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Canada's Ambitious Free Trade Agenda: The Recently Concluded Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

On March 11, 2014, the Canadian government announced that it had concluded a new free trade agreement with South Korea following negotiations that have lasted for over nine years. This agreement is stated to be part of the...more

Let Us Now Praise Opposing Councel

But the Process can go a whole lot smoother and faster if the opposing counsel knows the area well enough to tell and advise the client as to the reality of the situation and reject spurious arguments that just waste...more

The Role of Arbitration in International Business

International commercial arbitration is the most common method for resolving disputes arising from agreements between businesses in different countries. In this detailed presentation, Igor Ellyn, QC, an experienced...more

Court Funding Cuts Suggest Need For Better Business Planning

The bad news for court funding in California continues. According to the Sacramento Business Journal, Governor Brown’s May revision of the State budget includes a $300 million cut in funding for trial courts and achieves...more

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: International Arbitration: Threats to Investment Protection in the EU Energy Sector by John Gaffney

This article examines threats to the investment protections afforded by bilateral investment treaties (“BITs”) between EU Member States (“intra-EU BITs”) in the energy sector and suggests ways in which these threats may be...more

The Importance Of Recognizing And Responding To Legal Issues

An important skill set that corporate executives, managers and business owners need in order to effectively manage the risks of their operation is the ability to recognize and respond to legal issues in a timely manner....more

Canadian Government Announces Changes to the Investment Canada Act

In a series of announcements and statutory amendments over the last several years, the Canadian government has signalled its intent to limit reviews under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) to more significant transactions and...more

Russian Legal Update - May 2012

In This Issue: - p1 Russia Finally Establishes a Central Securities Depository Increasing Transparency in the Russian Securities Market - p3 Enforcement Procedure for Pledged Property Modified - p4 Investment...more

Variable Interest Entity (VIE) Structures Face Additional Scrutiny for Hong Kong Listing

Since its first use by Sina Corporation in 2000, the VIE structure has been widely adopted by many Chinese companies to attract foreign investment and complete offshore listings. While companies operating under VIE structure...more

JAMS Dispute Resolution Alert - Winter 2011

In This Issue: In Depth -- Delaware Business Court Arbitration Program Provides Fast Resolution Path for Fortune 500 Company Disputes; ADR Conversations -- A Q&A about new UNCITRAL Online Dispute Resolution Rules; ADR...more

A Reason To Reincorporate In Nevada (Or California Or Delaware)?

Why read the papers when you can watch the video? In this month’s issue of California Lawyer magazine, Thomas Brom writes about an unusual opportunity to watch an arbitration proceeding between a Canadian gold mining...more

Business and Legal Thoughts About Strategic Alliances

Strategic alliances present unique challenges to business executives and to legal counsel who provide advice and counsel on the myriad issues that can arise in a strategic alliance. In the strategic alliance context, the...more

RFOR - Recognition of a Foreign Arbitration Award is Not Barred By a Local Action Filed in Brazil

Recently, in a case handled by our law firm, the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice (“STJ”) ruled that the recognition of a foreign award is not barred by the simple existence of a concurrent lawsuit with the...more

Brazilian Superior Court Holds that Recognition of a Foreign Arbitration Award is Not Barred By a Local Action

Recently, the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice (“STJ”) ruled that the recognition of a foreign arbitration award is not barred by the simple existence of a concurrent lawsuit with the same subject matter in...more

So You Want to Select a Foreign Business Partner? Be Sure to Follow These 3 Matchmaking Tips.

Utilizing the resources outlined in this article will go a long way in helping you validate a foreign business partner. A small investment in reliable business intelligence now will pay huge dividends in the future by...more

How to Avoid International Disputes, First, Be Good to Your Suppliers,

This article lays out how a company can work with its supplier to avoid international disputes....more

A Business Person's Perspective on Resolving Shareholder Disputes in Canada

When shareholders, officers and directors disagree about how a business should be run, its future could be at stake. For many shareholders in medium-sized and small private businesses, the their shares are their and most...more

Tension Between Choice of Law and Mandatory Rules in International Employment and Agency Arbitration

The hallmark of international commercial arbitration is the right of parties to select the law to govern their dispute. However, choice of law or party autonomy is subject to limits. Sometimes arbitrators are obliged to...more

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