Bilateral Investment Treaties

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UPDATE – Indonesia’s New Draft Oil & Gas Law

Indonesia has recently made public a full copy of its draft oil and gas law for review and parliamentary discussion. By way of update to our client alert of 21 April 2015, we can now review the further revised and full...more

EC's Infringement Proceedings for Intra-EU BITs Cause Uncertainty for Investors

On 18 June 2015, the European Commission initiated infringement proceedings against five member states of the European Union for intra-EU bilateral investment treaties' (BITs) incompatibility with Article 351 of the Treaty on...more

ICSID Tribunal Orders Claimants to Disclose Details of Third-Party Funder

In what appears to be the first decision of its kind, an ICSID tribunal in the case of Muhammet Çap & Sehil Insaat Endustri ve Ticaret Ltd. Sti. v. Turkmenistan has ordered the claimants in the proceedings to disclose the...more

European Commission Seeks Termination Of Five EU Member States’ Intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaties

On 18 June 2015, the European Commission (the Commission) initiated infringement proceedings against five European Member States seeking termination of their bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with other European Union (EU)...more

Taking Your Business International

Going international is a complicated undertaking. The steps required will depend on your specific situation and concerns. The following outlines, in very general terms, some of the issues you must consider as you begin to...more

Key Issues and Considerations in Developing Petrochemical Projects in Newly Emerging Markets

This article provides a brief overview on some of the key issues and considerations that will need to be analysed by foreign sponsors (the “Foreign Sponsors”) looking to develop petrochemical projects in newly emerging...more

February 2015: International Arbitration Update

Accounting for “Country-Risk” in Assessing Damages in Investor-State Arbitration: Gold Reserve Inc. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/09/01, Award (Sept. 22, 2014). The careful treatment of the...more

"The 'Law 42' Arbitrations Against Ecuador and the Importance of BIT Language"

Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) afford investors a series of guarantees against expropriation or unfair treatment of investments in foreign jurisdictions. They also typically allow investors to enforce those rights...more

Challenging the status quo – South Africa's termination of its bilateral trade agreements

The main concern for any foreign investor is security of tenure for its investment. Investors generally feel threatened when governments promote policy changes that could potentially have an adverse effect on the rights and...more

A Snapshot Of The Investor-State Dispute Settlement Framework In Australia's Asian Free Trade Agreement Trifecta

On 17 November 2014, Australia and China concluded negotiations over the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the text of the agreement to be finalised in 2015. Our previous article flagged that the change of...more

Foreign Investor Protection v. National Sovereignty: The Pros and Cons of Investor-State Arbitration

United States companies investing abroad stand to gain additional legal protections in the near future from two international treaties currently under negotiation intended to safeguard investments of United States investors...more

International Arbitration Newsletter

In This Issue: - The 2014 LCIA Rules - Latham & Watkins Secures Arbitral Award and Judgment When Respondent Fails to Post Full Security for Enforcement Stay - Ukraine Crisis: A Recap of the Latest US and EU...more

Business Litigation Report -- September 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..The Supreme Court Revisits Patent Eligible Subject Matter in Alice v. CLS Bank - Practice Area Notes: ..International Arbitration Update ..Trial Practice...more

September 2014: International Arbitration Update

Avoiding Litigation in the Host State’s Courts in Investor-State Disputes After the Urbaser and Teinver Decisions. Previously, foreign investors whose investments have been damaged by governmental measures of the host...more

The Promise (and Limitations) of the New Canada-China Investment Treaty

The Canada-China bilateral investment treaty (BIT), which comes into force October 1, signals a deepening of the bilateral economic relationship. While it somewhat less ambitious than recent BITs that Canada has concluded...more

Canada-China Investment Treaty To Come into Force October 1

Two years after signing a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) with China, Canada has now ratified it and announced that it will come into force on October 1. Canada has similar treaties, known domestically as foreign investment...more

Arbitration World - July 2014

Welcome to the 27th edition of Arbitration World, a publication from K&L Gates’ International Arbitration Group that highlights significant developments and issues in international and domestic arbitration for executives and...more

International Arbitration Newsletter - June 2014

In This Issue: -The ABCs of Arbitrating Outside of the New York Convention - Leading International Arbitration Partner Joins Latham & Watkins in Paris - US Supreme Court Revives International Arbitration...more

China Update

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - China News - Energy & Environment and Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: President Obama meetings Chinese President Xi...more

Supreme Court Holds That Arbitrators, Not Courts, Are To Interpret A Treaty’s Arbitration Prerequisite

The United States Supreme Court has held that arbitrators, not courts, bear the primary responsibility for interpreting and applying a local litigation requirement of an investment treaty between the United Kingdom and...more

Supreme Court Holds That Courts Must Defer To Arbitrators In First Case Addressing International Investment Treaty Arbitration

On March 5, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided BG Group, PLC v. Republic of Argentina, the first case in which the Court addressed an international investment treaty arbitration (a case between a private investor...more

Developments in the Ukraine and Impact on Investments

As the tension in the Ukraine continues, particularly in relation to Crimea, foreign investors in the region will be monitoring developments with some concern. In addition to unrest on the ground in the Ukraine, both...more

U.S. Supreme Court Reinstates $185 Million International Arbitration Award - Court Reaffirms Arbitral Preconditions Presumptively...

In a much anticipated opinion, on March 5, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided 7-2 to reverse the lower court and revive a $185 million arbitration award in BG Group PLC v. Republic of Argentina. The case began under the...more

Australia: new government may lead to opportunities for investor/state arbitration

This autumn, the people of Australia elected a new federal government, presenting a number of potential opportunities for investor-state arbitration in Australia. First, the new government has reviewed its position...more

South Africa Issues Draft Bill on Investment Protection without General Recourse to International Arbitration for Foreign...

On 1 November 2013, the South African Department of Trade and Industry made public a draft "Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill" (the "Draft Bill"). The Draft Bill is intended to promote investment by modernizing the...more

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