CEO & Secretariat

Francois Lassalle

Mr. Francois Lassalle

CEO

As the Chief Executive Officer of BVI International Arbitration Centre, Mr. Francois Lassalle is responsible for the overall set-up, growth, management and operations of the institution.

Prior to moving to the BVI, he worked for Dentons in London, the world’s largest law firm, where he advised senior management on the UK strategy and served as the Divisional Business Manager for two divisions.

He started his London career in Banking and since he always likes to explore pastures new, joined a financial start-up which was then acquired by Standard and Poors. During this time, he played a key part in the development of research departments and operations both in London, India and the Philippines before moving on to the legal sector. Francois worked for Linklaters where he advised the Executive Committee and led teams, strategies, global projects and consulting assignments both broad in scope and with high business impact before taking on a Global Business Management role.

Francois holds a Master’s Degree in Management from French Business School EM Strasbourg with concentrations in Finance and Banking; and a BSc Degree from UMIST, in Management.

João Vilhena Valério

Mr. João Vilhena Valério

Registrar

Mr. João Vilhena Valério has focused his practice in the field of international arbitration, acting as counsel and as arbitral secretary. He acts as secretary to tribunals before, inter alia, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).

He has as also acted as counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, where he provided legal and administrative support to arbitral tribunals and parties in proceedings administered by the PCA concerning English, Spanish and Portuguese BIT- and contract-based investment arbitrations. He also provided legal assistance in appointing authority matters, promoted the PCA in Lusophone jurisdictions, and represented the PCA at conferences and meetings. Between 2007 and 2013, he worked at Uría Menéndez (subsequently, Uría Menéndez-Proença de Carvalho), principally focusing on dispute resolution matters, involving both public and private parties, in which the firm was engaged as counsel.

Joao is a member of the Portuguese Bar, as well as of the International Bar Association (IBA), the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the Spanish Arbitration Club (CEA) and the Portuguese Arbitration Association (APA). He has published several articles and spoken at conferences on international arbitration, as well as having participated as an arbitrator in different Moot Competitions.

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Ms. Janette N. Brin

Centre Manager

As the Centre Manager of the BVI International Arbitration Centre, Ms. Janette N. Brin is responsible for the overall daily operation of a state of the art institution. This includes scheduling arbitrations and non-arbitration related events; local and regional marketing; in addition to community engagement initiatives.

With over 16 years of experience in media and public relations, event planning, and brand development, Janette Brin is well known and respected in the BVI, having held leadership roles in Marketing & PR at Cable & Wireless BVI Ltd and for the past 8 years prior to joining BVI IAC, Caribbean Cellular Telephone (CCT). Before returning to the Virgin Islands she had spent 8 years as a Marketing Manager at the Maryland State Department of Business & Economic Development.

Janette was born and raised in the Virgin Islands but lived in Baltimore, Maryland for over a decade. There she attended Notre Dame of Maryland University where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She obtained her MBA in Marketing at the University of Phoenix, Columbia, Maryland Campus.

It was in 2005, Janette found herself emerged in the entertainment world gaining the opportunity to meet celebrities and learn about the ins and outs of it all. Coming from a small Caribbean island, she knew all so well that there would be artists of all sorts that needed a platform in which to be heard. This would also become some of her reasoning for perusing the task of her own publication.

As Owner of Caribbean POSH Magazine, Janette has managed to weave a distinct and inspiring path in the world of corporate marketing and entrepreneurship. She is also the Founder of the Caribbean’s first women’s empowerment event, the Caribbean POSHgirl POWER Brunch which is now in its second year. Through POSH, Janette has worked with or interviewed some of the most influential names in the entertainment industry such as Shaggy and Wyclef Jean. Her most recent POWER Brunch hosted Yvette Noel-Schure (Beyoncé’s Publicist) and Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Angela Hunte. Gaining some accolades along the way, both the Association of Black Media Workers and the Caribbean Fashion Awards have recognized Caribbean POSH Magazine.

Dawn J. Smith

Ms. Dawn J. Smith

Advisor

Ms. Dawn J. Smith is General Counsel of the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission and a member of the Commission’s team tasked with facilitating the establishment of the BVI International Arbitration Centre.

A barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) since 1997, Dawn was in private practice with a focus on commercial litigation until she joined the Commission in January, 2013. She also spent a number of years (2006-2009) as the British Virgin Islands’ Representative in Europe based in London.

Dawn is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.