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UK honours Beechey in Queen's birthday list

Mon, 2016-06-13 13:07

John Beechey, the former president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, released this weekend to coincide with her 90th birthday.

SCC emergency award enforced against Ukraine

Mon, 2016-06-13 12:17

A Kiev appeal court has enforced an SCC emergency award issued in support of an Energy Charter Treaty claim against Ukraine – as an investor’s efforts to obtain emergency relief in an unrelated dispute with Moldova are rebuffed.

Belize’s unlucky streak continues in DC

Mon, 2016-06-13 12:00

A bank controlled by UK peer Lord Ashcroft has had an LCIA award against Belize confirmed by a court of Washington, DC – the latest in a series of US enforcement decisions against the Central American state.

West African set-aside decision not against US public policy, says court

Fri, 2016-06-10 14:04

A court in Washington, DC, has refused to confirm and enforce an award against Guinea that was controversially set aside by a West African court after the arbitrators agreed a fee rise with the parties.

SIAC plans opening in Gujarat's GIFT City

Fri, 2016-06-10 12:49

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre has announced plans to open a representative office in a new city in Gujarat conceived by India's prime minister Narendra Modi as the country’s first financial services and tech hub.

Welcoming Istanbul’s new rules: an interview with Ziya Akinci and Jean-Claude Najar

Fri, 2016-06-10 12:46

GAR Live Istanbul on 24 June will introduce the recently unveiled rules of the Istanbul Arbitration Centre – ISTAC – to a global audience. GAR sat down with ISTAC's president Ziya Akinci and Lazareff Le Bars partner Jean-Claude Najar, who are co-chairing the event, to talk about the rules and the city’s future as an arbitral centre.

ICSID panel investigates Bangladesh corruption claim

Thu, 2016-06-09 13:33

An ICSID tribunal has agreed to examine new allegations of corruption against Canada’s Niko Resources but says the oil and gas producer is entitled to immediate payment of more than US$35 million for gas deliveries to Bangladeshi state entity Petrobangla.

Libya cruise ship award kept afloat by English court

Thu, 2016-06-09 12:23

The English High Court has declined to set aside an ICC award in favour of France's leading builder of cruise ships, which resold a vessel ordered by Libya’s former leader Muammar Gadaffi following the outbreak of the Arab Spring and Libyan Civil War.

UNCTAD’s overview of 2015 reflects Spain claims

Thu, 2016-06-09 11:25

UNCTAD has said that the overall number of publicly known invedtor-state arbitration claims reached 696 in 2015, including a record 70 new filings, many brought by solar investors against Spain.

Hong Kong appeal court agrees with comity concerns

Thu, 2016-06-09 09:56

Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court’s refusal to halt court proceedings in mainland China on grounds of comity as well as culpable delay.

GAR Live Lookback: recent treaty cases and the damages fog

Thu, 2016-06-09 04:42

Recently, there have been a number of eye-catching treaty awards – US$50 billion awarded to the shareholders of Yukos and US$750 million to Canada’s Gold Reserve against Venezuela – but how the tribunals arrived at those figures was unclear. At GAR Live Energy Disputes 2015, Matthew Weiniger QC and others sought to make sense of the awards and asked whether arbitrators are being transparent enough when awarding damages in treaty claims. If they are not, how does that affect the legitimacy of investment arbitration?

Canada hit with first BIT claim

Wed, 2016-06-08 12:46

After 20 years of NAFTA cases, Canada has been hit with its first known claim under a bilateral investment treaty, brought at ICSID by an Egyptian telecoms company that once had a stake in the country's fourth-largest mobile operator.

GE gets red light for claim against Alstom

Wed, 2016-06-08 10:57

A New York court has temporarily restrained General Electric from pursuing an ICC claim against French transport group Alstom over the US$800 million sale of a rail-signalling business, also calling a halt to emergency arbitrator proceedings.

Baker & McKenzie recruits in New York and Dubai

Wed, 2016-06-08 10:14

Baker & McKenzie has added two to its partnership: former K&L Gates partner JP Duffy in New York and former Norton Rose Fulbright partner Charlotte Bijlani in Dubai.

Speed skating appeal puts CAS on surer footing

Tue, 2016-06-07 13:10

In a landmark ruling for sports arbitration, Germany’s highest court has ruled that agreements to refer disputes between athletes and sporting bodies to the Court of Arbitration for Sport are valid, rejecting arguments by champion speed skater Claudia Pechstein relating to a doping ban upheld by CAS six years ago.

Ethiopian court hears challenge to PCA award

Tue, 2016-06-07 11:05

A railway company owned by the Djiboutian and Ethiopian governments has won a stay of enforcement of a €20 million award rendered at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, as a court in Addis Ababa considers whether the arbitrators ignored evidence of fraud.

Addleshaw Goddard recruits American in London

Tue, 2016-06-07 09:57

After 10 years at King & Spalding, energy disputes specialist Sarah Vasani is set to join Addleshaw Goddard’s London office as partner.

Lawn grows taller at Skadden

Tue, 2016-06-07 07:41

Nicholas Lawn, who is acting for Vodafone and other investors in multibillion-dollar treaty claims against India, has been promoted to counsel in the London office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.

Panama defeats “abusive” hydro claim

Mon, 2016-06-06 13:15

An ICSID tribunal has thrown out a US company’s claim against Panama over a hydropower concession, calling it an “abuse of the international investment treaty system”.

Ecuador rebuffed by US Supreme Court

Mon, 2016-06-06 12:12

The United States Supreme Court has said it will not hear Ecuador’s appeal over the confirmation of a US$106 million investment treaty award in favour of Chevron – despite the intervention of Bolivia in support of the petition.