The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) has appointed a new director general to replace outgoing Adrian Winstanley OBE.
Dutch arbitrator Dr Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof was appointed by the succession-planning committee after fending off competition from a shortlist of candidates. She will follow Winstanley who will retire after 17 years in the post on 30 June 2014.
She takes up the post as the LCIA makes a move into new territories. In 2013 it entered into a cooperation agreement with the newly-established Seoul International Dispute Resolution Centre and will soon be stationing an Asia representative there.
The arbitrator is head of boutique firm HaersolteHof and was called to the bar in 1992. She is currently admitted to the Bar of the Hague and has has acted in a wide range of arbitrations administered by the International Chamber of Commerce, LCIA, Netherlands Arbitration Institute among others.
She was also previously a counsel in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as well as Rotterdam firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke in its corporate and maritime law department.
Professor William Park, president of the LCIA court, said: “One cannot overstate the significance of the director general’s role in all dimensions of the LCIA’s mission; not only in the capacity of executive director, but also in the LCIA’s core activities of casework, conferences and publications.
The LCIA is an increasingly important centre of global arbitration. In 2011 it entered into a joint venture with the Government on Mauritius to set up LCIA-MIAC, bringing in its own arbitration and mediation rules. That followed its launch of its first independent overseas office with its secretariat in New Delhi, LCIA India.