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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

Consecuencias para México Tras Suscribir el Convenio del CIADI

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Desde hace más de dos décadas, México ha impulsado políticas para fomentar el ingreso y participación de la inversión extranjera en las actividades económicas del país. Sin embargo, y a pesar de ser uno de los 10 países más...more

Consequences for Mexico After Subscribing to the ICSID Convention

by Holland & Knight LLP on

For more than two decades, Mexico has promoted policies to encourage the entry and participation of foreign investment in the country's economic activities. However, despite being one of the 10 most active countries in...more

4 International Arbitration Cases To Watch In 2018

Charles Adams, the leader of Orrick’s International Arbitration & Dispute resolution team, recently spoke with Law360 regarding international arbitration cases to watch in 2018. Charles gave his thoughts on the continuation...more

Foreign Investments Made before 9 January 2013 Will Soon No Longer Benefit from the Protection Standards Afforded by the...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The bilateral treaty between the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Italy on the promotion and protection of investments signed in Warsaw on 10 May 1989 (the “Polish-Italian BIT”) expired on 9 January 2013. However,...more

With Mugabe's Departure, Should Foreign Investors Reconsider Zimbabwe?

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The Situation: In November 2017, Robert Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe had known in 37 years, was ousted from power. The Development: Will this change in leadership usher in a new era of good governance and economic...more

International News: Brexit & the US Administration

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Cross Border M&A: The Impact of Brexit, the Trump Administration, and China’s Crackdown on Capital Flight The combination of Brexit, the Trump Administration, and China’s tightening grasp on capital, appear to have created...more

Investors' rights of protection against Venezuela's sovereign debt default

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 13 November 2017, it was confirmed that Venezuela had defaulted on its sovereign debt after failing to meet the deadline for payment of US$200m of interest on its sovereign bonds due in 2019 and 2024.1 It is expected...more

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: A New Frontier for Investment Treaty Disputes?

by Dechert LLP on

China’s One Belt One Road initiative (“OBOR Initiative”) provides promising and lucrative opportunities for foreign investors to invest in large-scale infrastructure projects across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe....more

Intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaties: compatible with EU law after all?

by White & Case LLP on

In an advisory Opinion to the CJEU, Advocate General Wathelet has advised that an Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism between two Member States is not contrary to EU law. He also considers that, in disputes arising...more

Africa Focus: Arbitration in Africa - Managing risk in a growing market

by White & Case LLP on

Today, many areas of the African economy are still growing despite challenges due to sharp reductions in the price of oil and other natural resources. Besides the industries related to the continent's natural resources,...more

Implications of the 2016 US Presidential Election for Trade Policy

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The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States will have important implications for US trade policy. Assessing these implications in the immediate aftermath of the presidential election is,...more

Briefing note: New laws create potential for arbitration claims against Tanzania

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Potential arbitration claims arising from three acts affecting investors in natural resources projects in Tanzania INTRODUCTION - In July 2017, three new laws (the Acts) entered into force in Tanzania which could have...more

Tanzania Overhauls Mining Laws, Fines Investor US$190 Billion: Is Your Investment Protected?

by Jones Day on

Recently, Tanzania enacted a series of mining laws that significantly erode protection for existing and future investments in the mining industry. As part of these measures, one foreign investor has been assessed a US$190...more

Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities in China-Latin America Investment

On June 1, 2017, Skadden hosted the webinar “Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities in China-Latin America Investment.” Topics of discussion included the increasing importance of Chinese investment in Latin America,...more

Investment Trends in India

On 22 June 2017, Skadden and Khaitan & Co hosted a seminar titled “Investment Trends in India” at the Institute of Directors in London. David Kavanagh QC, global co-head of Skadden’s International Litigation and...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

Venezuela Mines for a Reversal in Federal Appeals Court

Venezuela is taking its fight over a $1.4 billion arbitral award to the District of Columbia’s federal court of appeals. The award capped a bitter dispute between Venezuela and Crystallex International Corporation, a...more

Roundtable on Geopolitical Risks and Effective Response Strategies

On May 4, 2017, 15 business leaders gathered at Skadden’s Palo Alto office to discuss the current political and policy environments in the U.S. and abroad, as well as their implications for the technology sector. Participants...more

EU Court confirms EU competence on wide range of trade areas in opinion on EU-Singapore FTA

by White & Case LLP on

Following the Advocate General's related advisory opinion in December 2016, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has delivered its Opinion (2/15) on the EU-Singapore FTA. While the Court's Opinion confirms that the EU alone...more

Ecuador terminates 12 BITs - a growing trend of reconsideration of traditional investment treaties?

by DLA Piper on

On 3 May 2017, the Ecuadorean National Assembly (Ecuador's legislative body) approved the denunciation of 12 bilateral investment treaties (BITs), with China, Chile, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Argentina,...more

ICSID Committee Annuls Nearly 90% of Award Against Venezuela

An International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Committee has annulled nearly 90% of the US$1.6 billion Award which had been won by ExxonMobil affiliates in their ICSID arbitration against Venezuela...more

District Court Confirms Arbitral Award Against Venezuela In Dispute Over Gold Deposits Contract

by Carlton Fields on

A federal district court in Washington, D.C. recently confirmed a $1.2 billion arbitral award in favor of Crystallex International Corp. against Venezuela after the country’s Ministry of Environment denied a necessary permit...more

Canadian Mining Company Strikes Gold in US Court

by WilmerHale on

Arbitration analysis: Steven Finizio and Manuel Casas at WilmerHale, consider the US District Court’s decision in Crystallex v Venezuela to uphold the $1.2bn damages award and suggest that the case reaffirms the deferential...more

The UK and the World Trade Organization (WTO): What Happens After Brexit?

by White & Case LLP on

On 29 March 2017, the UK will formally trigger the Article 50 process to begin the negotiations for Brexit. If there is a 'hard Brexit' in 2019, the UK would trade with the EU – along with most of the rest of the world – on...more

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