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

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

Second Circuit Clarifies Law on Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards under the New York Convention

On January 18, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Second Circuit) issued its decision in CBF Indústría de Gusa S/A v. AMCI Holdings, Inc., a case considering important questions on the...more

"PEMEX and US Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards Nullified in Their 'Home' Courts"

One of the benefits of using arbitration to resolve international disputes is the availability of worldwide mechanisms to enforce an arbitral award. For example, the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement...more

Staying Proceedings in Favour of Minority Oppression Claims in Arbitration

The Court of Appeal of Singapore confirms arbitrability of minority oppression claims and clarifies position on cross-appeals. The Court of Appeal of Singapore has reaffirmed what constitutes a step in proceedings for...more

Stars Align As Second Circuit Limits Orion

The Second Circuit recently reversed and remanded for further proceedings a S.D.N.Y decision dismissing claims asserted by POLSINELLI clients CBF Indústria de Gusa S/A, Da Terra Siderúrgica LTDA and several other Brazilian...more

Third-Party Funding of International Arbitration is Now a Go in Singapore

On 10 January 2016, the Singapore Parliament passed the Civil Law (Amendment) Bill, which allows third-party funding of international commercial arbitration proceedings that are seated in Singapore. Together with the Civil...more

The China-Africa Joint Arbitration Centre

The China-Africa Joint Arbitration Centre (CAJAC) was established in August 2015 to address resolution of commercial disputes between Chinese and African parties....more

2017 Hot Topics in International Arbitration for Life Sciences Companies: Third-Party Funding

Intellectual property often is the most valuable asset of a growing life sciences company, and when IP becomes the subject of a dispute, companies may lack the means to protect their rights which, in turn, could adversely...more

Singapore to Permit Third Party Funding of International Arbitration

The Singapore Parliament passed on Tuesday a bill to allow third party funding of international commercial arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore. The bill, known as the Civil Law (Amendment) Bill – Third Party...more

The Lagarde Prosecution: A Blow to Finality in Investor-State Arbitration?

On December 19, 2016, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde was convicted of criminal negligence for failing, as French finance minister, to appeal an adverse arbitration award against a French...more

Using Arbitration to Resolve International Financing Disputes

Parties to international financial transactions have, subject to limited exceptions, historically been reticent to choose international arbitration as a means of dispute resolution in their agreements. In recent years,...more

Annulment of International Arbitral Award: the French Conseil d’Etat Makes First Foray into the Fiefdom of the Civil Cassation...

On 9 November 2016 and for the first time, the French State Council (Conseil d’Etat) set aside an international arbitral award. The award related to a public contract performed in France. The award was partially set aside on...more

French Administrative Supreme Court clarifies its interpretation of the validity of an arbitration award

French Administrative Supreme Court clarifies its interpretation of the validity of an arbitration award rendered in a dispute involving an administrative contract - On 9 November 2016, the Plenary Session (Assemblée du...more

Emergency Relief in Arbitration

Most arbitration forums provide emergency and injunctive relief procedures for situations when the circumstances of the case do not allow for it to proceed within the standard time frame. Parties who had previously...more

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

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

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

Admission of QC to Singapore Courts Permitted Only When Necessary

The Singapore High Court has issued another decision concerning the ad hoc admission of foreign counsel, underscoring that the current admissions regime should be viewed through the prism of “need.”...more

The Use of Experts in International Arbitration: Selection of an Expert Witness

In international arbitrations, litigators from the U.S. often find a bit of the familiar mixed in with equal or greater bits of the unfamiliar. (Whether they acknowledge or treat the latter as such, alas, varies by...more

The DIFC-LCIA Releases New Arbitration Rules

The new rules are designed to expedite proceedings and arbitral tribunal formations. The DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre (DIFC-LCIA) recently released new arbitration rules (2016 Rules) deigned to mirror the London Court of...more

Singapore Court: Arbitration Clause Held to be Governed by Law of Main Contract

The Singapore High Court has clarified that the law governing an arbitration agreement is presumed to be the same as the law of the contract containing that arbitration agreement, and has clarified the application and nature...more

Singapore: Third-Party Funding for International Arbitration

Civil Law (Amendment) Bill 2016 will permit third-party funding of international commercial arbitrations and provide a regulatory framework for funders. Following a public consultation exercise conducted earlier this...more

Brexit: New Arbitration Alternatives for Financial Disputes

Recent innovations at a number of arbitral institutions have brought into sharp focus arbitration options for post Brexit financial disputes. The English Arbitration Act is in its 20th year. It provides a...more

Emergency Relief in Support of Arbitration: The English Courts Take a Back Seat

The Advent of Emergency Arbitration Provisions - In recent years, and in response to user demand, almost all of the world’s leading international arbitration institutions have changed their rules to allow parties to...more

U.K. to Remain Top in Arbitration Despite Brexit

Despite the uncertainty following the British referendum on 23 June 2016, when the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, one area is not expected to change and in all likelihood will flourish. London has long been...more

Hong Kong Arbitration Week Triumphs Despite Weather

Hong Kong woke up this morning to a battering from Typhoon Haima. With much of the global arbitration community currently in the city for the fifth annual Hong Kong Arbitration Week, this force majeure event was no doubt an...more

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