Event Overview

AIJA is joining the American Bar Association International Law Section (ABA-ILS) as Global Partner for the ABA International Law Annual Conference on 1-5 May 2023 in New York. The Conference will take place at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel and AIJA will organise three main events:

  • The joint programme on 'Managing the cross-border M&A process-client and lawyer's persperctive' will take place on Thursday 4 May, 16:30 - 18:00. The panel is organised with ABA-ILS and ABA-YLD
  • AIJA Afterhours at the 'Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge' on Thursday 4 May, 23:00 - 01:00. It will cost 95$, including entrance & drinks. 
  • AIJA Luncheon at the Law Offices of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz on Friday 5 May 12:30 - 14:00. It is kindly offered by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

AIJA is also joining the organisation of other two academic panels on Monday and Thursday. Please see more in the programme section.

Check the flyer of our events here.

If you are interested in joining it, please register here. To join the ABA-ILS Annual Conference, please check here


The Afterhours will be kindly sponsored by: 

 The events are co-organised with: 



14:30 - 15:00

(Arbitration & Litigation Track)

With the tighter restrictions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the international arbitration community turned to remote hearings and proceedings for a more cost-effective, flexible, and continuous dispute resolution. Additionally, taking advantage of drafting arbitration clauses in contracts and enforcing them properly after a dispute has arisen can save time, money, and headache.

Learning Objectives:
• Reflect on changes in International Arbitration since the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss what costeffective changes should stay
• Breakdown importance of drafting arbitration clauses ahead of disputes with a look to the “new normal”
of virtual settings and a keen awareness of cost-saving measures
• Analyze tips and tricks within International Arbitration that could translate to time and cost-saving
measures in your practice.

- Josephine M. Bahn, Associate, Cozen O’Connor, Washington, DC

- Jeffrey Cullen, Member, Cozen O’Connor, Philadelphia, PA
- Sol Czerwonko, Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton, New York, NY
- Apoorva Patel, Vice President, Burford, Washington, DC
- Alexandre Vagenheim, VP Global Legal Data, Jus Mundi, Paris, France

14:30 - 16:00

(LegalTech, Practice Management and Legal Education Track)

This panel will explore some of the differences and similarities between traditional and non-traditional lawyering. The experience of each of the panelists will help to shed light on their early paths and why what works in one field may be less applicable in others. In the course of this dialogue, it may also be raised how it is possible to transition between the fields of lawyering.

- Maritza T. Adonis, Lawyer and Lobbyist, Washington, DC

- Itzik Amiel, Lawyer and Professional Development Coach, Nieuw-Vennep, Netherlands
- Sylvia Quaye, Lawyer and Solo Practitioner, Prospect, KY
16:30 - 18:00

(Corporate, M&A, Capital Markets and Finance Track)

Acquisition of international businesses always triggers cross border transactions requiring the manager of the project not just to deliver skilled legal advice but also to have efficient project management skills. 

During this panel we will discuss to what extent cross-border transactional lawyers need to have great management skills too or whether those transactions should rather be managed by non-lawyer project managers? 

Is there a preferred approach to align the closing of a business deal across multiple countries with the coordination of legal issues arising in different jurisdictions, to make all pieces of the puzzle fit? 

What can transactional lawyers improve to answer better to their client's needs in this process of months, sometimes even years?


- Anna Wyrzykowska, AIJA Immediate Past President & WKB Lawyers, Poland


- Jose Felix Zaldivar, Uría Menéndez, USA
- Yan Pecoraro, Portolano Cavallo, USA
- Adam Weryha, Bennett Jones LLP, Canada

23:00 - 01:00

Join AIJA and ABA International Law Section members after the Closing Reception Dinner at the upscale nightclub 'Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge' for additional networking and cocktails "Afterhours". Costs: 95$

The Afterhours will be kindly sponsored by: 

12:30 - 14:00

Luncheon during the Section's 2023 Leadership Retreat at the Law Offices of Watchell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Fees & General Info

There are currently no registration fees available.

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If you are a lawyer under 35 years old and meet the requirements, apply to our Scholarship Programme for this event. You can check more details here.

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