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Structuring Foreign Investments: Who Qualifies As An "Investor" Under A Bilateral Investment Treaty?

The decision in Gold Reserve Inc v Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela [2016] EWHC 153 (Comm) interprets the public international law concept of “investor” and is particularly relevant to those seeking to structure foreign...more

Investment in Iran After Implementation Day

January 16, 2016, marked the Implementation Day that recognised the certification by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran had met its obligations under the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a...more

The EU succeeds in establishing a permanent investment court in its trade treaties with Canada and Vietnam

The European Commission has recently successfully negotiated a new trade pact with Canada (referred to as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or ‘CETA’) and one with Vietnam (the ‘EU-Vietnam FTA’) which...more

Polish Government considers termination of all the bilateral investment treaties – will this affect foreign investments in Poland?

The Polish Government’s announcement that it would consider terminating its bilateral investments treaties (BITs) with other countries has been the focus of a great deal of attention in the last few weeks....more

Update On The Iraqi Dispute Resolution Landscape

Iraq’s accession to the ICSID Convention, as well as recent UK and US court decisions concerning the Kurdistan Regional Government’s entitlement to sovereign immunity represent potentially significant changes to the Iraqi...more

International Arbitration Newsletter: International Investment Courts: Are They Next in the Evolution of ISDS Arbitration?

The recent proliferation of bilateral investment treaties and free trade agreements involving Australia has brought with it the vexed issue of how best to resolve investment disputes between foreign investors and States. One...more

Investment in the Power Sector in Emerging Markets

Power generation financing comes with risks, but finding ways to mitigate these risks provides opportunities for rewards. As the world's energy dynamic is changing in response to powerful economic, security of supply,...more

China Sets Schedule for Implementation of Negative List System for Market Access

China's State Council on October 19, 2015 published the Opinions on Implementing the Negative List System for Market Access (Opinions), specifying that China intends to implement a unified national negative list system for...more

The EU’s new trade and investment policy in a nutshell

A new template for future initiatives - On 14 October 2015, the European Commission revealed its long-awaited communication setting out an updated trade and investment policy for the EU, entitled “Trade for all: Towards...more

US China Trade War

The October blog post will be broken up into two parts. This October 15th post will comment on the TPP Agreement signed today and well as President Xi Jinping’s recent trip to the US and my impressions from Beijing, China...more

Expect Focus – International, Summer 2015

In This Issue: - TTIP’s Impact on U.S. and EU Trade Relations - Proposed Innovation Box Legislation - Justice Department Recovers Nearly $6 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in 2014 - Rules...more

How to protect investments in Indonesia despite the termination of its Bilateral Investment Treaties

Various nationalistic measures have been taken by states in Asia against foreign investors in recent times. Investment treaties provide investors with protection against such incursions and, if necessary, a means by which...more

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

ICSID Growth Continues as Canada Ratifies and Cases Diversify

The World Bank arbitration system for foreign investment disputes continues to grow. On 1 November 2013, Canada deposited its instrument of ratification of the ICSID Convention with the World Bank. Almost seven years after...more

Recent Developments: Mozambique—What Legal Options are Available to Investors in Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources?

Recent developments in Mozambique, including the announcement on October 21, 2013, by opposition party RENAMO (Mozambican National Resistance) that it would no longer abide by the 1992 peace pact that ended years of civil war...more

Bilateral Investment Treaties Would Likely Have a Key Role in Mitigating Investment Risks If Mexico Undertakes Energy Reforms

As described in detail in another article in this Newsletter entitled "Mexican Congress to Consider Constitutional Oil and Gas Reforms: Bold Stride Forward or Half-Step?," the reform of Mexico's energy industry and its...more

The Challenge of Monetizing Africa’s Mineral-rich Resources

Clement Fondufe is a partner at Latham & Watkins and the global Chair of the firm's Africa Practice. In this interview, he looks at some of the challenges facing foreign-owned companies operating in Africa’s mining, oil and...more

Recent Developments: Zimbabwe—What Legal Options are Available to Mining Companies?

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, who has been in power since 1980, was re-elected to another term on July 31, 2013. On August 6, 2013, the government announced plans to seize control of foreign-owned mining interests,...more

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