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Decision of the Paris Court of Appeal on "adverse inferences" doctrine

The Paris Court of Appeal has issued an important decision endorsing an arbitral award based, in part, on the "adverse inferences" principle in the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration (the "IBA...more

The Paris Energy Series No. 7: Take-or-pay Conditions in Gas Supply Agreements (Updated)

This article was originally published in October 2014 by Michael Polkinghorne and has been amended to reflect additions and subsequent changes to the law. Take-or-pay provisions are now fairly common in long-term offtake...more

The flight of the operators: Resignation provisions under joint operating agreements

“The Devil is in the details, but so is salvation” - So said Admiral Hyman G Rickover, regarded as the father of the United States’ nuclear powered navy. It is with similar sentiments that both operators and non-operators in...more

Paris Energy Series No.10: The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Beware the Shield?

Arbitral Implications for the Oil and Gas Sector - On 12 December 2015, the Paris Agreement (or the "Agreement") on climate change was signed by 195 States and the EU, provoking scenes of euphoria among the delegates...more

Paris Energy Series No. 9: Expecting the Unexpected: The Force Majeure Clause

In August 2014, steel and mining company ArcelorMittal announced that it was suspending an expansion project to triple its iron ore production in Liberia due to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. A few days earlier, Brazilian...more

Plunging Oil Prices: Options for Long-term Project Participants affected by the Price Collapse

Plunging oil prices over the past six months have left many participants in long-term energy projects looking at very different deals from the ones they signed. Having hovered around US$115 per barrel in June 2014, prices...more

Paris Energy Series No. 7: Take-or-Pay Conditions in Gas Supply Agreements

Take-or-pay provisions are now fairly common in long-term offtake and supply agreements in the energy sector, a notable example being gas supply agreements. In essence, take-or-pay provisions provide that a buyer must...more

Tecnimont SPA v. J&P Avax: France’s highest court reinforces the legal status of arbitration rules

Last week, the French Cour de Cassation issued its long-awaited decision in the Tecnimont matter. It quashed a decision of the Reims Court of Appeal which had set aside an ICC award on the basis of lack of independence of the...more

Paris Energy Series No. 8: Beware of the Boilerplate – The Risks of Standard-form Clauses in Common and Civil Law Jurisdictions

1. Introduction - When commercial agreements are negotiated, certain key terms are generally the subject of intense discussion. Once these terms have been agreed, there is a risk the ‘boilerplate’ provisions1 at the...more

Paris Energy Series No. 7: Take-or-pay Conditions in Gas Supply Agreements

I. Introduction - Take-or-pay provisions are now fairly common in long-term offtake and supply agreements in the energy sector, a notable example being gas supply agreements. In essence, take-or-pay provisions...more

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