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Baker McKenzie adds partner in Hong Kong

Baker McKenzie adds partner in Hong Kong

14 February 2017

Baker McKenzie has hired a new partner in Hong Kong to head its Greater China arbitration group.

Sir Elihu Lauterpacht QC 1928-2017

Sir Elihu Lauterpacht QC 1928-2017

13 February 2017

Sir Elihu Lauterpacht, whose distinguished career in international law included acting in inter-state and investor-state arbitrations and who founded the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge University, has died aged 88.

Panel allows blind aids claim against Czech Republic

Panel allows blind aids claim against Czech Republic

13 February 2017

A tribunal has accepted jurisdiction over a claim brought by a provider of electronic aids for the blind and visually impaired against the Czech Republic.

French court tells Getma to cover Guinea’s costs

French court tells Getma to cover Guinea’s costs

13 February 2017

The French Court of Cassation has said that a subsidiary of French group NCT Necotrans is liable to pay Guinea’s unpaid fees from their OHADA arbitration – ruling that the parties still have liability to jointly pay costs even though the institutional rules are silent on the issue.

Morocco tax rebate award enforced in US

Morocco tax rebate award enforced in US

13 February 2017

A US court has enforced an ICC award against Morocco at the request of a unit of Italy’s Salini - a familiar arbitration party - after a Moroccan court ruled a portion of the award ordering the state to repay taxes was contrary to local law.

Gowling hires Reed Smith co-head

Gowling hires Reed Smith co-head

10 February 2017

Reed Smith’s co-head of international arbitration Gordon Bell has joined the London office of newly merged law firm Gowling WLG.

DC court enforces Belize award in wake of anti-enforcement law

DC court enforces Belize award in wake of anti-enforcement law

10 February 2017

A court in Washington, DC has ruled that Belize must pay an outstanding LCIA award, even though the creditors would not argue in favour of it because of a new Belizean law criminalising attempts to enforce certain awards against the state in foreign courts.

Malaysia to host PCA proceedings

Malaysia to host PCA proceedings

10 February 2017

Malaysia has become the latest state to enter a host country agreement with the Permanent Court of Arbitration, at a ceremony at the prime minister’s office this week.

French court lifts Yukos freezing order

French court lifts Yukos freezing order

10 February 2017

In the latest ruling in the Yukos saga, a French first instance court has lifted an attachment on debts owed to Russian state-owned aerospace companies by their French counterpart, Arianespace.

Iranian banks take on Bahrain

Iranian banks take on Bahrain

10 February 2017

Two Iranian commercial banks have brought a claim against Bahrain, accusing the kingdom of expropriation and other treaty breaches at a time when it was going against the political grain in its attitude to Iran.

ConocoPhillips-Ecuador dispute ends with damages for both sides

ConocoPhillips-Ecuador dispute ends with damages for both sides

09 February 2017

AWARDS NOW PUBLIC: A nearly decade-long ICSID dispute between ConocoPhillips and Ecuador, with claims on both sides running into the billions, has ended with awards of nearly US$380 million for the investor and US$42 million for the state.

Partner move means permanent Middle East presence for Vinson & Elkins

Partner move means permanent Middle East presence for Vinson & Elkins

09 February 2017

Amir Ghaffari is set to become Vinson & Elkins’ first permanent disputes partner in the Middle East when he moves from London to Dubai next month to lead the firm’s practice in the region.