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Yukos shareholders fail again in Baker Botts discovery bid

Yukos shareholders fail again in Baker Botts discovery bid

12 December 2017

The former majority shareholders in Yukos have again failed to convince a US court to compel discovery from Baker Botts that would supposedly support allegations that the firm helped a Russian state-owned oil company manipulate the rulings of Armenian judges in Yukos-related proceedings.

Atlanta centre director to return to private practice

Atlanta centre director to return to private practice

12 December 2017

The executive director of the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation Shelby Grubbs is to step down in the New Year to lead the commercial disputes practice at his former firm.

Hogan Lovells’ partner moves to Winston & Strawn in Shanghai

Hogan Lovells’ partner moves to Winston & Strawn in Shanghai

12 December 2017

A former Hogan Lovells’ partner has moved to Winston & Strawn in Shanghai, bringing specialism in Chinese investment disputes which the firm hopes will make him well placed to handle work arising from China's Belt and Road initiative.

Betto Seraglini hires from White & Case

Betto Seraglini hires from White & Case

12 December 2017

Paris-based boutique Betto Seraglini has announced that White & Case senior associate Gaëlle Filhol will join the firm as partner in the New Year.

US Supreme Court refuses to block enforcement against alter egos

US Supreme Court refuses to block enforcement against alter egos

12 December 2017

The US Supreme Court has refused to block a group of Brazilian mining companies from seeking enforcement of a US$48 million ICC award against the alleged alter egos of a bankrupt Swiss steel company.

Cheng to be named Hong Kong’s justice secretary

Cheng to be named Hong Kong’s justice secretary

11 December 2017

The former chair of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Teresa Cheng SC is expected to join Hong Kong’s government next month as its new justice secretary.

Dubai backtracks on ‘locals only’ law

Dubai backtracks on ‘locals only’ law

11 December 2017

The Dubai government has confirmed that foreign practitioners are permitted to act in arbitration proceedings seated in the emirate – responding to confusion over a recent ministerial resolution that has threatened to undermine the United Arab Emirates’ reputation as an arbitral hub.

UNCITRAL celebrates 50th after tense talks on ISDS reform

UNCITRAL celebrates 50th after tense talks on ISDS reform

11 December 2017

UNCITRAL has celebrated its 50th anniversary in Cairo after talks in Vienna on the reform of investor-state dispute settlement were delayed by a day-and-a-half owing to disagreement among delegates as to who should preside.

Venezuela and Turkey seek to annul ICSID awards

Venezuela and Turkey seek to annul ICSID awards

11 December 2017

Venezuela and Turkey’s state pipeline company Botaş have applied to annul ICSID awards against them, with both winning provisional stays of enforcement while their applications are pending.

English court rejects Ukrainian mall awards challenge

English court rejects Ukrainian mall awards challenge

08 December 2017

The High Court in London has rejected an attempt by a British Virgin Islands company to set aside three LCIA awards which ordered it to hand over its ownership of a Ukrainian shopping centre.