Region: China

China defeats treaty claim over panda reserve

A split tribunal has refused to hear a US$170 million treaty claim brought against China by a Singaporean investor whose phosphate mining activities were curtailed to make way for a panda reserve.

28 February 2023

A&O hires from White & Case in Hong Kong

Melody Chan has left her role as head of disputes in China at White & Case to join the partnership at Allen & Overy in Hong Kong – shortly after partner Matthew Hodgson left that office to relocate to A&O in London.

28 February 2023

Repsol fails to overturn Sinopec awards in Singapore

A Singapore court has upheld a pair of SIAC awards that found Repsol liable for fraud in a US$5 billion dispute with China’s Sinopec, while refusing to disqualify the presiding arbitrator over his role on a Chinese court-appointed expert panel.

02 February 2023

Ghana defeats Chinese company’s treaty claim

An UNCITRAL tribunal has rejected a Chinese company’s US$55 million investment treaty claim against Ghana over a cancelled contract to build an intelligent traffic management system, finding it was for the country’s courts to determine whether there had been expropriation.

02 February 2023

Vietnam faces second ICSID claim

Vietnam is facing its second ever ICSID case after a pair of Chinese construction companies filed a claim under a rarely used investment treaty.

30 November 2022

Russian steel producer wins set-aside bid in Sweden

In a rare example of an annulment in the Swedish courts, the operator of a Russian steel plant has won the partial set-aside of a Stockholm Chamber of Commerce award in a US$200 million dispute with a Chinese engineering contractor.

08 November 2022

Chinese state entities take Maltese awards to California

Subsidiaries of two Chinese state-owned entities have applied to a California court to enforce awards issued in a pair of cases at the Malta Arbitration Centre relating to the €71 million sale of solar power assets.

03 November 2022

US court bars discovery for ICSID case

A US court has vacated discovery orders granted in aid of an investment treaty claim against Malta – dashing hopes that ICSID cases might have escaped the scope of a recent US Supreme Court prohibition against discovery for foreign arbitrations.

02 November 2022

ICC award looms in US-Chinese biotech dispute

A US biotech company and its Chinese partner are awaiting an ICC award in a US$200 million-plus dispute over a collaboration to develop cancer-fighting antibodies.

27 October 2022

Chinese-owned miner warns of ICC claim over Congo project

A subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned mining company says it intends to launch ICC arbitration after armed forces allegedly occupied the site of its copper mining project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

14 October 2022

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