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Award against Equatorial Guinea upheld in France

Award against Equatorial Guinea upheld in France

23 June 2017

Equatorial Guinea has lost an appeal over a €132 million ICC award in favour of Orange after France’s Court of Cassation rejected arguments that tribunal chair Horacio Grigera Naón’s role in another arbitration with the French telecoms group created a justifiable doubt as to his impartiality.

BP and Reliance withdraw claim against India

BP and Reliance withdraw claim against India

23 June 2017

Energy company BP and India’s Reliance have withdrawn a three-year-old UNCITRAL arbitration claim against India over its delay in implementing a gas price hike.

Chilean hydro project gives rise to ICC case

Chilean hydro project gives rise to ICC case

23 June 2017

A subsidiary of US energy company AES has filed for ICC arbitration with a consortium led by German construction group Hochtief to resolve a dispute over a cancelled contract to build one of Chile’s largest hydroelectric projects.

Case numbers rise in China

Case numbers rise in China

23 June 2017

International arbitration in China is growing thanks to the establishment of seven new free trade zones in the mainland, favourable court rulings and the "One Belt, One Road" policy, heard delegates at a conference in London held by the Beijing Arbitration Commission.

Dominican state fund wins damages in power saga

Dominican state fund wins damages in power saga

22 June 2017

A Dominican government-owned fund has won damages in the second of two ICC cases launched by its private partners in two electricity utilities after their executives were accused of criminal conduct five years ago.

Not “sorry”: Justin Bieber returns to arbitration world with libel dispute

Not “sorry”: Justin Bieber returns to arbitration world with libel dispute

22 June 2017

Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber has once again made a surprise appearance in the world of international arbitration, after a Quebec court ruled an event promoter’s defamation suit against him is covered by an arbitration clause with his agent.

China feels the heat in spice dispute at ICSID

China feels the heat in spice dispute at ICSID

22 June 2017

A German food and spice manufacturer has brought an ICSID claim against China – the third the state has ever faced at the centre.

An epicentre for arbitration in the Caribbean?

An epicentre for arbitration in the Caribbean?

22 June 2017

Two years after Lord Goldsmith QC “laid down the gauntlet” by asking whether a newly established international arbitration centre in the British Virgin Islands could knock New York, London and Paris “off their perch”, John Beechey has told how far the centre has come and what challenges it faces.

Yukos investors target Rosneft counsel with discovery requests

Yukos investors target Rosneft counsel with discovery requests

21 June 2017

UPDATED: The former majority shareholders in Yukos have asked the US courts to compel two lawyers, including a partner at Baker Botts, to produce evidence relating to allegations that Russia and its state-run oil company Rosneft manipulated the Armenian judiciary’s rulings in Yukos-related matters.

Jenner & Block adds to London team

Jenner & Block adds to London team

21 June 2017

Jenner & Block has announced a further addition to its international arbitration practice in London, hiring Jones Day associate Elizabeth Shimmin as special counsel.