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Steinmetz denies bribery at ICSID hearing

Steinmetz denies bribery at ICSID hearing

26 May 2017

Embattled Israeli diamond tycoon Beny Steinmetz appeared at an ICSID hearing this week to deny claims that he ordered the payment of bribes to procure mining rights in Guinea, alleging he is the victim of a conspiracy financed by US philanthropist George Soros.

DLA Piper promotes in Paris

DLA Piper promotes in Paris

26 May 2017

DLA Piper has promoted a new counsel in its Paris arbitration team, who has a focus on Africa-related cases and has trained judges and lawyers in Burundi.

Indonesian company wins dispute over oil field joint venture

Indonesian company wins dispute over oil field joint venture

26 May 2017

Indonesian company MedcoEnergi has won a US$24 million UNCITRAL award in a dispute with Singaporean and Australian partners in a joint venture to operate an offshore oil field.

Cauldrons of mistrust

Cauldrons of mistrust

26 May 2017

With M&A deals on the rise – especially in emerging economies – there is no better time to specialise in disputes in this area, argued Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s head of international arbitration Stephen Jagusch QC at an event in Warsaw.

Sweetener dispute ends on sour note with "manifest disregard" ruling

Sweetener dispute ends on sour note with "manifest disregard" ruling

26 May 2017

In a decision described by Gary Born as a “real outlier,” a New York state court has partly set aside a US$100 million ICC award won by a South Korean food group, ruling that the tribunal "manifestly disregarded the law" when it rejected counterclaims brought by US company NutraSweet.

Hanotiau & van den Berg promotes in Brussels

Hanotiau & van den Berg promotes in Brussels

25 May 2017

A week after the departure of one of its counsel to form a solo practice, Brussels boutique Hanotiau & van den Berg has promoted home-grown arbitration specialists Pierre Vermeire and Maarten Draye to partner and counsel, respectively.

Making the most of mock arbitrations

Making the most of mock arbitrations

25 May 2017

Increasingly, international arbitration practitioners are using mock arbitrations – like mock jury trials in the United States – as a valuable tool to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a party’s position and develop an effective way to present their case in the real arbitration. Claudia Salomon and Peter Dunning of Latham & Watkins highlight what must be considered to ensure the exercise is calibrated to the needs of the case.

Japan to open hearing centre

Japan to open hearing centre

25 May 2017

The Japanese government is working with local arbitration practitioners and companies to launch a new hearing centre in Tokyo for international commercial disputes and sports cases, including those arising from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Foley Hoag names counsel in DC

Foley Hoag names counsel in DC

24 May 2017

Christina Beharry, a former Canadian government lawyer who has acted for El Salvador and Uruguay in landmark ICSID cases, has been promoted to counsel at Foley Hoag in Washington, DC.

New leaders at DIS-40

New leaders at DIS-40

24 May 2017

UPDATED. The German Institution of Arbitration’s under-40 group DIS-40 has appointed two new co-chairs.