Irina Nazarova, Asters' partner and head of its Litigation Practice Group, was among the invited peers of the 1st International Preferred Firm's Litigation Partners Conference organized by Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, an international City of London law firm, on 26-27 February 2009 in London.
The conference brought together senior litigation and dispute resolution lawyers from over 40 firms across 35 countries and 4 continents. The event provided the participants with an opportunity to debate on some of today's hot litigation topics, including how different law firms are organising themselves to provide contentious services to their clients, the Commercial Court's role in international dispute resolution, international arbitration and litigation, legal actions on cross-border insolvency, the growing use of US-style class action litigation in Europe, and others.
Among the keynote speakers of the conference were Lord Woolf of Barnes and Lord Justice Aikens, two of the most experienced judges of England and Wales.
Commenting on the event, Mrs. Nazarova said: "First of all, the conference proved to be of a very practical character, as it gathered together partners heading the litigation practice at firms from around the world. The forum provided for lively discussion, and it also was a well-organised networking platform where participants were able to explore areas of common interest, as well as common capabilities and experience (e.g., how to freeze assets, render injunctions etc.) to foster further cooperation during the financial crunch, in the area of cross-border insolvency among others".