INTL Warsaw Meeting 2023


March 30, 2023
Klub Bankowca , ul. Smolna 6
Warsaw, Poland

Registration is closed. For questions, email Carra Forgea at [email protected]


Who are we?

New York State Bar Association and the International Section

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is the largest voluntary state bar organization in the United States and has members across the globe that have a nexus to New York law.

The International Section is one of NYSBA’s most active sections having over 1,500 members internationally with chapters in more than 70 countries worldwide and is NYSBA’s global representative and international advocate for the rule of law.

In addition, the NYSBA International Section brings members together to discuss and influence the resolution of key legal practice issues before local, state, national and international policy makers. Members include legal professionals from major international law firms, multi-national corporations, and other organizations that influence, and are influenced by, international law.

What Is the Spring Conference?

The Spring Meeting offers participants opportunities to:

  • listen to and participate in discussions with specialists on matters concerning the war in Ukraine,
  • show their support to the people of Ukraine and those who work to make Russia accountable for its crimes,
  • become a member of the International Section of the NYSBA and help develop the Section’s footprint in the region,
    exchange knowledge and experience, for building meaningful relationships and for showing our unity against injustice.

Steering Committee

International Section Chair:
Prof. Azish E. Filabi, The American College Maguire Center for Ethics in Financial Services, King of Prussia, PA, and New York, NY

Conference Co-Chairs:
Anna Dąbrowska, Wardyński i Wspólnicy sp. k, Warsaw, Poland
Serhiy Hoshovski, Hoshovsky Law Firm LLC, New York, NY
Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky, Baker & Hostetler LLP, New York, NY

Steering Committee Members:
David DeBenedetti, DeBenedetti Majewski Szcześniak, Poland
Szymon Gostyński, Gostyński & Partners, Kraków, Poland
Ivan Horodyskyy, Board member of the Ukrainian Bar Association, Ukraine
Joanna Iwanicka, Queritius, Poland
Edward K. Lenci, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, New York, NY
Inna Liniova, Ukrainian Bar Association, Ukraine
Lana Sinichkina, Arzinger, Kyiv, Ukraine

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Venue: Wardyński & Partners, Al. Ujazdowskie 10, 00-478 Warsaw, VI floor

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Venue: Klub Bankowca, ul. Smolna 6, Warsaw, Poland

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Prof. Azish E. Filabi | The American College Maguire Center for Ethics in Financial Services, King of Prussia, PA, and New York, NY

Hon. Vasyl Zvarych | Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Ukraine in Poland

Anna Ogrenchuk | President, Ukrainian Bar Association

David Vaughn | Chief of Party, USAID Program Justice for All, Ukraine

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

SESSION 1- Prosecution of Crimes Against Ukraine as A Driver of Evolution of International Criminal Law

This session seeks to analyse how the aggression against Ukraine impacted international criminal and humanitarian law and the practice of international judicial institutions. The speakers will venture to predict the long-term consequences of the war for international law and order.


Anton Korynevych | Government Agent before the International Court of Justice, Kyiv, Ukraine

Anna Adamska-Gallant | Key International Expert, Head of Component 2 “Judiciary Reform” of the Pravo-Justice Project, Lublin, Poland

Gaiane Nuridzhanian | National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine and UiT-Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway

Marie O’Leary | Office of the Public Counsel for the Defense (OPCD), International Criminal Court (ICC)


Szymon Gostyński | Gostyński & Partners, Kraków, Poland

Inna Liniova | Ukrainian Bar Association, Ukraine

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

SESSION 2- The World of Sanctions: How Did We Adjust?

Many industries and markets in the EU, US and other countries were caught by surprise by the scope and impact of the economic and trade sanctions imposed on Russia and Belarus this year. Companies, financial institutions, and third-country governments have had to adapt quickly to the new reality of:

  • the broadest multilateral trade restrictions on any country in the world,
  • growing restrictions on professional services to parties in Russia,
  • multilateral financial sanctions as broad as those imposed on Iran and other embargoed countries,
  • escalating restrictions on trade in Russian-origin petroleum, gas, and solid fuels.
In this panel we will discuss how the private and public sectors have adapted to these broad restrictions on trade and have been addressing the indirect impacts on trade with and through other countries. We will flag key issues to be alert for, issues that many companies might be overlooking, and where the sanctions are likely headed next.


Matthias Creydt | Founder, Creydt Law, Munich, Germany

Carolina Dackö | Partner, Mannheimer Swartling, Gothenburg, Sweden

Prof. Marcin J. Menkes | Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland

Tomasz Dyrda | Partner, Ernst & Young, Warsaw, Poland

Serhiy Yaroshenko | Executive Partner, Boulders Law firm, Kyiv, Ukraine


Glen N. Kelley | Jacobson Burton Kelley PLLC, New York, NY

Joanna Krakowiak | Wardyński & Partners, Warsaw, Poland

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Buffet lunch

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SESSION 3- Compensation for Economic Damages Inflicted by the Russian Invasion

This session will consider potential state-to-state and private approaches to compensating economic damages caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The panelists will consider the legal mechanisms potentially available to individuals and businesses seeking compensation, including proposals for the establishment of an international compensation mechanism, the role of litigation and investor-state arbitration under international investment treaties, and lessons learned from claims arising from Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea, as well as the practical prospects for private claimants.


Svitlana Romanova | Metinvest Holding, Kyiv, Ukraine

Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi | Asters, Kyiv, Ukraine

Natalia Petrik | Deputy Secretary General, SCC Arbitration Institute, Stockholm

Ivan Horodyskyy | Dnistrianskyi Center, Lviv


Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky | Baker & Hostetler LLP, New York, NY

Serhiy Hoshovsky | Hoshovsky Law Firm, New York, NY

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SESSION 4- Investments into the Region: Realities and Prospects

While the war has significantly affected the investment climate in the region lowering the flow of regular transactions down to almost zero, at the same time it gave rise to a new type of investments triggered by the destruction of critical infrastructure, increased demand in military ammunition and attempts of businesses to diversify the risks. At this Panel we will discuss the realities and prospects of investments in both Ukraine and Poland. We will listen to the high-ranking representative of Ukrainian government who will present the current and upcoming investment opportunities in Ukraine covering the conditions, incentives, and plans for attracting funds. The representatives of the international donors and financial organizations will speak about their projects and areas of focus in the region. We will also look at two practical show cases of both Polish and Ukrainian businesses expanding during war time, they will share their experience of taking risk and developing their business ideas in such a complicated environment.


Inna Khomych | Chief Legal Officer, New Post-Center LLC

Roman Niktov | ICU Venture and Tech Investments | Ukraine

Artem Shevalev | European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London, UK

Lucyna Stańczak | Supervisory Board of BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.


Lana Sinichkina | Arzinger, Kyiv, Ukraine

Paweł Zdort | Rymarz Zdort, Warsaw, Poland

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Coffee Break

4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SESSION 5- Restructuring/Reconstruction of the Region

While Post-war investment and economic development will depend on many factors, this panel will focus on two issues of overriding importance: the role of international financial and governmental institutions, and the strengthening of the rule of law in Ukraine. Aside from the tragedy and brutality, the invasion is a cultural watershed moment, where Ukraine may change the way it does and wants to do business and adjusts its law and culture to reflect a stronger rule of law. The panelists and moderators have experience in the region and knowledge which can both explain and add to the ongoing discussion on these points.


Tony Housh | American Chamber of Commerce in Poland

Andrzej Tokaj | Penteris, Warsaw, Poland

Olga Yeriomina | European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London, UK

Olga Ivlyeva | Wolf Theiss, Kyiv, Ukraine


C. David DeBenedetti | DeBenedetti Majewski Szcześniak, Poland

Anna Zorya | Rymarz Zdort, Warsaw, Poland

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Conference Dinner

Villa Foksal, ul. Foksal 3/5, Warsaw


Mateusz Szczurek | Former Minister of Finance, Lead EU Economist (EBRD)

Registration is closed. For questions, email Carra Forgea at [email protected]


Until Feb 28
Until March 29
NYSBA Member Attorney$180$230
Non-NYSBA Member Attorney$200$260
Ukrainian Bar Association Member$140$170
Member of a Polish Bar Association
(Radcowie Prawni and Adwokaci)
Thursday Conference Dinner
(Conference Dinner on Thursday night is separate from the general registration fee)

Registration Fee Includes:

Registration fee includes Welcome Reception on Wednesday, Thursday programming, coffee breaks, and lunch. The Conference Dinner on Thursday night is separate from the general registration fee.

Cancellation Notice

Notice of cancellation must be received by Tuesday, February 28, 2023 in order to obtain a refund of fees.

Account and Registration Assistance

For account and registration assistance, we invite you to reach out to our Member Resource Center (MRC) at [email protected] or at 800-582-2452 / +1 (518) 463-3724.

Important Information

NY MCLE Credits

This program will not carry any New York Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

NYSBA will make reasonable modifications/accommodations to allow participation in its services, programs, or activities by persons with disabilities. if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Carra Forgea at [email protected] or 1-518-487-5521.

Dress Code

Business Attire or Business Casual


Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Check the sponsorship opportunities here (PDF) and reach out to Carra Forgea at [email protected] or at +1 (518) 487-5521 for questions.

Baker Hostetler

Gold Sponsor

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Moris Law

Gold Sponsor

Moris Law


Gold Sponsor


Wolf Theiss

Gold Sponsor

Wolf Theiss

EY Poland

Gold Sponsor

Gostynski & Partners

Silver Sponsor

Gostynski & Partners

BFPL Avocats

Silver Sponsor

Meeks Sheppard Leo Pillsbury

Bronze Sponsor

Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury LLP

Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek

Bronze Sponsor

Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek


Bronze Sponsor


Barbri Global

Bronze Sponsor


Stasiv Joeriman

Bronze Sponsor

Stasiv Joeriman Legal Translation

Reception – Wardynski & Partners

Reception Sponsor

UBA (Ukrainian Bar Association)

Program Partner

Ukrainian Bar Association


With Support

USAID Justie for All Activity - Ukraine

in principle

Media Patron

In Principle


Honorary Patron

Naczelna Rada Adwokacka

Krajowej Rady Radców Prawnych

Honorary Patron

Krajowej Rady Radców Prawnych

The 2023 Warsaw Spring Meeting will be held on March 30, 2023 at Klub Bankowca , ul. Smolna 6, Warsaw, Poland.

Recommended Hotel: 

Sheraton Grand Warsaw
Boleslawa Prusa 2, 00-493 Warszawa, Poland
+48 22 450 60 00
5-Star Hotel (14-min. walk to Klub Bankowca)

Booking Name: NYSBA 2023 Warsaw Spring Meeting
Start Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2023
End Date: Friday, March 31, 2023

Free cancellation deadline: Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Last Day to Book: Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Hotel special group rate:

  • Single room: 635 PLN + Tax / per night (breakfast included) [approx. USD 150 + Tax]
  • Double room: 715 PLN + Tax / per night (breakfast included) [approx. USD 170 + Tax]

Please click here to book your room and get the special discounted rate.

Note: If extending your stay beyond the conference dates, please contact the hotel at [email protected]

Other Options:

Hotel Indigo Warsaw – Nowy Swiat, an IHG Hotel
Smolna 40, 00-375 Warszawa, Poland
+48 22 418 89 00
4-Star Hotel (6-min. walk to Klub Bankowca)

Hotel Polonia Palace
Al. Jerozolimskie 45, 00-692 Warszawa, Poland
+48 22 318 28 00
4-Star Hotel (19-min. walk to Klub Bankowca)

Novotel Warszawa Centrum
Marszalkowska 94/98, 00-510 Warszawa, Poland
+48 22 596 00 00
4-Star Hotel (16-min. walk to Klub Bankowca)

PURO Hotel Warszawa Centrum
Widok 9, 00-023 Warszawa, Poland
+ 48 22 899 80 00
4-Star Hotel (13-min. walk to Klub Bankowca)

All COVID-based travel restrictions were dropped in Poland on March 28, 2022. Travelers are no longer required to show proof of vaccination on arrival, nor are Passenger Locator Forms or negative test result required. Quarantine rules have also been removed.

Poland has also lifted all social restrictions within cities and masks are no longer compulsory.

Click here to learn more:



  • Old Town
  • Royal Castle
  • Willanow Palace
  • Palace of Culture and Science
  • Copernicus Science Centre
  • Keret House
  • Warsaw Fotoplastikon
  • Muranów
  • Warsaw Holy Cross Church
  • John’s Archcathedral
  • Piniatowski Bridge

Nature and Parks

  • Łazienki Królewski Park – Palace Complex
  • Vistula River
  • Saxon Gardens
  • Skaryszewski Park
  • Botanical Gardens (Ogrod Botaniczny)


  • Rynek Starego Miasta
  • Nowy Swiat
  • Zlote Tarasy


  • State Ethnographic Museum
  • Warsaw Uprising Museum
  • Museum of the Warsaw Ghetto
  • Fyderyk Chopin Museum
  • Wilanów Palace Museum and Park
  • Museum of Warsaw
  • Zacheta – National Gallery of Art
  • National Museum
  • POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • Museum of Neon



  • Restauracja Future & Wine
  • Browar Warszawski Restauracja i Bar
  • Batumi na Ursynowie
  • Zapiecek
  • Soul Kitchen
  • Česká beer restaurant


  • Gioia (Italian Restaurant)
  • Anatolia Restaurant & Lounge (Turkish)
  • Beef n’Pepper
  • Diverso Ristorante Italiano


  • UKI UKI (Japanese Restaurant)
  • NEM Asian Fusion Restaurant
  • SWING – Asian Fusion Restaurant
  • Guru Restauracja (Indian Restaurant)


  • The Botanist – plant-based restaurant & bar
  • Vege Kitchen
  • Bracka


  • Cucina Mia (inside Sheraton Grand Warsaw)
  • Floor No 2 Restaurant (inside Warsaw Marriott Hotel)
  • City 24 Restaurant Grill & Bar (Gastropub)
  • The Spot Bar & Restaurant
  • Marconi Restaurant
  • Restauracja FLO