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Egypt cotton claim sees challenge to Australian arbitrator

Egypt cotton claim sees challenge to Australian arbitrator

Premium article - 16 November 2016

A US-based family of cotton investors fighting a second ICSID claim against Egypt has sought to disqualify the state’s appointee to the tribunal, Australian arbitrator Zachary Douglas QC.

BIT by byte

BIT by byte

Premium article - 15 November 2016

San-Francisco and London-based arbitrator and counsel Paul Cohen considers why the Silicon Valley-based titans of tech have yet to try their hand at investment treaty arbitration, and why that might soon change.

ICSID panel challenged in Guinea bribery case

ICSID panel challenged in Guinea bribery case

Premium article - 14 November 2016

UPDATED: A group of mining companies linked to Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz has challenged all three members of an ICSID tribunal, alleging that they refused to order the production of documents crucial to its US$5 billion case against Guinea.

Peru fails to get costs despite treaty win

Peru fails to get costs despite treaty win

Premium article - 14 November 2016

A US investor that lost a treaty claim against Peru over environmental pollution by failing to observe a waiver requirement will not have to bear the state’s legal and arbitration costs, an UNCITRAL tribunal has ruled.

Russian BIT claimant loses suit against Ukrainian oligarchs

Russian BIT claimant loses suit against Ukrainian oligarchs

Premium article - 14 November 2016

One of Russia’s largest oil producers has lost a US$380 million UK court case against a group of Ukrainian oligarchs including the controversial Igor Kolomoisky – which it said was prompted by evidence that emerged in a related investment treaty arbitration.

Indian couple threatens claim against Macedonia

Indian couple threatens claim against Macedonia

Premium article - 11 November 2016

A couple from a well-known Indian business family has threatened to bring a US$250 million claim against Macedonia for expropriating concessions to mine for lead and zinc ore and auctioning them to a Bulgarian company.

Croatia defeats treaty claim over tourism project

Croatia defeats treaty claim over tourism project

Premium article - 08 November 2016

An ICSID tribunal has rejected a US$32 million claim against Croatia brought by a family of Belgian property investors, who said their plans to build a luxury tourism development on the Dalmatian coast were thwarted.

ICC sees untapped potential for banking and finance disputes

ICC sees untapped potential for banking and finance disputes

Premium article - 08 November 2016

Financial institutions are not exploiting the potential benefits of commercial and investment arbitration to the full extent possible, with Islamic finance a “completely untapped area”, says an ICC report unveiled in Rome tonight.

Egypt and Jordan settle ICSID claims

Egypt and Jordan settle ICSID claims

Premium article - 04 November 2016

A Kuwaiti investor has settled an ICSID claim that it filed against Egypt in the wake of the Arab Spring, as Jordan amicably resolves a dispute with French mobile operator Orange.

India unveils shortlist of counsel for investor-state disputes

India unveils shortlist of counsel for investor-state disputes

Premium article - 02 November 2016

The Indian government has named 12 law firms that are in the running to advise it on investment arbitration matters – including five GAR 30 firms, the home of Cherie Blair QC and a pair of public international law boutiques in London.