Regime Change and State Contracts

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Overnight news reports of Libyan rebels liberating the capital Tripoli encourage many to hope that hostilities in the country are soon to end. At the same time, international diplomatic pressure on Syria's President Bashar al-Assad continues to mount with calls for his immediate resignation. For international companies with economic interests in these states, questions will nevertheless remain about the position of their investments over the coming weeks and months. What rights would such companies have following a change in the regime? What would happen if the country is divided? Equally, what will the position be if the current regime does not change after all?

Similar questions may arise in relation to investments in other countries undergoing a process of transition from one government to another or from one form of governance to another, be they in the Middle East or elsewhere. This client alert provides some insights into the rights of foreign investors into countries undergoing fundamental political and government changes.

Please see full alert below for more information.

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