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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Insurance in Latin America Market and Practice Views

15 July 2016

Time: 5:00 - 6:30pm
Venue: Room 3.1, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, 69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3JB

Latin American is a large market for insurance products, however economic and political instability as well as diverse insurance regulations have created barriers to deeper market participation by international insurance companies and the development of national insurers.

The seminar “Insurance in Latin America - Market and Practice Views” aims to establish a critical dialogue between underwriters, brokers, insurance law practitioners, academics and students regarding the development of the Insurance Market in Latin America, its current difficulties and future opportunities. The event will be structured by presentations and discussions between a “table” of authorities and the audience.

After the seminar, a drinks reception will provide the appropriate space for networking and discussion among the members of the table and the audience.


Mr. Lee Bacon - Partner at Clyde & Co - "Insurance Contract Arbitral Clauses in LatAm”

Lee's insurance and reinsurance work includes policy coverage advice, liability defence and assessment and wordings/policy structures. His experience is focused on the industrial and professional sectors, in respect of both property (with an emphasis on business interruption) and liability covers; but also encompasses broad commercial litigation and insurance/reinsurance matters. Most of his work has an international dimension and as well as advising on jurisdiction issues he has experience of dealing with disputes and claims around the world.

Mr. Julio Cesar Betancourt - “The evolution and future of the insurance market in Latin America and the role of arbitration"

Julio César Betancourt was admitted to the practice of law in 2001. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and postgraduate degrees in the areas of Damages, Procedural Law, International Business Law, Constitutional Law, and Contract and Damages. Julio César obtained his Master’s in Law from UCL, specialising in ADR, Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, and International Arbitration. He teaches ADR and International Arbitration at the International Centre for Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation (CIAMEN) in Spain. Julio César is the editor of ‘Defining Issues in International Arbitration: Celebrating 100 Years of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ (Oxford University Press 2016).

Guest participant

Professor Sir Bernard Rix

Sir Bernard Rix is Professor of International Commercial Law. He retired as Lord Justice of Appeal in 2013 after 20 years in the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal. He is an arbitrator and mediator and has been appointed to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. He is Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary University of London and of New College, Oxford, Trustee of BIICL (British Institute of International and Comparative Law, President of Harvard Law School Association of the UK and Director of London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been Treasurer of the Inner Temple and President of BILA (British Insurance Law Association).

How to book

This event is free but prior booking is required. Register online via Eventbrite.


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