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Italy to face new ECT claim

Italy to face new ECT claim

23 March 2017

A year after withdrawing from the Energy Charter Treaty, Italy is facing a new claim under the instrument from a British oil exploration company.

Trump says he threatened TransCanada over Keystone XL

Trump says he threatened TransCanada over Keystone XL

23 March 2017

Donald Trump has claimed that he threatened to retract his approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project if TransCanada did not drop its US$15 billion NAFTA claim against the US – boasting that “being president gives you great power.”

Women’s group launches in Dubai

Women’s group launches in Dubai

23 March 2017

Three lawyers in Dubai have founded a group for female arbitration practitioners in the United Arab Emirates, with plans to expand its reach further in the Arab World.

Holman Fenwick Willan recruits in Dubai and London

Holman Fenwick Willan recruits in Dubai and London

22 March 2017

Two construction specialists, Beau McLaren and Ben Mellors, have joined Holman Fenwick Willan as partners in Dubai and London.

India's termination of BITs to begin

India's termination of BITs to begin

22 March 2017

As its self-imposed 31 March deadline for terminating bilateral investment treaties draws near, India has sent notices of termination to 58 countries that are expected to take effect from as early as next month.

Pakistan to pay in ICSID mining claim

Pakistan to pay in ICSID mining claim

22 March 2017

Pakistan is liable for denying an Australian mining venture a lease for one of its largest copper reserves, an ICSID tribunal hearing a multibillion-dollar claim has ruled – with Pakistani reports indicating that the parties may now settle.

Abu Dhabi fund won’t challenge Citigroup award

Abu Dhabi fund won’t challenge Citigroup award

22 March 2017

A United Arab Emirates sovereign wealth fund that lost a US$2 billion ICDR claim against Citigroup over alleged mismanagement during the 2008 global financial crisis says it does not intend to challenge the now public award.

Multiple cases, one arbitrator

Multiple cases, one arbitrator

22 March 2017

Using common arbitrators for related arbitrations is a regular practice to save time and costs and avoid inconsistent decisions, but challenges to their appointment are becoming increasingly common. Tay Yong Seng of Allen & Gledhill in Singapore seeks to distinguish the baseless objections that can be dismissed quickly from the ones that raise real concerns.

PetroChina submits to arbitration after five-year battle

PetroChina submits to arbitration after five-year battle

22 March 2017

After four years of resistance, PetroChina and five other Chinese state-owned companies have said they will submit to arbitration with a Texas energy investments company in a dispute over oil and gas fields in Chad, potentially ending a five-year row in the US courts.

Canadian patent law not a dramatic change, rules Eli Lilly tribunal

Canadian patent law not a dramatic change, rules Eli Lilly tribunal

21 March 2017

The NAFTA tribunal in Eli Lilly v Canada found that a recently developed "promise utility doctrine" in Canadian jurisprudence on pharmaceutical patents did not represent a dramatic change from previous Canadian law, the newly published award reveals.

Making Musick: lawyer takes on new challenge in LA

Making Musick: lawyer takes on new challenge in LA

21 March 2017

After 12 years with Dutch firms and four with Southern California construction firm Gibbs Giden, arbitration specialist Nathan O'Malley is to launch and lead an international arbitration practice for Musick Peeler & Garrett in Los Angeles.

Ukraine asks to set aside JKX award

Ukraine asks to set aside JKX award

21 March 2017

Ukraine has applied to the English High Court to set aside a US$11.8 million UNCITRAL award made in favour of London-registered oil and gas group JKX – with the state accusing the tribunal of “serious irregularity” when conducting the proceedings.