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Paris's English-speaking court meets with mixed response

Paris's English-speaking court meets with mixed response

15 February 2018

UPDATED. Arbitration practitioners in the UK and France have expressed mixed views on the creation of a new specialist division of the Paris Court of Appeal‎ that will resolve international commercial disputes – including actions arising from international arbitration – using the English language and common law practices.

New ICSID claims against Bulgaria and Kuwait

New ICSID claims against Bulgaria and Kuwait

15 February 2018

Bulgaria is facing an Energy Charter Treaty claim at ICSID over investment in a solar park, while Kuwait is facing its second ever claim over a stalled project to build a tourist resort.

ArbitralWomen and Alliance founders win diversity award

ArbitralWomen and Alliance founders win diversity award

15 February 2018

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution has named Mirèze Philippe and Lucy Greenwood – founders of old and new organisations dedicated to promoting diversity in international arbitration – as the recipients of its 2018 award for an “outstanding contribution” in this area.

Intra-African investment treaties: in search of a new balance

Intra-African investment treaties: in search of a new balance

14 February 2018

With a surge in commercial activity between African states, Thomas Kendra, partner at Hogan Lovells in Paris, looks at how regional and bilateral intra-African treaties aim to strike a fresh balance between the preservation of states’ regulatory space and the encouragement and protection of investments, with particular attention to the innovative rebalancing efforts of the Morocco-Nigeria BIT.

Swedish software company loses bulk of royalties claim

Swedish software company loses bulk of royalties claim

14 February 2018

Swedish software company Enea has lost the bulk of a US$113 million royalties claim against one of its largest customers, heard under SCC rules.

Korean buyer brings gas pricing claim against Australian supplier

Korean buyer brings gas pricing claim against Australian supplier

14 February 2018

A South Korean state-owned entity is pursuing a price review arbitration against the owners of one of Australia’s largest natural resources projects under a contract for the supply of liquefied natural gas.

Security denied in Chilean hydro dispute

Security denied in Chilean hydro dispute

14 February 2018

An ICC tribunal has refused to order a subsidiary of AES to post bonds worth US$73 million pending an arbitration over a Chilean hydroelectric power plant – at the same time overturning a decision by an emergency arbitrator that required the company to hand over certain documents.

Montenegro sees off claim over marina sale

Montenegro sees off claim over marina sale

14 February 2018

Montenegro has seen off an UNCITRAL claim over the termination of a deal to sell its stake in a marina, brought by a Latvian company that has been declared a front for fugitive Russian banker Vladimir Antonov.

Uganda faces claim over cancelled rail concession

Uganda faces claim over cancelled rail concession

14 February 2018

An Egyptian-led consortium has launched an UNCITRAL claim estimated to be worth over US$100 million against Uganda following the cancellation of its concession to run the country’s rail network.

Egypt claim clears hurdle after clash over nationality

Egypt claim clears hurdle after clash over nationality

13 February 2018

An UNCITRAL tribunal has allowed a Finnish businessman’s US$200 million investment treaty claim against Egypt to proceed to the merits after finding it did not have to determine whether he also held Egyptian nationality – and that in any event the relevant treaties do not bar claims by dual nationals.