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Investment Arbitration

White & Case defeats Yukos discovery bid

White & Case defeats Yukos discovery bid

21 February 2019

The former majority shareholders in Yukos Oil Company have failed in their renewed bid to subpoena White & Case and its chairman Hugh Verrier for evidence in support of efforts to reinstate arbitral awards against Russia worth a combined US$50 billion.

PCA hears Swiss investor's claim against Kuwait

PCA hears Swiss investor's claim against Kuwait

19 February 2019

A Swiss entity’s investment treaty claim against Kuwait is underway before a tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

European Parliament approves EU-Singapore trade deal

European Parliament approves EU-Singapore trade deal

15 February 2019

The European Parliament has voted to approve free trade and investment protection agreements between EU and Singapore, including provisions for an “investment court system” that the European Commission views as a stepping stone towards multilateral reform of investor-state dispute settlement.

Another ICSID creditor eyes PDVSA assets

Another ICSID creditor eyes PDVSA assets

15 February 2019

A Dutch subsidiary of US bottlemaker Owen-Illinois has become the latest of Venezuela’s arbitral creditors to target the US assets of the state’s national oil and gas company PDVSA, in a bid to collect on a US$500 million ICSID award.

Russia held liable again over Crimean assets

Russia held liable again over Crimean assets

15 February 2019

A tribunal seated in The Hague has found Russia liable in a billion-dollar claim over the seizure of banking operations in Crimea, as well as in a separate case over an airport linked to Ukrainian businessman Igor Kolomoisky.

Counsel in place for new Crimea claim

Counsel in place for new Crimea claim

14 February 2019

A Ukrainian state-owned electricity company has instructed external counsel for a much-trailed investment treaty claim against Russia over assets expropriated following the annexation of Crimea five years ago.

Venezuela wins appeal in dual nationals case

Venezuela wins appeal in dual nationals case

14 February 2019

The French Court of Cassation has overturned a decision to partially annul an investment treaty award in favour of two dual nationals against Venezuela, following a complaint by the state that the award ought to have been annulled in full.

Coal miner threatens treaty claim against Poland

Coal miner threatens treaty claim against Poland

13 February 2019

An Australian company has warned that it may bring an Energy Charter Treaty claim against Poland, saying that state authorities have unfairly obstructed the development of two coal-mining concessions.

ICSID panel declines to revisit intra-EU award

ICSID panel declines to revisit intra-EU award

13 February 2019

Hungary has failed to persuade an ICSID tribunal to revise a €23 million award issued more than two years ago in favour of French voucher services company Edenred to take account of the Achmea decision on intra-EU investment arbitration.

Do we need a permanent investment court?

Do we need a permanent investment court?

13 February 2019

Nassib Ziadé, chief executive officer of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA), used a speech in Manama to question whether proposals to establish a permanent court to hear investment disputes would address the flaws in the current investor-state arbitration system or be in the best interests of developing countries.