Topic: Coronavirus

Cabo Verde faces ICC claim over airline nationalisation

An Icelandic-owned entity has launched an ICC claim against Cabo Verde after the African island nation announced plans to renationalise its flag carrier in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

30 November 2021

ISDS: “reform in the air”

At a virtual event, ICSID secretary-general Meg Kinnear addressed the future of ISDS and said the predicted “deluge” of investor-state claims relating to the covid-19 pandemic has not occurred. Rob Houston of K&L Gates Straits Law and Hena Sial and Lauren Sandground of K&L Gates report.

29 November 2021

One Essex Court welcomes retired Lord Justice

Sir David Richards has joined One Essex Court in London as an arbitrator after stepping down as a full-time judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.

12 November 2021

UK bill proposes arbitration scheme for covid rent disputes

A newly published UK bill aims to establish a binding arbitration process for commercial landlords and tenants who fail to reach an agreement on rent arrears caused by coronavirus.

11 November 2021

Winds of change: Latin America’s shifting regulatory landscape

At a recent ITA-ALARB Americas Workshop, practitioners discussed regulatory changes in Latin America, including those responding to the covid-19 pandemic, and commercial and investment disputes arising from them. Florentina Field of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in Paris reports.

01 November 2021

Will the pandemic lead to pharma disputes in Africa?

Speakers at GAR Connect: Africa discussed pharmaceutical investments on the continent during the covid-19 pandemic, including advice on protecting IP, the types of disputes now emerging and whether international arbitration is well placed to resolve them.

27 October 2021

Covid plea fails to halt Hong Kong share freeze

A Hong Kong court has granted an injunction in aid of a CIETAC claim over a share transfer that was terminated on the grounds of covid-19 and “deteriorating Sino-US relations”.

20 October 2021

The pandemic curfew problem

A panel at the ASIL annual meeting simulated oral argument on whether a BIT’s public health and essential security interests clause provides a defence to treaty claims arising out of pandemic curfews, and whether such an exception can deprive a tribunal of jurisdiction. Ina Popova and Alma Mozetič, partner and associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, report.

01 October 2021

Live Nation to settle Mexican M&A dispute

Live Nation has revived a deal to acquire a Mexican live entertainment business for over US$440 million, suspending an ICC arbitration in which it had sought to abort the purchase because of the covid-19 pandemic.

15 September 2021

Covid plea fails to blunt razor award

A Swiss court has upheld an LCIA award against the majority shareholder of an Indian razor manufacturer, rejecting arguments that the arbitrators should have postponed a hearing in light of the covid-19 pandemic.

20 August 2021

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