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US law firm launches London practice with two hires

US law firm launches London practice with two hires

07 December 2017

US law firm Bracewell has welcomed two new partners from McDermott Will & Emery and K&L Gates to head its new international disputes practice in London.

An African tapestry

An African tapestry

07 December 2017

Ahead of the last in a series of three conferences on the interweaving of civil law and common law in international arbitration held by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, GAR looks back on the second conference in Johannesburg, focused on Africa.

Kuwait tribunal rejects interim requests from both sides

Kuwait tribunal rejects interim requests from both sides

06 December 2017

Kuwait and a trio of European construction companies have failed to convince an ICSID tribunal to adopt a raft of provisional measures in their dispute over an overrunning highway construction project, including issuing orders to halt work or ensure it continues.

Beer distribution battle brewing in Rio

Beer distribution battle brewing in Rio

06 December 2017

Heineken and Its distributors in Brazil are to go to arbitration in Rio de Janeiro after the Dutch beer producer sought to terminate their long-term distribution agreement.

Do better on damages, urges Donovan

Do better on damages, urges Donovan

06 December 2017

It is not enough to be a fine legal analyst – counsel and arbitrators need to master economics, corporate finance and accounting to a “much more than basic” level and be able to disentangle legal and financial issues, ICCA president Donald Donovan has argued in a speech on damages in Seoul.

Sadistic, masochistic…but mainly just supportive

Sadistic, masochistic…but mainly just supportive

06 December 2017

In this year’s Freshfields lecture, Lady Justice Gloster explored how the English courts’ application of arbitration law can sadistically makes things painful for arbitrators and masochistically make things painful for themselves – but found the relationship between the two to be mainly supportive.

Spanish Court of Arbitration appoints first president in five years

Spanish Court of Arbitration appoints first president in five years

06 December 2017

The former president of Spain’s securities commission, Manuel Conthe, has been named as the president of the Spanish Court of Arbitration and will support efforts to unify the international activity of Spain’s three main arbitration institutions.

PwC unveils new report on damages

PwC unveils new report on damages

06 December 2017

PricewaterhouseCoopers has updated its 2015 research into the assessment of damages in investor-state cases with an examination of 21 new publicly available awards, finding that tribunals are taking an increasingly proactive approach to closing the gap between claim values quantified by claimant and respondent experts – and even sometimes choosing to ignore both.

King & Spalding promotes in New York and Houston

King & Spalding promotes in New York and Houston

06 December 2017

King & Spalding has promoted two investment arbitration practitioners to the partnership in New York and Houston, including a member of a team that helped secure a recent ICSID win against Argentina.

ArbitralWomen names new president

ArbitralWomen names new president

05 December 2017

Following Rashda Rana SC’s shock resignation last week, ArbitralWomen has elected Mexican Asoid García-Márquez as its new president.