Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners (EPAM) has announced that, on January 1, 2014, Ilya Nikiforov, Managing Partner of the firm's St. Petersburg office, was named Vice-Chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
According to EPAM, this is the first time a practitioner from Russia or the CIS has been appointed as an officer of the Commission. The Commission on Arbitration and ADR is the ICC's rule-making body, and it promotes the settlement of international disputes through arbitration, mediation, expertise, dispute boards, and other forms of dispute resolution. In addition, the Commission provides guidance on a range of topics of current relevance in the world of international dispute resolution and fosters connections among arbitrators, counsel, and users, enabling the ICC’s dispute resolution services to respond effectively to users’ needs. The ICC has 690 members, representing more than 90 countries.
Nikiforov is highly-respected in the field. According to Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, he was appointed an officer of the Arbitration Committee of International Bar Association and of Eurasia committee of American Bar Association. In 2013 he was appointed as a Councillor of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) European Users’ Council. He is listed as an arbitrator by the ICDR, WIPO, the Vienna International Arbitral Centre, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and national institutions throughout Russian & Eastern Europe. He has appeared before higher domestic courts at all levels, the International Commercial Arbitration Court in Moscow, and international arbitration institutions such as the ICC, LCIA and SCC. He is often engaged to serve as a Russian law counsel/expert in connection with commercial litigation and international arbitration proceedings worldwide.