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Is Asia ahead of the game?

Monday, 20 October 2014

HKIAC Secretary General Chiann Bao and Debevoise & Plimpton's Lord Goldsmith

Which are the most innovative and disappointing jurisdictions in Asia when it comes to international arbitration; and what have been the most important decisions and institutional developments in the region in the past year? Delegates at GAR Live Hong Kong shared their views.

Rusal prevails in Nigerian smelter case

Monday, 20 October 2014

ALSCON's aluminium smelting plant, Nigeria

An LCIA panel has issued a consent award in favour of a UK subsidiary of Rusal in a case over the title to the country’s only aluminium smelter.

UK court maintains freeze on miner's Zambian assets

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Nchanga mine in Zambia is owned by Konkola

A UK court has maintained a worldwide freezing order on the Zambian assets of copper mining company Konkola, in support of three LCIA awards worth US$54 million.

Iran wins landmark investor-state case

Friday, 17 October 2014

The dispute was between Turkcell and Iran

UPDATED. Iran has won its first ever investor-state arbitration under an investment treaty, against Turkish mobile phone company Turkcell.

GAR Live Hong Kong: in pictures

Friday, 17 October 2014


The fourth annual GAR Live Asia conference took place today in the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre's hearing rooms overlooking the famous Victoria Harbour. Click here for pictures.

What you missed from the Swiss

Friday, 17 October 2014


Two significant judgments handed down by Switzerland’s highest court on the same day – one in French, one in German – show it entertaining wider grounds for the annulment of interim awards than previously; while a third ruling sets forth a new approach to the extension of arbitration clauses to non-signatories.

Stans scores early enforcement victory in Canada

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Centerra Gold's Kumtor gold mine in Kyrgyzstan

A Canadian court has frozen Kyrgyzstan’s shares in a gold mining company as it considers whether to enforce a US$118 million award obtained by a Canadian-registered but Russian-owned company, Stans Energy, against the central Asian state.

Should institutions police counsel ethics?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Ethics definition

Arbitral institutions should establish “ethical committees” to deal with complaints about abusive conduct by counsel rather than leave such matters to arbitral tribunals, delegates at Hong Kong Arbitration Week heard today.

Hong Kong ball helps the disabled to sail

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Young Hongkongers take to the water

Physically and mentally disabled Hongkongers will be able to take to the waters thanks to money raised by the the third Hong Kong Arbitration Ball, which included a keynote speech by Lord Goldsmith QC on the territory’s neutrality as a seat of arbitration and adherence to the rule of law during the recent pro-democracy protests.

Trio of promotions at White & Case

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Petr Polášek, Nicolas Bouchardie and Daniel Garton

GAR 30 firm White & Case has elected three new partners across its international arbitration practice in Washington, DC, Paris and London.

Hong Kong Chief Justice calls on arbitrators to build public confidence

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma has said that arbitrators need to do more to maintain public confidence in the international arbitration system, kicking off Hong Kong's third arbitration week at a time when the eyes of the world are focused on the territory.

Freshfields says ciao in Milan

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Massimo Benedettelli

Following the recent departure to boutiques of partners in London, Paris and Cologne, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has bid goodbye to Italian partner Massimo Benedettelli as he joins Milan boutique Arblit.

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