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Ukraine state entity’s PCA claim against Russia underway

Ukraine state entity’s PCA claim against Russia underway

05 August 2020

A Ukrainian state entity’s investment treaty claim against Russia over the expropriation of its Crimean assets is underway at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, with the tribunal rebuffing an early effort by the state to bifurcate the proceeding.

Panel rules against Korea in bridge dispute

Panel rules against Korea in bridge dispute

05 August 2020

A bridge concessionaire says it has prevailed in an ICC dispute with South Korea over the interpretation of a non-compete clause in its contract and its entitlement to compensation following the approval of a rival project.

Armas takes helm at Hogan Lovells

Armas takes helm at Hogan Lovells

05 August 2020

Oliver Armas has been appointed as global leader of Hogan Lovells' international arbitration practice, taking over from Daniel Gonzalez.

Miner secures funding for Peru claim

Miner secures funding for Peru claim

04 August 2020

A Canadian company has secured US$4.1 million in backing from a UK funder as it prepares to file an investment treaty claim against Peru over a gold mining project halted by a rural community blockade.

Belize threatened over port nationalisation plan

Belize threatened over port nationalisation plan

04 August 2020

Businessman and former UK politician Michael Ashcroft has threatened Belize with a US$85 million treaty claim over proposals to nationalise a major port crippled by extended strike action – five years after he settled a separate dispute with the state.

Solar investor seeks new ruling after award annulment

Solar investor seeks new ruling after award annulment

04 August 2020

A UK solar investor has asked the committee that annulled its €128 million award against Spain over arbitrator Stanimir Alexandrov’s failure to disclose a relationship with one of the claimant’s expert witnesses to issue a new ruling, addressing several questions it says were left unanswered.

Withers hires in Singapore

Withers hires in Singapore

04 August 2020

Following increased demand for dispute resolution services, Withers has hired a team from Oon & Bazul in Singapore, led by partner Chenthil Kumarasingam.

Disputes boutique opens in Paris and Montreal

Disputes boutique opens in Paris and Montreal

03 August 2020

Two practitioners who are bringing the first known investment treaty claim against Norway have launched a transatlantic disputes boutique based in Paris and Montreal.

Moldova restrained from rescinding airport concession

Moldova restrained from rescinding airport concession

03 August 2020

An SCC emergency arbitrator has ordered Moldova to refrain from terminating a concession to operate the country’s main international airport while it hears an €885 million investment treaty claim against the state.

Venezuela fails to throw out food industry claim

Venezuela fails to throw out food industry claim

03 August 2020

An ICSID tribunal has rejected Venezuela's preliminary objections to a claim over the alleged expropriation of a prominent family’s assets in the country’s food industry – allowing the case to move to the merits.