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London court holds first virtual trial in Kazakh enforcement dispute

London court holds first virtual trial in Kazakh enforcement dispute

02 April 2020

In response to the covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, the High Court in London has broadcast a virtual trial on YouTube for the first time in its history – as a group of Moldovan creditors attempt to enforce a US$541 million Energy Charter Treaty award against Kazakhstan.

Seoul protocol on video conferencing unveiled

Seoul protocol on video conferencing unveiled

02 April 2020

A new Seoul Protocol on Video Conferencing in International Arbitration, published by the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, offers guidance that could be useful for those holding virtual hearings and meetings from lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

Canada defeats first BIT claim

Canada defeats first BIT claim

01 April 2020

Canada has prevailed in its first bilateral investment treaty case, defeating an ICSID claim reportedly worth US$1.8 billion brought by an Egyptian telecoms company.

O’Melveny promotes counsel in Hong Kong

O’Melveny promotes counsel in Hong Kong

01 April 2020

Aditya Kurian, the former head of the India region at the HKIAC, has been promoted to counsel in the Hong Kong office of O’Melveny & Myers.

In search of certainty: the Dutch appeal court decision in Yukos

In search of certainty: the Dutch appeal court decision in Yukos

01 April 2020

Simon Rainey QC and Gaurav Sharma of Quadrant Chambers in London consider the legal and practical implications of the recent Hague Court of Appeal decision reinstating the US$50 billion Yukos awards against Russia.

British lawyer convicted of defaming client

01 April 2020

A British arbitration lawyer who accused a client of flouting sanctions against Iran and helping to finance terrorism has been convicted of defamation by a criminal court in Geneva – after being extradited from Germany.

Polish-Russian gas pricing dispute reaches award

Polish-Russian gas pricing dispute reaches award

31 March 2020

Polish state gas utility PGNiG has reported winning an award worth around US$1.5 billion in a price review arbitration with Russia’s Gazprom – and says it will immediately take steps to enforce payment.

Steelmaker denied asset freeze in conspiracy suit

Steelmaker denied asset freeze in conspiracy suit

31 March 2020

The English Commercial Court has refused to grant a worldwide freezing order against the Essar group and two of its owners, saying steelmaker ArcelorMittal had not shown a good arguable case that they conspired to frustrate enforcement of a US$1.5 billion ICC award.

Hannes Snellman promotes in Helsinki

Hannes Snellman promotes in Helsinki

31 March 2020

Hannes Snellman has promoted Markus Manninen, who served as a CAS arbitrator for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, to the partnership in Helsinki.

US real estate investor threatens South Korea

US real estate investor threatens South Korea

31 March 2020

South Korea has been threatened with a US$12.8 million investment treaty claim by a US investor over land restrictions that have allegedly blocked plans for a sports complex .