Carita Wallgren-Lindholm, a founding partner of Lindholm Wallgren, has been named as incoming chair of its Commission on Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), taking over from Christopher Newmark, who ends his term on 31 December.
In this capacity, Newmark spearheaded projects such as the ICC Report on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration, which Alexis Mourre, president of the ICC, described in a statement as a “breakthrough in the industry”. He added that Newmark was “instrumental in supporting the court’s efforts to introduce more transparency and efficiency in ICC arbitrations”.
Among her work, Wallgren-Lindholm has been a member of the commission since 1996, and has worked as vice-chair since 2011. She has been a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (ICC) since 2012.
Before founding her own boutique in 2009, Wallgren-Lindholm worked at Nordic firm Roschier for 24 years, first as an associate and then as a partner. Prior to this, she worked as an associate at SG Archibald, which merged with holding company Arthur Andersen in 1992, and which is now known as Andersen Global. She conducted her training at Surrey & Morse (now Jones Day).
She has been a full-time arbitrator since 2013 and focuses on commercial and investment disputes. In this capacity, she has been involved in over 100 international arbitrations, both institutional and ad-hoc, before the London Court of International Arbitration, UNCITRAL and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC).
She also has a background in board advisory work for senior management at large companies, public mergers and governance, internal investigations and acted as lead counsel in multi jurisdictional transactions. Wallgren-Lindholm will formally take over as commission chair on 1 January 2018 and will remain in Finland.
Mourre described Wallgren-Lindholm as “a leading figure in international arbitration. She was also one of the most active vice-presidents of the commission under Chris’ term”, adding that “no better choice could have been made to take the commission’s leadership”.
Wallgren-Lindholm said: “I look forward to this opportunity to chair this thought-leading commission in this environment and to shadowing Chris on the job during the months that he has left as chair,” adding that “as a native of a small country I have learned that institutions matter, and so does their leadership and governance”.
The ICC expanded into Brazil and Abu Dhabi in May and August this year, by establishing a case management team in São Paulo and opening a representative office in the Abu Dhabi Global Market.
Elsewhere this month, Philippe Cavalieros, a former ICC assistant counsel left his position at Winston & Strawn to join Simmons & Simmons in Paris as a partner and head of its international arbitration practice.
In July, the former deputy secretary general of the ICC, José Ricardo Feris, began work at Squire Patton Boggs in Paris, as a dispute resolution partner.