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HOUSTON: Arbitration and National Courts - Conflict and Cooperation

Premium article - 22 June 2010

“Judgments are ‘exercises in persuasion’ subject to a potentially polemical style, whereas arbitration awards tend to be written as direct answers to questions posed by the parties.” Lord Leonard Hoffman made this observation in a speech at a symposium on 13 and 14 May examining the way courts can help or hinder arbitration – through injunctions, discovery and the so-called “second look” doctrine. Teresa Cigarroa Keck at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston reports

HAMBURG: Biannual DIS Conference - The German approach to settlement in arbitration: pros and cons

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Should arbitrators assist parties in reaching settlement in arbitration? The latest biannual conference of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) on 29 April summarised Germany’s positive approach to settlement and examined its benefits and drawbacks. By Dmitry Marenkov of governmental institution Germany Trade and Invest in Cologne

WARSAW: Dispute resolution in M&A transactions - tactics, challenges, defences

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Poland’s first ever international arbitration conference looked at arbitrations arising from M&As and was described by one participant as “the best dispute resolution conference of this decade”. Conference co-chairs Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz of Gessel and vice president of the Lewiatan Arbitration Court, and Yulia Andreeva of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, report

WARSAW: Protecting business interests in M&A disputes: conversations with in-house counsel

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The financial crisis is changing litigation culture in the banking and financial industry and this change will have a significant impact on the way disputes are settled in the future said Melanie Poepping, a lawyer at Deutsche Bank AG, in a conversation between in-house counsel during a conference in Poland on how to protect business interests in M&A disputes.

IBA Arbitration Day: Leading arbitrators reveal desert island choices

Premium article - 27 April 2010

What would Jan Paulsson, Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, and Yves Fortier take if sent to arbitrate on a desert island? Fortunately, someone decided to find out. It wasn’t quite The Jay Leno Show, but Hilary Heilbron QC did her best to lighten the mood at the International Bar Association arbitration day in London in March

Vienna Arbitration days focus on "guerrilla tactics"

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This year’s Vienna Arbitration Days considered “guerrilla tactics in arbitration” along with how to reconcile contract and treaty arbitration and the special considerations that arise in cases featuring state entities or insolvent companies. Alfred Siwy, an associate at Schönherr Rechtsanwälte in Vienna, reports

LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA: Washington & Lee and UNCTAD Joint Symposium - International Investment and ADR

Premium article - 27 April 2010

Washington & Lee School of Law and UNCTAD have held the first international investment conference to offer pre-conference blogging, a live virtual stream of the event, and real-time integration of comments from Twitter and Facebook into panel discussions. Jacob Stoehr and William Li, Washington & Lee student liaisons, report

NEW YORK: PLI International Arbitration

Premium article - 27 April 2010

The Practising Law Institute’s latest conference on International Arbitration compared four leading arbitration venues, noted some positive developments in Russia as regards enforcement of awards and saw a panel of arbitrators share practical tips for smooth and speedy operation at every step of the arbitral proceedings. Samaa Haridi of Crowell & Moring and Hagit Elul of Hughes Hubbard & Reed report.

WASHINGTON, DC: ITA-ASIL Conference - "Arbitration: The End of the Golden Age"

Premium article - 27 April 2010

Has the Golden Age of arbitration in the US come to an end? Delegates at a recent ITA-ASIL event in Washington, DC considered this question in the light of the fraying relationship between domestic and international arbitration law and calls for changes to the US Model BIT. Caroline S Richard, an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Washington, DC, reports

VIENNA: UNCITRAL/VIAC conference

Premium article - 27 April 2010

A two-day conference organised by UNCITRAL and the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (VIAC) brought delegates up to speed on the revision of the UNCITRAL arbitration rules. Jarred Pinkston of Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte and Manfred Heider, secretary general of VIAC, report