Legal Symposium 2012
5-7 February 2012 • Shanghai, China
Table of Contents
Sunday February 5 - Speaker Biographies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Monday February 6 - Program Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Tuesday February 7 - Program Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Monday February 6 and Tuesday February 7 - Speaker Biographies . . . . . . . . . 10
IATA Legal Symposium
Sunday 5 February - Welcome Dinner Addresses
President, China Eastern Airlines Co. Ltd.
Mr. Ma Xulun has served as President of China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. since December 2008 and Director
of the Company since February 2009. He is currently Vice Chairman, Party Secretary of CEA Holding Company
and President of China Eastern Airlines Co. Ltd.
Mr. Ma joined the civil aviation industry in 1997. He used to serve as Deputy General Manager of China
Commodities Storing and Transportation Corporation, Deputy Director General of Financial Department of
CAAC. After the restructure of Chinese civil aviation industry in 2002, he became Vice President of Air China.
From September 2004 to January 2007, he had been President and Deputy Party Secretary of Air China.
From January 2007 to December 2008, he was Deputy General Manager of China National Aviation Holding
Mr. Ma was born in 1964. He graduated from Shanxi University of Finance and Economics and Huazhong
University of Science and Technology. Mr. Ma has a master degree and is a qualified accountant.
General Counsel, China Eastern Air Holding Company
Mr. Guo Junxiu is currently the General Counsel of China Eastern Air Holding Company. Mr. Guo joined the
civil aviation industry in 2007. He is a former associate professor of Economic Law in Xiamen University, and
then Vice President of Law School of Xiamen University. In April, 2007, Mr. Guo was appointed as General
Counsel of China Eastern Air Holding Company. In 2011, Mr. Guo won the title of Outstanding Top Ten General
Counsels of State-Owned Corporations. Mr. Guo graduated from Xiamen University and holds the doctor
degree of International Economic Law.
President, Shanghai Bar Association
East China University of Political Science and Law, LL.M
Leading Partner and Director of Shanghai Zhongmao Law Firm
Deputy President of All China Lawyers Association (ACLA)
President of Shanghai Bar Association (SBA)
Civil and Commercial Law
Shanghai Top Ten Young and Mid-aged Jurist
Top Ten Lawyers of Shanghai (Master Lawyer of Orient)
25 Hot Lawyers of China in 2010 by Asia Law Business (ALB)
10 Lawyers of the year 2010 by ACLA
Sheng Leiming has undertaken legal academic researching in China East University of Political Science and
Law for 14 years. He has published 3 academic wrings and over 20 essays, while undertaking several important
research project and local legislation.
Director, Senior Partner, Dacheng Law Offices
Mr. Liu Yixing, the director of Shanghai branch office and the senior partner of Dacheng Law Office, the member
of Shanghai Lawyers Association and Shanghai Arbitration Committee, graduated from Peking University, and
received his master degree from Conventry University and his doctorate from National Taiwan University. Mr.
Liu Yixing specializes in capital operation, intellectual property strategy and litigation, overseas investment and
Senior Partner, International Practice Group, Guantao Law Firm
Hongming Xiao is a senior partner in the international practice group and a member of the Management
Committee of Guantao Law Firm. He has extensive experience in corporate/M&A, foreign direct investment and
International Trade, with a particular focus on the energy and natural resources area, as well as aerospace area.
Mr. Xiao is ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific 2011/2012 as a “Leader in their Fields” in the field of “Corporate/
M&A” and “Energy & Natural Resources” (PRC Firms). He is also nominated as one of the region’s preeminent
lawyers for “Energy & Natural Resources” by the Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2011.
Monday February 6 - Program Details
07:30 - 17:45 Registration
08:15 - 09:00 Welcome Address
• Gary Doernhoefer, General Counsel, IATA
• Official, Civil Aviation Administration of China
• Liu Shaoyong, Chairman, China Eastern Air Holding Company
• Carlos M. Tornero, Senior Legal Counsel, IATA
09:00 - 10:30 Plenary Session: The Loveless Triangle:
Issues Arising Between Airlines, GDSs and Travel Agents
This lively panel discussion will highlight the dysfunctional traditional distribution channel: the battle for
control of passenger sales data, airlines withholding content, travel agencies caught in the crossfire and
denied access to ancillary revenue sales capability, and even markets closed to competition among GDSs.
• Gary Doernhoefer, General Counsel, IATA (Moderator)
• Marshall S. Sinick, Partner, Squire Sanders, Washington, D.C.
• Jackson K Pek, Vice President and General Counsel, Asia Pacific, Amadeus IT Group, SA
• William G. Hopping, Senior Attorney, American Airlines Inc.
• Li Jinsong, General Counsel, Travelsky Technology Limited
10:30 - 11:00 Refreshment Break
11:00 - 12:15 Breakout Session: Competition Law Developments in Asia
Competition law enforcement has become commonplace in jurisdictions around the world. This group
of experts will explore the ramifications of this growing trend in Asia and what carriers operating to
and from the region should expect, whether it is in negotiating a merger, entering a market, or posting
information on their website.
• Martin Dajani, Partner, DLA Piper, Hong Kong (Moderator)
• Sung Bom Park, Partner, Yoon & Yang LLC, South Korea
• Nienke Neij, Corporate Legal Counsel, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
• Lester Ross, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Beijing
• Alan Khee-Jin Tan, Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Breakout Session: Criminalization of Aircraft Accidents:
Can the Genie Ever Be Put Back in the Bottle?
This panel will consider some of the key issues around the accident investigation process and the
participating parties. It will discuss the impact of the phenomenon of criminalization on the integrity of the
investigation process and explore recent proposals to protect safety information from inappropriate use.
It will also consider whether any other means can be found of providing a process of public accountability
without the dangers of routine reliance on criminal prosecution.
• Richard Gimblett, Partner, Holman, Fenwick & Willan, London (Moderator)
• Roderick Van Dam, Head of Legal Service, Eurocontrol, Brussels
• Jonathan Aleck, Associate Director of Aviation Safety, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Canberra
• Paul McCarthy, Representative to ICAO, IFALPA, Montreal
• Simon Foreman, Partner, Soulez Larivière & Associés, Paris
12:15 - 13:30 Luncheon
13:30 - 15:00 Plenary Session: Market Access
The success of international commercial aviation depends in great part on a favorable regulatory
environment. This panel will explore common issues with bilateral restrictions, slot access, recognition
of flexible operational requirements such as wet leases, interchanges and foreign ownership, and other
issues that affect access to markets.
• Trevor Soames, Partner, Shearman & Sterling, Brussels (Moderator)
• G. Bailey Leopard, Jr., Senior Counsel, FedEx Express
• Juan Carlos Mencio, General Counsel North America, Lan Airlines, S.A. 6
• James Wade, Partner, Haynes and Boone, Washington, D.C.
• Russell Miller, Partner, Minter Ellison, Canberra
Monday February 6 - Program Details (continued)
15:00 - 15:30 Refreshment Break
15:30 - 16:45 Breakout Session: Facing Up To Facebook:
The Significance and Legal Implications of Social Media for the Airline Industry.
This panel discussion will examine the pervasiveness of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, their
utility for the airline industry, as well as the legal issues and risks posed by social networking. From its role
as a vital tool for marketing, customer relations, and crisis management, to the legal issues presented by
employees’ social networking activities, to the growing discovery and use of evidence from social media
sites in litigation, social media is here to stay. This lively panel discussion by legal experts and industry
insiders will help you navigate the changing legal landscape.
• Dalia Saper, Professor at Loyola University College of Law, Chicago (Moderator)
• Nigel L. Howard, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
• Michael P. Carbone, Director Litigation, JetBlue Airways Corporation
• John D. Goetz, Partner, Jones Day, Pittsburgh
Breakout Session: Cargo Matters
Ever since a couple of printer cartridges from Yemen hit the news, regulators around the world have no
longer turned a lazy-eye towards a new terrorist threat arriving aboard a freighter aircraft. This group of
panelists will analyze the various cargo security regimes around the world, the role that IATA or other
associations may play in harmonized standards for a secure supply chain and what it will all mean to our
air cargo operations in the years to come.
• Evelyn Sahr, Partner, Eckert Seamens, Washington, D.C. (Moderator)
• Sarah Prosser, Managing Director, Regulatory Affairs, FedEx Express
• Michael White, Assistant Director, Cargo Facilitation & Standards, IATA
• Christoph Casparis, Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.
• Laura Logan, Director, Security Systems & Regulatory, Air Canada
16:45 - 17:30 Plenary Session: General Counsel’s Roundtable:
How Can Legal Departments Adjust to the Changing World?
Social Media, Unstable Financial Markets, Rising Fuel Costs, Government Over-Regulation, New
Distribution Channels, Terrorist Acts, Swine Flu and the list goes on and on. Today’s airline General
Counsel faces more uncertainty from more sources than ever before. General Counsels are
increasingly expected not just to anticipate the next crisis and react swiftly when it occurs while ensuring
no disruption to routine activities, but to also combine legal and business skills to creatively add value
to the airline’s bottom line. Faced with these expectations, this group of airline in-house counsel will tell
how they do it, and identify the key ingredients to the successful Airline Legal Department of the future.
• Gary Doernhoefer, General Counsel, IATA (Moderator)
• Guo Junxiu, General Counsel, China Eastern Air Holding Company
• Chen Weihua, General Counsel, China Southern Airlines Company Limited
• Rush O’Keefe, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, FedEx Express
• Nicolai Ingo von Ruckteschell, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Lufthansa Group
18:15 Transportation from Hotel to Dinner Venue
19:00 - 20:30 Symposium Dinner Cocktail Reception
20:30 - 22:30 Symposium Dinner
22:30 Transportation from Dinner Venue to Hotel
Tuesday February 7 - Program Details
08:00 - 17:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:30 Plenary Session: Aviation Emissions - Where to Now?
The European Union’s ETS and other economic measures that impact the aviation industry are under
attack. Are national or regional schemes legal under international law? Should emissions be dealt with
only on a global level – and if so, when and how? This panel will examine different approaches to aviation
emissions and consider the legal and political implications for airlines and the international community of
current activity in the EU and at ICAO.
• John Byerly, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs,
US State Department, Washington D.C. (Moderator)
• Peter Macara, Partner, Clyde & Co LLP, London
• Pablo Mendes de Leon, Professor of Air & Space Law, Leiden University
• Angela Foster-Rice, Managing Counsel - Environmental, United Airlines, Inc.
• Zhihang Chi, Vice President & General Manager, North America, Air China Limited
• Yvonne-Christine Schmidt, Legal Officer, International Carbon Market, Aviation and Maritime,
DG Climate Action, European Commission, Brussels
10:30 - 11:00 Refreshment Break
11:00 - 12:15 Breakout Session: Consolidation - Is It Vital?
Consolidation can be accomplished in many forms, via mergers, acquisitions, alliances, or joint
ventures. Is there a right model? In today’s regulatory environment, what form makes the most sense?
Should in-house counsel be driving the decisions?
• Roy Goldberg, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Washington, D.C. (Moderator)
• Thomas Mueller, Partner, Wilmer Hale, Washington, D.C.
• Geert Goeteyn, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Brussels
• J. Otto Grunow, General Manager, Joint Business (American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia Airlines of Spain)
• Barbara Von Koppen, General Counsel, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Breakout Session: 9/11 - 10 Years On: What Have We Learned?
Ten years have passed since the tragic events of 9/11 but the terrorist threat to the airline industry
persists. These panelists were all closely involved in different aspects of the 9/11 case and will discuss
the liability, claims handling, insurance and security issues involved and their potential effects on the
industry going forward.
• Desmond Barry, Partner, Condon & Forsyth, New York (Moderator)
• Francine Kerner, Chief Counsel, Transportation Safety Administration, Washington D.C.
• Marc Moller, Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler, New York
• Timothy Tomasik, Partner, Clifford Law Offices, Chicago
• Jerry Flaxman, Business Development Manager, QBE Aviation Syndicate 5555, London
Tuesday February 7 - Program Details (continued)
12:15 - 13:45 Luncheon
Keynote Speaker: Allan Mendelsohn, Of Counsel, Cozen O’Connor, Washington D.C.
13:45 - 15:00 Breakout Session: Investment Panel/Non-Lawyer
What are the business models for the future that are going to save the airlines – and how should lawyers
prepare – let’s hear from bankers, financial analysts, traders and other professionals that provide financial
advice to the aviation community. Whether it’s considering the next joint venture or where and how
to source funds to purchase your next A380, these experts will give us their insight as to why certain
transactions make good sense, not just legal sense.
• Marianne Rosenberg, Partner, Squire Sanders, New York (Moderator)
• Brian Havel, Professor, DePaul University, Chicago
• Colum Carr, Managing Director at SkyWorks Capital, Hong Kong
• Xianping “Ping” Wang, Of Counsel, Holland & Knight, Washington, D.C.
• Simon Perkins, Managing Director, Aircraft Finance, Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore
Breakout Session: Sanctions Update
Economic sanctions are restrictions on international trade and finance that one country or a group of
countries impose on another country for foreign policy reasons. In 2011, economic sanctions affected
a number of international airlines, including Iran Air, Mahan Air, Libyan Arab Airlines, Afriqiyah Airways,
and others. This panel will discuss the impact of sanctions on civil aviation and their conflict with the
• Lorraine B. Halloway, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, D.C. (Moderator)
• Thomas J. Whalen, Partner, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, Washington, D.C.
• Eric Vallieres, Partner, McMillan LLP, Montreal
• Nicholas Hughes, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan, LLP, London
15:00 - 15:30 Refreshment Break
15:30 - 17:00 Plenary Session: In-house Counsel’s Compliance Roundtable
Point counter point. This unique panel will feature the compliance officers and experts of a number of
airlines moderated by Mark Rosman, former Assistant Chief of the National Criminal Enforcement Section
in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. This panel should provide some lively debate on real
world examples of various compliance issues ranging from competition law to anti-bribery legislation.
• Mark Rosman, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Washington, D.C. (Moderator)
• Wes Nobelius, Deputy General Counsel, Qantas
• Andrew Winterton, Head of Legal & Compliance, easyJet
• Jim Callaghan, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Legal, Etihad Airways
• Karine R. Faden, Managing Director & Senior Counsel - Global Antitrust, United Air Lines, Inc
17:15 - 19:15 Farewell Reception
IATA Legal Symposium
Monday February 6 and Tuesday February 7 (alphabetical order)
Associate Director of Aviation Safety, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Canberra
Jonathan Aleck is Associate Director of Aviation Safety of the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority. He
was formerly the Authority’s Chief Legal Officer and served as Australia’s representative on the Council of the
International Civil Aviation Organization from 1998 to 2003.
He has taught law and politics at the Australian National University and the University of Canberra, the University
of Hawaii and the University of Oregon, the University of Papua New Guinea, and was a visiting lecturer in the
Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University.
Dr Aleck earned his law degree at Loyola Marymount University. He holds a Bachelor
of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Oregon, and
a Doctorate of Philosophy in law from the Australian National University.
Partner, Condon & Forsyth, New York (Moderator)
Desmond T. Barry, Jr. is a senior partner of Condon & Forsyth LLP and concentrates his practice in complex and
multidistrict aviation and products liability litigation. Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
has described him as “an internationally renowned aviation and product liability law practitioner.”
Mr. Barry currently is lead counsel for American Airlines in the multibillion dollar property litigation arising from
the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the court-appointed Aviation Defendants’ Liaison Counsel in the
9/11 Litigation. During his career, Mr. Barry has been lead counsel for several airlines in major aviation accident
Mr. Barry is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a former member of the Board of Directors of the
International Association of Defense Counsel (“IADC”) and Dean of the IADC Corporate Counsel College. He
has been honorably mentioned in Who’s Who in America (1990-2010), The International Who’s Who of Product
Liability Defense Lawyers (1998-2010), Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2005-2010),
and the Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers.
Mr. Barry is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1973) and Princeton University (A.B., 1967).
He can be contacted at: email@example.com
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs, US State Department, Washington D.C.
John Byerly advises clients on the full range of international aviation issues, including negotiations, economic
and environmental regulation, aviation safety and security, government relations, and strategic planning. John
graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina, studied European and German law on a
Fulbright Scholarship in Berlin, and received his JD from Yale in 1979. Upon graduation, he joined the State
Department, serving thirty-one years in positions addressing American foreign policy, national security, and
international economic relations. For almost a decade (2001-2010), John was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of
State responsible for market-opening air transport agreements with over 70 countries and led U.S. delegations
in talks that secured Open Skies with Germany, France, the European Union, and Japan. He was active in the
economic, legal, and environmental work of ICAO and helped implement the U.S. response to the terrorist
attacks of September 11.
General Counsel & Company Secretary, Legal, Etihad Airways
Jim Callaghan became Etihad’s General Counsel and Company Secretary in May 2009.
Previously, he spent nine years at Europe’s largest low cost carrier, Ryanair Ltd, as Company Secretary and
Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs.
At Ryanair, Mr Callaghan was responsible for setting up the airline’s legal function and for corporate governance
and liaison with the Board. He actively managed a suite of ongoing regulatory and legal issues relating to
competition law, trademarks, airport contracts, advertising standards, consumer law, and commercial litigation.
Before joining Ryanair in 2000, Mr Callaghan spent several years at international law firms in the United States
and in Brussels.
He holds a JD and a Masters in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters
in European and International Law from Vrije Universiteit in Brussels.
Michael P. Carbone
Director Litigation, JetBlue Airways Corporation
Michael Carbone – Director, Litigation, JetBlue Airways Corporation. Michael has more than 10 years experience
in insurance defense and commercial litigation. He has expertise in the management of multi-party, complex
insurance matters including past representation of both primary and secondary insurers.
During his time at JetBlue, Michael has been responsible for handling both insured and uninsured matters
including allegations of wrongful death, major property loss, personal injury and employment actions. Michael is
also routinely involved in numerous regulatory matters which have involved ongoing contact with such agencies
as the FAA, EPA and TSA.
Prior to joining JetBlue, Michael engaged in private practice at the New York City law firm of Gordon & Silber,
PC, where he represented such clients as the NYCHHC and several large manufacturers against malpractice
and product liability claims. In that capacity, Michael acted as primary trial counsel in numerous state and federal
matters as well as in mediations and arbitrations. Michael obtained a JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of
Law and a BA from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.
Christoph Casparis is the Head of Legal Services & Deputy General Counsel of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.
(SWISS), Switzerland’s national airline. In this capacity he is leading a team of dedicated legal counsels who cover
the complete spectrum of regulatory and legal challenges which an airline faces today. His team plays a vital role
in managing SWISS’ legal risks and advising other divisions in various legal matters. He specializes in managing
complex issues in company law, contract negotiations, litigation, aircraft transactions, restructuring, compliance
and corporate governance and supports the management board and other internal clients in this capacity.
Christoph serves as the secretary of the board of directors of Swiss Aviation Training Ltd. and Edelweiss
Air Ltd. and is a board member of Swiss Private Aviation Ltd., Airline Marketing Services Pvt. Ltd. and Swiss
WorldCargo Pvt. Ltd.
He was teaching competition law at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
Prior to joining SWISS, he worked as a chief law clerk and judge at the District Court of Meilen. He holds two
master degrees in law, one from the University of Zurich and another one from the University of New South Wales.
Born in Zurich, Christoph is fluent in German and English. He lives with his wife, son and daughter in Russikon.
Vice President & General Manager, North America, Air China Limited
As the Vice President and General Manager of North America, Dr. Zhihang Chi manages all aspects of Air
China’s business in North America from its headquarters in Los Angeles. In his role, Dr. Chi oversees 90-
plus U.S. based Air China employees, the marketing and operations for the growing 36 flights between North
America and China.
Dr. Chi’s extensive experience in the airline industry, his visionary leadership and passion in promoting a closer
and mutually beneficial Sino – U.S. relationship are credited for Air China’s significant growth in North America.
Air China has nearly doubled its capacity in North America since he arrived at Air China.
Dr. Chi’s experience, training and educational background have prepared him well for the challenges of his
position as the head of Air China in North America. He worked in a number of increasingly responsible positions
for Northwest Airlines from 1994 to 2003. During his years at Northwest, he developed and managed a number
of strategic alliances with other international carriers, especially with the Chinese air carriers.
He joined Air China in 2004 and has led the company’s unprecedented growth in North America. Before he
was promoted to Vice President and General Manager for North America in April 2008, Dr. Chi was General
Manager, Western USA for two years until November 2006. Prior to this, he was responsible for Air China’s Los
Dr. Chi’s unrelenting advocacy for visa reform for Chinese visitors has made him a familiar figure to senior
members of the U.S. Congress, State Department and the U.S. Homeland Security with whom he has
personally met. Fluent in English and Chinese, Dr. Chi’s background makes him uniquely qualified to speak on
China and U.S.-China relations.
A naturalized U.S. citizen, Dr. Chi was born in China. He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees from the
Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and received his bachelor’s
degree and a master’s degree from Peking University in Beijing.
Partner, DLA Piper, Hong Kong (Moderator)
Martin Dajani is Head of Competition Asia and based in DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office. An authority in
competition law and corporate regulatory compliance, Mr Dajani helps companies identify and mitigate global
regulatory risks and defends them against government inquiries and enforcement actions.
A former United States federal and state regulator, Mr Dajani appears regularly before the Department of Justice,
the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission and state attorneys general. He
has also appeared before international regulatory agencies, including the European Commission Directorate
General for Competition, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the New Zealand Commerce
Commission, the Korean Fair Trade Commission and the South African Competition Commission..
Mr Dajani has considerable experience in designing and implementing global compliance and risk management
He lectures and publishes on regulatory and compliance topics.
General Counsel, IATA
Education Experience: In private practice prior to joining American Airlines, Gary had focused on trial practice
in the United States. He graduated from Grinnell College with majors in political science and Russian language,
and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago School of Law. Gary joined lATA in April, 2010
from a position as co-founder and general counsel of Accertify, Inc. a company based in Itasca, Illinois, that
provides fraud detection software and services for internet merchants. He had also been a Lecturer in the
Aviation-Department at Ohio State University since 2006. Prior to founding Accertify, Gary was Vice President
and General Counsel for Orbitz, the US-based travel website, from 2000 until! 2005. He came to Orbitz after
nine years at American Airlines where, for two years prior to his employment with Orbitz, Gary was Senior
Counsel for Government Affairs. He had previously been a Senior Attorney concentrating on competition law
Current lATA Responsibilities: Supervision and administration of the Legal Department; reporting to the Director
General and senior management
Recent Achievements: Led the adoption of a new, «D>ivision Counsel» model for the Legal Department;
successful defense of Sabre v. lATA
Business Development Manager, QBE Aviation Syndicate 5555, London
Jerry has over 30 years experience in the Aviation insurance sector with prior experience working as a light
aircraft engineer for seven years. The first 18 years of his career were with Willis as Claims Director and in
that role he personally managed many of the largest and most complex claims of the period on behalf of Willis
clients. These include the JAL B747 loss on 12th August 1985 and the Kuwait Airways loss of its entire ﬂeet
following the invasion by Iraqi forces on 2nd August 1990.
Jerry left the broking side in 2000 to join Holman Fenwick & Willan, an eminent Marine law firm, to develop their
Aerospace capability and three years later was invited to join Allianz Aviation as Senior Claims Manager.
In 2006 Jerry moved to QBE with Emilio Di Silvio to form a new Lloyd’s Aviation Syndicate, 5555, as Claims and
Business Development Manager.
Managing Counsel - Environmental, United Airlines, Inc.
Angela Foster-Rice is in-house counsel at United Airlines handling environmental, health, and safety legal matters and
has been in this role for the past nine years. This position has included assistance on various environmental, health
and safety regulatory matters, litigation, transactional work, and supporting United Airlines’ sustainability measures.
Angela also provides assistance on regulatory matters associated with the transportation of dangerous goods. Prior
to working at United, Angela was an attorney in the environmental department of the firm Gardner, Carton & Douglas.
Angela received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and has an undergraduate degree in
Environmental Studies from Rice University. Angela lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters.
Partner, Soulez Larivière & Associés, Paris
Simon Foreman, 48, graduated in international law from the University of Paris in 1985 before being admitted as
an avocat at the Paris Bar. In 1988 he joined the litigation firm of Soulez-Larivière & Associés where he has been
a partner since 1993. He was elected to the Air and Space Academy in 2009.
Aviation represents a large part of his activity in matters ranging from product liability to passenger or cargo
claims and extending to criminal liability, especially in cases of aircraft accidents. He and his firm have
represented carriers, manufacturers, airport authorities or regulators in numerous accident cases including
those of Habsheim, Mont Sainte-Odile or the Concorde crash of 2000.
Partner, Holman, Fenwick & Willan, London (Moderator)
Richard Gimblett is a Partner in the London office of Holman Fenwick Willan and specialises in aviation, travel law
and commercial litigation. A past in-house legal adviser at the UK CAA, Richard’s practice includes both aviation
liability and regulatory issues. He also sits on a part time basis as a Recorder of the English Crown Court.
Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Washington, D.C. (Moderator)
Mr. Goldberg is the head of the Firm’s aviation industry team. He represents airlines, their trade associations,
and other companies in regulatory matters before the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Department
of Transportation and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. Mr. Goldberg has more than 21 years of
experience representing airlines in administrative proceedings and federal and state court cases challenging
user fees and other charges imposed by national and local governments and airport authorities. In addition
to aviation law, Mr. Goldberg’s practice also includes substantive areas of litigation such as patent litigation,
antitrust, contract disputes, international arbitration government contracts, and international trade.
Mr. Goldberg is currently representing the Air Transport Association of America in a regulatory and judicial challenge
to cargo inspection fees which the State of Hawaii is requiring airlines to bill, collect and remit to state authorities.
John D. Goetz
Partner, Jones Day, Pittsburgh
John D. Goetz is a partner in the global law firm of Jones Day, where he specializes in aviation law and product
liability defense. He represents airlines, aircraft manufacturers, and aircraft component part suppliers in various
John co-chairs Jones Day’s airlines and aviation practice, comprised of lawyers practicing throughout the Firm’s 35
offices located in Asia, Europe, South America, the Middle East, and the U.S. He has defended clients in litigation
involving commercial airliner crashes, including USAir Flight 427, Silk Air Flight 185, and SwissAir Flight 111. John
also has represented clients in general aviation cases involving an array of aircraft types. He has appeared in trial
and appellate courts across the United States, and he has participated in several high-profile aviation trials to
verdict. He counsels clients in crash site investigations, FAA enforcement actions, and NTSB hearings.
John is a private pilot with instrument rating training. He is a regular speaker at IATA Legal Symposiums and
other aviation law seminars. John has published a variety of articles on aviation litigation, and he has spoken on
legal issues relating to business jets and other aviation law topics. He is a member of the ABA Aviation Section
and the Lawyer – Pilots Bar Association. John is also a member of AOPA, and a corporate member of ISASI. He
teaches Aviation Law at a Pittsburgh-based law school.
J. Otto Grunow
General Manager, Joint Business (American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia Airlines of Spain)
Otto currently leads a trilateral team formed by American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia to manage their
recently established transatlantic joint venture. The team, based in New York, focuses on business planning,
program integration and performance management for the joint business.
Prior to his current role, Otto held a variety of positions with American Airlines, including Associate General
Counsel for commercial and transactional matters, Managing Director of International Affairs, and General
Counsel of AMR Global Services, a group of service subsidiaries previously affiliated with American. Prior to
joining American Airlines, Otto
worked in private legal practice, first with Gibson Dunn, and subsequently Donovan Leisure.
Originally from South Africa, Otto holds a BA in Legal Institutions and International Relations from the University
of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a Masters in Political Science and law degree from the University of
Wisconsin. He and his wife, Lani, live in Manhattan and have two sons.
Lorraine B. Halloway
Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, D.C. (Moderator)
Co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s Aviation Group, which is consistently top-ranked by Chambers, Lorry has helped
airlines and other clients resolve aviation and export control/sanctions regulatory issues since 1986.
Lorry handles alliance, change of control, enforcement, fitness, licensing, and rulemaking proceedings before
the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, other federal agencies, and courts. Recent
projects include guiding U.S. and foreign airlines on DOT’s consumer protection rules, advising on merger/
integration issues, and preparing comments on FAA’s flightcrew member duty and rest rulemaking.
She also advises a broad range of clients on U.S. export/sanctions matters, develops and trains on compliance
strategies, and handles complex licensing and disclosure issues.
Recognized by Chambers as a premier U.S. aviation lawyer, Lorry received the 2011 ILO Client Choice Award
for U.S. Aviation. She is Vice Chair of the ABA Section of International Law’s International Transportation
Committee. She began her career as a Department of Justice attorney.
Professor, DePaul University, Chicago
Brian F. Havel is Distinguished Research Professor of Law and Director of the International Aviation Law Institute
at DePaul University. For 2011/2012, he is the Keeley Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, Wadham
College. He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Aviation, Travel, and Tourism Council, the European Air
Law Association board, and the external board of governors of the International Institute of Air and Space
Law at Leiden. He is on the board of editors of Kluwer’s Air and Space Law and is editor in chief of Issues in
Aviation Law and Policy. Publications include Beyond Open Skies (Kluwer 2009), “The Emerging Lex Aviatica”
(Georgetown Journal of International Law 2011), and “Restoring Global Aviation’s ‘Cosmopolitan Mentalité’”
(Boston University International Law Journal 2011). He holds LL.M. degrees from University College Dublin and
Columbia University, and a J.S.D. from Columbia. He was the Fulbright Visiting Professor at McGill University’s
Institute of Air and Space Law, 2007/2008.
William G. Hopping
Senior Attorney, American Airlines Inc.
Since 1994 Bill Hopping has been in-house counsel at American Airlines in the Corporate/Transactional Group.
His primary responsibilities include managing American’s legal affairs in Latin America and the Caribbean. In
addition to work on a broad range of traditional corporate and transactional matters in the region such as asset
and stock purchases and sales, equity and contractual joint ventures, distribution and marketing agreements,
and service and lease contracts, his duties include advising the company and supervising external counsel on
litigation, tax, corporate compliance issues (e.g., FCPA, antitrust), regulatory, labor, employment, finance-credit,
bankruptcy procedures, tax, immigration and other cross-border issues affecting American.
Within the areas of distribution and marketing, his work includes negotiating amendments to the participating
carrier agreements with the major global distribution systems, contracts with start-up GDSs, reservations
system hosting contracts, applications development and provider contracts, e-commerce agreements including
participation arrangements with meta-search engines and advertising contracts, as well as dealing with a broad
variety of compensation and contract issues for both traditional and on-line travel agents.
Native language English.
Fluent in Spanish.
University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1988.
University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction, 1984.
New York State (1989), Texas (1993).
Nigel L. Howard
Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Nigel Howard is a partner in the Covington’s Technology Transactions and Global Privacy and Security
practices. Mr. Howard’s practice focuses on technology, data and intellectual property issues. He represents
clients in complex technology transactions, including sourcing, systems development, sales and distribution
arrangements, licensing, corporate partnering, and strategic alliance transactions. Mr. Howard’s experience
includes representing airlines in technology transactions, including negotiating contracts for reservations
systems, e-commerce and merchandising systems, and negotiating sales and distribution agreements with
GDSs and OTAs. Mr. Howard has been ranked by International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers, Chambers
Global, Chambers USA, Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America, and Who’s Who in American Law. He has been
a past speaker at IATA events on the issue of ownership of airline data and how best to formulate practical
strategies to manage these valuable assets.
Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan, LLP, London
Nick is a partner in the aerospace team at Holman Fenwick Willan in London. He has more than 30 years’
experience acting for a number of IATA carriers advising and providing representation in many insurance/liability
and commercial issues, as well as developing a similar role in space projects. He is recommended by Chambers
UK and Legal 500. Chambers UK 2012 describe Nick as being the “go-to aerospace expert; competent,
sensible, and he knows how to litigate.”
Nick is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a vice-president of the Insurance Institute of London and ex-
chairman of the Aviation committee. He is also a member of The Law Society of England and Wales (of which he
is Treasurer for the City of London LS), The City of London Solicitors Company (of which he is a member of the
Court) and of the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers (of which he is a Director and Secretary).
General Counsel, China Eastern Air Holding Company
Mr. Guo Junxiu is currently the General Counsel of China Eastern Air Holding Company. Mr. Guo joined the
civil aviation industry in 2007. He is a former associate professor of Economic Law in Xiamen University, and
then Vice President of Law School of Xiamen University. In April, 2007, Mr. Guo was appointed as General
Counsel of China Eastern Air Holding Company. In 2011, Mr. Guo won the title of Outstanding Top Ten General
Counsels of State-Owned Corporations. Mr. Guo graduated from Xiamen University and holds the doctor
degree of International Economic Law.
Chief Counsel, Transportation Safety Administration, Washington D.C.
Francine Kerner assumed the position of Chief Counsel at the Transportation Security Administration in January
2002. She advises senior officials on all legal matters relating to protection of the nation’s transportation systems.
As TSA’s first Chief Counsel, she was responsible for providing legal advice and services in connection with the
largest mobilization of a civilian government agency since World War II. This mobilization resulted in the hiring,
training, equipping and deploying of more than 60,000 employees to more than 450 locations in less than a year
and the execution of a three-year budget in excess of $16 billion.
As part of TSA’s senior management team, she helped lead the effort to secure and successfully restore
confidence in civil aviation following the September 11, 2001, attacks, working with senior Bush Administration
officials, Congress and stakeholders to enhance security in all modes of transportation. As Chief Counsel,
Kerner has built a nationwide legal office, hiring attorneys and support personnel from over 56 government
agencies, private firms and corporations.
Before joining TSA, Kerner held a variety of senior legal positions at the departments of Commerce and Treasury.
In her previous position as Deputy Assistant General Counsel for enforcement at Treasury, she provided counsel
on a wide range of sensitive and complex matters involving Treasury law enforcement agencies.
Before joining the federal government in 1979, Kerner served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings
County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In 2001, she received the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award for outstanding contributions as a
federal attorney. She is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Queens College in New York City.
G. Bailey Leopard, Jr.
Senior Counsel, FedEx Express
“Based at FedEx Express World Headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, Bailey Leopard handles aviation, regulatory
and trade matters for FedEx’s Asia Pacific region. He has represented FedEx Express on various international
trade matters, including postal and customs issues in China, Japan and elsewhere in the region, and in bilateral air
transport negotiations between the U.S. and China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand
and Vietnam, as well as in related matters before various U.S. administrative agencies, including Commerce, State,
Transportation and USTR. FedEx Express is one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, providing
fast and reliable delivery to every U.S. address and to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses
a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a
money-back guarantee. FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a
broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of over $39 billion
(FY11), the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies like FedEx Express,
competing collectively and managed collaboratively under the respected FedEx brand.
Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than
290,000 team members to remain «absolutely, positively» focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional
standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit http://about.fedex.com.
Director, Security Systems & Regulatory, Air Canada
Laura has been with Air Canada for 22 years, the last seven in Security. She is responsible for the Security
Management System, security regulatory compliance for Air Canada’s operations and fraud control. She is
an observer with the IATA SEG group. Prior to joining Security, Laura spent eight years with Air Canada’s
maintenance operations holding a variety of positions including Black Belt and Master Black Belt with the Six
Sigma initiative. She started out in the Operational Research team working on projects with most of Air Canada’s
operating branches, including cargo. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering.
Representative to ICAO, IFALPA, Montreal
2006 - 2011 Representative to ICAO and Technical Director,
International Federation of Air Line Pilots Association, Montreal, Canada
1973 - June 2004 DELTA AIR LINES - Pilot
1966 - 1972 U.S. NAVY - Pilot - A6A Aircraft
1980 - 1987 HOCH FLANAGAN & SNYDER, 160 STATE STREET, BOSTON, MA - Attorney
1987 - 1998 LOONEY & GROSSMAN, 101 ARCH STREET, BOSTON, MA - Attorney
1975 - 2005 AIR LINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION - Safety Representative
• ALPA Accident Investigation Board, Chairman
• IFALPA Accident Analysis Board, Chairman
• ALPA Executive Air Safety Chairman
• IFALPA Principal Vice President, Technical Standards
• Member of numerous groups including: CVR/FDR, FOQA/ASAP,
Criminal Liability of Pilots, CAST and GAIN
1966 - University of Notre Dame - BBA
1980 - Suffolk University - JD (cum laude)
Juan Carlos Mencio
General Counsel North America, Lan Airlines, S.A.
Mr. Juan Carlos Mencio is the General Counsel North America for LAN Airlines. He obtained his Bachelor’s
Degree in International Finance and Marketing from the School of Business of the University of Miami and his Juris
Doctor Degree from the Loyola University. He is admitted to practice Law in the States of New York and Florida.
Mr. Mencio was in private practice representing major foreign airlines for seven years and in 1998 was asked to
develop and head the Legal Department of North America for LAN Airlines and LAN Cargo.
He has been a lecturer and speaker at different forums worldwide, including the IATA Legal Symposium, Lus
Laboris-Americas, South Florida Group of Regional Counsel, Association of Corporate Counsel, South &
Central America Air Freight Conference, Conference for Legal and Finance issues facing the Aviation industry
for ALTA, and ABA Forum on Air and Space Law, among others.
He has been a participant of the Chilean delegation negotiating air transport Bilateral Agreements between Chile
and the People’s Republic of China, Japan, Hong Kong, India and the Dominican Republic and an advocate of
LAN’s support for bilateral agreements, working closely with civil aviation authorities in the Americas.
Of Counsel, Cozen O’Connor, Washington D.C.
Mr. Mendelsohn is Of Counsel with the firm of Cozen O’Connor in Washington, DC. He is also an Adjunct
Professor at Georgetown Law School teaching International Transportation Law. He served as Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State for Transportation Affairs during the last year of the Clinton Administration. This was his second
stint at the Department of State, where between 1963 and 1968, he served in the Department’s Legal Advisor’s
Office. During both periods, he was deeply involved in aviation, maritime and other areas of private international law.
During his most recent service at the State Department, he led the team of American negotiators that
concluded the world’s first multilateral open skies passenger and cargo agreement, now known as the MALIAT
Mr. Mendelsohn works mainly in the aviation field and in general litigation. He is a frequent contributor of articles
to law journals and other publications.
Partner, Minter Ellison, Canberra
Russell Miller is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s leading competition lawyers by Chambers Global,
Asia Pacific Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, and Which Lawyer, with special focus on the transport sector.
In addition to practicing extensively in the aviation regulatory field he has served as the Chair of the Australian
International Air Services Commission and the Civil Aviation Authority’s Aviation Advisory Committee. His other
work for the Australian Government in has included the Miller Review of Aviation Safety Agency Relations (2007).
He has led the Minter Ellison team represented IATA in Australia for over 20 years.
Russell is a non-Government adviser to the International Competition Network. He has authored Miller’s
Australian Competition & Consumer Law Annotated 33rd Edition (ThomsonReuters 2011), and Miller’s
Australian Competition Law and Policy, 2nd Edition (ThomsonReuters 2012).
Russell was awarded an Order of Australia for his contribution to international commercial law in 2005. 33
Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler, New York
Marc S. Moller, a trial and appellate lawyer, has been a partner in the law firm of Kreindler & Kreindler LLP for
more than thirty years. For most of his professional career he has represented plaintiffs in commercial aviation
accident, mass disaster and other wrongful death and personal injury cases and won awards for them either
through trial or settlement, many of which set records for recoveries in their jurisdiction. Mr. Moller is a Fellow
of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has been appointed Lead Counsel or Chairman of the Plaintiffs’
Steering Committees in numerous mass disaster cases and served as Special Trial Counsel. His success in
cases involving terrorism in aviation include representing victims of the terrorist bombing at LaGuardia Airport,
New York (1975), the TWA Flight 847 hijacking to Beirut, Lebanon (1985), the ground attack on a Pan Am plane
at Karachi (1986), and his service as Plaintiffs’ and Liaison Counsel in the September 11, 2001 tort litigation.
Mr. Moller’s extensive aviation litigation experience has led to awards and settlements in cases involving virtually
every type of commercial and general aviation aircraft, corporate jet and charter aircraft, helicopters and military
aircraft in operation today. He also acts as a consultant to counsel outside of the United States when the United
States jurisdiction requirements cannot be satisfied.
Partner, Wilmer Hale, Washington, D.C.
Thomas Mueller is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and
co-chair of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. His antitrust practice focuses on global cartel
enforcement matters, as well as merger and other investigations with transatlantic implications. Having practiced
both in Brussels and Washington, Mr. Mueller has insight into antitrust issues on both sides of the Atlantic. He
regularly advises major clients across various industry sectors, particularly in the areas of Internet and media,
manufacturing, aerospace and defense, transportation, financial services, chemicals and telecommunications
(operators and infrastructure). He received his BA from Williams College in 1987 and his JD from Harvard in 1990.
Corporate Legal Counsel, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Before working for KLM as Corporate Legal Counsel, Nienke has been active as a lawyer with the Dutch law
firm Stibbe from 2004-2009, advising corporations in competition law matters and regulatory affairs. Her
practice concentrated on advising and litigating before the Netherlands Competition Authority and the European
Commission. In 2010 she worked for the Dutch Financial Markets Authority, where she gained experience
working for a governmental regulator. As from April 2011 Nienke works for KLM as Corporate Legal Counsel
where she is primarily responsible for handling the competition law matters in which KLM is involved and
providing guidance and compliance training to the business.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, FedEx Express
M. Rush O’Keefe, Jr. is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of FedEx Express, the world’s largest
express transportation company.
O’Keefe started with Federal Express Legal Department in 1986, serving as both an attorney and managing
director in the Labor and Employment Group before being named Vice President of Regulatory and Industry
Affairs in 1998. While Vice President of Regulatory and Industry Affairs, O’Keefe was responsible for
international aviation matters worldwide, including aviation bilateral treaties and traffic rights issues for the
world’s largest cargo airline. He was promoted to his current position in August 2002. He has won three times
Federal Express’ Five Star Award, its highest award for employee excellence.
A native of Batesville, Mississippi, O’Keefe graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1975 with a degree
in accounting, and from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1979. He is licensed to practice in
Mississippi and Tennessee, and has appeared before a wide variety of state and federal courts, as well as
various U.S. and foreign government agencies.
FedEx Express is the largest business unit of FedEx Corporation, a $41-billion global transportation and
logistics holding company. Founded in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1973, today FedEx Express delivers
approximately three million items to more than 220 countries every business day, with reliable, door-to-door,
Sung Bom Park
Partner, Yoon & Yang LLC, South Korea
Sung Bom Park is a Partner in the Antitrust Practice Group at Yoon & Yang LLC in Seoul. He represents
leading Korean and multinational corporations in international and domestic cartel and abuse of dominance
investigations as well as in merger clearance in a variety of industries including petrochemical/energy, mobile
telecommunication, pharmaceutical, air cargo/freight forwarding, elevator/escalator, marine hose, power cable,
and high technology. His practice areas also include telecommunication and information technology and the
interface between antitrust law and intellectual property rights. Since 2004, he has served as a member of
Competition Policy Advisory Committee (Cartel Division) of the Korea Fair Trade Commission. He received an
LL.B. from the College of Law, Yonsei University in 1989 and an LL.M. from the University of California, Davis,
School of Law in 2001. He is admitted to the Bars in Korea and in New York.
Jackson K Pek
Vice President and General Counsel, Asia Pacific, Amadeus IT Group, SA
Jackson supervises the legal and corporate affairs team at the Asia Pacific regional headquarters of Amadeus, the
world’s largest global travel distribution system, a public company founded by Air France, Iberia and Lufthansa. His
team primarily supports transactions in the distribution, airline IT and corporate structuring areas in Asia Pacific.
Prior to joining Amadeus, Jackson was an attorney at the law firms Skadden Arps and White & Case in the
U.S. and Asia from 1995 to 2001, and most recently a senior attorney at IBM in charge of legal matters for the
ASEAN countries and South Asia until 2006. In addition to his work with Amadeus, Jackson has lectured at
various universities in Asia, most notably the National University of Singapore Law School, where he served on
the faculty for two years.
Jackson holds business and law degrees from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and from
New York University School of Law.
Managing Director, Aircraft Finance, Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore
Simon joined Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in late 2002, in October 2007 SCB acquired Pembroke Group
Limited and Simon became MD of Aviation Finance heading up the Asia Pacific region. He is on the board of
Pembroke Group Limited.
Pembroke Group Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Chartered PLC. It was founded in 1993
and provides aircraft leasing, financing, management and advisory services to the aviation industry. It manages
a diverse portfolio of approximately 80 aircraft leased to over 20 airlines across 6 continents. The portfolio
consists of a mix of single aisle and twin aisle stage 3 jet aircraft. A number of Pembroke’s current portfolio is
managed on behalf of third party banks, financial institutions and airlines. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland it has
a presence in Dublin, Limerick, London, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Managing Director, Regulatory Affairs, FedEx Express
Sarah S. Prosser is Managing Director for Regulatory Affairs in the Legal Department and has been with FedEx
since July 1986. Ms. Prosser graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in May 1985 with a Juris
Doctorate degree and was admitted to the Tennessee Bar the same year. Ms. Prosser’s responsibilities at FedEx
include managing security aviation, and customs issues.
Partner, Squire Sanders, New York (Moderator)
Marianne Rosenberg is a partner of Squire Sanders (US) LLP based in New York.
Marianne Rosenberg’s practice focuses on cross-border and complex equipment and facility financing, project
and structured finance.
She has been involved in leases through a great number of foreign jurisdictions, such as the United Kingdom,
France, Hong Kong, Japan, Cayman Islands, Finland and Sweden, as well as instrumental in developing
Marianne was named in 2002 by AirFinance Journal as one of the 50 airfinance industry “market shapers” in
AirFinance Journal’s 22 year history, one of only four lawyers worldwide to be so named.
She is a graduate of French and US law schools.
Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Washington, D.C. (Moderator)
Mark Rosman is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and a member
of the firm’s antitrust practice. Before joining the firm, Mark served as Assistant Chief of the National Criminal
Enforcement Section in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. Mark oversaw teams of trial attorneys
and law enforcement agents who prosecuted numerous cartel cases and related violations, including Foreign
Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, bribery, wire fraud, obstruction of justice, and kickbacks. Mark was
lead attorney on many of the section’s most prominent enforcement actions, including the Antitrust Division’s
investigation into air transportation price-fixing—its largest ever—which resulted in a record $1.8 billion in fines.
Previously, Mark was Special Assistant to the Directors of Enforcement in the Antitrust Division’s Office of
Operations, where he assisted Directors and Deputy Assistant Attorneys General in criminal matters and merger
and civil non-merger cases. Mark received his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law, 1991 and a
B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, 1988.
Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Beijing
Lester Ross is Managing Partner of the Beijing Office of the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
(WilmerHale). He has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and Ph.D. from The University of Michigan, and has been
resident in Beijing since 1997. He has a broad practice including mergers and acquisitions, competition, foreign
direct investment, financial services, intellectual property and environmental and energy law. He has particular
experience advising multinational corporations with respect to the establishment and growth of their businesses
in China and the outsourcing of manufacturing and research functions, and Chinese institutions with respect to
their overseas expansion. He has published widely in these fields. He is a member of the Board of Governors
and former General Counsel of the American Chamber of Commerce – China.
Partner, Eckert Seamens, Washington, D.C. (Moderator)
Evelyn Sahr is Chair of Eckert Seamans’ Aviation Law Group. She represents U.S. and foreign airlines as well as
intermodal logistics and freight forwarder companies in regard to all aspects of their U.S. operations including
assisting with regulatory and commercial issues before the U.S. Departments of Transportation, State, Justice
and Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Aviation Administration and airport
authorities. Evelyn assists clients with obtaining licenses and other operational authorizations, provides advice
on foreign ownership requirements, codesharing and open skies, prepares regulatory comments and handles
safety, security, hazmat, tarmac delay and advertising enforcement proceedings. She also counsels clients on
antitrust, environmental, insolvency, intellectual property, employment and equipment transaction matters.
Professor at Loyola University College of Law, Chicago (Moderator)
DALIAH SAPER is a member of the Illinois Bar and both the General Bar and Trial Bar of the U.S. District
Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She handles high profile cases and is frequently relied upon by the
news media as a go-to expert on intellectual property, social media, and business issues. For example, Daliah
has been featured on CNBC, ABC News, Fox News, NPR, WGN 720, The Chicago Tribune, National Jurist
Magazine, and Chicago Lawyer Magazine. She has repeatedly received the honor of being named a “Rising
Star” by Super Lawyers magazine, is recognized as a leading Media and Entertainment lawyer by Chambers
and Partners, and was recently nominated for the prestigious ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.
In addition to conducting Seminars at Saper Law on a monthly basis, Daliah is a frequent lecturer, panelist, and
instructor for organizations around the city and the country. (For Daliah’s latest speaking engagements, please
click on www.saperlaw.com.) She is on the faculty of PLI, Practicing Law Institute, and has been selected by
Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society to be a member of Harvard’s new Online Media
Legal Network (OMLN). Daliah is also an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law,
teaching a Sports and Entertainment law course. Finally, Daliah has extensive overseas experience, having
studied at Fudan University in Shanghai and the City University School of Business in London. She speaks
Hebrew and Farsi.
Chairman, China Eastern Air Holding Company
Mr. Liu Shaoyong is President of CEA Holding Company and Chairman of China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd.
Mr. Liu joined the civil aviation industry in 1978. He successively hold the posts as Deputy General Manager
of China General Aviation Corporation, Deputy Director of Shanxi Provincial Civil Aviation Administration,
General Manager of the Shanxi Branch of China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd and Director of Flight Standard
Mr. Liu served as President of China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd from December 2000 to October 2002,
Vice Minister of the CAAC from October 2002 to August 2004, President of China Southern Air Holding
Company from August 2004 to December 2008, Chairman of China Southern Airlines Co., Ltd from
November 2004 to December 2008.
In December 2008, Mr. Liu was appointed President of CEA Holding Company, and then became Chairman
of China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd on February 3, 2009.
Mr. Liu graduated from China Civil Aviation Flight College and achieved EMBA degree from Tsinghua
University in 2005. Mr. Liu holds the title of First Class Pilot. He is also Director General of China Air
Transport Association, Director of International Air Transport Association and Director of Association for
Relations across the Taiwan Straits.
Marshall S. Sinick
Partner, Squire Sanders, Washington, D.C.
Marshall S. Sinick counsels and represents major US and non-US carriers before various executive
departments, administrative agencies, US Congress and courts in the United States. Representative matters
involve marketing alliances, codeshare agreements, frequent flyer agreements, licensing proceedings, GDS
hosting and participation agreements, aviation-related legislation, slot allocation and forfeiture proceedings,
intergovernmental bilateral negotiations and antitrust counseling and defense. Sandy has been named by
Chambers USA as one of the leading US aviation practitioners.
Sandy has advised a major carrier on both the criminal and civil aspects of one of the largest airline price-fixing
investigations. He has been involved in formulating enacted aviation legislation concerning, among others,
airport slots, waivers from US security directives affecting passenger screening and the carriage of freight and
mail, and the coordination of schedules and revenue sharing in certain US markets.
Sandy has worked with the US Department of Transportation on numerous new carrier matters including
complex questions of ownership and control, codesharing and antitrust immunity. He has worked with the
Federal Aviation Administration to persuade a local airport authority that it must allocate slots to a new entrant
carrier in accordance with US federal law and federal funding grants received by the local airport authority.
He has also worked on behalf of a non-US carrier seeking to consummate an immunized codeshare/marketing
alliance with a major US carrier.
He served as program chair in 2006 and a panelist in 2007-2009 at the American Bar Association’s Aviation
Law Forum, as a panelist in 2006-2009 and 2011 at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual
Legal Symposium and as chair of the Latin American Civil Aviation CEO Conference from 2001 through 2006.
• Negotiating a hosting, participation and other related software agreements with a major GDS.
• Advising a major online travel agency about regulatory compliance and commercial issues.
• Advising on various issues related to foreign citizen investment limitations in US carriers and on third country
investment in non-US carriers
Partner, Shearman & Sterling, Brussels (Moderator)
Trevor Soames is an experienced advocate, qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor Advocate with 25 + years
experience of complex aviation competition/regulatory cases having been involved in the sector since BA’s
privatisation and the 1986 adoption of the first aviation liberalisation package. Trevor has represented clients
in aviation mergers, (most recently United Airlines/Continental), many aviation alliances and cooperation
agreements over the years (such as the TPJVA between bmi/LH/SK, UA/LH/SK, UA/bmi, A++ between UA/
CO/LH/AC), cartel investigations (Air Cargo for UA), dominance cases (Aer Lingus interlining, Brussels Airport)
and state aid (Aer Lingus, Air France, Olympic) as well as associated business areas such as ground handling
(Greece, Spain, AIA), airport charges, licensing, scarce capacity allocation and GDS/CRS issues. Trevor has
repeatedly been identified by Euromoney as one of the top 20 aviation lawyers in the world and consistently
included in the International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers.
Trevor can draw upon a wealth of experience across many global industries to assist clients (lead counsel in
a number of major recent cases including Qualcomm and Microsoft/Internet Explorer), and has a strong track
record of success. His innovative work has been regularly recognised by the legal directories and his leadership
of the team that successfully concluded the European Commission’s Article 102 Qualcomm investigation won
the Legal Business Competition Team of the Year 2010.
Formerly Co-Chair of Howrey’s worldwide antitrust practice and founder of its highly successful Brussels office,
ranked as one of only four Brussels Elite practices by GCR in 2009 and 2010, Trevor is now focussed entirely
on client work.
Alan Khee-Jin Tan
Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Dr Alan Khee-Jin Tan is Professor of Aviation and Maritime Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS)
Law School and a leading authority on aviation law in Asia. Born in Penang, Malaysia and educated at the
NUS and Yale Law Schools, Alan’s main interest lies in the liberalization of aviation in Asia. He lectures at the
Singapore Aviation Academy, teaches for IATA training programmes and has been a Hauser Global Visiting
Professor at New York University. He has published extensively in the Annals of Air and Space Law, Journal
of Air Law & Commerce, Journal of Air Transport Management and Air & Space Law and has been cited in
Airline Business. In 2006, Alan’s article “Liberalizing Aviation in the Asia-Pacific Region: The Impact of the E.U.
Horizontal Mandate” won the Diederiks-Verschoor Prize. Alan has been a consultant to APEC, the Association
of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Arab League on aviation liberalization. He has worked on a major
consultancy for the ASEAN Secretariat on a Single Aviation Market in Southeast Asia and its impact on aero-
political relations with trading partners such as the US, EU and China.
Partner, Clifford Law Offices, Chicago
Timothy Tomasik has handled some of the most complex and high-profile cases at Clifford Law Offices, including the
scaffolding collapse at the John Hancock Center where several people were injured or killed that settled for $75.2
million. He worked round-the-clock on the World Trade Center property damage litigation surrounding the tragic 9/11
air crashes that settled in 2011 for $1.2 billion. He handled the case involving the crash of the private jet that killed the
younger son of NBC Sports Chairman, Dick Ebersol, where a chartered Challenger jet crashed moments after take-off
in November, 2004. His elder son dragged his dad out of the fiery plane. National Transportation Safety Board reports
indicated the plane’s wings were not de-iced in the freezing weather. He was part of the legal team that worked on the
high profile trial of internationally acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton which resulted in a $29.6 million verdict.
Tim is not afraid to take on corporate giants in order to see that justice is done. Another high-profile case which Tim
handled involved the toxic alcohol poisoning death of a Northwestern University freshman. His parents have started
the Red Watch Band program which makes students more aware of alcohol poisoning at universities across the
country, including now Northwestern. Tim also brought an action against the Chicago Cubs on behalf of the mother of
a 21-year-old man who was killed when a car wash/storage unit owned and operated by the Chicago Cubs collapsed
on him during a storm. He suffered severe head, neck and spine injuries and died eight days later. The dilapidated
structure had been earmarked for demolition. That case settled for $2.5 million. He was counsel with Robert Clifford
representing a medical doctor who was paralyzed as a result of negligently administered spinal anesthesia while he
was a patient. The two-week trial resulted in a $13 million verdict that was affirmed by the Illinois Supreme Court on
several important issues related to trial practice and agency. He worked on dozens of cases involving hemophiliacs
who have been infected with the HIV/AIDs virus from tainted blood which resulted in a successful confidential
settlement. He tried a case on behalf of a woman severely injured in an auto collision with a Commonwealth Edison
truck where he and Bob Clifford obtained a $14 million verdict.
Tim has been recognized for his excellence in trial working including being inducted as a Fellow into the International
Society of Barristers, an honor society of outstanding trial lawyers chosen by their peers on the basis of excellence and
integrity in advocacy. He has been named a Super Lawyer and a Leading Lawyer as well as being named one of Top
40 Attorneys Under 40 Years Old by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company of Chicago. In 2009, Tim was awarded the
William J. White Award of Excellence from the Chicago Bar Association for his work as Chair of the Judicial Evaluation
Committee. He also serves as Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Aviation Litigation
Committee, and Trial Evidence Sub-Committee. In 1999, Tim was named the American Legion Expert Litigator for his
outstanding service as a gang prosecutor in the Chicago community as well for his excellence as a civil litigator.
Tim was an Assistant State’s Attorney, culminating his eight-year criminal trial career in the Bureau of Special
Prosecutions. He handled numerous high profile capital cases and sexual assault cases during his tenure there. He
has translated his finely-honed criminal trial skills to the civil courtroom. He is a frequent speaker across the country on 48
a number of topics and serves on the faculty of the prestigious University of Virginia Institute of Trial Advocacy where
he is an instructor at its annual week-long program for lawyers and law students.
Carlos M. Tornero
Senior Legal Counsel, IATA
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the American University’s Washington College of
Law, Mr. Tornero was the former General Counsel for the all cargo airline, Florida West International Airways, Inc.
in Miami, Florida a then Lan Airlines affiliate. Mr. Tornero currently supports the IATA Legal Services Department
with the Cargo Services Conference and Cargo Agency Conference, which are responsible for establishing
international standards for the transportation of air cargo and regulating the carrier-cargo agent relationship,
respectively. Additionally, Mr. Tornero is the corporate counsel for IATA’s wholly owned subsidiary, Cargo Network
Services Corporation headquartered (CNS) in Miami, Florida responsible for supporting CNS with all of its legal
services including commercial matters, competition law compliance, corporate governance and regulatory issues.
Recent initiatives by Mr. Tornero include:
1) Establishment of a Legal Committee Working Group to address Brazilian courts’ failure to exclusively apply the
International Liability Conventions (Warsaw 1929 and Montreal 1999) to passenger and cargo claims;
2) Development of the IATA Training and Development Institute course: “International Air Cargo Law.”
First class to be taught by Mr. Tornero in Beijing this December to Air China personnel.
3) Inaugurated the “Legal for Non-Legal Track” at this year’s World Cargo Symposium. Prepared a track of
three panels on issues raging from the Forwarder-Carrier relationship to “Bouncing Back” with your legal
department in line with this years WCS theme.
4) Presentation on legal liability issues involving the IATA e-air waybill at this year’s XXXVIII Jornadas
Iberoamericanas de Derecho Aeronautico y del Espacio y de Aviacion Comercial held at the University of
Buenos Aires on 20-22 October 2010.
5) Instrumental in revising Cargo Services Conference Resolution 600b (the Conditions of Contract on the
reverse side of the air waybill) to harmonize its liability standard worldwide, across all routes (Convnetion and
Non-Convention) at the Montreal Convention standard: 19 SDRs/kilo.
6) Guest speaker at the 6th IATA Cargo Claims and Loss Prevention Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland
on 10-12 November 2010. Participant on the Claims Involving e-AWB & e-Freight Shipments panel, and gave
presentation on Agent vs. Forwarder – Implications on Liability.
Partner, McMillan LLP, Montreal
Éric Vallières is a Canadian litigator specializing in high-end litigation.
Eric is ranked in the Chambers Global 2011 as a leading Competition Litigator in Canada and by the 2010
Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers as a “Litigator to watch”. Eric is
also listed as one of the leading aviation lawyers in Canada by the International Who’s Who since 2010.
Éric is very involved in the airline industry and he routinely acts for IATA, as well as for international airlines,
including in regulatory matters. In particular Eric has recently been involved in matters regarding international
sanctions and their effect on IATA services.
Éric has extensive commercial litigation experience, having represented clients before commercial courts,
specialized tribunals and arbitration as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Éric is a frequent speaker in Canada and abroad on topics relating to aviation law, competition law and cross-
Partner, Haynes and Boone, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Wade concentrates his practice on antitrust and competition issues including merger clearance, government
civil and criminal investigations, private antitrust litigation, and antitrust counseling. He has more than 25 years of
experience dealing with antitrust issues in both the private and government sectors. Prior to joining Haynes and
Boone Mr. Wade was the Chief of the Litigation III section of the Antitrust Division, Department of Justice, where
he was responsible for the oversight of civil antitrust enforcement and litigation activities nationwide in a wide
variety of industries. He represented the United States in a successfully litigated challenge to a major airline
carrier’s acquisition of a controlling stock interest in one of its competitors, as well as the government’s action
to block the acquisition of certain strategic satellite assets by a joint venture controlled by the five largest cable
MSOs in the United States.
Mr. Wade was named a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer 2007 in antitrust litigation. He was recently recognized
in Best Lawyers 2011 for Antitrust Law.
Xianping “Ping” Wang
Of Counsel, Holland & Knight, Washington, D.C.
Ping is a co-founder of GCW Consulting in Washington D.C. and the president of GCW (Beijing), Ltd., with
offices in Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.
For over 20 years Ping and his colleagues have been intensely involved in PRC commercial and general aviation
industry evolution. With relentless efforts in fostering and promoting contemporary operation, management,
regulation and financing theories and techniques, Ping and his PRC local team played ground-breaking roles in
PRC aviation reform and growth, along with industrial leaders in both the regulatory agencies, as well as state-
owned and private aviation enterprises.
In addition to assisting a wide-range of PRC and foreign airlines/airports in improving operation and
management efficiency, Ping and his team are particularly active in aviation infrastructure developments as
strategic and business advisers to property owners, financiers, airlines and airports on corporate strategy and
business plan development, fleet and facility development plans, private ownership of aircraft and facilities,
cross-border JV and investment, as well as PRC aviation rules and regulations.
Ping received his LL.B and LL.M degrees from Peking University and China Academy of Social Sciences, and
his J.D. degree at Duke University School of Law. As a practicing attorney, Ping serves as an Of Counsel in the
Washington, DC-based law firm of Holland & Knight.
Ping can be reached at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
General Counsel, China Southern Airlines Company Limited
Mr. Chen is currently the Chief General Counsel and also the General Manager of Legal Department of China
Southern Airlines Company Limited. He received a LLB from Beijing University and an EMBA from Tsinghua
University. He has been engaged as a full time counsel for decades, and as the senior management of China
Southern Airlines Company Limited for seven years. With a solid background in law, he is well versed in
domestic and international laws and has extensive experience as an internal counsel in corporate issues. He
is one of the most prominent experts in the profession and specialises in PRC corporate law, contract law,
securities law, foreign investment law, civil aviation law and aviation related international conventions.
He has vocational qualification certificate as a lawyer and as an in-house legal counsel. He also serves at
present as an arbitrator in China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Vice-Chairman of
the China Aviation Law Society and a visiting professor of Civil Aviation University of China. He has been named
as one of the first “Top Ten General Legal Counsels of National Enterprises”.
Thomas J. Whalen
Partner, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, Washington, D.C.
Thomas J. Whalen is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC. Mr.
Whalen’s practice has primarily involved the sale, financing and leasing of aircraft and aircraft engines; litigation
in defense of airlines; and trade advice concerning the U.S. economic sanctions affecting the sale and lease of
Mr. Whalen argued the case of Helicopteros Nacionales de Colombia SA (Helicol) v. Hall, 446 U.S. 408 (1984)
before the Supreme Court of the United States. Helicol is the landmark precedent on the issue of the jurisdiction
of the United States Courts over aviation claims that arise outside of the United States.
Mr. Whalen was also a member of the drafting committee of an international convention which has come into
force as the Cape Town Convention and Aviation Protocol.
Mr. Whalen is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (JD in 1963) in Washington, D.C.
Assistant Director, Cargo Facilitation & Standards, IATA
MICHAEL R. WHITE is the Assistant Director of Cargo Facilitation, Security and Standards for Cargo Network
Services (CNS) and Regional Manager of Cargo for the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Based in Miami, Florida, Mr. White is helping lead the air cargo industries efforts in Secure Freight, e-freight,
data quality and timeliness and government issues related to air cargo in the Americas. He is called on upon
frequently by industry and government officials for official viewpoints and to speak on behalf of CNS and IATA.
His experience includes Chief Operation Officer of SkyLink USA, President of Trade Network Consultants,
Managing Director of Cargo Services at the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), Midwest Regional Vice
President of KLM’s Cargo Service Center, Manager of Cargo Services and Product Development Worldwide
for United Airlines, Cargo Manager for United Airlines in New York-JFK and Miami as well as other numerous
operational management positions with Continental, Frontier and United Airlines. At the ATA he oversaw the
industries air cargo security program. On September 11, 2001 his operational and government experience was
called upon by industry and government. His interface with the government and working directly in the air cargo
industry provided him with the knowledge and contacts to assist in meeting today’s air cargo challenges.
Mr. White has been called upon to brief US Congressional members and their staff on the importance of air
cargo and its part in the global economy. Mr. White was also a senior representative for the trade during the
development of the U.S. government’s known shipper program, the indirect air carrier program, the Customs
Trade Partnership (C-TPAT) program and the Container Security Initiative (CSI) to help secure the supply chain
after the events of TWA ﬂight 800 and September 11, 2001. He served as an advisor to the U.S. government
and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on customs, security and other air cargo related issues.
Mr. White was selected in 2011 by US Customs and Border Protection as a Trade Ambassador and also serves
on several committees of their Trade Support Network. He also is the air cargo Chair of the Customs Electronic
Senior Advisory Committee. He is a lifetime member of the JFK Air Cargo Association, the International Air
Cargo Association of Chicago and the Traffic Club of Chicago.
Head of Legal & Compliance, easyJet
Andrew Winterton is the Head of Legal and Compliance at easyJet, the UK’s largest airline and 4th largest
in Europe. He manages a team of 6 that provides legal support to easyJet plc and its subsidiary companies
which includes the operating carriers easyJet and easyJet Switzerland. He advises on both contentious and
non contentious matters ranging from M&A, Competition and Consumer law to High Court litigation. He is
also responsible for managing the company’s legal risk in the 29 countries in which it operates, and is heavily
involved in regulatory and public policy issues that affect the company.
Prior to joining easyJet, Andrew spent 5 years at Virgin Atlantic Airways working on areas as diverse as asset
finance, environmental litigation and aviation law in jurisdictions located across the Virgin Atlantic network.
Before moving in house he worked at Clyde & Co