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Who is sitting at ICSID?

Who is sitting at ICSID?

Premium article - 12 December 2014

In recent weeks, Weil Gotshal & Manges partner Arif Hyder Ali has received his first arbitrator appointment at ICSID, while Philippe Sands QC has joined three new panels and Brigitte Stern’s pending caseload at the centre has risen to 24.

A storm over St Lucia

Premium article - 25 October 2014

An ICSID decision awarding security for costs to the Caribbean island of St Lucia saw Gavan Griffith QC highlight the problem of litigation funders sharing the benefits of successful arbitration claims, while not bearing the adverse costs consequences should the claim fail. Alison Ross reports

Griffith not biased against funders, rules panel

Griffith not biased against funders, rules panel

Premium article - 24 October 2014

Australian arbitrator Gavan Griffith QC will continue to hear an ICSID claim brought by US oil company RSM against St Lucia, after a challenge to his position on the tribunal based on his alleged bias against third-party funders and their clients was rejected.

Who is sitting at ICSID?

Who is sitting at ICSID?

Premium article - 06 October 2014

LCIA director general Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof and Cherie Blair QC have received their first arbitrator appointments at ICSID in recent weeks, with Shearman & Sterling partner Yas Banifatemi also becoming a tribunal chair at the centre for the first time.

Hungary wins Lauder casino claim

Hungary wins Lauder casino claim

Premium article - 03 October 2014

An ICSID tribunal has dismissed a casino investor’s €322 million claim against Hungary, applying what the state’s counsel describe as a comprehensive test to determine whether an investor’s contractual rights have been expropriated.

Why the majority got it wrong on security for costs

Premium article - 25 September 2014

By Christopher Bogart, CEO of litigation financier Burford Capital

RSM v St Lucia: Why the tribunal is to be applauded for security for costs order

RSM v St Lucia: Why the tribunal is to be applauded for security for costs order

Premium article - 24 September 2014

In a response to a recent article in GAR, Peter Griffin of London-based investment claims consultancy Slaney Advisors writes that the CEO of Burford Capital’s criticism of a majority ICSID tribunal for awarding security for costs in RSM v St Lucia – and particularly his castigation of Australian arbitrator Gavan Griffith QC – is “regrettable”.

Griffith challenged over funding comments

Griffith challenged over funding comments

Premium article - 11 September 2014

US oil company RSM is seeking to disqualify Australian arbitrator Gavan Griffith QC from an ICSID tribunal hearing its claim against St Lucia, arguing that an opinion he appended to a recent decision on security for costs reveals bias against third-party funders and funded claimants.

RSM v St Lucia: Why Griffith was wrong on security for costs

RSM v St Lucia: Why Griffith was wrong on security for costs

Premium article - 11 September 2014

Christopher Bogart, CEO of litigation financier Burford Capital, fiercely criticises the recent decision of a majority tribunal at ICSID to make a security for costs order against the claimant in RSM v St Lucia – and especially what he calls the “preposterous overreaction" of Gavan Griffith QC.

St Lucia wins security at ICSID

St Lucia wins security at ICSID

Premium article - 26 August 2014

An ICSID tribunal has ordered US oil company RSM to pay security for costs in a claim against St Lucia, in what is thought to be the first decision of its kind.