Meeting with the Head of the International Arbitration Center
On June 27, Sarah Grimmer, Secretary General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, visited the Russian Federal Bar
Andrei Gorlenko, Executive Administrator of the Russian Arbitration Center, Aleksandr Bolomatov and Igor Pastukhov, Advisers to the RFB, Irina Kuznetsova, lawyer of the Moscow Region Bar, and Aleksandr Shefer, International Relations Officer of the RFB, took part in the informal conversation with Sarah Grimmer.
At the meeting, the issues of the operating of foreign arbitration institutions in Russia, the prospects for their cooperation with domestic permanent arbitration institutions, which were created as a result of the arbitration reform, were discussed. In particular, after the reform, the Russian Arbitration Center (RAC) was established at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration. The Russian Federal Bar acted as a founder of RAC.
Ms. Grimmer noted that she has been visiting Moscow for the third time and at the moment, the plans to open the Moscow office of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC) are discussed.
As is known, a foreign arbitration institution is entitled to exercise the functions of an arbitration court only if it is included in the list of foreign arbitration institutions recognized as a permanent arbitration body in accordance with the law.
On April 29, 2019, the HKIAC became the first foreign arbitration institution entitled to operate as a permanent arbitration body according to the Russian legislation on arbitration.
Commenting on the fact that the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center has become a pioneer among foreign arbitration institutions operating in Russia, Sarah Grimmer said that this was possible due to the high reputation of HKIAC.
Sarah Grimmer graduated from the Victoria University in Wellington and the University of Cambridge. In 1999, she began private practice in New Zealand. From 2002 to 2006, she worked in Paris as an assistant advisor in the Court of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and in the International Arbitration Group of the law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP. Since 2006, she has served as a senior adviser at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (Permanent Court of Arbitration), has been a registrar in three interstate arbitrations under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and secretary of arbitration in numerous contractual disputes and disputes under investment arbitration. Since September 1, 2016, Sarah Grimmer has been appointed Secretary General of HKIAC.