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Colombia will face billion-euro power claim

Colombia will face billion-euro power claim

16 March 2017

Spanish energy company Gas Natural Fenosa is on the brink of filing a threatened ICSID claim against Colombia reported by GAR last year to recover €1.3 billion in electricity payments owed by customers near the country's Caribbean coast.

Singapore service ruling delays enforcement against Lesotho

Singapore service ruling delays enforcement against Lesotho

16 March 2017

As Lesotho faces a second arbitration brought by South African mining investors, the claimants have won leave to enforce a costs award from an earlier proceeding in Singapore – but have been blocked from serving notice on the state except through diplomatic channels because of state immunity law.

ICCA adds five to governing board

ICCA adds five to governing board

16 March 2017

The International Council for Commercial Arbitration has announced five new members of its governing board.

Dubai centre looks to Herbert Smith Freehills for registrar

Dubai centre looks to Herbert Smith Freehills for registrar

16 March 2017

A Herbert Smith Freehills senior associate has been appointed as the new registrar of the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre in Dubai, taking over the role from Mohamed ElGhatit, who is returning to private practice to reportedly establish his own boutique.

SCC reports on two years of arbitrator challenges

SCC reports on two years of arbitrator challenges

16 March 2017

Between 2013 and 2015, 28 challenges to arbitrators were filed at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Institute, with the SCC board dismissing nine and sustaining four, a recently published practice note reveals.

Swiss institution holds first innovation conference

16 March 2017

The Swiss Chambers Arbitration Institution – one of GAR’s nominees for the innovation award at the forthcoming GAR Awards in Milan – has devoted a whole conference to innovation in the area of expedited proceedings.

Ukrainian state fund vows to fight SCC award

Ukrainian state fund vows to fight SCC award

15 March 2017

The fund charged with protecting Ukraine’s state property said yesterday it will “do everything possible” to overturn a US$251 million award in favour of a gas company owned by a controversial businessman.

Romania paves way for intra-EU BITs termination

Romania paves way for intra-EU BITs termination

15 March 2017

Romania is set to enact a law terminating its bilateral investment treaties with other European Union countries following criticisms by the European Commission that they contradict EU law and the principles of the single market.

Freshfields promotes in Dubai

Freshfields promotes in Dubai

15 March 2017

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has welcomed Dubai-based Sami Tannous to the partnership as part of its largest round of promotions since 2012.

Former Akin Gump practice head moves to Orrick via Helsinki

Former Akin Gump practice head moves to Orrick via Helsinki

15 March 2017

The former head of international arbitration at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Charles Adams is to take the helm of Orrick’s practice after two years serving as US ambassador to Finland as the appointee of former US president Barack Obama.

Practice head retires from Fried Frank to go independent

Practice head retires from Fried Frank to go independent

14 March 2017

After 25 years, Fried Frank’s Elliot Polebaum has retired from the international arbitration practice he founded.

GAR Awards 2017 – LAST CHANCE TO VOTE

GAR Awards 2017 – LAST CHANCE TO VOTE

14 March 2017

Voting in most categories closes at midnight London time tomorrow (15 March). Please cast your votes to help determine the winners of this year’s GAR Awards.