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Canadian Mining Company Strikes Gold in US Court

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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

The UK and the World Trade Organization (WTO): What Happens After Brexit?

by White & Case LLP on

On 29 March 2017, the UK will formally trigger the Article 50 process to begin the negotiations for Brexit. If there is a 'hard Brexit' in 2019, the UK would trade with the EU – along with most of the rest of the world – on...more

Investors in Southern African Development Community Stripped of International Treaty Protections

by Jones Day on

In January 2014, Jones Day reported on the protection offered to foreign investors in Sub-Saharan Africa pursuant to the Southern African Development Community ("SADC") enacted on April 16, 2010. As noted in that Commentary,...more

Rules of the (International) Road

by Carlton Fields on

Going international is a complicated undertaking. Your specific situation and concerns will determine the steps required. The following outlines, very generally, some issues you must consider as you contemplate international...more

"Key Takeaways: Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities in China-Latin America Investment"

On February 6, 2017, Skadden hosted the webinar “Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities in China-Latin America Investment.” Topics of discussion included the increasing importance of Chinese investment in Latin...more

Investment Treaty Arbitration: How Multinationals Can Structure Their Investments to Obtain Treaty Protection

by King & Spalding on

In a previous article, we explained how a U.S.-based company that had established a subsidiary abroad could benefit from protections against unfair conduct of a foreign State that are found in most bilateral investment...more

In Chinese Investment Treaties, Questions Arise on Who Qualifies for Protection

Despite recent criticism from some quarters concerning the use of investment treaties and free trade agreements, the Chinese investment treaty system remains firmly in place. Since 1982, the People's Republic of China (PRC)...more

"Regional Focus: Asia"

A number of economic and political factors, both domestic and international, influenced M&A and capital markets activity worldwide in 2016. Skadden attorneys Christopher W. Betts, Will H. Cai, Z. Julie Gao, Bradley A. Klein,...more

Holding investors to account for human rights violations through counterclaims in investment treaty arbitration

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The relationship between international investment law and international human rights law has become increasingly relevant in recent years. How and to what extent a state should be permitted to rely on its human rights...more

South Africa’s Protection of Investment Act

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Since 2012, South Africa has terminated the bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with European countries such as Denmark, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the Netherlands. South Africa’s BITs with Russia...more

Implications of the 2016 US Presidential Election for Trade Policy

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The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States will have important implications for US trade policy. Assessing these implications in the immediate aftermath of the presidential election is,...more

December 2016: International Arbitration Update

Non-Pecuniary Remedies in Investment Treaty Arbitration. Many of the popular criticisms of investment treaty arbitration are directed at its potential to interfere with the autonomy of sovereign States to make and apply their...more

Why Brexit is Not Bad News For UK-Based Arbitration and Litigation

by Dechert LLP on

A lot has been said about the uncertainties surrounding Brexit and its likely impact on doing business with and within the UK. Will London remain Europe’s financial centre? Will the UK reinstate customs duties on imports and...more

Arbitration World

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From the Editors - Welcome to this 33rd edition of Arbitration World. Following the United Kingdom’s referendum decision on 23 June to leave the EU, in this edition we examine how the uncertainty over the treatment...more

Business Litigation Report - October 2016

Structuring Foreign Investment to Ensure Treaty Protection - Although it is common practice for businesses to structure their investments abroad through jurisdictions that maximize tax and other advantages—such as the...more

October 2016: Structuring Foreign Investment to Ensure Treaty Protection

Although it is common practice for businesses to structure their investments abroad through jurisdictions that maximize tax and other advantages—such as the Isle of Man or the British Virgin Islands—investors less frequently...more

Challenging Arbitrators for Alleged 'Conflict of Interest' in US-Based International Arbitrations

A number of significant international arbitrations, particularly involving claims by investors against sovereign states, are venued in Washington, D.C. A September 30, 2016, decision by the U.S. District Court for the...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – September 2016

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A Sleeping Sword – Protection for Japanese Corporations Investing Outside of Japan - A Guide to International Investment Agreements - Introduction - Over the past twenty years, International Investment...more

Brexit and Investment Treaty Arbitration

by K&L Gates LLP on

In this article, we consider the current and potential effects of Brexit on investment treaty arbitration. Likely implications concern: the negotiations of the trade and investment agreements between the European Union and...more

We Come as Friends! – Amicus Briefs in Investor-State Arbitration

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Investor-state arbitrations frequently raise issues of public importance that parties other than those to proceedings, such as NGOs, may want to address. “Amicus briefs” afford them a limited opportunity to do so, as...more

Potential Legal Implications Arising from "Brexit"

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted by way of an advisory referendum to leave the European Union. While the result will not take immediate legal effect, incoming Prime Minister Theresa May has indicated that...more

Argentina: From International Market Isolation to Promising Opportunities for Investors

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Argentina is keen to attract foreign investment. Not only has it recently implemented a series of economic measures, but it has also made changes to its legal framework including the enactment of a new arbitration regulation,...more

Investment Treaty Arbitration: How Multinational Food and Beverage Companies Can Avoid Litigation in Foreign Courts

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Imagine a U.S.-based olive oil company that has established a subsidiary in Croatia — a Mediterranean country ideal for growing olives and processing their oil — for its supply and processing needs. Olive oil consumption has...more

International Arbitration Newsletter - July 2016

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Privy Council clarifies the nature of arbitration clauses, but uncertainties about the clauses’ effect still remain. “Non-exclusive” arbitration clauses provide that disputes “may” be referred to arbitration (rather than...more

SCOTUS Puts an End to Ecuador’s Appeal of $96 Million Arbitration Award in Favor of Chevron

A long-running dispute between Chevron and Ecuador appears to have reached its end after the Supreme Court declined to take up Ecuador’s question of whether United States courts had jurisdiction to confirm a $96 million...more

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