Charles Balmain

Charles Balmain

White & Case LLP

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Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements – What you need to know

Whilst arbitration agreements in international cases are widely recognised under the New York Convention, the same is not always true for choice of court agreements, for which divergent national rules more often apply. The...more

10/27/2015 - Choice of Court Agreements Treaty EU Exclusive Jurisdiction Hague Convention International Litigation

New era dawns in UK competition damages actions

The entry into force of the UK Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the "CRA") on 1 October 2015 marks the introduction of opt-out class actions in the UK, further transforming the legal landscape for private damages claims in the UK....more

10/13/2015 - Antitrust Violations Class Action Competition Competition Act 1998 Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) Damages Enterprise Act 2002 EU Damages Directive Opt-Outs UK UK Consumer Rights Act

German decision on collective redress

Cartel Damage Claims, a Belgian SPV for the collection of follow-on damages in antitrust litigation, has lost an appeal against six members of the so-called German cement cartel. On 18 February 2015, the Higher Regional Court...more

3/10/2015 - Antitrust Injuries Antitrust Litigation Cartels Class Action Damages EU Germany

Global Investigations: Reading The Signals

As the global economy recovers, how will regulators respond? Experts provide perspectives on trends in regulatory and corporate investigations. Global trends in regulation - In the wake of the financial crisis,...more

10/16/2014 - Compliance Cross-Border Cross-Border Transactions Enforcement Foreign Policy Investigations Multinationals Russia Sanctions UK Bribery Act Ukraine

Taking a Leap of Faith: Deferred Prosecution Agreements and Corporate Sentencing Guidelines Come to the UK

On 24 February 2014, UK prosecutors gained the ability to use deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) in corporate crime cases. This followed the publication on 31 January 2014 of a Definitive Guideline for the sentencing of...more

3/3/2014 - Deferred Prosecution Agreements Fraud Sentencing SFO UK

English Court of Appeal requires French defendants to comply with disclosure orders despite the French “blocking statute”

The existence in several countries of “blocking statutes”, which prohibit the provision of economic information to foreign authorities or courts (or require prior authorization to be obtained before doing so), present a...more

12/5/2013 - Blocking Statutes Cartels Disclosure Requirements Multinationals UK White Collar Crimes

Turkcell Litigation – Another Victory for Cukurova: Privy Council confirms the terms for Cukurova to recover its interest in...

The Privy Council today delivered another crucial ruling in favour of White & Case’s client Cukurova, in its six-year battle to recover its controlling interest in Turkcell (Turkey’s largest mobile phone operator). The effect...more

7/9/2013 - Cell Phones Foreign Corporations Telecommunications

UK Government opts in to Class Actions

As widely expected, earlier this week the Government announced proposals for reform of the private competition damages regime in the UK, proposing to increase the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s (CAT) power and introduce an...more

2/5/2013 - Class Action Competition Appeal Tribunal EU Private Competition Damages

Turkcell Litigation – Pivotal Ruling: Privy Council Confirms Cukurova’s Entitlement to Relief from Forfeiture

After more than five years of litigation between Cukurova of Turkey and Alfa of Russia, the Privy Council has delivered a pivotal ruling in Cukurova’s favour. The decision establishes that a borrower may be entitled to...more

2/1/2013 - Borrowers Collateralized Debt Obligations Debt Equitable Relief EU Forfeiture Lenders

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