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Saudi Arabia’s New Implementing Regulations of Arbitration Law

On May 22, 2017, the Saudi Council of Ministers passed the Implementing Regulations of the 2012 Arbitration Law. The Implementing Regulations came into force on June 9, 2017, when they were published in the Saudi Official...more

The widely anticipated UAE law on arbitration – an end in sight?

by White & Case LLP on

By the end of Q4 2017, the United Arab Emirates is expected to enact a new federal arbitration law based on the UNCITRAL Model Law and associated international standards....more

Courts, Cooperation, and More: A Review of Cross-Border Insolvency Protocols

by Jones Day on

In cross-border restructuring cases, including cases under chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and versions of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency enacted in 42 other nations or territories, interested...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 1 - 2017 - Cross border restructuring landscape continues to evolve – EU and Singapore...

by Dechert LLP on

Legislative changes in Singapore and the EU introduce pre-insolvency processes facilitating non-consensual debt restructurings or cram downs comparable to those already available in London and New York. In particular, the EU...more

Client Alert on Secured Transactions Law in Azerbaijan - New Law on Secured Transactions with Movable Property in Azerbaijan

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In late May 2017 the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed the new Law on Secured Transactions with Movable Property. The law was prepared based on the UNCITRAL Model Law on Secured Transactions. ...more

Bilateral Arbitration Treaties at the 50th Anniversary of UNCITRAL

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At the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”) Congress, Gary Born, chair of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP's International Arbitration Group, discussed his...more

Countering counterparty insolvency

by Hogan Lovells on

These days, the threat of counterparty insolvency looms over the energy sector: whether it is a natural disaster or precipitous decline in the price of oil, perhaps no industry is more susceptible to the financial decline and...more

The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review - 2018

by WilmerHale on

The Asia-Pacific region has seen a surge in the use of arbitration in recent years. Although it is difficult to draw general conclusions about a large and incredibly diverse geographical region that stretches from French...more

Brazil's Developing Gas Marketing: Opportunities for Arbitration

by WilmerHale on

Historically, natural gas did not play a significant role in Brazil’s energy mix, never exceeding 4% of Brazil’s primary energy supply until the late 1990s. Today, natural gas accounts for 12% of Brazil’s primary energy...more

Singapore Enacts New Corporate Bankruptcy Law in Bid to Become Center for International Debt Restructuring

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On March 10, 2017, Singapore's Parliament approved the Companies (Amendment) Bill 2017 (the "Act") to enhance the country's corporate debt restructuring framework. The Act, a copy of which is available here, was assented to...more

Foreign Representative Had "Independent" Standing to Prosecute State Law Avoidance Claims in Chapter 15

by Jones Day on

If a foreign debtor is eligible to file for bankruptcy protection in the U.S., the debtor's foreign representative (e.g., a liquidator or administrator) may, under certain circumstances, have the power to avoid and recover...more

Dispute resolution relief imminent for the African continent

by Hogan Lovells on

On 21 April 2017, the International Arbitration Bill (the Bill) was tabled in the South African Parliament for discussion. The Bill is intended to incorporate the Model Law of the United Nations Commission on International...more

Paris, the eternal city for arbitration?

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The first edition of the Paris Arbitration Week commences on April 24.1 Organizers have highlighted that the event “is a great occasion to celebrate the repeated trust the actors of international arbitration have for Paris”.2...more

Reform of Qatar's arbitration framework

by White & Case LLP on

Qatar's long-awaited Civil and Commercial Arbitration Law, Law No. 2 of 2017 (the "New Arbitration Law") has recently come into force. It applies to all Qatar-seated arbitrations. The New Arbitration Law aims to align the...more

Not Chapter 11 but Chapter 11-ish

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Parents, headmasters, hoteliers, restauranteurs, insurers and countries love them or hate them, depending on how their school or restaurant, company or nation is ranked. I’m referring to the World Bank’s annual Doing...more

Ignore Investment Structuring at your Peril

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In a recent challenge to an arbitral award under section 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act), the High Court in Ruby Roz Agricol LLP v Republic of Kazakhstan, confirmed that the tribunal had correctly declined...more

New Qatar Arbitration Law - March 2017

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On 16 February 2017, Qatar adopted a new arbitration law (Law No. 2 of 2017) promulgating the Law of Arbitration in Civil and Commercial Matters (the "Qatar Arbitration Law"). This supersedes the arbitration chapter contained...more

Update on CAJAC

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The China-Africa Joint Arbitration Centre (CAJAC) is a partnership between the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA) and the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre (SHIAC). One of the main reasons for the...more

Mainbrace: March 2017 (No. 2)

by Blank Rome LLP on

What’s different about “change” in 2017? It certainly seems that we need to redefine what we mean when we consider the term itself. Shipping historically has been a conservative industry, but its adaptability over the...more

Two steps forward, one step back - the new arbitration law in Qatar

by DLA Piper on

On 16 February 2017, Qatar issued a new law on arbitration, inspired by the UNCITRAL Model Law, an international template for law on arbitration. This new Arbitration Law comes at a time when Qatar (like other countries...more

Arbitration Foundation of South Africa goes global

by Hogan Lovells on

The Arbitration Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) was founded in joint venture by organised business, with members of the legal and accounting professions in 1996. In its 21 years in operation, AFSA has successfully...more

2nd Circuit Tilts the Scale in Favor of Discovery in Aid of Arbitration

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

The recent decision by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in In re Ex Parte Application of Kleimar N.V., No. 16-MC-355, 2016 WL 6906712 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 16, 2016) (“Kleimar”), which allowed...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

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2016: European Commission Proposes to Harmonise Insolvency Laws across Member...

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission (EC) announced proposals on 22 November 2016, which are intended to harmonise national insolvency laws across the EU through a proposed directive “on preventative restructuring frameworks, second...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

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