier commercial arbitration institution, similar to the London Court of International Arbitration in the UK and the American Arbitration Association in the US. The Presidium is responsible for monitoring arbitration practice in individual cases and recommending changes to the ICAC Rules, selection and challenges to arbitrators and other procedural matters as provided in the Rules, and liaison with similar institutions worldwide.
“I am delighted at the honour of being one of the first ever foreigners elected to the ICAC Presidium,” Jonathan commented. “ICAC has become a first-rate commercial arbitration forum, and I look forward to participating actively toward further enhancing its stature, inside Russia and internationally.”
Morgan Lewis’s Moscow office opened in May 2012 and has successfully grown to a team of more than 35 lawyers who collectively advise leading foreign and Russian companies on some of the largest transactions in Russia and the CIS. Jonathan has been based in Moscow for over 13 years.
Jonathan focuses on representing private and state-owned companies from around the world on large-scale oil and gas, mining development, M & A projects and financings in Russia and other former Soviet republics. He has been on the ICAC’s approved list of arbitrators for over a decade, and has sat as the chairman or party-appointed arbitrator in several cases to date.