After 40 years with the Vancouver office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Gerald Ghikas is leaving the firm to join the new Vancouver Arbitration Chambers and establish an independent practice as an arbitrator.
Ghikas and litigator Murray Clemens will be the VAC’s first two resident neutrals at the chambers, which will begin operations Jan. 1, 2013 from a suite of offices in the HSBC Building in downtown Vancouver. By mid-2013 adjacent space will be re-developed to create a state-of-the-art hearing facility to be known as the Vancouver Centre for Dispute Resolution.
Ghikas is currently chairman of the international trade and arbitration practice of BLG and will retire from the firm Dec. 31. He will be succeeded in the position by Robert Deane.