People and firms

Reed Smith builds in Hong Kong with Fangda hire

Mandarin-speaking arbitration lawyer Matthew Townsend has left Chinese firm Fangda Partners to join the partnership at Reed Smith in Hong Kong.

22 August 2022

Kosovo defeats expropriation claim

An ICC tribunal has reportedly rejected a €65 million claim against Kosovo brought by an economist and former politician who claimed his investments in a network of petrol stations were expropriated.

11 August 2022

African diversity champion joins Burford board

Rukia Baruti, a long-time promoter of diversity in arbitration and the secretary general of the African Arbitration Association, has joined the board of Burford Capital.

09 August 2022

Foley Hoag promotes in New York

Ofilio Mayorga, who has defended several Latin American states in investment treaty disputes, has been promoted to partner at Foley Hoag after relocating to New York.

08 August 2022

Armenian boutique merges with Moscow firm

Armenian practitioner Sargis Grigoryan has merged his disputes boutique with Rybalkin Gortsunyan Dyakin & Partners, becoming the first international office for the Moscow-based firm.

04 August 2022

ICSID counsel joins new Chilean boutique

Francisco Grob has left ICSID after seven years as legal counsel to join Jana & Gil Dispute Resolution, the Chilean boutique recently launched by former members of Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana.

03 August 2022

Mansors recruits former Baker disputes head in Moscow

Months after Baker McKenzie announced its Russian operations would be spun off in response to the war in Ukraine, the firm’s head of CIS disputes Vladimir Khvalei has left to join Mansors in Moscow.

02 August 2022

Volterra Fietta can't collect fees under unlawful retainer

The High Court in London has affirmed that Volterra Fietta is not entitled to any of the nearly US$3 million it billed a client in an investment treaty arbitration under a conditional fee agreement that was found to be unlawful.

02 August 2022

Alvin Yeo SC dies aged 60

Alvin Yeo SC, co-founder of WongPartnership and the youngest ever lawyer to be appointed senior counsel in Singapore, has died aged 60 following a two-year battle with cancer.

01 August 2022

New principal at LK Law

James Hayton, who has worked on investment treaty claims against Argentina and Belgium among other cases and is co-founder of the first arbitration conference for the Balkan region, has been appointed principal at the London office of UK-Australian law firm LK.

29 July 2022

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