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Pandemic and populism to increase investor-state disputes

Speakers at the Latin Lawyer-GAR Interactive Arbitration Summit recommended that companies plan their infrastructure investments carefully, amid arbitrary actions by populist politicians and a slew of new laws pursued by governments in Latin America to fight the covid-19 pandemic.

05 October 2020

Russian biathletes overturn lifetime ban at CAS

A panel at the Court of Arbitration for Sport has overturned lifetime bans imposed on three Russian biathletes over their alleged participation in a state-sponsored doping programme.

02 October 2020

Azerbaijani investor to claim against Georgia

An Azerbaijani investment group says it will file an ICSID claim against Georgia after state authorities appointed a special manager to the board of a local internet provider in which it has an interest.

02 October 2020

Buffett group brings fraud suit against Jones Day

A conglomerate controlled by US billionaire Warren Buffett that won a €643 million award after claiming it was defrauded into buying a German piping business has now filed a lawsuit in Texas against Jones Day – alleging the law firm was part of the scheme.

02 October 2020

The new LCIA rules’ consolidation rule – a trap for the unwary

Stuart Dutson, partner and head of international arbitration at Simmons & Simmons, and Basil Woodd-Walker, managing associate, argue that in trying to solve one problem, the new LCIA rules create another – a risk that awards in consolidated arbitrations could be challenged on the grounds that one or more parties have been able to exercise their right to choose an arbitrator.

02 October 2020

Brown Rudnick practice head joins Middle East firm

Nicholas Tse has left his role as Brown Rudnick’s head of international arbitration to lead the practice at Alem and Associates – the Lebanese firm acting alongside him in the closely-watched Kebab-Ji case before the UK Supreme Court.

02 October 2020

Ukrainian space agency loses satellite claim

A subsidiary of Ukraine’s State Space Agency has failed in a US$227 million claim against a Canadian contractor over a satellite launch project disrupted by the Russian annexation of Crimea and a scandal over missing funds.

01 October 2020

Ivanyan hires from Clifford Chance ahead of London launch

Russian firm Ivanyan & Partners has hired James Dingley from Clifford Chance in London as it prepares to open its first international office in the UK capital.

01 October 2020

No longer cause for laughter and tears? The Indian Supreme Court's approach to awards

Naresh Thacker and Alok Jain of Economic Laws Practice in Mumbai and Nicholas Lingard and Rohit Bhat of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Singapore analyse reported Indian Supreme Court judgments since 2016 to find out how many arbitral awards have been upheld, set aside and modified and how the court’s approach has changed. 

01 October 2020

Fintech claim against Kosovo underway

An ICC tribunal has begun hearing a claim brought against Kosovo by an Estonian fintech company after the state’s central bank revoked the business licence of its subsidiary due to the interest rates charged on its loans.

01 October 2020

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