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Global Employment Law Update - April 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

In this edition of our Global Employment Law Update we look at the effects of the rapid growth of the "gig" economy across the jurisdictions. There have been significant case law and legislative responses, particularly on...more

Taking Realtime Arbitrations in China

by Planet Depos, LLC on

Though China does not permit the taking of depositions, there are many arbitrations that take place. Mainland China is home to more than 1.3 billion people. And with a massive 160 cities having more than one million...more

How More International Arbitrations Can be Amicably Settled

by White & Case LLP on

Many more international arbitrations could be amicably settled if greater use were made of the "sealed (settlement) offer" ("Sealed Offer"). But this has not happened because parties could not be confident a Sealed Offer...more

ICSID Tribunal Upholds a State’s Right to Investigate Criminality in Arbitral Proceedings

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

An ICSID tribunal has unanimously rejected a claimant’s attempt to temporarily suspend a State-initiated criminal investigation involving two of its witnesses. In Italba Corporation v Uruguay[1] Italba Corporation (Italba)...more

DIFC Courts propose specialist Technology and Construction Division

by White & Case LLP on

DIFC Courts seek public consultation for proposed specialist Technology and Construction Division. The DIFC Courts are an important forum for dispute resolution in the Gulf and wider Middle East region. However,...more

A Primer for Enforcement in the U.S. of Foreign-Issued Arbitration Awards (Courtesy of the Second Circuit)

In CBF Industria de Gusa S/A v. AMCI Holdings, Inc., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 3815 (2d Cir. Mar. 2, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit provides something of a primer regarding enforcement in the United States...more

Company Owner Asks How to Tackle Breach of Contract

by Hassan Elhais on

Question: I have a small company that delivers goods to clients. I signed a contract with another company but they breached the terms of the contract. When I filed a case in court the other company objected, as there is an...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – April 2017

by King & Spalding on

US Department of Justice Issues New Corporate Compliance Guidelines - Criteria for the Criminal Division’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs - Introduction - Recently, and without the fanfare that often...more

Canadian Mining Company Strikes Gold in US Court

by WilmerHale on

Arbitration analysis: Steven Finizio and Manuel Casas at WilmerHale, consider the US District Court’s decision in Crystallex v Venezuela to uphold the $1.2bn damages award and suggest that the case reaffirms the deferential...more

Investing in China Key Challenges and Mitigation Strategy

In early 2005, a subsidiary of listed Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited (0003.HK) bought a controlling stake in a Chinese joint venture company. Initial payments were made, but then the audited financial statements...more

Is the Oasis now a Mirage? Dwindling scope of the DIFC Courts' 'conduit jurisdiction'

by White & Case LLP on

Recent decisions of the Judicial Tribunal and the Dubai Court of First Instance limit the scope of the DIFC Courts' 'conduit jurisdiction'.   ...more

Summary procedures in international arbitration - pros and cons

by Dentons on

Traditionally, arbitration has been hailed by some as a faster, cheaper, and therefore preferable method of dispute resolution than, for example, court litigation. However, in matters where less is at stake, costs can often...more

New ICC Arbitration Rules Expedite Procedures for Smaller Disputes

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has responded to in-house counsel and private practice’s concerns that international arbitration has become slower, more costly and opaque with the publication of its updated...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Marzo

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Información con énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje Internacional - Durante el mes de marzo destacan los siguientes temas: Comercio, Acceso, Propiedad Intelectual, Inversión Extranjera, Arbitraje -...more

What is Penalty For Giving Out Secrets?

by Hassan Elhais on

Question: A member of my family was working for a company and he forwarded confidential information to a third party. He did not know that it was a crime and now he has been arrested. What should he expect as...more

Ignore Investment Structuring at your Peril

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In a recent challenge to an arbitral award under section 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act), the High Court in Ruby Roz Agricol LLP v Republic of Kazakhstan, confirmed that the tribunal had correctly declined...more

India Modernizes its Arbitration System: U.S. Companies Should Consider Arbitration Clauses in Indian Commercial Contracts

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Indian court system has gained an unfortunate reputation for being notoriously slow, cumbersome, unpredictable, and unreliable, which makes solving commercial disputes in India a challenging ordeal. India ranks near the...more

Are private dispute resolution agreements really binding?

by Hogan Lovells on

Parties often contract out of the CCMA or Labour Court as the forum that considers their dispute and opt for private arbitration. But, are these agreements really enforceable? This question again recently came before...more

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

by White & Case LLP on

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

Tribunal dismisses Eli Lilly’s NAFTA challenge on promise utility doctrine

by Smart & Biggar on

As previously reported, Eli Lilly submitted claims to international arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) seeking damages from the Government of Canada, asserting that the Canadian courts'...more

USTR Releases President Trump’s National Trade Policy Agenda for 2017

by White & Case LLP on

On March 1, 2017, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) released the President's National Trade Policy Agenda for 2017, providing the Trump administration's first formal, written statement of its trade policy...more

Ontario's new International Commercial Arbitration Act, 2017

by Dentons on

On March 22, 2017, key aspects of Ontario’s arbitration legislation were significantly revised when Bill 27, Burden Reduction Act, 2017 received Royal Assent from the Lieutenant Governor. According to its own introductory...more

Second Circuit Finds District Court Erred In Decision On Enforcement Of International Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

The factual and procedural background of this case can be found here. In sum, beginning in the 1990s, the appellants, a group of Brazilian companies (collectively, “CBF”) entered into a series of contracts with Primetrade AG,...more

Mandatory vs. Permissive Arbitration Clauses: A Survey of the Laws of Other Common Law Countries

In an earlier post we provided advice on how to interpret the words “may” and “must” when they appear in arbitration clauses that are to be interpreted under U.S. law. Among other things, we explained that an arbitration...more

Federal Circuit Confirms $455 Million ICC Arbitration Award

by Alston & Bird on

The Federal Circuit this month, for the first time, confirmed an international arbitral award administered by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). In another first for the Federal Circuit, the court indicated that it...more

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