People and firms

French judge probes Congo corruption claim

Leading French arbitrator Yves Derains has told GAR he welcomes the news that French authorities have opened a judicial investigation after the Republic of the Congo accused him of corruption in connection with a billion-euro ICC award.

30 August 2022

Shook Hardy practice head goes solo

Carlos Concepción has left his role as chair of the global arbitration practice at Shook Hardy & Bacon to practise independently as arbitrator and counsel in Miami.

30 August 2022

Pestalozzi hires from Bär & Karrer

Alexandra Johnson is joining the partnership at Pestalozzi in Geneva after nearly six years at Bär & Karrer.

25 August 2022

Former Singapore AG calls for more Asian representation

Singapore’s former attorney general VK Rajah SC argued at GAR Live today that with Asian arbitration practitioners now going “toe to toe” with the world’s best, institutions must do more to promote their inclusion and not focus only on gender diversity.

23 August 2022

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

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