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International Investment Arbitration in the Commonwealth of Independent States: Year in Review 2015

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

International Investment Arbitration in Asia: Year in Review 2015

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

International Investment Arbitration in Africa: Year in Review 2015

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

Philip Morris Asia Limited (Hong Kong) v. The Commonwealth of Australia: Permanent Court of Arbitration Tribunal Publishes...

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (“PCA”) has just released the full award of the Tribunal in Philip Morris Asia Limited (Hong Kong) v. The Commonwealth of Australia, which was rendered in late 2015. We previously published...more

Hong Kong Law Update: Registering a Mainland Judgment in Hong Kong

A recent decision of the Hong Kong Court of First Instance (CFI) in relation to the Mainland Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Ordinance (Cap 597) (“the Ordinance”) confirms that the CFI will not lightly set aside...more

New York Enforcement Update

New York has long been a critical enforcement venue for parties holding unsatisfied arbitral awards and/or judgments. New York is the financial capital of the United States, and that reality, coupled with the state’s expert...more

Ground-breaking referral: Are arbitration clauses in BITs between EU Member States void?

In recent years, the number and economic relevance of bilateral investment treaties (“BITs”) has significantly increased. BITs are international treaties which provide for assurances in favour of investors from the...more

A welcome development: SCC announces revision to arbitration rules to include summary judgment procedures

Introduction - The Arbitration Institution of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) has released a draft set of arbitration rules that are intended to take effect in the course of 2017. The draft SCC arbitration rules...more

Bribery and Corruption in International Arbitration

Corruption in international business is becoming endemic. Transparency International's latest Global Corruption Report highlights that nearly two in five business executives say they have been asked to pay a bribe when...more

Dutch Court Sets Aside USD 50 Billion In Yukos Arbitration Awards

In a judgment handed down on 20 April 2016, The Hague District Court set aside the awards in three arbitrations rendered against the Russian Federation in investment treaty cases brought by former shareholders in Yukos....more

Hague Court Finds Arbitration Panel Has No Jurisdiction Against Russia Pursuant to Unratified Treaty

The District Court of the Hague overturned a record $50 billion in damages awards issued by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (“PCA”), to the former controlling shareholders of the Yukos Oil Company on the grounds that...more

First Department Finds Forum Selection Clause in Earlier Agreement Valid Despite Later Agreement Providing for Arbitration

In a 3-2 split decision, a New York appellate court determined that a forum selection clause providing for litigation in New York courts had not been explicitly terminated and thus trumped agreements to submit to arbitration...more

An appeal on the merits unmasked - High Court dismisses application to set aside arbitral award - A case study of Mount Eastern...

The Singapore High Court’s recent decision in Mount Eastern Holdings Resources Co., Limited v H&C S Holdings Pte Ltd and another matter [2016] SGHC 01 demonstrates that the court takes great care not to overstep its...more

"Weaknesses" In The IBA Guidelines On Conflicts Of Interest

There has recently been a push among some members of the international arbitration community to make the application of so-called “soft law”, such as the IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration...more

Should an arbitrator sign on all pages of the arbitration award?

Legal Rule - Under normal circumstances the general rule is that an arbitration award shall be valid only if signed on all pages by the arbitrator. However the exception to this rule is that the arbitrator's signature on...more

English Law Update: IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest Criticised by English High Court in W Limited v M Sdn Bhd

The International Bar Association Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration (the “IBA Guidelines”), first published in 2004 and subsequently updated in 2014, has been widely used as a best practice...more

Don’t trip up – a warning for owners

The recently decided case of SBT STAR BULK & TANKERS (GERMANY) GMBH & CO KG V COSMOTRADE SA (THE “WEHR TRAVE”) [2016] EWHC 583 (Comm) in the Queen’s Bench Division of the Commercial Court and before The Hon Sir Bernard Eder...more

Disclosure in a digital age – How reforms and technology can reduce the costs of disclosure in arbitration and court

Managing the cost of litigation to business remains one of the toughest issues confronting any lawyer today. As the challenge of keeping costs proportionate seemingly gets more difficult by the day, we consider the impact of...more

Russia’s New Commercial Arbitration Reform—Key Points

Russia recently enacted an important packet of laws that substantially alters the landscape for commercial arbitration in and involving Russia (both wholly domestic and international) and addresses in detail the current...more

London's Financial List: A choice of forum crossroads

On 1 October 2015, a specialist banking and financial markets dispute resolution forum known as the Financial List came into operation. The Financial List is situated in the Rolls Building in London, and proceedings may be...more

April 2016 Arbitration Update - Avoiding the Void: Arbitration Clauses in Australian Standard Form Consumer Contracts

Consumer contracts in the 21st century frequently contain arbitration clauses. Online sellers, transport service providers, telephone companies, social media websites and even dating apps are all requiring consumers to sign...more

UK Court Addresses Arbitrator’s Purported Conflict Of Interest

A dispute arose over a project in Iraq between a British Virgin Island claimant and a Malaysian defendant with a sole Canadian QC arbitrator. The claimant’s challenge of the arbitrator’s award was based upon bias because of...more

Franz Schwarz Delivers 4th Bergsten Lecture in Vienna

Franz Schwarz delivered the 4th Bergsten Lecture on the subject of “Systemic Case Management and Burden of Proof”. Over 400 registered attendees, including senior members of the Austrian and German judiciary and academia,...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

Q&A With WilmerHale's Rachael Kent

Rachael D. Kent is a partner and vice chairwoman of the international arbitration practice group at WilmerHale, based in Washington, D.C. Kent has more than 15 years of experience representing clients in a variety of...more

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