We are pleased to be hosting the fifth Annual Conference of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA), to take place on 30 January 2020 at Herbert Smith Freehills’ offices in London.

This year’s conference will focus on ‘Investment Protection in the EU: Alternatives to Intra-EU BITs’, and will cover the topics:

  1. Investment/investor protection under EU law;
  2. Alternative tools for effective investment/investor protection;
  3. The future of the ECT and intra-EU ECT disputes.

Herbert Smith Freehills Partner, Patricia Nacimiento, will be one of the panellists joining the discussion on ‘Investment/investor protection under EU law’ and the keynote speech will be given by Meg Kinnear, Secretary General of ICSID.

For more information and details of the full programme, please visit the conference website here.

Registration is now open via the link here.


EFILA is a Brussels-based organisation that aims to promote knowledge of all aspects of EU and international investment law, including arbitration. EFILA endeavours to facilitate a meaningful exchange of views on relevant and timely issues concerning the development of the European internal market, and to foster objective debate about the current system of investment arbitration.

EFILA’s Executive Board includes International Arbitration and Public International Law Partner Andrew Cannon.

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For more information, please contact Andrew Cannon, Partner, Patricia Nacimiento, Partner, or your usual Herbert Smith Freehills contact.


Andrew Cannon
Andrew Cannon
+44 20 7466 2852
Patricia Nacimiento
Patricia Nacimiento
+49 69 2222 82530