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Separate Requests essential in multi-contract LCIA arbitrations

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A recent English High Court decision is a cautionary tale for claimants under the 2014 LCIA Rules. The Court held that a Request for Arbitration is invalid if it relates to more than one arbitration agreement. Claimants must...more

Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration Rebrands as Asian International Arbitration Centre

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The Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration ("KLRCA") has officially changed its name to the Asian International Arbitration Centre ("AIAC"). The name change was formally announced on February 7, 2018, during a signing...more

Paris as an international jurisdiction: creation of chambers specialized in cross-border disputes

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On 7 February 2018, in the presence of the French Minister of Justice, agreement protocols were signed by the Court of Appeal, the Commercial Court and the Paris Bar which provide for the creation of a specialist Chamber (or...more

Oh, And One More Thing . . . Issuing A Subpoena For Documents Under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 Also Requires Personal Jurisdiction Over The...

Under 28 U.S.C. § 1782, “[t]he district court of the district in which a person resides or is found may order him to . . . produce a document for use in a proceeding in a foreign or international tribunal . . . .” Courts in...more

The Gulf Crisis—Could it Bring State-to-State Arbitration to the Region?

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In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar and imposed a blockade on the Gulf state, accusing it of supporting terrorism and developing a...more

The Paris Court of Appeal Weighs In On International Public Policy

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On 16 January 2018, the Paris Court of Appeal reaffirmed its greater control over international arbitral awards by setting aside an ICC arbitral award in MK Group v. Onix on international public policy grounds because of a...more

‘Home Country’ Arbitration Clause More Trouble Than It’s Worth?

Courts in many countries, including the U.S., generally enforce contracts with clauses specifying international arbitration as the preferred avenue for resolving disputes. Accordingly, when drafting such provisions, due...more

Growing Acceptance of Arbitration in International Commercial Financial Transactions

Financial institutions have historically been skeptical about arbitration in the commercial context. As a result, the documentation used in commercial financial transactions has generally required that disputes be submitted...more

Alert to Privacy Shield Participants: You Could Lose Your Privacy Certification If You Ignore This Warning

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Recently, Privacy Shield participants started receiving these troubling alerts, purportedly from the International Trade Administration, warning that the recipient organization owes a new fee, and threatening to cancel that...more

The Guide to Damages in International Arbitration: Strategic Issues in Employing and Deploying Damages Experts

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Parties frequently engage experts to assist in developing, calculating and presenting their cases on damages to tribunals in international arbitration. Such experts may specialise in economics, finance or accounting, or...more

SPC issued two interpretations regarding the judicial review of arbitration cases

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In December 2017, Supreme People Court of China (SPC) issued two long-awaited judicial interpretations (each "Interpretation No. 21" and "Interpretation No. 22"), effective on 1 January 2018, to regulate the judicial review...more

The Guide to Damages in International Arbitration: Introduction

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There are three types of arbitrators: those who understand numbers and those who don’t. This old joke, adapted to the international arbitration community and repeated at conferences, typically receives nervous laughter...more

Mexico Signs ICSID Convention

On January 11, 2018, Mexico became the 162nd country to sign the 1965 Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (the ICSID Convention or the Convention)....more

Brexit 2018: The Final Preparations

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2018 is the year that the UK and EU will look to finalise their Brexit deal; to settle the trading arrangements for what could be a lengthy ‘transition period’; and start discussions on the shape of their future long-term...more

Actions by Sub-Saharan OHADA-Member Nations Promote Arbitration

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The Situation: In November 2017, 17 sub-Saharan African states reformed both their uniform arbitration law and the arbitration rules of their regional arbitration center. The Result: The revision of the Uniform Act on...more

OHADA's 17 African States Adopt the Uniform Act on Mediation

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The Situation: In November 2017, 17 states of sub-Saharan Africa adopted the Uniform Act on Mediation. The Result: The practice of mediation, although it already has legislative support in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and...more

International Business and Human Rights Arbitration Proposal Gains Momentum

Between November 27-29, over 2,000 delegates gathered in Geneva to attend the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. The central theme of this year’s Forum was “Realizing Access to Effective Remedy,” which is the third Pillar...more

The role of mediation in business and human rights disputes

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The United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights brings together business, governments, civil society and the legal profession to develop thinking and share best practice in this emerging area of law and practice. This...more

Latin America Dispute Resolution Update – The Latest Developments in Cross-Border Disputes Involving the US and Latin America

NAFTA’s Future Looks Increasingly Uncertain - The United States, Mexico and Canada have now completed the fifth round of negotiations concerning the renegotiation of NAFTA, and the future of the treaty is looking...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - December 2017

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Suitability of Arbitration Rules for Construction Disputes - Arbitration continues to be the preferred method of dispute resolution for construction disputes. With many large infrastructure projects being financed,...more

Brazilian Labor Reform: Reshaping the Employer–Employee Relationship

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The Situation: High unemployment rates, combined with an outdated Brazilian protectionist labor regime that imposed high costs on employers, created the opportunity for a new approach to labor regulation. The Result: Brazil...more

Court Denies MF Global Holdings’ Bid To Appeal Bankruptcy Court Order Compelling Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

On October 30, 2017 the Southern District of New York rejected MF Global Holdings’ (“MF Global”) latest attempt to avoid a bankruptcy court order compelling it to submit to arbitration in Bermuda in its coverage dispute with...more

Swiss Court affirms parties’ right to waive set-aside of arbitration award

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In a 17 October 2017 decision with significant implications for arbitration agreements between international parties, the Swiss Supreme Court held that the parties had validly waived their right to challenge an international...more

Energy Newsletter - November 2017

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Choice of Law in Host Government Agreements - Choice of law stands as the second “pillar” of contract stabilization, together with stabilization clauses and international arbitration. In fact, choice of law provisions...more

Choice of Law in Host Government Agreements

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Choice of law stands as the second “pillar” of contract stabilization, together with stabilization clauses and international arbitration. In fact, choice of law provisions sometimes consist of stabilization clauses in the...more

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