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Middle East office for Derains & Gharavi

Friday, 30 January 2015

Nada Sader, who will head the new office in Beirut

After announcing its launch in Washington, DC, last year, Paris firm Derains & Gharavi has added an office in Beirut run by the first partner to be promoted from its associate ranks.

A judicial role in the Caribbean sun

Friday, 30 January 2015

Barry Leon

Barry Leon is to leave his position as partner and head of arbitration at Canadian firm Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall to head for the British Virgin Islands, where he has been appointed as the Commercial Judge of the High Court of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

Burford acquires asset recovery firm

Friday, 30 January 2015

Asset recovery

Third-party funder Burford Capital has acquired UK-based asset recovery firm Focus, expanding its ability to help clients collect on judgments and awards.

President's plans

Thursday, 29 January 2015

David W Rivkin

Arbitrator David W Rivkin today unveiled his plans as International Bar Association president for the next two years.

Guatemala power award upheld at ICSID

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Headquarters of Empresa Eléctrica de Guatemala

Spanish electricity provider Iberdrola must pay Guatemala more than US$5 million in costs after failing to annul an ICSID award in the state’s favour.

Russian mall dispute moves to the UK and US courts

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Ashot Egiazaryan

Set aside and enforcement proceedings are under way in London and Los Angeles after an LCIA tribunal held that Russian politician Ashot Egiazaryan appropriated his business partner’s stake in one of Moscow’s largest shopping malls.

GAR Awards – have your say on the shortlist

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

GAR Awards

The moment has arrived to make nominations for this year’s GAR Awards, to be held on the evening of 25 February at the W Hotel in Washington, DC.

Panel grants interim measures against Papua New Guinea

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea has been ordered not to interfere in the management of a Singapore development company or its stake in a mining project pending a claim against the state at ICSID.

Dentons promotes in Paris as it joins forces with Chinese firm

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Anna Crevon

As news comes of its combination with China’s largest law firm, Dentons has announced the promotion to partner of Paris-based Anna Crevon, who cut her teeth on the Yukos arbitrations and was part of the team that represented Gazprom in a US$1.9 billion arbitration with Lithuania.

Yukos moves to the Dutch courts

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Albert Jan van den Berg and Marnix Leijten

Albert Jan van den Berg has been retained by Russia to seek the set-aside of the Yukos awards in the Netherlands, with Marnix Leijten of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek defending them on behalf of the former majority shareholders in the defunct Russian oil company.

Fatally flawed? Why Russia says the awards should not stand

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The seat of government in The Hague

GAR reports on Russia’s 227-page petition to the District Court of The Hague, giving five grounds why the Yukos awards should be set aside.

Was the tribunal’s assistant the fourth Yukos arbitrator?

Tuesday, 27 January 2015


Perhaps the most striking of Russia’s grounds for seeking the set-aside of the Yukos awards by the Dutch courts is the role it says was played by the assistant to the arbitral tribunal, Martin Valasek – who it suggests did more work on the case than any of the tribunal members and was effectively “a fourth arbitrator”.

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