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Vodka assets seized in Yukos case

Vodka assets seized in Yukos case

18 May 2020

The former majority shareholders of Yukos have seized two vodka trademarks owned by Russia in the Netherlands as they seek to enforce the recently reinstated US$50 billion Energy Charter Treaty awards they won against the state.

US Supreme Court won’t hear appeal over PDVSA asset seizure

US Supreme Court won’t hear appeal over PDVSA asset seizure

18 May 2020

The US Supreme Court will not hear an appeal against a ruling that allowed Canadian mining company Crystallex to seize shares in a US refinery business owned by Venezuela’s national oil and gas company PDVSA to satisfy a US$1.2 billion ICSID award.

Peru hit with second claim over mining project

Peru hit with second claim over mining project

14 May 2020

A subsidiary of a Japanese mining company has followed its US partner in launching an ICSID claim against Peru after their joint venture was handed a demand for US$316 million in royalties.

Guatemala held liable in resubmitted ICSID claim

Guatemala held liable in resubmitted ICSID claim

14 May 2020

A US energy company has reportedly won US$55 million in additional damages in a resubmitted ICSID claim against Guatemala over electricity tariffs, although a large part of the claim was dismissed.

UK and Finland face legal action over intra-EU BITs

UK and Finland face legal action over intra-EU BITs

14 May 2020

The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against the United Kingdom and Finland for failing to effectively terminate their intra-EU bilateral investment treaties.

Canadian silver miner threatens NAFTA claim against Mexico

Canadian silver miner threatens NAFTA claim against Mexico

14 May 2020

A Vancouver-based mining company has threatened to bring a NAFTA claim against Mexico over the actions of its tax authority.

A defining moment for arbitration within Europe

A defining moment for arbitration within Europe

13 May 2020

As a new treaty marks the end of intra-EU BITs, Ashique Rahman and Sam Winter-Barker of Fietta LLP in London argue that a forthcoming ruling by the European Court of Justice may also limit the ability of EU member states to enter into contract-based arbitration with private parties.

North Macedonia fights mining claim

North Macedonia fights mining claim

12 May 2020

UPDATED: An UNCITRAL tribunal is hearing €400 million investment treaty claim against North Macedonia brought by a Slovenian investor in a lead and zinc mine.

Mexico hit with NAFTA claim by taxi tech investor

Mexico hit with NAFTA claim by taxi tech investor

12 May 2020

An investor in a project to provide digital taximeter and ride-hailing technology in Mexico has launched a NAFTA claim against the state worth over US$2 billion – as a bitter fight with its joint venture partner continues in a separate ICC case.

Czech Republic sees off treaty claims by former senator

Czech Republic sees off treaty claims by former senator

12 May 2020

The Czech Republic says it has seen off a pair of treaty claims worth a combined US$440 million brought by a former politician and his company over investments in the travel sector.