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Bolivia negotiates for control of power companies

Premium article - 03 August 2009

In an ominous sign for the businesses in question, the Bolivian government has opened negotiations with power companies owned by France's GDF Suez, US-based Rurelec, and local group Panamerican.

ICSID arbitrator praises counsel in Albanian riots case

ICSID arbitrator praises counsel in Albanian riots case

Premium article - 31 July 2009

Jan Paulsson, sitting as a sole arbitrator, has praised two law firms for their cost-efficient handling of an ICSID case over Albanian rioting, saying that it should serve as an "example" to others.

Abi-Saab joins Micula tribunal after unsettled period for advisers

Premium article - 31 July 2009

Egyptian arbitrator Georges Abi-Saab has joined an ICSID tribunal hearing a claim against Romania over the removal of investment incentives in underdeveloped parts of the country, after Claus-Dieter Ehlermann stepped down for health reasons.

Clyde & Co adds partner from Balkans

Clyde & Co adds partner from Balkans

Premium article - 31 July 2009

Clyde & Co has hired a partner with a Balkan background specialising in trade, shipping and energy disputes from Halliwells LLP.

Consulting firms layer in more capacity

Consulting firms layer in more capacity

Premium article - 31 July 2009

Two consulting firms, FTI and LECG, have announced the arrival of senior figures, as firms in that sector take steps to increase their arbitration-support capacity.

El Salvador faces fresh ICSID claim over environmental decisions

El Salvador faces fresh ICSID claim over environmental decisions

Premium article - 29 July 2009

Two US mining companies that have been operating in El Salvador since 1968, say they have filed a US$100 million claim at ICSID against the state after it allegedly cancelled permits for gold mines on environmental grounds.

Spanish lawyers debate groundbreaking enforcement case

Premium article - 29 July 2009

After slipping under the radar at first, a Spanish case that allowed enforcement of a foreign arbitral award while it still faced challenge is becoming a major talking point - at least locally.

Singapore to adopt some of 2006 UNCITRAL changes

Premium article - 29 July 2009

Singapore’s Ministry of Law has proposed adopting some, but not all, of the UNCITRAL 2006 amendments, stopping short in particular of allowing tribunals to make ex parte preliminary orders.

Massachusetts says "loser pays" principle extends to court phase of consumer case

Premium article - 29 July 2009

A US court of appeals has confirmed that a Massachusetts statute which allows for “loser pays” costs can also cover any related set-aside phases, following arbitration.

US judge refuses to compel testimony under section 1782

Premium article - 27 July 2009

In a decision that appears to swim against the tide, a US district court in Chicago has refused to compel Scott Carey, a potential witness in a London arbitration, to give a deposition.